Software and storage tips Tue, 14 Aug 18 23:32:34 -0600 Software and storage tips en-CA Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:06:42 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12842@/talks/discussions

Lightroom CC is now available as part of an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription ($9.99 per month) or as the equivalent standalone $149 perpetual-license Lightroom 6 application. But the single purchase option won't include syncing photos to Adobe's mobile apps, such as Lightroom Mobile, Slate, and Voice. Adobe uses a smaller-footprint version of the photo file called Smart Preview for transmitting to Web and devices, so bandwidth and storage aren't taxed unnecessarily.

Lightroom CC -
It is part of their Photo plan

Lightroom 6 -

Infographics, kind of like Photostory Mon, 06 Aug 2018 03:45:52 -0600 radikalfilm 20187@/talks/discussions I'm wondering if there is a product out there that provides a fast workflow (using templates?) for creating 2D infographic animations (mixing photos, video, text, pie/bar chart animations, design elements). It should accept professional wrappers as input (mxf) and XAVC codec flavors, and also mov/ProRes.

I am aware all this can be achieved/imported in After Effects, however AE has a certain barrier of entry that doesn't fit my definition of fast workflow. Please do not point to proprietary broadcast CG software priced $$$.

Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop? Thu, 09 May 2013 21:33:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6932@/talks/discussions Photoshop is real cause of most angry comments towards Adobe CC proposal.

It is too widespread and used by too many different people.

What alternatives you know? I mean here full fledged photo editors with modern cameras raw support, layers, etc.

Updated for 2016.

PhotoLine 19.51

Has 16bit support, vecor tools, Mac/PC versions, 64bit version. Works as portable on your USB stick, if you like. Small and fast.

Sherif PhotoPlus X8

Affinity Photo 1.4

Mostly Mac editor, but now also beta version for PC exist.

Sagelight Editor

  • Advanced editor with unique interface
  • Lifetime version of Sagelight for $39.95
  • Development stopped as of 2016, developer lost



Corel PaintShop Pro X9


Pixelmator 3.5

Mac only editor.

  • Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • $30 at

CyberLink PhotoDirector Ultra 7

Corel AfterShot Pro 3

It is less editor and more Lightroom like thing.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14

So called consumer editor.

MAGIX Photostory Deluxe Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:14:41 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14068@/talks/discussions

Stitching and editing VR cameras raw photos Tue, 31 Jul 2018 07:31:00 -0600 MikeLinn 20159@/talks/discussions

EOS Inspector 2 - Mac software to get shutter counts Thu, 26 Jul 2018 08:42:53 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20134@/talks/discussions image


Device Overview

Important details about your camera, such as serial number, battery charge level, possible shots and firmware version are presented as soon as you connect your camera via USB cable.

Shutter Actuations Info

EOS Inspector displays a shutter actuations count along with a shutter’s rated lifespan (that varies from camera to camera) so you can easily see the percent of its wear. For modern EOS cameras Live View related actuations are also displayed.

For newer cameras you’ll get even more! Most EOS cameras released since 2015 (such as the 1D X Mark II, 5D Mark IV and 5DS) provide more details on shutter’s usage. You’ll get separate values for photos taken through the viewfinder, photos taken via the Live View and a number of Live View sessions. All these values are presented visually on the detalization bar.

65 cameras supported

EOS Inspector is tested and confirmed to be working with 65 Canon EOS cameras, including the recent ones like 1D X Mark II, 5D Mark IV and 5DS.

Excire Search and Excire Search Pro Plugins Sun, 22 Jul 2018 05:52:20 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20107@/talks/discussions


Excire Inc. today announced the immediate U.S. availability of Excire Search and Excire Search Pro, Lightroom plug-in software. Excire is a powerful image-retrieval and annotation plug-in that uses proprietary Artificial Intelligence for pattern-recognition and deep learning technologies. Excire is ideal for use by amateur and professional photographers, stock photo agencies, photo-sharing websites, professional photo-labs and others who rely on industry-standard Lightroom Catalogs as integral to their standard workflow.

