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Mac Version 1.10 (August 2018)

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

Windows Version 2.11 (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:
    • 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
    • Installation:
      • Bug Fix: The External Editor Installer previously crashed on some systems. This should not happen anymore.
      • Bug Fix: The individual installation previously did not correctly install into Lightroom, because the name of the .exe file was set incorrectly.


Mac Version 1.09c (November 2017)

  • Bug Fix: The presets were previously not installed. They are now included in the plugin itself. When running this version for the first time, they are copied to a new preset folder at /Users/<user name>/Library/Preferences/PhotoWiz/LightMachine/Presets/ in case this folder does not already exist. All user-saved presets from the old preset folder at /Library/Application Support/PhotoWiz/LightMachine/Presets/ are also copied to the new preset folder. If you previously modified included presets, you have to manually copy them from the old Presets folder to the new one.

Windows Version 2.10c (October 2017)

  • Scrolling the preview with a maximized window on a 4K screen now works fluently. It also works faster on Full HD screens.
  • Bug Fix: In the three Color modes a Blur slider value larger than zero froze LightMachine previously.

  • 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
  • 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

Windows Version 2.10b (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 image was previously not displayed in the preview when running it as an external editor or when running it with an image path in the command line.
    • 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.
    • Bug Fix: Activating the check box on the last installation page previously did not run the standalone version.
    • 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 2.10 (February 2017)

  • Support for multiple cores, which increases rendering speed up to several times
  • The preview is rendered up to 12 times faster with modern CPUs or up to four times on old single core CPUs.
  • LightMachine can be used as a smart filter and its settings can be recorded with actions
  • New Skin feature that imitates the user interface of Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, PaintShop Pro and Affinity. There are 17 skin options in total on the Prefs tab sheet. Changing the skin option in one product, automatically changes it in all others. Standalones, Lightroom versions and plugins can have different skins though.
  • Support for preview zooming up to 3200%
  • New Reset arrow button, which replaced the On Reset combo on the Prefs tab sheet
  • The last selected tool is restored on startup now.
  • Cosmetic UI enhancements
  • Key Shortcuts:
    • New Ctrl + 0 and Ctrl + 1 key shortcuts for zooming the preview to Fit and 100%
    • You need to use Ctrl and the -/+ key for zooming the preview. Previously it worked with the -/+ keys only
    • You can now use the 0 key to set the slider, which currently has the input focus, to a zero value.
    • The space key shortcut for switching to the hand tool now only works if the cursor is over the preview.
  • The welcome message now displays after the main window appeared. It either asks if you want to use a dark skin or if you want to use an easier mode.
  • Bug Fix: A negative Intensity slider value for a spot does not cause overexposure on 16-bit/channel images anymore
  • Bug Fix: Under Windows 10 dragging the spots works now with a Wacom graphics tablet. To make it work even better please deactivate the "Use Windows Ink" check box under "Projection" in the Wacom control panel.
  • 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
  • Improved manual with table of contents
  • Bug Fix: No more flickering when starting up with a maximized window.
  • Bug Fix: It is now possible to drag and delete spots if the Multi check box is activated (and Split View deactivated).

  • 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: A maximized window is restored when running it again.
    • Bug Fix: The image was not displayed in the preview when running it as an external editor from an application other than Lightroom or when running it with an image path in the command line.
    • Bug Fix: Fixed some memory leaks

  • 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 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.
    • Histogram display was fixed
    • The positions of some control were readjusted for high dpi settings.
    • Larger cursors and program icon
  • 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.
  • Double clicking the hand tool activates Fit zoom.
  • Double clicking the split view tool deactivates the Split View feature.
  • 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.


