2017-2018 Digital Photography Software News

FoCal 2.3

Adds support for the Canon 5D Mark IV, reinstates raw support for Canon cameras, and fixed a number of small issues for both Canon and Nikon bodies. Mac users note: FoCal relies on camera maker libraries that haven’t been updated for macOS 10.12 Sierra! 

FoCal Web site

Imatest 4.5

The latest version of the camera, sensor, and lens testing package Imatest includes a new checkerboard mode that helps do multi-distance testing, an autofocus consistency test, the ability to pull images from .NET enabled devices, support for some new automotive industry sensors (RCCC), enhanced SFRreg sharpness testing,  and support for a new Dead Leaves Cross test chart.

Imatest Web site

AlienSkin Exposure X2

AlienSkin announced the X2 version of their Exposure non-destructive raw converter program (macOS 10.10 or newer, Windows 8 64-bit or newer). New features include:

  • Drag and drop files (Windows or Explorer)
  • Adjust the capture time
  • Find images by variety of criteria (camera, lens, etc.)
  • Enhanced selection and sorting options
  • Enhanced export options
  • Ability to create workflow presets
  • Lens correction for popular lenses
  • PSD support
  • Spot heal tool
  • Full screen preview
  • New faded look presets added to film simulations
  • Adjustable histogram with clipping overlays
  • History panel
  • A number of recent cameras are also supported by the new version

Price is US$149 for the basic product (upgrade US$99), US$199 with the Snap Art 4 and Blow Up 3 modules (upgrade US$119). The program can be used as a plug-in within Lightroom or Photoshop (CS6 or CC).

Adobe Creative Cloud Update

Lightroom updates to 2015.7 and 6.7, ACR and DNG Converter update to version 9.3.

The Lightroom and converter updates add support for a number of new cameras: 

Apple iPad Pro 9.7″ (Wi-Fi and cellular), Apple iPhone 6s Plus 6s SE, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (with limitations on dual pixel raw), Casio EX-ZR4000 (EX-ZR5000), Hasselblad H6D-100c, and Nikon D3400. Tethering now works for Nikon D5 and D500 cameras. Updated camera profiles were added for the Canon 5Ds and 5Dsr. Two Canon, 4 Nikon, 4 Rokinon/Samyang, 6 Pentax, and 1 Sony lenses were added to the lens profile sections (plus some other more oddball stuff, including lens profiles for the Apple iPhones). Support for macOS Sierra (10.12) is included, but OS X 10.9 Mavericks is no longer supported.

The Lightroom update includes at least a dozen fixes and one performance improvement, plus support for the P3 device space used on Apple devices. Adobe Stock is now a plug-in.

ACR Camera Raw adds support for pressure sensitive pens on devices such as the Wacom tablet.

All updates are available through he Creative Cloud installer.

macOS Compatibility

macOS 10.12 (Sierra) was released today, and “compatibility testing” has begun.

  • Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.7 and Lightroom 6.7 are compatible, but earlier versions will have issues, particularly with Import and Destination panels, Canon and Nikon DSLRs, and some serious crash issues in some cases.
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 crashes on close.
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 installer doesn’t work (previously installed versions work).
  • Apple Aperture 3.6 doesn’t work, but previously installed versions still work with the same small glitches it had under El Capitan
  • Canon advised that Camera Window DC, EOS Utility 2, EOS Utility 3, and Map Utility all have issues with macOS Sierra, and advised customers not to upgrade to the new OS yet.
  • Fujifilm PC AutoSave Installer is not compatible, and Fujifilm reports that they are still checking the Raw File Converter EX 2.0 and Tethered Capture Plug-in.
  • GIMP may change the default language and stop loading. 

As additional reports come in, I’ll update this page.

RawDigger 1.2.14

This new version adds support for the Raspberry Pi Cameras, the Panasonic G80/G85, the Pentax K-70, and the Sigma SD Quattro. It also fixes a problem withe Samsung conversions and updated the Exiftool to version 10.26.

RawDigger site

Camera One Pro 9.3

Phase One upgraded their professional conversion and browsing application with support for 11 new cameras (e.g. Canon 5D Mark IV, Fujifilm X-E2s and X-T2, Panasonic GX80/GX85) and 15 new lenses, plus added a feature to create profiles from the screen with Eizo ColorEdge monitors.

Capture One 9.3 site

DNG Converter 9.7

Adobe announced the DNG Converter 9.7, which includes support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera, the Apple iPhones that support raw, the new Panasonic G80/G85 and LX10/LX15, the GoPro Hero5 Black, and the Nikon D3400.

Adobe DNG Converter download

MacPhun Updates Aurora HDR

MacPhun announced Aurora HDR 2017, a completely rewritten version of their Macintosh HDR program. 

Aurora HDR 2017 is at least 50% faster than its predecessor, includes a polarize tool, supports batch processing, the noise reduction tool has been improved, allows top and bottom gradations, adds luminosity and radial masking, supports greater zoom levels, supports DNG files, and adds presets from several photographers.

Pre-orders are US$89 (updates for previous users US$69) and include several additional goodies (60-day KelbyOne membership, for example). The program will ship on September 29th. 

Apple Updates Raw Support

Digital Camera RAW 6.21 for El Capitan adds support for the X-Pro2 and Pentax K-1 cameras to MacOS.

Canon Updates Software for 5D IV

Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) was updated to version 4.5.0 to support the 5D Mark IV and the 28mm f/3.5 EF-M lens. Canon EOS Utility was updated to version 3.5 to support the 5D Mark IV and fix an issue with images not being properly recorded.

Canon Software Utilities (you may have to click on Drivers & Downloads)

AccuRaw and PhotoRaw Updated

Chromasoft has updated AccuRaw and PhotoRaw to work with the Canon 5D Mark IV.  Both programs are available via the Apple App Store.

Chromasoft Web site

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