Posted on August 27, 2015 by Dan Harlacher - 5 Comments
Many of you haven’t heard of Photo Via, our latest mobile app for iOS. It makes it easy to sync your favorite photos in Lightroom with your mobile devices. In Lightroom you can select what you want to sync; from individual photos to smart albums to folders or even your entire photo library. This synchronization is done wirelessly using cloud storage services you already use (like Google Drive and Dropbox). One of the big benefits being you don’t have to sign-up and pay for another service.
Once your photos are synced to your mobile device you can view, search and share them easily. It’s perfect for adding your portfolio, recent vacation pics or latest job to your iPhone or iPad for on-the-go viewing. You can even view and change the rating and flags on your photos (via your mobile device) and those changes sync back to your desktop.
You can use Photo Via today if you have Lightroom. However, coming this fall you will be able to use it inside of the next generation Browse module. Even better, early in 2016 we will be adding two-sync photo sync. That’s right! Photos you take on your iPhone (or even iPad if that’s what you do) can be automatically downloaded and added to ON1 Photo or Lightroom. Then you can manage and edit them just like your other photos.
Just about every photo I edit starts in Enhance. It has all of the adjustments I need to get my photo looking good before I go on to other enhancements or styling. You get to adjust basics like Exposure, Contrast, Shadows, Highlights as well as correct color, remove distractions and noise and add sharpening and vignettes. You may have read an earlier blog post about some of the changes we are working on in Enhance. It’s gonna be faster! We’re also improving the image processing results. In this post I wanted to show you some of the results we’ve been cooking up for highlight and shadow recovery.
Often times when you take a photo outdoors the scene has very bright and dark areas. It’s hard to adjust your exposure and get both looking the right way. With our improvements to highlights and shadows you get more detail out of the shadows and recover nuances in the highlights with a single exposure. Rather than just adjusting the brightness and having to sacrifice the highlights to reveal the shadows or vice-versa, you’ll have full control over the exposure in each tonal range of the photo. We’ve been working hard to maintain a natural appearance and to not introduce any artifacts. Best of all it is much faster. Tell us what you think. You’ll be able to try it for yourself in the fall.
Thought we’d post a quick update. We’ve been receiving questions on social media and in our support emails around compatibility with the Windows 10 release and the new app Affinity Photo.
Does Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 work with Windows 10?
Yes. Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 is compatible with Windows 10. If you have Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 (or an app in the 9.5 generation). As you can imagine with any new OS update as large as Windows 10, there can always be hiccups along the way. If you have Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 and have any trouble getting it to work with Windows 10, then make sure you go through the steps our support team has outlined here.
Do any of the ON1 apps work as plug-ins for Affinity Photo?
Short answer, not yet. If you have Affinity Photo, and read it’s help documentation, you may have seen that it shows you how to get plug-ins to work with it. But currently, ON1 apps only support plug-ins for Adobe® Photoshop®, (Lightroom®) and Photoshop Elements. The ON1 plug-ins are designed specifically to take advantage of Photoshop’s automation interface, which allow us to offer more advanced features.
Unfortunately, Affinity doesn’t yet offer support for plug-ins using the advanced automation interface, which is why ON1 plug-ins won’t work.
That said, as the popularity of these third-party applications increases (such as Affinity Photo), we’re doing our best to offer ON1 integration with them in the future.
Using Windows 10? Using Affinity Photo? Questions? Comments? Leave us a note below.
Ever tried to find a photo from a year ago on iPhone? It’s scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll. You have to swipe-up through page after page of photos. We wanted a better way to navigate through photos with PhotoVia. We are going to add a fast scroll handle. When you start to scroll a blue handle will appear on the right edge. You can drag it up or down to navigate a long list way faster. We’re also adding a helper overlay to see where you’re at in the list by displaying the month and year.
After that, we realized it was only helpful when you see thumbnails for all of your photos, if not you would be just be scrolling through empty thumbnails. In the past, PhotoVia streamed thumbnails as you scrolled. As you scrolled through each page, it would take a second for the thumbnails to appear. Scrolling was slow. We will be adding an auto download option which will download all your thumbnails in the background. This will allow you to scroll through all of your photos and see thumbnails. For example, I have about 15 thousand photos I have published with PhotoVia, going back to 2001. I will be able to scroll through all of them in about a second!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with PhotoVia, it’s our newest app to help you view and share images from your desktop computers to your iPhone or iPad. Today it works as a plug-in for Lightroom. You select the photos you want to sync to your devices and they are viewable, searchable and sharable. Soon you will be able to do this from inside of Perfect Photo.
Perfect Enhance is the starting place for most of your photos in Perfect Photo. It has all the adjustments you need in one place. You can adjust the tone (think brightness and contrast), remove a color cast, reduce noise, add sharpness and a vignette. Plus you can crop and remove distractions like power lines and dust spots. Before I take a photo into Portrait or Effects I always start in Enhance.
Some of the feedback I’ve received from you is for more control in Enhance, specifically controls that look and feel like raw-processing. Well that’s what we’ve been working on. First, we will replace the brightness slider with exposure so you have a much larger range for correcting photos under or overexposed. Second, we will tweak the way we adjust highlights and shadows. This will give you better results and we will also give added range so you can do more than just lighten the shadows or recover the highlights. You will be able to adjust the sliders in both directions to have fine control over contrast and key. We will make similar changes to the blacks and whites sliders, giving you both positive and negative ranges. We will even add a negative range to the detail slider so you can simplify your photo into a watercolor look.
We will also make improvements to color controls. There will be white balance presets for removing color casts when you photograph under difficult lighting situations. We will add a saturation slider to compliment the existing vibrance slider. This will give you more control over the amount of color in your photo.
I’m excited about these future changes. I think they will give you more control to go beyond simply correcting your photo, but to be creative with your photos and really push the tonality to what you want instead of what was just there. Let us know what you think. Any other changes should we make in Enhance?