Photography News: Software
Adobe Lightroom Release CandidateAdobe just announced release candidates for Lightroom 5.2 and Camera Raw 8.2. Lightroom 5.2 adds the usual new camera and additional lens support as well as a couple of new features. New features are rather uncommon so this is some pretty cool photography news!
- A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts
- Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool:
- New Feather control
- Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage
- Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
- Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge.
- Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush:
- Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete
- Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment
GoPro Updates Smartphone AppSome new sharing features have been added to the GoPro app for IOS and Android.
- View photos and play back videos1
- Copy photos and videos1 to a GoPro album on your smartphone or tablet
- Share photos and videos1 via email, text, Instagram, Facebook or other app
- Browse and delete files on the camera’s memory card
All New SmugMugI’ve been a faithful Zenfolio user for sometime, but I have friends that LOVE their SmugMug. The new update makes me think that I might like it too! Check it out…HERE. You can see my Zenfolio galleries…HERE. You can also save 10% with Zenfolio using my code, C1R-M4Y-MEZ
Next-Gen Gallery WordPress PluginThe venerable (7.5 million downloads!) WordPress plugin has been updated to an all new version with teh release of 2.0. To be honest, I have mostly gone away from this plugin because of all of the improvements WordPress has made to the native gallery. These updates look cool though!
- NEW: Improved user experience throughout the plugin, settings and usage.
- NEW: Plupload queue uploader that allows for bulk and zip uploads within the same interface.
- NEW: Complete redesign of the NextGEN options panel
- NEW: Added new interface for adding galleries from pages and posts.
- NEW: Galleries are now mobile friendly and responsive, which is most noticeable with a responsive theme.
- NEW: Streamlined functionality for displaying galleries based on tags.
- NEW: Architecture based on Pope Framework
- NEW: New shortcode, “ngg_images”, and corresponding Attach to Post interface
- NEW: Galleries have now global and instance settings
- NEW: Support for FastCGI environments
- Changed: Replaces shortcodes with placeholder images, however still supports legacy shortcodes.
- Changed: Introduced new Growl-like notifications
- Changed: The container and it’s images are centered for slideshows
- Changed: NextGEN styles now override vs replace default styles
- Changed: NextGEN legacy templates have been deprecated (but still function)
- FIXED: The ability to use NextGEN image as a Featured Image.
- FIXED: Many bugs and annoyances, such as PHP warnings, errors, etc.