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How to Copy Text from Quick Look, New Thunderbolt Hard Drives, Free PDF to Word Conversion, and More

This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2012.01.13

Mac notebook and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review. iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in iOS News Review. All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

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Copy Text from Quick Look Previews with a Terminal Command

I really miss Quick Look when I'm on my iPad or the two elderly Pismo PowerBooks I still have in daily production use running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Along with Spaces, Quick Look was among my favorite OS X 10.5 Leopard feature innovations.

However, not being able to select or copy text in Quick Look is a pain, albeit happily one that can be easily relieved via a cool tip from Mac Kung Fu author Keir Thomas posted by Macworld's Lex Friedman.

In short, to enable a hidden Finder setting that will activate selecting and copying text directly from the Quick Look window, just paste this code into Terminal and then press Return:

defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool TRUE; killall Finder

This Finder will restart, after which you'll be able to select any text out of any text document opened in Quick Look.

Products & Services

LaCie's Latest High-Speed Storage Solutions Featuring Thunderbolt Technology

PR: LaCie has announced its latest peripherals featuring Thunderbolt technology at the 2012 International CES. The new 2big Thunderbolt Series delivers speed, flexibility, and capacity, while the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series allows users to connect external eSATA drives to their new Macs. This announcement follows the unprecedented success of LaCie's Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series and further asserts the company's commitment to deliver high-quality products featuring Thunderbolt technology.

LaCie 2big Thunderbolt drive"LaCie is proud to offer the widest range of storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt technology," said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager, LaCie. "These products are some of the fastest and most flexible storage solutions on the market. They will dramatically accelerate the workflow of even the most demanding digital users."

2big Thunderbolt Series

With speeds up to three times faster than FireWire 800, the LaCie 2big also features RAID security, hot-swappable disks, daisy chain convenience, and a solid-aluminum casing. Heavy data users will appreciate capacities up to 8 TB with jaw-dropping transfer rates up to 311 MB/s. Daisy chaining multiple 2bigs even increases overall performance.

With the 2big, backups take a fraction of the time, letting the user back up more frequently. Videographers working in Final Cut Pro X or other professional software can even stream multiple HD video streams directly from the drive. Photographers using Lightroom or Aperture will notice significantly more responsive photo library browsing.

eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series

The eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series gives new life to existing eSATA drives with Thunderbolt innovation and backward compatibility. It connects to a late-model Mac via the Thunderbolt port and features two eSATA ports. This lets the user connect two eSATA external hard drives to the Hub and get full eSATA speeds on their new Mac. The Hub also features a second Thunderbolt port that lets the user connect other Thunderbolt peripherals. This means up to 12 eSATA drives (6x Dock, 2x eSATA links per Hub) can be connected via a single connection to a Mac with full eSATA 3 Gb/s speeds.

The 2big Thunderbolt Series and eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series will be available in the first quarter of 2012. Thunderbolt cables can be purchased separately on Apple.com.

Release is expected in March; prices have not been established.

G-Technology Mac Oriented External Drives Feature 2 New Hitachi GST Hard Drives

PR: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) at CES announced that it has added two new hard drives to its portfolio of storage products - the 1 TB Travelstar 5K1000 and the 4 TB Deskstar 7K4000. Both hard drives will ship in its line of G-Technology branded solutions, which are exclusively designed for the Apple Mac and content creation community.

G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile and G-DRIVE mobile USB with 1 TB Travelstar 5K1000 Hard Drives

Targeted to on-the-go Mac users, the G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile and G-DRIVE mobile USB are stylish and thin portable drives designed for use with your Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. With Mac plug and play simplicity, and storage capacities up to 1 TB using Hitachi 5,400 RPM drives, the G-DRIVE mobile solutions are ideal for storing important documents, MP3s, digital video and photo files.

Wrapped up in their enclosures is the new, rugged Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 hard drive - the first 1 TB 2.5" drive with a 6 Gb/s SATA interface, claimed to deliver the highest 5,400 RPM performance in both PCMark Vantage and PCMark7 testing. The G-DRIVE mobile offers both USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity for fast data transfers, while the G-DRIVE mobile USB offers the ubiquitous USB 2.0.

Both drives are Time Machine ready and are bus powered so when you're out and about you don't need to add an external AC power supply to your laptop case.

The new G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile USB drive will be shipping in limited quantities in January to online and retail stores. Suggested retail pricing will be $179.99 for 1 TB and $149.99 for 750 GB. The 1 TB G-DRIVE mobile will be shipping Q1'12 with an MSRP of $199.99.

G-Technology G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions with 4 TB Deskstar 7K4000, 7,200 RPM Hard Drives

Known for delivering performance, style and reliability, G-Technology's well-known G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions now feature Hitachi's massive 4 TB, 7,200 RPM Deskstar 7K4000 hard drives. The new power-efficient, high-quality and high-performance Deskstar 7K4000 drive boasts a 6 Gb/s SATA interface and 64 MB cache buffer, helping the G-DRIVE and G-RAID solutions provide quick access to data. Featuring only 7,200 RPM hard drives and an all-aluminum enclosure for a cool operation, both G-Technology external drives offer the ultimate in flexibility by providing 3 Gb/s eSATA, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via included cable) and USB 2.0 ports.

The G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions are formatted for Mac OS X systems out of the box and are Time Machine ready. A simple initialization is required to prepare the drives for use with Windows systems.

Specific product details include:

  • G-RAID - The G-Technology G-RAID is a dual drive RAID 0 storage solution with capacities up to 8 TB. Ideal for professional content creators, it supports simultaneous playback of multiple layers of HDV, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422 HQ with the leading video editing applications including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and many more. The G-RAID solution is capable of delivering up to 200 MB/second transfer rate when connected to any Mac or PC via eSATA. Its soft-touch On/Off switch and thermo-regulated smart fan keeps the G-RAID reliable, cool and quiet in the editing suite. Shipping in Q1'12, the 8 TB G-RAID will have an MSRP of $899.99.
  • G-DRIVE - The G-Technology G-DRIVE is a professional strength external hard drive in a single-drive desktop solution. With capacities now up to 4 TB, G-DRIVE is a high-performance solution for storage intensive applications including A/V editing, digital photography, music libraries, and high-speed data backup. The drive features a fanless cooling system for a quiet operation. The 4 TB G-Technology G-DRIVE will be shipping in limited quantities in Q1'12. Suggested retail pricing will be $449.99 for 4 TB, $349.99 for 3 TB, $249.99 for 2 TB and $199.99 for 1 TB.

