News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.

Adobe today released version 4.6 of Adobe Camera Raw (RAW engine for Photoshop CS3).

The new version adds support for 15 new cameras. A beta version was already available in the Lightroom 2.1 beta.

Link to the ACR and DNG Converter here.

Breeze Systems has announced the immediate availability of the new version of its Windows-based browsing and RAW development software: Breeze Browser Pro 1.9.

Main additions are

  • advanced support for geographical tagging reading information from GPS EXIF info in the image (when camera writes GPS info) or interacting with GoogleEarth.
  • support for newest cameras - Canon EOS 1000D/Rebel XS, Nikon D60, Nikon D700. Interesting the display of focus point that is typically a proprietary encoded information, so not easily shown on third-party software - e.g. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom do not show them.

Official announcement from Breeze Systems available here.

On 23rd of September, Adobe has announced and presented in a web session the new version of Photoshop: Creative Suite 4 (CS4).

Most notable enhancements:

  • Adobe Camera Raw with all the new features available in the Develop Module of Lightroom 2, like localized corrections, post-crop vignetting, graduated filter, mask, etc (you can see our Lightroom 2 review here);
  • improved performance, especially in handling large image files;
  • content-aware scaling, that is resizing images preserving the size of some objects - it seems magic but it works (automatically for some easy-to-identify elements or manually identifying them) and was already available in the powerful freeware GIMP;
  • 3D improvements, for the Extended version;
  • new, improved version of Adobe Brodge (the image browser).

An interesting collection of video clips of new features in CS4 is available at this link.

Canon has announced on its US site a new Canon Professional Services (CPS) program, starting in 2009 and with 3 membership levels (silver/gold/platinum) of which first is free.

Link is here.

Finally Canon has disclosed the successor of the popular, mid/high range 5D camera: the EOS 5D Mark II.

Very interesting improvements (starting from 21 Megapixels and HD movie mode) in our Review in the dedicated section at the following link: overview.

Yesterday Sony has announced its flagship Alpha 900 (A900), its first full-frame camera with 24 Megapixels and sensor stabilization.

Read full details in our overview (link here).