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Briefly: Booq's Cobra pack, NatureArt 6.0 released

07/24, 1:38am

Full-featured laptop backpack by Booq fits 17-inch PC, MacBook Pro

Booq has announced the release of its newest laptop backpack offering this week: the Cobra pack. Comprised of a 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior with a water-repellent coating, items within the pack are protected from weather conditions, and its quilted inner lining prevents damage during transport. The bag's main compartment features two open pockets and a slip pocket that offers easy access to something like a magazine or book while travelling. Its zippered mesh window pocket keeps passports, tickets and important items accessible, and its separate zippered padded laptop compartment can accommodate a 15- to 17-inch laptop. A second zippered back pocket can hold a tablet.

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Briefly: Akvis SmartMask 5.0, ClickInstall 4.0

07/12, 5:59pm

Akvis updates SmartMask, adds compatibility with Photoshop CC 2014

Akvis has announced the release of its newest version of SmartMask, an image selection tool for photo editing. The software handles a selection of objects, and processes both soft and sharp edges. Available as a standalone program as well as a plug-in for photo editors, SmartMask v5.0 includes a new Share option for publishing images on desired social networks, with background color options availble prior to uploading. The maximum size of the Eraser and History Brush tools has been increased, and the Magic Brush has been improved.

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Briefly: Akvis' Pastel image editor, Popjam kid-friendly platform

07/05, 9:40pm

Akvis Pastel released, available as standalone app and Photoshop plug-in filter

Akvis has announced the release of Pastel, a photo-to-painting image editor available for both Windows and OS X. Offering a variety of presets as well as detailed setting options, users of Pastel can create images that appear as though they are paintings from digital or scanned photographs. Its adjustable effect parameters function as an artistic filter, with advanced brush tools that assist in refining the result.

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Briefly: iPad Air and iPad mini folio cases, Akvis MultiBrush 8.0

04/24, 10:02pm

Kensington announces new 'Me' Folio cases for iPad Air and iPad mini

Mobile accessories company Kensington has announced its new line of Portafolio Me and Comercio Me customizable folio cases for iPad Air and iPad mini. Designed to allow for aesthetic customization, the folios feature a scratch-resistant picture window and removable panel for inserting any desired image for display. Special case models include one of thousands of officially-licensed designs and logos. The case design also incorporates SoundWave speaker channels that improve audio quality through redirecting sound towards the listener. Both folios are available in red and "smoke" color options, and are priced at $40.

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Briefly: SwitchEasy's new folios and case, Akvis' NatureArt 5.5

12/16, 1:00pm

New folio cases for iPad mini with Retina display, holiday case for iPhone 5/5s/5c

Tech accessories designer SwitchEasy has released its latest protective cases for mobile Apple devices. Available for the iPad mini with Retina display are Canvas and Pelle folios. Also available for the iPhone 5 family is a holiday version of the Melt case, Melt Snow.

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Briefly: Amberlight art tool launched, Akvis' OilPaint brush effects

12/10, 2:30pm

Amberlight released at introductory price on App Store

Escape Motions has announced the official release of Amberlight for Windows and Mac OS. Described as similar to fractal programs, Amberlight is equipped with original mathematics and an easy-to-use interface, and is intended to be accessible to beginner artists as well as useful for advanced users. Featuring unique math algorithms, Amberlight can produce complex visual patterns and gradients for one's images. The art tool can create high-resolution pictures for print media, and includes a high-performance renderer.

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Briefly: Akvis Magnifier adds 64 bit, interior design app MyFourWalls

11/22, 2:45pm

AKVIS Magnifier 7.0 launched, a free upgrade for registered users

Image processing developer, Akvis, has announced its release of version 7 of Magnifier. Available for Windows and Mac operating systems, Magnifier provides tools to resize digital images without losing quality, and is able to not only reduce an image's resolution, but increase it by dozens of times with no halos or artifacts. Intended to be easily configurable, Magnifier can be used with its preset tools or have its parameters adjusted to one's preference. Version 7 of Magnifier includes new tools as well as native support for 64-bit for Windows.

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AKVIS launched automated retouching app, MakeUp 1.0

06/23, 1:00am

App can automatically retouch batches of images

Akvis has launched Akvis MakeUp 1.0, a new image-editing app for retouching facial and skin elements. The program automates skin retouching without affecting any other elements of a image, and can run in a batch, processing each image in a folder. It automatically hides small imperfections in skin tones, but can also be used manually to find the "golden mean" between glamor and authenticity. The software runs as a standalone app or a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, compatible with v6.0 up to CS5 64-bit and Adobe Photoshop Elements versions 1-9. It is also available for Windows.

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AKVIS MultiBrush 5 adds drawing tools, layer editing

04/30, 11:30am

Utility available standalone or as plug-in

AKVIS has released a major update to its photo enhancement and retouching software, MultiBrush, Version 5 now includes drawing tools, while allowing users to edit a photo in layers. The new Artistic Tools palette offers a variety of creative entries that mimic implements such as an oil brush, roller, felt-tip marker, chalk, artistic pencil, and artistic eraser.