"Whether you're looking for a RAID solution, desktop solution or portable hard drive, G-Technology continues to deliver the most trusted external storage solutions available," says Mike Williams, vice president and general manager of Hitachi GST Branded Business. "Our G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions have been the cornerstone in many gear bags and post production houses as content creators need big, fast and reliable storage. Our new solutions with Hitachi Travelstar and Deskstar hard drives are a welcomed addition to our family as they give our customers more tools with higher capacities to use in their digital environments."

Hitachi GST will be shipping its Travelstar 5K1000 and Deskstar 7K4000 drives to OEMs, distributors and channel partners in Q1 2012.

Hitachi GST has been acquired by Western Digital, with the deal anticipated to close place by March 2012.

Note that G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions greater than 2 TB are not supported by Windows XP or older 32-bit operating systems, which limit maximum volume size to 2.2 TB. G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions greater than 2 TB are compatible with Mac OS X, Windows Vista or other 64-bit operating systems.

Victorinox Swiss Army Unveils Pocket-sized Terabyte Storage Device at 2012 CES

PR: At the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, iconic brand Victorinox Swiss Army (VSA), the exclusive marketer of Victorinox USB Flash Memory devices, has announced the launch of two new portable storage additions-the Victorinox SSD and Victorinox Slim 3.0. VSA brings more than 125 years of trusted precision, quality, function, and versatility to its newest consumer electronics innovations, which is a burgeoning product category for the brand.

Victorinox Slim 3.0The Victorinox SSD (Solid State Drive) and Victorinox Slim 3.0 USBs offer unprecedented data storage capacity with security measures fit for protecting the most confidential of personal and professional documents. Each pocket-sized device packs anywhere from 16 GB to 1 TB of storage capacity, is equipped to withstand a range of environmental and daily use factors, and remains true to the Swiss Army legacy of flawlessly designed products that endure.

"The Victorinox Swiss Army brand is synonymous with everyday "survival" tools and we continue to evolve our product offerings in the electronics division to provide solutions for living in a technology-focused world," says Andrea Huder, Head of Electronics for Victorinox. "The addition of the Victorinox SSD and Slim 3.0 to the flash USB line provides consumers with a quick and reliable way to store, transport and protect their personal and professional documents."

The need for large capacity storage devices has skyrocketed as consumers and businesses access, catalog, and maintain thousands of data-intensive applications as part of their everyday lives. The Victorinox SSD addresses this opportunity by holding a terabyte of storage - the equivalent of 220 million pages of text, almost two years of uninterrupted music, or 330,000 3 MB photos - in a pocket-sized device. Some key features and benefits of the Victorinox SSD include:

  • World's smallest high-capacity SSD drive on the market to-date
  • Variety of storage capacities: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, and 1 TB
  • World's only SSD device with only one connector that fits into USB 2/3 and eSATA 2/3 connectors
  • World's only SSD device with a Bi-Stable graphic display (E-Paper software) for labeling contents
  • Handles automatic backup and synchronization issues in unhacked AES 256 security (combination hardware and software)
  • Each SSD comes equipped with two knife bodies, between which the drive can easily be interchanged - one is flight-friendly and the other includes traditional Swiss Army Knife implements (blade, scissors, nail file/screwdriver combo)

The Victorinox Slim 3.0 also combines portable data storage with stylish design. Faster in read/write speeds than a USB 2.0 flash drive can offer, the 3.0 is available in four storage capacities and four timeless colors: black, Victorinox red, forest green, and navy blue. Also available is the classic ruby with Swiss Army Knife implements (blade, scissors, nail file/screw driver combo)

At the show, VSA is also unveiling a new limited-edition collection that makes the technology of three existing solutions visible to the eye. Each product will have a transparent knife handle, exposing the internal hardware, and will be complemented by clear cube packaging that gives the appearance of the device floating in suspension. VSA only produced between 1,000 and 4,000 pieces of each limited edition product, which will be available in April 2012:

  • Victorinox Secure - Featuring a removable USB flash drive with integrated biometric fingerprint reader and loaded with proprietary Secure software, the device comes in 64 GB and 128 GB capacities and comes equipped with two knife bodies. The drive can easily be interchanged between the flight-friendly body without implements and the non-flight model which includes scissors, blade,nail file with a screwdriver tip, and a combo LED/laser pointer
  • Victorinox Presentation Master - Also available in 64 GB and 128 GB capacities with flight-friendly and non-flight knife bodies, this removable USB flash drive features a Bluetooth remote control, laser pointer, biometric fingerprint reader, and is loaded with the Secure software
  • Victorinox Flash - Available in a 128 GB capacity, equipped with flight and non-flight knife bodies, the Flash combines all the functionality of a Swiss Army Knife with a USB flash drive

Wondershare Free Online PDF to Word Conversion

PR: Wondershare has announced a new Free PDF to Word Online service, providing users a new, fast, free service to convert PDF to Word 100% online.

Convert your PDF to editable Word documents for free: Convert PDFs to Word online one at a time, or try Wondershare's PDF Converter on Desktop app to convert all of your files in one fell swoop. Exclusive features for the desktop app include:

  • Batch convert up to 200 PDF files at one go.
  • Convert a 100-page PDF file within 1 minute.
  • Select to convert PDF pages or page ranges.

Wondershare Free PDF to Word Online enables users to convert native and encrypted PDF files to Microsoft Word 2003/2007 and RTF while preserving 100% of original formatting and layout.

