BatchPhoto is a powerful photo manipulation program that makes it easy to convert, resize, watermark, annotate, touch up, apply effects, and rename hundreds of photos in a single operation. Instead of enhancing and adjusting pictures individually, BatchPhoto allows users to select a group of pictures, define a series of edits, and apply them in a single operation.
Bibble Labs (www.bibblelabs.com)
Bibble Labs introduced Bibble 5, which improves upon all aspects of photographic workflow and offers finer control over image quality and adjustments. Overall application responsiveness and real-time editing are essentially unaffected by background operations like importing or exporting. Users can create multiple layers with circular, polygonal, curved, or painted regions. Bibble 5's Selective Editing is completely nondestructive and isn't limited to a small set of tools. Selective Editing is tightly incorporated into a complete Bibble 5 workflow: Copy and paste Regions from image to image, and add, delete, rename, and reorder Layers and Regions in the Layer Manager.
Boinx Software (www.boinx.com/fotomagico)
Boinx Software announced FotoMagico 2.6, an update to its photo presentation software for professional photographers. The new 2.6 version of FotoMagico Pro now also supports Adobe Lightroom 2 libraries and comes with a plug-in for Aperture, enabling photographers to select their photos from within Aperture and to export them directly to FotoMagico.
In addition to iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom 1 libraries, FotoMagico 2.6 (Pro version only) now also supports libraries of the new Adobe Lightroom 2. With the integrated iMedia Browser, users can also seamlessly access GarageBand songs, iLife sound effects, and media libraries from iTunes or media files from any other folder on their hard disk.
Brownbook is a free web directory that allows users to edit and update sites as frequently as they like. With Website Creator, users can create an unlimited amount of pages. The cost to use the application is $98 per year (a flat fee with no extra hosting costs).
Canto released Cumulus 7.6, with new features that include: flash thumbnails and previews, watermarking, drag-and-drop categories, and more than 50 filters for enhanced metadata support.
clickbooq is an easy-to-use website creation, management, and hosting solution. Using clickbooq's web-based application, photographers can create a professional, full-featured Flash website. This service allows photographers to update their portfolios with drag-and-drop simplicity; send select images to clients as web galleries and slideshows; and access thousands of photos stored in their online image library. All clickbooq Flash portfolio sites include an automatically generated HTML companion site for enhanced search engine compatibility and visibility on smartphones like the iPhone and Blackberry. Through an exclusive partnership with RedCart, clickbooq now offers an online proofing and shopping cart system.
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate is the ideal choice for any photographer's digital darkroom. The new software fixes brightness, color, and photo imperfections in a few clicks; uses precision editing controls to create the picture users want; and gives photos a unique look using hundreds of special effects. With the Express Lab feature, users can quickly view and fix dozens of photos. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate even includes a built-in Learning Center to help users get started.
Craig's Actions (www.craigsactions.com)
Craig's Actions, designed by photographer Craig Minielly, are easy to control with infinite combinations. The Production Assistant (PA) Workflow series allows users to have one-touch complete image workflow production.
DF Studio (www.digitalfusion.net/studio)
DF Studio Version 5.0 delivers a rich editing and job management solution. It is coupled with the powerful Messenger and Portfolio features for client interaction and rounded out with an innovative approach to archiving and long-term digital image storage. As soon as a job is loaded into DF Studio, users can begin the editing process. DF Studio's editing features rival the ease and speed professionals are accustomed to when marking up a contact sheet with a grease pencil. FastEdit includes keyboard shortcuts to pick a select level and automatically advances to the next image. In addition, DF Studio features three editing views, a loupe tool, and a comparison feature for viewing images side-by-side.
Messenger enables users to electronically deliver their selects to their clients in a consistent and reliable way. Clients receive a formatted email and simply click on the secure link to access the images organized and presented as the photographer had intended.
Portfolio includes an easy-to-use tool for quickly selecting a group of images and building a web-based presentation that can be shared with prospective clients or embedded into an existing website.
Digital Anarchy (www.digitalanarchy.com)
Digital Anarchy released three new software applications this year, including: Toon It! Photo, 3D Invigorator for Photoshop, and the Knoll Light Factory plug-in. ToonIt! Photo is a plug-in for Photoshop that uses advanced algorithms to process the image and create cartoon shading, cartoon lines, and a variety of other stylistic effects that simulate a hand-drawn or hand-painted look.
Co-developed with Zaxwerks Inc. (www.zaxwerks.com), 3D Invigorator for Photoshop allows users to easily create complex 3D objects, logos, and text. 3D Invigorator starts with Adobe Illustrator outlines or text generated within Photoshop, gives the object depth, and then sculpts the graphic into a 3D image. Use the vector tools in Invigorator for real-time changes to your 3D objects; access its built-in text engine to transform True Type and Type 1 fonts; and take advantage of Photoshop features like Smart Objects and Smart Filters.
The popular Knoll Light Factory plug-in enhances the lighting in Photoshop images to produce dramatic or natural effects. Version 3.0.2 gives better usability through UI improvements like 16-bit color support for better output; real-time manipulation in the Preview Window; and the ability to resize and zoom in/out. Knoll 3.0.2 is fully compatible for Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista 64-bit, Intel Mac OS, and hardware releases.
DigiLabs' My Photobooks offers a free, easy-to-use interface for photographers to create custom coffee-table books quickly and easily. The downloadable My Photobooks software is Mac/PC-compatible, and offers unprecedented customization, allowing photographers to place and move images, text, and graphics anywhere including two-page spreads, layering of images, and collages. The program includes dozens of professional templates, layouts, backgrounds, and frames for the user to utilize--users can import personal designs. MyPhotobooks supports all fonts in any language; the software enables the resizing of books without having to redesign (e.g., from a 10x10 book to a 5x5).
Digimarc Corporation released a newly enhanced Digimarc for Images plug-in, shipped in-box with Adobe Photoshop, enabling photographers and corporations to better manage their photos and image assets. Digimarc for Images allows content owners to place a persistent, invisible digital watermark into photographs and images, which will communicate copyright information and owner contact details, and report to owners on both authorized and unauthorized use of images online.
DxO Optics Pro is image-enhancement software renowned for its unique automated optical-correction features; it addresses the entire spectrum of image-quality issues. Also available to professionals is DxO FilmPack, which gives digital images the style of the most celebrated conventional films: the colors, the saturation, and the grain of 50 film types, including Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, Polaroid, Rollei, and Ilford, have been analyzed and reproduced so they can be applied to all images.
Extensis' Portfolio 8.5 locates, organizes, archives, and publishes users' digital work.
Automatically cataloging files, version 8.5 features support for RAW camera formats and includes a drag-and-drop command for placing files into applications.