Bibble Labs has today announced version 4.4 of its RAW workflow software, which adds support for the Canon 5D and 1D Mark II N cameras, as well as the Konica Minolta 5D, A200 and Pentax *ist DL. Bibble's integrated Photoshop plug-in allows users to open RAW files from the latest cameras in Photoshop 7 or CS. The update provides another new feature called Full Light that brightens deep shadows and recovers detail in dark areas of high contrast photos. Bibble 4.4 is available as a free upgrade to Bibble 4 or you can download a 14-day trial version from Bibble Labs' website.
Just posted! The second of today's reviews of upgrades to popular compact cameras; Sony's P200. This one's been sitting around half-finished for months now, so we thought we'd better stop bumping it and finish the update. The changes over the P150 (the first 7 megapixel compact to hit the market) are minimal; a slight redesign, a new, larger screen, an additional metering mode and the addition of custom white balance, though pricing is inevitably a lot keener after a year in this fast-moving market.
Just posted! Announced only 6 months after its predecessor, the SD550 (Digital Ixus 750) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early 2000, and is a fairly minor upgrade to the SD500 (Ixus 700). Aside from a larger screen (2.5 inch as opposed to 2.0 inch) and a slight redesign of the body and controls, the majority of the changes consist of tweaks to the user interface. Find out how it fared in our concise test after the link.
Sigma has today announced two tele-converter lenses the APO tele converter 1.4x EX DG and APO tele converter 2x EX DG. The tele converters are mounted between the camera body and the lens to increase the focal length by 1.4x or 2x. Both have a multi-layer lens coating to reduce flare and ghosting, won't compromise the quality of the other lens in use and high speed auto focus is retained when the converters are used.
Adobe Systems has today announced Photoshop Elements 4.0. The lite version of Adobe's professional image editing program Photoshop, offers a new automatic red-eye removal function, which detects face shapes in images and removes red-eye as photos are downloaded from the camera. It also features a new Magic Selection brush for adjustments to specific parts of an image as well as Magic Extractor and new Skin Tone Adjustment. Adobe has developed the tagging feature found in Elements 3.0 with the new Face Tagging, which automatically detects faces in a photo so they can be easily tagged and quickly found later. Photoshop Elements 4.0 is currently only available for Windows, priced £69.99. A spokesman for Adobe said that the program will be supported on the Mac in the 'near future'.