Software

Snapheal: Low Cost Photo Enhancement

PR: Snapheal is a new photo app for Mac and it can do magic. In a matter of minutes and just few clicks you can dramatically enhance your photos. Snapheal allows you to erase unwanted objects from the photo, make skin imperfections vanish, delete text, enhance images with clone & stamp tool and much more at a rocking price.

Here is what you can do:

  • Remove unwanted objects from the image
  • Make skin imperfections vanish
  • Erase unwanted text (watermarks, etc.)
  • Dramatically enhance photos with clone & stamp tool
  • Lighten dark areas
  • Sharpen images
  • Add blur
  • Adjust saturation, gamma, light levels, shadows and much more

Snapheal uses three unique patented technologies to help you achieve excellent results in deleting unwanted objects from an image. There are special algorithms for erasing big and small objects, for skin healing, for deleting text, and so forth. Choose the algorithm, paint over the area you want to delete and Snapheal will do the same.

You can also lighten dark images, reduce noise, sharpen images, add shadows and more. Snapheal features over 20 different tools to enhance and fix images and lets you edit the whole image or just a specific part of it.

  • Erase Tool - Erase objects, which look unnecessary; remove skin imperfections; delete unwanted text and more.
  • Clone & Stamp - The tool that every photographer needs. Clone & Stamp lets you dramatically enhance image by painting one part of the image over another. You can duplicate objects or fix imperfections on the photo. If you need help, check the built-in video tutorials. Snapheal gives you video tips on how to use each and every tool.
  • Retouch Studio - A set of handy tools to enhance specific parts of the image. You can adjust contrast and saturation, sharpen specific area, lighten dark images or fix the pictures with too much light on them. All is done in seconds: you pick the adjustment, set the brush size and paint over the area that needs improvements. Snapheal lets you preview the result live.
  • Image Adjust Toolbox - 10 most essential tools to make your photos look perfect. Use sliders to adjust brightness, contrast, exposure, color temperature, hue, and saturation. You can also lighten shadows, darken highlights, sharpen image, or reduce noise on the photo. Unlike in retouch studio, where you apply enhancements to a specific area of the image, tools in this panel help you fix the whole image at once.
  • Crop, rotate, and flip functions
  • Support of practically all image formats, including RAW
  • Support of resolution up to 32 megapixels
  • Built-in video tutorials and tips
  • Possibility to import pics from Aperture and iPhoto albums
  • Possibility to export images to iPhoto or share via most popular social networks (Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Snapheal is an excellent tool to get rid of skin imperfections. You can Import photos from your Aperture or iPhoto albums, quickly fix them and send back to iPhoto. Plus you can share your creations via popular social networks - Facebook, Tumbrl, Twitter, Flickr, and more.

The most essential tools are fit into the program's user interface, which lets you preview the results, compare the resulting image with the original, switch between tool panels with a click and was created to help you make perfect photos easy.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Limited time - 70% off regular $19.99 price - $5.99

Corel AfterShot Pro Takes on Adobe Lightroom

Corel AfterShot ProPR: Corel AfterShot Pro is a fast, flexible photo workflow solution that combines robust photo management, advanced nondestructive adjustments and complete RAW processing. Organize your photos in catalogs or folders. Find images quickly with extensive Metadata tools that let you search by camera settings, keywords, tags and more. Experiment with and alter images freely with nondestructive adjustment tools and apply enhancements precisely with selective editing. Easily output your work for albums, web sites or client review. With RAW support, powerful batch processing and incredible speed, AfterShot Pro is a fast way to professional-looking photos.

"Corel has done a fantastic job of taking full advantage of multicore CPUs that are shipping in a broad range of AMD VISION PCs. For instance, on our FX-8150 8-core desktop machines, we found performance increases of as much as 605 percent - an impressive speed improvement over the already fast experience we saw with a single core enabled. For photographers working with hundreds of images at a time, this is a huge time savings," says John Taylor, Director of Client Product and Software Marketing for AMD.

  • RAW power - Make the most of the extra detail and data in your RAW images with ultra-fast RAW processing and incredibly color-accurate images.
  • Flexible photo management - Create a digital photography workflow that works for you with robust photo management, flexible organization options and powerful search tools.
  • Nondestructive adjustments - Correct and enhance photos with a wide range of nondestructive editing tools - while ensuring your originals are always protected.
  • High-speed output - Quickly generate output for albums, web sites or client review using Batch Output options and a variety of standard and customizable template layouts.
  • Customizable Asset Management - Unlike other workflow tools, AfterShot Pro does not force you to import your images into a catalog just to work with them. You are free to access your photos in existing folders, on a network or on a memory card. If you wish, you can create AfterShot Pro catalogs, then take advantage of powerful digital asset management tools to organize your collection as it grows.
  • Robust Search Tools - Finding the right photo in a collection of hundreds or thousands is fast with the Metadata tools in AfterShot Pro. Add your own searchable keywords, ratings, tags and labels. Or search by camera-written data like date, camera type, settings, aperture and more.
  • Quick review - Easily compare, filter and select your best photos from any number of similar shots.

