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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What's new in PhotoFlow

A new version of photoflow is now available on GitHub, providing quite many improvements and new features. Here you can see a screenshot of the current version:

The first thing you can notice is that the interface has been switched to a dark theme which is more suitable for image editing.

In addition, this new version provides several improvements of the tools and of the processing engine:
  • Tools that are very cpu-demanding can now be automatically cached to speed-up the image preview; this feature is presently enabled only for the RAW image developer and for the sharpening tool.
  • The layer stack can now be re-arranged via mouse drag & drop. You can move layers inside or outside from layer groups, as well as move around entire groups with their sub-layers. The preview window immediately reflects the new layer configuration.
  • It is now possible to save and re-load editing presets. New presets can be created by selecting one or more layers and then clicking on the "Save" button in the bottom-right corner of the main window. The preset file name should be given a ".pfp" extension. To use the saved presets one has to select the layer above which the preset has to be inserted and then to click on the "Load" button on the bottom of the main window. A file chooser will allow you to select the ".pfp" file, after which the layers stored in the preset will be  added to the layers stack. Of course, you will be able to further tweak the newly added layers like any other tool.
  • A new button was added to the zooming controls, which allows to scale the currently edited image so that it fits into the preview area.
  • The curves tools has been improved: it is now possible to add a control point to the curve by clicking on the preview image while holding down the Ctrl key. The new control point will be added according to the curve's input pixel values, sampled on a 7x7 pixel region.
There are a  lot of additional improvements and fixes in this new version, in particular to improve the stability and reliability of the program, which would be too long to describe here...

An updated windows installer is also available from here.

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