In contrast to traditional systems that require a user to manually enter appropriate keywords or search tags for each image, Excire works by automatically learning the characteristic features of all catalog images. In turn, images are tagged with any of five hundred built-in keywords (125 keywords for Excire Search). Appropriate images can quickly be retrieved or used for subsequent searches based on example images or desired keyword content entered by the software. Both the Excire Search and Pro plug-ins reside on a user's own computer, there is no need for lengthy cloud transfers or even access to very large files. The Excire interface is intuitive and easy-to-use so even occasional users will find it helpful.

"The AI technology used in Excire Search Pro was developed by computer scientists at the Pattern Recognition Company (PRC), parent company of Excire Inc., located in Lübeck,Germany," said Erhardt Barth, co-founder and CEO of Pattern Recognition Company. "PRC is dedicated to bringing Artificial Intelligence technologies to photographers. Our unique skills in Machine Learning, Neural Networks and Computer Vision makes Excire particularly well-suited to assist our customers as they organize their digital image files."

Interested buyers can download a fully functioning 15-day free trial of Excire Search or the Excire Search Pro plug-in for Lightroom. Interested photographers can learn more about Excire via online tech demos or by watching complimentary video tutorials on the Excire website. Excire Search Pro is available now (Mac or Windows) for $119 and the simpler Excire Search plug-in, is also available now (Mac or Windows) for $69. More information is available at the Excire website:

About Excire

Excire Inc. is an American corporation dedicated to bringing useful Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to photographers. Excire technology was developed by the Pattern Recognition Company (PRC), a spin-off from the world-renowned University of Lübeck in Germany. PRC consists of a team of computer scientists; all focused on their shared passion for making AI an important productivity tool for photographers around the world. The Excire team possesses unique expertise in Machine Learning, Neural Networks, and Computer Vision and they were using Neural Networks and Deep Learning long before those technologies became fashionable. For more information about Excire Inc. please visit

Skylum Luminar 2018 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:10:19 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18109@/talks/discussions


New Luminar 2018 delivers a breakthrough photo editing experience for photographers on Mac & Windows with new filters, tools, non-destructive editing, major speed boosts, and a digital asset management platform that will arrive in 2018.

Macphun, the California-based software developer today announced Luminar 2018. New users will be able to purchase Luminar 2018 for $59, and current users of Luminar may upgrade at a special price of $39. Preorders start November 1 at

Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018 digital asset management platform. Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. With adaptive workspaces that match styles of shooting, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.

Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.

And, importantly, Luminar works on both Mac- and Windows-based desktop computers*.

“We’ve taken the time to listen to photographers, and what they want is performance and quality. The less time photographers have to spend in front of computers, the more time they have for taking pictures,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Macphun. “Our mission is to get Luminar streamlined with just the tools and controls photographers need. The goal is simple: enable the best-looking images with the least amount of effort.”

Luminar offers a new RAW Engine that can handle high-quality images faster. Plus, it's easy to solve image problems caused by camera lenses with Lens Correction features that resolve vignette, distortion, and color aberrations. If the photo has unwanted perspective problems, a new Transform tool can quickly solve them.

Instead of stuffing menus with boring effects and old technology, Luminar only puts in filters that photographers want and need. Luminar offers more than 40 filters to correct color, sharpen details, and release creativity. New filters include the ability to enhance color with Brilliance, selectively lighten or darken specific areas of an image with Dodge & Burn, as well as the ability to change the lighting in a photo with Sun Rays.

Want a whole new way to stylize images? Try the new Lookup Table adjustments, known as LUTs**. Creative color, perfect black and white conversions, and even digital films stocks are just a click away. Lightroom users who rely on custom presets created for Lightroom can also easily convert those presets into LUTs (with a free 3rd party tool) and use them inside of Luminar 2018.

Luminar 2018 will become available in November 2017, and in 2018 a free update will provide a new image browser/digital asset manager to help photographers manage their image libraries.

Photographers will be able to sort, rate, organize, and backup their photos at great speed. The new digital asset management platform in Luminar will work without subscription and will work with any storage (cloud or local). It will also bring a number of unique features, that the current Lightroom library can’t boast.


  • Pre-order for Luminar 2018 will run from November 1 until November 16.
  • Pre-order customers will receive a special price and value-add bonuses such as:
    • A pack of signature presets & textures from a Pro photographer Nicolesy.
    • An exclusive pack of LUTs.
    • 1-year Power plan from SmugMug ($72 value). For new accounts only


Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC which can be activated on five devices.

