Archive for January, 2008

Jan 29 2008

CHROMiX News – M A X W E L L is here! Maxwell is now official!

Published by Vincent Versace under Software

Last week, after several months of private Beta testing, CHROMiX released thePublic Beta version of Maxwell. Since announcing Maxwell in December 2006, muchof our time and energy has been devoted to developing its infrastructure to beas robust and powerful as possible.Maxwell is a web-based service that will allow you to evaluate and monitor thestatus of any device (that has web access) from any web browser, anywhere.Maxwell is a color management system based on a central web-enabled colorrepository. You can easily upload and download color measurements (free) andstructure your data, users, devices and locations (also free). On top of thecolor repository, Maxwell offers device trending, profile sharing andmeasurement services. After the Public Beta period, Maxwell will be availableinitially for a low monthly subscription price of $50 per 10 Tracks. A Track isany item (printer, paper, monitor, etc.) whose activity you want to monitor.Also, Notifiers within Maxwell alert you when this item falls outside oftolerances or fails to meet certain requirements. Enhanced Analysis andReporting can be generated for almost any data. There is much more to come!If you feel your company is a good candidate to test and report Maxwell Betaresults (good and bad), please contact us at <mailto:maxwellbetatester@chromix.com>.We expect the Beta period to last one to two months.Interested in seeing Maxwell for yourself?  We will be holding a free MaxwellTraining Webinar regularly. If you're interested in attending, please send anRSVP email to this address:<mailto:maxwellintro@chromix.com>

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Jan 29 2008

NEW NIKON D60 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA MAKES CAPTURING BEAUTIFUL PICTURES FUN AND EASY

Published by Vincent Versace under Nikon

 

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Jan. 28, 2008) – Nikon, Inc., today introduced the new D60 digital SLR camera, which provides consumers with stunning picture quality and versatility in an easy-to-use, compact camera design. The D60 joins Nikon’s award-winning line of D-series digital SLR cameras and shares a form factor similar to the D40 – Nikon’s smallest D-SLR camera ever. With 10.2 effective megapixels and a wealth of innovative and user-friendly features, the D60 enables both photo enthusiasts and those new to digital SLR photography to capture incredible images like never before.“The Nikon D60 makes stepping up to digital SLR photography easy for anyone, but is also a wonderful choice for photo enthusiasts looking for remarkable performance in a compact package,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR System Products at Nikon, Inc. “This model, like the wildly popular Nikon D40, greatly simplifies use and builds confidence in the user. With a host of innovative features, such as a visually intuitive LCD information display, Nikon’s highly regarded EXPEED image processing concept, new dual dust reduction countermeasures, in-camera editing tools and exciting creative options, the D60 enhances the picture-taking experience for picture-takers of all skill levels.”Users will immediately appreciate the D60’s fast 0.18-second start-up time and split-second shutter response, which combine to eliminate the frustration of shooting lag – a common issue with many point-and-shoot digital cameras. With a fast and accurate autofocus and the ability to shoot continuously at up to three pictures-per-second, the D60 faithfully captures pictures that other cameras often miss. The D60 does all this while delivering extraordinarily vivid and detailed pictures, ensuring that fleeting expressions, special moments and memorable events are captured beautifully.Packaged with Nikon’s new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens, the D60 camera and lens outfit delivers striking image sharpness. What’s more, Nikon’s proprietary VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization technology also dramatically reduces blur caused when shooting handheld pictures, especially in low light.The camera’s 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor delivers crisp, high-resolution images with astounding color and clarity, while Nikon’s advanced 3-D Color Matrix Metering II ensures that images are exposed beautifully and automatically, even in challenging lighting conditions. Additionally, Nikon’s new digital image processing concept, EXPEED, delivers smooth tones and accurate color for vibrant pictures and flattering portraits.The D60 also offers consumers comprehensive in-camera functionality, such as Active D-lighting. Through this innovative Nikon feature, the camera can, with the option selected, further optimize shadow and highlight detail—as pictures are taken. Shots that once required adjustment with photo editing software can now go straight to the printer, bypassing the computer altogether.For added fun and creativity while reducing or helping to eliminate time spent manipulating pictures later, the D60’s In-camera Retouch Menu enables users to accomplish a wide variety of tasks without a computer. The D60 offers new in-camera editing capabilities, including adjustable cross-screen star effects, color-intensifying filters as well as D-lighting, Red-eye correction, Image Trim and more. The D60’s Stop-Motion Movie mode is a D-SLR first that enables users to create stop-animation movie clips from a series of as many as 100 consecutive JPEG picture files. More experienced photographers will also enjoy shooting in the lossless NEF (RAW) format, and then adjusting image parameters, such as size, format, and white balance, all within the camera.While many cameras now feature a dust cleaning function, the D60 takes this idea one step further. In addition to offering an Image Sensor Cleaning function that quickly and silently shakes off specks of image degrading dust, the camera also minimizes the dust that can come into contact with the sensor through a unique Airflow Control System. This design works to channel particles away from the sensor with every click of the shutter, resulting in even further reduction of dust particles and the spots they can leave on pictures.Ergonomically designed with intuitively placed controls, the D60 is a camera that’s compact and ready to go wherever life leads. It also features a new power conserving Eye Sensor that turns the big 2.5-inch color LCD monitor on and off automatically when the user alternates between taking pictures and reviewing camera settings.A customizable LCD monitor user interface rounds out the D60’s convenient features, as users can create their own wallpapers and adjust color settings to adapt to their preferences. The D60’s design also supports Eye-Fi memory card functionality, enabling the convenient wireless transfer of images from the D60 to a computer, when using Eye-Fi memory cards.* Additionally, photos can be securely written to readily available SD cards, high-capacity SDHC cards and Eye-Fi memory cards, offering users a range of data storage options.The D60 will be packaged with the 3x zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens and will be available throughout the United States beginning in February 2008. Pricing information will be available approximately 30 days prior to sales availability. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com .

