MacBibble 3.0 gains speed, new features

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Bibble Labs has released MacBibble 3.0, the latest version of its software for manipulating digital photos from professional digital SLR cameras.

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With MacBibble, you browse through raw camera files, edit and adjust them, and save them out as JPEG or TIFF formatted images. Bibble Labs explained that a professional digital camera's raw format is equivalent to a film negative -- it records up to 12 bits of information per pixel, uncompressed without any additional color corrections or sharpening. MacBibble lets photographers maximize how those raw files look as they migrate to final images.

MacBibble 3.0 is a major revamp of the software. The tool is now fully multithreaded and AltiVec optimized. Dual processor-based Power Mac G4 owners can expect to see almost a 2x increase in speed. What's more, compared to manufacturer's software like Nikon Capture 3.5, for example, MacBibble 3.0 is up to 10 times faster for image conversion work.

Support for new cameras has been added, too -- the Nikon D1/X/H/100, Fuji S2, Olympus E10/E20 and Kodak 720x/760 models are all supported. MacBibble 3.0 also adds support for "live" versions of options, providing you with instant access to how results look when you apply changes. Options remain consistent for each image, too. The browser has been overhauled with a new interface and bigger thumbnails, as well.

That's not all. Photoshop 7.0 is supported under Mac OS X, IPTC Captioning is now supported, and batch processing has been multithreaded for speed. The internal color engine now uses Kodak Digital Science technology for more accuracy. There are other changes, too.

MacBibble 3.0 costs US$99 to register. You can download the software first, although Bibble Labs had temporarily deactivated downloads from their Web site as MacCentral posted this article.

This story, "MacBibble 3.0 gains speed, new features" was originally published by PCWorld.

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