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Windows Version 1.13 (November 2022)

  • Standalone:
    • Support for the raw files of 25 new cameras based on MetaRaw 3.12
  • Installation:
    • Installation support for Photoshop Elements 2023 and Affinity Photo 2
    • The installation now deletes the registry keps that keep Photoshop Elements 2022/2023 from loading plugins that crashed 3 times.
    • Support for the MS Store version of Photoshop Elements 2022. Does not try to install into the WindowsApps folder anymore.

Windows Version 1.12 (September 2021)

  • The "Photoshop Dark" skin style is now used by default
  • The scroll bar of the thumbnail list is now displayed dark for dark skin styles.

  • Standalone:
    • Support for the following new raw formats: CR3, SRW, MFW, BMQ, CINE, HDR, IA, KC2 and PXN
    • Support for the raw files of 120 new cameras based on MetaRaw 3.10
    • Bug Fix: When minimizing a maximized window two times, the controls previously vanished when displaying the window again.
    • Metaraw.dll does not require vcruntime140.dll to be installed anymore
  • Installation:
    • Installation support for newer versions of Photoshop Elements
    • The installation now deletes the registry keps that keep Photoshop Elements 2020/2021 from loading plugins that crashed 3 times.
  • Demo version:
    • The window of the demo version can now be expanded up to a size of 1680 x 1050 pixels (instead of 1024 x 768).

Mac Version 1.11 (April 2020)

  • The preview works again in Photoshop 2020 (Version 21.1.0 and higher)
  • No security warnings under macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • MacOS 10.6-10.8 is not supported anymore (to avoid installation problems under macOS Catalina)
  • Installation support for Photoshop Elements 2020

Windows Version 1.11b (November 2018)

  • Affinity Photo:
    • Fixed control repositioning in Affinity Photo 1.6.4 when maximizing the window
    • Color dialogs are now displayed in Affinity Photo.
  • Bug Fix: The Preview check box on the Color dialog is not cut off anymore for hidpi settings
  • Standalone:
    • Support for the raw files of 35 new cameras based on MetaRaw 3.03.
    • Support for saving grayscale 8-bit images as PSD files
    • No more crash when reading the EXIF data from DNG files taken by the Huawei P20 (Pro).
  • Plugin Installer:
    • Works again under Windows XP
    • Support for the Microsoft Store version of Photoshop Elements 15

Mac Version 1.10b (November 2018)

  • Support for the App Store versions of Photoshop Elements (Use the Install icon!)

Mac Version 1.10 (August 2018)

  • The preview works again with Affinity Photo 1.6.7
  • Installation support for Photoshop Elements 2019


Windows Version 1.11 (April 2018)

  • All tools can now be used if the preview zoom is 200% or higher
  • Bug Fix: The preview coordinates on the Info tab sheet are displayed correctly if the preview zoom is 200% or higher

  • Plugin:
    • You can now render the mask view (M buttons on the Mask tab sheet) to the image by pressing the OK button. Previously the mask view was automatically deactivated when clicking the OK button.
    • Bug Fix: No more error message and vanished controls when running the plugin with previously maximized window and brush or eraser tool selected
    • Plugin Installer:
      • Supports the Microsoft Store version of Photoshop Elements 2018
  • Standalone:
    • Support for the raw files of 70 new cameras based on MetaRaw 3.01.
    • Bug Fix: Saving PNG files works again
    • Brush Mask:
      • New "Open Bush Mask" and "Save Brush Mask" menu items on the Mask > Brush tab sheet for opening and saving a brush mask as JPEG, TIFF, PNG and PSD files.
      • Bug Fix: When drawing with the brush and closing the image, the brush mask of the previous image is not distorted and no crash happens anymore.
      • Bug Fix: When closing a second image with a brush mask, there is no more crash or error message on exit.
      • Bug Fix: Previously the brush mask of the first image was erased when opening a second image.
      • Bug Fix: When reopening raw files at full size, the brush mask is now automatically resized.
    • Installation:
      • Bug Fix: The External Editor Installer previously crashed on some systems. This should not happen anymore.

Mac Version 1.09c (November 2017)

  • When running this version for the first time, all user-saved presets are copied from /Library/Application Support/PhotoWiz/ColorStyler/Presets/ to the new preset folder at /Users/<user name>/Library/Preferences/PhotoWiz/ColorStyler//Presets/.

Windows Version 1.10c (October 2017)

  • Scrolling the preview with a maximized window on a 4K screen now works fluently. It also works faster on Full HD screens.

