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November 2005 News  
The DAM Book by Peter Krogh published
Photographer Peter Krogh has authored a book called The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers. The book "presents a solid plan and practical advice on how to file, find, protect and re-use photographs", according to its publisher, O'Reilly Digital Media.
November 30, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Jobo AG announces GIGA Vu PRO evolution
Jobo AG has announced what looks to be an intriguing upgrade of its flagship GIGA Vu PRO portable storage device. Called the GIGA Vu PRO evolution, it's aimed squarely at the working photographer with features such as promised speedy transfer from a CompactFlash card to the internal hard drive, support for the USB OTG protocol for direct connection to USB cameras, an image verification function, RAW file support (including decoding the RAW data for full-resolution zooming), a large LCD, built-in FTP functionality, Wi-Fi compatibility (using a third-party Wi-Fi CompactFlash card), histogram, EXIF and individual R,G,B channel views, a DVI external display connector plus NTSC/PAL video out, the ability to show various digital movie formats at 640x480/30 fps and more.
November 30, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.4 released
Camera Bits has officially released Photo Mechanic 4.4 for Windows and Mac. The major update to the pro photo browser beefs up the program's image import and image captioning functionality, adds CD/DVD burning, lossless JPEG rotation and much, much more.
November 30, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Extensis ships Portfolio 8
Extensis is now shipping both the standard and Server versions of Portfolio 8, as well as the companion NetPublish 8 module.
November 29, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Digital Remora enables on-camera CF card storage
Photojournalist Adrin Snider has developed The Digital Remora, a CompactFlash card case that attaches directly to a digital SLR or other camera.
November 29, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Apple updates Aperture Knowledge Base documents
Apple has updated its collection of Knowledge Base documents on Aperture, plus they've added two PDFs that include details on ordering books and prints from within the software as well as late-breaking information on certain features.
November 29, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Automator Actions for Photoshop CS/CS2 updated
Ben Long has again updated his useful set of Actions for use with Mac OS X 10.4's Automator feature and Photoshop.
November 29, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Aperture appears to be shipping from Apple Store
The online Apple Store has begun to issue shipping notices for Aperture.
November 26, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic beta v4.4b11-24 now available for download
Following quickly on the heels of yesterday evening's release of a new beta of the next major release of Photo Mechanic, Camera Bits today has posted for download v4.4b11-24.
November 24, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Camera Bits releases new beta of Photo Mechanic 4.4
Camera Bits this evening has released a new beta of Photo Mechanic 4.4.
November 23, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Apple Aperture to ship November 30?
While we've not yet received official word from Apple regarding a precise ship date for Aperture 1.0, activity on the web site of at least one major retailer suggests that the software may begin shipping on November 30, 2005. UPDATE, NOVEMBER 26: On the front page of the online Apple Stores for the U.S. and Canada, the Aperture link in the Apple Software section has changed to include a "Now Shipping" logo.
November 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Streamline wireless transmitter workflows with Pixagent ITP 2.0
Pixagent ITP 2.0, released last month, adds a wealth of features to the Windows-only FTP server and digital SLR wireless transmitter configuration application. Starting with v2.0, the software has been split into freeware Standard and US$60 Professional editions. ITP 2.0 Standard, like ITP 1.x before it, remains a powerful FTP server that also contains basic setup tools designed to streamline the process of getting a Nikon or Canon wireless transmitter synched up with a computer. ITP 2.0 Professional has all the features of Standard, plus it adds the ability to automatically trigger batch processing operations, display a preview of pictures as they arrive, synchronize the import of pictures from a memory card in a reader where some pictures have been transmitted wirelessly already (Nikon workflows only) and more.
November 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Prototype "light field camera" enables focusing after the fact
A grad student in computer science at Stanford University has adapted the 16MP Kodak CCD sensor in a Megavision FB4040 digital back to work as a "light field camera," thereby enabling the point of focus in a picture to be adjusted in software after the picture is taken.
November 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna published
Photographer Lou Manna has authored a book entitled Digital Food Photography: Tips and Tricks of the Trade Revealed. Manna is a former New York Times photographer with more than 30 years of experience shooting food.
November 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.4 Public Beta now available
Camera Bits has now posted Photo Mechanic 4.4 Public Beta, a pre-release version of the upcoming revision to the pro photo browser for Windows and Mac.
November 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
LowePro announces DryZone Rover backpack
Lowepro has developed the DryZone Rover, the latest addition to its waterproof line of photo bags. It incorporates a lower rubber-coated nylon DryPod compartment for items that must stay dry, an upper compartment for personal items that could withstand getting wet and a 50-ounce (1.5 litre) HydraPak hydration system. The company claims the backpack is "the first of its kind to incorporate a hydration system with a camera carrying solution."
