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Quick Update: Windows® 10, Affinity® Photo and ON1

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Patrick Smith - 8 Comments

ON1v_ID_BLUEThought 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.

 

ON1 Labs — A better thumbnail experience for PhotoVia

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Dan Harlacher - 1 Comment

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.

ON1 Labs — More Control in Perfect Enhance

Posted on July 21, 2015 by Dan Harlacher - 10 Comments

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?

Cheers!

Dan Harlacher
Senior Product Manager

ON1 Labs — Express Post to Instagram with PhotoVia

Posted on by Dan Harlacher - 1 Comment

We all love Instagram®. It’s a great community, focused on photography, like us. Most of us do our “serious photo editing” on our desktop computer, and want to share them to Instagram. Today, you have to email the photo to yourself, save it to your camera roll, then launch Instagram, select the photo, crop it, etc. A lot of steps just to share a photo. With the next release of PhotoVia we have been looking for a cool way to post to Instagram.

Coming soon to PhotoVia, you will be able to select a photo you have synced from your desktop and just push the dedicated Instagram button. You can crop your photo, or even better, leave your photo at it’s original aspect ratio and put it into either a white or black box so you don’t have to crop it to a square. One more click and it’s off to Instagram.

If you want to get fancy, you can create a published collection called Instagram in Lightroom, and any photos you add to it will be easy to find and share on your iPhone or iPad.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with PhotoVia, it’s our newest app which helps 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 magically they are viewable, searchable and sharable. Soon you will be able to do this from inside of Perfect Photo too.

Instagram® is a registered trademark of Facebook®. ON1 has no relationship with and is not endorsed by Instagram/Facebook.

ON1 Labs — An all new Perfect Portrait

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Dan Harlacher - 49 Comments

One of my favorite things about Perfect Portrait is it finds faces and features in faces, like eyes and mouths, automatically. It makes retouching much faster. It reduces the need to create lots of layers and masks and use brushes. You simply click on a face and adjust the amount of retouching you want. However, with anything that is automatic, it’s not perfect all of the time.

For example, think about when you put your camera in Program mode. Most of the time it gets the exposure right, but on tough photos it is off. Finding faces and facial features is the same way. For a deliberate portrait image with flat light and with the subject is facing the camera it works well. In the cases of profile angles, tilted heads, glasses, hard lighting or small, out of focus faces it doesn’t work as well. In these cases, you have to spend more time to adjust the control points. Having to adjust control points in the past could cause a bit of pain.

For the next generation of Perfect Portrait we will add a way for the user to better direct where facial features are so we can do a better job to set the control points for you. Any adjustments to control points will also be much faster. We will also add a way to skip facial features you don’t want to retouch.

When you start to retouch a face you will click on the eyes and the corners of the mouth. If you don’t care about the mouth, you can skip it (as an example). This gives you much faster and better results on tilted and/or small faces. It also gives you control over what features to retouch.

Sometimes You will need to fine-tune control points, but you will have to adjust fewer of them and by smaller amounts. The video below shows a prototype of this new workflow. You can see how it will work and how much faster and more accurate it will be.. If you like it, tell us, if you don’t tell us that too.

Cheers!

Dan Harlacher