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May 2006 News  
Nikon firms up details of new software offerings
At about the time volume shipments of the D2Xs hit the streets, Nikon will also begin rolling out the next generation of their camera control and RAW processing solutions. Except for critical fixes as needed, Capture 4.4.x won't be updated in the future, says Michael Rubin, Senior Manager for Software Products at Nikon USA. Instead, the company's focus going forward will be on four different applications aimed at Nikon digital SLR owners: Capture NX, Camera Control Pro, View Pro and Image Authentication Software.
May 31, 2006 | FULL STORY 
D2Xs replaces D2X as Nikon's flagship digital SLR
Nikon today has unveiled the D2Xs, the company's follow-on to their 14 month old flagship camera the D2X. The main change in the new model is inside the viewfinder when Hi-Speed Crop mode is enabled: gone are the corner and edge markings delineating the smaller shooting area in favour of an innovative masking system. There are other refinements in the D2Xs, relative to the camera it replaces, including a new wide viewing angle rear LCD, beefier battery, new software for verifying the authenticity of the camera's photos and numerous other nips and tucks to the feature set. But the headline act in the D2Xs is the new viewfinder.
May 31, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photoshop Action Pack updated
Ben Long has upgraded his Photoshop Action Pack, a collection of Automator Actions for Mac OS X 10.4 and later, to version 2.2.
May 31, 2006 | FULL STORY 
QuickTime updates fixes Photoshop CS2 installer lockup
QuickTime 7.1.1 for Mac, released today, fixes a problem in which the installer for Photoshop CS2 would freeze during the installation process on Macs with Intel processors.
May 31, 2006 | FULL STORY 
iView MediaPro 3.1 released
iView MediaPro 3.1 for Windows and Mac is now out of beta and has been officially released. The new version of the popular image management software runs natively on Macs with Intel processors and includes a Notepad tool for adding and sharing comments about cataloged items.
May 30, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Giga Vu Pro evolution now slated to ship in June
The Giga Vu Pro evolution is now expected to ship in the latter half of June 2006, says Michaela Dietrich, marketing representative at Jobo AG.
May 29, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Creativepro.com previews Nikon Capture NX beta
CREATIVEPRO.COM'S Ben Long has written an enthusiastic first look at a beta of Nikon Capture NX. Long says that Capture NX's editing features are strong enough that users of non-Nikon cameras may buy the program to work on their TIFF and JPEG files.
May 26, 2006 | FULL STORY 
CNET: Microsoft announces JPEG rival
CNET reports that Microsoft has announced a new still photo file format, called Windows Media Photo, which the company says is superior to JPEG, offering better image quality at significantly higher compression ratios.
May 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Reuters: Canon considers halting new film camera development
In an odd, heavily corrected story, Reuters has reported today that Canon has announced that it is considering halting the development of new film cameras. Existing film camera models will continue to be produced and sold as Canon monitors market demand and evaluates the future of its film camera business.
May 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
iView updates beta of MediaPro 3.1
iView has released a new beta of MediaPro 3.1 for Windows and Mac.
May 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon lenses used to discover new planet
A team of astronomers using a telescope comprised of two Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L lenses has discovered a Jupiter-sized planet located 600 light years from Earth.
May 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sinar Bron (U.S.) announces 33-megapixel Sinarback eMotion75
Sinar Bron, the U.S. distributor of Sinar products, has announced the Sinarback eMotion75, a 33-megapixel medium format digital back designed for either untethered or tethered operation. This suggests that the eMotion75, which was announced first by Sinar Switzerland this past February, will soon become available in the U.S.
May 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Chicago Tribune posts fun White House photo op slideshow
Pete Souza, a Chicago Tribune staff photographer, produced an amusing audio slideshow of an official White House photo opportunity with President Bush and Australia's prime minister, John Howard. The show, which runs in real time from the moment the photographers are ushered into the Oval Office until they are hustled out, takes 30 seconds.
May 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Raw Developer 1.5 released
Iridient Digital has released v1.5 of Raw Developer, the company's Mac-only RAW conversion application. This update makes Raw Developer a universal binary application, improves the RAW demosaicing algorithm, offers improved sharpening and several new advanced color and luminance controls, and adds support for a handful of medium format digital backs/cameras, among other improvements.
May 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Ars Technica reviews Apple MacBook
Ars Technica has published a review of the MacBook, Apple's new line of 13-inch-screen, Intel Core Duo laptops that replaces the iBook line and the 12-inch PowerBook.
May 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Kekus Digital releases new beta of Calico stitching program
Kekus Digital has posted a new beta of Calico, its automatic, multiple-row stitching program for Mac.
May 18, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Microsoft posts battery drain fix for Windows laptops
Microsoft has posted an update to Windows XP SP2 that corrects an instance of rapid battery drain when a device is connected to the USB 2.0 port of a portable computer.
