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An interesting eBook (a downloadable pdf) on Lightroom 2 has been published by Joe Barret (a landscape photographer) on its site. It describes some useful tricks.

Download is free but donation is appreciated.

Link is http://www.image-space.com/Downloads/Downloads.html.

Adobe has released Camera Raw 5.2, the new version of its RAW conversion plugin for Photoshop CS4 (only, CS3 is not supported) for Windows and Mac.

Changes:

  • added support for new cameras, including Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Panasonic DMC-G1;
  • function to store all adjustments applied to an image to be able to apply them to other images;
  • the Adjustment Tool seen in the latest Lightroom release;
  • setting of output sharpening as in Lightroom;
  • new colour profiles

Download link: Windows here, Mac here.

A Reuters article (link here) today announces that Samsung Techwin (owned by the more popular Samsung Electronics) is going to spin off the camera business, since it is not performing well, under high costs pressure and heavy competition in the digital arena.

We remember that some years ago Minolta sold its camera business to Sony. Tough competition....

Apple has released an update to the "Digital Camera Raw Compatibility" software to version 2.3. This update is applicable to iPhoto '08 and Aperture and adds RAW format support for Canon EOS 50D, Nikon D90, Sony A900 and compact Nikon P6000. Besides that, Apple declares that the update improve stability of RAW conversion, it's not specified to what aspect specifically.

Link to download the update is here.

Lightroom 2.1 has been released after some week of a 2.1 Release Candidate version. Also Adobe Camera Raw for Photoshop has been updated.

This update just adds support for some new cameras and fixes a lot of stability and performance bugs.

Lightroom 2.0 infact was launched with quite a lot of problems for some type of hardware (like for PC with some type of graphic cards as well for Vista 64 bits).

Photoshop CS4 and its "brothers" in the Creative Suite 4 product family is available, though not yet for all supported languages.

The new version offers improved performance, new tabbed interface, the new non destructive tools available in Lightroom v2 (like local corrections), smart resize that can preserve objects (see more information on the CS4 announcement news here).

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