Advanced, Nondestructive Editing

  • Powerful Adjustments - Whether you're shooting in RAW or JPEG, you can alter your photos using a wide variety of adjustment tools, including Crop, Straighten, Highlight Recovery, Noise Removal, Color and more.
  • Multi-versioning editing - Easily make adjustments to multiple versions of your master photo for virtually unlimited ways to experiment with correction options and customizable presets, including Black & White, Cross Processing and more.
  • With the nondestructive adjustment tools in AfterShot Pro, you can correct and enhance photos without ever altering the originals. Apply intelligent or automatic adjustments, including Exposure Control, Color Corrections, White Balance, Noise Reduction, Curves and Levels, Lens Correction and many more.
  • Selective Editing - Apply adjustments exactly where you want them with unique Layers and Regions capabilities that isolate precise areas of your photo for adjustment.
  • Heal and Clone tools - Remove distracting elements from photos with Heal and Clone tools. Use Heal for small elements like dust or blemishes. Choose Clone for larger distractions that need to be covered by sampling another area of your photo.
  • Perfectly Clear - Quickly optimize your images with Perfectly Clear, award-winning technology from Athentech Technologies Inc. Perfectly Clear automatically adjusts lighting for every pixel in a shot while maintaining true color and zero clipping. It also removes abnormal tint and restores faded photos.
  • Creative enhancement - Dive into the world of creative photo editing by sending your images to Corel PaintShop Pro X4 or other image editing programs on Windows, Mac OS or Linux. PaintShop Pro offers hundreds of photo-editing features and pro-level effects for advanced image manipulation, photo compositing and more.
  • Noise Ninja - Reduce noise while preserving detail with Noise Ninja by PictureCode, Inc. You'll get natural-looking results without artifacts with this state-of-the-art technology
  • High-Speed Output - Create Web Galleries - Quickly create a web gallery to share your images online with friends, colleagues or clients. Choose from various gallery styles to control how your photos are displayed.
  • Protect your work - Use batches to easily back up and archive your AfterShot Pro catalogs.
  • Batch output - Process images quickly according to predefined output settings, such as output to JPEG, PDF, create contact sheets or standard print sizes and more. You can also modify Batch settings or create your own custom Batch process that suits your workflow.
  • Output generation - The Batch Output tools in AfterShot Pro let you create final images quickly. Print in various template layouts, including contact sheets and standard print sizes, or output to PDF. Back up and archive catalogs, and create web galleries to showcase your work.
  • Asset Management - Whether you are simply reviewing shots or building a searchable library of thousands of images, AfterShot Pro has the tools to support the asset management phase of your workflow. Search photos quickly with powerful Metadata tools that can include your own tagging or information added by your camera.

System Requirements

Macintosh:

  • Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7
  • All Intel Mac models are supported
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 250 MB of free hard drive space
  • Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 600
  • CD-ROM drive

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with the latest service packs installed (32-bit or 64-bit editions)
  • Intel Pentium 4 or later or AMD Athlon 64 or later
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 250 MB hard drive space
  • Mouse or tablet
  • Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 600
  • CD-ROM drive

Linux:

  • Fedora Core 10 or Ubuntu 8.04 or later (32-bit or 64-bit distributions)
  • Intel Pentium 4 or later or AMD Athlon 64 or later
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 250 MB of free hard drive space
  • Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 600
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Dependencies: GLib 2.4, KDE or GNOME recommended
  • Enable desktop compositing recommended
  • 64-bit distributions require 32-bit compatibility libraries (ia32-libs)

Formats Supported: RAW file support from most leading camera manufacturers: ARW, CR2, CRW, DCR, DNG, MRW, NEF, NRW, ORF, PEF, RAW, RW2, RWL, SR2, JPEG, TIF

Corel's AfterShot Pro sells for $99.99

Adobe Revel: Manage and Share Your Photo Library from Your Mac or iDevice

PR: Adobe Systems Incorporated's newly rechristened Adobe Revel (formerly Adobe Carousel) easily brings all your photos together in a single photo library you can access from your iPad, iPhone, and Mac. No storage issues or manual syncing hassles.

Adobe Revel for iPadNot only can you enjoy your photos anywhere you are, you can also make them look terrific using the same powerful photo-processing technology that's in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software. And you can easily create the ultimate family photo hub by sharing a photo library with family members and inviting them to contribute shots and weigh in on favorites.

To enable the seamless, multi-device experience on all of your iPads, iPhones, and Macs, Adobe Revel requires an active subscription. Simply purchase your subscription from your iPad or iPhone. You can start with a 30-day complimentary subscription Subscriptions sell for the introductory price of $5.99 a month or $59.99 per year. Offer expires January 31, 2012. A single subscription lets you use Revel in virtually the same ways on all your iPads, iPhones, and Macs. Each Adobe Revel subscription comes with five photo carousels. You can import as many photos as you want into each photo carousel, and you can share each photo carousel with up to five other people. In order to use Adobe Revel, you must also sign up for an Adobe ID. Your Adobe ID is what connects all your devices to your Adobe Revel photo library.

To import photos in your devices camera roll, you need to allow access to Location Services on your device.

Revel Features

  • Add photos to Adobe Revel on your iPad, iPhone, or Mac, and you'll instantly have access to them in Revel on your other iPad, iPhone, and Mac devices.
  • Stylish Looks.
  • Make manual adjustments to white-balance, exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance, and more.
  • Use preset Looks to change the look and feel of your photos
  • Crop, rotate, and flip photos.
  • Experiment endlessly knowing Adobe Revel always preserves your original photo.
  • Easily create a family photo hub. Just invite family members to add photos to your library via their own Adobe Revel apps, and let them flag their favorites.
  • Use familiar multitouch gestures to browse thousands of photos or quickly find and fill the screen with one great shot.
  • Send your photos straight from Revel to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr.
  • Snap new photos right from Revel on your iPhone or iPad, and they'll instantly appear in your photo library on all your devices.
  • Export photos to your hard drive so you can use other apps and services to create photo books and keepsakes.
  • Import, edit, and share all your JPEGs, the most common file format for photos.
  • Delete a photo from Adobe Revel to delete it everywhere, forever. But if you delete a photo from the hard drive on your Mac or the camera roll on your iDevice, Adobe Revel will restore the file to your photo library.
  • There's no limit to how many photos you can import, and there's no limit on the resolution or size of individual photos as long as they are JPEGs.
  • View your photos fullscreen in either landscape or portrait mode on your mobile device.
  • Photos are grouped by date which makes it easy to find and view the photos you want. See all the details by filling the screen with a single photo using Loupe view.
  • Works over WiFi and 3G.

New in Version 1.1

  • Adobe Carousel is now called Adobe Revel
  • Support for Landscape orientation in Loupe view on the iPhone
  • Automatically import photos from the Camera Roll on your iPhone and iPad
  • Flickr is now supported as a sharing destination
  • Store Originals has been renamed Keep All Originals
  • Bug fixes

System Requirements Mac:

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit processor

System Requirements for iOS:

  • Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad
  • Requires iOS 4.2 or later

Adobe Revel will also become available for Android and Windows in the future.

