New camera API for Android not included in KitKat release
Google could be working on a way for Android devices to handle RAW image files, alongside the current JPEG images created by the current camera. The public source code for the mobile operating system shows a camera API for Android that was not added to KitKat before its release, due to a comment claiming it was "not ready yet" for inclusion.
Tweaked conversion system improves color, hue of uploaded RAW files
Google has updated its social network to improve the way it handles RAW images. Changes to its RAW-to-JPEG conversion system, credited to Nik Photography, will mean that the converted images shown on Google+ will now match the RAW file more closely in terms of color and hue, while still keeping the uploaded RAW files untouched.
Update available for Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11 in Mountain Lion
On Thursday, Apple updated its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility file to version 4.06, adding support for 13 new cameras. The update is only for users of Aperture 3.x or iPhoto '11 (any version) running either 10.7.5 (OS X Lion) or 10.8.2 (OS X Mountain Lion) or higher. The update adds three Canon EOS models, four Nikon models, the Hasselblad Lunar and the Sony Alpha NEX-3N. The update is automatically available through Software Update, and can also be downloaded direction from Apple's Support Downloads page.
Adds six new support camera models
Apple late today has issued Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.13, adding support for six new and recent camera models now on the market. The new update adds support for models from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony. Still missing from the list of supported cameras (among other models) is the Fujifilm X-S1, a high-end "superzoom" camera we reviewed in late March. The new update requires OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Adds support for eight new cameras
Apple has posted an update for iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3 to add new camera compatibility. Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update v3.10 adds support for models from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony and a total of eight new cameras. Notably missing from the list of compatible cameras is the Fujifilm X10, a well-reviewed mid-range camera we tested earlier this week. The update requires Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or OS X Lion 10.7.1 or later.
Windows update improves calendar syncing
Apple today posted updates to improve the calendar-syncing experience for Windows Outlook users of the company's MobileMe service, as well as expand the ability of iPhoto '11 and Aperture v3 to recognize RAW files from recent digital cameras. The Windows Control Panel for MobileMe v1.6.4 was originally posted in late October and does not appear to list any differences with that version, but the file itself has grown from 5.88MB in its October iteration to 6.2MB today.
X2 series cards: Class 6 speeds in 4GB, 8GB
[Sponsored Post] Eye-Fi recently has organized its new generation X2 line of Eye-Fi WiFi SD camera cards, with each adding specific capabilities as the price increases. The cards allow users to effortlessly take of the "chore" of uploading photos automatically to their computer or specific websites. The Connect X2, Explore X2, Geo X2 and Pro X2 all work to move images off a camera's SD card wirelessly, but then they each specialize from there. All the cards offer wireless ranges of 90 feet outdoors and 45 feet indoors and support protected WiFi networks, including 64-/128-bit WEP and WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.
Update covers Canon, Olympus, Sony cameras
Apple on Thursday released a RAW compatibility update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09. Version 3.2 extends support to a list of new cameras including the Canon EOS Rebel T2i, 550D and Kiss X4; Leica S2; Olympus E-450, E600, and E-620; Sony Alpha DSLR-A230, A330, A380, and A450. The update also addresses RAW processing issues with the Canon EOS 30D, Pentax K-x and K-7.
Support for cameras from Leica, Pentax, Sony
Apple on Thursday released a RAW compatibility update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09. Version 3.1 expands the list of supported cameras to include the Hasselblad H3DII-50, Leica M9 and X1, Olympus E-P1 and E-P2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, Pentax K-7 and K-x, and Sony's DSLR-A500, -A550 and -A850.
Image editor adds new file format, layer groups
Flying Meat has launched Acorn 2.0, an update to its image-editing software. The bitmap-based software uses layers and blending modes to implement photo-editing techniques, allowing for experimentation and easy placement of text and objects, while protecting the image at the base. It has screen shot capabilities, can export images for the web, and has filters with chaining support.
Adobe ships Camera Raw
Adobe Labs has announced the availability of release candidates for v5.5 of its Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop, along with an update to the company's DNG Converter. The latest version of Camera Raw expands support for several new cameras including the Nikon D300s, Nikon D3000, Olympus E-P1 and Panasonic DMC-FZ35.
Apple has released software updates for Aperture 2, iPhoto '08 and iPhoto '09, along with a firmware update that is designed to extend the battery life of MacBooks. Owners of Nikon D3X and Epson R-D1x digital cameras will now be able to upload RAW-format images to Apple's photo software. The update also addresses compatibility issues with specific cameras and improves overall stability.
Nikon debuts P6000
Nikon on Thursday introduced its newest flagship COOLPIX P6000 compact camera. Offering 13.5 megapixel resolution, the solid Magnesium alloy P6000 includes a new, built-in global positioning system (GPS) unit for geo-tagging photos, RAW file support, my Picturetown connectivity with built-in uploading functions via the built-in Ethernet and Nikon's exclusive EXPEED image processing. The P6000 can record "geotags" of a photo's location with both latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates and users can pinpoint the location via maps available in Nikon ViewNX Software.
Adobe PS Lightroom 2
Adobe on Tuesday unveiled Photoshop Lightroom 2, a major update to its photo management, tweaking, and presenting software, offering users enhancements such as dual-monitor support, non-destructive localized image correction, and improved search capabilities. Lightroom 2 also marks Adobe's first attempt at a fully 64-bit application, offering improved memory performance when dealing with large image files. Adobe is offering Lightroom 2 for $300, with an upgrade available for $100.
Portrait Professional Mac
Anthropics Technology on Thursday unveiled Portrait Professional 8 for the Mac, offering users intelligent portrait touchup software, which the developer claims will create custom controls specifically for a given image. Portrait Professional offers users over 80 beautifying controls that can soften skin tones, change hair and eye color, reduce pore size, or add an airbrushed effect, as well as many others. Portrait Professional 8 for Mac sells for $80, with a RAW-enabled version available for $120.
Apple RAW 2.0 update
Apple today unveiled Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.0 for Aperture 2 and iPhoto 7.1.2, which patches a security hole, and adds many RAW formats from several different vendors. The patch fixes a problem wherein Adobe Digital Negative files could trigger a buffer overflow condition, which could allow users to craft malicious image files with the intent of decreasing system stability, or taking control of a computer.