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JPEGmini - ICVT

If you’re like me, you’ve got a lot of photos stashed on your Mac. And if you’ve been faithfully snapping away with digital cameras for the better part of a decade as I have, those photos are taking up a lot of space. The arrival of the iPhone and its always-close-at-hand camera is only adding to the capacity crunch ... read more at Macworld

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TypeStyler 11 - Strider Software

TypeStyler’s last major upgrade was in 2009, and it was huge. The recent update to version 11 doesn’t add as many fantastic new features, but the price was lowered by two-thirds—from $180 to $60. This combination of new features and lower price makes this upgrade “major” as well ... read more at Macworld

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ImageOptim - Kornel Lesiski

ImageOptim 1.4.0 helps not just the developers and designers who use the software, but also any of those users’ users, too. Let me explain: The free utility takes in your PNG, JPEG, and GIF files and optimizes them by shrinking their file sizes ... read more at Macworld

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InstaBackup - Cross Forward Consulting

Sometimes, the best apps are those that are really good at doing only one thing. Cross Forward Consulting’s InstaBackup does just that. It’s a simple utility for Instagram users who want an easy way to back up their Instagram photos ... read more at Macworld

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PhotoSweeper - SelenaSoft

PhotoSweeper is a handy utility for quickly organizing photos on your Mac. The app aims to help trim down your photo library by analyzing your photos and finding duplicate and similar images ... read more at Macworld

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Adobe Flash Professional CS6 - Adobe

What started out as a simple animation program 15 years ago has been transformed over time into a full-fledged development platform for interactive apps on the Web. Now, Flash Professional CS6 has evolved into a powerful authoring environment for creating animation and multimedia content for immersive interactivity across desktops, devices, tablets ... read more at Macworld

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Bronson Watermarker - Quote-Unquote Apps

The app is simply designed by the team at Quote-Unquote Apps, opening with a single dialog that asks you to drag and drop an image or PDF for watermarking. Once you do so, a two-pane window opens with a preview of the file on the left and controls for watermarking on the right ... read more at Macworld

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Convert - CF/X

Tedious tasks like resizing and watermarking photos are just begging for a batch processor. Newcomer Convert from CF/X can handle that. You can resize photos by height and width, in pixels or by a set percentage, or crop photos to a specific set of dimensions ... read more at MacLife

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended - Adobe

Software upgrades come and go but the newest version of Adobe's flagship image editor, Photoshop CS6, makes you sit up and take notice. This release sports a darker interface (its first new paint job in more than 20 years), a noticeably faster graphics engine, and some amazing new features ... read more at Macworld

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CameraBag 2 - Nevercenter

CameraBag 2 is another entry in a seemingly endless lineup of apps that aims to bring the soul of analog photos to your Mac--in this case through a large range of filters that appears to span the entire history of photography ... read more at MacLife

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Picturesque - Acqualia

Drag and drop images into the Picturesque window, and you can then crop them or add pseudo-3D perspective, reflections, curved edges, shadows, glows, and border strokes. Each of these effects is precisely configurable--for example, perspective is adjusted by specifying the rotation and elevation ... read more at MacLife

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FX Photo Studio Pro - MacPhun

Lo-fi effects that nostalgically imitate old film cameras are all the rage these days, and there are plenty of apps to prove the point--especially for iOS. FX Photo Studio Pro brings all the effects you love in apps like Hipstamatic, Instagram, and Photo Toaster to your desktop ... read more at MacLife

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Posterino - Zykloid Software

While Facebook and Flickr are fabulous ways to share your memories online, there’s something very one dimensional about simply clicking through a slideshow of photos. Why not do more for your memories by showcasing them in an artistic collage with Posterino? ... read more at MacLife

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Photoshop Lightroom 4 - Adobe

New software versions offer new features to entice upgrading. And Lightroom 4 certainly has expanded its functionality with video editing, book creation, geotagging, soft proofing, and more. But at the core of of this latest release is a refinement of what many already admire about this application ... read more at Macworld

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AfterShot Pro - Corel

Corel has undertaken a big challenge in trying to squeeze a pro-level photo management application into a market crowded with heavy hitters. At first look, you might be tempted to compare AfterShot Pro to Adobe’s Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture ... read more at Macworld

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Snapseed - Nik Software

I’ve loved Nik Software’s Snapseed iOS photo-editing app since its release last year, and it's clear that others shared the sentiment—Apple awarded Snapseed an iPad-app-of-the-year award for 2011. So when Nik Software announced Snapseed for Mac, I was eager to test it out ... read more at Macworld

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Pixelmator 2 - Pixelmator Team

Challengers to Adobe's photo editing software are few and far between these days, and many who step into the ring with the behemoth are knocked out in the first round. With Pixelmator 2.0 ($30), the Pixelmator Team shows that it has a lot of fight in it ... read more at Macworld

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FX Photo Studio 2 - MacPhun

FX Photo Studio is another entry in the increasingly competitive photo-manipulation software space for the Mac. Like Flare and Analog, FX Photo Studio offers a slew of photo filters to artificially age, distort, or otherwise transform your photographs ... read more at Macworld

