Light Blue Software has released version 2.3 of Light Blue: Photo, their award-winning business management software for photographers. 

Light Blue: Photo is billed as a flexible business management system that lets professional photographers keep on top of shoots, contacts, orders, payments and purchases. Light Blue: Photo also makes it easy to manage images files, publish them on the web and profit from them.

The latest version of the Light Blue: Photo based on Apple's FileMaker database software, comes with a range of new features and enhancements. Among the list of improvements are new reports for analysing the profitability of shoots, improvements to the existing mail-merge features and tighter integration with Google Calendar.

According to the company, Light Blue: Photo has proved very popular with photographers wanting to improve their productivity, and received a 5 out of 5 rating in the March 2010 edition of Photo Pro magazine, who commented that "Light Blue: Photo is the most important piece of software I own after Photoshop... every photographer should give it a try".

Light Blue: Photo 2.3 is available now as a free update for existing version 2 users, while for new users the software costs £325 or $365. Existing version 1 users can upgrade to version 2.2 for £85 or $105. UK pricing includes VAT.

A free, fully functioning 30-day trial of Light Blue: Photo is also available to downloaded from the Light Blue website. Minimum Mac system requirements are: PowerPC, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac, 512MB of RAM, 1GHz procesor. Minimum PC system requirements are: Pentium 500MHz, 128MB of RAM, Hard disk drive with 160MB space, 1024x768 resolution screen or higher, Windows XP (Service Pack 2), Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Light Blue: Photo won the 'Best Private Sector Solution' award at the prestigious FileMaker CubeAwards last year, with FileMaker commenting that Light Blue: Photo was: "...one of the slickest vertical market solutions [they’d] ever had the pleasure of picking apart, wide in scope with innovative, clever, features built to high standards, demonstrating an exemplary user experience."

Details of the FileMaker CubeAwards 2010 can be found here. Entries for the awards, which are designed to identify and celebrate the excellent and innovative work of FileMaker developers, close on 7 October 2010.

A detailed profile 'Light Blue Software - FileMaker CubeAwards' can be found here.

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