About Erik Vlietinck

JPEGmini Pro

Compressing an image, especially a JPEG, to its smallest possible size often introduces ugly artifacts. JPEGmini Pro seeks to avoid that.

Capture One Pro 8

It was by no means a slow application, but version 8 of Capture One Pro has been updated with a new processing engine. I got my hands on a fresh copy and found several improvements that make it the choice of the professional, starting with its pristine, neutral demosaicing algorithm.

Akurat Lighting LL2120hc3 V-WHITE

Video lights for on-camera use with a color rendering index (CRI) of 98 are hard to find, but the aluminum Akurat LL2120hc3 V-WHITE fits in the palm of your hand, provides high brightness, has excellent build quality, and two white balance settings, all at a low price.

PhotoSweeper

PhotoSweeper works with Aperture, iPhoto, and Adobe Lightroom libraries and image folders to find duplicates and look-alikes based on time interval or by comparing histograms or pixels.

Snagit 3

TechSmith has recently overhauled its screen-capture utility, Snagit, and I tested Snagit 3 on the Mac.

Tonality Pro

Tonality Pro is a black-and-white photo editor that can be used as a standalone application or a plug-in to Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, or Apple Aperture.

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