2017-2018 Digital Photography Software News

Eye-Fi Backtracks

Earlier I had written about the end-of-life for older Eye-Fi cards that was coming up. Eye-Fi has now had a change of heart is preparing a new version of the Macintosh X2 Utility that will permit those older cards to continue working on Macs (Windows is not a given; Eye-Fi is still evaluating whether they can do the same for that OS before the end of August shutdown of the old version). 

The solution isn’t perfectly simple. You’ll need to uninstall your old Eye-Fi desktop software and download the new Eye-Fi X2 Utility. This is not a permanent solution, and no new features are being added. This is solely to give owners of older cards more time to find a longer term solution, which of course Eye-Fi wants to be Mobi or Mobi Pro Eye-Fi cards.

Mac users can download the new X2 Utility immediately. See this page.

Update: As of August 31st, the Windows version of the X2 Utility that maintains compatibility with the early Eye-Fi cards is also available.

Topaz Updates Glow

Glow 2.0 adds 50 new effects, unlimited Undo/Redo, plus an integrated masking systems with almost 30 blend modes. Update is free to current owners of Topaz Glow.

FoCal 2.2 Adds Canon Support

Version 2.2 of FoCal adds support for the Canon 1Dx Mark II and the Canon 80D. In addition, some new comparison data has been added, as well as internal processing improvements.

Apple Store Updates

Several photography-related apps updated for the Macintosh while I was offline in August:

  • Pixelmator 3.5.1 includes quite a few bug fixes and improvements in the exporting of images.
  • PhotoSweeper 2.2.6 has better integration with Apple Photos.
  • Raw Right Away 3.4.0 has fixed issues with Nikon EXIF data.

Nikon Lens Distortion Updates

Nikon issued version 2.105 of the Lens Distortion Control Data, which is applicable to the following cameras: D90, D3200, D3300, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, D500, and all FX cameras except for the D700 and D3 models. Make sure that your camera firmware is updated before attempting the lens distortion table update. In addition to updating the tables for the newest Nikkor lenses, Nikon fixed a problem where the D7200 wasn’t displaying Auto Distortion Control as available in some situations. 

Nikon’s lens data update

Nikon Software Updates

To work with the D3400, Nikon has updated a number of their core software products:

  • Capture NX-D version 1.4.2
  • View NX-i version 1.2.3
  • Picture Control Utility version 2.2.1
  • NEF Codec version 1.29.0

The combined NX-D/NX-i installer has also been updated to version 1.16.040.

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