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Adobe Carousel - Adobe

There's something appealing about Adobe's tri-partite Carousel photo management service. This easy-to-use image editor combos as a photo shooting, sharing, and syncing tool that lets you automatically back up, store, and share your photo collection via the cloud ... read more at Macworld

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Lo-Fi Photo Editor - Wingnut

I’m obsessed with collecting cameras from before my time. I’m by no means a pro photographer; I just like the look and feel of the photos from these nearly extinct shooters. It’s as if there’s more substance behind their faded colors than the picture-perfect, high-res digital images that my DSLR produces ... read more at MacLife

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iSlimPhoto - Idealistic Future

Sure, your DSLR takes awesome high-res photos. But those awesome high-res photos also take up tons of storage space. They’re great for making prints and other photo projects, but when you just need a lightweight, portable version of your snaps to show friends, family, or clients, exporting from iPhoto is a huge hassle ... read more at MacLife

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Snap Art 3 - Alien Skin

Alien Skin's Snap Art is a natural media plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. Geared toward professional photographers and graphic designers, creating fine art from a photo has never been easier. Using a powerful set of well-organized and customizable presets, you can produce amazing art with nary a manual brushstroke ... read more at Macworld

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Inpaint 3 - Maxim Gapchenko

Those skilled in Photoshop can usually work their magic to get exactly the photo they wanted. But for the rest of us, Inpaint (Mac App Store link) is a clever app that makes it dead-simple to remove unwanted objects from photos ... read more at Macworld

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Blow Up 3 - Alien Skin Software

Scaling images way up—which is to say, enlarging them a lot—is never something you would choose to do, but sometimes you have no choice. A client’s picked their shot and they must have it in a poster, so that leaves you with the tricky job of blowing it up without it exploding into a pixelated mess ... read more at Macworld

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Snapheal - MacPhun

Snapheal sports an interface similar to that of Macphun’s other Mac apps, Color Splash Studio and FX Photo Studio, with the photo-editing area to the left and your editing tools to the right. The app is simple to use and easy to navigate, and features five editing tools ... read more at Macworld

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 - Adobe

The newest incarnation of the world’s most popular consumer photo editing software is proof that, as the Irish saying goes, the older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune. Adobe Photoshop Elements has been on the Mac an entire decade ... read more at MacLife

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Tiffen Dfx 3.0 Photo Editor - Tiffen Software

There’s no shortage of great solutions for enhancing digital photos on your Mac, but few of them do it with the speed and grace of Dfx. Tiffen is a company best known for making the glass filters used by photographers worldwide ... read more at MacLife

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iPhoto '11 - Apple

The new iPhoto ’11 looks amazing—and that’s a great thing for software that helps you get the most out of your photos. But it’s more than just a pretty face, letting you actually do some pretty amazing things with all those pixels ... read more at MacLife

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Photoshop Elements 9 - Adobe

Photoshop Elements is the perfect image-editing program if you’ve outgrown iPhoto but aren’t quite ready to take on the complexity (and cost) of Photoshop. It offers a great blend of beginner-friendly guidance and sophisticated manual adjustments ... read more at MacLife

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 - Adobe

For everyday snapshots of your kids, your dog, and your road trip to see the world’s largest ball of twine, your Mac comes with iPhoto, a simple way to organize and edit your photos. But pro shutterbugs and photography enthusiasts need far more serious tools to manage ever-growing libraries ... read more at MacLife

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Fireworks CS5 - Adobe

Like Flash Professional, many of the enhancements in Fireworks CS5 are aimed at improving productivity in these cash-strapped times ... read more at MacUserUK

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Bibble 5 Pro - Bibble

Bibble 5 Pro is the latest iteration of the Raw conversion utility that originally started life targeting Nikon D1 users as an alternative to the then tardy, and pricey, Nikon Capture software ... read more at MacUserUK

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PulpMotion 3 - Aquafadas

To say that PulpMotion 3 is just a slideshow application is rather like calling Photoshop a simple bitmap drawing program ... read more at MacUserUK

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 - Adobe

Billed as the most significant Photoshop update in years, and coming on the heels of the 20th anniversary ... read more at MacLife

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PrintMaster Platinum 2 - Encore Software

When you want to turn a good photo into a great story, PrintMaster Platinum 2.0 helps you put one or many of your favorite photos into an inviting layout that you can share easily with friends and family ... read more at Macworld

Macworld
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Aperture 3 - Apple

Aperture 3 came out of nowhere. No warning, no pre-announcement, and no extended beta period as there was for version 2. You could almost think Apple was sneaking it out ... read more at MacUserUK

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Cheetah3D 5 - Cheetah 3D

It may have been delayed a little due to the necessity of its developer, Martin Wengenmeyer, completing his PhD but Cheetah3D 5, the latest version of the 3D modelling ... read more at MacUserUK

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Eye Candy 6 - Alien Skin Software

Eye Candy has long been the filter suite of choice for Photoshop users who want to create realistic textures and surfaces. This version doesn't include any new filters ... read more at MacUserUK

