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27 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 DIY strobe repair, an iPhone light meter, ArtWork and VueScan's latest improvements.

  • Strobist David Hobby collects a few strobe repair videos that can turn "a three-digit repair bill from your OEM manufacturer" into a "repair for next to nothing." If you know how to bleed a capacitor.
  • Derrick Story suggests 5 Cool Things to Do with Your Old iPhone but David Quiles adds a sixth by turning an iPhone into a light meter (with incident and spot readings, too) with his $3.99 myLightMeter Pro. Quiles promises, "Trying to do the best lightmeter app ever, a lot more to come."
  • Akvis has released its $72 ArtWork 8.0 [MW] "to imitate different painting techniques" with support for Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+; Photoshop CC compatibility and a few bug fixes.
  • Hamrick Software has released VueScan 9.3.04 [LMW] with support for 19 new Epson scanners, interface improvements and better automatic detection of black-and-white or color. Version 9.3.01 added auto-detection of paper in document feeders, auto-detection of color or text, simplified automatic operating modes and some interface tweaks.

More to come...

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