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31 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 software reviews, iPhoto Library Manager, Photomatix Pro Beta and two galleries: Nikon's Small World 2013 winners and a gallery of Shorpy images from the early 1900s.

  • On Slashdot, Timothy asks Does Software Need a Siskel and Ebert?, citing Dave Winer's How the Times reviews tech today. The discussion has some howlers (NDAs prohibit unapproved reviews?) but since we do review software, we'll take the opportunity to invite your questions about the process. Maybe there's an article in it.
  • Fat Cat Software has released its $29.95 iPhoto Library Manager 4.1.1 with support for Mavericks and iPhoto 9.5 plus Aperture library copying and improved handling of photo copying operations.
  • HDRsoft has announced Photomatix Pro Beta 5.0 [MW] is available as public beta with Contrast Optimizer, Fusion/Real-Estate, real-time Preview option and more.
  • On the one hand, the Atlantic's In Focus with Alan Taylor displays the winners of Nikon's Nikon Small World 2013 -- suggesting the Creative Cloud sign-on screens would resemble Vitamin C. On the other hand, Aaron sends us a collection of Shorpy images from the 1900s titled The beginning of XX century, which was a small world, too, but with bigger cameras.

More to come...

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