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11 April 2013

In this recurring column, we'll highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at jAblum, SandboxCleaner, VueScan (and Hamrick's plans for the OpticFilm 120) and Photoshop's Hidden Gems page.

  • The Java-based jAlbum [LMW] has been updated to version 11.1 with performance enhancements, minor user interface adjustments, more robust handling of broken images, updated skins, date pattern verification in advanced album settings and more.
  • After struggling to debug user installations, Boinx Software has released its free SandboxCleaner 1.0 to search for incompatible QuickTime components in OS X 10.8 that affect sandboxed video and photo applications. It's only available in the Mac App Store.
  • Hamrick Software has released VueScan 9.2.12 [LMW] with native support for many more scanners, adding Canon, HP and a few other models to the previous Samsung group. Hamrick has also updated VueScan Mobile recently. And when we asked Ed Hamrick about support for the OpticFilm 120, he confirmed, "I'm planning on adding support for it." Supplies are still limited, though, so he hadn't seen one yet.
  • Adobe has gathered its hidden gems tips and tutorials for Photoshop on one page (that's Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes smiling there). Amaze your friends!

More to come...

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