March Software Updates

Iridient Sofware Developer 3.0 (Macintosh). This major update now includes multiple demosaic algorithms that can be applied, allowing you to convert for detail, smoothness, and even monochrome output. Two new sharpening routines have been added, as well, including Iridient’s proprietary Reveal method. Iridient already was one of the few converters that had sophisticated deconvolution sharpening; now it’s got even more choices to make sharpening match the data capture better. Indeed, pretty much throughout the update you’ll see more options for processing, including some that are familiar, such as Clarity, and others that will take some study to master, such as Luminance Grain Smoothness. Besides a ton of new processing capabilities, Iridient has added support for the Olympus E-M5II high resolution raw files, and one again further improved the Fujifilm X-Trans support with a new set of presets to better match the camera’s JPEG options. Iridient is one of the converters every Macintosh user should probably keep around, as it has options in it, like RPP, that you just don’t find in the more commonly available converters. 

Adobe Raw Converter 8.8 includes support for the Canon 750D, 760D, Fujifilm X-A2, Nikon D5500, Olympus OM-D EM-5II, and Panasonic GF7. Many new lens profiles are included, even one for the new 300mm f/4E. The Camera Raw file is compatible with both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC (both versions). Lightroom users and those using CS5 or older for Photoshop will need to use the DNG Converter 8.8 to get the new camera support (the upcoming Lightroom 6 should fix that for Lightroom users).

Reikan FoCal 2.0 was announced, a free upgrade to all FoCal 1.0 users. The new version allows you to compare your results to other users with the same gear, look at previous tests you’ve made, and includes more information, improved reports, and faster results. Unfortunately, this is a “Test Release 1” version for Windows only at the moment, not a finished one, nor a Mac compatible one.

Capture One Pro 8.2 includes support for the Nikon D5500 camera and tethered shooting support for the D750.

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