  • Plugin:
    • Affinity Photo Fixes:
      • Bug Fix: No more crash when applying the plugin a second time to a 16-bit/channel image.
      • Bug Fix: When opening the maximized plugin window for the second time, the controls do not vanish anymore.
    • Plugin Installer:
      • Support for Paint Shop Pro 2018
      • Support for Corel Draw & Photo-Paint 2017
      • Fixed support for Corel Draw & Photo-Paint X5 and older
      • The Add Folder button now asks if you want to install the 64-bit versions of the plugins in the new folder. Previously the 32-bit plugins were automatically installed in the new folder.
  • Standalone:
    • Support for the raw files of 200 new cameras based on MetaRaw 2.54.
    • Support for the 16-bit PSD files created by ON1 Photo Raw, ON1 Photo 10 and OnOne Perfect PhotoSuite 9. Previously these files were displayed distorted. Now you can pass images from ON1 to the standalone as 16-bit per channel PSD files.
    • Bug Fix: The standalones do not produce TIFF files with empty IPTC meta data anymore, which are not supported by Lightroom.
    • The manual now includes instructions on using it in ACDSee, AfterShot Pro, Capture One, DxO Optics, Exposure, ON1 Photo RAW and Raw Therapee.
    • External Editor Installer:
      • Support for Exposure X3

Mac Version 1.09 (October 2017)

  • Installation support for Photoshop Elements 2018

Mac Version 1.09 (June 2017)

  • New installation:
    • Install, Uninstall and Manual icons
    • Installation support for Affinity Photo, GraphicConverter and Photoline via the new Install app
    • Installation support for the full version of Affinity Photo and the upcoming Photoshop Elements 16
    • Icons for drag and dropping the plugin to the plugin folders of various Photoshop and Photoshop Elements versions
    • No more problems with Gatekeeper
  • Scrolling the preview at a zoom of 200% or higher works much faster now
  • Bug Fix: No more crash for 200% or higher zoom with 16-bit/channel images
  • Bug Fix: Sometimes there was a crash when using a 16bit/channel image, maximized window and HiDPI setting (Retina screen)
  • Bug Fix: In Affinity Photo the preview is displayed correctly for RGB 16-bit images.
  • Bug Fix: When scrolling the preview in Affinity Photo, it is not displayed distorted anymore for RGB 8-bit images.
  • The ? button displays the pdf manual now
  • The Help > HTML Manual menu item was removed, because the html manual is not included anymore.

Windows Version 1.10b (March 2017)

  • "The Plugin Site" sub menu does not appear at the top of the Filter menu anymore, because the leading space character was removed.
  • Bug Fix: No more error message or crash when running the plugin on images larger than 2 GB, but it is not possible to process such large images by clicking OK.
  • Standalone/Lightroom Version:
    • Support for the raw files of 38 new cameras based on MetaRaw 2.07.
    • Bug Fix: The automatic image rotation previously produced strange results for 180 degree rotated JPEG, TIFF and PSD images.
    • Bug Fix: The EXIF orientation item was previously not adjusted when saving JPEG files, which resulted in wrong rotation when opening the saved file again.
  • Installation:
    • Bug Fix: On 32-bit systems the installer previously did not install the Standalone/Lightroom versions.
    • Plugin Installer:
      • Support for Irfan View
      • The Install button now gets the focus when the dialog shows up.
    • External Editor Installer:
      • In Lightroom the version numbers are again displayed after each product name
      • Bug Fix: No more message is displayed on uninstallation
      • Bug Fix: No PhotoWiz entry is added to Lightroom on uninstallation anymore
      • Bug Fix: Does not crash on uninstallation anymore

Windows Version 1.10 (February 2017)

  • Two new Affinity skins
  • Improved skin look for HiDPI settings
  • Cosmetic UI enhancements
  • The welcome message now either asks if you want to use a dark skin or if you want to use an easier mode.
  • Bug Fix: Some skins displayed the selected color of a color box only as a think line instead of filling the whole color box.
  • Bug Fix: Some effect settings were previously not correctly applied from actions. This was fixed.
  • In Photoshop Elements under Windows 10: The preset group labels are now displayed.
  • Bug Fix: In Photoshop Elements under Windows 10: The background color of all controls on tab sheets are now pure white. Previously some were light grey.
  • Bug Fix: Under Windows 10 with a Wacom graphics tablet: Clicking on the preview with the hand tool to show the original image works now

