Phase One used Photokina to announce and release version 8 of their Capture One raw converter. New features include a Film Grain tool that attempts to emulate the effects of film, Clone and Heal layers, a full complement of Local Adjustments, Black and White Conversion, an HDR tool (single capture), and Catalogs. The new version is also said to be faster at importing and processing images, and can take use of multiple graphic cards to further speed things up (hint: new MacPro). Apple Aperture users will also see a useful conversion from Aperture to Capture One Pro 8, including full transfer of their cataloging work.
Overall, the new Capture One is designed to work a bit more like Lightroom, opening into a catalog view of your files.
I pointed the new program at one folder of my recent Africa images. If you can’t read that box in the screen shot: “Generated 826 out of 3168 previews — About an hour left.” Ugh. This is on a souped up older MacPro, too. The number of Nikon-specific lens profiles is also somewhat limited at the moment: not a single one of the lenses I was using on my recent trip are profiled and can have automatic lens corrections applied. On the other hand, the range of options for dealing with and modifying the image have increased to the point where you probably don’t need anything else unless you need to make edits at the pixel level, and Phase One’s color seems to be more spot on for Nikon bodies than Adobe’s.
Upgrades are US$99, while the full version is US$299. You can also subscribe to program for US$10/month on an annual basis. A 60-day fully functional trial is available here.