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How to Copy Text from Quick Look, New Thunderbolt Hard Drives, Free PDF to Word Conversion, and More

This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2012.01.13

Mac notebook and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review. iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in iOS News Review. All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

News & Opinion

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News & Opinion

Copy Text from Quick Look Previews with a Terminal Command

I really miss Quick Look when I'm on my iPad or the two elderly Pismo PowerBooks I still have in daily production use running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Along with Spaces, Quick Look was among my favorite OS X 10.5 Leopard feature innovations.

However, not being able to select or copy text in Quick Look is a pain, albeit happily one that can be easily relieved via a cool tip from Mac Kung Fu author Keir Thomas posted by Macworld's Lex Friedman.

In short, to enable a hidden Finder setting that will activate selecting and copying text directly from the Quick Look window, just paste this code into Terminal and then press Return:

defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool TRUE; killall Finder

This Finder will restart, after which you'll be able to select any text out of any text document opened in Quick Look.

Products & Services

LaCie's Latest High-Speed Storage Solutions Featuring Thunderbolt Technology

PR: LaCie has announced its latest peripherals featuring Thunderbolt technology at the 2012 International CES. The new 2big Thunderbolt Series delivers speed, flexibility, and capacity, while the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series allows users to connect external eSATA drives to their new Macs. This announcement follows the unprecedented success of LaCie's Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series and further asserts the company's commitment to deliver high-quality products featuring Thunderbolt technology.

"LaCie is proud to offer the widest range of storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt technology," said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager, LaCie. "These products are some of the fastest and most flexible storage solutions on the market. They will dramatically accelerate the workflow of even the most demanding digital users."

2big Thunderbolt Series

With speeds up to three times faster than FireWire 800, the LaCie 2big also features RAID security, hot-swappable disks, daisy chain convenience, and a solid-aluminum casing. Heavy data users will appreciate capacities up to 8 TB with jaw-dropping transfer rates up to 311 MB/s. Daisy chaining multiple 2bigs even increases overall performance.

With the 2big, backups take a fraction of the time, letting the user back up more frequently. Videographers working in Final Cut Pro X or other professional software can even stream multiple HD video streams directly from the drive. Photographers using Lightroom or Aperture will notice significantly more responsive photo library browsing.

eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series

The eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series gives new life to existing eSATA drives with Thunderbolt innovation and backward compatibility. It connects to a late-model Mac via the Thunderbolt port and features two eSATA ports. This lets the user connect two eSATA external hard drives to the Hub and get full eSATA speeds on their new Mac. The Hub also features a second Thunderbolt port that lets the user connect other Thunderbolt peripherals. This means up to 12 eSATA drives (6x Dock, 2x eSATA links per Hub) can be connected via a single connection to a Mac with full eSATA 3 Gb/s speeds.

The 2big Thunderbolt Series and eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series will be available in the first quarter of 2012. Thunderbolt cables can be purchased separately on Apple.com.

Release is expected in March; prices have not been established.

G-Technology Mac Oriented External Drives Feature 2 New Hitachi GST Hard Drives

PR: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) at CES announced that it has added two new hard drives to its portfolio of storage products - the 1 TB Travelstar 5K1000 and the 4 TB Deskstar 7K4000. Both hard drives will ship in its line of G-Technology branded solutions, which are exclusively designed for the Apple Mac and content creation community.

G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile and G-DRIVE mobile USB with 1 TB Travelstar 5K1000 Hard Drives

Targeted to on-the-go Mac users, the G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile and G-DRIVE mobile USB are stylish and thin portable drives designed for use with your Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. With Mac plug and play simplicity, and storage capacities up to 1 TB using Hitachi 5,400 RPM drives, the G-DRIVE mobile solutions are ideal for storing important documents, MP3s, digital video and photo files.

Wrapped up in their enclosures is the new, rugged Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 hard drive - the first 1 TB 2.5" drive with a 6 Gb/s SATA interface, claimed to deliver the highest 5,400 RPM performance in both PCMark Vantage and PCMark7 testing. The G-DRIVE mobile offers both USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity for fast data transfers, while the G-DRIVE mobile USB offers the ubiquitous USB 2.0.

Both drives are Time Machine ready and are bus powered so when you're out and about you don't need to add an external AC power supply to your laptop case.

The new G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile USB drive will be shipping in limited quantities in January to online and retail stores. Suggested retail pricing will be $179.99 for 1 TB and $149.99 for 750 GB. The 1 TB G-DRIVE mobile will be shipping Q1'12 with an MSRP of $199.99.

G-Technology G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions with 4 TB Deskstar 7K4000, 7,200 RPM Hard Drives

Known for delivering performance, style and reliability, G-Technology's well-known G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions now feature Hitachi's massive 4 TB, 7,200 RPM Deskstar 7K4000 hard drives. The new power-efficient, high-quality and high-performance Deskstar 7K4000 drive boasts a 6 Gb/s SATA interface and 64 MB cache buffer, helping the G-DRIVE and G-RAID solutions provide quick access to data. Featuring only 7,200 RPM hard drives and an all-aluminum enclosure for a cool operation, both G-Technology external drives offer the ultimate in flexibility by providing 3 Gb/s eSATA, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via included cable) and USB 2.0 ports.

The G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions are formatted for Mac OS X systems out of the box and are Time Machine ready. A simple initialization is required to prepare the drives for use with Windows systems.

Specific product details include:

  • G-RAID - The G-Technology G-RAID is a dual drive RAID 0 storage solution with capacities up to 8 TB. Ideal for professional content creators, it supports simultaneous playback of multiple layers of HDV, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422 HQ with the leading video editing applications including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and many more. The G-RAID solution is capable of delivering up to 200 MB/second transfer rate when connected to any Mac or PC via eSATA. Its soft-touch On/Off switch and thermo-regulated smart fan keeps the G-RAID reliable, cool and quiet in the editing suite. Shipping in Q1'12, the 8 TB G-RAID will have an MSRP of $899.99.
  • G-DRIVE - The G-Technology G-DRIVE is a professional strength external hard drive in a single-drive desktop solution. With capacities now up to 4 TB, G-DRIVE is a high-performance solution for storage intensive applications including A/V editing, digital photography, music libraries, and high-speed data backup. The drive features a fanless cooling system for a quiet operation. The 4 TB G-Technology G-DRIVE will be shipping in limited quantities in Q1'12. Suggested retail pricing will be $449.99 for 4 TB, $349.99 for 3 TB, $249.99 for 2 TB and $199.99 for 1 TB.