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OnOne Plug-in Suite 5 - OnOne Software

Plug-in Suite 5 from OnOne is its latest collection of Photoshop tools that bring automation to a variety of everyday compositing and adjustment tasks ... read more at MacUserUK

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SneakPeek Pro - Code Line

The developers of SneakPeek Photo offer another Quick Look plug-in, SneakPeek Pro, that may prove even more useful if you spend much of your time working with graphics ... read more at Macworld

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Picasa 3 - Google

When it comes to organizing, editing, and sharing photos, most Mac users know iPhoto. But what happens when you don’t feel like plunking down $79 for the latest iLife iteration ... read more at Macworld

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Acorn 2 - Flying Meat

Flying Meat has now released Acorn 2.1, and I am pleased at how fast this version runs on my 13-inch MacBook Pro 2.53GHz ... read more at Macworld

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Sumo Paint 2 - Sumo

The number of web-based image editors is growing, but genuine alternatives to Desktop-based programs are a rare breed. Sumo Paint 2 ... read more at MacUserUK

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Photoshop Elements 8 - Adobe

Photoshop Elements 8 updates Adobe's cut-price image-editing application with some new features that bring greater control and a higher degree of automation to image editing ... read more at MacUserUK

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Portrait Professional 9 - Anthropics Technology

Portrait Professional is a one-stop application for enhancing studio portraits. It combines tremendous power and versatility with unprecedented ease of use ... read more at MacUserUK

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Pano2VR - Garden Gnome Software

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. And now that multimedia has taken over the Web, flat 2D images sometimes just aren’t enough anymore. But going from a series of photos to an interactive 3D image can take a bit of work ... read more at MacLife

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Mystical Tint Tone and Color 2 - Auto FX

There's no disputing that Photoshop is a hugely creative application with the ability to manipulate an image in almost any way. Nevertheless, there's always room for improvement - hence the vast number of software firms creating plug-ins ... read more at MacUserUK

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ColorMunki - X-Rite

The quest for consistent color rendition across all input and output devices (from your monitor to your printer, for example) has been going on since the introduction of color to the desktop ... read more at Macworld

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Flickery - EternalStorms

If users of the popular photo-sharing service Flickr have one complaint, it’s that the image uploader on the Flickr Web site is horribly inconvenient to use. Flickery offers a desktop-app alternative with a great Mac-like interface ... read more at Macworld

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PercepTool - George DeWolfe

Can a single click really represent 30 years of research and hard work? Professional photographer George DeWolfe certainly thinks so—his PercepTool plug-in for Photoshop CS3 and CS4 attempts to mimic your visual cortex ... read more at Macworld

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Cameras - Flexibits

Once Cameras is installed, connecting a photo-related device—a digital camera, an iPhone, a memory-card reader—causes a dialog to appear, asking you to choose an action: Do Nothing, Open iPhoto, Open Image Capture ... read more at Macworld

Macworld


Shape Collage 2 - Vincent Cheung

You’ve probably made a few photo collages in your lifetime, whether you laid out photos with the perfect amount of messy randomness in a photo album or magnetized a grouping on your fridge ... read more at Macworld

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iLovePhotos - Blue Lava Technologies

Chances are you’ve probably heard about the Faces feature in iPhoto ‘09 that makes it quick and easy to find all photos of a particular someone in your iPhoto library. But if you don’t have iPhoto ‘09, iLovePhotos can give you a similar result ... read more at Macworld

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Sumo Paint - Snap Group

You could pay $700 for a professional image-editing program like Photoshop, but if you’re not a photo or graphics pro, it would likely be overkill. Check out Sumo Paint, a free Web-based, Photoshop-inspired image editor ... read more at Macworld

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Klix - JoeSoft

Ever have one of those moments where you download photos to your Mac and then delete the originals, only to find that some didn’t copy over? Rather than curse or cry, just use Klix ... read more at Macworld

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Photo Wrangler - Black Magik Software

Like PhotoReviewer, Photo Wrangler makes it easy to quickly scan through a folder of photos and sort them into separate folders. First you choose your source folder ... read more at Macworld

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FlickrExport 3 for iPhoto - Connected Flow

Photography nuts love photo-sharing site Flickr.com. And for years, third parties have provided iPhoto plug-ins that let you export your images directly to your Flickr account. For ease-of-use, these plug-ins beat standalone apps--and Flickr’s Web-based uploader--for getting images from your Mac into your photo stream ... read more at MacLife

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Tiffen Dfx 2 - Tiffen

To photographers of a certain generation, a filter is an optical element that you screw on to the end of your lens; it alters the light to achieve some kind of effect. To the digital photographer, a filter is usually a plug-in... read more at




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Snap Art 2 - Alien Skin Software

It's possible to create reasonably authentic painting effects using Photoshop's built-in filters. However, to make the effect look real involves combining several filters and is a tricky, complex process even for seasoned Photoshop artists... read more at MacUserUK

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PulpMotion Advanced 2 - Aquafadas

