ON1 announces new RAW processor, including support for more than 800 cameras

ON1 announced ON1 Photo RAW, the first all-new RAW processor and non-destructive photo editor to be released in more than a decade. With modern code optimized for today’s super-megapixel cameras and high-performance computer graphics systems, Photo RAW will be the world’s fastest, most flexible, and easiest-to-use RAW processor and photo editor on the market when it is released this fall.

The current class of RAW-based photo editors all have their heritage from the early days of digital photography, when most digital cameras had less than 10 megapixels, and computer processing power was a fraction of that found in modern PCs. When used with today’s popular 42- and 50-megapixel cameras, existing programs can often take seconds to render small portions of a RAW image and perform adjustments. Several years in the making, Photo RAW, with its modern RAW processing engine, is tuned for today’s sensors and graphics chips. It will open 50-megapixel images in a fraction of a second on a standard PC or Mac, and perform edits in real-time, without slider lag or frustrating waits for redraw.

Developed over the last several years, ON1 Photo RAW is built around ON1 Browse, the company’s lightning-fast photo browser, and will not require photographers to import and catalog their photos; an often painful and time-consuming process required before editing can begin. ON1 Browse is an integral part of Photo RAW, offering quick and easy ways to tag, rate, make color and tone adjustments, or add effects to their photos. Without catalogs, professionals will be able to make adjustments to photos and fellow colleagues can access and edit where they left off. This combination of a fast photo browser with instantaneous RAW processing will deliver a fluid, streamlined workflow to process any amount of photos all at once. Select one or 101 photos, make a few develop adjustments and all of the photos update automatically in real time

ON1 Photo RAW’s instruction-based, non-destructive workflow will also surpass today’s RAW processors in other key ways. In addition to customary re-editable adjustments such as exposure, contrast, color, shadows and highlights, Photo RAW will also offer non-destructive effects and portrait retouching, something not present in any photo editor on the market. The complex filters found in ON1 Effects and ON1 Portrait-including Lens Blur, Skin Retouching, Dynamic Contrast, HDR Look and many more-are all available in Photo RAW’s non-destructive workflow. The controls found throughout ON1 Photo RAW will also respond in real-time by leveraging modern video cards, using the latest versions of OpenGL and OpenCL.

ON1 Photo RAW will include built-in layers, brushes, and advanced masking tools, making it a full RAW processor and complete photo editor in a single app. And, unlike any other photo app, Photo RAW will work the way you want, and where you want. For photographers with established workflows, Photo RAW will work seamlessly as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Corel PhotoPaint; a standalone host app for Google Nik Collection and other photo editors; or as an extension to Apple Photos. Common file formats-including JPEG, TIF, PSD, PSB, PND, and DNG-will be supported and will benefit from the speed and performance of the app.

 

ON1 Photo RAW will be available this fall.

Dscoop 11 reports record-breaking attendance

Dscoop, Atlanta, Ga., the largest digital printing user group, reported its 11th annual conference, held April 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas, was its largest conference ever, drawing attendees from twice as many companies as its record-breaking conference in 2015 and nearly 400 additional attendees compared to last year.

“Dscoop members should be proud to be American manufacturers when that is almost an oxymoron these days,” says Michael Duggal, CEO of Duggal Visual Solutions and Dscoop conference chair, during his presentation to attendees at the opening session of the conference. He shared the print industry employs close to 450,000 according to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, ahead of the coal and petroleum industry, beverage and tobacco manufacturing and many others. Duggal’s presentation on how the print industry stacks up against other industries and illustrating the ways Dscoop members take care of each other and give back to the community served as a great way to open the conference and inspire all attendees.

“The positive energy at the Dscoop conference is always palpable,” added John Rogers, Dscoop global executive director. “It is what makes the organization so unique and so successful. This year was no exception. In fact, we knew we made the right decision with our keynote selections when both Kevin O’Leary and Steve Wozniak received standing ovations before they even spoke. We were also very pleased at the level of participation in our give-back events. Together, we were able to make a difference for many kids in need in the San Antonio community with new bicycles, stuffed backpacks, coloring books and other donations.”

