Monday, 21 April 2014


iPro Lens System Now for iPhone 5, 5S, 4/4S, Galaxy S4, & iPads

The iPro Lens System of versatile interchangeable lenses has been expanded so it is now compatible with even more devices including iPhone 5, 5S, and 4/4S, as well as Samsung Galaxy S4, and current iPads.

Designed by professional lens and filter maker, Schneider Optics, the iPro Lens System is purpose-built to enable professional quality photographic and video imagery with smartphones and iPads by adding the benefits of interchangeable Macro, Wide Angle, Super Wide, Fisheye, and Telephoto lenses to capture more in every shot.

These five interchangeable lenses optically capture the image without sacrificing valuable pixels. For a wider field of view, the space expanding Wide Angle adds 35% and the Super Wide adds 50% more coverage so there's no more backing up against the wall to get a large group or object in a confined space. For wide action or scenic shots there's nothing like the Fisheye's 165-degrees for extraordinary angles. The 2X Tele compresses space getting close-up to the action so shots from the audience of sporting events or the school play let you zero in on the subject. The Macro lens has 2.5X magnification and provides razor-sharp details giving small subjects or objects a big presence. The iPro Lens System's professional optics are simple to use, easy to handle, and smartly self-storing in an integral black case that doubles as a handle.

Now there are purpose-built cases for the Galaxy S4 as with the iPhone 5, 5S, and 4/4S, so the lenses simply thread on and are ready to shoot. With a slide-on design, the rugged 2-piece cases offer fast installation and removal and an easy-to-handle soft touch feel. A quick bayonet mount securely fastens the lenses to the custom iPro cases.

The new iPro Lens Clip is designed to securely fit the latest models of iPad Mini, iPad Mini with retina display, iPad Air and iPad 2. Owners have the versatility to use the same iPro lenses on either the smart device's built-in iSight camera or Facetime camera. The Clip is quick and easy to install without altering the iPad in any way, so interchanging iPro lenses from device to device is a breeze.

The iPro System is available in kits or by individual lenses or components, so the user can customize a system to suit their needs. To order, or for more information, visit

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Adobe Lightroom for the iPad is finally here, and it’s superb

Hands on review

Adobe’s Lightroom has become the dominant image-organizing and non-destructive-editing application among serious photographers. However, it has been very awkward to integrate mobile devices into a Lightroom-based workflow. Not only has it been inconvenient to incorporate images shot on a mobile device, but unless your tablet runs a full version of Windows, it hasn’t been possible to review, edit, or share your images on the go in a way that is compatible with your main Lightroom system and catalogs. Adobe has just changed all that with Adobe Lightroom mobile — available today for the Apple iPad. Lightroom mobile allows you to view and edit your existing Lightroom collections on your mobile device, and to create new collections from your mobile images.

Adobe has made the process of sharing a collection with your iPad amazingly simple and efficient. You simply mark collections in your desktop or laptop Lightroom as “Sync with Lightroom mobile.” Adobe then uploads smart previews of those images to its cloud-based servers, that are then downloaded by Lightroom mobile for review and editing.

To get started you’ll need the new Lightroom 5.4 — a free update for registered Lightroom users, available today. You’ll also need to have a subscription to one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud offerings. You simply log into your Adobe account and link your desktop or laptop Lightroom to your mobile device once you’ve installed Lightroom mobile from the App Store on your iPad. The app is currently only available for iPads running iOS 7, with the iPhone scheduled as the next supported platform, followed by Android.
Lightroom mobile makes image editing fun

I get to see a lot of compelling software demos, and Adobe’s Tom Hogarty gives some of the better ones. So I wasn’t surprised that he was passionate about the advantages of Lightroom on the iPad, and made using Lightroom mobile look not only useful but fun for reviewing and editing images. I wasn’t even surprised that when he handed me his iPad and showed me around the interface it was straightforward and easy to learn. Unlike with a lot of other products that demo well but fizzle in real life, when I had a chance to set Lightroom mobile up for real with my image collections and my iPad, it was actually as easy to use and as fun as when I demoed it. Adobe has done an amazing job of stripping down the basic tasks of image review (simple thumbs up, thumbs down), and editing, into something intuitive and tablet-friendly.

The first thing you see after logging in with your Adobe ID is a screen of your collections — the ones that you have synced from your desktop or laptop Lightroom. You can also create a collection of photos from your iPad’s camera roll that will show up on the main screen. Touching a collection brings it up in a stylish grid for quick reviewing. From here, selecting an image displays it in Loupe View — where you can examine and edit it in detail.

Loupe View offers four different modes: Filmstrip shows thumbnails of the collection below the image, Adjustments lets you edit the image non-destructively using Lightroom’s Basic settings, Presets lets you apply any of a number of Adobe-defined settings, and Crop lets you crop the image. The Adjustments are dead simple to use. You simply click on the adjustment you want to change and a slider appears that you can move left or right to increase or decrease its value. You can also share the finished image from here.

Lightroom mobile’s clean UI is augmented with some simple gestures. Swiping up flags an image as a “Pick,” while swiping down makes it a “Reject.” A three-fingered touch switches between your original and edited image. Adobe was very careful with the design of the Loupe View to make sure it would work in both portrait and landscape modes — as well as eventually on the smaller screen of the iPhone and other smartphones.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


Technology is just becoming more and more interesting this days

Sony unveils digital paper tablet

Sony has unveiled a tablet barely 7mm thick that is built around an A4-sized touchscreen made of electronic paper.

Digital Paper display

The Digital Paper tablet uses the well-known E-ink display and lets people write notes on and annotate the documents it displays.
Designed for office use, Sony said that the low-power device should work for three weeks without needing to be recharged.

The wi-fi using gadget will go on sale in May and should cost $1,100 (£660).

The tablet is the first kind of it's own to be built using a new version of E-Ink's display technology developed in collaboration with Sony.

All the earlier versions of the low power display are built on glass substrates making them heavy and relatively thick. The new type of display, called Mobius, is built on plastic, making it about half the weight of one made using glass. The screen has a 1200 x 1600 resolution dot display. The tablet displays documents in the Adobe PDF format and these can be written upon using the gadget's stylus. Documents prepared in other formats are converted to PDF before being displayed.

Despite being a touchscreen the device also retains some of the properties of paper and allows a user to rest their hand on the display while they write. It has 4GB of internal storage that can be supplemented using micro SD memory cards.

A prototype of the Digital Paper tablet was shown off in May 2013 in demonstrations that emphasised the flexibility of its screen. However, the tablet being released in May is rigid as it has a plastic case. Publicity material provided by Sony suggests versions that retain their flexibility are in development.

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