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.
  • No more window flashing at startup
  • 64-bit Standalone/Lightroom version, which renders up to 30% faster.
  • General Improvements:
    • The Fit zoom option now uses zoom levels below 6% in order to fit very big images into the preview.
    • 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.
    • The Split View combo box is now centered below the preview.
    • Bug Fix: Removed some cosmetic UI problems
    • Bug Fix: Fixed control mixup in Shadows/Highlights and Color Replace modes
  • Plugin Improvements:
    • After the plugin dialog appears the Enter key now always applies the effect and the Esc key always cancels the plugin. Previously it sometimes only worked after clicking a control.
    • Bug Fix: When using the Enter key instead of clicking the OK button, the settings were not saved.
    • Plugin Installer now displays "Photoshop CC 2014" instead of "Photoshop CC2". It also supports Photoshop Elements 13 64-bit, Paint Shop Pro X6/X7 64-bit, Illustrator CS6 and Photoshop CS5.1. The broken support for Photoshop CS2 was fixed. "Photoshop CS7" was renamed to "Photoshop CC".

  • Standalone Improvements:
    • Support for external editing in Bibble and AfterShot Pro. The standalone installer automatically installs into Bibble and AfterShot Pro.
    • Support for new raw file formats in the Standalone version
    • The standalone offers a new "Recent Files" sub menu on top left arrow menu, which offers the 20 last opened files.
    • The standalone now shares the same raw, color management and batch settings with other standalones that were built in March 2012 or later.
    • Bug Fix: 8-bit TIFF files with a transparency channel can be opened now. The transparency infomation is ignored.
    • Bug Fix: Resizing the window with displayed Images tab caused preview to scale below the Images tab.
    • Bug Fix: The Open and Save buttons have the correct tab order.
    • Bug Fix: When restoring the window after mininize, the preview is updated.
    • Bug Fix: Exiting with Exit item from the arrow down menu did not save the settings.
    • Bug Fix: Crash when opening images from command line and switching to second image.
    • Bug Fix: The filter settings of the first image were overwritten when opening a second one.
    • Bug Fix: Opening PNG files with 8-bit/channel did not work.
    • 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.
    • Bug Fix: The big icon with the product initials is now displayed in the task bar.


MacOS X Version 1.04 (January 2013)

  • Support for Photoshop Elements 11
  • Support for GraphicConverter 8.2 and higher


MacOS X Version 1.03 (July 2012)

  • The plugin now appears on "The Plugin Site" sub menu of the Filter menu. Previously it appeared on the PhotoWiz sub menu.
  • Bug Fix: Program error in Photoshop CS6 is fixed
  • Fit and 100% zoom buttons were added at the left of the zoom controls. To comply with Photoshop the - zoom button is now on the left and the + zoom button on the right.
  • Bug Fix: Entering "-" in a slider edit box previously changed preview zoom
  • The preview background is not white anymore. It is gray as the window background.
  • The last opened preset is displayed in title bar
  • Pressing the Esc key cancels the plugin
  • The blue focus rectangle now vanishes from a slider text box when you click on a slider or other control
  • The arrow down buttons have a more modern look
  • Bug Fix: The filter settings are not saved anymore if you click Cancel (unless you change the Prefs settings).
  • Bug Fix: Previously it displayed a wrong English welcome message
  • Bug Fix: When you enlarging the window the Split View combo and the Multi check box moved away from each other.


Windows Standalone/Lightroom Version 1.06b (November 2011)

  • Support for newer camera raw formats
  • Support for external editing in ACDSee. The installer automatically adds it to the External Editors menu of ACDSee and ACDSee Pro.
  • No preview flicker when switching between images
  • The Colors histogram is better visible on a white tab sheet background.
  • The Prefs > Histo Zoom check box zooms 1.5 times stronger
  • Bug Fix: Entering a minus sign in a slider edit box does not changes the zoom anymore.
  • Bug Fix: Resizing the window with displayed Images tab caused preview to scale below the Images tab.