May 18, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon EOS 30D support added to DxO Optics Pro
DxO Labs today has announced that their image correction software DxO Optics Pro can now process both RAW and JPEG files captured with the Canon EOS 30D and one of 12 compatible lenses.
May 17, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sites we like: dg28.com
A site we've always enjoyed visiting is dg28.com. Whether it's better lighting techniques for environmental portraits, worthwhile pro gear or opinions about photography in general, the site contains a wealth of information by London-based photojournalist Neil Turner.
May 17, 2006 | FULL STORY 
PDN: an airplane hangar and a pinhole: the world's biggest camera
PDNONLINE reports on an effort by six California photographers to turn an abandoned airplane hangar into a pinhole camera. The negative, scheduled to be exposed in June, will be a sheet of emulsion-coated muslin that measures 25 x 100 feet.
May 17, 2006 | FULL STORY 
CanCount updated to v1.32
CanCount, a program designed to display metadata from inside Canon 1-series digital camera RAW and JPEG files, has been updated to v1.32.
May 17, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Digitalreview.ca posts first look at Nikon Capture NX
DIGITALREVIEW.CA has posted a first look at Nikon Capture NX based on a beta version of the program. Though not comprehensive, the article outlines several of Capture NX's major features and includes a handful of screen shots and before-and-after examples.
May 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Tokina previews 4 new APS-C format lenses, including 50-135/2.8
PHOTO.NET reports that Tokina recently announced plans to ship four new lenses designed for APS-C format digital SLRs in the fall of 2006. Included are two pro-oriented models, a 16-50mm f/2.8 (roughly 24-75mm in 35mm equivalent), and, uniquely, a 50-135mm f/2.8 which will be a close equivalent to the 80-200mm f/2.8 lenses that were staples of the 35mm film photography world. Few other details are available.
May 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
SmartDisk announces FireLite XPress portable drive
SmartDisk this week has announced the FireLite XPress, a portable USB 2.0 hard drive that incorporates an always-on screen which displays a table of contents for the drive, available capacity and other information. UPDATE, MAY 17: We've added new details about the drive to the article, based on an exchange with Crystal Revak of SmartDisk.
May 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Apple introduces MacBook with Intel Core Duo processor
Apple has completed the transition of its laptop line to Intel processors. The MacBook, introduced today, features an Intel Core Duo processor running at 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz, 13.3 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel glossy-surface display, up to 120GB hard drive, up to 2GB RAM and more.
May 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Luminous Landscape publishes resolution comparison
THE LUMINOUS LANDSCAPE has published a comparison of the detail-rendering capabilities of several Betterlight, Canon, Hasselblad, Mamiya and Phase One digital SLRs and digital backs, as well as 2 1/4 and 4x5 film.
May 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Adobe posts update to Photoshop CS2
Photoshop CS2 (aka v9.0) for Windows and Mac has been updated to v9.0.1.
May 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
VisibleDust updates Arctic Butterfly, adds new swabs, liquid to lineup
VisibleDust this week has unveiled a retooled version of its Arctic Butterfly digital SLR sensor cleaning brush, as well as a new line of wet-clean sensor swabs and companion cleaning fluid. The Arctic Butterfly 724, VDust Formula liquid, Ultra MXD-100 and DHAP swabs join the company's already impressive range of sensor cleaning tools for the digital SLR photographer. We've been testing their new products for several weeks and have put together a first-look report.
May 12, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Digital Outback Photo posts Phase One P45 experiences
DIGITAL OUTBACK PHOTO has published some comments by photographer Charles Cramer about his experiences with a 39-megapixel Phase One P45 digital back on a Mamiya 645AFDII camera and how the P45's files compare with 4 x 5-inch film.
May 11, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Ars Technica reviews Aperture 1.1
ARS TECHNICA has published a review of Apple's Aperture 1.1. The reviewer, Dave Girard, was very hard on version 1.0 of Aperture but says v1.1 is very much improved.
May 11, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Breeze Systems releases new Downloader Pro
Breeze Systems has released Downloader Pro v1.9, a new version of the Windows-only photo import program which adds support for the Canon EOS 30D among other changes.
May 11, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photojournalist praises pro camera toughness
American photojournalist David Honl learned the hard way about the durability advantage of his pro camera after being attacked at a demonstration in Istanbul.
May 11, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Web-based Photoshop training course launched
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals has launched an online Photoshop training course aimed at photographers using digital cameras.
May 10, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Camera Bits releases Photo Mechanic 4.4.3
Version 4.4.3 of Photo Mechanic for Mac and Windows is now out of beta and available for download.