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a special pre­-order price of $39
  • New users can purchase Luminar at a special pre­order price of $59
  • The retail price for Luminar 2018 after November 16 will be:
    • $49 upgrade for current Luminar HDR users
    • $69 for new users

The digital asset management platform will arrive in 2018 as the free update for all the users of Luminar 2018.

Kandao Raw+ - nice raw stacking software for low noise Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:04:12 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20075@/talks/discussions


More info at -

Download -

Fake story of full Photoshop on iPads Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:34:25 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20061@/talks/discussions

Adobe Systems Inc., the maker of popular digital design programs for creatives, is planning to launch the full version of its Photoshop app for Apple Inc.’s iPad as part of a new strategy to make its products compatible across multiple devices and boost subscription sales.

The software developer is planning to unveil the new app at its annual MAX creative conference in October, according to people with knowledge of the plan. The app is slated to hit the market in 2019, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private product plans. Engineering delays could still alter that timeline.

Whole story made by Adobe PR department, mostly related with mobile company branch.

Idea is to present new version with more features added as "full version" and "mostly like on PC or Mac", of course all paid bloggers and youtubers will be also used during October launch.

Corel PhotoMirage - moving photos Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:03:37 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20041@/talks/discussions

Adobe Photosop CC 2017, former 2015, Creative Cloud Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:13:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8003@/talks/discussions Adobe just announced a Creative Cloud program for photography.

Adobe Photoshop CC + Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and 5. 20GB of storage. Video tutorials.

$9.99 a month. And they have no plans on raising it.

Developing an image • Photography related workflows, conditions and thoughts Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:27:52 -0600 maxr 6524@/talks/discussions Hi guys! GH's can take stills too and damn good ones. Let's share workflows, compare apps and results! I personally, organize a 40.000 photos catalog with lightroom. Lr is very versatile but there are times when even it's myriad tricks don't get there. Capture one is giving me pretty nice results (best color engine out there) which doesn't come as a surprise once I got best results with 4/3's ORFs; is also unbeatable at sharpness. Other times I go with raw developer; I like it's simple interface and that I can get closer to "traditional" analogic photography (i.e. DR) look/feel. WHAT ARE YOU USING?


capture one (linear mode), left • lightroom, center • raw developer, right

Lumix Tether Software Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:22:01 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17847@/talks/discussions image

Capture One 11 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:27:15 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18360@/talks/discussions

Main New Features

  • Annotations
  • Export with Assets
  • Improved “Back-up And Restore” mechanism for Catalogs
  • Duplicate checker for the Importer
  • LAB Readouts
  • Levels as a Layer Adjustment
  • Color Balance as a Layer Adjustment
  • Create new Filled Layer
  • Presets for Layer capable tools
  • Master Layer Opacity
  • Feather Mask
  • Refine Mask Edge
  • Clear Mask
  • Greyscale Mask preview mode
  • Expanded AppleScript

Post lighting in Apollo iPhone App Tue, 22 May 2018 13:17:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19770@/talks/discussions

  • Add up to 20 light sources
  • Position each one in 3D space
  • Change the light intensity
  • Alter the light spread
  • Change the color
  • Add a light BEHIND an object for silhouettes

On1 Photo RAW 2018 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:24:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17900@/talks/discussions image


New ON1 Photo RAW coming at the end of the month. There will be a free public beta of this latest release available this Friday (October 6th). Along with the essential tools and features needed in a photography workflow, ON1 Photo RAW 2018 includes key updates to the fast, non-destructive raw processing engine. Photographers will now have an integrated tool with accelerated photo management, precise photo development, hundreds of customizable photo effects, fast and beautiful HDR, pano stitching, masking and blending adjustments, layers, and much more – in one app.

From the beginning the ON1 community has driven the development of ON1 Photo RAW based on what’s most important to you. Almost every feature and improvement made to the app in version 2018 is a direct result of community input through the ON1 Photo RAW Project. This type of transparency is what you can continue to expect from our team. This process has solidified ON1 Photo RAW as the app designed by photographers for photographers.

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 will be updated and enhanced in many areas. Key new features will include the following.

