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Version 1.57 (October 2019)

  • Support for Photoshop Elements 2020
  • A progress bar is displayed before the Style Settings dialog shows up. Just in case it takes longer than usual.
  • Some menu positions were adjusted for better compatibility with AdjustShop.
  • The Auto-Align Layers, Auto-Blend Layers and HDR-Combine Layers commands now ask for simplifying smart objects, which makes sure that they work.
  • Bug Fix: The LayersXXL Preferences menu item is correctly displayed with or without ElementsXXL and AdjustShop installed.


Version 1.56 (October 2018)

  • Support for Photoshop Elements 2019
  • Bug Fix: The list of the Layer Comp panel is now displayed correctly on HiDPI screens


Version 1.55 (August 2018)

  • Bug Fix: The HDR-Combine Layers feature correctly sorts the layers correctly according to their brightness level again.
  • A progress window is now displayed before the HDR-Combine Layers dialog shows up and when aligning layers
  • Installation:
    • Support for HiDPI screens and Windows 10 on ARM64 systems
    • When you try to uninstall and Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is running, you are asked to close it. This makes sure that the uninstallation works correctly.
    • Plugin Installer:
      • Works again under Windows XP
      • Support for the Microsoft Store version of Photoshop Elements 15 & 2018
      • If Photoshop Elements is running, you are asked to quit it before the plugin is installed. This makes sure that the plugin installation works.


Version 1.54 (October 2017)

  • Support for Photoshop Elements 2018
  • The 64-bit plugin file is much smaller, because it was created with a newer 64-bit compiler.
  • Bug Fix: The Tasks sub menu is correctly placed when also using ElementsXXL5 in Photoshop Elements 14 and older


Version 1.53 (June 2017)

  • HiDPI Improvements:
    • All dialogs now look better especially for HiDPI settings, because they use the default system font under Windows Vista and higher.
    • Larger checkbox icon in the Layer Comp panel for HiDPI settings
    • The Blend If sliders of the Style Settings dialog and the gradient bar of the Gradient Editor dialog have larger handles for HiDPI settings
  • The two LayersXXL plugins were combined into one plugin.
  • The handles of the gradient bar on the Gradient Editor dialog react much faster
  • Bug Fix: The Angle option of the Gradient Overlay style was not restored when returning to the Style Settings dialog.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed the broken localizations of the Style Settings dialog in Photoshop Elements 15

  • Installation:
    • The installation does not allow selecting an installation folder anymore. You can only select the drive. This avoid double installations of plugins.
    • Only one uninstall option is added to the "Add/Remove Programs" section of the control panel for new minor versions of the same product including demo/trial and full versions.
    • New Uninstall item is added to Start menu which displays the Add/Remove Programs dialog
    • Plugin Installer:
      • Clicking on a list item activates its check box now
      • Plugin Installer has all applications activated by default during installation.


Version 1.52 (October 2016)

  • Support for Photoshop Elements 15
  • Support for multiple monitors for all LayersXXL dialogs
  • Support for ElementsXXL 4:
    • Does not block the key accelerators of ElementsXXL 4
    • Makes sure that some menu items on the Image menu are positioned correctly
  • Layer > Layer Style > Create Layer now supports layers with transparent areas without a layer mask.
  • Bug Fix: Dragging a layer style from one layer to another in the Layers panel, the Style Settings dialog does not show up anymore and does not block the dragging operation.
  • Bug Fix: The German html manual is now installed
  • Typos fixed in the German manual


Version 1.51 (June 2016)

  • New German manual and many typos fixed in the English manual
  • Support for HiDPI system settings above 200%. Settings up to 250% are calculated very precise, settings above 250% are calculated much more precisely than before.
  • Photoshop Elements 14: If a non-standard menu font size is set in the control panel, the LayersXXL menu items are now displayed correctly.
  • The Image menu is now displayed without any delay. Thus the Fast Menu Display option in the LayersXXL preferences was removed, because it is no longer necessary.
  • The paths of duplicate LayersXXL plugins are now displayed in the error message.


Version 1.50 (April 2016)

  • Supports the ActionsXXL plugin for recording and playing action steps
  • Bug Fix: Somtimes a crash occurred when displaying the Layer > Layer Style sub menu.
  • Bug Fix: Photoshop Elements 14: The check marks on the menus were drawn too small with activated UI Scaling.
  • Bug Fix: When using the "Save Layers to Files" command and the bottom layer was not a pixel layer, the other layers were not saved either. This was fixed.
  • Bug Fix: If "Save Layers to Files" cannot save any layers, because there are no pixel layers, a message is displayed now.
  • Bug Fix: The Layer Comps panel is now updated when the history state changes.
  • Bug Fix: The Style Settings feature displays a localized entry in the History panel now.
  • Bug Fix: Some memory leaks were closed.


