Bibble Labs has announced the release of their much anticipated Bibble 5 Pro Workflow Software. The release comes more than a year after it was officially launched at Photokina 2008.
Bibble 5 Pro is available for purchase for $199.95. Bibble 4 customers can upgrade to the new version – either for free if they purchased after September 1, 2006, or for $99 if their Bibble 4 purchase was made prior to that date. Bibble 5 Lite isn’t expected to ship until the first quarter of 2010, so in the meantime, owners of Bibble 4 Lite are being allowed to use Bibble 5 Pro with their Lite license*. Upgrade instructions can be found on Bibble Labs’ new support forums. Also, see the FAQ’s.
A Bibble support staff (username: cvermillion) has just left a message on DPReview that there will not be a full release of Bibble 5 Professional Workflow Software before the end this month (January). To be fair to Bibble, they had only committed to deliver a public preview version of Bibble 5 no later than the end of January 2009. According to Bibble, a public preview version “let’s users try out most of the new features”.
Even if we see a public preview within the next day or two, the question remains – how far out is the actual release of Bibble 5? Software development always takes longer than even the most pessimistic projections. Think back to the endless delays for the release of Windows Vista, for example. Hopefully, for Bibble 5 the delay is months and not years.
Bibble Labs will be officially launching Bibble 5 RAW conversion software on Sept 23rd at Photokina 2008. Bibble 5 offers significant improvement over the Bibble 4-series in all aspects of photographic workflow. It offers finer control over image quality and adjustments, huge speed gains, and a more flexible workflow. Bibble 5 will support all current operating systems and platforms as well as 64-bit operating systems.
Bibble Labs, Inc. has just announced release of Bibble Pro Version 4.99 RAW conversion software. New cameras added in this release include the Nikon D300 and D3, Canon 1Ds Mark 3 and G9, Sony Alpha A700, and Olympus E-3. Version 4.99 also adds tethered shooting support for all Nikon SLR’s on Intel Macs (PowerPC Macs and Windows were already supported).
As with previous versions, the Bibble Pro plug-in for Adobe Photoshop supports CS2, CS, and version 7. Support for Adobe Photoshop CS3 will be implemented in the upcoming release of Bibble 5. This has never been an issue with me as I prefer to save the converted files as 16-bit TIFFs and open them later into Photoshop.
Bibble Labs, Inc. has announced the release of Bibble Pro 4.98. Version 4.98 adds a number of new features and cameras including full support for the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Fuji S5 Pro, Nikon D40x, Olympus E-510, E-410, and SP500 UZ and the Panasonic FZ8. It includes broader tethered shooting support and processing of Fujifilm’s Wide Dynamic Range and Canon’s new sRAW format. The update is free for all registered Bibble 4 users.
Is this the last release before we see the long anticipated Bibble 5.0? I would expect so as the press release makes no mention of supporting Photoshop CS3. You can still save your converted files to a folder and open them in CS3. However, it’s unlikely that the Bibble Photoshop plugin will work in Photoshop CS3. Although, I can’t say for sure as I haven’t tried it.