  • ON1 HDR – Create stunning HDR photos that merge all tonality from a bracket of photos in a fraction of the time (test results have shown up to seven times faster than other HDR apps). Automatically aligns photos and removes ghosting from motion between exposures. Includes full non-destructive editing with natural results and can be turned up to 11 for a surreal look.
  • Pano Stitching – Combine multiple photos into a single panoramic or matrix photo. Automatically aligns photos, even if they are not shot on a tripod, and blends them together seamlessly. An option to embed panoramic metadata for Facebook panning is also available.
  • Global Mask Editing Tools – These include new mask Density and Feather sliders to allow for changing the density or opacity of masks as well as blur masks for softening.updated
  • Luminosity Mask Updates – Adjust the levels of a mask to increase the contrast or brightness as well as set a tonal window to only affect a certain zone. These updates allow users to target just the area they want, based on the photo.
  • Color Range Masks – Create a mask from a color range selection.
  • Blur and Chisel Mask Tools – In ON1 Effects, the Blur and Chisel mask tools are now included. The blur tool is perfect for softening or feathering a mask selectively. The Chisel tool lets the user push or pull the edge selectively, to remove halos. All of these new masking options are re-editable and non-destructive.
  • Versions — Versions are virtual copies of the same photo. Each version created can include non-destructive settings, including crop, retouching and adjustments. Versions work just like any other photo without taking up more space on your computer.
  • Updated UI — Clean and modern UI where your photo is the center of attention. Custom name filters and layers to easier keep track of work. Also select your own UI accent color.
  • Paint with Color Brush — Painting with color can be a solid color, perfect for skin smoothing and making annotation layers, or paint with just the color and leave the underlying luminosity in place to change the color of objects like eyes.
  • Selectively Add or Remove Noise — Brush away noise in areas like skies or add noise for an artistic effect.
  • ON1 Photo for Mobile — Take the best shots with you on the go with the free ON1 Photo for Mobile app. It’s a great way to share portfolios. It can also sync new photos taken on phones back to the desktop so those photos are ready for editing.
  • Additional Camera & Lens Support — Added support for the Nikon D850, Olympus EM-10 III and Panasonic DMC-G85, plus a ton of new lenses.

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 will differentiate itself from other apps by allowing photographers to both browse and catalog their photos from the very beginning of their workflow. This hybrid system provides one of the fastest ways to manage and organize photos. The ultra fast photo browser is perfect for quickly viewing and culling through photos without having to wait on an import process. Once the culling process is complete, the ability to create and catalog those photos is the next step in most common workflows.

There is plenty more available within the apps non-destructive workflow in terms of photo development. These features include re-editable adjustments such as exposure, contrast, color, shadows, highlights, lens correction, and transform tools. The hundreds of unique photo effects are also perfect for finishing off your photos to add that extra punch. Photographers have complete control of how each effect is applied using masking brushes, gradients masks, and local adjustments. Each effect is also completely customizable to save any look as a custom preset.

Photo editing technologies such as live blending options, apply to, smart layers, smart photos, and mask refinement tools also make ON1 Photo RAW 2018 a more advanced pixel editor without having to launch a separate app. The ability to combine photos together with layers, masks, and selectively apply filters and effects to raw photos gives users a big advantage.

Don’t let the name fool you; ON1 Photo RAW 2018 isn’t just for raw files. Supported file formats include JPEG, TIF, PSD, PSB, PNG, and DNG are supported and benefit from the speed, performance, and abundance of editing tools in the app. Photo RAW 2018 also continues to work seamlessly within current photography workflows. The app integrates as a plug-in for Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop® and further builds its case as a complete standalone photo editor. Version 2018 also integrates with the major cloud services to allow for uploading, managing and editing photos across multiple computers. This also allows users to sync photos and their edits across multiple computers or in a studio setting.