Version 1.05 (February 2016)

  • Support for HiDPI in Photoshop Elements 6-10
  • Bug Fix: When opening or creating a new image, it was previously necessary to click twice on the Image menu to display the menu.
  • Bug Fix: It was previously necessary to clicking the x button in the top right corner more than once to exit Photoshop Elements.
  • Bug Fix: Previously the Global Light values of the Bevel Emboss effect were sometimes automatically changed when opening the Style Settings dialog.
  • New "Faster Menu Display with Unusable Items" check box on the LayersXXL Preferences. We do not recommend activating it to avoid problems. Only if the main menus display unbearably slow on your system.
  • The "Alternative Shutdown" check box on the LayersXXL Preferences was removed, because it is not needed anymore.
  • Improved installation:
    • Three less clicks are necessary, because the language, start menu and ready pages are not displayed anymore.
    • Under Windows 8 & 10 there are even less icons with better names installed on the All Apps section of the Start menu to avoid clutter.
    • Please uninstall from the Control Panel as the uninstall icon is not added to the Start menu anymore.
    • Plugin Installer supports HiDPI


Version 1.04 (October 2015)

  • Support for Photoshop Elements 14
  • Support for UI Scaling and HiDPI in Photoshop Elements 11-14


Version 1.03 (July 2015)

  • Highly improved noise reduction when using the Denoise feature on the Auto-Expose Layers dialog
  • Unicode support, which means that the LayersXXL dialogs are now available in Russian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese language. The gradient and pattern names are still displayed in English for these five languages. Additionally some characters of certain other languages (e.g. Czech, Polish) are now displayed correctly.
  • The look of the Layer Comp panel was improved by using a smaller title bar, a light grey background for the list and icons instead of checkmarks.
  • Bug Fix: Photoshop Elements 13 previously crashed on exit if the Layer Comp window was displayed and hidden again
  • Bug Fix: The Open as Layers file dialog did not display .arw raw files.
  • Fix for keeping Norton and maybe other security programs from blocking installation or showing an alert


Version 1.02 (April 2015)

  • The trial version works for another 14 days, so you can test it again even if it expired before.
  • Bug Fix: Auto Bracketing now works in Photoshop Elements 6 to 10.
  • Three crash problems fixed:
    • Bug Fix: On a few systems Photoshop Elements froze when running it from Lightroom's Edit In sub menu.
    • Bug Fix: Sometimes there was a crash when using Remove Transparency, HDR-Combine or one of the tasks.
    • Bug Fix: The preview document feature of HDR-Combine Layer caused a crash in Photoshop Elements 6 to 10 and sometimes in Photoshop Elements 11.
  • HDR-Combine Layers:
    • Bug Fix: When activating the "Do not use preview document" check box after HDR-Combine Layers was already used, the document was closed when using HDR-Combine Layers again.
    • Bug Fix: The preview document feature of HDR-Combine layer caused crashes in Photoshop Elements 6 to 10.
    • Bug Fix: When applying HDR-Combine Layers a second time with only one layer selected, it created two new exposure variation layers. Now it selects the other two HDR layers for readjusting the settings.
    • Bug Fix: On the HDR-Combine Layers dialog setting back the Contrast and Saturation sliders to zero did not work.
    • When running the HD task, the Auto-Align button is now deactivated by default, because auto-aligning was already done.
  • Tasks > Manual Composition: The layer mask of the top layer is now selected automatically.
  • Bug Fix: The fx icon on the Layers panel now has a green background (instead of the blue one of ElementsXXL) if it is colorized.


Version 1.01 (April 2015)

  • Auto-Align Layers:
    • The dialog restores its settings in the current session.
    • "Radial Distortion" was renamed to "Geometric Distortion" to match Photoshop.
  • Auto-Expose Layers:
    • There is now a Reset button, which can be applied by holding down the Alt key and clicking the Cancel button.
    • New Swap button that changes the layer positions for multi-expose effect variations. For three layers there are 6 possible positions and for five layers you can click between 20 variaitons. To get back to the original layer positions you can click the new Restore button.
    • The "Layers" slider was renamed to "Hide".
  • HDR-Combine Layers:
    • Bug Fix: Previouisly when using Width slider values near zero error messages were displayed sometimes and the layers were messed up.
  • Remove Transparency:
    • "Crop Transparency" was renamed to "Remove Transparency"
    • In Photoshop Element 13 there is a new "Content-Aware Fill" option that fills transparent areas instead of cropping them away.
    • The dialog was localized to other languages than German and English.
    • Bug Fix: Deactivated layers are ignored and not taken into account anymore.
  • Tasks:
    • The Remove Transparency step of the task items is now the last step (except for the HDR task), so that it can be undone easily.
    • Improved Panorama task:
      • Internally the Cylindrical option is used for auto-aligning, because the Auto option sometimes works unreliable for panorama images.
      • The Remove transparency dialog is now shown, so you can choose to keep the transparent areas by clicking Cancel, to crop them away or to fill them with content (Photoshop Elements 13 only)
  • Style Settings:
    • Bug Fix: Previously the image flickered when changing some settings.
    • The "Blend If" text was localized
  • Help
    • New Help > LayersXXL Videos menu item
    • The manual was updated with some more details


Version 1.0 - Revision 2 (March 2015)

  • Open as Layers:
    • Bug Fix: Sometimes some images were clipped if they had a different orientation.
    • Bug Fix: No left over empty document when opening only one image file
    • Bug Fix: The Camera Raw dialog was previosuly always shown when opening .tif images.
    • Bug Fix: The Camera Raw dialog was previously always shown even if "Never" was set in the LayersXXL preferences. Now only the Manual Bracketing option overrides the Never setting.
    • Bug Fix: In the LayersXXL preferences "With one selected file" was renamed to "With one selected raw file".
  • HDR-Combine Layers:
    • There is now a Reset button, which can be applied by holding down the Alt key and clicking the Cancel button.
    • Bug Fix: The history of the preview document is not filled up anymore.
  • Tasks:
    • When opening only one image file with one layer, there is as message asking for more than one file and the operation is aborted. This is the case for all tasks execept for HDR and Manual Composition.
    • HDR / Manual Composition: No Auto-Align error message is displayed anymore if only one image file with one layer was opened.
    • Manual Composition: Black is now automatically selected as the foreground color for painting on the created layer masks.


Version 1.0 (March 2015)

  • First Release


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