A S C R A P B O O K O F S O L U T I O N S F O R T H E P H O T O G R A P H E R
Reviews of photography products that enhance the enjoyment of taking pictures. Published frequently but irregularly.
10 June 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 two Camera Raw 8.1s, Sigma's USB Dock, an OpticFilm 120 status update and Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.
- Adobe has released Camera Raw 8.1 in two editions, one for Creative Cloud subscribers and another for Creative Suite users. "However, when ACR8 is hosted by Photoshop CS6," Lightroom Produce Manager Sharad Mangalick noted, "it will not offer any of the new features described in Photoshop CC marketing materials for ACR8." DNG Converter 8.1 was also released, providing Raw file support for newer cameras with older versions of Camera Raw.
- Roger Cicala tests Sigma's Optimization Pro and USB Dock. The short version: "For the even slightly gear-head amongst us, this is an awesome tool, giving us the ability to fine-tune autofocus adjustment much more completely than simple camera microfocus adjustment. "
- Plustek tells us it has send a few OpticFilm 120 scanners to distribution with another 15 or so on the way. A new release of SilverFast 8 is due, as well. We tested with release 23, see r24 is available but have been told r26 is ready. We haven't quite finished our review pending the revisions.
- Apple has posted its WWDC Keynote video covering iOS 7, a new Mac Pro, new MacBook Air, OS X Mavericks, iTunes Radio, faster WiFi Airport hardware and more.
More to come...