PulpMotion Advanced 2.1 is the latest version of Aquafadas' slideshow creation tool. It uses a number of high-quality themes as a starting point, allowing you to drag photos into its timeline to add them to the slideshow... read more at MacUserUK

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LightUp 1.3 - LightUp

With its ability to produce near photo-real, navigable environments within SketchUp, LightUp 1.2 was an intriguing plug-in. However, It didn't handle large models well and the lighting times could drag on... read more at MacUserUK

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PTGui 8 - New House Internet Services

PTGui is a specialist application that aims to do one task very well. It stitches multiple images together to produce composite pictures, usually as high-resolution panoramic photographs for print or interactive on-screen use... read more at MacUserUK

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PTGui 8 - New House Internet Services

PTGui is a specialist application that aims to do one task very well. It stitches multiple images together to produce composite pictures, usually as high-resolution panoramic photographs for print or interactive on-screen use... read more at MacUserUK

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ColorSplash - Hendrik Kueck

ColorSplash is a tool for selectively desaturating your photos. Initially, all colour is removed and you simply drag your finger over areas to restore it. You'll need to zoom in to apply the technique with greater accuracy... read more at MacUserUK

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Portraiture 2 - Imagenomic

Portraiture 2.0 is a Photoshop plug-in that makes professional-quality portrait retouching a simple job for anyone with a copy of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements... read more at Macworld

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PhotoLine 15 - PhotoLine

While other image editors focus on aping Photoshop's workflow and shortcuts, PhotoLine - while outwardly resembling Photoshop - operates according to its own rules. For example, you get vector and some DTP capabilities in addition to image editing... read more at MacUserUK

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PhotoLine 15 - PhotoLine

While other image editors focus on aping Photoshop's workflow and shortcuts, PhotoLine - while outwardly resembling Photoshop - operates according to its own rules. For example, you get vector and some DTP capabilities in addition to image editing... read more at MacUserUK

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Layers - Wuonm

As a tech writer and Macworld editor, screenshots—snapshots of a computer’s onscreen display—are immensely useful. But they’re also important for educators, marketing folks, business people, and even those in IT and tech support. Any time showing something that appears on the screen... read more at Macworld

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Funtastic Photos - Ohanaware

Image editors can be scary applications, thanks to difficult learning curves and overly complex menus, toolbars, and palettes. Few of these apps are simple, and as useful as they are, even fewer are fun to use. Ohanaware’s Funtastic Photos 1.0.3, on the other hand... read more at Macworld

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iPhoto ’09 - Apple

Of the five applications that make up iLife, iPhoto is the one with the broadest appeal. After all, nearly everyone has photos on their Mac, taken with their own cameras or those of friends and family members. As our libraries grow, so too do the problems with managing our pictures... read more at Macworld


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Bokeh - Alien Skin Software

The best way to draw attention to the subject of an image is to use a shallow depth of field, so that the subject is in sharp focus and the rest of the image is blurred out. Bokeh, the latest release from Alien Skin Software, allows you to simulate this technique directly in Photoshop... read more at MacUserUK

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Topaz Adjust - Topaz Labsu

Currently at version 2.6 for Mac, Topaz Labs' Adjust is an automatic creative exposure plug-in for Photoshop. The key word here is 'creative'. Although you can use the plug-in to correct some basic exposure errors, which it does very well, Adjust's strength lies in its ability to quickly recreate the popular gritty and grungy HDR... read more at MacUserUK

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Picturesque - Acqualia

If you’ve spent any amount of time reading blogs online or flipping through a brochure, you’ve no doubt noticed that the things that catch your eye first are usually images. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Acqualia’s Picturesque 2.0.3... read more at Macworld

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Permanent Press - Mister Retro

Where many Photoshop filters aim to improve poor or damaged images, Permanent Press does just the opposite: it makes images look like aged four-colour commercial printed material that has been hanging around in a dusty attic for decades. The filter can simulate both halftone prints and solid-colour lithographs... read more at MacUserUK

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Stitcher Unlimited 2009 - Autodesk

Stitching multiple photos together to create high-resolution images and complete panoramas is becoming increasingly popular, and for several years now the aptly-named Stitcher has been one of themajor tools used for this kind of work. Earlier in the year, Autodesk bought Realviz, the developer behind Stitcher, and now the latest version, originally begun before the change... read more at MacUserUK

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Portrait Professional - Anthropics Technology

Anthropics Technology’s Portrait Professional can best be described as “airbrushing for the rest of us.” This version, 8.0, runs only on Intel-based Macs, ostensibly to take advantage of the better processing power on newer Macs. Although unlike most graphics pros, the target users of this software are probably less concerned about speed... read more at MacLife

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Adobe Photoshop CS4 - Adobe

Adobe made some pretty serious changes in Photoshop CS4, especially in the workspace. And while some of them, like the new Application Frame, will take some getting used to (and are optional), they’re changes that are long overdue... read more at Macworld