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AKVIS ArtWork 3.0 adds Pen & Ink technique

09/08, 2:20pm

ArtWork 3.0 add one technique, updates two more

AKVIS has upgraded its paint simulation software, releasing AKVIS ArtWork 3.0. The software, available as a standalone application or as a plug-in to software like Photoshop and Corel's Photo-Paint, applies paint effects to digital photos, now with three painting techniques available. Version 3.0 adds a new technique, Pen & Ink, which simulates drawings made in ink on paper styling, with customizable ink and background colors.

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SmartMask 2.5 improves eyedropper tool, compatibility

06/05, 4:50pm

SmartMask update

Akvis has released SmartMask 2.5, an update to its image selection and masking plug-in. The latest version features enhanced eyedropper tools with greater flexibility, along with improved support for Photoshop CS3/CS4 on Mac systems. The company also added French and Porgugese localization options for the interface language.

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AKVIS unveils ArtWork photo to oil painting converter

11/20, 1:25am

AKVIS ArtWork

AKVIS has unveiled ArtWork 1.0, a program that applies oil painting techniques to digital images. The program allows pictures to be transformed into oil portraits, landscape paintings, or still life creations. Users can work in an assisted mode, or let the software work automatically. A "virtual artist" visually lays the brush strokes onto the reference image. The Stroke Direction tool gives full control over the guiding lines. Other options can be used to adjust the canvas material or add signatures.

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AKVIS Retoucher Plug-in 3.0 released

06/17, 8:00am

AKVIS Retoucher 3.0 ships

AKVIS on Tuesday released version 3.0 of its Retoucher plug-in for Mac and Windows. Promising to add new life to photos damaged by dust, scratches and age, or improving the composition of digital images, the plug-in is designed to 'restore damaged photographs to optimal condition with minimal effort and amazing results'. Integrating seamlessly with a host of established image manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Corel Paint Shop, Retoucher 3.0 is aimed at both amateurs and professionals alike -- AKVIS promises that it is possible to 'master the program within minutes'.

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ArtSuite 3.0 adds new photo effects

03/05, 2:45pm

ArtSuite 3.0 released

AKVIS has released ArtSuite 3.0, an update to the company's photo editing application and plug-in that adds three new effects as well as an 'Autorun' button. The new effects, which arrive alongside a Spanish version of the software, are titled 'Black&White,' 'Shift Colors,' and 'Channel Mixer.' ArtSuite 3.0 provides users with 15 total effects as well as a Pattern Library to generate a wide array of different effects. The software is priced at $50.

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AKVIS releases SmartMask plug-in

02/07, 9:15am

AKVIS SmartMask plug-in

AKVIS has released SmartMask 1.2, a plug-in for programs including Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro. The software is designed to ease the process of masking, which often requires complex object selection made difficult by surrounding objects. To remedy this SmartMask supplies red and blue pencils, with the blue being used to draw a line inside a desired object, and the red used to assign a general outline. The computer will then attempt to select the desired object.

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Briefly: Reviews, MacBook tops Amazon.com

12/26, 6:10pm

Reviews, MacBook tops list

In brief: MacNN has reviewed Need for Speed Carbon as well as AKVIS Chameleon 5, Apple's MacBook took one of the top three sales spots during Amazon.com's holiday season, and 'Toon Santa' is offering free 3D models of Apple's iPhone, iPod, and iMac. MacNN has reviewed Need for Speed Carbon ($40, shown at right), an arcade-style street and canyon racing game that features music from popular artists like electro-clash Ladytron and Australia-based Wolfmother.

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AKVIS Frame Suite Christmas decorations

12/17, 10:35am

AKVIS Frame Suite 2.6

AKVIS has released AKVIS Frame Suite 2.6 for Mac and Windows systems. AKVIS Frame Suite enables users to apply frames and edge effects to pictures, simplifying the process of creating greeting cards from personal photos. The latest revision adds new Christmas decorations to the pattern library, joining the 12 edge effects to provide a vast number of photo frame possibilities. AKVIS Frame Suite 2.6 is available for $50, and requires a G3 or better Mac. The software is also compatible with Mac OS X Leopard.

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Noise Buster 5 contains standalone app, more

12/03, 5:05pm

AKVIS Noise Buster 5

AKVIS today unveiled Noise Buster 5.0, introducing a new algorithm designed to reduce digital noise in photographs. Noise Buster is optimized for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and features a new histogram for displaying noise level and noise components. A standalone version of the plugin is also included, allowing users to fix images outside of Photoshop. Users can either set Noise Buster to work automatically, or they can customize the settings and get a specific effect. AKVIS is selling the new version of Noise Buster for $50, and requires Mac OS 10.3.9 or higher.

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