OpenRAW Web Site Launch

Darren wrote this at 10:42 pm:

Almost every make and model of mid- to high-range digital camera has its own proprietary format for storing the raw data from its sensor. The manufacturers then supply (often ugly) software for processing their raw files and converting them into more openly-accessible formats such as JPG or TIFF.

The problem with this is that the manufacturers may not continue to support their raw-processing software into the future, especially for older cameras. It only takes one or two OS revisions to render the old software useless. Photographers can end up left with a huge number of digital photographs that can no longer be accessed.

The OpenRAW organization aims to encourage manufacturers to at least document their raw file formats so that software developers can support them into the future.

So how does this fit in with Adobe’s new DNG standard? They have a page explaining OpenRAW vs DNG.

Canon Releases EOS 20D Firmware v2.0.0

Darren wrote this at 10:42 pm:

Canon has just released EOS 20D Firmware v2.0.0.

The main feature of this new version is support for the wireless file transmitter WFT-E1.

Two New AF-S DX Lenses From Nikon

Darren wrote this at 6:35 pm:

DPReview has details of two new consumer-level Nikon lenses that were announced in conjunction with the Nikon D50 DSLR. They are the AF-S DX 18-55 mm F3.5-F5.6G ED (which will be the D50’s kit lens) and the complementary AF-S DX 55-200mm F4.5-F5.6G ED.

Nikon D70 Firmware Upgrade

Darren wrote this at 6:26 pm:

Nikon has announced a new firmware upgrade for the D70 DLSR, which adds enhancements developed for the D70s DSLR. Features of the upgrade include:

  • Improved performance for the 5-area autofocus system’s Dynamic Area AF and Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF modes.
  • Updated menus with a new design similar to that of the D70s, making them easier to view and quicker to recognize.
  • Added in-camera page setup support for PictBridge compatible printers.

Keep an eye on the Nikon downloads page around mid-May for the new software.

Adobe To Acquire Macromedia

Darren wrote this at 12:50 am:

Adobe has announced that they’re acquiring Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion.

By combining the passion and creativity of two leading-edge companies, we will continue driving innovations that are changing the ways people everywhere are experiencing and interacting with information.

More information on the acquisition is available on Adobe’s web site.

Wacom Announces Bluetooth Tablet

Darren wrote this at 12:37 am:

DPReview has published Wacom’s press release announcing their new Graphire Bluetooth tablet. It has an active area of 6×8 inches, and will retail for USD$249.99.

Looks good!

New Pentax *istDS Firmware

Darren wrote this at 6:32 pm:

Pentax has released firmware version 1.02 for the Pentax *istDS digital camera. This software provides support for SD cards larger than 1GB.

Epson P-2000 Firmware Update

Darren wrote this at 8:37 pm:

Epson has released a new firmware update (v02.02) for their P-2000 picture viewer.

The Epson P-2000 is a portable image/multimedia storage and display unit with a 40Gb hard drive. It has built-in slots for downloading from memory cards, and connects to your computer via a high-speed USB2.0 interface.

This new firmware version includes RAW support for additional cameras, histogram display, and support for JPEG images up to 17.8 megapixels (e.g. Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II).

See also our Epson P-2000 Reviews page.