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Douglas Software launches Sun & Moon Calculator 4.8.0.

10th Januaru 2017. The Sun and Moon Calculator includes a host of unique features such as lunar phase and eclipses and the ability to see the sun and moon as they are currently in the sky for any date between 1900 and 2049. This version includes a number of new features and a revised help file.
Please note that this version has been delayed due to technical problems

Douglas Software launches Douglas Photo Calculator 3.2.4.

5th March 2016. This software realises the number of photographic opportunities by placing an unequalled range of optical calculations at photographers’ fingertips via their mobile phone which would have been the envy of earlier photographers. Together with all the other features this software includes unique calculations such as lens coverage from 1 to 179 degrees angle of view. This software has now been the subject of a number of favourable reviews”

Douglas Software launches Sun & Moon Calculator 4.7.0.

2oth May 2016. The Sun and Moon Calculator includes a host of unique features such as lunar phase and eclipses and the ability to see the sun and moon as they are currently in the sky for any date between 1900 and 2049. Recent additions are the apogee and perigee of the moon making those ‘supermoons’ easier to find as well as a number of tutorials on photographing the sun and moon. In addition a Google map feature has been added together with a revised help file and the latest World Magnetic Model coefficients for 2014 which are accurate for the years 2015 to 2020.

Douglas Photographic appoints EOS Magazine as dealers for the grey card.

2nd October 2014. The Douglas grey card is now available from EOS Magazine.

Douglas Software launches Sun & Moon Calculator 4.5.0.

3rd September 2014. An enhanced version of the Douglas Sun & Moon Calculator is now available for Windows. This new version includes lunar distances so the the photographer knows when the moon is closest to the earth and most suitable for photography. The manual has been extensively revised.

Douglas Software launches Photo Calculator 3.2.1 for iOS and Android

13th November 2013. By simplifying crucial optical calculations, this innovative mobile software takes the uncertainty out of high quality photography An enhanced version of the well-established Douglas Photo Calculator is now available for iOS and Android applications. UK-based Douglas Software has launched the Photo Calculator 3.2.1 which dramatically increases the number of photographic opportunities by placing an unequalled range of optical calculations at photographers’ fingertips via their mobile phone which would have been the envy of earlier photographers. In particular, the new software now includes calculations that show the effect of diffraction in order to avoid image distortion. Together with all the other features this software stands way ahead of competitive products. Versatile mobile software… Amateur and professional photographers alike will appreciate the versatility of Photo Calculator 3.2.1. Not only does it automate the calculation of key metrics for photographers in pursuit of consistent and creative results but also allows for a choice of camera formats from digital, including digital backs, to conventional film cameras. Crucial optical calculations can be made quickly and easily (in all the major European languages). These include calculating depth of field, hyperfocal distance, angle of view, image area and diffraction. A comprehensive Help file – with numerous ‘How To’ examples – shows users how to maximise the benefits of this innovative new software.

Douglas Software launches Photo Calculator 3.0.0 for PC and Mac

1st September 2011. An updated version of the Douglas Photo Calculator now includes calculations to show the effects of diffraction.

Douglas Software launches Sun & Moon Calculator 4.4.2

11th April 2011. This version includes the latest figures for magnetic variation in addition to other enhancements and an improved help file.
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The Douglas Software site moves to a new platform

11th May 2010 – The Douglas Software site has been moved to a new and dynamic platform by Tokalon Studios web design, let us know how you find it!

Douglas Software launches Photo Calculator 2.2.0 for PDAs

  • 7th MARCH 2010
  • An updated version of the Douglas Camera Module software that gives a comprehensive range of easy-to-use options for PDA applications
The new PDA Photo Calculator 2.2.0 has been launched by UK-based Douglas Software. Photo Calculator is a greatly enhanced version of its predecessor, the Douglas Camera Module software. It incorporates more unique features and is easier to use.
Photo Calculator gives PDA users a wider range of photographic opportunities than any other software on the market. Amateur photographers and professionals alike benefit from what is a quick and easy way to solve everyday optical equations – in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
It will, for example, calculate depth of field, hyperfocal distance, image dimensions and angle of view. There’s a ‘resolution option’ which allows the user to specify a resolution for a more accurate calculation of the ‘Circle of Confusion’.
(This is an important first step in assessing the performance of a lens when considering depth of field. Without Photo Calculator software, this would be a very difficult calculation for many photographers.)
Photo Calculator enables users to make more effective use of their photographic equipment by simplifying the complexity of optical calculations. The software includes data for 30 digital formats, 9 digital backs and 12 conventional film formats. Users can also select between 1/2 and 1/3 stops.
“By building on the proven performance of our best-selling Camera Module software for PDAs,” said Douglas Green, Managing Director of Douglas Software, “we’ve been able to incorporate a far wider range of features into photo calculator.”
“This gives photographers even more practical options with even greater levels of accuracy and creativity that they can clearly see in the end results.”
Photo Calculator 2.2.0 has been designed to run on Palm, Pocket PC and Windows Mobile. It is now available from Handango, PocketGear, Mobihand and PDATopSoft.
To make the introduction of Photo Calculator 2.2.0 as smooth as possible, new English-version manuals are available. For more information: Visit: www.photo-software.com Contact Douglas Green, Managing Director, Douglas Software (address & contact details)
NOTE TO EDITORS: Reviewers can access a free copy of Photo Calculator by e-mailing Douglas Green – dfg@photo-software.com
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New Douglas Grey Card at Focus on Imaging and Photo Fest Ireland