Price and Availability

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 will be available for download as a free public beta on October 6th from our website. Previous owners of any ON1 app (or ON1 plug-in) can upgrade for just $79.99, regularly $99.99. Those who don’t own an ON1 app can pre-order for $119.99. For a limited time, ON1 Photo RAW 2018 is will be bundled with some excellent bonus materials which include: Three ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Courses by Product Director Dan Harlacher, and all of their 2017 and 2018 Loyalty Rewards. A single purchase of ON1 Photo RAW 2018 works with both Mac and Windows and includes activation on up to five computers. The full release of ON1 Photo RAW 2018 is currently scheduled for the end of October, a free 30 day trial will also be available at that time. ON1 will also be releasing another update to the previous version, ON1 Photo RAW 2017, later this year. This update will include support for new cameras, lenses, and bug fixes.

Free Nik bundle photo plugins + pack of presets Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:06:23 -0600 maxr 14867@/talks/discussions  


direct DL link WINDOWS -

direct DL link MAC -

For anyone interested my experience is that Dfine is all around an excellent denoiser, newest topaz DN6 probably the best (also more time consuming) close followed by noiseware. Silvereffex is nice too, silkier than almighty tonality street dog. Sharpener Pro is also alright, mix (lighten and darken layers) to lessen effect, good clarity, you can configure it (well all of them) to go into new layer with mask (plink!) quick stuff. Color Effex has a ton of options and the legendary U-points (glub glub), useful if you invest some time, explore the myriad effects and combinations and end up creating some recipes, like sardines stuffed with mozzarella and heroin; used to be my post digi-darkroom, today's alien. Analog effex's also fun, for crazier moods. Skip Vivezza and specially HDR Effex, very bad. This suite used to be hundreds of petrodolars, probably google decided on dumping it (not cost effective) and thus the grandiloquence gest (prrrfff), enjoy =)


Some good introductions by Northlight Images

Silver Efex Pro



Color Efex filters


Mind you some things: when you save the image in standalone mode it will overwrite the original, so better make a copy beforehand. In Dfine the more manual noise's patches you select the better the results, BIG difference, it's also worth tweaking the advanced controls. Whenever I say u-point I mean control points, I'm used that way; these points behave a bit like add or/and subtract circular gradients' masks (with selectable ratio/size and transparency/power) but they also are very sensitive to where they're placed, a bit like a spot light (mimicking a 3D behaviour) within the confinement of a 2 space. When you save a recipe, U-points are not saved with it... basically there's no way of creating a U-point "memory". You can export your recipes and backed them up, shared them, etc. Also U-points behave differently depending on filter, e.g. in Pro-contrast the effect is not activated unless you create either "+" or "-" u-points. I found to be useful to mark the favourite effects (yellow star) so they're easier to locate. If there is something you'd like to apply to a video, you can save a recipe (as long as there are no vignetes, sharpening, etc. only luma and chroma tweaks without masks), convert Davinci's base trim_lut0.dpx to png or tif, apply your recipe and then create an timeline with the file and extract the grade's LUT in Resolve =)



41 free presets for PVs

Finally, attached are 41 presets - the ones managed to find - I created on CE long time ago; plus a couple charts for testing. You've got to understand that many of them were developed working on some specific look/batch/context/experience, plenty of times directly with unrefined (no time to cut baby's nails man?!!) base image, sometimes darker, sometimes brighter, more constrasty, more bland, etc. etc. Most if not all are meant to be used together with U-points, otherwise pretty useless; for instance I recurred a lot to the glow effect, but the reality was that more often than not with just u-points to very specific areas, as I mentioned before it's silly but there's no way to save those u-points. Hierarchy of effects' stack can also be changed and thus plenty more variations are possible.

To import the presets, see here - - they'll live in /Users/yourname/Library/Preferences/Google/Color\ Efex\ Pro\ 4/ImportedPresets folder on a mac. CE has a semi-hidden history tab too.

List of package contents:

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Patternodes 2 - fun app to make advanced patterns Sun, 29 Apr 2018 05:29:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19594@/talks/discussions image

Node based interface.

Site -

Smart Photo Editor with node based effects Fri, 06 Apr 2018 04:49:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19381@/talks/discussions

Program page -

Check Review

Affinity Designer available for Windows Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:19:59 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16060@/talks/discussions

Affinity Designer, the #1 bestselling professional design and graphics app for Mac, is now available to buy for Windows.

The fast, precise and feature-rich vector design tool has consistently been the top paid-for design app on Mac since launch. The response has been meteoric, including a coveted Apple Design Award and thousands of 5-star customer reviews on the Mac App Store.

