Apr 272016
 

ON1-Photo-RAW-Icon-300x300.pngPortland, OR – April 26, 2016 – ON1, Inc. today announced ON1 Photo RAW, the first all-new RAW processor and non-destructive photo editor to be released in more than a decade. With modern code optimized for today’s super-megapixel cameras and high-performance computer graphics systems, Photo RAW will be the world’s fastest, most flexible, and easiest-to-use RAW processor and photo editor on the market when it is released this fall.

The current class of RAW-based photo editors all have their heritage from the early days of digital photography, when most digital cameras had less than 10 megapixels, and computer processing power was a fraction of that found in modern PCs. When used with today’s popular 42- and 50-megapixel cameras, existing programs can often take seconds to render small portions of a RAW image and perform adjustments. Several years in the making, Photo RAW, with its modern RAW processing engine, is tuned for today’s sensors and graphics chips. It will open 50-megapixel images in a fraction of a second on a standard PC or Mac, and perform edits in real-time, without slider lag or frustrating waits for redraw.

 

Developed over the last several years, ON1 Photo RAW is built around ON1 Browse, the company’s lightning-fast photo browser, and will not require photographers to import and catalog their photos; an often painful and time-consuming process required before editing can begin. ON1 Browse is an integral part of Photo RAW, offering quick and easy ways to tag, rate, make color and tone adjustments, or add effects to their photos. Without catalogs, professionals will be able to make adjustments to photos and fellow colleagues can access and edit where they left off. This combination of a fast photo browser with instantaneous RAW processing will deliver a fluid, streamlined workflow to process any amount of photos all at once. Select one or 101 photos, make a few develop adjustments and all of the photos update automatically in real time.

ON1 Photo RAW’s instruction-based, non-destructive workflow will also surpass today’s RAW processors in other key ways. In addition to customary re-editable adjustments such as exposure, contrast, color, shadows and highlights, Photo RAW will also offer non-destructive effects and portrait retouching, something not present in any photo editor on the market. The complex filters found in ON1 Effects and ON1 Portrait—including Lens Blur, Skin Retouching, Dynamic Contrast, HDR Look and many more—are all available in Photo RAW’s non-destructive workflow. The controls found throughout ON1 Photo RAW will also respond in real-time by leveraging modern video cards, using the latest versions of OpenGL and OpenCL.

ON1 Photo RAW will include built-in layers, brushes, and advanced masking tools, making it a full RAW processor and complete photo editor in a single app. And, unlike any other photo app, Photo RAW will work the way you want, and where you want. For photographers with established workflows, Photo RAW will work seamlessly as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom®, Photoshop®, and Corel®; a standalone host app for Google® Nik Collection and other photo editors; or as an extension to Apple® Photos. Common file formats—including JPEG, TIF, PSD, PSB, PND, and DNG—will be supported and will benefit from the speed and performance of the app.

Price and Availability
ON1 Photo RAW will be available this fall. You can pre-order ON1 Photo RAW today by becoming an ON1 Plus Pro Member at $149.99/yr. Plus Pro members receive a perpetual license for all ON1 apps (not a subscription) and will be the first to receive the app once it becomes available. If you want to purchase ON1 Photo RAW without becoming an ON1 Plus Pro Member, you can submit your email address on the ON1 Photo RAW web page to get the latest news, videos, beta, and pre-order announcements.

Owners of previous versions of ON1 Photo will have the option to upgrade to ON1 Photo RAW. The upgrade price will be determined at a later date. There will be special pricing for Photo 10 purchasers. Customers will be notified over the course of the next several months providing their upgrade information.

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About onOne Software

onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative software tools for photographers, develops timesaving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers. onOne Software solutions have been created to help photographers spend more of their time behind the camera taking pictures instead of the computer workstation. Such solutions include a wide range of easy-to-use standalone applications and plug-in enhancements for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and iPhone and iPad applications. Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit https://www.on1.com/ or call 1-888-968-1468.

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Mar 172016
 

COPENHAGEN, March 17, 2016 — Phase One, the world’s leading medium format camera system and professional imaging software provider today released Capture One Pro 9.1. Focus for this release has been the fashion and still life photographer segment, with special attention to the demands of fast-paced work environments.

Known by professionals for its excellent tethering abilities, color management, and intuitive, user-definable, interface, Capture One Pro is used by photographers that demand exceptional image quality.

Capture One Pro 9.1 builds on the design objectives for greater quality, power and precision introduced last year with version 9.0 — adding workflow accelerators and providing a superior integrated workflow.

