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February 27, 2006

PMA Day 1: Software Roundup

It's been a blitz of updates and new product announcements in Orlando, so here's a quick roundup of the latest in software and program developments.

OnOneSoftware has bundled both Genuine Fractals 4.1 and Nik Sharpener 2.0 for a significant savings - up to 44% if purchased separately.

In a release timed for the show, word from the UK indicates that a Mac OSX 10 version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 will be available in early March.

Adobe has teamed up with Iron Mountain to securely and transparently back up digital photo files from within Photoshop Elements, Bridge and Album. As long as the PC is connected to the Internet, Iron Mountain's DataProtector agent will send changed or designated files to IM's datacenters for storage and archival. A secure retrieval method is also available. This sounds like a great solution!

Lexar continues to make inroads with it's ActiveMemory system - new integration points include auto-processing of photos while they're being downloaded into Corel's PSP 9, and Lexar's SmartDownload will plug into Adobe CS2 Bridge for simultaneous card downloads from multiple readers and merging of IPTC data.

Pixmantec announces RawShooters Essentials 2006 as a full-featured and - characterized as "free forever" - download. In addition, current owners of the Premium version can update to Premium 2006 v1.02 and Color Engine 1.1 for no charge.

And finally, DxO Optics has announced that their Pro Starter Edition, or the so-called ZLR edition for fixed-lens electronic viewfinder (EVF) digicams, is now available for sale via their electronic storefront. Cameras in this category include models such as the Nikon Coolpix 8800, Sony DSC-H1 and Canon PowerShot Pro S2 IS.

Posted by covey22 at February 27, 2006 6:21 PM