  • Standalone/External Editor Versions:
    • New "Convert to sRGB" and "Do not save meta data" options on the Batch and Save Options dialogs
    • Support for the raw files of 80 new cameras based on MetaRaw 2.06.
    • Improved PSD support:
      • Reading and writing PSD files with 16-bit per channel now works without downsampling to 8-bit/channel
      • Support for color profiles when opening and saving PSD files
    • Improved meta data handling:
      • EXIF meta data is now preserved when opening a JPEG, TIFF, PSD or certain camera raw files (CR2, NEF, DNG, PEF) files and saving a JPEG, TIFF or PSD file.
      • When saving a PSD file, all available meta data (PSD, XMP, IPTC, EXIF) is now saved.
      • Opening and saving IPTC meta data for TIFF files works again.
      • All meta data is preserved when opening a PNG file and saving a PNG file.
      • When opening a PNG file, XMP meta data is opened and when saving a PNG file, available XMP meta data is saved now.
    • Bug Fix: Fixed some memory leaks
    • Bug Fix: No more error message when starting up the standalone with maximzed window and the brush tool selected
    • Bug Fix: No more error message when opening an image with the brush tool selected

  • Installation:
    • Combined installer for plugins and standalones
    • Future versions will be able to install over the current version without uninstallation. Please uninstall any previous version to avoid superfluous files.
    • It is now also possible to install the full version over the demo version without uninstalling the demo version.
    • 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
    • The desktop icons of the standalones are uninstalled now
    • Bug Fix: The PhotoWiz Bundle uninstallation previously did not remove the external editor presets from Lightroom. To remove left-over entries manually go to c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\External Editor Presets\

    • Plugin Installer:
      • Two new "Adobe Photoshop CC (All Versions)" items for installing plugins to a 32-bit or 64-bit plugin folder which is used by all existing and future versions of Photoshop CC. This way you do not need to install the plugin again after you installed a new version of Photoshop CC. Best uninstall the previous version to avoid duplicate plugins when using this new option.
      • Support for Affinity Photo (Please activate the "Allow Unknown plugins to be used" check box under Edit > Preferences > Photoshop Plugins in Affinity Photo to make it work.)
      • Plugin Installer now correctly displays "Photoshop CC 2015.5" instead of "Photoshop CC 2016".
      • Clicking on a list item activates its check box now
      • Plugin Installer has all applications activated by default during installation.

    • External Editor Installer (previously called "Lightroom Installer"):
      • Support for Exposure X2 and higher
      • Support for Corel AfterShot Pro 1 and higher
      • Support for ACDSee Ultimate 8 and higher
      • Support for ACDSee, ACDSee Pro, Bibble Lite/Pro 5
      • In Lightroom only the product name is added without the version number to avoid clutter.



MacOS X Version 1.08 (Installer Update) - June 2016

  • Support for installation in Photoshop Elements 14
  • Support for installation in Serif Affinity Photo. You may have to activate "Allow unknown plugins to be used" check box under Affinity Photo > Preferences > Photoshop Plugins in order to make the plugins appear on the Filter > Plugins sub menu.


Windows Standalone Version 1.09b (March 2016)

  • MetaRaw Converter is now used for opening camera raw files. This has the following advantages:
    • Support for 285 new raw file types
    • The images have a higher quality by default (so the High Quality options were removed).
    • The images already look brighter by default (so the Vivid style option was removed).
    • Full-size raw files are opened at least 20% faster
    • Support for new raw file types can be added much faster in future
  • Bug Fix: The width, height and profile information on the Info tab sheet are now updated immediately after opening a new image.
  • Bug Fix: The width and height information on the Info tab sheet are updated after saving a raw file in case it was reopened.
  • Bug Fix: In the Save dialog the original file extension is not displayed anymore to avoid an unecessary overwrite prompt.


Windows Version 1.09 (December 2015)

