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Monday, 5 June 2017

New Apple iMac Pro





Unusually for Apple in today’s keynote we get a sneak peak of the forthcoming “iMac Pro”.  Its dark grey instead of silver like the updated regular iMacs and it does look cool.

Apple also announced the next Mac OS “High Sierra” and iOS11 for tablets and phones. The iPad Pro will have an enhanced refresh rate giving an almost instant response when using the Apple pencil. Apple has also informed us that Serif is immediately releasing Affinity Photo for the iPad including the ability to work with layers. The ability to drag & drop also comes to the iPad.

Home Pod is a new deep base speaker from Apple Music featuring ambient energy to revolutionise music listening in the home.

The app Store is getting a complete revamp with a “Today” page featuring the latest apps and games. Apple Pay brings personal peer to peer encrypted payments.

An upgraded Safari will become the fastest web browser ever.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Adobe Releases Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 & Lightroom 6.10.1




This is a minor update which fixes the unusual error messaging when editing externally in Photoshop from the Lightroom Library. There are no new features, but new camera and lens support has been added.

New Camera Support

-Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 (DC-TZ90, DC-TZ91, DC-TZ92, DC-TZ93)
-Sony A9 (ILCE-9)

Lens Correction Support

Sony FE
-Zeiss Batis 2.8/135
 
Fixed Bug - Inaccurate message when using Edit-In Photoshop

-Adobe has corrected this issue and you should no longer be receiving this
error message.  Since the update of Lightroom to CC2015.10 and Camera Raw to 9.10 (within Photoshop CC2017.1), there was a warning message when using the option to Edit in Photoshop, that ACR 9.10 may be required, even though ACR 9.10 had already been
installed.





Simultaneously with this dot release of the Lightroom desktop application, Adobe has issued updates for Lightroom Mobile.



Android

-HDR support for the Samsung S8 and S8+. Full list of supported cameras now Samsung S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL.

-Improved HDR quality and ghost reduction
-Support for latest cameras and lenses found in the ACR 9.10.1 release
-General stability improvements

iOS

-A fix that resolves an issue that affected some users with photographs named with special characters

-A fix for a bug that caused a crash for some users when relaunching the app
-A fix for loading images into Lightroom for iOS from Google Photos or Snapseed
-A fix that resolves an issue when loading images that were synced to Apple Photos from iTunes
-Support for latest cameras and lenses found in the ACR 9.10.1 release
-General stability improvements

 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Adobe Releases Lightroom CC 2015.10 and LR6.10




With a corresponding release of an ACR update for Photoshop CC this is a minor update adding new camera and lens support and some bug fixes.


New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10 / 6.10

Canon EOS M6
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T7i (EOS 800D, EOS Kiss X9i)
Canon EOS 77D (EOS 9000D)
Pentax KP

Mac users will be pleased to hear that Adobe has made progress in fixing the black panel issue and have reduced the chances that you will see the issue again. This was mainly intermittent, often fixed by tabbing or clicking the dock icon, but requiring some users to quit and re-start the application.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lightroom Mobile Updates

Adobe Announces versions 2.3 (Android) and 2.7 (iOS)





This release includes HDR capture for compatible cameras. Subscribers to Creative Cloud or Photography Plan have access to the selective adjustment tools and it’s cool to be able to switch between linear and radial filters using a single icon.Once a selective adjustment has been added to an image, I like the ability to click the edit pin to quickly duplicate or tweak the effect on another area of the image; simply by dragging.

Summary of Enhancements

Android
HDR Capture
Local Adjustments
Speed and stability improvements

iOS
HDR Capture
Export Original
Speed Flagging (the improvement/reintroduction of)
Prevent from sleeping while on power
Better sync
Improvements to capture UI
General UI improvements across the app
Bug fixes and speed improvements






Lightroom Mobile continues to evolve in the right direction and the latest enhancements to the built-in Adobe Camera app compliment the Professional Mode and DNG capture capability with compatible cameras on devices such as some iPhone 6 & 7 models, Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPad Pro 9.7. The video below demonstrates the benefits of DNG capture and how to shoot in the raw format.


It should be noted that capturing in the High Dynamic Range DNG format will result in larger files requiring future devices with more storage and sufficient RAM for processing. 



I have not been able to test this new feature as my older Galaxy Note does not have a 12mp supported camera, however the ability to shoot HDR images in DNG format is unlike any other camera app.

 






Lightroom Update
Along with the updates to Lightroom Mobile, Adobe has released the latest update to Lightroom for the desktop; LR 6.9/CC 2015.9 together with Camera Raw 9.9

New camera support is added for the following camera models:

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Fujifilm GFX 50S
Fujifilm X100F
Fujifilm X-A10
Fujifilm X-T20
Leica M10
Olympus E-M1 Mark II
Panasonic DC-FZ80 (DC-FZ82, DC-FZ85)
Panasonic DC-GF9 (DC-GX850, DC-GX800)
Panasonic DC-GH5
Panasonic DMC-TZ82
Phase One IQ3 100MP

The LR 6.9/ CC 2015.9 release does not add any new features but addresses mainly bug fixes including the false error message for catalogs under 4gb in size, when backing up.
Lens profiles are included for many new lenses including Canon’s latest pro L series lenses:

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

Tethered support for the Canon 5D mark iv was already available but has been updated in LR 6.9/CC 2015.9 as Canon have released a new SDK.