Apple Adds Additional RAW Support in Mac OS X 10.6.5

Apple Aperture 3

Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6.5 update has added system-wide support (including Aperture and iPhoto) for a number of new RAW formats captured by the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon PowerShot S95
  • Hasselblad H4D-40
  • Nikon D3100
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
  • Sony DSLR-A290
  • Sony DSLR-A560
  • Sony DSLR-A580
  • Sony SLT-A33
  • Sony SLT-A55

The update is available via systems updates in Mac OS X 10.6.

Animoto Plug-in for Apple Aperture

Apple Aperture 3

Animoto has released a free plug-in for Apple Aperture users.

Available at no charge, the plug-in lets Aperture users initiate Animoto video projects from directly within Aperture. Now, even when working in Aperture, photographers are only a few clicks away from a stunning Animoto video. -Animoto

You can download the plug-in from Animoto here.

15″ MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 Review

Apple’s latest batch of 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pros step up from the Core 2 Duo processors in favor of Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors.  The new 15″ MacBook Pro is currently the only model available with an Intel Core i7 processor – and it is wicked fast.

Read the full review over at Tech Tilt: 15″ MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 Review

Apple Issues Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3

Apple Aperture 3

Apple has updated its Camera RAW compatibility to version 3.3 and extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’09 for the following cameras: [Read more...]

Apple Refreshes iMac and Mac Pro Lines

Apple has updated its iMac and Mac Pro line to include the latest Intel processors, adding Core i7 as an iMac option and a dual processor 12-core Mac Pro option.

Additional product releases include a Magic Trackpad for adding MacBook trackpad functionality to desktops, and a new 27″ LED Cinema Display.

Full details at Tech Tilt: Apple Updates iMac and Mac Pro, Introduces Magic Trackpad and New 27-inch LED Cinema Display.

Also, working pros who demand serious horsepower should checkout this insightful post from digital imaging technician, Brook Willard: The State of Apple’s Professional Line.  I’m not trying to pile on by any means; however, I think Brook makes some important points about the lack of USB 3.0 and limited PCI slots, among others.  Your thoughts?

AutoStitch 3.0 Steps Up Panoramic Photography on iPhone

iPhone photographers are getting improvements in panoramic efforts with the latest version of the AutoStitch iPhone app.  You can use AutoStitch 3.0 to create iPhone panoramic images up to 20MP in size.  The app will also adjust for brightness variations across a range of images.  AutoStitch 3.0 also allows you to share your images on Facebook or via email from within the app.

AutoStitch 3.0 runs $2.99 and is available through the App Store in the Photography category. The full App Store name is AutoStitch Panorama.

[Cloudburstresearch.com]

Lightroom for iPad? Adobe says: It’s Hard to Make It Work

Over on his blog today, John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop,  briefly spoke about the huge demand for a Lightroom App for the Apple iPad and how hard that it is to make it work right.  Adobe’s Terry White had previously given us a wink and a nod that we might see Lightroom soon on the iPad, and Nack’s brief commentary suggests Adobe is hard at work to make it happen. However, citing Camera Bits’ troubles, it looks Abode is running into similar road blocks that other app developers have faced when it comes to making a truly worthwhile app for photographers.

Head on over to John Nack’s blog to see his thoughts, and speculate as you see fit.