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Bibble gets a major overhaul
(Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 16:31 EDT)

Bibble, a popular RAW file converter which we've mentioned numerous times on this news page, has just been given a major overhaul that sees new releases on three different platforms.

The last major update for the program was back in early 2002, when Bibble 3.0 was released for Windows (MacBibble 3.0 followed at the start of 2003). Now, Bibble 4.0 is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux. Two versions (Professional and Lite) are available, with Lite allowing you to select one platform on which to use the program, and Professional giving you access to all three platforms with one registration code. Bibble Pro also adds multithreading, work queues, advanced copy and paste functionality, IPTC captioning support, and support for tethered shooting.

Bibble Lite currently costs $69 regardless of platform, whilst Bibble Pro costs $129.

Note that at the time of this writing, Bibble's website was working intermittently, most likely due to the heavy load as numerous users try to download the latest version.

Original Source Press Release:

Bibble Labs releases Bibble 4.0 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

Groundbreaking update to popular software includes updated features and support for a host of new cameras.

Austin Texas (October 11th, 2004) - Bibble Labs announced today the immediate availability of Bibble 4.0. This update to the popular Bibble line of products includes versions for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux and represents a new standard for affordable and efficient raw workflow.

"Bibble 4.0 is a ground up redesign of our flagship raw workflow software and sets new benchmarks for speed, quality, and ease of use," says Eric Hyman, president of Bibble Labs Inc.. "We've spent a lot of time and effort listening to photographers and then trying to turn their needs into reality. With Bibble 4.0, we feel we've delivered a product that not only meets those needs, but does so with a powerful interface, blazing speed, and an affordable price."

Featuring a completely customizable interface with instantaneous previews and real-time feedback, it also supports seamless transition between single image and browser modes. Bibble's UI allows photographers to quickly and easily organize and edit their images from a wide variety of the most popular cameras. Images can be output to a number of formats including 16 bit Tiff and PNG, directly to a printer, or as a web gallery all using a powerful and fast system of automated batch and print queues.

Other new features include a powerful renamer, advanced copy and paste, printing, web galleries, and work queues. "Work queues are a powerful new way to organize your work. Using work queues, it is possible to see and edit images from multiple different locations all in a single browser. This is particularly useful to event photographers using older equipment where images from different photographers share the same filename. With Bibble's work queues, all theses images can easily be grouped, viewed, and edited simultaneously, all before final output and renaming takes place."

As in past versions, Bibble delivers high quality raw conversions in a minimum amount of time. Bibble's core image pipeline is fully color managed and delivers more image detail with fewer artifacts other software. Support for all the most popular ICC working spaces is included as well as the ability to use custom input profiles generated in 3rd party packages. Final output images are delivered in half the time of the competition and frequently several times faster than the manufacturer supplied software.

With the release of Bibble 4.0 for Linux, Bibble Labs breaks new ground by providing best in class quality and performance to the Linux community. "We are very excited to bring best of class workflow tools to the Linux community and look forward to growing with this new market."

Bibble 4.0 is available in two editions, "Pro" and "Lite". Bibble Pro is targeted at the working professional and contains the full set of features. In today's fast paced and diverse environment photographers frequently are working on multiple platforms. With that in mind, a single Bibble Pro license allows the software to be used non-simultaneously on all 3 supported platforms.

Bibble Lite was created to provide a more cost effective solution for the hobbyist and amateur alike. It features a single platform license with a rich subset of Bibble Pro's features and support for all the same cameras. Features not present in Lite include but aren't limited to: Tethered Shooting, IPTC Captioning, and the Photoshop Plugin.

Bibble 4.0 supports a large number of the newest cameras including the Nikon D70 and D2H, Canon 20D and 1D Mark 2, Kodak DCS Pro, Olympus E1, and Pentax *ist. Support is also provided for many other cameras. See the website for a complete list.

Bibble 4.0 is available for immediate download and purchase via the Bibble Labs website at www.bibblelabs.com. Limited time introductory pricing of Bibble Pro is $129. Bibble Lite is available at an initial price of $69.

Discounted and free upgrades are available for existing users, see the website for more details.

About Bibble Labs:
Located in Austin, Texas, Bibble Labs Inc was founded in 2000 to develop technologies and software for high quality processing of raw files from a wide variety of digial cameras. Bibble Labs' stand-alone products are used by thousands of photographers all over the world to quckly and accurately process their raw photos. Bibble Labs' technologies and expertise are increasingly becoming the standard other companies turn to when they wish to embed raw image processing technology in their products. For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.bibblelabs.com. Licensing inquiries may be addressed to [email protected]

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