Nikon has released NEF Codec version 1.12.0 that provides support for 64-bit Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems as well as the new Nikon 1 J1, Nikon 1 V1 cameras. The new version can be downloaded from Nikon Imaging website. It is a 90MB download. A system reboot is required to finish the installation.

The 64-bit support has been long overdue. Previously users of 64-bit system had to use third-party solutions.

Posted in News, Software on November 23rd, 2011. No Comments.

Nik Software, the maker of the famous Nikon Capture NX and NX2 software for Nikon RAW image processing, has released a software called Snapseed developed exclusively for the iPAD.

With Snapseed, photo editing is as simple as tapping and swiping your fingers on the iPAD. You can easily adjust images for brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. It is also very easy to straighten leaning photos and crop them to the size you want. Nik didn’t forget to bring their excellent U Point selective local area adjustment to Snapseed either. People who are familiar with Nikon Capture NX or NX2 software will really appreciate this great feature for intuitive local adjustments without complicated layers and masks.

The software also provides some special effects such as black and white, grunge, vintage film, center focus, etc.

With built-in sharing function, it is easy for users to share edited photos by email or on social networking sites (Flickr and Facebook are supported).

Snapseed for iPAD is currently available from iTunes App Store for $4.99.

Coverages of Snapseed on the web

Posted in Digital photography, Photo Editing, Software on June 8th, 2011. No Comments.

It is amazing how a youtube clip could turn viral so fast. Paul “Bear” Vasquez posted a video clip on youtube early this year showing a beautiful double rainbow and his continuous marveling at such a nature phenomenon. That clip made Paul the famous “Double Rainbow Guy“. Now Microsoft has recruited him to promote Windows Live Photo Gallery by showcasing its photo-stitching (panorama) functions. Check out the video ads and the original clip that made him famous. Read More…

Posted in Software on September 3rd, 2010. No Comments.

Adobe released the final versions of Photoshop Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2. Release candidates have been available at Adobe Labs for a while. The new updates added RAW support for some new cameras including the recently announced Canon EOS 60D and Sony SLT-α55/SLT-α33. The new updates also add support for many new lens profiles. As always, many bug fixes are included. The new updates are light on new features but it is worth mentioning that direct publishing to Facebook and SmugMug is now supported.

For more information

Posted in News, Software on August 31st, 2010. No Comments.

The cameras on cells phones are getting better but they are still mostly bad enough to allow high percentage of bad shots. What can you do if a photo is really bad but it captures a unique moment that you like?

You can run it through various apps available and salvage it by making it “ridiculous, bizarre or maybe even beautiful”. Hopefully by doing so, technical flaws of the photo are no longer the focus of viewer’s attention.

To find a list of Apps for popular iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices, read this New York Times article: Took a Bad Photo? Paint, Sketch or Distort It, Beautifully

Posted in Software, Tips and Techniques on August 27th, 2010. No Comments.

Nikon released v2.25 update of the Capture NX 2 RAW processing software for both Mac and Windows. The new version adds support for RAW photos taken with the recently announced Nikon D3100. It also adds some tweaks (could be a big surprise to some when they found out the D2X modes are gone!) to the Picture Control Utility. The Mac version is now compatible with the latest Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.4). It is also supposed to have fixed a blocky color display issue. Hit the following links to find out more and download.

Posted in News, Software on August 26th, 2010. No Comments.

This new update from Apple contains stability and performance fixes for graphics applications and games in Mac OS X v10.6.4.

Fixes

  • Addresses frame rate issues occurring in Portal and Team Fortress 2 by Valve, on iMac (Late 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac mini (Early 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac Pro (Early 2009), MacBook (Early 2009 and Mid 2010) and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) or MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010) models.
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture 3, or StarCraft II by Blizzard, to unexpectedly quit or become unresponsive.
  • Resolves an image corruption issue that may occur when disconnecting and reconnecting external displays while the system is running.

Affected products

MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009), MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010), iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009), Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac mini (Early 2009), Mac OS X 10.6.4, Mac mini (Mid 2010), iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010), iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010), Portal, StarCraft II, Team Fortress 2

Well, this does come in time, as I was experiencing the 3rd issue mentioned above when I tried to switch between Windows and Mac using a KVM switch.

Source: Apple.

Posted in News, Software on August 18th, 2010. No Comments.

Nikon ViewNX seemed to have forever stuck at version 1.5 until Nikon released the version 2. The new version has a redesigned user interface. It appears to be sleek but may be a little dull for some. The slideshow function is finally working. It has been constantly crashing on me in version 1.5.

It now supports dual display quite nicely. When you try to view photos full screen, it defaults to the second display. You can turn this feature off. It still cannot view images in a window. The choices of zoom levels are also limited.

Users can now select background colors from pure white, grey, dark grey, to black. However the background color change only affects the thumbnail and image viewing area. The rest of the user interface maintains its color. It looks ugly when white background is selected.

The notable additions are enhanced image editing functions such as cropping, image straightening, Auto Red-Eye and Auto Lateral Color Aberration. Movie editing functions are also introduced in this new version.

For US readers, you can get yours here.

Posted in Software on August 17th, 2010. No Comments.
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