Windows Plugin Version 1.06 (June 2011)

  • Plugin improvements:
    • Avoids artifacts when processing 16-bit/channel images in PSP X3 SP3.
    • The plugin now appear on "The Plugin Site" sub menu of the Filters menu (and not on the "PhotoWiz" sub menu anymore).
    • The window cannot be made smaller than 800x600 pixel.
    • No more black check box backgrounds in PSP X2 and X3.
  • Standalone improvements:
    • Support for newer camera raw formats
    • Opening a logged preset with "Logged Settings" works now.
    • The Log Settings function is performed after each image saving. Previously it happened on exit.
    • Batch processing does start anymore in the case of an nonexistent output folder.
    • Wrong error message texts were displayed on some occasions.
  • UI improvements:
    • New standard tab controls instead of custom ones
    • New standard title bar instead of a graphical one. The last opened preset is displayed in the title bar.
    • The window width was reduced by a few pixels.
    • Smoother and faster window resizing
    • The position of the + and - zoom buttons were swapped to be conform with Photoshop.
    • New Fit and 100% zoom buttons
    • Automatic color box selection with active eyedropper tool when switching between tab sheets in the pro modes. Previously it was necessary to click on the color box to select it.
    • Press and hold flick under Vista/7 is deactivated.
    • The arrow menus are now positioned correctly under Vista/7.
    • Selected color boxes have a better visible frame.
    • The Instant Slider check box is deactivated by default again.
    • When typing in the edit box of a slider the preview is updated after half a second.
    • Double clicking a slider label only updates the preview if the slider value was changed. Additionally the focus is set to the slider.
    • New label on Info tab sheet which displays image size and bit depth.
    • Help texts are now displayed when moving the mouse over labels and edit boxes of slider controls.
    • New image for the arrow down buttons.
    • The number of CPUs was added to the "Multi-CPU Off" check box on the Prefs Tab sheet.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • The settings were previously saved when canceling the plugin without changing the Prefs controls.
    • Pressing the ESC key sometimes caused the plugin to not update the preview anymore.
    • The N, P, S and H buttons did not work when the Multi check box was active.
    • Sometimes the Local Contrast effect in Brightness/Contrast Pro mode was not applied to the whole image.
    • Double clicking the appropriate slider label now resets the color of the color box.
    • Double clicking the slider label while the edit box was in focus did not update the edit box value.
    • Reset previously made the color boxes on the top tab sheets white instead of mid grey.
    • The oval spot marquee does not exhibit lines anymore.
    • No progress bar flashing anymore.
  • Installation:
    • One installation for the 32-bit and 64-bit plugins.
    • Plugin Installer now detects PSP X2 Ultimate, XnView, FixFoto, Imagelys Picture Styles as well as Photoline 32-bit on a 64-bit system.
    • The installation now creates a new folder, start menu group (and desktop icon) for each new version. This makes it easier to have multiple versions installed and allows you to remove older versions without problems after installing a newer one. Please manually remove older versions from the Start > All Programs > The Plugin Site menu.
    • The installation now supports 8 more languages and a total of 46 languages.


MacOS X Version 1.02 (February 2011)

