Tag Archives: Photography

macOS New App Release – Photonium Access

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Product Announcements Minder Softworks of Columbus, Ohio has released Photonium Access, a menubar widget that allows users to access their Photos.app library. Photonium Access was designed to solve a simple problem that many users have: getting photos out of Apple’s Photos.app and into other applications. While Photos.app has built-in sharing ability for email and common social media platforms, using photos stored in Photos.app with other applications is an involved process.

Traditionally, users who have their photos organized in Photos.app are unable to drag from Photos.app directly into other applications. Instead, they are forced to save images from Photos.app to their desktop or other folder, switch applications, then import their files. This then leaves the extra image files on their desktop or in another folder, which must then be deleted.

Photonium Access vastly simplifies this process by allowing instant access to the Photos.app library from the menubar. Users simply click Photonium Access’ icon in the menubar to reveal the images and movies that are saved in Photos.app. They can view by album and adjust the size of the thumbnail. Once the desired image is located, the user can simply drag and drop it into any application that supports drag-and-drop.

This includes Word, Keynote, PowerPoint, Pages, web browsers, and thousands more. The user can stay in their favorite application while being able to find and use the images and movies they need, and there are never any files to clean up. What’s more, the user does not have to adjust the window size to be able to see files that are on their desktop or in a Finder window in order to upload them.

Pricing and Availability:
Photonium Access is immediately available for the introductory price of $1.99 (USD) through the website. A trial version is available from Minder Softworks online. For more information, please contact Michael LaMorte.

macOS New App Release – Image Resizer Tech 1.2

Product Announcements – Orange Studio of Ukraine has released Image Resizer Tech 1.2, the macOS application for resizing images. In addition, the app cleans metadata (information about the date, camera), and optimizes quality. It could be very helpful for content managers to resize images before uploading them to the server in some cases for frontend developers as well.

And just a handy tool to use at home. You can resize the bunch of your large images in seconds and save them to archive or rewrite. Initially, we made it for internal use, though realized that it could work for everyone.

We hadn’t found an ideal and clean solution for our use case – to resize batches of images on the Mac (some apps with ugly designs, others – provide a bunch of options and are difficult to use). So we created our own.

3 simple steps and you’ve done it:

  1. Drop images.
  2. Select quality, max-width and save options
  3. Press “Ressize” and That’s it!

Main Features:

  • Resize images to max-width
  • Mojave Dark theme support
  • JPEG/JPG, PNG, WEBP
  • Folders Support
  • Notifications

The application implements material design and clean appearance of the macOS system. When all images are resized, the user receives a notification, which can be turned off. We are thinking about new features – the main goal is to make it more useful for users and still have simple and natural settings.

We are pleased to provide such a convenient and reliable tool for macOS users. We will also be glad to hear your opinion about the product and features that need to be implemented. We are currently providing it for free in the App Store, and are considering making it free with in-app purchases.

Example Minimum Requirements:

  • Mac OS X Version 10.4 Tiger or higher
  • 80 MB Hard Drive space

Pricing and Availability:
Image Resizer Tech 1.2 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

macOS New App Release – NeoFinder 7.3.1

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Product Announcements – Norbert M. Doerner of Bonn, Germany has released NeoFinder 7.3.1. The new version adds compatibility to macOS 10.14 Mojave, but also an improved iView MediaPro XML Importer, better workflow integration in the “Open with” menu, and a much faster Icon View, among other things.

All new features and enhancements of NeoFinder 7.3.1:

  • NeoFinder is now certified to run in macOS 10.14. We still don’t recommend to use that new macOS, until Apple has fixed more of the bugs, but NeoFinder will run in it
  • Better workflow integration: “Open with” now works for multiple selected items! It will also only display applications from your startup volume
  • Faster! Displaying and scrolling photos in the Icon View is now much faster, especially in macOS 10.14
  • Improved iView Media Pro importer now reads labels, ratings, lens name, and is much faster and stable
  • Expanded Display Filter with the additional “No Thumbnail” option and other improvements
  • NeoFinder now ignores password protected disk images during cataloging
  • The Cataloging progress when cataloging entire disks and during a catalog Update now shows the approximate number of items
  • You can now select more than one item in the new Gallery View. NeoFinder will display the large thumbnail of the first item. This will make tagging and rating much easier
  • The Gallery View can now display Ratings in the icon list
  • The separate “Update in NeoFinder & Eject” tool is now 64-bit and codesigned
  • Find in Instagram now is also available in the keyword list of the Controlled Vocabulary
  • The Metadata Presets Editor now also has a Help button
  • The Metadata Presets Editor now has new “all” and “none” buttons which will select all or no fields in the current preset being edited
  • Better workflow: NeoFinder can now import external catalog or export files with a shell script
  • The Auto Updater now has a “clear” button that will erase the log
  • Improved behavior when a new catalog folder is found during the sync
  • Improved behavior when cataloging certain Adobe InDesign files
  • Finding Any EXIF in the Find Editor contains will now properly find lens names
  • Fixes a problem with the icons in the LIBRARY being too large in Mac OS X 10.9 and earlier
  • Fixes a problem when trying to drag out files or folders into the Finder that had been renamed, moved, or deleted
  • Fixes a problem of the date editor in Mac OS X 10.9 and earlier
  • Fixes a problem where the number of catalogs in the LIBRARY section wasn’t always updated properly
  • Fixes a problem with ejecting disks after cataloging by AppleScript
  • Fixes a problem when NeoFinder sometimes couldn’t find your database folder after an update
  • Fixes a problem in the Photo Contact Sheet: The header is now really only drawn when actually selected
  • Find in Instagram now works with tags that contain umlauts and other special characters
  • Many smaller visual improvements and fixes
  • Many other fixes

NeoFinder Highlights:

  • Cataloging – NeoFinder catalogs metadata of songs, movies, fonts, and photos, including the MP3-Tags of several audio file formats, EXIF, GPS, and IPTC data of photos. NeoFinder also edits Adobe XMP data, including keywords. All these are arranged clearly in the user interface and can be extensively searched. For numerous photo and video formats, fonts, text files, and even audio files, NeoFinder generates thumbnails during cataloging, displaying them in all list and icon views.
  • Managing Metadata – The built-in XMP metadata editor with presets can edit and add keywords, ratings, descriptions, copyright information, and more to photos and videos.
  • Networking – Store your catalog database on a server for access from all Macs in the network, and with the sidekick product abeMeda (was CDWinder for Windows) even from Microsoft Windows.
  • Mobile – Keep your NeoFinder database with you on your iPhone or iPad with the separate NeoFinder for iOS app.
  • Integration – Offering a tight connection to major productivity tools, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Roxio Toast, FileMaker Pro, Apples Spotlight and Finder, and the extensive support of drag&drop into other applications, NeoFinder can support many workflow scenarios. The AppleScript support in NeoFinder allows custom integrations of all kinds.
  • Geotagging – Only NeoFinder offers the integrated GeoFinder, which searches for photos taken near a spot, or the KMZ export for coordinates and photo thumbnails as a way to give geolocated photos to friends. NeoFinder can even geotag photos itself, no other software needed. And only NeoFinder displays important facts about any geolocation in the truly unique Wikipedia Inspector.
  • Since the initial release of CDFinder 1.0 in 1996, more than 85,000 customers in 102 countries around the world are using CDFinder and now NeoFinder to organize their digital library, and manage their data archive and backups, including NASA, IKEA, BBC, Mattel, Rand McNally, Pfizer, Random House, Oracle, and Warner Bros.

Language Support: German, English, French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese

System Requirements:
NeoFinder 7.3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later (Mac OS X v10.7 thru macOS Mojave 10.14). Previous CDFinder and NeoFinder versions for older Mac OS versions are still available. A separate app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) is available.

Pricing and Availability:
NeoFinder 7.3.1 is a free update to all NeoFinder 7.x users. NeoFinder 7.x is a paid upgrade to licensed users of NeoFinder 6.x and the old CDFinder, upgrade price starting at 19 Euros. The price for new users starts at 29,00 (EUR). Multiple user packs are available for network users. NeoFinder can be purchased through the company website. Cross-grades for users of similar applications (Cinematica, DiskLibrary, FileFinder, CatFinder, Canto Cumulus, Disk Tracker, DiskCatalogMaker, Atomic View, iView Media Pro, Extensis Portfolio, and others) are available. A free NeoFinder demo version can be downloaded from the NeoFinder website.

macOS New App Release – Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver

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Product Announcements – The Pixelmator Team of Vilnius, Lithuania has released Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver, a major update to the fast and powerful image editor for Mac. The update adds support for macOS Mojave, including an all-new light appearance, Core ML-powered automatic photo enhancement, batch image processing via the Automator app, and much more.