"Whether you're looking for a RAID solution, desktop solution or portable hard drive, G-Technology continues to deliver the most trusted external storage solutions available," says Mike Williams, vice president and general manager of Hitachi GST Branded Business. "Our G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions have been the cornerstone in many gear bags and post production houses as content creators need big, fast and reliable storage. Our new solutions with Hitachi Travelstar and Deskstar hard drives are a welcomed addition to our family as they give our customers more tools with higher capacities to use in their digital environments."

Hitachi GST will be shipping its Travelstar 5K1000 and Deskstar 7K4000 drives to OEMs, distributors and channel partners in Q1 2012.

Hitachi GST has been acquired by Western Digital, with the deal anticipated to close place by March 2012.

Note that G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions greater than 2 TB are not supported by Windows XP or older 32-bit operating systems, which limit maximum volume size to 2.2 TB. G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions greater than 2 TB are compatible with Mac OS X, Windows Vista or other 64-bit operating systems.

Victorinox Swiss Army Unveils Pocket-sized Terabyte Storage Device at 2012 CES

PR: At the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, iconic brand Victorinox Swiss Army (VSA), the exclusive marketer of Victorinox USB Flash Memory devices, has announced the launch of two new portable storage additions-the Victorinox SSD and Victorinox Slim 3.0. VSA brings more than 125 years of trusted precision, quality, function, and versatility to its newest consumer electronics innovations, which is a burgeoning product category for the brand.

The Victorinox SSD (Solid State Drive) and Victorinox Slim 3.0 USBs offer unprecedented data storage capacity with security measures fit for protecting the most confidential of personal and professional documents. Each pocket-sized device packs anywhere from 16 GB to 1 TB of storage capacity, is equipped to withstand a range of environmental and daily use factors, and remains true to the Swiss Army legacy of flawlessly designed products that endure.

"The Victorinox Swiss Army brand is synonymous with everyday "survival" tools and we continue to evolve our product offerings in the electronics division to provide solutions for living in a technology-focused world," says Andrea Huder, Head of Electronics for Victorinox. "The addition of the Victorinox SSD and Slim 3.0 to the flash USB line provides consumers with a quick and reliable way to store, transport and protect their personal and professional documents."

The need for large capacity storage devices has skyrocketed as consumers and businesses access, catalog, and maintain thousands of data-intensive applications as part of their everyday lives. The Victorinox SSD addresses this opportunity by holding a terabyte of storage - the equivalent of 220 million pages of text, almost two years of uninterrupted music, or 330,000 3 MB photos - in a pocket-sized device. Some key features and benefits of the Victorinox SSD include:

  • World's smallest high-capacity SSD drive on the market to-date
  • Variety of storage capacities: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, and 1 TB
  • World's only SSD device with only one connector that fits into USB 2/3 and eSATA 2/3 connectors
  • World's only SSD device with a Bi-Stable graphic display (E-Paper software) for labeling contents
  • Handles automatic backup and synchronization issues in unhacked AES 256 security (combination hardware and software)
  • Each SSD comes equipped with two knife bodies, between which the drive can easily be interchanged - one is flight-friendly and the other includes traditional Swiss Army Knife implements (blade, scissors, nail file/screwdriver combo)

The Victorinox Slim 3.0 also combines portable data storage with stylish design. Faster in read/write speeds than a USB 2.0 flash drive can offer, the 3.0 is available in four storage capacities and four timeless colors: black, Victorinox red, forest green, and navy blue. Also available is the classic ruby with Swiss Army Knife implements (blade, scissors, nail file/screw driver combo)

At the show, VSA is also unveiling a new limited-edition collection that makes the technology of three existing solutions visible to the eye. Each product will have a transparent knife handle, exposing the internal hardware, and will be complemented by clear cube packaging that gives the appearance of the device floating in suspension. VSA only produced between 1,000 and 4,000 pieces of each limited edition product, which will be available in April 2012:

  • Victorinox Secure - Featuring a removable USB flash drive with integrated biometric fingerprint reader and loaded with proprietary Secure software, the device comes in 64 GB and 128 GB capacities and comes equipped with two knife bodies. The drive can easily be interchanged between the flight-friendly body without implements and the non-flight model which includes scissors, blade,nail file with a screwdriver tip, and a combo LED/laser pointer
  • Victorinox Presentation Master - Also available in 64 GB and 128 GB capacities with flight-friendly and non-flight knife bodies, this removable USB flash drive features a Bluetooth remote control, laser pointer, biometric fingerprint reader, and is loaded with the Secure software
  • Victorinox Flash - Available in a 128 GB capacity, equipped with flight and non-flight knife bodies, the Flash combines all the functionality of a Swiss Army Knife with a USB flash drive

Wondershare Free Online PDF to Word Conversion

PR: Wondershare has announced a new Free PDF to Word Online service, providing users a new, fast, free service to convert PDF to Word 100% online.

Wondershare Free PDF to Word ConversionConvert your PDF to editable Word documents for free: Convert PDFs to Word online one at a time, or try Wondershare's PDF Converter on Desktop app to convert all of your files in one fell swoop. Exclusive features for the desktop app include:

  • Batch convert up to 200 PDF files at one go.
  • Convert a 100-page PDF file within 1 minute.
  • Select to convert PDF pages or page ranges.

Wondershare Free PDF to Word Online enables users to convert native and encrypted PDF files to Microsoft Word 2003/2007 and RTF while preserving 100% of original formatting and layout.

Software

Snapheal: Low Cost Photo Enhancement

PR: Snapheal is a new photo app for Mac and it can do magic. In a matter of minutes and just few clicks you can dramatically enhance your photos. Snapheal allows you to erase unwanted objects from the photo, make skin imperfections vanish, delete text, enhance images with clone & stamp tool and much more at a rocking price.