Capture One Pro 9.1 is free to existing 9 users. To see the Capture One Pro 9.1 feature set in action, visit: www.phaseone.com/nineone

Capture One Pro 9.1 highlights include:

New Workflow Tools:

  • ‘Copy from last’ has been re-designed for rotation, allowing for easier workflow when doing overhead shots;
  • Copy from last’ has been re-designed to allow the inclusion of metadata, making shot-to-shot application of copyright and other metadata easier and more intuitive;
  • Rotatable Live View – live view can be orientated for still life work with next captures mirroring the live view orientation;
  • Improved Shortcuts – a number of extra shortcuts are added to aid the professional workflow – reset counters, layer controls, and “select by…” are added to help in all areas of the workflow.

New Image Editing Tools:

  • New Skin Tone Uniformity Tool for saturation and lightness;
  • New Color Editor Tools – the Color Editor Skin Tone Tool adds uniformity sliders for saturation and lightness, helping to correct for uneven skin tones.

Asset management tools:

  • Export/Output keyword restrictions – control and limit the keyword libraries output to final file;
  • Sequence tool management for the XF Camera System (with Feature Update #2) – Images captured via the XF’s new Focus Stack, HDR Sequence and Time-lapse Tools are automatically tagged and can be automated in to collections easily

“Capture One Pro 9.1 is about quality of life improvements for working photographers,” said James Johnson, Phase One Software Product Manager. “We’ve been listening to our core user base and made some valuable additions to the application, designed ultimately to help with efficiency. In the ever increasingly competitive marketplace, production value is all about better workflow and less work.”

About Capture One
Originally developed to render the exceptional image quality captured by medium format Phase One camera systems, Capture One Pro 9 offers the same superior RAW conversion to more than 400 different camera models.

To see how Capture One Pro can boost your productivity, download the free 30-day trial from www.phaseone.com/download. A full list of the 400+ supported cameras can be found in the release notes.

Availability and Pricing
Capture One 9.1 is free for existing Capture One 9 customers. New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 9 for 299 USD / 279 EUR. Owners of versions Capture One Pro 7 or 8 may upgrade for 99 USD / 99 EUR.

Capture One Pro 9 is available now for the Mac and Windows operating systems online at www.phaseone.com/store and from Phase One authorized partners worldwide. www.phaseone.com/partners.

Capture One Pro is also available by subscription. Existing subscribers can simply download the new Capture One Pro 9 release, as subscriptions are good for all new and previous versions of Capture One Pro. A single-user subscription is 12 USD / 15 EUR per month for a 12-month plan. Please see all subscription options at www.phaseone.com/store

About Phase One
Phase One A/S is the world-leading provider of medium format digital photography systems and imaging solutions for professional photographers and industrial applications. Established in the early 1990s, Phase One is a true digital photography pioneer with a passionate commitment to image quality excellence and creative freedom. Phase One’s engineering and design expertise has produced imaging breakthroughs from high- resolution camera systems to advanced software for better photographic workflows and raw file editing. Phase One’s understanding and ability to optimize hardware and software integration underscores their award winning Capture One Pro software – widely preferred by professional photographers.

Phase One’s industrial division focuses on imaging accuracy for industrial applications ranging from aerial image acquisition to cultural heritage preservation – from mapping the globe, to protecting priceless works of art and documents.

Today, with control over all aspects of the medium format camera system supply chain, Phase One is uniquely positioned to help photographers and imaging experts everywhere stand out above the competition and realize their creative visions without compromise.

Based in Copenhagen Denmark and embracing the high demand of Scandinavian design excellence, Phase One is dedicated to delivering the best image quality and user experience. With offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tel Aviv, and with its expert teams of global partners, Phase One is committed to serving and supporting its customers worldwide. Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Mar 172016
 

Once upon a time, there was a Danish company that decided to make medium format digital cameras. This company was made up of hard working engineers who wanted to make the best medium format digital camera in the world. To this end, the engineers strived for perfection in all of their endeavors. But the software available for developing the images captured by their very fine cameras did not satisfy them. So they got their software engineering friends to write a program to do the job the way they wanted. They did so and the software they created made their photographs look even more amazing.
Photographers from around the world loved the Danish camera company and their software. But the Danish cameras were very expensive, and some of the poor photographers wept that they could not take such beautiful images with their Japanese cameras. The Danish camera company felt bad for the poor photographers and decided to make their magic software compatible with their Japanese cameras. This made the poor photographers very happy as they could now make images almost as beautiful as the Danish cameras.

