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The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is a stand-alone camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow solution to tune a RAW file editor.
It consists of a software to build a DNG profile, a Lightroom plugin and three targets (Creative Enhancement Targets, Classic Targets and White Balance).
Basically, you shoot a target as a RAW, convert the image to DNG, drop it on to the ColorChecker Passport software and create a DNG profile. That profile can then be applied to shots from the same camera to tune color response.
The software is also freely downloadable. Of course not the targets.
Adobe has updated the Camera Raw plugin for Photoshop CS4 (only, CS3 is not supported) and DNG Converter (from RAW to DNG) to version 5.6.
Direct download links:
Adobe has released Lightroom 2.6. It adds RAW support for 20 cameras (among them Canon 7D, Nikon D3s, Sony A500/550/850, Olympus E-P2), fixed a bug of artifact creation in highlights for shots from some cameras when using a PowerPC), a bug in crop tool has been fixed (unlocked ratio after a rotation) and a problem in Mac when panning in Develop module when zoomed 1:1.
IDImager version 5 has been released, IDImager is an extremely powerful and flexible archiving/album software, with good editing features, built in Holland. In terms of features is the richest among DAMs.
Some of the new features:
2 versions available: Pro (139 $, 55.6 $ upgrade), Personal (69 $, 27.6 $ upgrade).
More Info on new features at this link.