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Tiffen announces Dfx v2 Digital Filter Software – Plug-ins for Photoshop and Aperture

1 January, 2009 (07:52) | Software | By: Camera News

Tiffen Dfx v2 Digital Filter Software
Dfx v2 Digital Filter Software

Tiffen has announced a new version of their digital filter software Dfx. The new version have plug-in support for both Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture instead of just a standalone application like the previous version was.

Tiffen has also added more than 1000 new digital filters and effects that should make post processing of your pictures more interesting and it might be a good alternative to optical filters.

The Dfx v2 Digital Filter Software is available as download at as a free trial. If you want to purchase the software it costs $99.

Press release:
LAS VEGAS, NV, DEC. 30, 2008 — Based on the success of its original award-winning Dfx Digital Filter software that revolutionized the digital filter market, Tiffen has introduced Dfx v2 at the Winter CES show. The new version now features multiple masking and layering capabilities with its Photoshop and Aperture plug-ins, previously only offered with the Stand-alone edition, plus more than 1,000 new filters and effects including: Ambient Light, Close Up Lens, Dot, Eye Light, Flag, Gobo, HFX® Star, Haze, High Contrast, Ice Halos, Rainbows, Sepia, Sky, Soft Contrast, Soft Light, Warm Center Spot, Warm Polarizer, Water Droplets, Wide Angle Lens and 812® Warming.

Professionals and enthusiasts alike can now choose from a palette of more than 2,000 standard, exclusive and special effect filters that simulate Tiffen’s award-winning optical equivalents. These can all be quickly and easily customized, then saved to a filter library for later use.

An exclusive new feature with Tiffen Dfx v2 plug-ins for Photoshop/Elements and Aperture owners is multiple masking and multiple layering capabilities without having to exit the plug-in each time.

This revolutionary new feature, speeds workflow and extends the already incredible capabilities inherent with Dfx Digital Filter software.

Unlike other software that professes to offer you selection technology that is precise, our exclusive EZ Mask, one of seven mask types, allows users to create precise multiple masks with just a few quick strokes.

And, with our multiple layering, users can quickly and simply add multiple filters on a single Photoshop layer. In addition, filters and masks can be easily copied and moved between Dfx layers.

Creative control no one else can even come close to, and there’s still more!

Tiffen Dfx v2 now includes foreign language support for French, Spanish, German and Japanese in the Adobe Photoshop, Apple Aperture and Stand-alone editions.

Tiffen Dfx v2 is available as a Stand-alone application for still images, specific plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Elements and CS4, Apple Aperture and the most popular video post-production host software, such as Apple Final Cut Pro, and Express, Adobe After Effects and Avid Editing Systems. Tiffen Dfx v2 is available for Windows XP and Vista and Macintosh systems v10.4 or higher and its new comprehensive Stand-alone edition has a suggested retail price of $99.95.

All Tiffen Dfx v2 software is available as a free trial download from the Tiffen website at

Current owners of original Dfx editions will be able to upgrade to the corresponding Dfx v2 edition and should visit the Tiffen website for complete details.

Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom 2 – adds ability to adjust parts of your pictures

29 July, 2008 (15:27) | Adobe, Software | By: Camera News

Today Adobe has launched version 2 of their popular RAW converter program called Photoshop Lightroom. There are lots of changes and additions from Lightroom 1.4 to version 2.0. One of the most significant changes to Lightroom 2 is that you can do local adjustments to a picture. This means you can select an area of the picture you want to change and use a tool to adjust that area. This feature can be used with the gradient tool and the local adjustment brush which can change exposure correction, brightness, contrast, saturation, clarity, sharpening and toning.
Other new features for Photoshop Lightroom 2 are dual-monitor support, a software development kit (SDK) that allows third party developers to make plugins for the program, new print module and much more.

Personally Lightroom is my most used program when I develop my RAW-files because it makes my work flow very fast. I’m very excited these new changes to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!

If you are a new user of Lightroom version 2 will cost you £175 / $299, but if you are upgrading from version 1 it will cost you £69 / $99.

Press release:
Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 2

Major Software Upgrade Further Simplifies Photography Workflows

SAN JOSE, Calif. — July 29, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated
(Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe
Photoshop Lightroom 2 software, the photographer’s essential toolbox for
managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs.
With new enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical advances in
non-destructive localized image correction, and streamlined search
capabilities, Lightroom 2 is a compelling upgrade that simplifies
photography from shoot to finish. As Adobe’s first application to
support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Macintosh computers with Intel
processors and Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit operating systems,
Lightroom 2 also provides improved memory performance for dealing with
large scale images.

“A worldwide community of photographers provided valuable insight and
feedback, as part of the Lightroom 2 public beta program, ultimately
helping us deliver a better product,” said Tom Hogarty, senior product
manager for Lightroom and Camera Raw at Adobe. “We’ve considered their
requests which helped us develop useful features that make it easier
than ever for our customers to quickly refine, enhance and present
brilliant photographs.”

Photoshop Lightroom 2: Smarter, Faster and More Accurate

The enhanced Library module in Lightroom 2 helps streamline and
accelerate photographers’ workflows. With the ability to visually
organize images across multiple hard drives, Lightroom 2 and its
powerful Library Filter Bar makes it easy for users to quickly find the
images they need. The Suggested Keywords feature helps photographers
keyword their images by making intelligent suggestions based on their
own previous efforts. New dual-monitor support allows users to expand
their workspace, giving them flexibility to edit and organize images in
a way that maximizes an additional display.