  • New 64-bit version for Photoshop CS5
  • Only one version of LightMachine 1.02 is offered. This universal binary contains PowerPC 32-bit, Intel 32-bit and Intel 64-bit plugins. It works with Photoshop CS2-CS5 and Photoshop Elements 6-9. Not supported anymore are Photoshop 7/CS and Photoshop Elements 1-4. But we still provide Version 1.01, which works with them as well as other old applications.
  • Support for images larger than 30,000 pixels in width or height. You need at least 6 GB RAM to process such images with LightMachine 64-bit. The Windows version does not support such large images yet.
  • To unify the UI of all PhotoWiz plugins the following changes were made:
    • A new tool bar above the preview for choosing the following tools: hand, cross, eyedropper and split view.
    • In the Color modes the cross cursor (of the cross tool) is now used to select a color for the color mask. Previously it was an eyedropper cursor.
    • New maximize and exit buttons on the title bar.
    • New Instant Preview check box on the Prefs tab sheet that makes the sliders react instantly. It is activated by default.
    • The B/W button below the preview was turned into a check box and moved to the Info tab sheet
    • New key shortcuts: H/Space for the hand tool, I for the eyedropper and S for the splitdrag tool, + and - for zooming, R for reset.
    • Double clicking the label of a slider resets it to its default value.
    • The Reset button now deactivates the B/W and Show Blown Highlights check boxes.
    • On the Info tab sheet only 8-bit pixel values are shown (even for 16-bit images).
    • The "Auto Preview" check box was renamed to Preview .
    • The Multiple check box was renamed to Multi
    • "Deactivate Multiprocessor Support" was renamed to "Multi-CPU Off".
  • New "Delete Spot" item on the arrow-down menu of the Spot Mask tab sheet
  • Bug Fix: In the Virtual Studio modes the spot circle was not displayed when the Multi check box was active even if split view was off.
  • If the zoom ratio is set to Fit and you maximize the window, then the image in the preview is also zoomed.
  • The demo version renders less opaque watermarks faster to the image.


Windows Standalone/Lightroom Version 1.05b (October 2010)

  • Support for color management, which means that embedded profiles in JPEG, TIFF and PNG files are used for displaying an image.
  • The RAW Options dialog was renamed to "Options" and now contains RAW and Color tab sheets. The Color tab sheet contains color management options.
  • A Color Space option for raw files was added to the Options dialog. You can now choose to convert raw files to sRGB, AdobeRGB or ProPhotoRGB.
  • Improved handling of profiles and meta data:
    • New label on the Info tab sheet which displays image size, bit depth and profile
    • Embedded profiles in JPEG, TIFF and PNG files are preserved when saving them as JPEG, TIFF or PNG.
    • If a JPEG, TIFF or PNG file does not have an embedded profile, but mentions sRGB as color space in the EXIF data, an sRGB profile is embedded when saving it as JPEG, TIFF or PNG.
    • A profile is embedded when saving a RAW file as JPEG, TIFF or PNG.
    • The metadata of JPEG files (EXIF, IPTC etc.) is preserved when saving the image again as JPEG.
    • XMP, IPTC and Photoshop tags are preserved when opening and saving TIFF files. This means that the EXIF information is correctly displayed in Lightroom for processed images.
    • Automatic rotation is now also supported for TIFF and PNG files.
  • New "Use Source Folder(s)" check box on the Batch dialog, which lets you save the batch processed images in the same folder as the original image.
  • New Minimize button in the title bar for hiding the main window.
  • Improved Lightroom Installer, which is more reliable and sets ProPhotoRGB as the color space for processing images.
  • The Batch button on the Batch dialog was renamed to "Start".
  • The Instant Slider check box is deactivated by default, because of user complaints.
  • Bug Fix: the Color values on the Info tab do not flicker anymore when moving the mouse over the preview.
  • Bug Fix: File dialog was sometimes displayed at start up
  • Bug Fix: No memory access error message anymore if you close an image and move the mouse over the preview with the Info tab sheet displayed.
  • Bug Fix: The preview is not redrawn unnecessarily anymore.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed the color of the labels on the Options dialog under Vista/7
  • Bug Fix: No black line in preview on start-up and Undo feature works again.
  • Bug Fix: The color information on the Info tab sheet was not displayed in the Virtual Studio modes.
  • Bug Fix: Shadow Depth was not set correctly by Reset and on first startup.
  • Bug Fix: When the demo version started up at maximum dialog size, an unnecessary message was displayed.
  • The manual was updated with explanation for the new features.