May 9, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sites we like: panoramas.dk
The website panoramas.dk is a place we check in regularly because of the growing number of great panoramas posted on or linked from the site.
May 9, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Tools we like: the Camera Muzzle
For nearly six years, we've used a Camera Muzzle enclosure to help squelch shutter and mirror noise in shooting situations that require a more muted photographer presence. While we've been using the product for awhile, it's been some time since we checked in with Sam Cranston, the Camera Muzzle's inventor, about its status. What we learned from Cranston is that his fabric sound blimp is alive and well in 2006. And that it's sporting a design that has been refined considerably since the early days.
May 9, 2006 | FULL STORY 
The Digital Journalist posts May, 2006 issue
THE DIGITAL JOURNALIST has posted its May, 2006 issue with articles on Los Angeles Times staff photographer Rick Loomis, a new book of photographs and oral histories about U.S. coal miners called Coal Hollow, and a review of the Canon EOS 5D, among much else.
May 9, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photographer to publish article a day on Lightroom and Photoshop
George Mann, photographer and editor of the dpmac website, has committed to publishing an article or tutorial each day over a three-month period on Adobe Lightroom Beta and Adobe Photoshop CS2.
May 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
SportsShooter looks at workshop options
SPORTSSHOOTER has published an article by Jim McNay that looks at workshop options for the news and sports photographer.
May 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
The Imaging Resource publishes Canon EOS 5D review
THE IMAGING RESOURCE has published a review of the Canon EOS 5D by photographer Sean Reid.
May 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Adobe releases Camera Raw 3.4 for Photoshop CS2
Adobe today has posted v3.4 of the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop CS2. The only listed change in the new version of the software for both Mac and Windows versions of Adobe's flagship image editor is the addition of support for the RAW files produced by eight new digital cameras and digital backs, including the Canon EOS 30D.
May 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
NitroAV now shipping FireWire 800 ExpressCard
NitroAV is now shipping a Mac and Windows compatible two-port FireWire 800 ExpressCard.
May 6, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Microsoft amends student contest terms
Microsoft this morning has amended the usage rights clause in the terms for their recently-announced Future Pro Photographers Photography Contest. The revised clause should make entering the contest more appealing for student shooters concerned that if they didn't win, they were granting full picture usage rights to the company for free.
May 5, 2006 | FULL STORY 
iView releases beta of MediaPro 3.1
Native support for Macs with Intel processors headlines the changes in the Mac version of iView MediaPro 3.1, released today in public beta form for both Mac and Windows. In addition to much quicker performance on Intel-based Macs, v3.1b10 on both platforms adds a notepad feature for sharing comments, ups the maximum number of panes in the Light Table to six, improves multiple monitor handling and introduces a range of other incremental changes to the image management application.
May 4, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Rumours of Aperture's demise "totally false," says Apple
In an interview earlier today, we asked Kirk Paulsen, Apple's Senior Director of Professional Applications Product Marketing, for an Aperture status report in light of a Mac rumour web site's recent article suggesting the application was at death's door. His response was unequivocal: "Reports of Apple reducing its commitment to Aperture are totally false. In fact, we've got more people working on Aperture right now than ever before."
May 4, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Aperture 1.1.1 released
Apple today released Aperture 1.1.1 for Mac, a minor update that fixes several bugs and improves integration with iPhoto.
May 4, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Microsoft launches lucrative Future Pro Photographers contest
Microsoft has announced the inaugural Microsoft Future Pro Photographers Photography Contest, which is open to college photographers from around the world. The grand prize is US$20,000 in cash plus thousands of dollars worth of computer hardware and software. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2006. UPDATE, MAY 5: Microsoft has amended (for the better) the usage rights clause of the contest's submission guidelines.
May 4, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Former site forums adopt free-to-view, pay-to-post model
It has been one week since this site's discussion forums officially re-opened under new management. Now called the Pro Photo Comunity Forums, the new owners - working photographers Drew and Melissa Strickland - have been busy fine-tuning the operation of the online community to ensure that it remains a useful resource for serious and professional photographers while also becoming financially viable through the sale of US$25/year access subscriptions. Yesterday, the Stricklands implemented a significant change that will be of interest to those who like to read discussion forums, but rarely post themselves: all existing topic areas are now viewable by anyone, even those without a subscription (a paid subscription is still required to post).
May 4, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Tools we like: CanCount 1.31
CanCount 1.31 for Mac and Windows is an application with a single purpose: displaying camera-recorded metadata inside RAW and JPEG files captured with Canon 1-series digital SLRs. But it has several tricks up its sleeve that sometimes make it more useful than Canon's own applications for viewing shooting information, including its ability to display the total shutter actuations for a given camera body.
May 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
NikonNet's May Legend Behind the Lens is Gary Braasch
Gary Braasch is profiled in NIKONNET'S Legend Behind the Lens feature for May, 2006. Braasch has spent six years documenting the effects of climate change caused by global warming.
