Month: February 2012

Review: DEVONsphere Express

When you’re working on a document or an email message, or when you’re viewing a web page, it often is useful to have immediate access to a list of related information. If that list is updated in real-time, while you jump from app to app and document to document, you always have associated or related information at your fingertips, literally. That is essentially what DEVONsphere Express offers.

Review: Digital Film Tools Film Stocks v1.0

[expires off=”2012-02-25 18:00:00″]NEW [/expires]With its full-width interface, magnifier, histogram, adjustment parameters, layers and blending features, and its masking capabilities, the Film Stocks plug-in looks more like a complete image editor than a film stocks simulation filter for Photoshop, Aperture, Avid Media Composer, and Final Cut Pro (but not X — yet). Film Stocks is by far the most complete filter for changing a photo’s look-and-feel I’ve come across.

Review: Mail Archiver X

Archiving mail can be easy: you just store your ‘mboxes’ — which you find in your personal Library folder — somewhere offline, and you’re done. But if you archive them that way, you’ll also lose the ability to view messages and reply to them unless you re-import the messages of at least the mbox you’re interested in into Mail, and that can be a problem. If you have a lot of messages, you’ll bog down Mail and will have to remove those messages again afterwards. In one word: it’s not efficient. Mail archiving applications are the answer to the problem.

Review: Crumplepop ToneGrade

[expires off=”2012-02-08 18:00:00″]NEW [/expires]ToneGrade is a plug-in for Final Cut Pro X that, when applied to footage, resembles the High Dynamic Range (HDR) effect somewhat. ToneGrade is especially useful for close-ups of people and objects. It creates “character” by boosting local contrast and adding depth and potentially saturation.

Pixel Binning and the new Nikon D800

The Nikon D800 has been announced. It’s a camera with full sensor and video capabilities. Philip Bloom had the following comments: “I am disappointed by 50p/60 only being in 720p, that’s a lot more binning again…shame it’s not 1080p.” And further down the page he says: “Now my biggest concern is the size of the sensor. Actually let me be clear, not the physical size but the megapixels. Now this is based up video functionality not stills. Yes, I am interested in stills especially for timelapse but the most important function for me is video. The D800 has a WHOPPING 36.3MP sensor giving us a resolution of 7360 x 4912 pixels which is just insanely large. In comparison the 5DmkII has a more conservative 22.1MP and the brand new top of the range D4 has, some may say inadequate, 16MP. Personally the lower the better for me. 16MP is MORE than adequate for stills unless you need monstrously large prints then the D800 is what you need. More megapixels for video causes us these issues: Image size …

Scanning for creative design

Try scanning a transparently coloured sheet of plastic or tracing paper, then change the colour — in such a case you could also start with the Global Colour Correction tool — until you’re happy. From that sheet of plastic or paper you can very easily and without effort create wallpaper for a PC or a Mac, an iPhone or an iPad. The possibilities are endless. SilverFast 8 allows you to instantly change an image’s colors, even specific ones. Read how it’s done at IT Enquirer. Or take a look at the short screencast of how this works.

Review: CameraBag 2 Photo editing

CameraBag 2 is a collection of filters and effects for your photographs. It’s easy to use, comes with a huge collection of presets, and offers total control over styles, adjustments, and borders. Although it can be used by just selecting a preset or recipe, you can create your own recipes from scratch. The possibilities are endless.