“Users love Pixelmator Pro for making such powerful image editing tools so incredibly easy to use,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “And the new ML Enhance is our most powerful feature yet – it lets you dramatically improve the look of any photo with a single click, thanks to a machine learning algorithm trained on millions of professional photos.”

The new ML Enhance feature in Pixelmator Pro automatically enhances photos – balancing the colors, evening out exposure, and making changes to individual color ranges – to give you the best starting point for making your own creative edits to a photo. Powered by Core ML and developed using a carefully refined set of millions of professional photos, the machine learning algorithm analyzes photos to detect the objects they contain, then enhances their colors and brings out missing details, leaving the final creative touches to the user.

The update also brings the option to use a gorgeous light appearance, giving users an entirely new way to experience Pixelmator Pro. In addition, Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver includes a refreshed, much more native dark appearance, so the app now adapts seamlessly to the light and dark modes in macOS Mojave. And with automatic switching, Pixelmator Pro instantly updates to match the current appearance of macOS.

Automator support and five powerful, versatile actions now makes it possible to batch process images using the professional editing tools available in Pixelmator Pro. The Auto Enhance Images action uses the new ML Enhance feature to automatically improve photos, Auto White Balance Images automatically corrects white balance, Apply Color Adjustments to Images and Apply Effects to Images makes every single color adjustment and effect in Pixelmator Pro available in Automator, and Change Type of Images makes it a breeze to convert batches of images from one file format to another. So now, working with large sets of images and making repetitive edits becomes effortless.

Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver includes many other improvements, including support for colorful SVG Fonts, the new Continuity Camera, an Eraser Mode for the Pixel Paint tool, as well as a range of additional performance improvements and fixes. Pixelmator Pro is available from the Mac App Store.

macOS New App Release – Silverstack Offload Manager

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Product Announcements Pomfort of Munich, Germany, a leading provider of professional software solutions for digital media assets and color management in motion picture and broadcast production, has released Silverstack Offload Manager. The Silverstack Offload Manager is based on the proven Silverstack copy and verification technology, and enables a secure, transparent, and easy handling of camera backups.

The Silverstack Offload Manager is tailored to the needs of anyone backing up camera footage on set. It offers an intuitive and highly effective way to complete all offload tasks for productions of any size and any budget. All offloaded media can be documented in clearly structured and automatically created offload reports.

The Silverstack Offload Manager supports all kind of camera formats including RAW sequences, as well as photos, sound files, and other production documents. This gives the user full flexibility to work in any kind of production environment.

The software is based on the market-leading Silverstack copy and verification technology, that productions around the world have trusted in for years. All files are copied using the common checksum methods xxHash, MD5, and SHA1. A two-step copy process consisting of the copy, as well as a separate verification step, makes sure that all backups are complete.

The Silverstack Offload Manager enables an intuitive and easy to handle copy process that gives users full transparency about their copy results. The automatically created offload reports document all copy jobs, and confirm that all offload tasks have been processed.

The Offload Manager comes with an additional benefit for productions that already work with Silverstack XT: During the backup process, the Silverstack Offload Manager extracts all camera metadata in the background. This metadata can be exported to Silverstack XT, where users can then manage, playback, and QC the project if required.

Features in the Silverstack Offload Manager:

  • Single- or multi-destination backup of camera cards, with support for all camera formats
  • Automatic creation of comprehensive offload reports to document all copy jobs
  • Highly secure handling of camera footage, including the use of checksum methods xxHash, MD5, and SHA1
  • Two-step copy and verification process to ensure copy completeness
  • Export of projects, including camera metadata, to Silverstack XT and Silverstack Lab

“With the Silverstack Offload Manager, Pomfort has created a very compact and handy tool that can easily be used by anyone who is backing up camera footage on set”, says Vincent Zettl, DIT and long-term user of Silverstack. “The Offload Manager is perfect for smaller productions, that often don’t need the whole data management functionality of Silverstack, but still want to be sure that all their backups are done securely. For bigger productions, I can see myself using the Offload Manager to run copy jobs on a second machine, and then manage all data in Silverstack XT.”

System Requirements: Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.12 or higher

Pricing and Availability
The Silverstack Offload Manager is available as a 1-year license for USD 139 / EUR 119, or as a project license starting from USD 35 / EUR 29.
The Silverstack Offload Manager can be purchased at Pomfort’s web store. A 10-day free trial version is available for download.

macOS New App Release – BiggerPicture

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Product AnnouncementsBasil Salad Software of Singapore has released BiggerPicture for macOS. BiggerPicture uses machine-learning to increase the resolution of photos and line-art images without causing pixelation or blurs. The tool enables users to create retina-display images from normal-resolution versions, create printable logos sourced from web graphics, or preprocess vintage cameraphone photographs in preparation for photo-printing.

