As a replacement for the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro that a lot of pro video and photo editors use, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display may sound mighty tasty. Faster innards, with a high-resolution, high-contrast 15.4-inch display and all the essential ports -- as long as you're willing to possibly have to waste one of the two essential Thunderbolt ports with dongles for FireWire and Ethernet -- at a lighter 4.5 pounds is a potentially winning combination if you've been schlepping around one of the older, heavier models. On the downside, still a glossy screen, though Apple claims less glare.… Read more
Adobe Systems released Lightroom 4.1 last night, supporting new cameras and lenses, squashing some bugs, adding a couple of notable features -- and in at least one high-profile case, contributing to the angst of a customer of Apple's rival Aperture software.
Aperture beat Lightroom to market and leapfrogged it with lower pricing in this category for higher-end photo editing and cataloging software. But this market is Adobe's bread and butter, and the company is working hard to turn the crank for improvements as fast as it can. More on that competition and customer angst later, but first, … Read more
For photographers who use the raw sensor data format for image manipulation, Apple has issued an update that supports new camera models from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony.
The raw format is a device-specific collection of raw sensor data (hence the name) that, like the film of a contemporary camera, can be manipulated in similar ways that a developer could use to produce unique adjustments to the image that cannot be done with the final positive bitmap image. Since the sensors and other features in each camera are different, each device will have its own raw format and needs … Read more
Evidently the Canon 5D Mark III SLR must be a pretty hot item.
Because Apple just released an update to its Mac OS X camera support whose sole purpose is to let iPhoto, Aperture, and other photo applications view and edit the new camera's raw images.
Usually such Apple updates add support for a collection of new cameras, but time is of the essence now that the 5D Mark III is shipping. Many photographers who use this class of camera shoot raw images (data taken directly from the image sensor, not processed into JPEG by the camera) for the … Read more
Apple has released an update to let Mac users view and edit raw files from several new high-end cameras, including the new $800 PowerShot G1 X, Canon's answer to the parade of high-end mirrorless compact cameras with interchangeable lenses.
Also supported is Nikon's new flagship SLR, the D4.
Raw photo formats, taken directly from the image sensor without in-camera processing into a JPEG, permit greater flexibility and quality for editing. But they require manual processing with software, and this update means Apple's iPhoto and Aperture can handle the shots. The proprietary raw formats aren't standard, so … Read more
Apple is continuously adding support for the various raw formats to its programs, and regularly releases Digital Camera RAW updates for Aperture and iPhoto. The latest update, released today, adds support for the following camera makes and models:Canon PowerShot G1 X Nikon D4 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ35 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ38 Samsung NX200 Sony Alpha NEX-7 Sony NEX-VG20
The update is a small 7.5MB download … Read more
Recently Apple updated iPhoto and other software packages to make it possible to delete photos from the Photo Stream feature that is part of its iCloud service. Today Apple has further supported this option by adding it to its Aperture professional photo management tool in an update that is available today.
The Aperture update also addresses small performance and stability issues, and is recommended for anyone using Aperture, especially for those who make use of iCloud.
The Aperture update is around 635MB in size, and should be available via Software Update if you have Aperture 3.2 installed on your … Read more
Apple has released an update for OS X that supplies additional raw format compatibility support to the operating system. The update will implement this support in Apple's consumer photo management tool, iPhoto '11, and also in its professional Aperture 3 program.
The update adds raw format support for the following cameras:Canon PowerShot S100 Nikon 1 J1 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon Coolpix P7100 Olympus PEN E-PL1s Olympus PEN E-PL3 Olympus PEN E-PM1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Sony Alpha NEX-5N Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Unlike other image formats, the raw is device-specific, as it accommodates all the unique and … Read more
In the last couple of days Apple has released updates for EFI firmware to address Thunderbolt compatibility issues, as well as iPhoto to fix a crash with third-party video codecs. Today Apple continues its latest round of updates with updates for both Aperture and its support for the latest printers from HP and Epson.
As with iPhoto, the Aperture update is just a point release (Version 3.2.1) that resolves a few issues with the program, including the following:Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly at launch on Macs with Core Duo processors Addresses problems … Read more
Today Apple issued an update for its iPhoto consumer photo management tool that provides support for iCloud. In addition, Apple has updated its Aperture photo management tool for professionals and enthusiasts to support the same new features, bringing the latest version to 3.2.
In addition to the new features, the Aperture 3.2 update includes bug fixes and stability enhancements that, according to the information page on the update, include the following:Resolves an issue that could cause the "Loading" indicator to reappear in the Viewer when cropping a photo. Aperture now automatically relaunches into Full Screen … Read more