Apple's new photography app is superb
Ditch iPhoto, ditch Aperture, ditch Light -- okay, no, let's not go crazy here. You should probably keep Lightroom if you have it and definitely also Photoshop or Pixelmator. Hold on to those because Apple's new Photos app does not replace them -- but it is so very good that you'll find yourself using them less. You may also find yourself taking more photos. You just won't realize that the first time you open up Photos. This free app, included in the new OS X 10.10.3, is a very bald, white, minimalist application that initially takes some time to get going.
Point and scan feature makes this app quick and convenient
From the makers of PDFpen for Mac and iOS comes the newly-updated PDFpen Scan+ which is a way to quickly photograph documents and turn the text into something you can then copy out, email, or reuse anywhere else. The new version now automatically crops photographs, so you don't end up with hundreds of shots of the edge of your desk. It also increases the speed of scanning thanks to new automated features.
Part of the US tradition of 'inventor-heros,' captured in pre-Mac era
A rarely-seen picture of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs is now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The image, part of the "American Cool" exhibit, shows a bearded, long-haired Jobs from 1981, riding a motorcycle between meetings on Apple's campus. The photographer responsible for the image, Charles O'Rear, is also well-known for the iconic, digitally-generated "Rolling hills/Teletubbyland" background used for Microsoft's Windows XP.
Second Dropbox acquisition in two-week period
Cloud-storage service Dropbox has acquired Snapjoy, a photograph aggregation site. Snapjoy collects together images captured on a camera or phone, as well as those posted on social sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr, and allowed users to view their entire collection through an app for iOS or the service's website.
Method to detect perfect shot at apex of camera throw
Nikon has received a patent for a way to protect a device being used in "camera tossing." The Japanese patent details how a camera could detect the highest point in its trajectory in order to take a photograph, as well as to brace itself for impact as it falls back down by retracting and covering the lens.
CEO Tim Cook addresses colleagues on campus
Apple has posted a photograph from today's remembrance of the company's co-founder, Steve Jobs, showing CEO Tim Cook addressing a large assembly of Apple employees at the company's main Cupertino campus. The title of the photograph refers to the gathering as a "celebration of Steve Jobs' life" and features large banners of the iconic chairman and former CEO of the company at various stages of his career.
New architecture brings faster performance
Adobe has released a public beta of the upcoming Photoshop Lightroom 3 photography software. The utility has been revamped with new architecture claimed to bring improvements to overall performance, while the raw processing engine also received an overhaul. Import handling has been enhanced, with a focus on making the process more streamlined.
Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a new technology for viewing and relating photographs called Photosynth, offering users a three-dimensional, 360-degree view of almost any environment. Microsoft claims the software provides users with the ability to share "the places and things [they] love using the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world."
First Look: Bling! It
To sell items on auction sites like eBay, you need to show others what you’re selling. Take a good picture of the most run-down item and it can still attract buyers. Take a lousy picture of the most valuable item and the picture alone can turn off potential buyers. To increase your chances of attracting buyers and making a sale, take the best pictures possible. If your pictures still look drab and dull, spice them up with Bling! It.