November 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
iView releases new web gallery templates for MediaPro 3
Earlier this month, iView Multimedia released additional templates for use with the HTML Gallery builder in v3.0 of MediaPro for Mac and Windows. The seven new web gallery themes are distinctive both because some use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and because several also sport a clean, smart look that's rare for non-custom templates.
November 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Public beta of Photo Mechanic 4.4 expected later today
A public beta version of the upcoming Photo Mechanic 4.4 for Windows and Mac is slated to be posted later today on the Camera Bits web site (the company earlier this month opted to delay the general release of a beta version while they shored up certain key features).
November 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
MediaStorm provides web home for multimedia projects
MediaStorm, a web site that describes itself as an "online publication [which] combines photography, video and audio elements to deliver a uniquely powerful and immersive experience to its audience," has officially launched.
November 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Phase One posts Capture One 3.7.3 release candidates
Phase One has posted release candidates of the next version of Capture One. The primary change in version 3.7.3 RC1 of Capture One PRO, LE and DB for Windows and Mac is support for new camera models. Joining the Capture One club is the Canon EOS 5D and EOS-1D Mark II N, Konica Minolta Alpha/Dynax/Maxxum 5D, Leica Digital-Modul-R back and Olympus EVOLT E-500. For the Canon models, support includes both processing of RAW CR2's as well as tethered camera access from within the program. Mac versions of Capture One 3.7.3 also contain several bug fixes.
November 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Shipments of Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS resume
Shipments to dealers of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS have resumed in the U.S., says Chuck Westfall, Director of Media & Customer Relationship at Canon USA. Production of the L-series lens, which first began to ship in late-August 2005, had ceased for a time while Canon sorted out a flare problem with early units.
November 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Adobe Bridge updated to v1.0.3
Adobe has posted an update to both the Windows and Macintosh editions of Adobe Bridge, which brings the program to v1.0.3. The new version delivers improved reliability, according to Adobe.
November 18, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Industry group develops digital picture guidelines
An ad-hoc photography industry working group has released a set of 15 guidelines designed to "clarify issues affecting accurate reproduction and management of digital image files". The recommendations and principles are called the Universal Photographic Digital Imaging Guidelines (UPDIG), and they were developed by the UPDIG Working Group, which comprises mostly professional photographers' trade organizations.
November 17, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Qimage v2006.200 released
Digital Domain has released v2006.200 of Qimage, the company's RAW conversion/printing/browsing application for Windows. Improvements include a new look for the thumbnail browser and an instant preview feature.
November 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
November issue of The Digital Journalist posted
The November issue of THE DIGITAL JOURNALIST is online with articles on National Geographic photographer Robb Kendrick's tintype portraits of cowboys, photojournalist Lana Slezic's documentary work on Afghan women, the cultural and political impact of the work of photojournalists covering Hurricane Katrina in the U.S., and tech tips from Canon's Chuck Westfall, among many other topics.
November 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Discovering, shooting, and marketing a unique story
SPORTSSHOOTER.COM has published an article by freelance photojournalist Thomas E. Witte detailing how he discovered a story about a handicapped athlete, sold the idea to Sports Illustrated, shot it, and ended up selling additional publication rights to numerous magazines in the U.S. and abroad.
November 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Adobe releases beta of Camera Raw 3.3
Adobe has posted in pre-release form the next version of the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop CS2. Camera Raw 3.3 Beta adds support for the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N and makes official the software's support for the EOS 5D. Other changes include faster redraw speed at certain magnification levels, a refined demosaicing algorithm and writing of IPTC-format caption data to JPEG, TIFF and PSD files (in addition to the XMP caption block as before).
November 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon recalls 710,000 EN-EL3 batteries
Nikon has announced a recall of a number of the batteries used to power the D50, D70 and D100 cameras. The affected packs can overheat and possibly melt. A total of about 710,000 EN-EL3 rechargeable battery packs - about 200,000 in the USA alone - are to be replaced free of charge by the company in the U.S, and presumably other Nikon marketing regions also.
November 8, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon releases new firmware for D2X, D2Hs
Nikon today has released new firmware for the D2X and D2Hs digital SLR cameras. Changes include improved AF performance, reduction of a reddish tint in photos taken on certain WB settings and flash-related bug fixes. Firmware v1.0.1 for both cameras is available for download from various Nikon support sites.
