Thursday, October 22, 2009

Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta

Adobe have just announced the release of Adobe Lightroom 3.0 Public Beta. Please note that the software available in this public beta is not a final release. The product quality and the features are still being developed and completed. This version cannot import catalogs from Lightroom 1 and 2 but you can install it next to your existing version and play around with some new cool features. As usual final version is expected to migrate your existing catalogs.

Some of the new features included for you to play with in the Lightroom 3 beta are:

  • Brand new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries

  • State-of-the-art noise reduction to help you perfect your high ISO shots

  • Watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease

  • Portable sharable slideshows with audio—designed to give you more flexibility and impact on how you choose to share your images, you can now save and export your slideshows as videos and include audio

  • Flexible customizable print package creation so your print package layouts are all your own

  • Film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want

  • New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy

  • More flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Canon today announces the launch of the new EOS 1D MARK IV – a high-speed, professional Digital SLR (DSLR) camera designed to empower photographers to capture split-second moments in high resolution, under the most challenging of conditions. Ideal for shooting action, sports, news events and wildlife photography, the Canon EOS 1D MARK IV delivers speed, power and high-resolution images, creating the perfect camera for photographers who require reliability in fast-paced, high-pressure situations.

EOS 1D Mark IV

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV – key features:

* New 16.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor
* 10 frames per second continuous shooting
* Up to 121 large JPEG images in a single burst
* New 45-point wide area AF with 39 cross-type sensors with f/2.8 sensitivity
* High-speed Dual “DIGIC 4” processors for superb image quality
* 12,800 high ISO expandable up to 102,400
* Full HD movie recording at 30, 25 and 24 frames per second
* 3.0” Clear View II LCD with Live View mode
* Durable dust and water resistant body with 76 rubber seals
* Compatible with all Canon EF lenses, and Speedlite EX flashes
* Also available - new EOS-1D Mark IV Wireless Transmitter WFT-E2 II (also compatible with existing Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2)

Wireless control to the latest EOS-1 Series and EOS 5D Mark II

Canon today announced the launch of two new Wireless File Transmitters to improve workflow efficiency and place greater control and flexibility in the hands of professional photographers using both wired and wireless networks.

The WFT-E2 II, designed for the newly-launched EOS-1D Mark IV, and the WFT-E4 II, designed for the award-winning EOS 5D Mark II, allow photographers to transfer image files securely to a computer or server, control the camera remotely and connect to WiFi enabled devices to view images directly from the camera.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II: firmware development

Canon today announces that it is currently developing a firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II to enable the recording of high definition 1080p video at 24 and 25fps. The decision to develop new firmware to support these features has been taken following feedback received from cinematographers and photographers.

Canon currently expects the firmware update to be made available during the first half of 2010. An announcement regarding details of the update and its availability will be made closer to the release date.

Press release

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fotolia Add-in for Microsoft Office 2007

Fotolia releasing a new add-in ribbon for Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 that gives customers easy access to an enormous library of easy-to-search, high-resolution images and vectors. The Fotolia ribbon provides instant image solutions to complement personal and professional projects.

Fotolia Ribbon

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

N-400 application timeline - continued

07/10/2009: N-400 sent
07/13/2009: N-400 application received
07/16/2009: N-400 application check cashed
07/20/2009: Receipt received
07/29/2009: Fingerprint Notification received
08/14/2009: Fingerprint appoitment 2:00PM
09/11/2000: Interview Notice received
10/01/2009: Passed Test and Interview!!!!!
10/13/2009: N-445, Nitice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony received
10/29/2009: Oath Ceremony -
American Flag

Thursday, October 1, 2009

N-400 application timeline

American Flag

07/10/2009: N-400 Sent
07/13/2009: N-400 Application Received
07/16/2009: N-400 Application Check Cashed
07/20/2009: Receipt Received
07/29/2009: Fingerprint Notification Received
08/14/2009: Finger print appointment
09/11/2000: Interview Notice Received
10/01/2009: Passed Test and Interview!!!!!
--: Oath Ceremony Letter Received
--: Oath Ceremony -

September 2009 earnings breakdown

Overall I got exactly same result as in previous month but breakdown is completely different. SS gained back from terrible results and it is not almost at normal level. Other did worse than last time. Most visible looser is DT while 123RF got only slightly worse. FT continues to build up rising trend but it is still very slow. Big surprise was a sale on MSP. SXP and IS keep the same level.

Sep Sep/Aug
SS 55.12% 121.74%
123RF 11.23% 67.58%
SXP 7.72% 78.09%
MSP 6.94%
FT 6.51% 131.69%
DT 5.91% 37.38%
IS 2.80% 98.25%
FP 1.67%
CSP 1.69% 234.62%
BS 0.28% 12.50%
CS 0.14% 8.33%
Total 100.01%