Capture One Pro 10

Phase One has announced an update to its professional cataloguing, raw processing and studio tethering application Capture One Pro. It’s a close rival to Adobe Lightroom, delivering very high-quality raw conversions and a workflow aimed at busy professionals. Version 10 brings a number of enhancements, including faster browsing, zooming, panning and adjusting and a more sophisticated approach to image sharpening, with diffraction correction, halo correction and profile independent output sharpening. The auto masking function has been extended to cover files from non-bayer sensors like Fujifilm X-Trans and you can now filter images by orientation (vertical vs horizontal). You can get the full story on the Capture One Pro 10 product page and read our Capture One Pro 9 review.

Photolemur automatic photo enhancement

It’s pitched as the world’s first automatic photo enhancement solution using computer science and artificial intelligence. Photolemur doesn’t offer any controls it just takes your photos and makes them magically better. It goes a bit further than a quick levels auto-adjust and a dab of saturation and sharpening, though. Its creator says it applies intelligent colour recovery, sky enhancement, exposure compensation, sky dehaze, natural light correction, foliage enhancement, noise reduction, tint perfection and face recognition. It works directly with raw files, includes an Apple Photos extension and does batch processing too. Photolemur’s editing technique has been ‘learned’ from analysing 70,000 photos and it has a ‘self-educating’ algorithm that keeps learning as you use it based, we think, on whether you accept or reject its adjustments. We’ve tried it out and it looks pretty good, delivering crisp, colourful images even from pretty uninspiring originals, but even at the initial pre-order offer of $29 we’re not sure it’s something you’d want to buy without a trial. Find out more at photolemur.com/preorder.

Serif Affinity Photo customer beta 1.5

It’s true – Serif’s ultra-modern, ultra-affordable Photoshop rival is now available in a Windows version as a public beta, meaning that soon it won’t just be Mac users that have an affordable professional Photoshop alternative. Affinity Photo costs £39.99 and, unlike Photoshop, is available on a regular ‘perpetual’ licence rather than a subscription. It matches Photoshop pretty much feature-for-feature, throwing in fast, real-time effects previews and both regular adjustment and live filter layers with masks. It can open and save PSD files directly and it forms part of Serif’s Affinity family, which also includes Affinity Designer (an Illustrator alternative) and, soon, a desktop publishing app to compete with InDesign. You can sign up for the Affinity Photo beta version here.

MacPhun Luminar 1.02 update

MacPhun has big plans for its Mac photo-editing application Luminar, including the release of a Windows version! It’s also released a v1.02 update which brings improved speed and raw processing and support for the new MacBook Pro Touchbar. It says users should expect a software update every 1-2 months and that other plans for 2017 include digital asset management (DAM) to help fill the void left by Apple’s Aperture. In the meantime, there are also three new free Luminar preset packs from pro photographers. Luminar should update automatically the next time you launch it. You can find out more about the company’s plans on the MacPhun Luminar website or read our MacPhun Luminar review.