  • Support for HiDPI
    • The skins now use appropriate font and control sizes for high dpi settings.
    • The Standalone/Lightroom versions do not show a scaled up UI by default anymore.
    • The UI-Scaling-Preview-Cutoff problem in Photoshop CC 2014/2015 and Photoshop Elements 13/14 was fixed. However, the Soft Proof effect is not visible in the preview anymore if UI Scaling is active.
    • The preset thumbnail are bigger for high dpi settings, which means that they need more time to be rendered.
    • The histograms and curves are displayed larger.
    • The positions of some control were readjusted for high dpi settings.
    • Larger cursors and program icon
  • Bug Fix: With activated skin the controls were previously jumbled up when clicking above the first slider in Quick Edit Mode.
  • Bug Fix: Dragging one of the curve control points outside the diagram does not change the first control point anymore.
  • Standalone Bug Fix: When saving to a path, which contained a dot character, and the entered file name contained no extension, the file was previously saved to the wrong folder with a wrong file name.
  • Standalone Bug Fix: Previously a crash ocurred when choosing "Fit" from the zoom combo box after opening an image for the first time.
  • Improved installation:
    • Three less clicks are necessary, because the language, start menu and ready pages are not displayed anymore.
    • There are no separate Start menu folders and desktop icons added for different versions anymore. So better uninstall previous and demo versions before installing new/full versions.
    • 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


MacOS X Version 1.08 (October 2015)

  • Requires OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Support for Retina displays and HiDPI under OS X 10.7 and higher
  • The Fit zoom option now uses zoom levels below 6% in order to fit very big images into the preview.
  • Bug Fix: The Linear Mask and Circular Mask effect produced artifacts if certain other effects were applied.


Windows Version 1.08 (October 2014)
  • Support for processing images larger than 30,000 pixels in witdh or height. Processing such big images usually only works with the 64-bit version and enough RAM
  • Support for Paint Shop Pro 6 and earlier was restored
  • The Fit zoom option now uses zoom levels below 6% in order to fit very big images into the preview.
  • Plugin Installer now supports the 64-bit version of Photoshop Elements 13 and displays "Photoshop CC 2014" instead of "Photoshop CC2".
  • The installation files, Standalone/Lightroom executables and Plugin Installer are now signed to avoid potential problems with security software.
  • The installation offers 46 instead of 21 languages.
  • Bug Fix: The More... links of Photography Mode did not work.
  • Plugin Bug Fix: When using the Enter key instead of clicking the OK button, the settings were not saved.
  • Plugin Bug Fix: Canceling the plugin after clicking OK, previously sometimes caused a freeze if multiple cores were used for rendering.
  • Plugin Bug Fix: The scriptstring buffer is freed on exit.
  • Standalone Bug Fix: 8-bit TIFF files with a transparency channel can be opened now. The transparency infomation is ignored.
  • Standalone Bug Fix: When opening an image via command line does not work, that image does not appear on the Files tab anymore and the next command line image is automatically opened.
  • Standalone Bug Fix: The big icon with the product initials is now displayed in the task bar.


Windows Version 1.03 (August 2013)

  • New 64-bit Standalone/Lightroom version
  • Scroll through all preset thumbnails with the cursor left/right keys.
  • New "Elements Light" skin
  • Plugin Installer now supports Paint Shop Pro X6 64-bit, Illustrator CS6 and Photoshop CS5.1. The broken support for Photoshop CS2 was fixed. "Photoshop CS7" was renamed to "Photoshop CC".
  • When using eye dropper and the Control combo box on the Select tab is set to Color, the targetted control is now automatically shown.
  • Bug Fix: Clicking the Histo tab sheet produced a crash when using ColorStyler under a non-admin account.
  • Bug Fix: The controls vanished previously when starting up with a maximized window and the brush tool selected.
  • Bug Fix: The Linear Mask and Circular Mask effect produced artifacts if certain other effects were applied.
  • Bug Fix: Dragging slider knob over control borders did not update preview with active skin and deactivated Instant Sliders.
  • Bug Fix: No more empty space at the right hand-side of the thumbnails when "Show All" is not selected at startup.
  • Bug Fix: Previously when using the Cursor Left/Right keys for collapsing a preset group, it was not possible to continue with the cursor keys.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed preset name problems in German localization
  • Bug Fix: Added help texts for the sliders on the RGB sub tab


MacOS X Version 1.01 (January 2013)

  • Bug Fix: Some keyshort cuts did not work in the previous version
  • Bug Fix: Choosing the Polarizer or Colorshift item on the Disable menu did not disable the effect
  • Bug Fix: On the Save Preset dialog, the "False Color" was renamed to "Colorshift". Additionally the position of the Colorshift and Polarizer check boxes was exchanged.
  • Bug Fix: When only the Polarizer effect was enabled, the Colorshift check box was actived on the Save Preset dialog. When only the Colorshift effect was enabled, the Polarizer check box was active on the Save Preset dialog.


MacOS X Version 1.0 (December 2012)

  • The Mac version is based on Verson 1.02 for Windows, but does not include the Skin feature.


