ACDSee 16 is the latest version of this pro-class photo editor and collection manager. It's compatible with previous ACD Systems releases and comes with a database upgrade wizard. ACDSee 16 continues to emphasize ease of use and customer service. It still makes it easy to post and share images online, but it adds new features like the Info Palette, which collects and displays image data in one convenient spot; the Reverse Geocode feature for adding geotags; the Lens Blur tool for creating realistic bokeh effects; and Tilt-Shift for transforming images into simulated miniature scale models. Extras include slideshow, wallpaper, … Read more
Photographers of any skill level, from amateur to professional, will appreciate FX Photo Studio Pro's offerings of tools and filters. With over 150 effects to choose from and manual controls to adjust critical elements of your photos, FX Photo Studio makes a great addition to any Editor's toolbox.
Ideal for when you need to make crucial adjustments to your images quickly, FX Photo Studio's layout will win over novices and professionals, alike, with its approachable and intuitive interface. The small learning curve means you hit the ground running minutes after installation. You can add different filter effects … Read more
Ah, physics. The cold, hard reality of how things work so often gets in the way of how we would prefer them to work.
But when it comes to the field of microscopy, which has been held back by the physical limitations of optical lenses, a group of engineers at Caltech say they've been able to use a computational approach to bypass these limitations -- and that the final images produced using their new system contain 100 times more information. What's more, the system costs just $200 to implement with a conventional microscope.
In a nutshell, the limitations … Read more
Since I started writing content for the How To blog, screenshots have become a staple of my work. Usually their purpose is to show the reader how to perform an action in a more precise way than words can express.
As you may imagine, I have tried a lot of different ways to take and save screenshots. The most basic method, PrtScr (Print Screen), still requires pasting the copied image into an editor and then saving it. While this is great because it is built-in, it makes the process more complex than necessary. Even though none of the screenshot utilities … Read more
Creative types alienated by Adobe Systems' Creative Cloud subscription program have a new alternative for some of their work: new image-editing, illustration, and layout software from Xara.
Last week, the U.K. company released the new version 9 of Xara Page & Layout Designer, and this week, it released the ninth version of its flagship product, Xara Designer Pro X9. The former is geared for page design tasks for which people might use Adobe InDesign, and the latter bundles that layout tool with the company's other newer version 9 products, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer X9 for illustration and … Read more
With both 64-bit and 256-bit encryption options and passwords that accept almost any character, Image Encrypt Batch Tools has the power to secure your images so they can't be viewed without your password. Even if snoops get their hands on your pics, they can't open them. As SwMost's documentation points out, no encryption key is completely unbreakable. But Image Encrypt Batch Tools' 256-bit encryption option will take some effort to break.
Image Encrypt Batch Tools opens with a small interface, half of which is taken up with an attractive coastal scene. We had two choices to make … Read more
Gmail for iPhone offers a self-contained alternative to the Mail app built into every iOS device, and for those with Gmail accounts, it is a very good experience, all but eliminating connection issues and delays. While the core functionality is roughly the same between Gmail and Mail, the added features that have been part of Gmail for the better part of a decade are on full display here and they make Gmail for iPhone one of the best all-around mail apps on the App Store.
Gmail for iPhone is a self-contained app that doesn't require integration with any of … Read more
The publisher of the Walking Dead, Saga, Witchblade, and the Savage Dragon announced on Tuesday that it's closing the book on digital rights management. New books from Image Comics are now available for digital download from its online store without DRM.
Readers can purchase new books from ImageComics.com in several platform-agnostic formats: PDF, EPUB, CBR, and CBZ. Previous publishing agreements haven't changed, so people who prefer to buy from proprietary apps such as Comixology, Amazon, and Apple will still be able to do so.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Guy dressed as Darth Vader runs Death Valley in 129-degree heat.
- Grenades and #travel: the TSA wins Instagram with its feed of confiscated items.
- For the first time, you can actually own the comics you buy.
- U.S. police go high-tech to tackle Fourth of July celebratory gunfire.