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ArtOptimizer Can Now Sharpen All Layers In Photoshop

Zevrix Solutions announces ArtOptimizer 3.1.1 for Adobe Illustrator, an update to  image workflow automation solution. The only tool of its kind on the Mac market, ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of Illustrator links and performs essential image adjustments. The software helps users save disk space as well as cut production time through automation of complex image manipulation tasks.

 

 

This version can automatically sharpen all image layers in Photoshop automatically without having to merge layers first in order to sharpen the entire image. ArtOptimizer will only sharpen the relevant pixel layers while ignoring adjustment and fill layers. In addition, the update allows users to use images with forward slashes in their file path, improves memory management, and removes the redundant option to run the app in full screen mode.

 

ArtOptimizer is a powerful automation solution in the print, prepress, and web design industries.

 

For example, users can:

  • Batch-process Illustrator files
  • Scale images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator
  • Change image resolution to the desired target
  • Convert RGB images to CMYK profile
  • Resave JPEG files as TIFF
  • Merge layers and delete unused ones
  • Run Photoshop action on each image

 

In the end of processing ArtOptimizer reimports images to Illustrator at 100% in their precise position. As a result users can save gigabytes of disk space and countless hours of optimizing images manually. In addition, ArtOptimizer helps users accelerate document printing and exporting to PDF, speed up file transfer to service providers, reduce job turnaround, and cut costs through faster processing.

ArtOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix web site for $120 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Licensed users of earlier versions can upgrade to ArtOptimizer 3 for $60. Trial is also available for download. ArtOptimizer requires macOS 10.8-10.15 and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop CS6-2020.

HoudahGeo Updated – Photo geotagging for JPEG, RAW and Apple Photos 

Houdah Software announces HoudahGeo 6.0, a major upgrade to the photo geotagging tool for Mac. This app tags photos with location coordinates, names, and related metadata. It’s been 4 years since the release of HoudahGeo 5.0.

 

These 4 years allowed for many ideas and feature requests to pile up. It took almost a year to turn these ideas into HoudahGeo 6.0. At the end of the process, an exceptionally large upgrade has emerged. HoudahGeo 6.0 brings several major new features and countless enhancements that streamline many tasks in the geocoding workflow.

 

Customers will be glad to see HoudahGeo 6.0 support JPEG RAW pairs. Many digital cameras can save two versions of the same image. One JPEG file and one RAW file. HoudahGeo recognizes such pairs and handles them as a single photo. HoudahGeo will write the same metadata to both files.

 

Our number onfeature request was to allow specifying the timezone used to write dates and times to EXIF/XMP metadata. Many forget to set their camera clock when traveling across time zones. As a result, photo metadata can show times that appear to be hours off. Users can now have HoudahGeo write dates and times using a time zone that will make times appear more natural or correct.

 

HoudahGeo 6.0 can help with migrating away from Apple Aperture and generally future-proof location metadata. It now imports more location data from the recesses of media libraries. It can then write that metadata to EXIF/XMP tags where it remains permanently bonded to image files. That metadata can be read by whichever photo catalog you migrate to after Aperture.

 

We have improved the built-in maps to show more information, be more interactive and make assigning and correcting location information even easier. Map pins can now reveal photo thumbnails. This allows for quick checks. Track logs can be clicked to find out at what time a point on the route was visited. HoudahGeo can now be asked to match a photo to such a point. It will then infer camera clock settings so it can geocode the remaining photos.

 

The reworked “Places” feature and the new “Lift & Stamp” tool adds, copies, and paste common location information and other metadata. For example, a place named “home” may be set up to add location names to photos without altering their exact coordinates. Similarly one can copy information such as description and keywords from one photo to other photos taken at the same location.

 

HoudahGeo 6.0 also adds support for weather and depth below water metadata tags. This information can be read from Kestrel weather log files and fromUDDF SCUBA dive logs.

 

HoudahGeo is used by travelers and professionals alike. Some use location information to organize and find photos. Some like to see and show photos “pinned” to map locations. Others need to add GPS coordinates to photos in order to assess roadwork damages, to record wildlife sightings, or to document environmental damages.

 

HoudahGeo makes it easy to geotag digital photos with GPS location information. It writes future-proof EXIF, XMP, and IPTC tags to JPEG and RAW image files. HoudahGeo works with JPEG RAW pairs and fulls supports XMP sidecar files.

 

HoudahGeo can load photos from Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom Classic catalogs. HoudahGeo can then tag original image files and add location information to photos in Apple Photos, iPhoto, and Aperture libraries. This gives the users of Apple’s photo cataloging tools access to the many photo geocoding options HoudahGeo has to offer:

 

The map in HoudahGeo makes geocoding large batches of photos surprisingly easy. One just needs to make incremental adjustments between photos to account for the distance traveled. It takes but a nudge to the map and a click for each photo.

