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

Apple has released a plugin, called E1, to transfer video content directly into Final Cut Pro v6 or higher (famous video editing software) from some Canon EOS DSLR models: currently supported models are Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS 1D Mark IV.

The video plug-in is a free download at this link: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/finalcutstudio/.

PictureCode today released the Noise Ninja Aperture version 3 plug-in for Aperture 3 that support 32 and 64 bit modes.

Downloadable at this link.

Canon has updated Digital Photo Professional software to version 3.8.0 (Win) / 3.8.1 (Mac), EOS Utility v 2.8.1, Picture Style Editor v 1.7.0, WFT Utility v 3.5.1, Original Data Security Tools v 1.8.0.

Main updates for DPP are the support for the next EOS 550D / Rebel T2i and (finally) the addition of an horizon correction function to the Trimming Tool - before just 90° rotations were supported!

The updates can be downloaded from this link (click the "Drivers & Downloads" tab and select your operating system).

Adobe Photoshop is turning 20 and today Adobe will celebrate its anniversary see here. First version was launched back in 1990 and since then, it has grown in popularity becoming the most widely used image editing software.

At the CES (consumer electronics show) event in Las Vegas, the new standard for USB has been presented: the 3.0, also called Super Speed USB. The differences with current 2.0 high speed USB is of course higher speed thanks to 5 lines/wires communication instead of 4 ones (it should be around 10 times USB 2!) and a lower power consumption.

We will sure see it soon in cameras, already 17 devices (mainly portable drives and high end portable PCs) seem to be USB 3 certified.

Apple has released Aperture v 3, its professional photo management and raw conversion application only for Mac.

Announced improvements/additions should be more than 200 (Apple said), where notable ones are the following:

  • a new non-destructive brush with automatic edge detection (similar to Adobe Lightroom brush with auto-mask feature);
  • adjustment presets;
  • full-screen view:
  • new slideshow with support of video (also HD), what is still missing in Adobe Lightroom v2 and beta1 of version 3;
  • a new Faces and Places option for respectively Face detection and geotagging.

The new version costs 199 $ (in the US) or 99$ for upgrade from previous versions.

Full announcement on Apple website at this link.