AWT News Update: July 13, 2016

The drought of Apple news continues, but we have some app-related stories today that should get you excited:

  • ABC adds features to its streaming video service that should be attractive to potential cable cutters
  • Facebook Messenger gets 3D Touch support
  • Adobe Lightroom for iOS finally adds RAW file support
  • Camera+ for iPad has been updated to version 2, adding "The Lab", a new photo editing suite (see image at top of page)

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 13, 2016.

ABC has made its streaming video service more attractive to potential cable cutters with a new interface that works beautifully with iOS and tvOS as well as providing more on-demand content and new markets that can provide a live video feed. The app now curates programming into categories like “popular,” “funny,” “drama,” “throwback, “, “news,” and “on the table”. The iPhone app forces a portrait view for program selection and then defaults to landscape for video playback, while the user interface on the 4th-generation Apple TV and the iPad is identical. On devices that support picture-in-picture viewing, the app lets you work and watch TV at the same time. If you have a supported pay TV service, new programming is available the day after it airs. For those who don’t have a cable subscription, older episodes are available to everyone on a show-dependent timetable. Sadly, you can’t turn off ads — that’s probably why ABC is being more generous with what it’s making available for streaming. ABC has added seven new shows for streaming only, and apparently has 40 more in production. The network’s back catalog includes 37 shows, although not all seasons are included for every show.

It’s all about apps today; if you happen to have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you now have a new app that you can use with 3D Touch. Facebook Messenger now adds 3D Touch shortcuts for previews of most of the content in the app, including conversations, contacts, photos, videos, stickers, links and locations. Adobe Lightroom for iOS also got a bump today, with the ability for the app to import RAW image files without needing to convert them to JPG format first. RAW files are much larger than JPGs as they are uncompressed and unprocessed, and professionals prefer the format since making changes like adjusting white balance or making exposure changes. For those who are using a keyboard with an iPad, there are new Mac-like key combos that can be used to perform actions on images. The RAW support and a feature called Local Adjustments that allows exposure, brightness, clarity and other adjustments to be applied only to specific parts of a photo are only available for Adobe Creative Cloud members.

Finally, the popular Camera+ app got an update today, but only for the iPad version. That’s a good thing, since the iPad edition had languished for several years while the iPhone version jumped ahead by leaps and bounds. Not only does Camera+ 2 for iPad have a new interface that replaces the dated UI that was in the previous version, but it adds something called “The Lab” — a professional photo editing suite that’s built into the app. That photo editing can be done with precision, since Camera+ 2 now supports the Apple Pencil. The app also supports iOS 9 and 10 multitasking for those iPad Pro screens. The update is free to existing users of Camera+ for iPad, or $4.99 on the App Store.

That’s all for today; We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.