“We haven’t announced it officially, but many of you have already guessed that the new version of Luminar will be available this year….
… Right off the bat, get better images with an improved RAW engine that’s not only faster but delivers less noise and better color. Then take complete control over your image with new Lens Correction and Transform Tools, plus old favorites such as Spot Heal and Color Temperature to remove flaws.
We’ve dramatically improved the existing filters and added blazing fast noise reduction for cleaning up unwanted noise in real-time. Also added: new impressive filters to stylize, tone, and enhance your photos, including Sun Rays, Dodge & Burn, LUT Mapping, Hue Shift, Brilliance, and a cool new Matte Look….
… We’re working on a fantastic digital asset manager (“DAM”) which will work like magic with the hard drives you already own and with any cloud storage platform you want to use. …”
“Iridient X-Transformer is finally out of beta and version 1.0 is now available to download from the company’s website. The updated version is mainly just bug fixes from beta 4 but it also includes support for the X-E3.
I will update my guide to make a point of the new version once I’ve tested it to see if there are any surprises. If you haven’t seen my X-Transformer guide, it’s basically an eBook featuring an explanation of the software’s settings, along with various suggestions for parameters in the form of recipes, along with corresponding Lightroom settings….”
Iridient Developer 3.2 has also been released and remains one of the two consistently most reliable raw processors (along with Capture One Pro) for raw files from Fujifilm cameras, adding support for the new Fujifilm X-E3 rangefinder-style camera as well as a host of cameras by other manufacturers.
While Iridient Developer is a more fully fledged raw processor, Iridient X-Transformer is aimed at outputting DNG raw files from Fujifilm cameras that can then be opened in various image editing applications for further processing.
I am still working out my preferred raw processing and image editing editing workflow, and it may always be in flux to some degree given that both types of software and the digital asset management software with which they cooperate are works in progress.
- Iridient Digital
- Iridient Digital – Iridient X-Transformer – “Iridient X-Transformer is a utility that can be used to convert Fujifilm RAF images to DNG format using Iridient Digital’s high quality RAW processing algorithms.”
- Iridient Digital – list of Fujifilm cameras supported by Iridient X-Transformer 1.0.
- Thomas Fitzgerald Photography – How I shoot with my X-Pro 2 – shares his current settings for beautiful SOOC JPEGs.
- Thomas Fitzgerald Photography – Updated Iridient X-Transformer Settings
- Thomas Fitzgerald Photography – Video: Editing a Fuji Raw file in Luminar via X-Transformer
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Picktorial 3.0 by Picktorial Innovations LTD is the latest incarnation of a powerful image editor with an apparently simple, elegant interface, made for macOS. Picktorial contains an impressive array of features and presets, and is currently on offer at an introductory price of USD 39.99, down from its usual price of USD 69.99.
With the vacuum created by Apple abandoning Aperture, the photography image organising and editing software especially popular with professional photographers, publishers and agencies, as well as a certain amount of disgruntlement with Adobe, a number of smaller independent software creators have seen their opportunity and I welcome the choice that has appeared in recent times.
I have installed a trial version of Picktorial 3.0 on my production iMac, but our recent problem with lack of Internet and phone has meant that I am well behind on all my work. I will be putting Picktorial to the test as soon as I can, but in the meantime I can highly recommend Thomas Fitzgerald’s introductory article on it at his website below.