Unlike traditional graphic packages that uses bicubic interpolation or Lanzcos resampling, BiggerPicture’s neural network recognizes shapes and textures enabling it to hallucinate new pixels based on its training data. BiggerPicture takes advantage of Apple’s Core ML libraries fully utilize the user’s machine capabilities.

Features:

  • Deep learning super-resolution – enlarge images by 2 through 8 yet retain its quality.
  • Eliminate noise from JPEG compression artifacts.
  • Process multiple files as a batch.
  • High-quality printing as the app will pre-process images to match the printer’s resolution.
  • Photos editing extension to enlarge images without leaving the Photos app.

Benefits:

  • Create high-resolution life-size prints from web graphics.
  • Upgrade older website images to look great in today’s retina displays.
  • Make glossy framed prints from last century’s cameraphone snapshot collections.

Advantages:

  • BiggerPicture uses super-resolution *machine learning* techniques that imagines pixels to fill gaps created during upscaling. This creates blur-free upscaled images.
  • All processing is done within the user’s machine. There is no cloud-based processing, unlike the approach by some competitors. This makes BiggerPicture suitable for processing confidential or sensitive images.

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.13.2
  • 39.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
BiggerPicture 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

macOS New app Release – Retoucher

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Product AnnouncementsWidsMob Technology Ltd. (WidsMob) of Hongkong, China has added a new Vignetting feature to WidsMob Retoucher, which reduce image noise, touch-up portrait, adjust photo effects, apply opacity/vignetting/fish-eye, and add dozens of film pack with artistic photo effects. In the update, WidsMob Retoucher adds 15 language versions, including French, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Danish, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and more.

Before further editing photographs, it reduces image noise to fix blurry photos, eliminates image noise while preserving image detail. WidsMob Retoucher also enables Mac users to minimize image grain, JPEG artifacts and other imperfections. The program deals with Luminance noise and Chrominance noise professionally. Just feel free to take photos in high ISO or low light environment.

As for the portrait images, it also removes some selfie imperfections, such as minimize freckles, whiten teeth and smooth skins. Even touch up photos for the family reunion, WidsMob Retouch has the advanced photo beautifier algorithms to make beautify portraits with ease.

Film pack provides dozens of revolutionary camera profiles to rediscover the magic of stunning film effects. Whether Mac users need to convert photo to different styles of black and white files, or apply the classic film analog effects, WidsMob Retouch apply the authenticity and natural look. It will preserve the high quality RAW files of digital photographs.

Just looking for some additional artistic photo effects, retouch photos with color opacity to make the photograph special. It also adds vignetting to the image file. What is more, fish eye view is another outstanding and artistic photo effects with WidsMob Retoucher.

Highlight features in the latest update:

  • Discover magic photo effects with effect adjustments, filmpack, denoise, portrait touch-up and more.
  • One click to apply multiple photo effects with instant preview.

Supported file format encryption: WidsMob Retoucher supports .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tiff, .png, .cr2, .nef, .bmp, .raw and other 50 RAW formats.

Retoucher is available through the website.

macOS New App Release – Observatory 1.3

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Product AnnouncementsCode Obsession of Bethesda, Maryland has released Observatory 1.3, a large update to the only image management application that is specifically designed for astronomy. The update adds SkySafari integration, overlays and automatic tagging for variable stars, double stars, confirmed exoplanets, and much more.

Organize your astronomical images with Observatory. Plate solve, automatically tag and overlay millions of galaxies, variable stars, confirmed exoplanets, and other objects. Nondestructive calibrate, register, stack, and process. Observatory includes Quick Look & Spotlight plugins for FITS, XISF (PixInsight) and SBIG images, supports these and many other image formats and lets you search and download images directly from professional astronomical image archives. Observatory is a Virtual Observatory. Easily search 10+ professional archives simultaneously and download research images from:

  • European Southern Observatory
  • W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Gemini Observatory
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • Spitzer Space Telescope
  • WISE Space Telescope
  • Palomar Transient Factory
  • SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey
  • Two Micron All Sky Survey
  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey
  • Digitized Sky Survey

Features:

