Hardware and Software Reviews



Adobe Camera Raw 13.0, Lightroom Classic 10.0 & Desktop 4.0

Adobe used the 2020 Max event on 20-22 October to announce new versions of Camera Raw 13.0, Lightroom Classic 10.0 and Lightroom Desktop 4.0. While they donít include many major new features, those that are present will likely be welcomed by many customers


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.0 (November 2019)

Lightroom Classic 9.0 was released in early November and while it doesnít include many major new features, the few that are present have been on customers Ďask listí for a lengthy period.


Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.0 (October 2018)

Twelve months on from the release of Lightroom Classic CC (a.k.a. Lightroom 7.0) Adobe has just launched Lightroom Classic 8.0. It's an unusual release in so far as itís the first full update that doesnít include many major new features that the wider user base will find useful.



Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Some two and half years after Lightroom 6 / 2015 shipped the application has reached another milestone. This time around we get a new name (Lightroom Classic CC), performance improvements and and some new features.


Adobe Lightroom mobile 2.4

I normally donít get too excited when a new version of Adobe Lightroom mobile comes along, but today is different. Why?

Well, today sees support for two features that I, and no doubt many other customers, have long been waiting for. These are support for Raw files and Local Adjustments. Also, as of this release, the application is now named Lightroom CC iOS / Lightroom CC Android.


Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 (a.k.a Lightroom 6)

It probably hasn't escaped many readers notice that it's just under 18 months since Lightroom 5 shipped.  As such the question on many users minds will be - has the wait for Lightroom 6 been worth it?


Adobe Lightroom mobile

Adobe have today announced a completely new digital photography workflow. This new workflow is made possible by a free iPad application called Lightroom mobile. This new application enables you to carry out a small subset of the tasks normally undertaken in Lightroom desktop, then sync these back to your desktop catalog via the Adobe Cloud.


Adobe Lightroom 5

It doesn't seem like all that long ago that Photoshop Lightroom 5 went into public beta. Yet, here we are just under two months later and the GM version has been released. Has anything new been added or changed in the interim?  This short review summarises the changes since public beta and the headline features in Lightroom 5.


Adobe Lightroom 4

For Lightroom 4 Adobe went right back to 2006. They've reviewed the feature requests, and spoken to customers. So, which features came to the top? Yes, you guessed - Soft Proofing, Books, Geotagging and Video. Obviously, these aren't the only requested features, but the fact that they've all been included should please a lot of photographers.


Alien Skin Exposure 3

A week or so back I received a note from Alien Skin to say that a version of Exposure 3 had been released for Lightroom. Now, I have to say from the outset that I've never been into filter effects when taking photographs and am even less so when editing them in Photoshop or Lightroom. Nevertheless, the information provided on their website looked interesting, so I downloaded a copy and gave it a try.


X-rite Photo ColorChecker Passport

X-rite Photo recently updated their ColorChecker Passport plug-in for compatibility with Adobe Lightroom 3. If you feel that the camera calibration profiles supplied by Adobe with Lightroom and Camera Raw aren't quite measuring up to your requirements then it might be worthwhile in investing in the ColorChecker Passport. Everything you need to create and manage your own camera profiles is supplied with the kit.


Adobe Lightroom 3 - Final

Lightroom 3 has been a long time in oven, but it's finally baked and ready for serving. Has the wait been worth it? Well, if you've already been working with either of the two public betas you'll already be familiar with most of the features added since version 2 shipped in late July 2008. For those who haven't, the following is as good a place as any to start learning.


Adobe Lightroom 3 Public Beta 2

So, here we are in late March 2010 and Adobe has opened the second public beta for Photoshop Lightroom 3. Has it addressed all of the feature requests submitted following the release of beta 1? Probably not, but the first beta was downloaded by over 350,00 photographers. As such, Adobe can expect a fair amount interest in this latest beta.


Adobe Lightroom 3 Public Beta 1

On 9th January 2006 Adobe announced a public beta of a new software application that was eventually to become the mainstay photo management and editing application of many digital photographers. That application was Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Now move forward to 21st October 2009 and Adobe have announced a public beta for Lightroom 3.


Adobe Lightroom 2 - Final

When Adobe released the public beta of Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 back in early April 2008 it was with the express intention of providing the user community with an opportunity to try out many of the new features. Obviously, there was an expectation that the users would provide feedback on the new features and other aspects of the Lightroom workflow. So, here we are some 4 months later and the final release version is available, the question on everyone lips is - has the public beta delivered on it's objectives?


Adobe Lightroom 2 Public Beta

Wednesday April 2nd 2008 and Adobe slipped a Public Beta of  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 onto their servers. During the days leading up to release there had been a few hints that something 'new' and 'improved' was coming, but no substantive information on what or when.



Adobe Lightroom 1.3 Update

So, here we are at Lightroom version 1.3 and the question most users will be asking is - what's new? On the surface very little, but just like an iceberg there's lots beneath the surface.



Adobe Lightroom Public Beta 4

The last big date for Adobe Lightroom was back in July when Beta 3 finally made its way into the hands of  Windows users. There wasn't a lot of fanfare at the time, however, things promise to be different for Beta 4, especially with the opportunity presented by the worlds biggest photographic show - Photokina.



