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Digital Camera RAW update supports more cameras

Digital Camera RAW update supports more cameras

If you are a photographer who cannot yet use the raw format for your new camera in Apple's Aperture or iPhoto programs, then Apple has released an update that might help.

Apple is continuously adding support for the various raw formats to its programs, and regularly releases Digital Camera RAW updates for Aperture and iPhoto. The latest update, released today, adds support for the following camera makes and models:

Canon PowerShot G1 X Nikon D4 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ35 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ38 Samsung NX200 Sony Alpha NEX-7 Sony NEX-VG20

The update is a small 7.5MB download … Read more

Apple releases Aperture 3.2.3 and Epson Printer Driver update

Apple releases Aperture 3.2.3 and Epson Printer Driver update

Recently Apple updated iPhoto and other software packages to make it possible to delete photos from the Photo Stream feature that is part of its iCloud service. Today Apple has further supported this option by adding it to its Aperture professional photo management tool in an update that is available today.

The Aperture update also addresses small performance and stability issues, and is recommended for anyone using Aperture, especially for those who make use of iCloud.

The Aperture update is around 635MB in size, and should be available via Software Update if you have Aperture 3.2 installed on your … Read more

New Apple app roundup for iOS

New Apple app roundup for iOS

This was a big week for Apple with the announcement of the new iPad, and though I got to play with it a little bit at the event Wednesday, I really can't wait to put it through its paces when it's finally released March 16.

With that said, the new iPad wasn't the only thing released on Wednesday; Apple also announced the availability of several updates to iOS apps, including the new iPhoto for iOS.

This week's collection of iOS apps is a little different than usual. Instead of a themed collection, I'm going to list the Apple apps released this week so you can have them all in one place. Click the name of the link to head to our download page, or click the link at the end of each one to read our hands-on articles about each of the apps.… Read more

Apple updates iPhoto and GarageBand for OS X

Apple updates iPhoto and GarageBand for OS X

As part of the new iPad announcement Apple released new versions of iPhoto and GarageBand for iOS, but in addition Apple updated the existing versions of these programs for its Mac OS X platform.

The update for iPhoto is fairly sizable at 354.57MB, which may seem a bit strange given that its only new feature is the ability to delete photos from the iCloud Photo Stream (a feature that Apple also included in iOS 5.1); however, the update does also include fixes and enhancements included in the previous 9.2.0 update, such as problems with rebuilding libraries, … Read more

Adobe releases Lightroom 4--at half the price

Adobe releases Lightroom 4--at half the price

Adobe released the fourth version of its Lightroom software today, adding video abilities and editing finesse while cutting its price in half.

Lightroom 4 costs $149 new and $79 as an upgrade, a big step down from the earlier prices of $299 new and $99 upgrade. That's going the same direction Apple has with its competing Aperture, though not as dramatically: an introductory $499 price, then a drop to $199, and in the App Store version now, $80. You can download Lightroom 4 for Windows and Mac.

Lightroom is geared for photography professionals and enthusiasts, especially those who want … Read more

Photoshop touches down on the iPad

Photoshop touches down on the iPad

Just a few months after its first suite of Creative apps debuted on Android, Adobe makes good on shipping its flagship Photoshop Touch for iPad. The app, which is as close to identical to the Android version as is possible given the platform differences, is available on iTunes for the same $9.99; it requires an iPad 2 running iOS 5. Adobe says the iPadification of the rest of the Touch apps is under way.… Read more

Do more than add photo effects on iOS

Do more than add photo effects on iOS

I've written about several iOS apps here that add effects to your photos, but most are just for adding a retro look, tuning your images, or making a photo look hip for social networking sites. I've found some great ones like PhotoToaster, Photogene2, and SnapSeed, but there's another genre of apps that make even more drastic changes to your images.

This week's collection of iOS apps is about taking your photos to the extreme. The first turns your images into line-drawn cartoons. The second fills in your image with words to produce a thought-provoking effect. The third puts your image through a coffee grinder, and brews up a bubbly colorful mosaic.… Read more

How to use the Chromebook photo editor

How to use the Chromebook photo editor

The Chromebook photo editor is not a Chrome app, as you might think. It's integrated into the file manager. To use it, launch the file manager by hitting Ctrl+M, then navigate to where your photo is located.

Once you click on the photo you want to edit, two options will appear in the lower right-hand corner--View and Edit and Delete. Click on View and Edit to launch the photo editor.

You can allow Chrome OS to autofix the image or crop it.

You can also change the brightness and contrast, or change the orientation of the image.

That'… Read more

Adobe Revel gets Android importer

Adobe tosses a bone to Android users who subscribe to Revel (nee Carousel), its Apple-only photo-collaboration service. Its new Revel importer Android app does exactly what it says and no more: allows you to upload images from your Android device into your Carousels. You can set it to autoupload, as well as upload straight from the camera. When you select photos to upload, the app will indicate whether or not you've already transferred them.

That's pretty much it.

If you use Revel on multiple platforms, this is disappointing. Forget the editing capabilities: you still can't sync Carousels … Read more

Photoshop CS6 puts photo manipulation on steroids

Photoshop CS6 puts photo manipulation on steroids

In the current Photoshop CS5, Adobe introduced a technology called content-aware fill that could automatically fill in a hole left when a portion of the image was excised. In the upcoming CS6, the company will take that idea much farther.

In the company's fourth Photoshop CS6 preview, Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes showed two new ways to use the tool.

The existing tool fills in holes by making its best guess where to find filler material elsewhere in the image. O'Neil Hughes said that with the new version, photographers will be able to pick the … Read more