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Adobe announced that the new Creative Suite 5 will be unveiled on 12 April 2010.  Here’s a sneak peak video on one of the newest function, the “content aware” fill tool.  This really blows my mind away.

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According to Adobe, the following were updated for Lightroom 2.4

  • Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Nikon D5000 and Canon EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i)
  • Several corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases which includes the following –
  1. Web galleries with a Collection Title of six characters would not export or upload
  2. The crop aspect ratio could revert to the last selected ratio even when reset to original
  3. The crop aspect ratio in Quick Develop could be lost after a crop adjustment
  4. The crop aspect ratio lock could be lost after an orientation switch
  5. Images could preview incorrectly when imported using the MTP/PTP USB protocol
  6. Sony .ARW files may not have been recognized by Lightroom’s import dialog
  7. The Japanese language configuration of Lightroom on Mac OS X 10.5 could fail to switch to the print module if the HP B9180 was set as the default printer
  8. Metadata options that are intended for use were dimmed incorrectly when exporting DNG files
  9. The Japanese language configuration of Lightroom on Mac OS X was missing a shortcut for “Zoom Out”
  10. Several translation and shortcut corrections were made for the eight additional languages introduced with Lightroom 2.3

For details and download link, go to Adobe’s download page, link here.

As for Camera RAW 5.4, a number of new cameras were added to the update. One thing to note though is that the Camera Raw 5.4 plug-in is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS4. Hmm…..

For the full read on the Camera RAW 5.4, check out the readme link here.

The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed.

Release Notes for Lightroom 2.3

The goal of this release is to address several bugs and provide additional camera raw support. A list of issues fixed in this release is included below:

Bugs – Fixed

  • In the Windows 64-bit version of Lightroom an sFTP upload process could cause Lightroom to crash.
  • Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback.
  • A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2.
  • Lightroom 2.2 could cause disc burning to fail for Windows customers.

Camera Support
Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30

Additional Languages
Lightroom 2.3 now provides language support for the following additional languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Download link for Lightroom 2.3 Release candidate here.

Release Notes for Camera Raw 5.3

Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30

This release is not currently compatible with After Effects. This will be addressed before the final release

This release addresses possible artifacts that could appear in Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files.

Download link for Camera Raw 5.3 Release Candidate here.

Source – Adobe Labs

[Updaed: 15 January 2009] Firmware v1.2 is out, check out the download site here.  Changes in this firmware update:

  1. Improved white balance flash mode setting when DMW-FL220 is connected.
  2. Proper setting of shutter speed on iA mode and Scene mode when OIS is turned ON.
  3. Proper Exif information in the JPEG picture file.

[Updated: 9 January 2009] According to Panasonic, the download site is temporally closed due to Next version of firmware, It is scheduled on 15 January 2009.

Hmm….. gonna wait and see what changes this time or the fact that they screwed up the last firmware update.

[Updated: 15 December 2008] The link is up now.

[27 November 2008] Panasonic is announcing a firmware update service for the DMC-LX3, Ver1.1. This new firmware includes a compatibility update for the optional FL220 flash unit, and improves auto white balance performance under different color temperatures and lighting.

Panasonic invites all users of DMC-LX3 to apply the updated firmware. The new firmware will be available worldwide on 15th of December, 2008 at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/.

lumixflashAt the same time, Panasonic is also introducing a new flashgun for its point-and-shoot line of cameras.  The new DMW-FL220 features GN22 flash covering full 24mm wide angle while maintaining outstanding mobility. The DMW-FL220 is compatible with DMC-L1, L10, G1, FZ50 and LX3.

Source – Panasonic, DPReview

Poladroid is now available not only just on Mac but PC as well, check it out at http://www.poladroid.net/

Source – thedigitallifestyle

This from DPReview:

“Canon has released updated firmware for the EOS 5D Mk II. Firmware v1.0.7 addresses the ‘black dot’ and vertical banding issues experienced by users of firmware 1.0.6. The latest version can be downloaded from Canon’s website. The company also asks users to update their DPP and Picture Style Editor software.”

Important information for EOS 5D Mark II users.

We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera (with firmware version 1.0.6) have identified two types of image quality phenomena that appear under certain shooting conditions.

  1. “Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
  2. Vertical banding noise

Details of the phenomena and shooting conditions under which they are likely to occur (if the firmware is version 1.0.6) are as follows:

  1. “Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
    When shooting night scenes, the right side of point light sources (such as lights from building windows) may become black. The phenomenon may become visible if the images are enlarged to 100% or above on a monitor or if extremely large prints of the images are made.
  2. Vertical banding noise
    If the recording format is set to sRAW1, vertical banding noise may become visible depending on the camera settings, subject, and background.
    ▪ Vertical banding noise is not noticeable if the recording format is set to sRAW2.
    ▪ Vertical banding noise does not occur if the recording format is set to RAW or JPEG.
    ▪ Noise can be reduced if C.Fn II-3: Highlight tone priority is set to 0: Disable.

Firmware version 1.0.7. that addresses these phenomena is now available for downloading from the following Web site:

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html

Source – DPReview

Finally, Google released the Picasa for Mac beta. Check it out here.

Shot taken down Glocester Road

Shot taken down Gloucester Road

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For those who watched the Tilt Shift video from Canon EOS 5D Mark Ii in my previous post must be drooling over it. Well now for US$1.99, you can get this great TiltShift app from Michael Krause on your iPhone.  The result, not too shabby right?

Check it out on iTunes Shop or check out the following link here.

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Finally got around to get some color management going.

Originally planned to go out  and shop for a Spyder, went down to Sim City in Mongkok for a spin and saw the Spyder line on special at DC Fever, the Spyder 2 Express was going for HK$680 and the Spyder 3 Pro was going for HK$1,480.  The plan was to go for the Spyder 3 Pro as I have two monitors hooked up for for my Lightroom settings plus the MacBook Pro for maneuvering around town  and being able to calibrate multiple monitors is a must factor.  In addition, being able to monitor constant ambient light is also a big plus, but as I was checking out other stores, I saw the Huey Pro (which performs the same functions as the Spyder 3 Pro) which have been out of stock for a while.  Asked the guy at the shop and he offered HK$780.00, not bad at all and I grabbed it right away.

Got home, took me less than 30 minutes to calibrate the two monitors and the MacBook Pro, woot.  As for the results, sure looks good.Woot for color management.

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.2 update includes these enhancements:

• Additional camera support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon PowerShot G10, Panasonic DMC-LX3 and more
• Includes several corrections for issues introduced by the Lightroom 2.0 release

Click here for the release details and download link.

Source – Adobe