Windows Version 1.05 (September 2010)

  • Standalone and Lightroom versions of LightMachine are now available. Both can open multiple images and support images with 8-bit and 16-bit/channel.
    • The Lightroom version can be used as an external editor in Adobe Lightroom 1, 2 and 3.
    • The Standalone version is a program that runs on its own. It offers a batch processing feature and opens the following image formats: Camera RAW (including DNG), JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PNG, BMP, TGA, PCD, PCX, WMF. It can save JPEG, TIFF, PSD and PNG files.
  • The spots, split view line and focus point can be moved smoother and faster over the preview.
  • Please move your self-saved presets to the Presets sub folder at the following location to make them appear on the arrow-down menu:
    2000/XP: c:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\ThePluginSite\LightMachine\
    Vista/7: c:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\ThePluginSite\LightMachine\
    To avoids write permission conflicts the .ini, preset and log files are now saved in this folder.
  • To unify the UI of all PhotoWiz plugins the following changes were made:
    • A new tool bar above the preview for choosing the following tools: hand, cross, eyedropper and split view.
    • In the Color modes the cross cursor (of the cross tool) is now used to select a color for the color mask. Previously it was an eyedropper cursor.
    • New maximize and exit buttons on the title bar. When maximizing the window the task bar is respected. When clicking the maximize button again the normal window size correctly is restored. Double clicking the titlebar logo does not maximize the window anymore.
    • New Instant Preview check box that makes the sliders react instantly. It is activated by default. No cursor flicker anymore when moving sliders with Instant Preview activated.
    • The B/W button below the preview was turned into a check box and moved to the Info tab sheet
    • Visual styles are now automatically used. The Prefs > Dialog Theme check box was removed.
    • New key shortcuts: H/Space for the hand tool, V for the cross tool, I for the eyedropper and S for the split view tool, + and - for zooming, R for reset. If the input focus is on an edit or combo box, you need to additionally hold down the Alt key to make the shortcut work.
    • No cursor flicker anymore when moving sliders with Instant Preview activated.
    • The Reset button now deactivates the Show Blown Highlights and B/W check boxes.
    • Double clicking the label of a slider resets it to its default value.
    • The Prefs > Instant Sliders check box was removed. Its functionality is now activated with the Instant Preview check box.
    • On the Info tab sheet only 8-bit pixel values are shown (even for 16-bit images).
    • Under Vista and 7 the height of the sliders is slightly larger to avoid cuting off the arrows buttons.
    • A size grip was added in the bottom right corner.
    • The "Auto Preview" check box was renamed to "Preview".
    • The "Multiple" check box was renamed to "Multi"
    • The item names of the Satuation combo boxes were slightly changed to match with the other PhotoWiz plugins.
  • If you change something on the Prefs tab sheet and press Cancel, all settings are saved. Previously you needed to press OK to save changes on the Prefs tab sheet, which meant that you would need to apply the effect to the image even if you did not want that.
  • In the Virtual Studio modes you previously had to click on the preview in order to activate the cursor keys for moving the selected spot. Now you only need to move the mouse over the preview to be able to use the cursor keys.
  • New "Delete Spot" item on the arrow-down menu of the Spot Mask tab sheet
  • The rendering time is measured more accurately.
  • The Reset button activates the Preview check box
  • Bug Fix: Undo/Redo function works again
  • Bug Fix: In the Virtual Studio modes the spot circle was not displayed when the Multi check box was active even if split view was off.
  • Bug Fix: Deinstalling the demo version after the full version was already installed, causes no problems for the full version anymore.
  • All files are now installed in the "The Plugin Site" sub folder of the Program Files folder by default. Additionally "The Plugin Site" sub menu of the Start menu is now used for installation items.
  • Support for silent installation: If you run the installer with the /silent or /verysilent command line parameter, the installation will run automatically and require no click. Plugin Installer will then automatically install the plugin in every supported application that it can find.
  • Plugin Installer supports more applications, e.g. Sagelight and Fireworks CS2 to CS5, and displays less options during installation.


MacOS X Version 1.01 (May 2010)

  • This is only an installer update. The installer now detects the plugin folders of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and offers these as installation options.


