September 2008

Adobe unveils Creative Suite 4
Adobe announced the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family, a milestone release of the industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. There are hundreds of feature innovations as the Adobe CS 4 product line seeks to cover the creative process across print, Web, mobile, interactive, film and video production. There are six suites or full version upgrades of 13 stand-alone applications, including Photoshop CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, After Effects CS4, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. Estimated street price for the Adobe CS4 Design Premium will be US$1799, US$1699 for CS 4 Web Premium, US$1699 for Adobe CS 4 Production Premium, and US$2499 for the CS 4 Master Collection. And to think it all started with just Photoshop so many years ago. -- Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 by chb

Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
In the olden days, the number of pictures we took was somewhat limited by the cost of film and making prints. Digital cameras eliminated that limitation as we can store hundreds of pictures on a small memory card and tens of thousands on a hard disk. How can we keep track of it all? Enter Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It's a tool to simplify photography from shoot to finish, and a whole lot more. [Read review of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0] -- Posted Sunday, September 21, 2008 by chb

Full review: Olympus Stylus 1030 SW
The Stylus 1030 SW is the camera a lot of divers and outdoor lovers have been waiting for. It brings 10-megapixel resolution to scuba diving without the need of an underwater case. It's also the most rugged Olympus Stylus camera yet, being able to survive huge drops from almost seven feet and freezing temperatures. We tested the 1030 SW during a week of diving on Roatan island, Honduras. [Read full review with underwater pics of the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW] -- Posted Friday, September 19, 2008 by chb

Review: SeaLife DC800
If you want a reasonably priced underwater camera from one of the experts in the field, try the SeaLife DC800. It is a sleek, modern 8-megapixel camera that comes with a tough underwater case good for depths to 200 feet. SeaLife also offers single and dual external flashes. What sets SeaLife cameras apart is special underwater modes and settings that really bring out the beauty of that wonderful world down there. Read our comprehensive review of the DC800 and see many sample shots from a trip to Roatan, Honduras. -- Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 by chb

Sony unveils first full-frame Alpha dSLR
Sony is introducing its full-frame a (alpha) DSLR-A900 camera, aimed at serious photo enthusiasts looking for traditional SLR performance with the added benefits of digital photography. It is designed to deliver ultra-fine picture quality with the world's highest resolution, 24.6-megapixel, 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and fast image processing with a new dual BIONZ processing engine. The camera is also the first to have a body-integrated image stabilization system for a full-frame sensor with Sony's SteadyShot Inside anti-shake system. The DSLR-A900 body will be available in November for about $3,000 along with related accessories. -- Posted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 by chb