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PMA 2003 Mini-Roundup - Continued

Phase One continues to expand the capabilities of Capture One DSLR. At PMA 2003, the company unveiled a pre-release version of the software for Mac OS X, Capture One DSLR 1.1 for Windows that adds support for Nikon's D1X and D100 cameras and a change in the company's licensing policy for all versions of Capture One DSLR.

Capture One DSLR for Mac OS X

Much as they did when the Windows version of the software was first released, Phase One has posted a 30 day trial version of Capture One DSLR 1.0 for Mac OS X. It supports only the Canon EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds, and is still a work in progress. The official release of Capture One DSLR 1.0 for Mac OS X is planned for April 1, 2003.

Pricing and availability is expected to mirror that of the Windows release: US$499 is the suggested list price for a boxed copy from a Phase One dealer. The software will also be available for direct download from Phase One's E-shop, though at a considerable premium over purchasing it from one of Phase One's approved retailers.

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Capture One DSLR 1.0 (pre-release) for Mac OS X

The company has promised to add support for the Nikon D1X and D100 to the Mac version of Capture One DSLR. The expected release date for that is June 1, 2003.

Capture One DSLR 1.1 for Windows

The biggest change in version 1.1 of Capture One DSLR for Windows is the addition of the Nikon D1X and D100 (curiously, the D1H is not supported) to the growing family of digital SLR cameras supported by the software, though a number of bugs are fixed also. Version 1.1 is a free upgrade for existing owners of Capture One DSLR; it functions in 30 day trial mode for those who haven't installed a previous version.

The company has also announced that the US$1495 Portrait One v2.5 for Windows now supports the Canon EOS-1D, EOS-1Ds, Nikon D1X and D100.

License Policy Change

In response to criticism that its 3 installations per license policy for Capture One DSLR was too limiting, Phase One has altered the software license to allow unlimited installations, across both Mac and PC platforms. The license itself is still single user; the net effect of the change is to ease potential hassles associated with multiple reinstallations of the software.

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