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Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta: Available Free to the Public

April 15, 2013

Tags: Adobe Lightroom, Software, Photography, Imaging software, Lightroom, Photo editing, Adobe

Lightroom 5's Radial Filter
If you arenít using Adobe Lightroom for your photo editing, youíre probably working too hard to get high quality results. Sallyís workflow for her fine art exhibition photos starts with Lightroom, where she does most of her photo editing; she uses Photoshop very little these days, and primarily for compositing/collaging or to add artistic typography.

Since its introduction in 2007, every new version of Lightroom has added invaluable new features and improved functionality that has made photography so much easier (and potentially more creative). Lightroom 5 appears to be living up to this tradition. We say appears, because we havenít yet tested it, though the demo Adobe gave us looked very promising.

Among the 50 or so new features and improvements, they highlighted:

  • Spot Healing Brush improvements

  • New Radial filter

  • Smart previews

Adobe is marketing the improved Spot Healing Brush as an ďadvanced healing brush,Ē which may prove to be initially confusing. No, it isnít Photoshopís Healing Brush, because the new underlying algorithms are based on working with RAW data rather than Photoshopís rendered images. First of all, itís a true brush. Instead of being (more…)

More on Corel's Cloud Service

August 26, 2012

Tags: CorelDraw, Cloud, Software, Audio, Computer Outlook, John Iasiuolo, Radio, Conversations with John

Daniel and Sally chatted with John Iasiuolo of the Computer Outlook about Corel's Cloud Service (and about creativity and other subjects of interest).

Listen to Daniel Grotta & Sally Wiener Grotta chat with John Iasiulo about Corelís new Cloud Service

By the way, for those listeners and readers who messaged us, asking "You mean Corel still exists?" The short answer is "Yes." Read Daniel & Sally's review of CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6 on Computer Shopper.

CorelDraw's New Cloud Service

August 17, 2012

Tags: Cloud, Software, Corel, CorelDraw, Computer Outlook, Audio, Radio

Of course, Corel now has an imaging Cloud service, based on its CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6. Is it worth it? Well, it's a great business model for the software companies. Daniel & Sally chatted on the Computer Outlook radio show about their initial impressions.

Listen to Daniel Grotta & Sally Wiener Grotta chat about their initial impressions of Corelís new Cloud Service

They'll be doing a longer segment on it (and on Adobe Creative Cloud) next week on the show with John Iasiuolo.

Test Photoshop CS6 for Free

April 4, 2012

Tags: Adobe Photoshop, Software, Photoshop, Free software

The newest version of Adobe Photoshop is not yet available for sale. But you can test it for free, because the beta (pre-release) version is available as a free download on Adobe Labs.

Some of the new tools and features we're planning on testing in Photoshop CS6 (PS CS6) include: (more…)

Adobe Announces Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6 Final Releases

December 13, 2011

Tags: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, Software

If you use Adobe Lightroom or Camera Raw, new updates are available online for registered users of the current versions. Just click on Update in the programs' Help menu.

Review of Microsoft Office 365

September 24, 2011

Tags: Software, Microsoft, Office 365, Microsoft Office, Cloud computing, Collaboration, Website software

Office 365 is Microsoftís latest venture into cloud computing. And this time, it looks as though the company is on the right trackónot just for its own corporate profit margin, but also in terms of the potential for its usersí efficiency, convenience, and bottom lines. What sets Office 365 apart from previous Microsoft cloud services is that Office 365 functions as a whole ecosystem, making it equal to more than the sum of its parts.

Essentially, Office 365 is a set of integrated tools for communication, collaboration, and productivity that are .... Read the full review at Computer Shopper.

Review of ArtRagefor the iPad Review: Painting Pictures on a Tablet

September 23, 2011

Tags: iPad, Software, Image editing, Natural media, Corel Painter, ArtRage

ArtRage for the iPad stems from a venerable heritage that stretches back to the early 1990s, when Fractal Design Painter (now known as Corel Painter) established a whole new category of software generally referred to as "natural media emulation." Essentially, natural media programs allow us to use our computer screen like a real-world painting canvas. Typically, these software apps include a whole arsenal .... Read the full review at TabletPC Review.

Lightroom & Camera Raw Update Available

April 27, 2011

Tags: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, Software, Imaging software

Adobe has announced the release of Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 updates, correcting some issues, while adding new lens profiles and support for the following cameras: (more…)

A More Affordable Photoshop?

April 24, 2011

Tags: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, Subscription software, Software, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign

No question about it, Adobe is THE leader in imaging software. If you're a graphics professional, you can't afford to not use their programs. For photographers, the word Photoshop has become synonymous with productivity and creativity. The same can be said about Dreamweaver and Flash for Web design, InDesign and Acrobat for both print and epublishing, Premier Pro and After Effects for video. And so forth.

Adobe software deserves its reputation. We can't argue with its high standards, rich functionality and great tools that enable so many of the fine visuals that define our online and print world.

The problem is the retail price. (more…)