NIK Software has announced a version 2 upgrade to their flagship Silver Efex Pro. The Silver Efex Pro arguably is the best software on the market today for Black & White conversion. Its patented U Point technology provides very precise local adjustments. In version 2, NIK has added a nice to have History Browser. Silver Efex Pro 2 is available both as standalone and plugins for Lightroom and Aperture. You can get more info on NIK Software.
As for the much beloved Photokit Sharpener from Pixel Genius, it has also been upgraded to version 2 after it’s been absent for a few long years. Photokit Sharpener is an automated sharpening workflow for Photoshop. It is designed to work with both 8 or 16-bit scans and digital capture. PixelGenius is offering a 70% discount to version 1 users. The upgrade price is $30. For more info, you can visit Pixel Genius.