PhotoDemon 6.6 release

March 24, 2015

Release Announcements Tanner (PD developer) 12 Comments

After six months of hard work, PhotoDemon 6.6 is officially ready for download. You can grab it from the download page, or right here:

PhotoDemon 6.6 Download

You do not need to set up or install the program.
Unzip the PhotoDemon folder, then double-click the PhotoDemon icon to begin.

Download PhotoDemon 6.6    (.ZIP file, 8.4 mb)

Functionally, this release is very similar to the 6.6 betas made available over the past month. Many thanks to everyone who tested the beta – your suggestions and comments were invaluable. Thank you also to the amazing volunteer translators, coders, and other contributors, without whom continued development would not be possible.

As I mentioned in the beta announcement, version 6.6 is a little different from past PD releases. For 2015, my focus is threefold: adding on-canvas paint tools (and related tools, like text and shapes), implementing visual theming (including dark themes), and making the program 100% Unicode-compatible. Progress on these tasks is coming along nicely, but due to their complexity, it will be a few months before everything is ready to go. I don’t want to wait that long to release an update, so what I’ve done is back-port as many non-paint-tool upgrades and improvements as I can to the 6.4 codebase – that’s what you’ll find in version 6.6.

As such, this release is more about refinement than epic new features (although there are still some great new tools, like polygon, lasso, and magic wand selections). Some of the other new features, like automatic updates, will make it much easier to ship future improvements.

You can find a full write-up (with images) here, but for those in a hurry, here is an abbreviated list of what’s new and improved in this release.

  • New selection tools: magic wand, lasso, and polygon.
  • Automatic updates, including delta patches for smaller files (like languages). Customize the new update options from the Tools > Options menu.
  • Numerous interface improvements, including new tab strip, text up/down, image buttons, and other controls created specifically for PhotoDemon.
  • Improved file format support, including RAW support for 200 new camera models (via LibRaw), WMF and EMF metafile support, improved PNG compatibility, and many metadata improvements.
  • New tone-mapping dialog for HDR and RAW images. Tone-mapping is also provided for high bit-depth variants of common formats, like 48- and 64-bit PNGs.
  • Adaptive supersampling is now available for all Distort and Transformation tools.
  • A number of New and/or overhauled tools, including Cross-Screen, Lens Flare, single-shot HDR, Channel Mixer, Surface Blur, Unsharp Masking, and more.
  • Many improvements to existing tools, including performance, accuracy, and interface improvements to Curves, Levels, Green Screen (Chroma Key), Color Balance, Kaleidoscope, Zoom Blur, Motion Blur, and many others.
  • Improved performance program-wide, including a new viewport pipeline, improved image compositor, updated localization engine, and new internal image manager.
  • Improved localization and translation support. This is the first PD release to ship without any incomplete language files – thank you again to the amazing volunteer translators that made this possible!
  • Many improvements to the main editor screen, including a resizable and customizable left-hand toolbox, auto-hiding of the options toolbox, and new quick-access buttons for Save Lossless Copy and Fade Last Effect.
  • New Fit Image, Fit Width, and Fit Height “smart zoom” options.
  • Many other bug-fixes, performance, and accuracy improvements throughout the program

For a full list of this version’s bug-fixes, performance improvements, and tool enhancements, please visit PhotoDemon’s commit log.


Thank you again to everyone who helped with this version’s development, testing, translation and release. I’d like to specifically call-out a few amazing folks who made this version possible: Helmut Kuerbiss, Roy (rk), Raj Chaudhuri, Will Stampfer, Hans Nolte, Zhu JinYong, Frans van Beers, GioRock, Frank Donckers, Kroc Camen, and Audioglider. Thank you to these fine folks, and everyone else who contributed their time and expertise.

I hope you enjoy version 6.6. If you have any feedback, please send me a message.

