Public beta version of Phocus released
02/05/2008 The first public beta version of Phocus is now available for download for registered users. Please go to the "download" area on the Hasselblad web-site, and choose "software".
Highlights include a new effective selective color correction tool for accurate color matching and color control.
This is considered function complete except for the Live Video, Custom White features and Ixpress hardware connectivity. These features will be included in the final version of Phocus 1.0, expected to be ready by mid May.
Please note that a beta version may contain bugs and this should be taken into account if you are using it for actual production work. We recommend making backup copies of your 3F files.
Feedback is very welcome - please give it to us via email to this address: email@example.com
A Demonstration Version of Phocus is still available for download from the Phocus promotion section of the Hasselblad web-site.
Phocus highlights include:
Improved Image Quality
The new Phocus RAW processor provides the ultimate in processing quality for Hasselblad digital images, including:
- Digital lens corrections for color aberration, distortion and vignetting
- Hasselblad Natural Color Solution for perfect colors
- Moiré removal based upon filtering of raw data which preserves image detail
Perfect Viewing Quality
The Phocus Viewer uses all the advanced features contained in Phocus to deliver image viewing quality that matches every detail of what you will see later in Photoshop.
New Camera Controls
Phocus provides special extended controls with which to drive your Hasselblad camera. These features, include the ability to control the lens drive for focusing when the camera is in a remote position.
The GUI includes straightforward options for customizing your set-up to suit a number of different workflow situations, such as choice of import source, browsing/comparison functions, file management, image export in a number of file formats, pre-setting of options for upcoming shoots, and much, much more.
New Metadata (GPS, etc)
Phocus images follows the IPTC Core standard with XMP. GPS data functionality in order to allow a range of new functions. Phocus links GPS data directly to Google Earth, for example, making geographic reference a snap and image storage and retrieval much easier.
Leading Edge Moiré Removal Technology
Even extremely high resolution images can exhibit moiré under certain circumstances. With the new Phocus software, moiré is effectively removed from your images without the need to carry out special mask selections or other manual procedures. Moiré removal is performed directly on the raw data.
(please read pages 1 and 2 in the manual for details).
Mac OS X 10.5 or later is required. At least 2GB of memory is recommended. Phocus will run on G4 or G5 PPC CPU's, but an Intel processor is recommended. On a MacBook you will experience graphics issues with this version - we are currently working on a solution.
CF, CFH, H2D, H3D, H3DII, CFV and 503CWD products are fully supported. For the Ixpress series you will be able to work with existing 3F files.
Scanner 3F files are NOT supported. 3F files generated by this version are NOT backward compatible with FlexColor !
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