SnapHealHere is what you can do:

  • Remove unwanted objects from the image
  • Make skin imperfections vanish
  • Erase unwanted text (watermarks, etc.)
  • Dramatically enhance photos with clone & stamp tool
  • Lighten dark areas
  • Sharpen images
  • Add blur
  • Adjust saturation, gamma, light levels, shadows and much more

Snapheal uses three unique patented technologies to help you achieve excellent results in deleting unwanted objects from an image. There are special algorithms for erasing big and small objects, for skin healing, for deleting text, and so forth. Choose the algorithm, paint over the area you want to delete and Snapheal will do the same.

You can also lighten dark images, reduce noise, sharpen images, add shadows and more. Snapheal features over 20 different tools to enhance and fix images and lets you edit the whole image or just a specific part of it.

  • SnapHealErase Tool - Erase objects, which look unnecessary; remove skin imperfections; delete unwanted text and more.
  • Clone & Stamp - The tool that every photographer needs. Clone & Stamp lets you dramatically enhance image by painting one part of the image over another. You can duplicate objects or fix imperfections on the photo. If you need help, check the built-in video tutorials. Snapheal gives you video tips on how to use each and every tool.
  • Retouch Studio - A set of handy tools to enhance specific parts of the image. You can adjust contrast and saturation, sharpen specific area, lighten dark images or fix the pictures with too much light on them. All is done in seconds: you pick the adjustment, set the brush size and paint over the area that needs improvements. Snapheal lets you preview the result live.
  • Image Adjust Toolbox - 10 most essential tools to make your photos look perfect. Use sliders to adjust brightness, contrast, exposure, color temperature, hue, and saturation. You can also lighten shadows, darken highlights, sharpen image, or reduce noise on the photo. Unlike in retouch studio, where you apply enhancements to a specific area of the image, tools in this panel help you fix the whole image at once.
  • Crop, rotate, and flip functions
  • Support of practically all image formats, including RAW
  • Support of resolution up to 32 megapixels
  • Built-in video tutorials and tips
  • Possibility to import pics from Aperture and iPhoto albums
  • Possibility to export images to iPhoto or share via most popular social networks (Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Snapheal is an excellent tool to get rid of skin imperfections. You can Import photos from your Aperture or iPhoto albums, quickly fix them and send back to iPhoto. Plus you can share your creations via popular social networks - Facebook, Tumbrl, Twitter, Flickr, and more.

The most essential tools are fit into the program's user interface, which lets you preview the results, compare the resulting image with the original, switch between tool panels with a click and was created to help you make perfect photos easy.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Limited time - 70% off regular $19.99 price - $5.99

Corel AfterShot Pro Takes on Adobe Lightroom

PR: Corel AfterShot Pro is a fast, flexible photo workflow solution that combines robust photo management, advanced nondestructive adjustments and complete RAW processing. Organize your photos in catalogs or folders. Find images quickly with extensive Metadata tools that let you search by camera settings, keywords, tags and more. Experiment with and alter images freely with nondestructive adjustment tools and apply enhancements precisely with selective editing. Easily output your work for albums, web sites or client review. With RAW support, powerful batch processing and incredible speed, AfterShot Pro is a fast way to professional-looking photos.

"Corel has done a fantastic job of taking full advantage of multicore CPUs that are shipping in a broad range of AMD VISION PCs. For instance, on our FX-8150 8-core desktop machines, we found performance increases of as much as 605 percent - an impressive speed improvement over the already fast experience we saw with a single core enabled. For photographers working with hundreds of images at a time, this is a huge time savings," says John Taylor, Director of Client Product and Software Marketing for AMD.

  • RAW power - Make the most of the extra detail and data in your RAW images with ultra-fast RAW processing and incredibly color-accurate images.
  • Flexible photo management - Create a digital photography workflow that works for you with robust photo management, flexible organization options and powerful search tools.
  • Nondestructive adjustments - Correct and enhance photos with a wide range of nondestructive editing tools - while ensuring your originals are always protected.
  • High-speed output - Quickly generate output for albums, web sites or client review using Batch Output options and a variety of standard and customizable template layouts.
  • Customizable Asset Management - Unlike other workflow tools, AfterShot Pro does not force you to import your images into a catalog just to work with them. You are free to access your photos in existing folders, on a network or on a memory card. If you wish, you can create AfterShot Pro catalogs, then take advantage of powerful digital asset management tools to organize your collection as it grows.
  • Robust Search Tools - Finding the right photo in a collection of hundreds or thousands is fast with the Metadata tools in AfterShot Pro. Add your own searchable keywords, ratings, tags and labels. Or search by camera-written data like date, camera type, settings, aperture and more.
  • Quick review in Corel Aftershot ProQuick review - Easily compare, filter and select your best photos from any number of similar shots.