MacOS X Version 1.01 (January 2010)

  • A Universal Binary version is now available that works with PowerPC as well as Intel processors in Photoshop CS2, CS3 and CS4. There is also a PowerPC version for Photoshop 7, CS and other old applications.
  • The ini files are now placed in a folder (at /Users/<user name>/Library/Preferences/PhotoWiz/) that always has write permissions. This avoids reoccuring error messages and lost settings. Different settings are stored for different versions of Photoshop.
  • Six new presets that prodcue pseudo HDR effects.


Windows Version 1.03 (October 2009)

  • A 64bit version of LightMachine is available. It can be used with the 64bit version of Photoshop CS4.
  • Visual styles are now supported.
  • The plugin file size was reduced to 55% of the previous version.
  • The installer now supports a total of 38 languages. Plugin Installer supports Photoshop Elements 8, localized versions of Photoshop CS2 and CS3 and several new applications.
  • The demo version renders less opaque watermarks faster to the image.


Windows Version 1.02 (April 6, 2008)

  • The Brightness slider produces a higher quality result especially when darkening the image.
  • Six new presets for creating pseudo HDR effects.
  • Support for multiple processors and hyperthreading processors: but only for mask creation and the Local Contrast effect. In case of problems you can deactivate it with the "Multi-CPU Off" check box on the Prefs tab sheet.
  • DEP Compatibility: Even if Data Execution Protection (DEP) is activated in the Windows Control Panel, LightMachine still works.
  • LightMachine now supports the Photoshop memory management which avoids memory shortages in Photoshop.
  • Improved compatibility with some applications, e.g. color dialogs now work in GIMP and PhotoBrush and preview scrolling now works in SignLab and Image Analyzer.
  • The the .ini files are now saved in the user's application data folder in case the folder of the LightMachine plugin is not accessible. This avoids problems with restricted user permissions.
  • The language files are now contained within the plugin itself. This avoids problems with unacessible language files.
  • Bug Fix: After maximizing the window (by double clicking the LightMachine logo), exiting and running LightMachine again, it was not possible to minimize the window (by double clicking the LightMachine logo). It works now.
  • Bug Fix: Exiting the plugin with the ESC key does not cause a messed up dialog anymore when running the plugin again.
  • Updated Plugin Installer tool, manual and installation


MacOS X Version 1.0 (April 2, 2007)

  • Mac-Intel Version for Photoshop CS3 is now available


Windows Version 1.01b (File Date: March 26, 2007)

  • Bug Fix: Previous versions of LightMachine crashed under Windows Vista on some computers if there was 2 GB or more RAM available.
  • The HTML and PDF manual were slightly updated
  • The Plugin Installer was slightly updated


MacOS X Version 1.0 (April 18, 2006)

  • First MacOS X release of LightMachine based on the Windows Version 1.01.


Version 1.01 (File Date: November 7, 2005)

New Features:

  • Selections from your graphics application can now be seen in the LightMachine preview. The effect is only visible on the selection area in the LightMachine preview. This feature currently only works in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro 4 - 7, Photo-Paint, Canvas, FotoCanvas and Ultimate Paint. Other applications don't support it sufficiently.
  • The LightMachine dialog was localized to German and a Language option was added to the Prefs tab. The manual and setup is still only available in English.
  • New Fade slider for fading the overall effect of LightMachine.
  • New button menu at the top with Open Preset, Save Preset, Undo / Redo options and a list of all presets from the Preset sub folder. As a consequence the Open Preset, Save Preset and Undo buttons were removed.
  • New Spots button menu in the Virtual Studio modes for selecting a certain spot, copying spot properties to other spots and hiding/showing all spots.
  • New key shortcuts in Virtual Studio mode:
    • You can directly select the first ten spots with the numeric keys.
    • You can move the currently selected spot with the cursor keys by 10 pixel. If you additionally hold down the CTRL-key you can move the spot by 100 pixel. (You may need to click on a spot or use a numeric key at first to move the focus to the preview before you can use the cursor keys. Activating InstantPreview from the Prefs tab sheet updates the preview with every key stroke.)
    • In addition to the Del key you can now also use the Backspace key to delete a spot.
  • New Instant Sliders check box on the Prefs tab sheet. If activated, the preview updates while dragging a slider. (Please notice that the Undo / Redo feature won't work anymore if you have this option activated.)
  • Several new presets including vignetting correction and some polarizer effects.
  • A tool called Plugin Installer is installed with LightMachine and also executed during setup. It lets you copy the LightMachine plugin to the plugin folder of various applications and lets you remove it later again. It can detect the plugin folder of 25 graphics applications.

