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In Focus: July 2011

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For the first time ever, Adobe is making its Photoshop Creative Suite software available by way of monthly subscriptions. The upgraded Photoshop Creative Suite 5.5 also features new tools that make producing content for smartphones and tablets easier. Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav are three new iPad apps designed for creating custom color swatches, and painting and controlling Photoshop tools from the iPad, respectively. All three apps put the iPad's touch-screen capabilities to good use by letting your fingertips mix colors and paint. The apps are available from the iTunes App Store. Estimated Street Price: $2 to $5. The new subscription plan for Photoshop is $49 per month, or $35 per month for a one-year subscription. The standard version is $699. Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.

High-quality output and speed combine in Canon's 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8300S and 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6300S printers. New integrated print modes allow the printers to operate at faster speeds while using up to 50% less ink. The iPF8300S can output a B0-sized print (39.4x55.7 inches) in about 80 seconds while the iPF6300S can produce an A1-sized print (23.4x33.1 inches) in roughly 35 seconds. The 8-color printers use LUCIA EX pigment inks for achieving greater shadow details, deeper blacks and improved scratch resistance. The color gamut has expanded by about 20% beyond previous models. Estimated Street Price: $4,995 (iPF8300S); $2,995 (iPF6300S). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

With the Eye-Fi Mobile X2 memory card, you can upload photos from anywhere by wirelessly connecting to your smartphone or tablet via Eye-Fi's free mobile app. Ideally, the mobile device has 3G or 4G access for uploading from anywhere. The card is integrated with Eye-Fi's new Direct Mode, which makes uploads possible even when far from a Wi-Fi hotspot. So if you're hiking through remote areas in the wild, the card can establish a direct connection to your smartphone or tablet by creating its own Wi-Fi network anywhere. This gives you the flexibility to edit images with apps on your mobile device, back them up to your home computer or save them to a private Eye-Fi account. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Eye-Fi, (877) 873-9334, www.eye.fi.

Domke has brought the classic style of its camera bags to video. The timeless-looking, yet functional Pro-V Jr series delivers an ideal carrying solution for an HD DSLR or video camera. The bags are made from water-repellant nylon with memory foam at the bottom that allows it to conform to the shape of your camera for extra protection. Additionally, small movable pieces of memory foam inside deliver even more protection around the camera's more sensitive areas. Movable inserts allow you to configure your equipment the way you want, and there are plenty of compartments and pockets for storage. Three sizes are available. Estimated Street Price: $139 to $209. Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.

For Samsung NX shooters, there are five more lenses to choose from for enhancing your camera system. The lineup includes a versatile 18-200mm zoom, a 16mm ƒ/2.4 wide-angle, a 60mm macro, an 85mm ƒ/1.4 portrait lens and a 16-80mm standard zoom. The 18-200mm has Optical Image Stabilization for delivering crisp and clear images. The fast-aperture 16mm is ideal for landscape and low-light shooting. A Super Sonic Actuator helps the 60mm macro deliver fast and quiet autofocus; this lens also has full-time manual-focus capability. The 85mm includes the SSA function as well as manual focus, and the 16-80mm features O.I.S. and modes for capturing video without recording the sound of the camera's autofocus system. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Samsung, (800) 726-7864, www.samsung.com.


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