ON1 has announced the next major update to its all-in-one photo editor, ON1 Photo RAW 2022. The Photo RAW 2022.5 update arrives next month and adds major improvements to ON1 Resize, better noise reduction, improved Sky Swap AI, new camera support and more.
‘Image quality is of utmost importance. Our goal is to always deliver image outputs that are better than anything else out there. We are using AI to take over tasks that you simply cannot do with other applications. We aren’t using AI to take over the art of photography or using it to take away from the creative process,’ says Craig Keudell, ON1 President.
ON1 announced Resize AI in March, and the software became publicly available last month. The software uses artificial intelligence to enlarge your photos with excellent detail, allowing you to breathe new life into old, low-resolution images or turn any photo into a massive print. When Resize AI was announced, ON1 said it would be fully integrated into ON1 Photo RAW 2022, and with Photo RAW 2022.5, that promise is realized.
Enhanced NoNoise AI promises better results when working with non-raw image files, such as JPG, TIF or PSD files. Photo RAW 2022.5 includes new and improved lens corrections for improved raw image quality. The new LensMatch automatic correction detects and removes distortion when ‘shooting raw with camera-maker matched lenses.’ This will reduce the need for external lens profiles ‘for many users.’ If you prefer manual corrections, you can save the ones you create and use them as the automatic profile when editing new images with that lens.
Sky Swap AI lets you easily change the sky in an image by using AI to create a mask and allowing the user to replace the selected sky with a different one. The latest update to ON1 Photo RAW promises better masks, especially when dealing with trees and bright, white skies.
ON1 Photo RAW 2022.5 includes new camera support for the Canon EOS R5C, Panasonic Lumix GH6, OM System OM-1, Leica M11, Fujifilm X-T30 II and the Nikon Z9.
ON1 Photo RAW 2022.5 is a free update available to all owners of ON1 Photo RAW 2022 and current ON1 Photo RAW subscribers. It will arrive in early June. ON1 Photo RAW is currently available as a perpetual license for $80 until May 31, after which it will return to its regular price of $100. An upgrade is also available for owners of previous major releases of ON1 Photo RAW. For more information or to download a free 14-day trial, visit ON1.
Bitcoin Gaming Studio Pnkfrg Raises $3 Million For Mobile Games
- Pnkfrg, a new gaming studio building mobile F2P games on the Bitcoin Lightning Network just raised $3 million.
- The funds will be used to develop games targeting a F2P circular creator economy with a casual experience.
- The studio based in Berlin and Helsinki includes team leads from the Candy Crush Saga.
Pnkfrg studios, a mobile gaming studio startup designing games for the Lightning Network on Bitcoin, has raised over $3 million in a seed round, according to a press release sent to Bitcoin Magazine.
The funds will be used to develop a casual gaming experience built on the Lightning Network. With a core focus on mobile gaming, pnkfrg studios focuses on free-to-play (F2P) economics which allow participating gamers to engage in economies without requiring funds be spent to enjoy the game. The studio intends to integrate the creator economy into the mobile experience driving a circular economy that allows users to earn and spend within the ecosystem.
“We founded pnkfrg studios because we believe in a paradigm shift in casual mobile gaming as well as in a new way of digital financial transactions. Players and creators seek to be rewarded for their time, want to own and trade digital assets, and expect to gain value for their skills and contribution while having a fun time” said Philipp Lanik, CEO and co-founder of pnkfrg studios.
Continuing on the circular economy, Lanik noted “With our product we are addressing the needs of the generation of mobile natives and social creators,” as many participants in digital economies are looking for ways to become native to the environment they choose.
Seed round funding partners included: Stillmark, Velo Partners, Fulgur Ventures. The funding was led by LVP, who is a gaming industry expert, and Initial Capital.
“Bitcoin’s payments network – the Lightning Network – is the only protocol within the broader cryptocurrency field that has demonstrably established the ability for instant, nearly free transactions, across the globe, 24/7 and at scale,” Alyse Killeen, founding managing partner of Stillmark said. “Moreover, Lightning payments are economical at very low value – at just a fraction of a cent – making micropayments a native capability.”