This was the first year that Dscoop was large enough to be held in a convention center, and was one of the very first conferences to be held in the brand new Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Conference highlights include:

  • Attendees were intrigued by Steve Wozniak; inspired to take advantage of every opportunity to connect with author, TV commentator and master networker Laura Schwartz; learned about entrepreneurial success from Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary and taken to the finish line by ESPN football analyst Herm Edwards.
  • Attendees also heard from and participated in sessions by Andrew Davis who shared, “The next evolution of digital is print;” were “edutained” by musician Rich Redmond and challenged by innovation catalyst Toni Newman.
  • A flash mob in the atrium surprised and delighted attendees. Dscoop sought the help of local dance students from St. Anthony Catholic School in San Antonio to lead the group and were joined by more than 80 Dscoop members, HP and partners. Dscoop provided a donation to the school as thanks for their participation.
  • For the first time, Dscoop used live streaming to help educate those who couldn’t make it to the event with more than 879 participating in this pilot program.
  • More than 1,500 attendees used the mobile app to schedule their days, connect with each other and share their status updates.
  • The largest ever Solutions Showcase included exhibits by more than 103 Dscoop partners all showing their latest portfolios of products and services.

Collages announces a webinar program for professional photographers

Collages, Raytown, Mo., announces a new webinar program consisting of twenty-five to thirty free webinars a year. Portrait Photographer Don MacGregor presenting Composition for Family Portraits will lead the first webinar in this new series May 10. All of the webinars are designed to help educate Professional Photographers about topics of interest for growing their businesses. An overview of the program, webinar schedule and access to webinar replays can be found at http://discover.collages.net/webinars.

The webinar series will be taught by some of the most successful and widely respected leaders in their field. Speakers include Kia Bondurant, Ross Bothwell, Bruce and Josh Hudson, Don MacGregor, James Schmelzer, Val and Stephanie Westover, Kirk Voclain, Pete Wright and Lora Yeater.

Replays of past webinars are available now and include topics like Rockstar Marketing: Teaching Photo Classes by Bruce and Josh Hudson, Style Muse Seniors by Kia Bondurant and How to Be the Hottest Studio in Town by Kirk Voclain.

“Recent webinar attendees have shown us by their increasing interest in our past webinars that today’s Professional Photographers really understand the value of ongoing education they receive from webinars taught by professional photographers whose work they admire,” says Dave McCalley, CEO of Collages. “Collages is committed to helping these photographers sharpen their skills and grow their businesses.”
About Collages
Founded in 1999, Collages was a pioneer in the online image proofing and sales market for professional photographers. Collages helps professional photographers remain relevant in the digital age through innovative digital image sharing and commerce solutions. Collages (http://discover.collages.net) is part of the H&H Color Lab family of companies. H&H Color Lab, founded in 1970, is one of the industry’s largest single facility pro labs. A full service lab, H&H develops programs and products to serve volume and professional studios from mom and pop to some of the largest independent studios in the U.S.

Portrait Displays acquires SpectraCal

Portrait Displays Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., a global leader in visual enhancement software applications and middleware solutions for the computer display industry, today announced the acquisition of SpectraCal, Inc., creating a leading end-to-end provider of display control, custom software, and color accuracy-solutions. From factory production to an end-user’s day-to-day viewing experience, Portrait enables color quality on the world’s installed base, as well as future generations, of dynamic displays entering the marketplace.

“Joining forces with SpectraCal was a natural next step for us in broadening our product offering to meet more sophisticated customer requirements,” said Portrait Displays co-CEO Martin Fishman. “SpectraCal’s success with CalMAN color calibration software applications and turnkey integration with the leading color measurement devices is highly complementary with Portrait’s product focus. Portrait’s customer concentration targets OEMs in the PC display industry, while SpectraCal’s CalMAN is the globally-recognized display calibration software used by studios, Pro AV, broadcasters, home theatres, etc. CalMAN is also commonly used by test centers, analysts, and video installers throughout the world.”

 

Mediaclip launches spring designer selection for layflat books

Lay flat books are becoming increasingly popular

Lay flat books are becoming increasingly popular

Mediaclip, a leading provider of white-label software solutions that allow customers to offer the personalization of any product, unveiled a new Designer Collection for layflat books at Dscoop San Antonio today at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from April 14-16, 2016.

These new designs are elegant and sophisticated, making them perfect for immortalizing precious moments within high-end personalized products like layflat, flush-mount and classic cover photobooks.

”We have enriched our existing Designer Collection by adding a series of stunning 2-page spread themes that feature our exclusive Smart Design™ content,” says Marie-Eve Lemieux, vice president, marketing, Mediaclip. “The Smart Design themes and layouts are an innovative way of creating content that can automatically re-adjust to optimally fit any of our customers’ products regardless of their size or orientation”.

“We believe that these self-adjusting themes provide an intelligent alternative to how images are displayed,” says Lemieux. “For example, by using layouts that automatically adjust to the orientation and ratio of the user’s photos during the auto-fill process, we are able to avoid incorrect image cropping for a perfect result every time”.

This new collection of themes along with over 300 new 2-pages spread Smart Design layouts will be released as part of the upcoming Mediaclip Photo Product Creator Suite which is planned for later this Spring.