2017-2018 Digital Photography Software News

Perfectly Clear 3.0

Perfectly Clear for Photoshop and Lightroom (also Photoshop Elements and Paintshop Pro) is a new version of a plug-in a lot of photographers use. Among other new changes there's now a face-aware exposure selection, that uses skin tone values to clean up the image automatically. Version 3 also adds a custom toolbar and presets, a strength slider for presets, a new Blush makeup selection to warm cheeks, and Image Ambulance, a way to fix very under or over exposed images.

If you order at the discounted price of US$89 you'll also receive a Pro's Toolbox Preset Pack, Digital Film Looks Pac, and a short course in how to use the product. 

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Exposure X2 Advanced Layers

Alien Skin's Exposure X2 converter and editing software has added some new features. A new non-destructive layering system enables you to stack effects. Quick exports allows you to define simultaneous outputs, meaning you can save Web, for publication, for social media, and other different size/quality exports with a single command. 

Presets have a new level of flexibility to them, allowing you to separate and mix different presets together. A new Vintage Platinum and some new Bright (low contrast) presets are now available, as well. 

Windows users now have support for high DPI-displays (the macOS version already supported Retina displays). 

New support has been added for the Canon 5D IV and 80D cameras, as well as corrections for several Fujifilm lenses. 

The update is free to current users.

How Did Nikon Fix Transfer for macOS Sierra?

Oh dear.

As many of you D500 owners discovered, Transfer 2, the free ingest program that Nikon supplies with View NX-i, garbled raw files being transferred. Nikon's solution in the latest version of View NX-i and Transfer 2 is this:

"Removable Disk (including memory cards inserted in card readers or card slots) cannot currently be selected as a source in macOS Sierra 10.12 or later. Pictures can be copied from memory cards to your computer using a camera that supports PTP, or you can use the Finder or Image Capture on your computer."

Great solution, Nikon: tell the user they can't use your product any more because you haven't got your head out of your butt when it comes to software. Oh, and by the way Nikon, where is the list of cameras that support PTP? ;~)

I stopped recommending Nikon software a couple of years ago, and even took my book on Nikon software off the market as part of that decision. 

Simply put, Nikon software can no longer be assumed to continue to work as expected across any OS update, particularly on the Macintosh side. This baffles the hell out of me. At the moment, for example, Apple has provided five betas to developers for the next version of macOS Sierra. This is pretty typical. What that means is that Nikon is not testing Apple betas against Nikon software, let alone working to fix any issues that arise during the beta process. 

The management at Nikon has completely lost the thread, it seems. What's the point of putting removable media into cameras if you're not going to support that correctly downstream? And oh, by the way, how come none of the other ingest software products have this problem? 

I thought I was clear on this before, but I find that I have to be unbelievably blunt now: Nikon should clear the decks on the software side—and I'm not sure firmware shouldn't be in that purge, too—and either build and fund a proper software team or get out of the business. Nikon products are beginning to no longer work as expected. And then you wonder why you don't sell as many?

The Latest Adobe Updates

Lightroom CC 2015.9 (6.9) have appeared with the following changes:

  • Synchronization error reporting has been improved.
  • The Olympus E-M1 Mark II now has full camera profile support.
  • The following new cameras have initial support: Canon G9XII, Fujifilm GFX50s, X100F, X-A10, X-T10, Leica M10, Panasonic FZ80, GF9, GH5, TZ82, and the Phase One IQ3 100mp back.
  • New lens profiles for several recent Canon lenses (including M lenses), the Fujifilm X100F, several Tamron lenses, and several Sony and third party E/FE lenses.
  • 25 user-reported bugs were fixed. 

ACR 9.9 gets the same camera/lens additions.

Lumenzia 3.0

Lumenzia 3.0 is an interesting Photoshop extension programmed entirely in Javascript. This product allows easy creation and use of of BlendIf masks, local contrast adjustment, color masks, and of course, luminosity masks. 

While a bit geeky in nature, if you take the time to learn how to use the product you'll find it a shortcut to changing targeted areas of your image in various ways: selective sharpening, isolating sky tonality changes, lifting or changing of shadows, adjusting various tonalities against one another, and so on. 

Lumenzia is a product I added to my Photoshop arsenal back when it was still in 1.x status, and it continues to improve with each new iteration. 

Iridient Developer Updates

Iridient Developer 3.1.4 and X-Transformer 1.0 beta 3 now support the Canon G9 X Mark II and the EOS M6, the Fujifilm X-T20, X100F, X-A10, and GFX 50S, the Panasonic GH5 and FZ80, the Pentax KP, the Leica M10, and the Sigma sd Quattro H in DNG format. 

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