Adobe Systems releases Photoshop Lightroom 2

Adobe Systems Incorporated has released Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2, the photographer’s toolbox for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. With new enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical advances in non-destructive localized image correction, and streamlined search capabilities. As Adobe’s first application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Macintosh computers with Intel processors and Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit operating systems, Lightroom 2 also provides improved memory performance for dealing with large scale images.

Drawing Day Embraces Web 2.0

Artists, make sure to mark June 7 on your calendar this year. Coined Drawing Day, the celebration aims to push artists and illustrators to bring attention to their art by utilizing Web 2.0. The goal is quite lofty; to upload 1 million drawings in a single day.

“It’s time artists embraced social networking as a way to showcase their art,” says founder Mick Gow. “One million drawings for our first year of this event may seem hard to imagine. Artists always dream big, so are we.”

Drawings can be created via any graphics software or by simply scanning drawings created on paper. Participants then submit these drawings to one of several social networking websites listed at drawingday.org.

If you’re interested in joining a unified front designed to remind people of the joy of drawing, regardless of their artistic ability, the Website has a series of banners and buttons available to help promote the event.

Fotolog hits 11 million members and 300 million photos posted

fotolog Fotolog hits 11 million members and 300 million photos postedFotolog revealed that its photo-blogging community and third most-trafficked social media network had reached the milestones of 11 million members and 300 million photos posted on its site. The site also set new monthly records in August with more than 20 million uploads of posted photos and 3.5 billion page views, a daily record last week of 135 million page views and two consecutive daily records with 774,000 and 790,000 photo uploads.

The news, which follows closely on the heels of the company’s announcement that it would be acquired by France’s Hi-Media Group, continues the site’s extraordinary momentum, including a doubling of its membership and the addition of more than 140 million photos since the beginning of the year, rises in usage and the launches of key alliances that have substantially upgraded its already compelling user experience.

Fotolog’s astounding growth, adding approximately 30,000 members per day, has been achieved purely virally, with virtually no expenditures on marketing.

Shutterfly welcomes Sony ImageStation customers

shutterfly Shutterfly welcomes Sony ImageStation customersShutterfly, Inc., an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, announced that it has been selected by Sony Electronics as an online photo service provider for ImageStation members with the phase out of that service.

With this agreement, current Sony ImageStation members will be able to easily transfer photos from their ImageStation accounts to a Shutterfly account with just a few simple clicks.

“We have confidence that the exceptional customer service Sony has provided to its users in the past will continue during this transition with Shutterfly,” said Steve Haber, senior vice president of the Digital Imaging and Audio Division of Sony Electronics.

Fotolog enters multi-year search agreement with Google

fotologcom Fotolog enters multi year search agreement with GoogleFotolog.com and Google today announced a multi-year search technology and services agreement where Google will be the exclusive search and keyword-targeted advertising provider for Fotolog’s growing international network.

Google will provide search functionality and advertising across Fotolog’s network under a three-year agreement. Fotolog users will be able to search the site for photos, blogs and online communities, and will also have the ability to search the Web from any page. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Fotolog is a photo-blogging site with a large audience in Europe and Latin America. With more than 15 million unique users and 3.5 billion page views a month, Fotolog ranks 20th on Alexa’s list of the world’s most-trafficked websites, 20th in page views in Comscore’s May 2007 report, and thereby weighs in as the Web’s third-largest social network as measured by traffic.

Fotolog also announced that it is nearing the milestone of 10 million registered members— a little more than two months after hitting the 8-million mark. More than 4 million new members have joined Fotolog in the first half of 2007, making the site one of the largest independently operated blocks of traffic on the Web. Fotolog is the number 10 site in Spain, according to Comscore, and in Argentina, Fotolog is the number one web domain in the country.

Performancing releases WP theme for photobloggers

photopress Performancing releases WP theme for photobloggersPerformancing announced the launch of its latest WordPress theme, Photopress.

Designed for photobloggers, Photopress is a one-column minimalist theme crafted for photobloggers to showcase their shots. Here is a preview of how the theme looks like and a download should you want to give it a try.

Editor’s Note: Performancing is owned by Splashpress Media, publisher of 901am.com