June Software Announcements

Latest announcement on top, pushing earlier ones down

June 29 — Nikon ViewNX-i 1.2.2 fixes two problems and now allows MP4 files to be uploaded to Nikon Image Space.

June 23 — Apple Digital Camera Raw 6.20 adds support for Canon 1DxII, 80D, T6, 1300D, X80, and G7XII; Olympus Pen-F; Panasonic GF8, GX7II, GX80, GX85, ZX100, TZ100, TX1; and Sony RX10III. Note that this only applies to El Capitan; earlier versions of OS X do not get this update.

June 23 — Topaz Impression 2 adds 30 new effects, a larger brush panel, masking, and brush customization. The update is free to existing Impression owners.

June 23 — CaptureOne 9.2 adds a number of new workflow accelerators, including shortcuts in navigating the library more efficiently, creating a new album from the selection, and better support for round-tripping to the Helicon Focus application. The update also brings D500 support. The full list of new features and what they allow can be found on the CaptureOne Blog. The update is free to 9.x owners, US$99 for users of version 7 or 8. 

June 21 — Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 adds Content-Aware Crop, Face-Aware Liquify, Match Font, and new workspaces for selection and masking. Documents are opened faster, the Libraries panel has been updated, dartboards improved, the ability to embed color profiles with PNG and JPG files easily has been added, plus many more minor touches (most of which don’t impact photographers). 

One thing to watch out for: this is a new version of Photoshop, so what happens is that CC 2015.1 is uninstalled by default, and your third-party plug-ins disappear and need to be reinstalled. The slightly good news is that Adobe promises that this is the last time that plug-ins should need to be re-installed, as there’s a new global location for those in CC 2015.5. Sure. I’ll believe an Adobe promise ;~)

Update: the plug-in makers have to change their installer to use the new “shared Creative Cloud plug-in location.” On Windows, that new location is Drive\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CC. For Macs: Drive/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Plug-ins/CC. 

Adobe put up a page of many commonly used plug-ins that points to the installers for those products at http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/plugins.html. Not all plug-ins yet support the shared location, though. For example, the Nik plug-ins from Google don’t appear to have been updated this way, while OnOne updated their plug-ins to version 10.5.1 so that they correctly install in the shared location. 

Scott Kelby has a short video about moving to Photoshop CC 2015.5 with your plug-ins, but I think that he’s glossing over things a bit, as many of the plug-ins I have and use don’t install into the new folder location. 

If you’re having troubles with re-installing plug-ins correctly, go to your vendors’ support pages/forums. Many of them have already been updated with information on how to install into the new shared folder (or fix a botched install).

Adobe has updated both Lightroom and the ACR component of Photoshop. Lightroom 2015.5.1 and 6.5.1 and ACR 9.6 add support for the Pentax K1 and Sony RX10III cameras, but mostly concentrates on bug fixes, of which there are many, some of them significant for Nikon users. For example, EXIF lens data was not being imported in some situations, and the new release fixes this. There’s also a fix for getting back that information for imported pictures that are missing it. Also, dependencies on Apple’s Quicktime for Windows have been removed for security reasons. 

In addition, Lightroom added a few new bits, specifically a Guided Upright to correct perspective distortion. A new Transform panel in the Development module allows you to define up to four guides to which the program will attempt to align horizontal and vertical lines in your image. The update is free to current users and installed via the Creative Cloud installer.

DxO OpticsPro 11 (Mac/Win) is out. This major update includes a revision to the Prime noise reduction scheme to make it faster and better, automated detection and correction of red eye, a full screen display mode, new rating and filtering shortcuts, a face detection mode that uses that information to better alter the tone map of the entire image, better preservation of mid-tones, and an auto micro contrast control that enhances detail but considers subject and ISO when doing so. There’s also a dehaze function called ClearView, the ability to batch presets together to create a master preset, plus news lens correction modules. Updates for existing version 10 users are about US$70.  

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