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21 May 2013

In this recurring column, we'll highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at more Photoshop Hidden Gems, iPhoto+, iPhoto Library Manager and LightZone.

  • Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes is now collecting his Hidden Gems videos of little-know Photoshop tips in discrete segments. You can get the hour-long version of the latest ones too, if you prefer. Either way, they help inform the current debate [Fn 1].
  • ArcSoft has released its $1.99 Photo+ [M] photo viewer with auto-rotation, arrow key and gesture navigation, support for Raw files and animated GIF, zoom, crop/rotate/delete while browsing, sharing to social media sites and more.
  • Fat Cat Software has released its $29.95 iPhoto Library Manager 4.0.7 [M] with improved performance and photo grouping, inclusion of iPhoto metadata and more.
  • LightZone [LMW], the imaging processing software formerly distributed by Light Crafts (and which we reviewed positively), is now an open source software project.

More to come...


[1] Two things are emerging from the online debate about Adobe ending Creative Suite development. First, many commentators don't appreciate the difference between Photoshop and other bitmap editors, which ranges from scriptability to 16-bit channel processing to layers to Raw processing to 3D functions to the Healing Brush to video editing and beyond. The Hidden Gems videos help alleviate that problem. Second, there's simply an awful lot of incorrect information about the Creative Cloud with about a quarter of the assertions we've read being simply incorrect. Scott Kelby addresses a lot of that in this post on his blog. We've offered our own Modest Proposal to Adobe to resolve the biggest issue we have with the Creative Cloud.

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