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Cheap Mac Software with MacGraPhoto 2

Good software is insanely expensive. Great software is usually out of the realm of purchasing possibility for many of you. This is why MacGraPhoto has worked hard to bring you nine fantastic graphics applications for a seriously low price. There are only nineteen days left to take advantage of this offer, so you’d better not procrastinate. Even if you don’t think you’ll need all of these titles yourself, why not grab them while you can and then give a few away as gifts during the holidays?

Included in your $39.99 bundle (which would normally sell for over four hundred bucks) is:

  • AtomicView – AtomicView is a digital asset manager (DAM) software program that allows users to organize, browse, and output photos, images, videos, and sounds. A flexible and fast video and image conversion and transformation tool optimized for multicore computers.
  • Hydra – Hydra provides human eye-like perception to your photographs by allowing you to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) images from a series of regular photographs.
  • ImageFramer – ImageFramer is an easy-to-use but powerful application for framing your images and photos with beautiful photo-realistic and artistic frames.
  • Layers – Layers captures every window, every palette, every menu, every menu and status bar icon, every icon on the Desktop, and even the Dock and the Desktop background for each of your connected displays will be saved as a separate editable layer in the resulting Photoshop image file.
  • Posterino – With a focus on ease-of-use, Posterino 2 creates life posters, photo collages, frames, postcards, greeting cards and contact sheets from digital images. Posterino does the hard work while users just have to fine tune the results.
  • Snapshot – Snapshot brings the power of a photo lab to your computer. Printing your digital images has never been easier.
  • Sandvox – Sandvox is easy-to-use, popular, award-winning, do-it-yourself web site builder for Mac. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro — when it comes to building a website on your Mac, Sandvox is considered the best web design software for Mac.
  • Sketch – An innovative and fresh look at vector drawing for the Mac. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls.
  • Swift Publisher – With Swift Publisher, publishing attractive and informative documents for business, social and home activities becomes a snap.
  • DVD Library BONUS! – DVD-Library lets you catalog, manage and backup your DVDs on Mac in a visual library. Just enter part of the title or UPC of the DVD (including Blu-ray DVDs), DVD-Library will automatically retrieve the DVD’s cover and all relevant info from Amazon, quick and easy.

You can even end up getting this entire bundle for free. When you purchase your bundle, you will receive an email with a personalized link in it to give out to others. If three or more people purchase the bundle themselves using your link, you will receive a full refund when the promotion ends! How cool is that?

Life is much easier when you have great software to help you accomplish your goals. Life is even sweeter when that software is affordable!

Photo Software – Cutting Through the Noise

I was quite surprised with the amount of feedback we received from our how to remove digital photo noise article. More than a few friends recommended that I try Noise Ninja – so I did. Since I’ve grown largely familiar with how NeatImage works, I had to ask the PictureCode gang what made Noise Ninja that much different – and why so many of my colleagues recommended it over all other image noise editors. They responded, kindly:

This can be a little like Chevy vs. Ford or Honda vs. Toyota – i.e. some people prefer one, some prefer the other, and it isn’t always for an objective reason. That said, here are some of the things that have heard from users who have chosen Noise Ninja over alternatives:

* A Fortune 500 company that has licensed our technology put Noise Ninja and a half dozen other solutions through a rigorous blind comparison study. In multiple rounds of testing, Noise Ninja was consistently rated as the best overall solution, in particular because it preserved important detail while avoiding the introduction of artifacts (in the target application, both characteristics were very important).

* Some people find that Noise Ninja responds more predictably to adjustments, and they can get satisfactory results with less tweaking of sliders and profiles. Once you configure it properly, operation can often be reduced to adjustment of a single slider and one button click, and many people use it in a fully automated batch processing mode.

* Many users particularly like the “Noise Brush” feature in Noise Ninja, which allows you to paint with the mouse to fade or block the filtering effect in specific areas of the image. This can significantly boost productivity in cases where you disagree with the decisions made by the algorithms. For instance, hair and fine texture that is near the noise threshold tends to be challenging for any automated algorithm, so it’s useful to have a quick and easy way to override the algorithm in such cases.

* We’ve been told a number of times, and I’ve seen for myself, that some other products have at least an occasional tendency to introduce noticeable halos or color bleeding along high-contrast edges, to blur edges too much, or to leave “squiggle” artifacts in textured areas.

* We often hear that Noise Ninja yields a more natural, “photographic” result compared to other solutions. Of course, you can create a completely plastic look with Noise Ninja if you push it too far, but you usually have to do this intentionally. (In fact, some of our customers in the fashion and cinema industries have been doing this for special effects.)

Of course, I’m not the most unbiased source of information, and different people have different preferences regarding aesthetics, user interfaces, workflow, etc. For anyone who’s curious, I’d suggest playing with the trial version of Noise Ninja to see if you like it, and send us an email if you have questions or problems.

I’ll be posting results from both NeatImage and Noise Ninja to my Flickr account soon enough. The TX1 is not a very good camera in low-light situations, and using the flash seems to produce an insane amount of “bulbs” on the photo.