MacBook Pro end of the year? Aurora update, Photo software deals, Picture ++


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No new MacBook Pro Until the last quarter of this year, says a rumour, but it’ll be Really Cool — If you’re holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we’ll have to wait until this fall, and what we’ll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.

Aurora HD updated — Macphun has announced Aurora HDR Pro v1.2.2 is now live. The update includes a number of performance improvements, plus added support for RAW files for more cameras. Please see attached press release for a full list of new features and improvements.

93% off MacPhun’s Creative XXL Kit — There is only one week left to get 93% off Macphun’s Creative XXL Kit, which is down to US$129 from US$2000. The package includes 6 powerful photo editing apps: Noiseless, Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, Focus and FX Photo Studio, along with more than 40 ebooks, training materials and photography apps. While you’re checking it out, get Filters for Mac, free – this adds filters like those in the iOS camera to your Mac.

Duplicate photos clutter your Mac — When you take and edit tons of photos, you end up with copies all over your Mac. MacPaw’s Gemini 2 wipes out duplicates in a snap: music files, videos, and most importantly — images. It’s currently 20% off (US$15.96 instead of US$19.95.) and there are other deals on this site.

Picture ++ is an OS X Photos extension, but is more useful standalone tool — One of the cool things Apple did with last year’s release of Mac OS X El Capitan was to allow the application of third-party image editing extensions within Photos. One such extension is Picture++, which is available at the Mac App Store for NZ$5.99. It’s an enhancement extension. To enable it, go to System Preferences > Extensions and click on the Photos box under the Picture ++ icon. The utility can analyse images and make enhancements specific to them. You can adjust the intensity of the enhancement by using a slider with a range from 0 to 100%. But Picture ++ also works as a standalone app, and that’s where it’s the most useful. You can use to open, improve, and save most RAW, HDR, and other image formats. In other words, it’s a default RAW to JPG converter. Not everyone will need such a tool, but if you deal with lots of images, it can be handy.

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