Advanced, Nondestructive Editing

  • Powerful Adjustments - Whether you're shooting in RAW or JPEG, you can alter your photos using a wide variety of adjustment tools, including Crop, Straighten, Highlight Recovery, Noise Removal, Color and more.
  • Multi-versioning editing - Easily make adjustments to multiple versions of your master photo for virtually unlimited ways to experiment with correction options and customizable presets, including Black & White, Cross Processing and more.
  • With the nondestructive adjustment tools in AfterShot Pro, you can correct and enhance photos without ever altering the originals. Apply intelligent or automatic adjustments, including Exposure Control, Color Corrections, White Balance, Noise Reduction, Curves and Levels, Lens Correction and many more.
  • Selective Editing - Apply adjustments exactly where you want them with unique Layers and Regions capabilities that isolate precise areas of your photo for adjustment.
  • Heal and Clone tools - Remove distracting elements from photos with Heal and Clone tools. Use Heal for small elements like dust or blemishes. Choose Clone for larger distractions that need to be covered by sampling another area of your photo.
  • ClearView in Corel Aftershot ProPerfectly Clear - Quickly optimize your images with Perfectly Clear, award-winning technology from Athentech Technologies Inc. Perfectly Clear automatically adjusts lighting for every pixel in a shot while maintaining true color and zero clipping. It also removes abnormal tint and restores faded photos.
  • Creative enhancement - Dive into the world of creative photo editing by sending your images to Corel PaintShop Pro X4 or other image editing programs on Windows, Mac OS or Linux. PaintShop Pro offers hundreds of photo-editing features and pro-level effects for advanced image manipulation, photo compositing and more.
  • Noise Ninja - Reduce noise while preserving detail with Noise Ninja by PictureCode, Inc. You'll get natural-looking results without artifacts with this state-of-the-art technology
  • High-Speed Output - Create Web Galleries - Quickly create a web gallery to share your images online with friends, colleagues or clients. Choose from various gallery styles to control how your photos are displayed.
  • Protect your work - Use batches to easily back up and archive your AfterShot Pro catalogs.
  • Batch output - Process images quickly according to predefined output settings, such as output to JPEG, PDF, create contact sheets or standard print sizes and more. You can also modify Batch settings or create your own custom Batch process that suits your workflow.
  • Output generation - The Batch Output tools in AfterShot Pro let you create final images quickly. Print in various template layouts, including contact sheets and standard print sizes, or output to PDF. Back up and archive catalogs, and create web galleries to showcase your work.
  • Asset Management - Whether you are simply reviewing shots or building a searchable library of thousands of images, AfterShot Pro has the tools to support the asset management phase of your workflow. Search photos quickly with powerful Metadata tools that can include your own tagging or information added by your camera.

System Requirements

Macintosh:

  • Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7
  • All Intel Mac models are supported
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 250 MB of free hard drive space
  • Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 600
  • CD-ROM drive

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with the latest service packs installed (32-bit or 64-bit editions)
  • Intel Pentium 4 or later or AMD Athlon 64 or later
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 250 MB hard drive space
  • Mouse or tablet
  • Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 600
  • CD-ROM drive

Linux:

  • Fedora Core 10 or Ubuntu 8.04 or later (32-bit or 64-bit distributions)
  • Intel Pentium 4 or later or AMD Athlon 64 or later
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 250 MB of free hard drive space
  • Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 600
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Dependencies: GLib 2.4, KDE or GNOME recommended
  • Enable desktop compositing recommended
  • 64-bit distributions require 32-bit compatibility libraries (ia32-libs)

Formats Supported: RAW file support from most leading camera manufacturers: ARW, CR2, CRW, DCR, DNG, MRW, NEF, NRW, ORF, PEF, RAW, RW2, RWL, SR2, JPEG, TIF

Corel's AfterShot Pro sells for $99.99

Adobe Revel: Manage and Share Your Photo Library from Your Mac or iDevice

Adobe Revel for MacPR: Adobe Systems Incorporated's newly rechristened Adobe Revel (formerly Adobe Carousel) easily brings all your photos together in a single photo library you can access from your iPad, iPhone, and Mac. No storage issues or manual syncing hassles.

Not only can you enjoy your photos anywhere you are, you can also make them look terrific using the same powerful photo-processing technology that's in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software. And you can easily create the ultimate family photo hub by sharing a photo library with family members and inviting them to contribute shots and weigh in on favorites.

To enable the seamless, multi-device experience on all of your iPads, iPhones, and Macs, Adobe Revel requires an active subscription. Simply purchase your subscription from your iPad or iPhone. You can start with a 30-day complimentary subscription Subscriptions sell for the introductory price of $5.99 a month or $59.99 per year. Offer expires January 31, 2012. A single subscription lets you use Revel in virtually the same ways on all your iPads, iPhones, and Macs. Each Adobe Revel subscription comes with five photo carousels. You can import as many photos as you want into each photo carousel, and you can share each photo carousel with up to five other people. In order to use Adobe Revel, you must also sign up for an Adobe ID. Your Adobe ID is what connects all your devices to your Adobe Revel photo library.

To import photos in your devices camera roll, you need to allow access to Location Services on your device.

Adobe Revel for MacRevel Features

  • Add photos to Adobe Revel on your iPad, iPhone, or Mac, and you'll instantly have access to them in Revel on your other iPad, iPhone, and Mac devices.
  • Stylish Looks.
  • Make manual adjustments to white-balance, exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance, and more.
  • Use preset Looks to change the look and feel of your photos
  • Crop, rotate, and flip photos.
  • Experiment endlessly knowing Adobe Revel always preserves your original photo.
  • Easily create a family photo hub. Just invite family members to add photos to your library via their own Adobe Revel apps, and let them flag their favorites.
  • Use familiar multitouch gestures to browse thousands of photos or quickly find and fill the screen with one great shot.
  • Send your photos straight from Revel to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr.
  • Adobe Revel for iPadSnap new photos right from Revel on your iPhone or iPad, and they'll instantly appear in your photo library on all your devices.
  • Export photos to your hard drive so you can use other apps and services to create photo books and keepsakes.
  • Import, edit, and share all your JPEGs, the most common file format for photos.
  • Delete a photo from Adobe Revel to delete it everywhere, forever. But if you delete a photo from the hard drive on your Mac or the camera roll on your iDevice, Adobe Revel will restore the file to your photo library.
  • There's no limit to how many photos you can import, and there's no limit on the resolution or size of individual photos as long as they are JPEGs.
  • View your photos fullscreen in either landscape or portrait mode on your mobile device.
  • Photos are grouped by date which makes it easy to find and view the photos you want. See all the details by filling the screen with a single photo using Loupe view.
  • Works over WiFi and 3G.

Adobe Revel for MacNew in Version 1.1

  • Adobe Carousel is now called Adobe Revel
  • Support for Landscape orientation in Loupe view on the iPhone
  • Automatically import photos from the Camera Roll on your iPhone and iPad
  • Flickr is now supported as a sharing destination
  • Store Originals has been renamed Keep All Originals
  • Bug fixes

System Requirements Mac:

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit processor

System Requirements for iOS:

  • Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad
  • Requires iOS 4.2 or later

Adobe Revel will also become available for Android and Windows in the future.

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