Introducing Viewfinder Upgrades

upgrade-proAlong with the recent arrival of iOS 8, Apple brought an exciting new feature to the App Store: app bundles. As the name implies, this is about bundling apps together and offering them for less than the individual parts would cost. You can even complete a bundle, by paying the price difference between the bundle’s price and what you already spent on individual components of the bundle.

To put it another way, with bundle completion developers can reward their existing customers and offer them other products at a reduced price. If this sounds a way to provide upgrades to you, then you’re right.

This is exactly how we are offering upgrades for existing Viewfinder Basic, Pro and Cine edition owners to the Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder.

Upgrade prices are calculated dynamically from what you spent on the original Viewfinder. For example if you bought Viewfinder Pro for its highest $19.99 price, then you will only be charged for $10 to have the Mark II (compared to the regular $24.99 price). But if you spent $14.99 on Viewfinder Pro, then the upgrade will cost you $15.

At the moment upgrade bundles are live for Viewfinder Pro and Cine editions, and the Viewfinder Basic upgrade will follow these as soon as Apple approves it. There will also be an upgrade bundle for ALPA eFinder. Update: both the Viewfinder Basic and ALPA eFinder upgrades are now online.

As a side effect of upgrade bundles, we have re-introduced old Viewfinder editions to the App Store. The Basic edition now costs $4.99, while both the Pro and Cine editions sell for $9.99. These old editions do not and will not support new iOS devices, such as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but present a good opportunity to get these useful tools at highly reduced prices.

And while we are at iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support: version 4.0 of the Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder, which will support these new phones as well as this year’s iPad models, is scheduled for release in December.

ShutterCount Supports the 7D Mark II

I received my Canon EOS 7D Mark II last Thursday. The very first thing I did with the camera was to add it to ShutterCount. Well, this was one of the reasons for buying it.

A first impressions post will also come in a couple of days weeks, but first things first.

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Apple approved the update last night, so the new Mac version (1.3) is now available on the Mac App Store.

The Windows version (1.1) was released last Friday, and is available through the app’s auto-update feature (just click the Check for Updates… item in the Help menu).

The update is free for existing users. New customers can buy the app for the usual €2.69 / $2.99 / £1.99 price either on the Mac App Store for OS X, or through the app’s home page for Windows.

20-40% Photokina Discounts Now Live!

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Please enjoy the following discounts from now on until the end of the fair:

  • 40% discount for the Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder. The app is now available on the App Store for this discounted price.
  • 20% discount for Kuuvik Capture. Please use the coupon code photokina14 at checkout.
  • If you have your Canon camera with you, bring it to our booth for a free shutter count reading! For the list of supported cameras please visit the ShutterCount web page.

For details about the exhibited products, directions to our stand and other information, please visit DIRE Studio’s Photokina page.

Photokina Brochures on Press

Received a few photos from my friend showing the press run of our Photokina brochure at Codex Printing House. Images are published here with Karoly’s permission.

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The brochure isn’t the only printed material we make for this year’s fair, but let me keep the others as a surprise for the show :)

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If you can’t make it to Photokina this year, the brochure is also available for download.

By the way if you are into presses, I would recommend you to check out two of the Kuuvik Capture videos (first and third on the linked page), which were filmed in Codex’s press room.

Visit Us @ Photokina 2014

obs_download_165272This year’s Photokina is the third for me. But this time it’ll be all different - I’ll be at DIRE Studio’s stand to present our photo apps!

So if you are already our customer, or just interested in trying the apps, you’ll be most welcome! I’m sure we’ll be able to show you a few interesting things and give you useful tips.

For details about the exhibited products, directions to our stand and other information, please visit DIRE Studio’s Photokina page.

See you in Cologne!

ShutterCount is Available on Windows

ShutterCount is still very popular: it’s in the top 10 of the Mac App Store’s photo category in over 20 countries. So here’s the big news: ShutterCount is now available on Windows!

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It looks and works the same way the Mac version does, except that history logging is not (yet) available in the Windows version. It runs on Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Pricing also matches the Mac version’s (€2.69 / $2.99 / £1.99). You can activate each license on two computers simultaneously, and there’s no limit on the number of cameras you can read, nor the number of readings you can perform on a camera.

Camera compatibility is detailed on the ShutterCount web page.

Simulating a Sony RX100 with Artist’s Viewfinder

In the past months I got a few requests to add support for large-sensor compacts to the Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder app.  I’m still not convinced to go this direction, however. Partly because I see little advantage in simulating a camera where you can’t really see what focal length you are using but can easily zoom as you wish. And partly because it takes more than a new camera in the database.

But the app is flexible enough to do it for yourself, without the need to convince me to add these cameras. It takes only three simple steps described below.

Note: if you are not sure how to complete any of the steps, please refer to the Artist’s Viewfinder Handbook for detailed coverage on basic concepts.

But let’s begin! The first step is to create a custom camera. Shown below are the settings for the RX100 III.

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Sensor size comes from the camera’s documentation. It’s the same for all three generations. What looks a little odd here is the lens mount – as the RX100 doesn’t support interchangeable lenses. But the app requires to select one, so we use something that’s close to the 1″ sensor size: the Generic 4/3″ mount. Save the camera and proceed to selecting lenses.

I see no point in selecting focal lengths as you can’t really match them with the camera, but you can do that if you wish. Marking the ends of the zoom range gives you the bounds to operate within, however.

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You can add these ends using custom focal lengths, as they are not present on the default focal length list. Note that you must use the physical focal lengths here – not the 35mm equivalent ones. Shown above are the values for the Mark III, for the Mark I and II use 10.4mm and 37.1mm as the end points. Going back to the virtual camera configuration screen brings us to the last step.

And this is activating ZoomFrame. I’ll turn this on to see the frame bound at the correct aspect ratio at every focal length between the end points.

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That’s it. Save the virtual camera and we’re done.

One last comment though. The RX100 III’s widest angle of view is wider than that of the iPhone’s camera, so you may need a wide converter to be able simulate the wide end of the zoom.

Artist’s Viewfinder 3.3 Available on the App Store

avf2iconThe latest release of the Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder went online yesterday. This version adds several enhancements to the album, including Dropbox uploads. I wrote about these features in detail in my previous posts (album enhancements, Dropbox uploads).

It also adds support for a couple of new cameras:

  • AJA CION
  • Blackmagic Studio Camera (4K/HD), URSA (EF/PL/Broadcast)
  • Leica T Typ 701
  • Nikon D810, J4, S2, V3
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX-3000
  • Sony A7S, SLT-A77 II

The Viewfinder Handbook had been revised and updated for the new features.

This is a free update for Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder owners. New users can purchase it from the App Store for €21.99 / $24.99 / £17.49.

If you are not familiar with what this app can do for you, I’d recommend checking out the new Features in Depth page on the app’s microsite.