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Adobe Lightroom 3 released

Adobe has released the highly anticipated Adobe Lightroom 3 software which is faster, bigger and better than the Lightroom 2 that it replaces. It has tons of improvements and even allows the management of video files for a more complete management of your work. This is my favourite software for organising all my photos, performing raw conversions and just keeping my workflow as simple as possible and avoid switching between multipla programs.

Official pres release is pasted below and you can go to this link to get a more complete snapshot of what’s new in this release.

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif., – June 8, 2010 – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) Lightroom(r) 3 software for Windows(r) and Macintosh, the essential digital photography workflow solution that allows photographers to quickly organize, enhance and showcase their images from one application. First released as a public beta in October 2009, the final version of Lightroom 3 introduces a completely redesigned performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and provides an unrivaled raw processing engine with noise reduction and sharpening tools to achieve the highest image quality. The 64-bit capable Lightroom 3 includes new features that optimize workflows and allow images to be shared in creative ways, including support for DSLR video files and tethered shooting on select cameras.

“There have been over 600,000 downloads of the Lightroom 3 public beta, which has supplied us with a huge amount of valuable feedback from a passionate community of professional and advanced amateur photographers,” said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Digital Imaging at Adobe. “The open dialog we have with our customers allows us to further improve Lightroom and provide the best tools they need to produce high-quality images.  We’re happy to see that so many people are anxiously anticipating the final release, so they can start taking advantage of all the new features they had a hand in developing.”

Public Beta Process Perfects Lightroom 3 New Features
Re-built from its core to be lightening fast and responsive, Lightroom 3 adds power throughout the application to provide a fluid experience for photographers. Images load almost instantaneously, and the import experience has been redesigned to be more intuitive, with added previews and default selections that give users quick access to sort through and find images. Helping streamline and adapt to photographers’ changing workflows, Lightroom 3 now allows users to import and manage DSLR video files, as well as take advantage of tethered shooting for select Nikon and Canon cameras.

New state-of-the-art photographic tools help photographers bring out the best in their images. Unrivaled Luminance and Color Noise Reduction tools help produce a clearer picture from high ISO or underexposed images while still preserving details. The highly-requested Automatic Lens Correction feature can dramatically improve the results possible with any lens by allowing users to apply profiles that correct for undesirable geometric distortions, chromatic aberrations, and lens vignette effects that most lenses introduce to the image. Users now also have a straighten tool to perfect vertical and horizontal perspective, additional presets for applying more photographic adjustment styles, and three new contemporary vignette styles and a Grain effect to add a more natural look with images.

Lightroom 3 Expands Image Showcasing
Output options have also been enhanced in this release, with new capabilities to publish collections on online sharing sites. Flickr(r) users have the ability to synch their accounts to Lightroom with one click, and integration with additional online photo sharing sites can be added via third-party plug-ins. Customizable print layouts provide more refined control over how photographers present final images, and new watermarking features with options to modify text, size, location and style, help give professionals and amateurs flexibility for branding images. Lightroom 3 now also includes the ability to export polished slideshows as video files with the option to add audio and title screens.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for Windows and Macintosh is available now at www.adobe.com/store, for pre-order via Amazon.com and NewEgg.com and will be available soon at retail and online outlets such as Frys, BestBuy.com, Costco.com, Walmart.com, Staples.com, OfficeMax.com, OfficeDepot.com and select camera stores.

The estimated street price is USD $299 for new users with an upgrade price of USD$99 for qualified registered Lightroom users. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OS X v 10.5, 10.6 with Intel(r) based processor, or Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 7, Windows Vista(r) Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise or Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Intel(r) Pentium(r) 4 processor, 2 GB RAM and a 1,024×768 resolution screen.

Additional information on product features, upgrade policies, pricing, and language versions is available on www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom. Join the Lightroom community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lightroom) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/lightroom).

First Apple iPhone 4 sample photos

Apple has put up some “untouched original” sample photos taken with the 5MP camera that’s onboard the new iPhone4 and it looks very impressive indeed. It will be interesting how it will fair up when shot indoors in a more difficult lighting situation. But these bright outdoor photos look as good as any standalone digital camera and looks to surpass most if not all current mobile phones in terms of sheer detail and clarity. However, you can see that it does have some noise reduction artifacts that makes some parts of the image more like a water paint than a photo. Still, it definitely doesn’t affect the feel of the photo too much and doesn’t show up on most other photos so I think it’s a good compromise. See a 100% crop image below for what I mean.

Unfortunately, there’s still no sign of any 720P at 30fps sample HD videos yet but when it’s out, you’ll be sure to see it mentioned here.

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Nokia showcases the creative power of Nokia N8

 

Following the Part 1 video showing us the overview of the Nokia N8, Nokia has put out a Part 2 video this time showcasing its creative side. The video goes through the super speedy photo browser, editing the photos in-phone and also the very user friendly Video Editor. Seeing as though Apple iPhone with iOS4 will also have this feature included, it will be interesting to see how this will compare. Nokia N8 is scheduled to be released at Q3 this year.

For those who do not know what Nokia N8 is all about, check out my article @ Capsule Computers before I started ShootSpeak.

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Apple iPhone 4 offically announced

Apple has finally unveiled the mysteries behind the new iPhone4. We all knew how it looked like (thanks to Gizmodo) but  now we know what it is capable of as well. It’s definitely a step up from the iPhone 3GS but it doesn’t look like it is a revolutionaly new device in terms of hardware and its capabilitities that many of us hoped for. (Such as a higher megapixel camera, extra memory card support, 3G video call support etc) Nontheless, I’m sure this will be even a bigger hit than the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

– 960×640 IPS Multi-touch capcitive LCD (awesome)
– Same 1Ghz A4 CPU as iPad (speedy 1ghz Cortex A8)
–  5MP Camera with LED flash (meh)
– 720P HD Video recording at 30fps (getting fairly common now)
–  16GB or 32GB built-in storage. No extra microsd slot. (meh)
– Can do video calls but only over wifi and only between  iPhone4 (what?)
– Hardened glass body. Both front and back. (very sexy)
–  US$199 for 16GB and US$299 for 32GB model. (quite cheap)

More info @ Apple.com