 

Geotagging photos serves two main purposes:

  • Archival: The EXIF and XMP geotags written by HoudahGeo create a permanent record of where a photo was taken. Photo management software like Apple Photos can then organize and find photos by location
  • Viewing and publishing: Location information adds to the “story” of a photo. See a bird’s-eye view of where you took your photos; the path taken to get to the location and from there to the next; the adventures between; the sights hidden from view

 

Geotagging writes location information to metadata tags within the original image files. This creates a permanent bond between a photo and the location where it was taken. HoudahGeo writes the same industry-standard EXIF and XMP as GPS-enabled cameras. Such geotags can be used by Apple Photos as well as other photo cataloging or publishing tools. Location information added in Apple Photos exists only within the library database. The original images remain unaltered. Only exported versions of the photo can be set to include geotags.

 

New in 6.0:

  • JPEG + RAW pairs: HoudahGeo treats JPEG + RAW pairs as a single photo
  • Time zone for EXIF / XMP export: Specify how dates and times should appear in image metadata
  • Media library import: HoudahGeo now imports much more location data from the recesses of media libraries
  • Aperture migration: Write imported metadata to image files for future-proof storage and to prepare migration
  •  XMP sidecar writing: Use, ignore, create; Set separate strategies for handling sidecars to JPEG and RAW files
  • Images needing export: Flags images where coordinates have changed or fail to match media library information
  • “Automagic” camera clock setup: HoudahGeo can infer camera clock setup from a photo placed on a track log
  • Enhanced “Places” feature: Configure individual places to apply only a subset of their properties to photos
  • Lift & stamp metadata: Grab coordinates and metadata from one image; Apply to other images
  • Support for weather data: Add weather information to your photos. HoudahGeo reads KESTREL weather log files
  • Support for SCUBA dive logs: Add “depth below water” information to your photos; HoudahGeo reads UDDF log files
  • Enhanced grid view: HoudahGeo can now show timestamps and coordinates along with image previews
  • Easy import from Apple Photos: Grab and import the current selection from the Photos application

 

HoudahGeo is available in English and German language versions. A full-featured trial version is available from the Houdah Software web site. HoudahGeo 6.0 is priced at $39 (USD) for a single-user license. A family license is available for $59. Upgrades are priced $24 and $36 respectively. HoudahGeo licenses purchased on or after August 1, 2019 qualify for a free upgrade. Licenses can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. Upgrade pricing is offer upon loading a previous license.

64BitApps Updates Image Crop for macOS

64BitApps announces the release of Image Crop v.1.3.1, an app for Mac that allows users to batch crop, convert and rename their photos with ease.

 

With this version, user’s will be able to crop, convert and rename large batches of images in a single processing session. The crop area can be defined using either pixels or percents and its origin coordinates can be adjusted to be relative to any of the four corners of the photo for greater flexibility and customisation. Image Crop also allows users to automatically crop their pictures to a predefined or custom defined aspect ratio so that they can easily adjust their content to various screen sizes.

 

Users can also convert their cropped images to various image formats including JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and even newer formats like HEIC or HEIF. Image Crop also allows users to rename their photos in batch mode so they can be identified more easily at a later time. Users can also opt to keep the EXIF information of the original image files.

 

This version of Image Crop brings to the table a brand new user interface which now offers support for Dark Mode in macOS Mojave and later, the option to automatically crop your photos to a custom aspect ratio and support for the HEIC and HEIF image formats.

 

Image Crop is priced at $3.99 (USD) and can be purchased from the Mac App Store and from 64BitApps online.

Nifty File Lists Enters Beta

publicspace announces that Nifty File Lists is now in public beta testing. Nifty File Lists joins publicspace’s portfolio of photography & media-centric file management utilities, including A Better Finder Rename, A Better Finder Attributes and the “Big Mean Folder Machine”.

 

 

Nifty File Lists is a powerful file list creation tool that can save file lists in Comma-Separated Values (CSV) and Tab-Separated Values (TSV) formats for import into MS Excel, Apple Numbers, database, content management and statistics packages. It saves HTML files and interact via copy/paste with spreadsheets and HTML editing tools.

 

It features a powerful, multi-threaded meta-data extraction system that covers everything from basic file information, such as file name, path, size, creation and modification dates, over Spotlight-accessible meta-data information, including document attributes (e.g. title, authors, contributors, comments, copyright, etc.), photo, video and image attributes (content creation date, camera, lens, exposure, GPS information) to EXIF, GPS, IPTC, ID3 and AV tags.