For many professionals, Affinity Designer has become their go-to app for everything from creating concept art, print projects, logos and icons to UI design, web graphics and mock-ups.

And because Affinity Designer on Windows matches the Mac version feature for feature, PC users will experience the same thrilling speed, incredible tools and supreme accuracy which have given Affinity Designer its formidable reputation.

To celebrate the launch, Affinity Designer for Windows can be bought for a discount price of $39.99 / £29.99 / €39.99 until 24 November direct from

Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of developer Serif, says: “When we launched Affinity Designer we never expected the impact it has made. Seeing it so widely adopted by designers around the world – and all the incredible work people are creating with it – has been such a rewarding experience for the team here.

“We’ve released many updates to Affinity Designer since launch, adding hundreds of new features which users asked for. But by far the biggest single request has been for the Windows version so we’re delighted to finally deliver that.”

Experienced digital designers, illustrators and artists will feel instantly at home with Affinity Designer’s powerful selection of essential tools. Buyers can also expect:

  • A complete vector and pixel editing toolset
  • 10 million+ percent zoom
  • Non-destructive effects and adjustment layers
  • RGB, CMYK, LAB, Pantone and ICC colour management
  • Advanced typography, including text styles and text-on-a-path
  • Effortless PSD, SVG, EPS, PNG and PDF/X handling
  • Unlimited artboards with device pre-sets
  • Super smooth gradients and colour control
  • Standard and retina resolution pixel preview
  • Unlimited and saveable undo history
  • Incredibly powerful export capabilities
  • Symbols, including multiple versions and nested symbols
  • Constraints for pseudo-responsive design
  • Grids, guides and advanced snapping including pixel alignment
  • Fully customisable shortcuts.

“What might surprise some people is that the Windows version shares exactly the same back-end code as our Mac version," adds Ashley Hewson. "Not only does this mean perfect cross-platform file compatibility, it means the same memory management and rendering technology which give Affinity Designer its blistering speed.”

Designed to work on 64 bit Windows 7 and above, and available with support for eight languages, the on-sale version has been refined over a public beta testing period with more than 180,000 users taking part.

Affinity Designer for Windows can be purchased direct from The usual price will be $49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99 with updates included – there’s no ongoing subscription.

Affinity Designer is part of a trio of professional quality design software tools. Affinity Photo launched for Mac last year and is now in free public beta on Windows (from while Affinity Publisher is expected in 2017

Affinity Photo for Windows now final Thu, 10 Nov 2016 05:16:22 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16025@/talks/discussions PR

Windows users can now download the long-awaited Affinity Photo, with the launch of a free public beta.

It’s the first opportunity for PC users to experience the speed, power and precision of the award-winning professional image editor.

Chosen as Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ 2015, and ‘Best Imaging Software’ 2016 by the Technical Image Press Association, Affinity Photo for Mac has received thousands of 5-star reviews from professional photographers, editors, artists and retouchers around the world.

The Windows version matches it feature-for-feature and the public beta offers users the chance to try it free of charge before the full version goes on sale.

Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of Affinity developer Serif, says: “When we started developing our Affinity apps nearly seven years ago one of the key aims was to be cross-platform, so this is a huge milestone for us. Because we did plan this from the beginning we made nearly all of our back-end code – the core engine of Affinity, if you like – completely operating system independent.

“This not only means that file compatibility between the two platforms is 100% perfect, but all the power, performance, tools and accuracy which have really set us apart on Mac are there for Windows users to enjoy now too.”

Affinity Photo’s awe-inspiring range of tools work in real time, so there’s no waiting to see results. Non-destructive editing, RAW processing and end-to-end colour management are standard, so Affinity Photo has all the accuracy and quality necessary to make beautiful images spring to life.

Participants will be excited to know that the beta version includes a host of powerful new features to be made available in Affinity Photo’s next major update, v1.5.

They include:

  • Advanced HDR merge producing full 32-bit linear colour space images
  • Focus stacking to bring depth to multiple combined images
  • Batch processing for smoother, faster workflow
  • An all-new way to edit 360 degree images

The beta period also offers Affinity’s developers the chance to perfect the product before its full launch, and users are encouraged to share their feedback.