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 - Adobe

For the past couple of years, Adobe has given professional photographers some choices when it comes to image-editing software—if you find Photoshop a bit daunting, Lightroom has much (though not all) of the same potential, but wrapped in a very different interface specifically geared toward photographers... read more at MacLife

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Smilebox - Smilebox

Creating keepsakes from snapshots has long been the domain of glue-sniffing, scissor-wielding scrapbookers. It was only a matter of time before the fad went digital. And for those of you who have loads of pics or home videos gathering cyber dust on your computer or flash memory cards, Smilebox is here to help you... read more at MacLife

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Blow Up 2 - Alien Skin Software

Blow Up 2 is Alien Skin's latest foray into the impossible Photoshop dream - the ability to enlarge an image without losing quality or sharpness. Bearing in mind that it's impossible to put data back when it wasn't there to start with, Blow Up 2 makes a valiant attempt at the problem... read more at MacUserUK

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LightUp 1.2 - LightUp

LightUp takes the technology used to speed up games and applies it to rendering in SketchUp. Basically, games use a technique called 'baking', whereby textures, shadows and shading aren't calculated on the fly but are pre-calculated and then 'baked' into an object's geometry... read more at MacUserUK

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Noise Buster - Avkis Software

While Photoshop has some decent noise-reduction technology, Avkis’ Noise Buster goes the extra mile, providing very precise controls for correcting even very noisy images... read more at MacLife

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AutoPano Pro - Kolor

Stitching together multiple images to make panoramic photos involves a hefty amount of planning, preparation, and trial and error, as well as extensive post-production tweaking. Autopano Pro is a highly intelligent app that automates much of the task and creates some truly lovely panoramic shots with minimal effort... read more at MacLife

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Nolobe Iris - Nolobe

Nolobe Software’s Iris is billed as the “ultimate image editor for Mac OS X,” which, depending on your point of view, is about as true as the statement, “Martians live among us.” This app is an all-out dud, offering very little reason for anyone to enlist it as a creative tool... read more at MacLife

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Expression Media 1.0 - Microsoft

For many digital photographers in the late 1990s and early into this decade, iView MediaPro was the image manager of choice. It was fast, flexible, and easy to use, complementing Adobe Photoshop () and providing a clean way to manage your files. In mid-2006, Microsoft bought MediaPro's parent company, iView Multimedia, and the program is now marketed as Expression Media, part of Microsoft's Expression Studio... read more at Macworld

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Alien Skin Software Image Doctor 2 - Alien Skin Software

Alien Skin is best known for its special effects Photoshop plug-ins - EyeCandy, Xenofex and Splat. But it's also responsible for Image Doctor, which has been newly upgraded with an enhanced feature set... read more at MacUserUK

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GraphicConverter X 6.0.1 - LemkeSoft

First things first: GraphicConverter's name is too modest. Converting between a large number of formats is far from all it does - it also has a selection of image-editing tools such as red-eye removal. The range of compatible formats is constantly expanding, and it can now import the HD Photo format... read more at MacUserUK

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Vertus Fluid Mask 3 - Vertus

Adobe keeps infusing more masking magic into its various Photoshop iterations, but digital-imaging wizards need all the help they can get when it comes to perhaps the most difficult imaging task: the challenge of separating an object from its background. Fluid Mask 3 is an impressive, time-saving tool that focuses on this challenge... read more at MacLife

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BenVista PhotoZoom Pro 2 - BenVista

Why is that when you enlarge a photo, it looks great on your computer screen, but then when you print the enlargement, it’s a big old mess? The edges become saw-toothed lines, and JPEG artifacts - those big square blocks that make up color in low-resolution images - mar your once-beautiful photo almost beyond recognition... read more at MacLife

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Snap Art - Alien Skin Software

Turning a photograph into digital art is no easy task. Fortunately, Alien Skin’s Snap Art plug-infor Adobe Photoshop and other photo editors takes the heavy lifting out of creating sketches, paintings, comics, and stylized illustrations from photographs. Designed for both hobbyists and professional artists, Snap Art consists of ten natural-media art filters... read more at Macworld

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iPhoto '08 - Apple

Five years ago, when iPhoto was first released, digital cameras were not yet ubiquitous, and organizing photos on your Mac meant putting files into folders and praying that you could keep track of which version of which photo was the right one. Since that time, we’ve seen the rise of the inexpensive digital SLR, the emergence of the Raw file format... read more at Macworld

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LightZone 3.0 - Light Crafts

It’s a great time to be a digital photographer. The price of digital SLR cameras are falling, and in the last year or so some amazing new software packages have debuted that make advanced photo editing easier and more affordable than ever before. Among the most intuitive is a relatively new kid on the block called LightZone, and it’s gaining popularity... read more at Macworld

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PhotoScore Ultimate 5 - Neuratron

Optical character recognition is nothing new: applications have been turning scanned pages into live text for years. But PhotoScore Ultimate takes the process to a new level with its ability to read sheet music... read more at MacUserUK

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PictoColor iCorrect Portrait 1.5 - PictoColor

PictoColor's iCorrect Portrait is a Photoshop-compatible filter plug-in designed to make colour correction a simpler and more reliably repeatable task than it is with Photoshop's existing feature set... read more at MacUserUK

