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May 2, 2014


New features Tanner (PD developer) 2 Comments

Note: this blog post describes a work in progress. Features shown here may change before the next PhotoDemon release. It’s been just over a month since PhotoDemon 6.2 released, but a number of important changes have already hit PhotoDemon’s development branch. Foremost among those changes is full support for image layers:   Layers support has been one of the largest undertakings since PhotoDemon went public some 18 months ago, but so far progress has been smooth and steady.  If you’d like to test the latest development build, head over to the Downloads page and click the “Latest Development Release” button.  (Like all development releases, there will be some bugs and unfinished features – consider yourself warned!) Here are some of the Layers-releated features already available in the latest development build:...


April 27, 2014


Release Announcements Tanner (PD developer) No Comments

PhotoDemon 6.2.1 provides fixes for several issues found in version 6.2. If you have automatic updates enabled, you will automatically be notified up the update, or you can manually download it here. 6.2.1 fixes the following bugs: FIXED: Severe error in the Image -> Canvas Size dialog FIXED: Various problems in locales where “,” is used as a decimal separator FIXED: Some controls do not display correctly on Windows XP This update also includes a few other minor modifications and additions, which I have backported from the current 6.4 codebase. Once again, you can download the update here. Also of note – as of today, I have started uploading nightly builds for the next PhotoDemon version (6.4). PhotoDemon’s next release includes a full Layers engine, meaning you can create and...


March 13, 2014


Release Announcements Tanner (PD developer) No Comments

After five months of hard work, PhotoDemon 6.2 is officially ready for download. You can grab it from the download page, or right here: Functionally, this release is very similar to the 6.2 beta that launched three weeks ago. The primary changes from the beta are completed language translations, and miscellaneous bug fixes. For those upgrading directly from version 6.0, you’re going to notice a lot of improvements! You can find a full write-up (with screenshots) here, but for those in a hurry, here is an abbreviated list of updates: Brand-new interface, including image tabs, dockable toolbars, and a greatly improved status bar Completely color-managed workflows, including comprehensive support for embedded profiles in all relevant image formats (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, etc), and per-monitor profile support via the Tools -> Options...


February 21, 2014


Release Announcements Tanner (PD developer) No Comments

Download 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), or from this nightly build permalink (program). Overview It’s that time again: PhotoDemon 6.2 is nearing release, and it’s time for beta testing! A few minor items still need addressing, but the program is 99% ready for release, so anyone who can give it a whirl is greatly appreciated. The 6.2 release cycle has been a bit different from past ones. Historically, my work on PhotoDemon was guided by three things: adding core features present in other photo editors but missing in PD, adding things that sounded fun and/or interesting to develop, and adding things requested by users. After a...


January 11, 2014


Interaction and Usability Tanner (PD developer) No Comments

PhotoDemon 6.2 is getting nearer and nearer to completion, so I thought it would be fun to start sharing previews of some of the new features arriving in that release. (Remember – you can try out these new features at any time by downloading the latest development release.) First up is a fix for one of my biggest photo editing pet peeves. Almost everyone will need to save a JPEG file at some point in their life, and when they do, they are typically presented with a dialog like this: The problem? How can I possibly know what quality level is acceptable without a preview? For some images, a value of 90 may be necessary to achieve “good quality”, while other images may be fine at 70 or less. But...


October 24, 2013


Interaction and Usability Tanner (PD developer) No Comments

Photo editors come in a lot of shapes and sizes. Some editors give every part of the program its own window: Others lock images into place, but allow you to freely move toolbars: Some software locks toolbars into place, but give images their own windows: While still others lock both toolbars and images into a single, predefined layout: For photo editors that support working with multiple images at once, there are even more variations. Some editors give each image its own window that lives “within” the main program window. Others use a single image panel, and you can switch between images via a tabstrip. Still other software spawns a unique copy of the program for each loaded image. Each of these approaches has strengths and weaknesses, but which approach you...


October 18, 2013


Site News Tanner (PD developer) No Comments

After each new release, a few weeks go by without nightly builds because there isn’t enough new code to warrant user testing. But that ends today for version 6.0, because 6.2 nightly builds are now available! Grab them from the download page, or if you want the full accompanying source code, from GitHub. As a reminder, please note that official PhotoDemon releases always have even minor version numbers (5.0, 5.4, 6.0, 6.2, etc). Development builds use odd numbers (e.g. 5.5, 6.1). The current nightly builds are marked as version 6.1, which will eventually become official version 6.2. Finally, here are a few things to note about nightly builds: Nightly builds do not contain translations for new features or interface layouts. They should be tested in English if at all possible....


September 30, 2013


Release Announcements Tanner (PD developer) No Comments

After six months of hard work, PhotoDemon 6.0 is officially ready for download. You can grab it from the download page, or right here: Functionally, this release is very similar to the 6.0 beta that launched two weeks ago. The primary changes from the beta are miscellaneous bug fixes, performance improvements, and cosmetic adjustments. If you are upgrading from version 5.4, you’re going to notice a lot of new things! You can get a full write-up of all the improvements here, or if you’re in a hurry, here is the abbreviated list of updates: All tools now support save/load presets, reset to default, randomize, and automatic save/load of last-used settings. Italian language support. Vastly improved support for non-US locales and non-English users. Advanced selection tools, including rectangular, elliptical, and line...


September 23, 2013


Site News Tanner (PD developer) No Comments

For the past year, all PhotoDemon updates have been posted on my personal blog. This worked well enough when PD was just a small project, but as its popularity has grown, it has made less and less sense for it to live on a small subsection of some random dude’s blog. Over the past few weeks I have been working on a new home for PD, and today, that new home goes live! PhotoDemon.org will now host all downloads, updates, and help documentation related to PD. Between now and when version 6.0 launches (hopefully by the end of the month), I’ll work on moving all relevant PhotoDemon content from tannerhelland.com to this site. I will also be updating PD’s source code to reflect the change. As of 6.0’s release, all...


September 19, 2013


Release Announcements Tanner (PD developer) No Comments

(Note: this article was originally posted at tannerhelland.com, before photodemon.org existed.) Download Remember: if you’re an advanced user, you never have to wait for a beta release. You can always download PhotoDemon’s latest development release from its GitHub page (source code), or from this nightly build permalink (program only). Overview It’s taken nearly six months, but PhotoDemon 6.0 is finally ready for release. I’ve already talked about some of the great features this release includes, like powerful selection tools, metadata (EXIF) support, Curves and other new tools, so I’d recommend glancing through the linked article if you’re curious. Since that article, a number of other features have been added or improved: All tools now support save/load presets, reset to default, randomize, and automatic save/load of last-used settings. These items are...