Naturally, Affinity Photo works perfectly with Serif’s stunning graphics editor Affinity Designer, sharing a common file type and shared save history. Affinity Designer for Windows is on the verge of full release.

Windows prices will match Affinity’s subscription-free Mac pricing ethos, with a one-off payment of $49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99 covering future updates.

For more information about Affinity Photo:

To sign up for the beta:

Magix Photostory Premium VR Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:30:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19307@/talks/discussions


MAGIX Software announces Photostory Premium VR, its first virtual reality software. Now impressive virtual worlds can be created in just a few steps with conventional photos and videos, and no additional hardware is required.

The release of Photostory Premium VR complements MAGIX's successful Photostory product family with a new, innovative way of editing photos and videos. The program includes an extensive set of VR functions, the full functionality of Photostory Deluxe and numerous additional effects.

Photostory Premium VR offers users various options to create interactive VR presentations. 360° photos and videos can be assembled to form professional virtual tours. Additional content such as regular photos and videos or texts can be added and edited with just a few clicks. The software also makes it possible to achieve real surround sound by adding audio files. Users who do not have an extensive collection of 360° or 3D content can also display their conventional photos and videos in one of the 3D worlds provided by the program.

No additional hardware is required to run Photostory Premium VR and create impressive interactive VR presentations. Even an ordinary PC or laptop can realize the full potential of this incredible new VR software. It brings a technology, which is increasingly used at trade fairs and in the real estate industry, to a completely new audience of every-day users. Photostory Premium VR also supports advanced VR hardware and fully-featured VR content that can be extensively edited.

For sharing and playing finished VR experiences MAGIX provides the free app MAGIX VR-X Player. This allows viewing on a PC or laptop, with VR glasses or with a VR headset for smartphones.

MAGIX has also announced Photostory Premium VR 365 which is a subscription service that allows users to enjoy all of the professional features of Photostory Premium VR for a low monthly fee.

“Virtual reality is currently one of the most exciting technological developments of our age”, says Stefan Renz, Photostory Premium VR's product owner. “We have over 20 years of experience in developing photo and video editing software and are using this knowledge to help shape VR innovation. We truly believe that Photostory Premium VR will greatly expand the circle of users who can take part in this exciting new technology.”

MAGIX has already been working on VR projects with Intel (Alloy) and Microsoft (HoloLens). In 2017 the company acquired Dresden software firm, simplitec GmbH in order to tap into the virtual reality market. The simplitec team is now fully focused on VR development under the MAGIX management. Depending on their requirements VR newcomers and professional producers of VR content can choose between different versions of Photostory Premium VR:

  • Photostory Premium VR £109.99
  • Photostory Premium VR 365 from £7.49 per month
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Mac free apps, tips and tricks Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:05:20 -0600 maxr 11519@/talks/discussions Hey pips =)

I put together some stuff that either workarounds some of mac OS problems/limitations or makes specific tasks easier.
Your most welcome to add your own


01 Afloat

I wanted DigitalColor Meter to remain on top of all windows as is very anoying to have to call for the app to see/copy values.
This is the solution I found: afloat • case you want to I attached SIMBIL 0.9.9 and this Afloat direct download link HERE should work. BIG thanks to Chris Van Patten

See in the screen grab below how DCM it is not active as safari was selected and yet it remains floating on top, like a good girl ;-)

It works with many (not all) applications including finder itself, below's another example
FYI with multi-window apps, i.e stickies, IF you decide to pin one window to the desktop, you'll have to circle through (finder then stickies) to then select window from the menu, be sure that the correct sticky is selected and then adjust effects, that'll make dialog desapear. Have a look at guide that comes with afloat installer as there are shortcuts for almost everything. The "Make this window an overlay" (clicks fall through) and "Make it opaque while I'm working with it" options are also useful


Alien Skin Esposure 3 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:42:06 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17760@/talks/discussions

NCH Express Animate - free tool to make animated titles Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:19:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19208@/talks/discussions

Suggestion for free graphics design software Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:31:39 -0700 amiraleyvac 19016@/talks/discussions Hello,

I am newbie to graphics design world. Recently I have introduced about "clipping path". And it seems interesting to me. and I have already seen a tutorial about it. But I don't have Adobe Photoshop. I went to their site but the software wasn't free. Is there any other free software like Adobe Photoshop where I can learn & practice clipping path?