Adobe Lightroom Public Beta for Windows

For close on 6 months photographers have been asking when a Windows version of Lightroom would be available for them to "play" with. Well, I have good news - Lightroom for Windows is finally here.



Adobe Lightroom Public Beta 3

It's now some 5 months after Lightroom Beta 1 was released to the public and Beta 3 has finally arrived. I've been privileged to use Beta 3 over this past few months. So, I'm very pleased to be one of the first to summarise the more significant changes.



Adobe Lightroom Public Beta 1

Out of the shadows and into the light - Adobe Lightroom shows its face to what should have been the unsuspecting world. The formal announcement was due during Macworld San Francisco. However, the news broke on an Apple rumour site on Friday 6 January. Anyway, enough said about what should have been...



Pixel Genius PhotoKit SHARPENER

So, you think you know all there is to know about sharpening digital images? Well think again because the horrible truth is that many of us haven't got the first clue as to how, when or even where to sharpen our images. PhotoKit SHARPENER a brainchild of Pixel Genius LLC.



X-rite Photos Eye-One Display 2

A review of  X-rite Photos's Eye-One Display 2 monitor profiling solution.



PictoColor iCorrect EditLab 4.0 Plug-in and Stand-Alone Application

iCorrect EditLab 4.0 is an extremely powerful and easy-to-use Photoshop color correction Plug-in. For those not wanting or needing a full image editing application such as Photoshop, EditLab 4.0 is also available as a Stand-Alone application.



ColorByte Software ImagePrint

ColorByte ImagePrint virtual RIP offers an alternative to the Epson print driver. Such is the quality of output from the Epson Photo 2100 when using ImagePrint that I now find myself only using the Epson driver for text output or when attempting to answer a queries.



Review of Epson Stylus PHOTO 2100

The Epson Stylus PHOTO 2100 is the best desktop inkjet printer produced by Epson to date. Overall the print quality is light years better than the Photo 2000P ever achieved and in my opinion much better than models such as the cheaper Photo 1280/90. However, it is not without some faults and good as it is the Photo 2100 is not necessarily the best choice for everyone.



User Review of PictoColor inCamera Professional Plug-in

A comprehensive user review of PictoColor inCamera Professional Plug-in digital camera and scanner profiling software.


Feature Review of LaserSoft SilverFast 6

A comprehensive review of the new features to be found in the latest version of SilverFast. New features include: Dust and Scratch Removal, Grain and Noise Reduction, Selective Color to Grey Conversion and a host of others. The review has been updated to include some material on LaserSoft DCPro which includes such features as: raw image conversion for a wide range of digital cameras, red eye correction and the Virtual Light Table.



Review of Epson Photo Stylus 1290S

An updated version of my comprehensive Epson Photo Stylus 1290 review that discusses the features and potential qualities of Epson's 1290S Photo Printer, a must read for Amateur Photographers looking for a printer capable of high quality printing. Readers in North America will know this printer as the Photo Stylus 1280. So, don't get too excited.



Review of MonacoEZcolor 2.5

A comprehensive user review of Monaco Systems latest version of EZcolor. This ICC profiling application is designed to profile scanners, printers and monitors. With the introduction of MonacoOPTIX (reviewed elsewhere on this site) MonacoSystems have taken the opportunity to address the issue of calibrating LCD displays.



Review of MonacoOPTIX

A review of MonacoOPTIX display calibration system. MonacoOPTIX comprises all the software/hardware components required for fast and accurate calibration of LCD and CRT type displays.


Review of Apple 23-inch Cinema HD Display

This review of the Apple 23-inch LCD display heads up Apples range and produces images of stunning quality. However, at approximately £3,000 it brings into question my sanity!


Review of Monaco Systems EZcolor 2.2

A user review of Monaco Systems latest version of EZcolor. This ICC profiling application is designed to profile scanners, printers and monitors.



Eye-One Color System

A review of GretagMacbeth Eye-One color management system. The Eye-One system comprises three alternative software/hardware configurations to suite user needs. Eye-One Monitor allows for monitor (CRT and LCD) calibration, whilst Eye-One Pro with Eye-One Match enables the users to profile all kinds of input and output devices.



User Review of PictoColor inCamera Professional

A comprehensive user review of PictoColor inCamera Professional digital camera profiling software. Over recent months I've been fortunate to compare a number of products in this category. This latest review discusses a product that is more than just another profiling package.



User Review of Polaroid SprintScan 120

The long awaited review of the Polaroid SprintScan 120 film scanner. The review comprises my thoughts on performance and image quality.



Review of Cone Editions Piezography BW

A comprehensive review discussing the features and potential qualities of the Piezography BW printing system. A must read for Professional and Amateur Photographers  looking for a method for high quality black and white inkjet printing.


Review of PhotoCal and Spyder Colorimeter

A review of ColorVision's monitor calibration and profiling tools, including the NEW Spyder Colorimeter.


Review of Epson Photo Stylus 1270 Printer

A comprehensive review discussing the features and potential qualities of Epson's 1270 Photo Printer, a must read for Professional and Amateur Photographers  looking for a printer capable of high quality printing.



Review of Epson Photo Stylus 2000P Printer

A short review discussing the features and potential qualities of the Epson 2000 Photo Printer. A must read for Professional Photographers and Graphic Artists looking for a printer capable of true archival printing.




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