 

The product was developed using the latest macOS technologies and application programming interfaces. It features a best-of-class user interface including a clever scheduling system that prioritizes user visible data retrieval to allow for fine-tuning of output even while the output system is still processing.

 

Nifty File Lists is designed for users managing large file collections and is particularly suited for managing digital photography, music and video collections. Through its Spotlight interface it can also extract meta-information from a wide range of document formats, such as PDF, MS Word, etc.

 

Nifty File Lists is fully macOS 10.15 Catalina compatible and requires at least macOS 10.14 Mojave. It costs $17.95 (USD). Family, Small Business, Business and Enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a “forever upgrade” with their purchase.

Nifty File Lists Enters Beta

publicspace announces that Nifty File Lists is now in public beta testing. Nifty File Lists joins publicspace’s portfolio of photography & media-centric file management utilities, including A Better Finder Rename, A Better Finder Attributes and the “Big Mean Folder Machine”.

 

 

Nifty File Lists is a powerful file list creation tool that can save file lists in Comma-Separated Values (CSV) and Tab-Separated Values (TSV) formats for import into MS Excel, Apple Numbers, database, content management and statistics packages. It saves HTML files and interact via copy/paste with spreadsheets and HTML editing tools.

 

It features a powerful, multi-threaded meta-data extraction system that covers everything from basic file information, such as file name, path, size, creation and modification dates, over Spotlight-accessible meta-data information, including document attributes (e.g. title, authors, contributors, comments, copyright, etc.), photo, video and image attributes (content creation date, camera, lens, exposure, GPS information) to EXIF, GPS, IPTC, ID3 and AV tags.

 

The product was developed using the latest macOS technologies and application programming interfaces. It features a best-of-class user interface including a clever scheduling system that prioritizes user visible data retrieval to allow for fine-tuning of output even while the output system is still processing.

 

Nifty File Lists is designed for users managing large file collections and is particularly suited for managing digital photography, music and video collections. Through its Spotlight interface it can also extract meta-information from a wide range of document formats, such as PDF, MS Word, etc.

 

Nifty File Lists is fully macOS 10.15 Catalina compatible and requires at least macOS 10.14 Mojave. It costs $17.95 (USD). Family, Small Business, Business and Enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a “forever upgrade” with their purchase.

 

WinX Free DVD Ripper for Mac Geared Up

Digiarty Software announces that WinX Free DVD Ripper for Mac is ready to work on Apple’s rack-mountable Mac Pro. This program will help rip DVDs to MOV, MP4, or other file formats easy archiving and playback.

 

Rack-mount Mac Pro is now available to order, starting from $6,499. Quite expensive as this computer is, it is “extreme in every way”, described in Apple’s official website. The base model is configured with 3.5GHz 8 core Intel Xeon W CPU, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz, 32GB (4x8GB) of DDR4 ECC memory, Radeon Pro 580X GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, and 256GB SSD storage. And the top model, costing $54,048, comes with 2.5GHz 28 core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz, 1.5TB (12x128GB) of DDR4 ECC memory, Two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo with 2x32GB of HBM2 memory each, and 8TB SSD storage.

 

This Mac is created for professionals to do production rendering and other heavy-duty tasks. WinX Free DVD Ripper for Mac can rip DVD on this Mac Pro at super fast speed. This is because it supports using multi-core CPU and Intel/NVIDIA-powered GPU hardware acceleration to boost the speed of DVD decoding, processing, and encoding. This large-capacity computer can store a lot of titles.

 

Main Features:

  • Rip homemade and purchased DVDs to MKV, MP4 (H.264/HEVC), MOV, ISO image, MP3, etc. ISO file and VIDEO_TS folder can also be converted to those popular formats.
  • Rip DVD to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, iDVD, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Samsung, Huawei, Xbox, PS4, YouTube, and more platforms.
  • Backup DVD to ISO image or VIDEO_TS folder at 1:1 ratio, and then save them to the computer or somewhere.
  • Edit before delivering output file: cut off trailers, ads, tidbits, or any unwanted parts to reduce file size; crop image; disable subtitle; add external subtitle; use forced subtitle; merge multiple titles into a single file; deinterlace video; adjust video audio parameters such as resolution and bit rate.

 

WinX Free DVD Ripper for Mac is fully compatible with macOS Catalina, Mojave, and lower systems. It can also work on iMac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air as long as the OS is supported.

Avalanche for Mac brings Aperture and Lightroom Photo Libraries 

CYME team announces the release of Avalanche 1.0, the new photo migration software for macOS. Avalanche is designed to convert catalogs of photographs from one application to another while keeping the organisational structures intact, ensuring all metadata flows without losses and image adjustments are replicated with the best possible results.