Tutorial looks good. Because there is picture with description for better understand. But unfortunately i don't have Adobe Photoshop software.

Is there anyone who can help me out? Thanks in advance.

Hybrid, a great free video converter (win, mac, linux) Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:20:59 -0600 maxr 11420@/talks/discussions image
It is free, BIG BIG THANKS to Selur from here =)
It is very fast, resourceful (picture below shows its guts), multiformat ( x264, x265, Xvid, VP9, proRES / mov, mkv, mp4, avi, etc.), quite simple to use and navigate and yet it has almost all important options for audio and video conversion (including adding TC). Selur just updated the program today with, among many other improvements and tweaks, a max resolution of 16384x16384 so now you'ld be able to convert alexa 6.5K files :P


Now, if you like it and use it, maybe you could spare some change so the guy can buy flowers #1 to his girlfriend =)


If you are a dye hard freedom-to-the-flowers supporter, change that for condoms
FHD SOC frame grab fresh from today
image Hybrid to proRES422 (my own tweakings) FHD frame grab

Another 1:1 crop. SOC and passed through conversion only, absolutely no grade or other tweak outside hybrid and karl's ffmpeg downscale script!

A little stress workflow test with a mix of hybrid and Karl's 4k to FHD script conversions.
BTW I asked Selur - with @Karl 's permission and approval, thanks man! - if he would consider implementing Karl's script. He's probably thinking about it or writing poetry for his beloved one, you never know ,-)

Here's a general feature list:

•   extensive ability to configure x264s setting (with dependency checks)  
•   ability to configure x265s setting  
•   tagging support for mkv/mp4/mov  
•   chapter support for mkv/mp4/Blu-ray  
•   subtitle suppot for mkv/mp4/Blu-ray  
•   separated audio-, video-, filter profiles, audio&video combi profiles  
•   an integrated bitrate calculator  
•   accepts vc-1 and avc raw input  
•   manual&automatic creation&pass-through of chapters  
•   ability to encode single title/chapters  
•   a job-control  
•   aac/mp3/ac3/ogg/flac/dts/pcm audio encoding with dcaenc/mencoder/ffmpeg/aften and different aac encoders  
•   supported aac encoders: qaac, fdk, faac, fhg, neroaacenc, vo-aacenc  
•   filtering through mencoder (+ some resize automation) or avisynth if the 'avisynth extension' is used  
•   acceptable Input: avs and everything that mplayer/ffmpeg can decode  
•   supported video output formats: MPEG-4 ASP (Xvid), MPEG-4 AVC (x264, qsvencc), VP8/VP9 (vpxenc), ProRes (ffmpeg), MPEG-4 HEVC (x265, kvazaar, DivX265), FFV1 (ffmpeg), UT video (ffmpeg), FFvHuff (ffmpeg)  
•   supported audio output formats: dts, ac3, ogg vorbis, mp3, aac, flac, pcm, opus, pass-through  
•   supported containers: mov/mp4/mkv/m2ts/webm/avi, Blu-ray or a AVCHD structure  
•   audio/video pass-through -> can be used for muxing, tagging, chapter editing  
•   a lot of option to automate stuff  
Fastest Film Grain and Subtitle software Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:34:06 -0700 zcream 19014@/talks/discussions I have a 100 min indie film. AE CS6 has an excellent Film Grain filter, but it take 6 days to render. Thats how slow it is. And adding subtitles is also clunky.

ffmpeg has a noise filter and takes subtitles - takes 11 hours in total.

Using a simple film plate, AE CS6 can do grain and subtitles in a day.

Hitfilm does not do subtitles but does an excellent 35mm film grain in 7 hours.

Is there any option that will do a render from Prores or Cineform to X264 or x265 with added film grain and subtitles in realtime ?

ACDSee Video Studio 2 for Free Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:16:42 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18985@/talks/discussions image

Simple, small useful editor. Can use on your note or second PC.

Can use for very simple vlogs recording and editing.

Has build in good screen and webcam recorders, so can make quick tutorial videos.

GPU accelerated for NVidia cards.