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17 September 2014

We're taking the drone approach to covering Photokina 2014. No boots on the ground but aerial surveillance of the more important targets. We'll provide a brief description with links to official press releases and sponsored links for pre-ordering. This entry covers Phase One's Capture One Pro v8 and CyberLink's PhotoDirector 6.


Phase One introduced its $299 Capture One Pro 8 [MW]. Highlights of the new release include:

  • A new Film Grain tool "based on a 'deep dive' into the physics of the interaction between light and silver halide to emulate the effects from analog film."
  • The Clone and Heal repair layers, removing unwanted objects from images without degrading image quality or details.
  • The Local Adjustment offers extensive image control by supporting new features such as local white balance.
  • Migration tools from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Capture One catalogs.

Here's the tutorial on the catalog feature:

The company is also offering a $10/month subscription option. "With version 8, we have created an alternative to buying the software outright," explained Jan H. Christiansen, chief marketing officer. "Now photographers can choose to subscribe to Capture One Pro. For a modest recurring monthly fee, a subscription offers access to the latest and greatest of Capture One Pro, across minor and major updates."


CyberLink released its $149.99 PhotoDirector 6 [MW].

The main highlight of the new release is Smart Photo Merging technology for panoramas that uses content-aware auto-filling. Used with intelligent smile/face detection, Smart Photo Merging also enables selective blending of multiple group photos to create a single group shot.

"Since the debut of PhotoDirector in 2011," said CEO Alice H. Chang, "CyberLink has introduced over 110 innovative photo editing features. With the launch of PhotoDirector 6, we are unveiling 23 more tools that make it easier and more enjoyable than ever to create spectacular images."

The new release also supports 100 new camera models and lenses and uses OpenCL for a 41 percent speed increase over the previous version when exporting photos.

The new CyberLink Cloud service provides "an easy way for users to backup and share their creative projects and templates." Fees start at $9.99 a year for 10-GB.


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