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HughofBardfield is a group administrator HughofBardfield says:

Useful bits and pieces of software that will help you get more out of your E-system camera. Please check any system requirements carefully and be cautious about downloading etc etc, No warranty is expressed or implied and Your Mileage May Vary!.
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The Photgrapher's Screwdriver

The Photographer’s Screwdriver is a tool to calculate the depth of field (dof), hyperfocal distance, angle of view (aov) and the number of frames required for creating panoramic images. The Photographer’s Screwdriver is a Java program designed to run on mobile phones. It is available to be downloaded for free and includes support for 4/3rds (x2 crop) sensors.

Download at: www.curved-light.net/software/
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HughofBardfield is a group administrator HughofBardfield says:

PT Lens 8.5 and ShiftN

These two utilities are effective ways of correcting perspective distortion ("tilting building syndrome") and similar problems caused by the lack of a Tilt/Shift Lens in the E-system. While the same corrections can be applied in Photoshop, these utilities make it rather easier IMHO.

PT Lens (PC and Mac versions) can be downloaded from:
www.epaperpress.com/ptlens

It corrects lens pincushion/barrel distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and perspective. It will also de-fish an image. There is a free trial version (10 conversions only), and a licence costs $15. The program requires a bit more manual input than ShiftN.

ShiftN (PC only) can be downloaded from:
www.marcus-hebel.de/foto/ShiftN_Setup.exe

"ShiftN permits correction of converging lines; a majority of the correction work is taken over automatically by the program. Using the "automatic correction" item in the menu is in most cases sufficient to produce a satisfying result. Both the effects of converging lines and poor camera angle are corrected automatically." ( www.marcus-hebel.de/index1.html ). Manual corrections can also be applied. ShiftN is freeware, but donations are welcome. There's a small Flickr Group: www.flickr.com/groups/shiftn/
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HughofBardfield is a group administrator HughofBardfield says:

VWDOF

VWDOF is the name of a versatile DOF calculator for the Windows operating system. Apart from the depth of field it calculates the field of view, depth of focus, the amount of background (or foreground) blur, the effective aperture, and more. See www.vanwalree.com/optics/vwdof.html for more info. NB The Four Thirds format is not included in the native list of formats, but can be input as a Custom setting (17.3mm x 13mm) and saved for future use.

Download VWDOF at:
www.vanwalree.com/optics/vwdof/vwdof.zip
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HughofBardfield is a group administrator HughofBardfield says:

ExposurePlot

More fun than anything else, ExposurePlot (formerly FocalPlot) is a free PC utility that analyzes your usage of the focal length of your lenses (jpeg only), and shows charts for ISO, aperture and shutterspeed.

Great to determine which lens you 'really' need, or which lens did you actually use on the trip to the mountains.

Download at: www.wega2.vandel.nl/
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HughofBardfield is a group administrator HughofBardfield says:

The GIMP

Not so much a utility, but a full image editing programme that offers a viable alternative to Photoshop. GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program and is a free download. "It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages."

The user interface is a bit clunky compared to Photoshop, but the big feature is that it's free. There are a wide range of Plugins that extend functionality and a RAW Converter (Unidentified Flying RAW or UFRAW), also free. If you'd rather put the money for a copy of Elements into lenses or accessories, give The GIMP a look.

Download the GIMP here: www.gimp.org/
Plugins are listed here: registry.gimp.org/
UFRAW is here: ufraw.sourceforge.net/Install.html (at the time of writing, support was not yet available for the E-x20 cameras, but UFRAW has a good record of catching up with developments fairly quickly)
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HughofBardfield is a group administrator HughofBardfield says:

Focus Magic

Focus Magic is an utility that promises to "Recover lost detail and sharpen your blurred photos". Focus Magic uses:
"advanced forensic strength deconvolution technology to literally "undo" blur and recover lost detail. It can repair both out-of-focus blur and motion blur (camera shake) in an image.

"Focus Magic, which is used by many forensic scientists, is the only photo sharpening software that can recover detail... You can use this powerful tool to sharpen your blurred photos right now. Unlike other sharpening software, Focus Magic increases the "actual sharpness" (with deconvolution) rather than the "perceived sharpness" (with unsharp mask or equivalent)."


There's a demo, which gives you up to 10 free images worth of correction before you have to register. Registration is only $45, with lifetime upgrades. Available for both Windows and Mac, works as a Plugin for many image editing softwares (including Photoshop). The demo version only supports JPEG files, but image editing files (like PSD) are supported in the full version.

More information / download at: www.focusmagic.com/
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