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PictoColor iCorrect EditLab 6.0 - PictoColor

PictoColor is a developer with a very specific stable of tools; its speciality is colour correction and processing, and iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0 is a standalone product that helps to produce professional-quality colour-corrected photos, reliably, easily and consistently. As well as helping process images individually, this tool is designed to help batch-process images and even perform corrections essentially automatically... read more at MacUserUK

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Morpheus Photo Animation Suite Mac v3 Professional - Morpheus Software

Morphing - creating smooth transitions between pairs of images - has been around for years. The third version of Morpheus Photo Animation Suite brings together three applications in one, allowing complex morphs to be constructed with relative ease... read more at MacUserUK

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PhotoFract 2 - Human Software

Like the mullet haircut, fractals aren't really making a comeback; we've just stopped pretending they went away. These zoomable patterns are produced by simple equations with complex numbers that have a 'real' part and an 'imaginary' part based on i, the square root of -1. Various fractal programs are available for the Mac, including the shareware Fractal Domains (fractaldomains.com), but the point of PhotoFract is to do it within Photoshop... read more at MacUserUK

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Geophoto 1.1 - Ovolab

After the vacation of your life, all you have are your photos. With Geophoto, you can give your photos context by tagging them with global coordinates. The software displays a globe with photo thumbnails that are assigned to specific locations, and it's fun to spin and stop the globe and click to look at pictures... read more at MacUserUK

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Photoshop CS3 Extended - Adobe

Photoshop CS3 Extended includes all of the same features as Photoshop CS3 but adds a brand-new set of tools and capabilities for the integration of 3-D models, video and animation, and image measurement and analysis... read more at Macworld

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Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 - Adobe

Adobe Photoshop slices, dices, and in the hands of an expert, it can turn photographic water into wine - or so it would seem. True, Photoshop has been the catchall application for digital-photography enthusiasts and pros, but it was designed for editing individual images... read more at MacLife

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Fluid Mask 2.0 - Vertus

For the uninitiated, a mask in an imaging application such as Photoshop protects specific areas of your image. Photoshop CS2's approach to complex background masking leaves much to be desired. And although masking is greatly improved in Photoshop CS3, if you don't plan to upgrade right away, you'd be wise to consider Vertus's Fluid Mask... read more at MacLife

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Instant Gallery 1.7 - Alien Skin Software

There are dozens of gallery-making applications that offer a little bit more style and customisation than you find in iPhoto, and Instant Gallery is one of the nicer ones of the bunch. It looks very restrained and minimalist, but packs in a lot of features and some flair for making elegant, modern gallery pages in a snap... read more at MacUserUK

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Alien Skin SnapArt - Alien Skin Software

There has long been a vogue for treating photographs to make them resemble paintings and drawings. There are a number of filters within Photoshop that aim to perform the task, although these are frequently clumsy and difficult to use effectively... read more at MacUserUK

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 - Adobe

Adobe has never before released a public beta of Photoshop, and the fact that it has been released this early in the product cycle is testament to the pressure brought specifically by Mac users frustrated at not yet having a native version of Photoshop to run on Intel Macs... read more at MacUserUK

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Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 - Real Viz

Stitcher Unlimited is a very different tool than PTGui, because it's mainly used as a QuickTime VR authoring tool à la Apple's QuickTime VR Authoring Studio (may it rest in peace). But Stitcher was one of the earliest (and, for a long time, one of the best) tools available for creating panoramic images... read more at MacLife

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PTGui 6.0.3 - New House Internet Services

The application has simple and advanced modes. Simple mode automates most of the three-step process of stitching together photos to create a panorama. Images load and fall into their approximate positions with amazing speed. Control points, which match identical features in overlapping image areas, set themselves without prompting, too... read more at MacLife

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Bibble Pro 4.9 - Bibble Labs

When digital photographers shoot in RAW mode, the image data is transferred directly from the imaging chip to the storage medium without any processing or compression. Most serious photographers prefer this unaltered state because it offers the most freedom to achieve cool effects and touch up images in postproduction. Many photographers use applications like Bibble Pro to tweak large batches of photos to perfection... read more at MacLife

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Blow Up - Alien Skin Software

Enlarging images in Photoshop is part art, part science. The art part is a combination of skill and good fortune. The science part is more predictable: The fewer pixels an image has, the worse it will look the more you enlarge it. When you need to take a small, low-resolution image—usually from the Web—and enlarge it for print publication, you usually get a cruddy-looking, obviously pixelated picture... read more at MacLife

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PhotoFrame Pro 3 - onOne Software

PhotoFrame Pro 3 creates high-quality borders and frames for your photos, and it’s easy to use. But we can’t help but wonder whether there’s really a crowd of digital-photo librarians itching to spend $160 just to add virtual frames to their photos... read more at MacLife