18th February 2009 – Hampshire, UK Douglas Photographic announced today that the new Douglas Grey Card will be featured by Colour Confidence, the colour management and digital imaging specialist, on stand E33 at the Focus On Imaging show, which starts this weekend at the NEC Birmingham. Later next month , the Douglas Grey Card can be seen again at Photo Fest Ireland at the Crowne Plaza, Dublin Airport. The Douglas Grey Card Mark II, which was launched at the end of last year, combines the most advanced principles and materials with ease of use – right down to “one click” colour balance when using PaintShopPro or PhotoShop. The universal “Douglas” covers all the angles, whether using flash, natural, tungsten or warm fluorescent lighting, negative film, transparencies or digital. The “Douglas” has long been an essential part of any serious photographer’s toolkit. Unlike a number of cards available, this latest version means goodbye to the distortions of fluorescence. The Douglas Mark II provides better, more consistent colour balancing of digital and conventional photography across the widest range of illumination, including tungsten, daylight, flash and warm fluorescent tubes. The Mark II is also more compact. “Neither the grey nor white sides contain artificial brighteners – the sort of thing used in household detergents” explains Douglas Green, managing director. “They are found in many other grey cards and they do affect exposure readings. The Douglas offers a truly stable, reliable reference point for the photographer to calculate correct exposure.” Grey on one side and white on the other, the Douglas Grey Card is suitable for a wide range of purposes including exposure measurement, contrast measurement, colour balancing and setting white balance. The Douglas Mark II folds easily to about A5 size and fits snugly into a camera bag. Once fully opened, it is large enough to fill a 35mm camera viewfinder at 40 cm with a 50mm lens.
  • No artificial brighteners – which will distort exposure.
  • Advanced, tough synthetic material – for years of use
  • Stain-free – unlike traditional card, the Douglas can be written on with a Chinagraph pencil or suitable markers, then cleaned with mild detergent or spray cleaner
  • Reflects the same proportion of all colours of light falling – including ultra-violet and the limit of visible red
Douglas Software is a privately-held technology company based in Hampshire, United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1992 by Douglas Green, an independent software engineer with many years experience of photography. Douglas Software specialises in photographic software and hardware product development. Among their main products there is the Camera module for Palm, Pocket PC Windows and Mac as well as the World Almanac and the Douglas Grey Card. World Almanac is a Solar and Lunar database for photographers, astronomers, anglers, gardeners and anyone else who needs to know the position of the Sun and Moon from any location at any time. The Douglas Grey Card is an essential tool for the serious photographer and is one of the very few truly neutral and true 18% grey cards. For more information, visit www.photo-software.com Note for editors: Focus on Imaging is being held at the NEC, Birmingham 22-25 Feb and Photo Fest Ireland at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin Airport, 29 March.  
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New Retailer for the Douglas Grey Card

1st December 2008 – Colour Confidence appointed a grey card distributor for Europe.
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New Douglas Grey Card Version

9th October 2008 – The Douglas Grey Card, Mark II, combines the most advanced principles and materials with ease of use – right down to “one click” colour balance when using PaintShop Pro or PhotoShop. The universal “Douglas” covers all the angles, whether using flash, natural, tungsten or warm fluorescent lighting, negative film, transparencies or digital.
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Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for the Mac Released.

28th April 2008 – Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for the Mac brings depth of field, hyperfocal distance, angle of view and other optical calculations for the amateur or professional to the Apple Macintosh platform.  
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Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Windows Released.

15th October 2007 – Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Windows brings depth of field, hyperfocal distance, angle of view and other optical calculations for the amateur or professional to the Microsoft Windows platform.
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Version 2.1.0. of the Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Pocket PC and Palm Released.

15th October 2007 – Version 2.1.0. of the Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Pocket PC and Palm has been upgraded and is available for download for registered customers.  
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Version 2.0.0. of the Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Pocket PC and Palm Released.

1st July 2007 – Version 2.0.0. of the Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Pocket PC and Palm has been upgraded and is available for download for registered customers. This is a major upgrade with many more feature and is free to existing users. Apart from English, the software can also be run in French, Italian, German and Spanish.
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The Douglas Grey Card Challenge

13th June 2007 – Check out the competition We’d love you to check out the Douglas Grey Card against competitive products! Download the details (146Kb PDF) right here. And our brand new 12-page colour booklet for the Grey Card is downloadable here (365Kb PDF). There is also a technical leaflet comparing both the grey and white sides which is available here (72Kb PDF).
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Multi-language, multi-format software and leaflets

13th June 2007 – Our software can now be provided in a number of languages as can our Grey Card leaflet. In addition, our Photo Calculator can be made available for a number of other handheld devices. In addition our knowledge also extends to cinematography (both conventional and digital) and video. Please click on Support for full contact details
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The Douglas Grey Card can now be bought worldwide.

14th May 2007 – By popular demand, you can now buy our Grey Card using the PayPal system.
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Version 1.1.2. of the Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Pocket PC and Palm Released.

14th August 2006 – Version 1.1.2. of the Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Pocket PC and Palm has been upgraded and is available for download for registered customers.
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Updated Grey Card Leaflets Available

19th July 2006 – The two leaflets have been updated to include further products. The first compares our card against competitive products here in PDF format (146Kb) and the other is a technical leaflet comparing both the grey and white sides here (115Kb).
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Version 1.1.1. of the Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Pocket PC and Palm Released.

1st July 2006 – Version 1.1.2. of the Douglas Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator for Pocket PC and Palm has been upgraded and is available for download for registered customers. Both the Palm and Pocket PC have now been upgraded to include more digital camera formats.