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With better support for MPEG-4 files, Pinnacle's latest version of its editing software lets you export video in one click to portable devices, like an iPod or PDA. Studio Plus version 10.5 Titanium Edition is designed for easy use, with a three-step process for capturing, editing and sharing your videos. Also included in the upgrade are hundreds of real-time effects and a built-in DVD creator. List Price: $99. Contact: Pinnacle Systems, (800) 293-2948, www.pinnaclesys.com.

Picture Window Pro NEW RAW TOOL
RAW file processing and batch editing are some of the major new upgrades to Picture Window Pro 4.0, image-editing software from Digital Light & Color. The program now opens RAW files from most major cameras and lets you create profiles for different models. You'll also work faster with the new batch-editing tool for automatically transferring, editing and resizing multiple images at once. Other new features include a slideshow-style image preview and an improved browser. List Price: $59 (upgrade); $89 (new users). Contact: Digital Light & Color, (617) 489-8858, www.dl-c.com.


Hard Copy

Outdoor Photographer Landscape and Nature Photography with Photoshop CS2 by Rob Sheppard (Wiley, 2006; ISBN: 0-471-78619-5). PCPhoto and OP Editor Rob Sheppard shows you how to apply Photoshop techniques to landscape and nature photography by exploring topics such as using the correct exposure and managing color correction.

Photoshop CS2: Before and After Makeovers by Taz Tally (Wiley, 2006; ISBN: 0-471-74901-X). Break down the steps for doing dimensional makeovers, exposure enhancements and color corrections with this all-inclusive guide, which covers a range of topics, including brightness, fixing contrast and matching color across images.

Color Confidence: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Color Management by Tim Grey (Sybex, 2006; ISBN: 0-471-78616-0). In this updated edition, you'll get the color-management lowdown, from capture to output, by learning how to calibrate your monitor accurately and quickly, configure Photoshop color settings and more.

Adobe Photoshop CS2 Visual Encyclopedia by Stephen Romaniello (Wiley, 2006; ISBN: 0-7645-9860-0). Go from A to Z using this reference book, which shows every Photoshop tool and how to use them, and provides step-by-step instructions for more than 130 key tasks and techniques. Topics are arranged alphabetically.

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