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NeatImage 4.2 - NeatImage

Noise is the main problem facing every digital photographer. Whether it's produced by shooting in low light conditions, by a poor-quality image sensor in your camera or by over-enthusiastic Jpeg compression, noise is the one feature that can render an image unusable. Photoshop has a built-in noise reduction filter, but it's slow and clumsy, and tends to over-soften images. Luckily, then, NeatImage redresses the balance... read more at MacUserUK

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Coloriage 3.2 - Akvis

Colouring black-and-white photographs is an awkward, time-consuming business at the best of times. Coloriage makes the process much simpler: in just a few minutes, it's possible to produce compelling, accurate results with the minimum amount of effort... read more at MacUserUK

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Nikon Capture NX - Nikon

Nikon Capture first saw the light of day in 1999 when Nikon launched the D1 camera. It enabled, among others, Nef Raw files (Nikon electronic files) to be processed as the ultimate option when you had sufficient post-production time. Version 4 appeared last year, and was at least the equal of any other program when it came to working with Raw or 16-bit Tiff files. It did do some things better than Photoshop in the early stages of a post-production workflow... read more at MacUserUK

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Aperture 1.5 - Apple

Almost a year to the day since its initial release, Aperture receives its fifth update, the first to move it beyond a subset of version 1.1. Although some were hoping - indeed predicting - that this would be a fullblown version 2 release, we're not convinced there's enough here to justify that... read more at MacUserUK

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RealViz Stitcher Pro 5.5 and Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 - Realviz

RealViz has been known for its high-end panorama stitching software, aptly named Stitcher, for some time. It creates virtual interactive panoramic images from sets of still photos, and it has sat firmly at the high end of this market. The latest release, Stitcher 5.5, sees the product split into three, with Stitcher Express at the entry level for hobbyist users, Stitcher Pro for more demanding users, and Stitcher Unlimited for the panorama professional... read more at MacUserUK

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Stitcher Express 2 - Realviz

Stitcher, from French imaging technology experts RealViz, is an application that lets you seamlessly stitch together photographs to form panoramas. If you've ever tried to perform the same task using the Free Transform tools in Photoshop - or even a manual stitching program - then you'll know that any tool that offers to automate the process for you can only be a good thing... read more at MacUserUK

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BlowUp - Alien Skin Software

Enlarging image files without losing quality is the holy grail of photo processing. But since we already have the choice of both pxl SmartScale and Genuine Fractals, both from OnOne Software, is there room in the market for yet another enlargement tool... read more at MacUserUK

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Stone Works - Stone Design

Create 12.5 is at the heart of the Stone Works suite. This is a desktop publishing tool that can output pages for print, PDF (including high-end, press-ready PDF production) and web, and with a little poking around is surprisingly easy to use. Create offers page layers for organising your layout elements. Layers can be hidden and shown and can be set to print or not as you like, using a simple Page Layers palette. There's also the Info palette, the source of controls and options for selected objects... read more at MacUserUK

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Cheetah3D 3.3 - Cheetah3D

Cheetah3D is a complete modelling, rendering and animation application that's Mac only, Universal Binary and incredibly inexpensive. It covers all the bases, providing modelling with splines, primitives and subdivision surfaces, as well as other higher-end functions such as deformers and symmetry modifiers. Direct texture painting is handled by the UV unwrap tools, while animation is based on a classic timeline with function curve capabilities. It also has some sophisticated rendering tools, and the Universal Binary version is a startling two to three times faster on Intel Macs... read more at MacUserUK

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FocalBlade 1.0 - The Plugin Site

What if you infused Photoshop CS2’s Smart Sharpen and Smart Blur filters with X-ray superpowers that allowed you to actually see the edge masks used in each? You’d have something akin to FocalBlade 1.0, The Plugin Site’s answer to your everyday sharpening (and blurring) needs... read more at Macworld

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iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.0 - PictoColor

With Adobe Photoshop’s proven ability to perform feats of color magic, you might think a color-correction plug-in would be overkill. Not so. Even for color experts, the process of correcting color can be time-consuming and frustrating because of the many problems and methods of correction, and because fixing one detail can throw off another... read more at Macworld

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PhotoKit Color 2.0 - PixelGenius

Do you wish you could enhance and correct your color photographs in Photoshop, but lack the time or skill to get the results you want? Look no further. PhotoKit Color 2.0.2 from PixelGenius, makes it easy for photographers to apply a wealth of creative effects and color corrections with a minimum of effort... read more at Macworld

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Noiseware Professional 4.0 - Imagenomic

I wish I had known about Noiseware Professional 4.0.1 a few weeks before I downloaded it. I was working on some images that I had taken in low light, using Photoshop CS2’s built-in Reduce Noise filter. I thought it yielded pretty good results by reducing JPEG artifacts and color noise from uneven skin tones. However, I was dismayed by both the blurriness in the detail of my image and with the magenta color cast that appeared after applying my filter. The blurriness could have been avoided... read more at Macworld

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particleIllusion 3.01 - wondertouch

If your video work involves creating 2D particle effects, you’d be hard pressed to find a better tool than particleIllusion. While there are aspects of its interface that are a bit eccentric, this app makes juicy, organic eye candy of the first order... read more at MacAddict