In the meantime, it’s back to work for me. The next release (with all the features mentioned at the start of this article) will be big enough to warrant a jump to version 7.0, and I look forward to sharing more about it in the coming months.

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  • Anon Apr 17, 2015

    Unable to open archive, please check.

    • Tanner (PD developer) Apr 17, 2015

      Hi Anon. The archive is fine, so maybe try downloading it again? If you still have problems, you can grab a mirror of PhotoDemon from another site like Softpedia.

  • Dale Butler Jun 03, 2015

    I’m going to try out this program.
    The best $10 I ever spent was for Windows Picture It 2001. I had a lot of fun with it. It did what I needed.
    Unfortunately it only works in XP. It will NOT work in the never versions of Windows. Non-compatible, is what Windows reports in all cases.
    I’ve tried other programs, but none are as easy to use and as geared to my needs as the Picture It.
    I hope I find your program as worthy.

    • Tanner (PD developer) Jun 03, 2015

      Hi Dale. Thank you for the comment. I’ve never used “Windows Picture It” before, but if you try PhotoDemon and still prefer WPI, please let me know. I’m always looking for new references to help me improve PD!

  • Leonardo M Oct 09, 2015

    What about to add drawing tools?
    And scanning/screen capture tools?

    • Tanner (PD developer) Oct 09, 2015

      Hi Leonardo. PhotoDemon provides scanner and screen capture support in the File > Import menu.

      Drawing tools will be coming in the next release. Thanks for your suggestions!

  • Elaine Feb 21, 2016

    This is exciting! I’m looking forward to trying out your text tools & drawing tools. I’ve never before heard of PhotoDemon but I downloaded it today to have a look-see. Ctrl-z made the program crash every time & I also had some trouble with ‘sticky’ sliders. Other than that I had great fun trying out the adjustments and effects, most of which will come in handy for me once I get a handle on the program’s idiosyncrasies. Keep up the good work! I’ll be spreading the word :)

    • Tanner (PD developer) Feb 21, 2016

      Thank you for the kind comments, Elaine. I really appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback!

      The program definitely shouldn’t be crashing during Undo/Redo steps. I believe the latest development builds (the builds created from my latest developer code) are okay in this regard, but I’d love to have you try that version to see if it fixes the errors you’ve encountered. You can download an up-to-date development build from PhotoDemon’s download page, or I’m happy to email you the link directly.

      Thank you in advance for any follow-up information you can provide! Users like you are a crucial part of how we keep the program running in tip-top shape. :)

  • Zdenek Apr 22, 2016

    Good morning (afternoon),

    Seems be ani nteresting programm, but some functions for photo editing are not included.

    – Red Eyes Correction
    – Mole Remover (Clone Stamp with copying)
    – White balance would be better via dropper (not numeral settings)
    – More Hotkeys for Auto Adjustment (Color, Contrast, Ligtning)
    – More available corrextions when batch processing is realised (Sharpen, Blur, Saturation, Frame, Watermark, Date and Time …. etc …)
    – Possibility of Frames would be good …

    Best Regards

    • Tanner (PD developer) Apr 22, 2016

      Hi Zdenek. Thank you for your feedback. Some of these features are already present in the latest development builds, and others will be appearing before the next release.

      Also, please note that all corrections in the program are available during batch processing. You simply need to record those corrections as a macro. (After recording as many corrections as you like, then saving them as a macro, you can select that macro from the batch processing dialog to apply those actions to many images at once.)

  • Steve Sep 05, 2016

    Where do I add text to a photo? Please help soon. Been looking all over v 6.6 and can’t find it. Thanks

    • Tanner (PD developer) Sep 05, 2016

      Hi Steve. I’m afraid you’re looking for a tool that doesn’t exist! When 6.6 released, PhotoDemon didn’t include text tools just yet.

      You are welcome to download the latest nightly build, which does include text tools. (Nightly builds are under heavy construction so there may be some bugs; please let me know if you encounter any.)


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