iView MediaPro 3.1.3 Released

Darren wrote this at 7:12 pm:

iView MediaPro 3.1.3, a free update to registered users, has just been released.

Updates include:

  • Fixed crash caused by importing corrupt DNG files
  • Updated Nikon Libraries for compatibility with Nikon D80/D40
  • Fixed a problem where Nikon raw photos might not orientate correctly
  • Various Vista compatibility updates
  • Fixed issue with some .XMP sidecars not being recognized (Win)
  • Fixed problem where preferences might not be displayed correctly (Mac)
  • Fixed problem where Shockwave Flash files might not play
  • Fixed a few issues with Batch Rename
  • Various other fixes

Don’t forget, if you don’t already own iView MediaPro 3, we’ve got a special deal lined up with iView Multimedia to save you 15% off the normal purchase price.

Gaze-Based Cropping

Darren wrote this at 6:04 pm:

Here’s an interesting research paper from Microsoft: Gaze-Based Interaction For Semi-Automatic Photo Cropping.

The researchers used eye-tracking technology to map out where the viewer’s attention was drawn when looking at a photograph. This allowed them to determine which parts of the photograph were important and which were not, and to then crop the photograph down to emphasise the important parts.

This approach actually works pretty well. There are a whole bunch of sample images near the end of the paper, and I have to say that the gaze-based crops look very good. Perhaps one day we’ll see eye-tracking technology used in those photo printing terminals to help inexperienced users crop and print their snapshots better?

The paper is also useful for the references section – there are a lot of interesting-looking references on topics such as composition and visual perception.

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Pentax K100D Firmware v1.01

Darren wrote this at 12:45 am:

Pentax has just released firmware version 1.01 for the K100D digital SLR.

Fixes and features:

  • Support for SDHC memory cards (SD cards larger than 4 GB)
  • Focal length input into the Shake Reduction menu can now be displayed accurately in Pentax Photo Browser 3

See Pentax’s K100D Firmware v1.01 web page for download and installation instructions.

Adobe Lightroom Beta 3 For Windows

Darren wrote this at 8:29 pm:

Now all those Windows users can see what us Macheads have been raving about for the last six months or so – Adobe has announced Lightroom Beta 3 for Windows. Download it now to see the future of digital photography workflow.

There are a few minor features missing from Lightroom for Windows that are present in Lightroom for OS X, but Adobe is promising that the two feature sets will match up by Lightroom Beta 4.

Some good places to start reading about Lightroom and learning tips include:

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Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop Adventure 2006

Darren wrote this at 3:00 am:

This looks like it will be an interesting adventure to watch – Adobe is sending a crack team of photographers to Iceland, where they’ll travel around taking photographs and using Adobe Lightroom on laptops to manage, process and output their images.

A dozen top photographers overcome the challenges of nature and technology on the assignment of a lifetime…

On the Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop Adventure 2006 Blog, you can follow along with the photographers’ preparations before the event, see what happens during the adventure, and get their perspectives and impressions of how things went afterwards.

This should be a fantastic opportunity to see how a bunch of top photographers manage their digital workflow, before, during and after a big trip.

The photographers include:

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BreezeBrowser Pro v1.5 Released

Darren wrote this at 2:23 am:

Breeze Systems have announced the availability of BreezeBrowser Pro v1.5, latest release of their image browsing and raw conversion software for Windows.

New features include:

  • Adobe XMP data can now be entered and displayed within BreezeBrowser Pro for maximum compatibility with Photoshop and other applications
  • input and edit XMP data in JPEG, TIFF, PSD, DNG, PNG, JPEG 2000 and raw files for maximum compatibility with Photoshop and other applications
  • display frames around your images in BreezeBrowser Pro’s slideshow
  • frames can also be added to batches of images using BreezeBrowser Pro’s proofs tool
  • simpler keyword editing for batches of images or individual images using the new keyword editor
  • now outputs Adobe PSD files (8-bit or 16-bit) in proofs and raw conversion
  • improved color for Nikon D200 raw conversion
  • updated lens distortion correction using the latest PTLens profiles

BreezeBrowser Pro is Windows based software developed and marketed by Breeze Systems Ltd. Available for US $69.95 or for US $89.90 bundled with Downloader Pro; the price includes one year’s free upgrades. BreezeBrowser Pro v1.5 is a free upgrade for customers who purchased a copy of BreezeBrowser Pro within the last year. Customers who bought BreezeBrowser Pro before 30 June 2005 and BreezeBrowser customers can upgrade to BreezeBrowser Pro v1.5 for just US $35.

Microsoft Buys iView

Darren wrote this at 8:15 pm:

iView Multimedia has been acquired by Microsoft Corporation.

iView’s founder, Yan Calotychos, has written a letter to customers about the deal. There is also an Acquisition FAQ answering the main questions customers are asking. Keep an eye on the iView Blog for updates.

