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New Software Titles & Versions for All Your Needs

ExpressDigital (

ExpressDigital's Digital Delivery, utilized online via and via localized CD/DVD printing with Darkroom software, allows photographers to price, manage, and sell digital copies alongside prints and other image-embedded products. Digital Delivery has been designed to cement this relationship with better platforms and coordination between Darkroom Web (a free version of the workflow software created explicitly for PhotoReflect users) and PhotoReflect storefronts (a free website generator for photographers to publish and sell work online). As a result, PhotoReflect customers can use Darkroom Web to price, enhance, and publish digital products with built-in protections and delivery mechanism, while Darkroom 8.9 users (including Darkroom Core, Professional, and Assembly version owners) can publish to a PhotoReflect account with more ease and create CDs and DVDs complete with dynamic presentations, personalized graphics, and more, with an improved interface.

FileMaker (

FileMaker released Bento 2, the new version of the company's popular database. The new software allows users to link Apple Mail email messages directly to information stored in Bento with a drag-and-drop feature.

Graphic Authority (

The Studio Premium Collection combines the best in contemporary, layered drag-and-drop templates for books and cards with press-printed sample proofs to present to clients. Add a finishing touch with the collection's design elements, including: brushes, vectors ornaments, and backgrounds. Drag and drop your images into the ready-made, fully editable layouts for fast workflow.

Imagenomic (

Portraiture 2 is a new version of the award-winning software for fast, accurate, natural-looking skin retouching. Along with Photoshop, Portraiture 2 can now be used with Adobe Lightroom and Aperture. Free upgrades to Portraiture 2 are available to any current owner of Portraiture 1. Imagenomic's new Portraiture 2 allows all skill levels to achieve excellence in skin retouching across the spectrum of image subjects, including portrait, full body, group shots, advertising, fashion, beauty, medical, and motion imagery.

Noiseware leads the field for speed, quality, and ease-of-use in restoring image fidelity by eliminating digital noise and unwanted artifacts introduced by high-ISO photography and less-than-optimal environmental conditions. Imagenomic's Noiseware plug-in features: automatic and manual noise profiling; self-learning noise profiles; bracketing and multiple previews; and is available for Windows and Mac OS X.

RealGrain plug-in incorporates versatile and proprietary methods for simulating grain patterns, color, and tonal response of different films and scan resolutions to accurately replicate the smooth, even look of grain found in conventional film.

Image Trends (

Image Trends released new plug-ins for their professional software, including: ShineOff, PearlyWhites, Fisheye-Hemi, SensorKleen Pro, AutoMatting, and DustKleen. ShineOff automatically transforms faces and skin to a soft and natural-looking appearance without removing luster from the lips or the sparkle from the teeth or eyes, and can be run on individual images or be combined with other plug-ins in an action and applied in batch mode. PearlyWhites restores teeth to gleaming white, and can also whiten the sclera of the eye as it looks for white elements when surrounded by flesh tones.

Fisheye-Hemi offers an aesthetically pleasing and natural view with unique mapping technology for fisheye images automatically. It straightens vertical lines and retains original content. SensorKleen Pro uses the camera and lens metadata to identify shadow defects caused by dust or debris on the sensor cover. Operationally, it will analyze, detect, and correct all the images in a batch process without interaction. AutoMatting operating in batch mode automatically creates a unique mat for each image and resizes the image to the aspect ratio of virtually any display device. DustKleen identifies dust and defects in a scanned image. The technology is unique in that it combines the speed of the automatic correction mode with the flexibility of manual touch.

ImageQuix (

ImageQuix software enables photographers to easily proof their images online, fulfill orders, create a variety of products online, and generate higher reprint sales. Users select the location of images, choose a custom-made price sheet, select from other custom event options, and click "Upload." Images are automatically resized for web quality and watermarked.

Once online, users can fully customize their "IQ Focus" viewing interface with studio logo banners, colors, and fonts. ImageQuix features: online slideshows with music, full-screen images, direct access into online events, an uploadable "Flush Mount Album" section with customer proofing, and feedback areas for each page.

Komotion Inc. (

Shozam Advanced Edition enables users to create, maintain, and control their own professional portfolio website efficiently and easily. Shozam creates photo websites with multiple page layouts, including contact sheet, QuickView, information, and detail pages. Users have complete control of image compression, cropping, copyright protection, and website style. Shozam Business Edition includes all of the features of Shozam Advanced Edition and adds search engine optimization and monetization. Users can sell images with built-in PayPal, display Google ads on a website, and create galleries on CDs to sell to clients.

Kubota Image Tools (

The new Kubota Image Tools Dashboard, powered by onOne Software's PhotoTools, is a quick-launch interface for more than 280 Kubota Photoshop Actions, including Kubota Artistic Tools V1, award-winning Kubota Artistic Tools V2, Kubota Artistic Tools V3, and the recently released Kubota Artistic Tools V4 and Kubota Production Tools V2.

Kubota Image Tools created the Dashboard as a way to revolutionize the process of image enhancement. Utilizing advanced keyword search functionality, users can now quickly and easily launch and apply selected Kubota Actions to create visually stimulating images.

LabPrints (

LP Composite Designer from LabPrints is preloaded with ready-to-use templates. Because of LabPrints' integrated system, users can now send images directly to their lab or album company.

LustreColor (

LustreColor's new One-Stop Wedding Network is a complete ecommerce and post-wedding management system. The One-Stop Wedding Network includes six months on, secure file archiving, direct fulfillment, and proofing options, free album designing, and optional album or book binding.

Master Colors (

Master Colors' HVC Color Composer Professional allows users to select colors based on the contrast of one color relative to another. Select a target color in the modified Color Picker and then HVC Color Composer builds a palette of colors. Its creation of palettes of compatible colors is logical. (

PhotoManager software will quickly resize, watermark, and upload images to your MorePhotos website, which is part of an online proofing and ordering solution. HTML and Flash template websites are provided, along with an advanced photo shopping cart, complete with options for discounts, gift certificates, and integrated printers. They do not charge commission on sales, and their tech support, templates, and hosting are included in the flat monthly rate.

Microsoft (

Microsoft announced an update to its Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, which provides a set of tools for photographers of all types to perform various tasks with their images leveraging the power of Windows and Microsoft Live Local, including RAW captures, geotagging, and viewing/editing metadata. The highlights of Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2 include: support for reading and writing metadata to/from XMP side cars so that metadata will interoperate with Adobe products; conversion from RAW to JPEG, TIFF, and HD Photo using "As Shot" settings; RAW image and thumbnail viewing; support for 64-bit Windows; support for international locales; and improved UI for geotagging user photos.

Nikon (

Capture NX 2 includes a full suite of powerful tools for quick and easy photo editing. This next generation follow-up to the Capture NX software focuses on photo editing. Photographers can choose to use it as a stand-alone photo editor or integrate it into their existing workflow. Featuring patented U Point technology from Nik Software, Capture NX 2 includes Color Control Points, the all-new Selection Control Point tool, and all-new Auto Retouch Brush along with a completely redesigned and easy-to-use interface. This software can be worked equally well with JPEG files, TIFF files from almost any camera, and Nikon RAW (NEF) files.