November 8, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Public beta of Photo Mechanic a few days away
Camera Bits has opted to delay the release of a public beta version of Photo Mechanic 4.4 for Windows and Mac while they work to finalize the implementation of certain key features. The company is currently seeding the latest development build of the application to a small handful of testers. Dennis Walker of Camera Bits expects that in a few days they'll be ready to open up the beta program to a wider group; we'll publish a story announcing its availability as soon as that happens.
November 3, 2005 | FULL STORY 
iView MediaPro 3.0 released
iView Multimedia today has released MediaPro 3.0, a paid-for upgrade to its image cataloging application for Mac and Windows. In addition to the changes in the new version announced on October 20th, the company has added the ability to include large previews inside a catalog and has retooled the thumbnail functionality too.
November 1, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Mac OS X 10.4.3 updates RAW file support
Mac OS X 10.4.3, an incrememental update to the latest version of the operating system for Apple computers, adds OS-level support for RAW files from newer digital SLR models including, in our testing, the Canon EOS 5D and Nikon D2X (and probably a number of other 2005-vintage digital SLR RAW files which were previously not recognized). We've compared about two dozen RAW photos processed to 16-bit TIFFs using Preview in OS X 10.4.2 and then again in OS X 10.4.3. In all cases there is a noticeable improvement in the conversion quality in OS X 10.4.3.
November 1, 2005 | FULL STORY 
  XQD, Ethernet and the Nikon D4 (View)
  LPA Design announces PocketWizard Plus III transceiver (View)
  Announced: Nikon D800 with 36.15 million image pixel sensor (View)
  Review: Delock Card Reader FireWire B (Nr. 91694) (View)
  Review: Lexar 1000X blazes to 129MB/s read speed, best-in-class write speeds (View)
  Q&A with Nikon D4 engineer Toshiaki Akagi (View)
  Larger sensor at the heart of 14.20 million image pixel Canon Powershot G1 X (View)
  Nikon announces 16.16 million image pixel, 10fps D4 digital SLR (View)
  First Look: Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 (View)
  Review: Nikon Speedlight SB-910 (View)
  Feature: Stephen Mallon shoots a bridge's journey (View)
  Feature: Wildlife shooter Scott Linstead captures slices of time (View)
  Tip: Alternate mounting options for the Vagabond Mini Lithium (View)
  Review: Nikon's J1 and V1 cameras and 1 Nikkor lenses (View)
  Canon announces 17.92 million image pixel EOS-1D X (View)
  Feature: William B. Plowman goes underground (View)
  Feature: Joel Hawksley starts a photography career (View)
  Review: the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (View)
  Feature: impressions of the Apple iPad 2 (View)
  Review: M.I.C. CF Card Reader for iPad and iPad 2 (View)
  Feature: the quiet, lovely photographs of Joseph O. Holmes (View)
  Photosmith iPad app now available (View)
  Eye-Fi Direct Mode for X2 SDHC cards rolling out today (update 2) (View)
  Feature: Carl de Souza self-assignment produces remarkable steel mill photos (View)
  Feature: Robert Seale on photographing Evan Longoria for Sports Illustrated (View)
  Feature: Crisp light, great moments typify the wedding photography of Cliff Mautner (View)
  Review: Vagabond Mini Lithium portable power pack (View)
  Review: blueSLR remote trigger and geolocation system for Nikon (View)
  Patent infringment suit filed on eve of 344MHz Phottix Atlas production (updated) (View)
  Dynalite revamps power pack lineup, releases high performance 1600ws pack (View)
  Review: the Nikon Speedlight SB-700 (updated) (View)
  A first look at ShutterSnitch 2.0 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (View)
  PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5 for Nikon head to dealers (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 2 (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 1 (View)
  Wireless photography with an iPad and ShutterSnitch (View)
  Canon Expo 2010 kicks off in New York (View)
  Fighter jet crash "one of the most unforgettable moments," says photographer (View)
  Stopping action with the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 monolight (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark IV autofocus performance (View)
  PLM umbrellas offer sweet combo of efficiency and softness (View)
  A first look at Nikon D3S high ISO image quality, plus the new 70-200mm f/2.8 (View)
  LibertyPak Little Genny LG400 provides premium portable power for strobes (View)
  DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone comes to life in v1.1 (View)
  Revamped MacBook Pro line delivers top-notch display quality (View)
  A look inside Nikon's Sendai digital SLR factory (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance (View)
  Notes from Canon headquarters (View)
  Staying sharp: A veteran news shooter seeks new challenges (View)
  Beneath the waves with the Nikon D2X (View)
  Alex Majoli points and shoots (View)
  A look back at the NC2000 (View)
  Shooting the D1X for National Geographic (View)

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