Offloading images and videoclips without the wait: the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution

Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution

With the proliferation of video frame sizes beyond 1920×1080 pixels, memory card readers have become a major bottleneck in the production process. The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a high-speed reader system that lets you transfer images from up to four memory cards simultaneously. The solution consists of a four-bay reader hub and independently sold reader modules that can be used both as a module and a stand-alone reader.

Alien Skin Exposure 6 offers more effects, better workflow

Exposure 6

You can enhance your photos by giving them an accurate look of film with or without grain. You can opt to composite using textures, add borders, and change bokeh, but rarely will you get all those features in one filter that you can use from within the major image catalogue apps such as Lightroom and Aperture as well as Photoshop. Alien Skin Exposure 6 has everything you need and works as a stand-alone application with batch processing functionality as well.

Photosweeper cleans out your photo libraries

PhotoSweeper

One of the advantages of digital photography is that you can shoot as many photos of the same subject as you like without worrying too much about composition or, in the case of action photography, of whether your subject was in focus all the time. This advantage is also a disadvantage: you risk stuffing your disk with useless images you’ll probably never going to use. How do you get rid of those duplicates and near-duplicates? Doing it manually is one possible cure, but it’s a lot better for your nerves if you do it with the help of an app. PhotoSweeper assists you when cleaning out your image database.

PrinTao 8 saves ink and paper with large format printing jobs

LaserSoft Imaging PrinTao 8

PrinTao 8 is a new printing solution from German developer LaserSoft Imaging, the creators of the SilverFast scanner software. It’s a solution for anyone who needs to print images without having to worry about the complicated settings that are a ‘feature’ of most manufacturers’ printer drivers. PrinTao 8 doesn’t just make your life easier, it also saves ink and paper. It’s a great addition to the toolbox of professional and serious amateur photographers, as well as graphic designers.

Snapheal Pro heals images well

Snapheal Pro

You can remove unwanted objects, skin blemishes and scratches using the Context-aware Spot Healing Brush tool in Photoshop CS6 and later. This brush allows you to quickly paint in the areas that need fixing. Its results are far from perfect from the first try, but with a bit of fine-tuning, you can make unwanted artefacts disappear in a couple of minutes. But what if you don’t have Photoshop? In that case, Snapheal Pro from Macphun is a nice alternative. In addition to making your models look skin-perfect, the app has the basic image adjusting tools. Snapheal Pro is a stand-alone app as well as a plug-in to Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.

Pixelmator 3.1 “Marble” review

Pixelmator-interface

Can $29.99 Pixelmator be as good as $29.99/month Photoshop CC? Your gut feeling tells you it cannot, and yet… Pixelmator is perhaps not as feature-rich as Photoshop but it enables you to retouch photos, paint and create composites. All for the price of a one-month subscription to Photoshop CC.