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Jan 29 2008

Nikon Introduces Three New NIKKOR Lenses

Published by Vincent Versace under Nikon

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR*  Compact, 5.3x wide-angle-to-medium telephoto zoom, ideal for a broad range of shooting situations from interiors and landscapes to beautiful portraits* Optical design optimized for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs for superior performance* Vibration Reduction (VRII) minimizes the effects of camera shake, allowing handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images* Two ED-(Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration* Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables accurate, high-speed and quiet autofocus operation* Three aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of lens aberration, even when used at the widest aperture* Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare* Close focusing distance to 1.3 feet throughout the entire zoom range* Rounded 7-blade diaphragm for more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements* Picture angle equivalent to focal length of 24-127.5mm (in 35mm format)AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED*  Compact, versatile Micro-NIKKOR lens for close-up, copy work and general photography* Provides continuous autofocus from infinity to life-size (1:1 reproduction ratio)* Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables accurate, high-speed and quiet autofocus operation* ED-(Extra-low Dispersion) glass element for superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration* Two aspherical elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of lens aberration, even at the widest aperture* Internal Focusing (IF) design allows faster, smoother autofocusing and eliminates barrel length changes for consistent handling—design also eliminates front element rotation, enabling easier use of polarizers and Nikon’s Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System* Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal reflections across a wide range of wavelengths, for even greater image integrity* Super Integrated Coating (SIC) delivers superior color performance, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare* Optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) and DX-format image sensors* Rounded 9-blade diaphragm for more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements* M/A Focus Mode allows fast, smooth transitions autofocus to manual operationPC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED*  Ultra-wide, Perspective Control (PC) lens featuring tilt, shift and rotation capability, perfect for architectural and nature photography* Wide shifting range, plus or minus 11.5mm, with a tilting range of plus or minus 8.5-degrees* Revolving capability of plus or minus 90-degrees for versatile tilt/shift shooting effects* 3 ED-(Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration* 3 aspherical elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of lens aberration, even at the widest aperture* Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal reflections across a wide range of wavelengths, for even greater image clarityHigh-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flareRounded 9-blade diaphragm for more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elementsTo learn more go to:http://www.nikonusa.com/announcement08_lens/index.html

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Jan 28 2008

New White Paper on Non-Destructive Imaging

New White Paper on Non-Destructive ImagingA new PDF has been added to White Papers & Primers have been added to Adobe’s Digital Imaging section. The new PDF by author and photographer Peter Krough is titled Non-Destructive Imaging: An Evolution of Rendering Technology. Peter is the author of The DAM Book as well as DAM Useful stuff on his DAM Useful web site.Peter joins some of the other top authors who have published useful and important articles including; Karl Lang, Andrew Rodney, George Reis, John Paul Caponigro, Michael Reichmann, R. Mac Holbert and Jeff Schewe.Additional new PDFs will be posted in the coming weeks and months. And, they are FREE!

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Jan 28 2008

Nikon updates firmware for D80 to 1.10

Published by Vincent Versace under Nikon

Nikon has released new firmware for the D80.The update, brings both versions of the camera’s firmware to 1.10, it also adds support to the MTP protocol over a USB link and it also improves long exposure noise reduction.The firmware is available in downloads for both Windows and Mac.Nikon also  posted Capture NX 1.3.1 for Mac, an update to the application that corrects an instance of NEF corruption in Mac OS X 10.5.

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Jan 28 2008

PHOTOSHOP WORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO OPENS REGISTRATION

Published by Vincent Versace under Events

PHOTOSHOP WORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO OPENS REGISTRATION

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The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is proud to announce that its annual east coast Photoshop® World Conference & Expo – held at the Orange County Convention Center from April 2-4 – will feature more than 100 class sessions that will enhance the knowledge and capabilities of Photoshop users and creative professionals of all skill levels. Classes focus on graphic design, digital photography, Adobe® web applications, motion and video graphics, scripting, and much more.A Photoshop World advance registration discount ($100 off) is available until February 29, during which time registration is only $599US for the general public and includes a one-year NAPP membership. NAPP member advance registration is only $499US. Special pricing is available for students, educators, and alumni of Photoshop World. Visit http://www.photoshopworld.com/pricing.html or call 1-800-738-8513 to register.Photoshop World also features a three-day Tech Expo, an opening ceremony by NAPP president Scott Kelby with a special keynote by a senior Adobe executive, professional portfolio reviews by Photoshop World instructors, a live filming of PhotoshopUser TV , exciting after-hours social events, 12 pre-conference sessions, and bonus workshops by Kelby Training, Adobe, and Microsoft®.Photoshop World is best known as being the place where Photoshop users and creative professionals can learn the latest techniques, technologies, and tricks-of-the-trade from top experts in their given fields. This year is no exception, featuring such instructors as Scott Kelby, Bert Monroy, Moose Peterson, Dan Margulis, Dave Cross, Jim DiVitale, Helene Glassman, Rod Harlan, Terry White, Matt Kloskowski, Jeff Schewe, Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Taz Tally, Fay Sirkis, Eddie Tapp, Vincent Versace, Ben Willmore, and David Ziser. A complete listing of classes and instructors is available at http://www.photoshopworld.com/instructors.html. About NAPPThe National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is a dynamic trade association, and the world’s leading resource for Adobe Photoshop training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association keeping its members on the cutting edge of Adobe Photoshop techniques and technology. Visit http://www.photoshopuser.com for more information.Adobe and Photoshop are trademarks or registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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