Version 6.4 has now been officially released, so instead of downloading the beta, you can download the official version from this download page.
The old download links are left here for posterity’s sake, but please don’t use them!
Original beta announcement article follows.
The PhotoDemon 6.4 beta comes in a .zip file. It does not need to be installed. Just extract the PhotoDemon folder, then click the PhotoDemon icon to start.
Remember: if you’re an advanced user, you never have to wait for a beta release. You can always download PhotoDemon’s latest development version from its GitHub page (source code only), or from this nightly build permalink.
PhotoDemon 6.4 is now on its third beta release. Beta 3 contains a number of important bug-fixes relative to betas 1 and 2.
Thank you to everyone who has already submitted feedback. If you have additional suggestions or requests, time’s running out to modify the code before 6.4 releases – so please get in touch soon if you have any feedback on this release.
It’s that time again: PhotoDemon 6.4 is nearing release, and it’s time for beta testing. A few minor items still need addressing, and some language files are incomplete, but the core program is 99% ready for release – so anyone who can give it a whirl is greatly appreciated.
The biggest change in this version is new support for image layers. As part of implementing layers, many program elements were rewritten from scratch, so this development cycle was a tough one. Hopefully the improvements were worth the wait!
Because so many parts of the program received overhauls, this beta may be more buggy than past betas. I have extensively tested the code on Windows 7 and 8, and many excellent coders have contributed their own testing, but with so many new features it’s tough to catch all problems. As a result, please don’t do any serious photo editing work with the beta, and just to be safe, please don’t test it on any photos you can’t afford to lose. I strongly recommend copying some test images to their own folder, and trying the beta on those copies.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new release!
Now, for the good stuff. For users upgrading from 6.2, here are all the new features and improvements you’ll find in version 6.4. (A full list of changes is available here: PhotoDemon 6.4 Development Roadmap).
I’m very proud of PhotoDemon’s new layers support. Thank you to everyone who helped test these features during development.
I’ve already mentioned non-destructive layer resizing, but version 6.4 also provides some new non-destructive edit tools. These live in the new “quick fix” menu on the toolbar (marked by a light bulb).
Non-destructive means that these changes are not permanently applied to the image. If you want to undo any edit, simply set the slider back to zero, or use the “reset” button on the quick-fix panel. This allows you to customize these parameters whenever you like, without harming image quality.
New slider, radio button, and check boxes have been created specifically for PhotoDemon. Besides being prettier, they are also much more usable. The sliders in particular now provide much more feedback than the horrible old scroll bars they replaced.
Many more interface improvements will be coming in 6.4, but I think this is a solid start to making PD not just the prettiest free photo editor, but also the most functional.
There are a ton of new tools in this release. Many come courtesy of expert contributor Audioglider. Please thank him for sharing his coding talents!
Like any release cycle, many of PhotoDemon’s existing tools have received performance, quality, and other improvements. Some of the notable updates include:
The new Edit > Undo History browser allows you to jump to any point in an image’s past (or future, if you’ve already undone some changes).
I’ve always tried to achieve a balance of quality and performance in PhotoDemon, but depending on the limits of your PC, you may favor one parameter over the other. A new Performance Options category allows you to customize how PhotoDemon handles certain trade-offs – for example, if you’re low on disk space, you might prefer to heavily compress Undo/Redo data, which saves disk space at a slight performance trade-off. Similarly, if you have a weak video card, you may want to reduce the amount of on-screen interface decorations (drop-shadows, etc) in order to improve render performance.
Note that none of these new options affect image adjustment or effect quality – they only affect the interface and other on-screen elements, so you don’t have to worry about images or edits being lower-quality as a result of these changes.
As always, version 6.4 includes many small improvements. Some highlights include:
For a full list of this version’s bug-fixes, performance improvements, and tool enhancements, please visit PhotoDemon’s commit log.
Barring any major bugs, the official 6.4 release should happen within several weeks. Feature-wise, it will be roughly identical to this beta release. The only changes should be minor bug fixes and performance improvements. Automatic update notifications for existing PhotoDemon installs will also go live at that point.
If you find any bugs, or if you have suggestions to improve version 6.4 before it releases, please let me know! Once version 6.4 is released, any updates will be postponed to version 6.6.
Thank you again to everyone who helped with version 6.4’s development, and thank you to everyone who can help test this beta version!
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