  • Display thumbnails, previews and metadata of FITS, XISF and SBIG images in Finder and other applications. Find images by exposure time, focal length, detector temperature, right ascension, declination and more using Spotlight.
  • Relate image pixels to actual sky coordinates with Observatory’s plate solver or its interface to the astrometry.net blind plate solver. Plate solved images are automatically tagged so you can find them back later by object identifier and category.
  • Discover what’s in your images by overlaying millions of stars, galaxies, planetary nebulae, confirmed exoplanets and other objects of the Messier, NGC/IC, Tycho-2, CGPN, GCVS, WDS and PGC catalogs, or add the UCAC4 and USNO-A2.0 catalogs for an additional 500 million stars.
  • Create multiple libraries and keep your images organized without copying, moving or altering them. Edit metadata, ratings, color codes, notes and attachments for individual images or multiple images at once.
  • Aperture photometry with subpixel accuracy and error estimates, astrometry, image blinking, image statistics, and more.
  • A nondestructive preprocessing workflow without the hassle of intermediate files. Calibration; cosmetic correction; binning; debayering; background neutralization; color balance; flatten background; chromatic align; register; normalize and stack.
  • Open FITS, XISF and SBIG images at full bit depth in Acorn with help of our Acorn plugin.
  • Observatory supports FITS, XISF, SBIG, DNG, NEF, CR2, TIFF, and many more image formats

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor

Pricing and Availability:
Observatory is $79.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

macOS New app Release – WidsMob Montage

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Product AnnouncementsWidsMob Technology Ltd. (WidsMob) of Hongkong, China has updated WidsMob Montage adding of design mosaic and montage photographs for both JPEG and PNG files. WidsMob Montage for macOS also adds 15 language versions, including French, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Danish, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and more.

Design wall poster or banner from tiles with ease, WidsMob Montage should be the right choice. The montage maker turns everything into mosaic photographs with both JPEG and PNG into a mosaic. It supports photo mosaic, tile mosaic, shape mosaic and other photo mosaic types. What is more, the program also designs photomontage in shape according to any template.

How about the output of the photo mosaics? The program can combine more than 2,00 mosaic tiles in a breathtaking result, up to 16,000 pixels wide with unlimited pixels height for montage photos, the mosaic photo or photo collage can be used for a mural, banner, desktop or even wallpaper.

The program applies minimal colorization to closely match the original image and proper placement of tile images to present the optimal result. The montage maker also removes the color match to get a shape montage with any color. Just download the demo version to enjoy the program.

Highlight features in the latest update:

  • Make mosaic and montage photographs from small tiles in high quality.
  • Apply photos, frame, presets, and color match for a mosaic photo.

The supported file formats for panorama: JPEG and PNG files.

Pricing and Availability:
WidsMob Montage is just $19.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available through the WidsMob website.

macOS New app Release​ – ImageConvert

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Product AnnouncementsWidsMob Technology Ltd. (WidsMob) of Hongkong, China has released a new version of WidsMob ImageConvert, which optimizes image watermark function. It is an All-in-One photo converter for macOS, adds text watermark, image watermark, creates a border for images, rotates and flips pictures, as well as convert photos into different formats. In the update, WidsMob ImageConvert also adds 15 language versions, including French, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Danish, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and more.

Convert RAW in batch. Whether the RAW format, or mixed-format images, you can turn photos into to JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF, BMP, and more. What is more, the advanced algorithm has 6x speed to convert RAW formats into JPEG and other photo formats.

Photo editing features. Resize photos in 4 different modes, By Width, By Height, Percentage and Free, which enlarge small images to the desired size. It also rotates videos with different angles in batch, adds border or frames in different color mode.

Add watermark. Not only add captions and images as a watermark, but also adjust font, style, color, opacity, size, angle, position and more in batch. Just have an instantly preview the applied effects on all the photos to get the optimal result with ease.

Instant preview. When the program applies the photo effects or adds watermark, Mac users can have an instant preview for the result from the interface for all the image files. It also enables Mac users to click Preview to check the result for each image in detail.

User-friendly. Settings to overwrite the files with the original name, switch to turn off and restore to original images in one click. Multiple settings for resizing, adding watermarks and more to get the best result and fast conversion speed.

Highlight features in the latest update:

  • All-around photo converting program with a batch process.
  • Convert photo formats, resize photos, add watermark and create a border.

Supported file formats: .jpg, .png, .tiff, .erf, .cr2, .nef, .raf, .dcs, .orf, .arw and other 50 RAW formats.

Pricing and Availability:
WidsMob ImageConvert is just $19.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available through the WidsMob website.