The Iconfactory and Artis Software developed the first version of xScope for the purpose of designing layouts and measuring or inspecting onscreen graphics. This simple tool had only Ruler, Guide, Frame, and Screen modules that worked across all applications. Now there's xScope 4, which truly enables a fluid workflow.
Photomatix Essentials 4 is an entry-level, easy-to-use, standalone application to create HDR images. The adjustments are basic and more or less limited to selecting from the presets, which range from natural to artistic. The app is the amateur version of Photomatix Proâ”still by far the best HDR app on the market.
onOne Software has always offered some of the most fun Photoshop tools that produce outstanding results, making it difficult to find fault with any new version, and Perfect Photo Suite 9 Premium is no exception. onOne has incorporated their most popular tools into an easily navigable suite.
Topaz Labs says it's excited about Impression, because it's the first product to help you create real, authentic art. Photographers may balk at this statement, but let's acknowledge that Topaz Impression is a photo-manipulation product, and presume they define "authentic art" as painterly art with a capital A.
ArtRage 4.5 is a painting program that's worth checking out. It has so many natural-feeling brushes and options that you'll love. The interface is clean and customizable so you can put everything you don't need out of the way and just paint.