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onOne Photoshop Plug-in Suite - Ononesoftware

When Extensis divested itself of its Photoshop plug-ins, the pick of the crop was snapped up by onOne. It has now bundled Intellihance Pro 4, MaskPro 3 and PhotoFrame Pro 2.5 with the innovative Genuine Fractals 4.1 into one plug-in suite... read more at MacUserUK

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PhotoComplete - FunkyPixels

At the other end of the spectrum to Aperture (p31) is PhotoComplete, a new image editor designed to help you enhance your digital photos in various ways. No, Adobe and Apple won't be threatened by it, but it's worth a look. Keep one thing in mind: PhotoComplete is a photo editor, not a general-purpose bitmap image editor. It works on Jpeg, Tiff and PNG formats with layer-style effects for enhancing your photos... read more at MacUserUK

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Exposure - Alien Skin Software

Things aren't what they used to be. No, really, some things actually aren't. The developers at Alien Skin clearly agree, as they've produced Exposure, the first way to recreate film-based photographic effects with digital images. Exposure is billed as 'the closest thing to film since film', and it lives up to this claim. It is a Photoshop plug-in that makes your digital photos - and scans and other bitmap artwork - look like they were shot on old-fashioned film stocks... read more at MacUserUK

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LightZone 1.2 - Lightcrafts

Light Crafts' LightZone is an image editing application similar to Aperture and Lightroom in that it tackles photo manipulation in a manner much more likely to be understood and visualised by photographers who are familiar with traditional analogue techniques... read more at MacUserUK

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Photoshop Elements 4 - Adobe

Photoshop Elements 4, the baby brother to Photoshop CS2, provides 90% of the functionality of the full application in a simplified, user-friendly environment. The new version brings a range of tools and processes designed to make the task of editing, enhancing and printing digital images easier than ever before... read more at MacUserUK

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LightZone 1.0 - Light Crafts

I’ve never seen an application quite like LightZone 1.0. While at first glance, LightZone might appear to be a Photoshop challenger, that conclusion, for the most part, is off base. Sure, LightZone looks similar to Photoshop in some ways. But after using it for an hour or so to edit my photos, I began to see it as an altogether different entity, serving a separate audience... read more at Macworld

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Lightroom - Adobe

To counter the flurry of activity surrounding Aperture, Apple's high-end photography application, Adobe has taken the unprecedented step of releasing a public beta of its own photography tool, Lightroom... read more at MacUserUK

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ColorWasher 2.0 - The Plugin Site

Everyone has photos that are underexposed, washed out, taken under strange lighting conditions, or have faded with time, and Adobe Photoshop has all the tools you need to fix any of these problems. However, if you’re not willing or able to spend the hours necessary to understand, let alone master, Adobe Photoshop’s color-correction tools, there are several plug-ins that can do the heavy lifting for you... read more at Macworld

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iWatermark 3.0 - Script Software

Creating a good photographic image requires skill and effort, while stealing one from a Web page takes just a click and drag. That’s why photographers who care about preventing the unauthorized use of their images will superimpose their name or logo over all or part of the image. This opaque or translucent watermark indicates ownership and discourages illegal use... read more at Macworld

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Fluid Mask 1.0 - Vertus

Masking can also be one of the most arduous parts of a Photoshop project, for much the same reason. Isolating a subject from its background can be tedious, especially if there isn’t a lot of contrast between the subject and the background or if the subject has blurry edges or fine details, such as wisps of hair... read more at Macworld

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Noise Ninja 2.1.2 - PictureCode

Digital grain—better known as image noise—all too often overwhelms the dark or otherwise smooth areas of your digital photos. However, noise reduction usually comes at the cost of image detail. Fortunately, there’s Noise Ninja, an effective, flexible noise-reduction tool... read more at MacAddict

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PhotoKit - PixelGenius

P ixelGenius’s PhotoKit is a Photoshop plug-in that helps you achieve darkroom-style control over digital images. Image-editing types will love this powerful tool kit—despite its lack of an image preview... read more at MacAddict

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RealViz Stitcher 5 - Realviz

If your business is producing 360 immersive panoramas, there are a number of options available that enable you to stitch the individual images into an all-encompassing virtual view, but few manage to match up to RealViz Stitcher's ease of use and versatility... read more at MacUserUK

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Ikivo Animator 1.1 - Ikivo

Adobe's SVG format - or Scalable Vector Graphics - was originally created to provide compact online vector graphics for desktop computers, but the newer 'SVG Tiny' standard is aimed squarely at delivering information-rich graphics and animation to mobile phones. To produce this animated SVG Tiny content, there is essentially just one serious tool around: Ikivo Animator... read more at MacUserUK

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Bryce 5.5 - Macromedia

There was a time, long ago, when Bryce was the dominant force in landscape-generation tools. Nothing could touch it. Sure, it had a quirky interface, but you could get good results even without advanced 3D-modeling skills. Bryce has had a few developers over the years, from the legendary lone ranger Kai Krause to MetaCreations to Corel... read more at MacAddict

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