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

Corel has announced to have acquired (actually the deal was done some months ago) Bibble Labs, popular producer of Bibble Pro, one of the 6 most popular RAW editing software (together with Lightroom/Photoshop, Aperture, Capture One, DxO, RawTherapee).

We can expect that the Bibble Pro product will be rebranded.

Adobe has announced an important change in upgrade qualifications for Creative Suite 6 products: to qualify for CS6 (not yet released) with an upgrade discount, customer will have to own the previous version licence (CS5 or CS5.5).

This would be probably the new upgrade pricing model from now on, or an attempt to force customers to keep updating alive constantly, while so far many ones skipped releases since CS products are not cheap...

Until end of 2011 a discount will be offered to customer of version prior to CS5 in order to qualify for upcoming CS6 as upgrades (and not full price).

Lightroom 3.4.1 and Camera Raw 6.4.1 updates are available on Adobe.com and through the update mechanisms available in Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3.

This update addresses the issue introduced in the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 release (see our article here) and corrects another rare bug that could cause JPG files to show incorrect color.

Adobe has a announced (see here) affecting Adobe Lightroom 3.4 (latest version up to now) and Photoshop plugin Camera Raw 6.4 (latest one too).

Basically, when saving metadata to JPEG files, for specific condition (very complex metadata) and certain cameras, JPG file corruption can occur (so that the JPG might become unreadable).

A fast fix should be on the way but up to now just on a HP Photosmart camera the bug has been confirmed.

Adobe has announced Creative Suite version 5.5, for the first time an intermediate upgrade between major release. Let's say immediately that this upgrade is not free.

Major enhancements have been added to many programs of the suite (mainly Adobe Premiere Pro for video making) with except of Photoshop that nevertheless will be enriched with a Photoshop Touch SDK that will allow developers of applications for Apple iPad, RIM upcoming Playbook device and Android ones to make those applications interact with Photoshop running on a Windows or a Mac. Adobe is preparing 3 apps for iPad to be launched in May to show some capabilities with very low price (under 5 $).

Adobe has released version 3.3 of Lightroom.

This updates includes:

  • support for 15 new cameras (including compact models);
  • a long list of new lenses and some tuning of already supported models;
  • a very long list of bug fixes, ranging from performance issues with clone and spot tools and jpeg export, smart collection bug, gallery view little problems and so on. Full list is available at this link.

The updates are availabel at the following links: Windows and Mac.