In the Develop module, the new Local Adjustment Brush lets photographers
fine-tune specific areas of an image to precisely adjust color, exposure
and tonal range without affecting other areas of the image. The new
Graduated Filter expands the toolbox in Lightroom, allowing for edits to
larger areas by applying gradually diminishing or increasing adjustment
effects such as exposure, clarity, and saturation, alone, or in any
combination. Lightroom 2 also helps photographers print more efficiently
by quickly arranging photos of multiple sizes on one or many pages with
flexible and customizable templates to maximize paper and ink.
Intelligent algorithms automatically determine optimal sharpening for
screen or print, producing crisper images faster. Developers can further
extend the Lightroom workflow with Web, Export and Metadata Software
Development Kits available at the Adobe Developer Connection,

Ground-Breaking Innovation in Raw Technology

New raw technology gives photographers access to flexible camera
profiles. Camera profiles are the visual starting point for the raw
processing workflow, but image preferences vary for every photographer.
To minimize surprises, Adobe is supplying default camera profiles that
closely emulate the visual looks that photographers are used to seeing
from their favorite camera, while also providing the ability to create
highly customized profiles to suit different tastes. Camera profiles are
available for immediate download on Adobe Labs (
for use with Lightroom 2 and Camera Raw 4.5, along with the DNG Profile
Editor for the community to test and create their own profiles.

The Adobe Camera Raw 4.5 plug-in and DNG Converter 4.5 are also now
available on and support over 190 camera models including the
Olympus E 420 and E 520 models.

“One of the big reasons why Lightroom has become such a phenomenon among
serious photographers is that Adobe built it with the input of a very
vocal user community,” said Scott Kelby, president of the National
Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). “Adobe really listens to
the issues and challenges today’s photographers face and they’ve built a
complete solution that not only meets the needs of photographers; it
really feels like it was made just for us. The enhancements to Lightroom
2, combined with the power of Photoshop, give photographers the ultimate
freedom to produce professional images quickly.”

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is available now through the Adobe Store at in English, French and German with the Japanese
language version planned to be released at a future date. The estimated
street price is USD$299 for new users with an upgrade price of USD$99
for registered users of qualifying Lightroom customers. Recommended
system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5
or Intel based processor, or Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Windows
Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel Pentium
4 processor, 1 GB RAM and a 1024×768 resolution screen. Additional
information on product features, upgrade policies, pricing, and language
versions is available on

Adobe updates Lightroom to 1.4.1 and Camera Raw to 4.4.1

11 April, 2008 (09:45) | Adobe, Software | By: Camera News

Adobe has released updates for Lightroom 1.4 and Camera Raw 4.4. The updates fixes some issues with the EXIF time date field of images and problems with artifacts in Olympus JPEG files when exported.
The latest version of Adobe Lightroom can be download here and the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw can be downloaded here.

From the Adobe blog:
The Lightroom 1.4.1 and Camera Raw 4.4.1 updates have been posted to the following locations: Lightroom(Mac, Win), Camera Raw(Mac, Win). The updates provide all of the changes included in the original Lightroom 1.4 and Camera Raw 4.4 releases but also include corrections for issues described below and in previous blog posts. The Camera Raw plug-in will also be available later this evening via the Adobe Update Manager and the Lightroom update can be located by choosing ‘Check for Updates…’ under the Help menu. The Lightroom and Camera Raw team apologize for any inconveniences caused by the issues presented in the initial updates


* Lightroom 1.4 incorrectly modified the EXIF time date field of images that had a metadata update applied. This incorrect modification does not appear in Lightroom or Bridge and is only viewable through third party EXIF tools. This error has been corrected in Lightroom 1.4.1 and all files in a Lightroom catalog that have been incorrectly modified will be corrected on their next metadata update. (Metadata can be updated by selecting the files in the Library grid view and choosing Command or CTRL + S to save and update the metadata.)
* Olympus JPEG files could render incorrectly in Lightroom 1.4, displaying an artifact in the exported file.
* Any conversion to DNG in Lightroom 1.4 (Windows Only) would cause the DNG file to become unreadable by Lightroom’s Develop Module or Camera Raw 4.4 in Photoshop. The issue has been corrected and files can be converted to DNG again in order to resolve the issue for existing files. Returning to the original native raw files is not necessary. The affected DNG files can be selected and converted again using the DNG Converter 4.4.1 available at This process is not required but recommended to ensure that a correct validation value is stored within the DNG files.
* Lightroom 1.4 provided degraded import performance relative to Lightroom 1.3.

Camera Raw

* Camera Raw 4.4 incorrectly modified the EXIF time date field of images that were saved as TIFF or JPEG files from the Camera Raw dialog. This has been corrected in Camera Raw 4.4.1
* Olympus JPEG files could render incorrectly in Camera Raw 4.4, displaying an artifact in the exported file.

Creative Suite CS4 gets support for 64-bit but only for Windows

4 April, 2008 (10:20) | Adobe, Software | By: Camera News

The program package Adobe Creative Suite CS4, which includes Adobe Photoshop CS4 among other programs, are planed to get 64-bit support. This means that Photoshop will be able to handle more internal memory in the computer, which means better performance and the possibility to work with larger photo files more effectively.

Mac will probably not get support for 64-bit until Creative Suite CS5 is produced due to technical difficulties.

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