 

 

The first version of Avalanche focused on providing a solution for photographers with photos stuck in Apple Aperture that isn’t supported anymore by Apple. Since the release of Catalina, Aperture users can’t rely on launching Aperture anymore to access their photo libraries. Avalanche allows a smooth transfer of the libraries towards other applications : today towards Lightroom or folders and soon towards other applications like Luminar, CaptureOne and others.

 

“We designed Avalanche because we were not satisfied by the existing solutions – when they existed – to migrate our many photo catalogs out of Aperture.” says Matthieu Kopp, CYME co founder and CTO. “We realized that being able to switch our preferred cataloging/app was important as many great photo edition apps exist in this space. Being able to move all our images with metadata, organisation structure and some edits was opening new perspectives and giving us a much wanted freedom of choice.”

 

But Avalanche does not stop here. “We wanted to ensure that everything that was present in the source catalog was converted even if it looked hard or impossible. Therefore Avalanche converts Faces and recreates them, not as keywords like other solutions do, but as real face detections in the destination catalog. Avalanche not only does a great job at opening and converting those catalogs, but we added some unique Machine Learning capabilities to transfer a number of adjustments. And when Avalanche estimates that a picture has adjustments that are too complex to migrate, it places the image in a dedicated album for the user to review after conversion.”

 

Features:

  • A browser interface to easily find all catalogs on all connected volumes
  • User friendly conversion screen with detailed information about the content to be converted and detailed progress monitoring
  • Detailed reporting screen and a conversion log in the form of a CSV file to easily find out what errors were encountered (missing files, corrupted database situations, …)
  • Aperture Masters and Versions copies are fully converted into masters and virtual copies in Lightroom
  • Videos and video versions are fully converted into master videos and virtual copies in Lightroom
  • Albums: simple albums are recreated in the target catalog. Smart albums are not converted
  • Face definitions and face detections are fully converted in Lightroom
  • All customs annotations, flags, ratings, color labels are converted
  • Keywords are converted with full support for hierarchies
  • All IPTC and EXIF metadata is supported; Avalanche even harvests EXIF data from the master files to enrich the target catalog.
  • Projects, Folders, Stacks are recreated in Lightroom
  • AI powered adjustments: WB temperature and tint, exposure, contrast, vibrancy, saturation, black & white levels, highlights and shadows are converted using Machine Learning (ML)
  • Curves are converted
  • Images converted to black and white are properly migrated and ML is used to infer the proper color mix from color space to Black and White
  • Conversion options letting you decide how to handle referenced files, videos, etc.
  • The choice of folder hierarchy for the copied master files

 

Avalanche for Lightroom is $59 USD and is available exclusively through the developer store. Review codes are available to qualified journalists upon request.

HDRtist NX released exclusively for macOS

Ohanaware Co., Ltd. announces the release of HDRtist NX 2.2, a major update to their flagship High Dynamic Range Imaging software product for the macOS operating system. This version includes 26 improvements & 20 fixes/workarounds. Improving the user experience & capabilities of the product, while cracking down on issues. HDRtist NX2 is the fourth major revision of their HDR software, covering 10 years, allowing for a significantly improved engine, modern interface, and extendable functionality.

 

 

Major changes in 2.2:

  • 6 New Gradient masking filters, with linear or radial gradients, enabling spot alterations
  • 6 existing filters updated with gradient masking
  • New Noise suppression options in Polaris and extra filter
  • New White Balance extra, for localized corrections and proving a new algorithm
  • Added 16 new blend modes for various filters
  • Improved the hardware options, with a new automated function
  • Cut, Copy & Paste filters between documents
  • More meta data options, including Keywords, the ability to ignore original camera meta data
  • Various interface changes, improving the user experience throughout the application
  • Added an extra 7 1-Click Styles
  • 20 bug fixes and workarounds for various issues

 

Why HDRtist?

  • 8th Gen detail enhancing tone mapper, with Tone Mapping To The Edge
  • 128-BPP processing uses ^4 more resolution for detail enhancing than some competitors
  • Dehaze & “Highlights & Shadows Pro” to reveal hidden details in the highlights
  • 40 1-Click styles to save time & provide inspiration
  • More than 25 built-in Extras; some expand on existing functions while others are used to add stylistic effects to HDRs
  • Gradient masking provides spot fixes and localized adjustments
  • Works with multiple exposures, single images and improved support for single RAW images
  • Advanced cropping tool, with multiple aspect ratios, fixed sizes & free-form option
  • Editable HDR format, with save history
  • Optimized interface provides a gorgeous high resolution preview area
  • Multiple views for comparing the processed HDR with original exposures