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lightzone.jpg Light Crafts Releases LightZone 1.4
By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 12:41 EDT)

Improved handling of large images, metadata exposrts and TIFF alpha channels highlight the release.

Light Crafts today released its $149.95 LightZone 1.4, a Macintosh and Windows photo editing tool designed so "a certain amount of intuitiveness can be regained in digital image manipulation," allowing you to concentrate on results instead of tools. Image analysis and manipulation are built around the Zone System familiar to many photographers.

New Features

Highlights of the new release include:

Photo Editor Changes

• Improved handing of very large photos
• Exports of EXIF and IPTC metadata into TIFF files
• Support for TIFF files with alpha channels
• Space-bar can pan a zoomed-in photo
• Export options are remembered between exports

Camera Support Changes

• Added default Raw adjustments for the Canon 30D camera

Printing Changes

• Faster printing
• Supports for 600-dpi printers


The update is available from the LightZone download page. The Mac version is a 10.1-MB download and the Windows version is a 23.1-MB download.

The company has also released a $99.95 LightZone Retouch Edition, which integrates LightZone's paradigm into workflows based on Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop Bridge, Bibble and Capture One.

Light Crafts CTO Fabio Riccardi maintains a LightZone blog where he discusses the concepts behind LightZone.

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