ON1 Software released their ON1 Photo Raw 2019.1 software with a significant list of changes. ON1 improved editing workflow, the layers workflow, and added the ability to migrate Adobe Lightroom photo settings. Additionally, it features a text tool “for creating posters, adding your byline or adding editing annotations.”
The software packages also features a layered HDR workflow, improved portrait tools and better focus stacking work, auto-aligning layers, and local adjustments. Photo Raw 2019.1 competes directly with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC by offering an image catalog feature. See the full list of new and upgraded features here.
Both full and upgrade versions of On1 Photo RAW 2019.1 are currently $10 off, priced at $89.99 and $69.99 respectively. A 30 day free trial is available here.
Sigma released their plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CC that allows for X3F RAW file processing. The plug-in is for files from “DP Merrill series, dp Quattro series, and SD1/SD1 Merrill and sd Quatro series cameras.” However, it does not support X3I files or X3F files from specific cameras. Click here for the release and download page links.
Sony released several firmware updates for its Alpha mirrorless camera bodies. The A7III update can be downloaded here. The A7RIII update can be downloaded here. And the A9 update can be downloaded here. The A7 series updates solve a RAW file writing error with SD cards. The A9 update “solves the problem caused by a specific third-party memory card, which would not be recognized by Sony cameras.”
Skylum released Luminar 3. This significant upgrade adds libraries and image management to the already capable package. Luminar features “the most essential tools for professional photographers.” Additionally it’s “quick & awesome” features called “magic sliders” include Saturation/Vibrance, Clarity, and Accent AI–which is a unique feature to Luminar. Further, Skylum features and Aerial Photography workspace “inspired by DJI” for imagery captured with drones. See the full release information and purchase or upgrade the software if you are so inclined at Skylum’s Luminar page.
Fujifilm released v2.0 of the XT-3’s firmware. The update provides upgrades to 4K video recording and simultaneous output of Film Simulation and F-Log footage. Additionally, a power supply icon and other “slight defects” benefit from the update. More info and download here.
Sigma announced version 1.5 of it’s SIGMA Optimization Pro software. The software is dedicated for the Sigma USB Dock, Sigma Flash USB Dock FD-11, and Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. The update provides adds an “AF function button setting” feature and enables customization of the 70-200 F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens. The Mac version also adds compatibility to Mac OS Mojave and improves Chinese language support. Read the full press release here.
The IPTC Preset Manager is an application used to enter preset metadata for supported cameras. Currently the application supports the D500, D4, D4S, and D5 and is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. IPTC stands for International Press Telecommunications Council. Get the update and read more on Nikon’s download page.
On December 11th, Adobe released updates to its photography ecosystem. According to the blog post announcing the release, the updates focus on workflow and performance improvements. While the list of updates is long and comprehensive, one of the key features of the update is the ability for photographers to customize the Develop module. Jump to the full Adobe Blog Post for detailed information.