Starting with Affinity Photo and Designer, these two apps have been updated to version 1.7 as you undoubtedly know by now. The updates have a lot in common and bring a much improved and certainly faster RAW processing engine. On my iMac 5K Retina mid-2017, they load my Sony Alpha 700 images much faster than before. The update also comes with a new demosaicing algorithm that is a bit more accurate in rendering the colours and sharpness of my old camera’s files. It should also be more effective at reducing noise and hot pixel removal, but I haven’t tested that yet. Another new feature is that you now get access to a wider colour space in Affinity Photo (great for HDR). The brush engine was rewritten as well and all-new multi-brushes were added. My personal favourite is the new symmetry mode that works with up to 32 “divisions”. Batch processing has been improved, a new assets panel is available for quick drag and drop of commonly used elements, and the layers panel has had a …
iZotope today launches Neutron 3, the mix workflow plug-in. Thanks to advances in machine learning, Neutron 3 Advanced is the first-ever plug-in that listens to the entire session, communicating with every track in the mix.
The people of Hedge, the (mainly video) offloading slash backup app, have acquired Postlab. This will allow them to deliver an efficient and vendor neutral workflow solution very soon.
I thought I’d share this slightly off-topic news with you: my favourite text editor is soon to be upgraded again. Version 15 has a lot of new goodies, such as full support for WordPress 5, keyword filtering and a real keywords manager, and web image previews.
IK Multimedia announces a new reference monitor, the iLoud MTM. The small-footprint monitor is designed to deliver an unprecedented level of accuracy using a built-in calibration system based on the company’s ARC system.
Accusonus is releasing an updated ERA Bundle 3, a collection of single knob plugins. The new version includes a brand new tool, the ERA DeClipper.
New-Zealand based MEGA is a cloud service that was designed to be very secure while making cryptography acceptable to its users, i.e. not interfering with ease-of-use. Recently, however, MEGA suffered an attack whereby 773 million unique email addresses and almost 22 million unique passwords were exposed, which makes one wonder whether the focus on the well-being of the service customer isn’t making it too easy for the bad guys.
Ergonis Software released Typinator 7.7, PopChar X 8.4, and KeyCue 9.1 to make all their productivity utilities comply with macOS Mojave requirements and add support for Dark Mode. Mojave’s Dark Mode is a dramatic new look that helps you focus on your work. Dark Mode, however, requires explicit support by third-party apps to yield the desired homogeneous user experience. Ergonis Software released new versions of Typinator, PopChar X, and KeyCue to be compatible with Mojave and support Dark Mode. “Since day one, Ergonis Software has been committed to provide high-quality macOS products that ‘just work’. To achieve this goal, we put a lot of effort into our products behind the scenes to make them do their job flawlessly, fast, and unobtrusively. That’s why we are releasing updated versions of our products right in time.” said Christoph Reichenberger, founder and CEO of Ergonis Software. “Having said that, I am also glad to mention that the newest versions of our products still run on older OS versions back to OS X 10.7 (Lion).” As Mojave contains some …
Apple releases macOS Mojave and iOS 12 and, in a few days, the developers of Ulysses for Mac, iPad and iPhone will publish new versions of their award-winning writing app.