Welcome to the first installment of my new monthly column, “Around the World in ePublishi
Pros: Dramatically improved Camera Raw; simple but useful video editing;
Pros: Improved develop engine extracts surprising dynamic range out of sing
Pros: Some nice editing tools, good local filtering and rating, cool journal facility.
Cons: Metadata is not standard IPTC; edits have limited latitude; iOS sandboxing makes for complex multi-app workflow.
Pros: Great selection and compositing tools; very good retouching tools.
Cons: Missing some simple, critical features. Interface needs polish. Limits to file size. All original metadata gets stripped out.
Pros: Adobe’s new Proto touch app wins points for being fun, easy to use, and for making you look cool and up on the latest trends when you’re with clients.
Cons: Although Proto is great for creating wireframes for small sites, it’s not going to replace more professional tools, such OmniGraffle or Microsoft Visio.
Pros: Puts iPad publishing into the hands of average publishers, with access to dramatic new effects and features.
Cons: Thanks to Apple, submitting an app is a convoluted affair and requires an iOS developer account. There are also two Flash-related bugs that, while they won't apply to every user, will require some people to employ workarounds to fix the bugs' effects.
Pros: Selections are more precise. Interface is more streamlined. Effects look like they were created by hand, not by computer.
Cons: As in previous versions, Snap Art does not work with CMYK images, only RGB.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Some of Alien Skin's most inspiring products have been its artistic filters for Photoshop. The images they produce are artistic and organic, as if they were created by a human hand rather than a computer.
Pros: Publishes e-books to three formats; adds helpful new features for producing text-heavy documents regardless of their final destination.
Cons: The App Studio for creating iPad apps may not be available until late July; some e-book formatting must occur after the document content is completely finalized. [Editor's note: CreativePro.com will publish Jay Nelson's mini-review of App Studio soon after it's available to the public.]
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Fantasic new tools for global adjustments; nik's uPoint technology for selective adjustments; update provides some much-needed features like a histogram, and the ability to apply borders
Cons: I didn't find any, and I looked hard for downsides.
Rating: 10 out of 10