Windows Version 1.02 (August 2012)

  • Four new ND presets
  • The Undo/Redo feature now also works if Prefs > Instant Preview is activated and if a preset item is clicked.
  • You only need to move the mouse over the preset list in order to use the mouse wheel for scrolling. Previously it was necessary to click a preset first.
  • Standalone Bug Fix: Sometimes a memory error was displayed at start up and crash occurred later. It was caused by some values in the .ini file. This is fixed now.
  • Standalone Bug Fix: The controls vanished when opening an image via command line and starting up with maximized window.
  • Standalone Bug Fix: When expanding the preset list, sometimes the preview did not display correctly anymore.
  • Bug Fix: Clicking on the preset list background does not collapse a group or display an error message anymore.
  • Bug Fix: The Brightness slider of FX1 > Polarizer was not taken into account when saving presets or for the Show/Disable menu.
  • Bug Fix: Choosing the Polarizer or Colorshift item on the Disable menu did not disable the effect.
  • Bug Fix: Selecting a Color Grad preset in Easy or Advanced Mode did not set the right item in Photography Mode.
  • Bug Fix: Clicking a preset item sometimes updated the preview twice.
  • Bug Fix: Changing the language with a skin activated did not draw the Language and On Startup labels.
  • Plugin Installer: The message "This program might not have installed correctly" is not displayed anymore.


Windows Version 1.01 (June 2012)

  • New Features and Improvements:
    • New Skin feature that imitates the user interface of Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and PaintShop Pro. The 14 skin options on the Prefs tab sheet also include a dark version of Aero (the default UI style of Windows Vista/7) and a special PhotoWiz skin style. There is also an option to only skin the sliders. When you run ColorStyler for the first time, you are asked if you want to use a dark skin or keep the standard controls. Alternatively you can manually choose a skin on the Prefs tab sheet. You can choose different skins for the plugin, standalone and Lightroom version.
    • New one-step Undo/Redo feature as arrows near the Mode combo box. Using the Ctrl+Z and Crl+Y key shortcuts is also possible. When switching the Preview tab or choosing another image, the undo data is deleted.
    • The zero keys can be used to set a slider to zero.
    • Pressing the S key again deactivates Split View.
    • The space key for switching to the hand tool now only works if the mouse is located over the preview. As a result the space key can now be used to (de)activate check boxes.
    • The "Small Thumbs" and "Very Small Thumbs" options use a smaller font in order to make more letters of a preset name visible.
    • Plugin Installer: Support for PhotoFiltre 6.5 (freeware)
    • Flicker reduction under Vista and Windows 7:
      • When starting up with maximized window.
      • When maximizing and restoring the window
      • With deactivated skin feature when switching between tab sheets or resizing the window

  • Bug Fixes:
    • Standalone Bug Fix: Images that were not displayed in the preview at least once had no effect applied during batch processing or after clicking OK on the main window.
    • Standalone Bug Fix: After expanding the preset list and changing the thumbnail size, the preview went blank and sometimes caused a crash.
    • Bug Fix: When starting up ColorStyler maximized and restoring the window size, the image was not fitted in the preview or not displayed.
    • Bug Fix: The "Select - Brightness" and "Select - Contrast" eyedropper modes changed the saturation of gray image areas instead of the brightness or contrast.
    • Bug Fix: Sometimes at start up Quick Edit Mode or Photography Mode were not activated.
    • Bug Fix: Collapsing or expanding a preset group does not cause redraw problems under Windows Vista anymore.
    • Bug Fix: Double clicking a combo box label did not update the preview or other controls.
    • Bug Fix: Holding down the Shift key with activated Instant Preview check box, does not update the preview anymore when changing the curve tool.
    • Bug Fix: The preview was continuously updated during window resizing, which caused a slow down.
    • Bug Fix: When clicking on the brush tool icon with displayed Preset tab sheet, the height of the Brush tab sheet was not adjusted.
    • Bug Fix: The 64-bit plugin demo version did not have "Demo" in the filter name.
    • Bug Fix: Wrong cursor when starting up with activated split view tool and Multi check box
    • Standalone Bug Fix: File > Exit did not exit ColorStyler.
    • Standalone Bug Fix: When restoring the window after mininize, the preview is updated.
    • Standalone Bug Fix: Error message when using the eyedropper or cross tool on an empty preview.
    • Standalone Bug Fix: The Open and Save buttons had the wrong tab order.
    • Lightroom Bug Fix: The redundant File menu was removed.


Windows Version 1.0 (May 2012)

  • First Release

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