November 15, 2009: Bibble Labs has released Preview Version 3 for the forthcoming Bibble 5 raw file converter.
This release fixes hundreds of issues found both by PV2.2 users at the Labs and a community of private Beta Testers. Memory management has been significantly improved in the new version, lowering total memory requirements and dramatically improving stability. This will be most obviously seen by Windows users who saw frequent ‘out of memory’ errors, although it also provides benefits for Mac and Linux users.
An improved image processing engine fixes many persistent issues present in earlier previews, like straightening causing artifacts in output images or Lens Correction and Noise Ninja not working well together. It also adds flexibility, opens new possibilities for features in future versions of Bibble 5, and enables Noise Ninja to work selectively in Layers & Regions. Metadata importing, reading, viewing, and editing has also undergone a major overhaul.
Many more cameras are supported in the latest release, including models from Panasonic, Leica, Minolta, and Kodak and recent releases from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony – including the Canon 7D, G11 and S90, Nikon D3s and D300s and Sony a850. This Preview Version is not feature complete (most notably, Perfectly Clear, Heal & Clone, and Web Gallery outputs are not yet implemented), but represents a huge step forward not only in features but also in stability.
To download PV3 and provide feedback to the developers, visit http://bibblelabs.com/pub/PV3/Bibble5.