-excerpt from Mother Goose’s History of Phase One

 

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Apr 082014
 

As part of my workflow, I use Photo Mechanic 5 to import the images from my memory cards into my Mac Pro. As part of the ingestion process, I have PM5 make a backup copy of all incoming files on my Thecus NAS. Everything was hunky-dory until the most recent update to Mavericks (10.9.2) where Apple switched over to SMB2 from SMB. If you are connecting to newer Windows machines, this is not an issue. But older devices (or Linux-based ones running Samba) don’t support SMB2 and data transfer rates suffer immensely because of it. Normally, a 1200 image session would take about an hour to process, but this transformed into a 21 hour torture session. This needed to be fixed now.

I have tried various workarounds to force my Mac back to SMB but they do not seem to make any difference. My Windows machines all talk to the NAS without issues. I tried to mount the share using NFS (Network File Sharing – a Unix/Linux network protocol) but I configured my NAS with ZFS (Zettabyte File System) which precludes the use of NFS. Another solution needed to be found.

I had noticed that if I FTP to my NAS, I can connect quickly and transfer files very rapidly over the local network. Using an FTP client (or even a command line script) was impractical as PM5 could not work with it directly and it would add an additional step in the process. What was needed was an FTP client that could mount FTP sites like local drives.

Searching around, I first tried a freeware solution, MacFusion. However, this application depends on MacFuse to be installed and the MacFuse project is dead and there is no support for Mavericks. Fuse for OS X supports Mavericks, but MacFusion is not setup to call it and the developers have also moved on to other projects. Searching around some more, I discovered ExpanDrive – a commercial utility that allows you to mount remote file systems as local drives. ExpanDrive supports: SSH (SFTP), FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, RackSpace Cloud Files, OpenStack Swift Storage, DreamHost DreamObjects, Box.com, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

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The native FTP server on my NAS is a little flaky so I loaded up a copy of Filezilla Server on one of my Windows servers. Once I configured my account to include a virtual folder pointing to my Photo share on my NAS, it was child’s play to set up ExpanDrive to mount that as a drive on my Mac. Now I can upload images to my backup location at full speed once again.

[DISCLOSURE: I purchased a copy of ExpanDrive after I tried the free trial. I have not contacted nor have been contacted by the developers in any way. Nor have I been compensated in any way (other than being able to upload my photos at reasonable speeds once again).]

Nov 122013
 

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (November 11, 2013) – Plustek Technology Inc. (www.plustek.com/usa), a manufacturer of imaging and security devices, announced today its new OpticFilm 120 film scanner has shipped to retailers and is now in-stock and readily available for purchase by consumers. The OpticFilm 120 delivers professional-quality images from 35mm filmstrips, slides, and 120/220 film formats from 6×4.5 up to 6×12.

 

“We are pleased the OpticFilm 120 will be available to consumers in time for the holiday season,” said Mark Druziak, Plustek’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “This scanner is perfect for professional and semi-professional photographers due to its outstanding image quality and automation.”

Bundled with the purchase of the OpticFilm 120 scanner is SilverFast Ai Studio 8 by LaserSoft Imaging, which includes Multi-Exposure and iSRD – two essential technologies for scanning filmstrips and slides. Multi-Exposure enhances dynamic range, diminishes noise and enriches image detail and iSRD electronically removes dust and scratches from film using a special built-in infrared channel.

 

The superior image quality of the OpticFilm 120 is backed by state-of-the-art optical and electronic systems; including an eight-element glass lens and stable LED light source, providing a measured resolution of 5,300 dpi. These unique attributes bring photographers an image quality that previously was found only in drum scanners.

 

Additional Key Features:

  • Scans 35mm and 120/220mm film.
  • Supports 6×5, 6×6, 6×7, 6×9 and 6×12 frame sizes.
  • Measured resolution of 5,300 dpi.
  • Patent-pending adjustable-pitch 120/220 film holder is easy to load and holds filmstrips flat.
  • IT8 calibration target included for color accuracy.
  • Infrared channel for dust and scratch removal.
  • Motorized film transport for automatic batch scanning.
  • Folding rear cover saves desktop space and prevents dust from entering the scanner.
  • Efficient, power-saving design.
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • USB 2.0 Interface.

 

Sales/Purchase

Plustek’s OpticFilm 120 is now available at selected resellers, including Adorama, Amazon, B&H Photo Video, CDW, Newegg, PC Nation, Samy’s Camera, Vistek and others.

 

ABOUT PLUSTEK

A scanner and security devices manufacturer, Plustek is ISO 9002 certified (since 1986) and operates in more than 20 counties around the word. www.plustek.com/usa