May 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sportsshooter.com posts Issue 90 of newsletter
SPORTSSHOOTER.COM has posted Issue #90 of its newsletter with articles on covering Barry Bonds, creating a time-lapse QuickTime movie of opening day for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and a sobering letter from Seattle Times staff photographer Dean Rutz who was badly injured on an assignment when he was hit in the head by a thrown baseball.
May 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
ACDSee 8.1, Pro 8.1 released
ACD Systems has released both ACDSee Photo Manager 8.1 and ACDSee Pro Photo Manager 8.1 for Windows.
May 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Updated Photo Mechanic 4.4.3 beta available for download
Camera Bits today has posted a newer release of the Photo Mechanic 4.4.3 beta first made publicly available on April 24. The new beta, version 4.4.3b0501 for Mac and Windows, expires May 9, 2006 and is available for download now.
May 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
GretagMacbeth launches Picture Perfect Color Seminar
A new touring color management seminar called Picture Perfect Color will visit 21 U.S. and Canadian cities starting this month and going through the end of October, 2006. The seminar will be taught by photographers Robert Farber and Phil Nelson, and it's produced by GretagMacbeth, The Graphic Intelligence Agency (a training subsidiary of GretagMacbeth), and Photoworkshop.com. The full-day seminar costs US$399.
May 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
  XQD, Ethernet and the Nikon D4 (View)
  LPA Design announces PocketWizard Plus III transceiver (View)
  Announced: Nikon D800 with 36.15 million image pixel sensor (View)
  Review: Delock Card Reader FireWire B (Nr. 91694) (View)
  Review: Lexar 1000X blazes to 129MB/s read speed, best-in-class write speeds (View)
  Q&A with Nikon D4 engineer Toshiaki Akagi (View)
  Larger sensor at the heart of 14.20 million image pixel Canon Powershot G1 X (View)
  Nikon announces 16.16 million image pixel, 10fps D4 digital SLR (View)
  First Look: Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 (View)
  Review: Nikon Speedlight SB-910 (View)
  Feature: Stephen Mallon shoots a bridge's journey (View)
  Feature: Wildlife shooter Scott Linstead captures slices of time (View)
  Tip: Alternate mounting options for the Vagabond Mini Lithium (View)
  Review: Nikon's J1 and V1 cameras and 1 Nikkor lenses (View)
  Canon announces 17.92 million image pixel EOS-1D X (View)
  Feature: William B. Plowman goes underground (View)
  Feature: Joel Hawksley starts a photography career (View)
  Review: the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (View)
  Feature: impressions of the Apple iPad 2 (View)
  Review: M.I.C. CF Card Reader for iPad and iPad 2 (View)
  Feature: the quiet, lovely photographs of Joseph O. Holmes (View)
  Photosmith iPad app now available (View)
  Eye-Fi Direct Mode for X2 SDHC cards rolling out today (update 2) (View)
  Feature: Carl de Souza self-assignment produces remarkable steel mill photos (View)
  Feature: Robert Seale on photographing Evan Longoria for Sports Illustrated (View)
  Feature: Crisp light, great moments typify the wedding photography of Cliff Mautner (View)
  Review: Vagabond Mini Lithium portable power pack (View)
  Review: blueSLR remote trigger and geolocation system for Nikon (View)
  Patent infringment suit filed on eve of 344MHz Phottix Atlas production (updated) (View)
  Dynalite revamps power pack lineup, releases high performance 1600ws pack (View)
  Review: the Nikon Speedlight SB-700 (updated) (View)
  A first look at ShutterSnitch 2.0 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (View)
  PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5 for Nikon head to dealers (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 2 (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 1 (View)
  Wireless photography with an iPad and ShutterSnitch (View)
  Canon Expo 2010 kicks off in New York (View)
  Fighter jet crash "one of the most unforgettable moments," says photographer (View)
  Stopping action with the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 monolight (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark IV autofocus performance (View)
  PLM umbrellas offer sweet combo of efficiency and softness (View)
  A first look at Nikon D3S high ISO image quality, plus the new 70-200mm f/2.8 (View)
  LibertyPak Little Genny LG400 provides premium portable power for strobes (View)
  DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone comes to life in v1.1 (View)
  Revamped MacBook Pro line delivers top-notch display quality (View)
  A look inside Nikon's Sendai digital SLR factory (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance (View)
  Notes from Canon headquarters (View)
  Staying sharp: A veteran news shooter seeks new challenges (View)
  Beneath the waves with the Nikon D2X (View)
  Alex Majoli points and shoots (View)
  A look back at the NC2000 (View)
  Shooting the D1X for National Geographic (View)

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