Tiffen has updated its Photo fx App to version 4 for the iPhone and iPod Touch. [Read more…]
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?
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.
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.
Apple has just announced the iPhone 4. Among many other new features, the iPhone 4 steps up its imaging capabilities with a 5-megapixel backlit sensor, 720p HD video capture, an LED flash and video light, touch to focus operation for both still and video and a 5x digital zoom.
What’s more, you can shoot from the front or back since cameras are on both sides of the iPhone 4. The resolution drops to VGA-quality when using the front camera; however, the front-facing camera’s primary function seems to be dedicated to FaceTime, which is Apple’s name for video calling.
You can also download a new iMovie for iPhone app for $4.99, which gives you non-linear editing capabilities for your videos captured with your iPhone. The iMovie app includes 5 themes, which allow you to add title sequences and different transitions. Sliding your finger along the timeline lets you scrub through footage, just like traditional NLEs. And, you can pinch to zoom to check out footage and details up close. Using the iPhone’s GPS features, you can let iMovie for iPhone insert your location into your titles within videos.
If you want to put your movie to a soundtrack, you can choose from built-in music that matches the themes, or you can pull music from your song library on your iPhone. You can also drop photos into you iMovie for iPhone project and it will automatically apply the Ken Burns effect. Once you’re project is complete, you can email, upload to YouTube, send via MMS or share on MobileMe. Once you sync your iPhone with your computer, the Movie will transfer during the sync process.
The iPhone 4 really steps up the game on the creativity side of things. Only considering the new camera, HD video capture and iMovie app, the iPhone 4 seems pretty amazing. However, these new updates only scratch the surface of the iPhone 4’s new features. To get the full scoop, check out the iPhone 4 Overview at Tech Tilt.
Apple has updated Aperture 3 to version 3.0.3, which is intended to improve stability and fix a number of issues, including the following areas:
- Applying adjustments such as Retouch or Chromatic Aberration
- Creating and using Raw Fine Tuning presets
- Viewing, adding and removing detected faces
- Switching target printers and paper sizes when printing
- Duplicating Smart Albums
- Repairing and rebuilding Aperture libraries
- Reconnecting referenced files
- Working with GPS track files in Places
- Searching for keywords in the Query HUD or Keyword Controls
Apple has released Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.2, which extends RAW image format support in Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’09 for a number of cameras.
- Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D / Kiss X4
- Leica S2
- Olympus E-450
- Olympus E-600
- Olympus E-620
- Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
- Sony Alpha DSLR-A330
- Sony Alpha DSLR-A380
- Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
You can download the update from Apple’s website.