Perhaps iView Media will become the Windows-equivalent of Apple’s iPhoto, giving ordinary users a great way to manage their digital photos right out of the box.

Microsoft is committed to continuing to evolve the iView products on both the Mac and the Windows platforms. Hopefully this will mean a wider market for iView MediaPro in the future, with the increased exposure and resources Microsoft can bring to the table.

Customers can continue to use and buy iView products knowing that they will be fully supported as Microsoft evolves the iView product line in the future, for both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Update: – Peter Krogh, author of The DAM Book, Digital Asset Management for Photographers (O’Reilly 2005) and iView MediaPro alpha tester, has written a pretty good analysis of what the Microsoft acquisition means for iView MediaPro users.

Don’t forget, if you don’t already own iView MediaPro 3, we’ve got a special deal lined up with iView Multimedia to save you 15% off the normal purchase price.

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Nikon Camera Control Pro and Image Authentication Software

Darren wrote this at 9:29 am:

Along with the D2Xs, Nikon has released a ‘pro’ version of their Nikon Capture Camera Control software, Nikon Camera Control Pro. Unfortunately, the press release is fairly scant on detail. This program is available for both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

The second new software product is Nikon Image Authentication Software, which enables verification of the authenticity of images captured with a Nikon D2Xs digital SLR. This ability is very useful for law enforcement and other government agencies, the media, insurance companies and has a variety of other business applications. Unfortunately, this program only runs on the Windows platform.

Further details and the press releases are available at DP Review.

Breeze Systems DSLR Remote Pro 1.2

Darren wrote this at 8:59 am:

Breeze Systems has released DSLR Remote v1.2, a free upgrade for all registered users of DSLR Remote.

New features include:

  • Adds support for the Canon EOS 30D.
  • Includes a flexible auto bracketing function allowing up to 15 shots to be taken automatically by varying the shutter speed or aperture.
  • Image previews can now be color managed and sharpened to give more accurate results for color critical applications like product shots.

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iView MediaPro 3.1 Released

Darren wrote this at 1:41 am:

iView Multimedia has released a free update to its professional media cataloging application iView MediaPro 3.

Version 3.1 provides the following improvements and enhancements:

  • Brand new Notepad feature.
  • Universal Binary compatible (Mac).
  • Added asynchronous toolbar text search.
  • Added feature to automatically extend last defined thumbnail view field if space is available during printing. Field must be more than 1 line high.
  • Added feature to import/export labels in XML file.
  • Added Finder labeling in folder panel (Mac)
    • Folders are now displayed using user icons and labels as displayed in Finder.
    • Pressing keys 1 to 7 will set the label for selected folders.
    • Pressing key 0 will remove the label for selected folders.
  • Included some useful new scripts.
  • General Mac & Windows UI optimization and stability issues.
  • Improved reliability of folder manager in organize panel.
  • LightBox feature renamed to Light Table (for trademark reasons) now supports up to 6 images at once.
  • Incremental downloads (Camera/Disk/URL) now always start with a valid increment (Mac).
  • Corrected ‘manage color profiles’ issues with list of available color profiles (Win).
  • Corrected issue when applying metadata templates to newly imported items.
  • Corrected issues when importing/exporting XML for catalogs containing user defined fields.
  • Corrected issue with color levels editing dialog (Win).
  • Corrected issues when saving one or more files in batch edit mode (Win).
  • Corrected issue when importing HTML files (Win).
  • Corrected issues when creating capture date sets during import.
  • Corrected issue with Description field when “Treat captions as raw HTML” in HTML Gallery didn’t work.
  • Corrected issue with grayscale color matching (Win).
  • Corrected issue when Make Contact Sheet would incorrectly calculate layout metrics.
  • Corrected script issues, including when importing from iPhoto (Mac) and Photoshop Album (Win).
  • Corrected issue with dual monitor slideshow/light table (Win).
  • SlideShow
    • Enhanced Slide Show to support more than 32000 items.
    • Respects “always use previews” catalog setting.
    • Improved size and quality of export movies.
    • Fixed multiple monitor positioning (Win).
    • Added page up/down key navigation.
  • Metadata synchronization, all non XMP compatible file formats are now tagged using 8BIM:1060 resource (Mac).
  • Fixed crashing issue when extracting annotations from m4a media.
  • Fixed double rotation issue with ORF files.
  • Fixed XMP annotation synchronization issues.
  • Fixed long standing bug where some thumbnails were not build when importing hundreds of DCR files.
  • Fixed issue resolving catalog associated folders (download and version control) when sharing catalogs between Mac and Windows environments.
  • Ghostscript for Mac no longer supported.
  • Minimum Mac OS support 10.3.9

iView MediaPro 3.1 runs on both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

If you’re a registered user of iView MediaPro 3, download the 3.1 update now.

Don’t forget, if you don’t already own iView MediaPro 3, we’ve got a special deal lined up with iView Multimedia to save you 15% off the normal purchase price.

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