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11 October 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 lens testing, dual pixel autofocus, Comic Life and F-Stop.

  • Roger Cicala explains why There Is No Perfect Lens Test, Either, except looking at "a few dozen" photographs. He explains why "there are a few lenses that have amazing test results using computer target analysis, but that don't seem to perform as well as expected in the real world."
  • Derrick Story cites three reasons the Canon 70D dual pixel autofocus is an improvement -- and "faster and more accurate" is just one of them. He also points to DPReview's Dual Pixel AF vs. Conventional AF accuracy for more on the system.
  • Plasq has released its $29.99 Comic Life 3.0 [M] with an integrated script editor that uses templates, an Instant Alpha tool for knocking out backgrounds, precision balloon tail control, 17 image filters (including Rotoscope, Paintoscope, Hatched, Sketched, Smooth, Pen and Retro), a re-engineered editing engine enabling two-up display of comics, master pages, a 3D lettering option, smart alignment guides, Bezier controls for warping lettering, element grouping and even more.
  • Andrea Prosperi has released his free F-Stop 3.0 [M], a Flickr client, with Continuous Scrolling mode, support for Apple Maps on OS X 10.9, new sharing functions, photo/tag search for a specific user and more.

More to come...

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