Improvements / Changes:

  • In Virtual Studio mode the spot circle in the preview gets oval now when using the Ovality slider.
  • The unit of the Size slider in the Virtual Studio modes was changed from pixel to percent. That way the same setting or preset can now be used with images of different sizes without having to readjust the spots. You need to resave old presets though.
  • The Brightness, Contrast and Size sliders work exponentially now. That means smaller values now occupy a larger part of the slider bar, which makes it easier to choose small values.
  • When entering a value in edit box of a slider, the preview updates automatically. Previously you needed to press the return or tab key to make the preview update.
  • New general key shortcuts: CTRL + O for opening presets, CTRL + S for saving presets and CTRL + Z for Undo/Redo.
  • If necessary LightMachine will now look for the html manual, presets and log files in the original installation folder. That means, if you only copy the LightMachine.8bf file into a plugin folder, the mentioned features will work nevertheless.
  • A message box is now displayed if you try to use the Logged Settings feature in an host application that doesn't support it.

Updates and Bug Fixes:

  • Bug Fix: When clicking the color box on various tab sheets the color was previously not passed to the color dialog.
  • Bug Fix: Transparent areas are now correctly displayed with a chessboard pattern when applying LightMachine to a 16bit layer in Photoshop.
  • Bug Fix: If the the zoom was not set to Fit , no preview update occurred after resizing the window.
  • Bug Fix: The Last Filter command (CTRL + F) in Photoshop didn't work if LightMachine was in one of the Virtual Studio or Colors modes.
  • Bug Fix: The Open/Save Preset file dialog sometimes displayed the folder of the current image instead of the folder of the latest opened/saved preset.
  • Bug Fix: Beta screen problems


Version 1.0b (File Date: February 28, 2005)

New Features:

  • The corrected image and the mask can be viewed side by side now. All you have to do is to activate Split View, Multiple and one of the N,P,S or H buttons
  • You can now use the mouse wheel to change slider values. You need to select the slider at first by clicking on it or using the tab key.
  • Some new preset files were added

Updates and Bug Fixes:

  • The Manual was updated:
    • Step by Step Guide: Using LightMachine as a Masking Tool
    • Switching Modes explained in more detail
    • More explanations on Local Contrast
    • Several other places were updated
  • Bug Fix: The Shift slider didn't work anymore with deactivated Stretch check box. This previously led to different final result.
  • Bug Fix: On 16bit images using negative values for the Brightness slider previously caused artifacts on images with blown highlights.
  • Bug Fix: Applying LightMachine a second time in Serif PhotoPlus caused a black result because of an incompatibiliyt in PhotoPlus. It was fixed.
  • Bug Fix: Activating Log Settings on the Prefs tab previously caused an error message in Serif PhotoPlus.
  • Bug Fix: Applying LightMachine a second time in ACDSystems Canvas previously caused problems.
  • Bug Fix: Streaks previously appeared in Multiple Split View.
  • Bug Fix: Adding spots in the Virtual Studio modes wasn't possible with activated Split View.
  • Bug Fix: Previously the spot crosses and circles were displayed in the wrong location if you activated the Mulitple check box in the Virtual Studio modes. Now the spot crosses and circles aren't displayed anymore and the spots aren't editable anymore if Multiple is active.
  • Bug Fix: Using the mouse wheel to scroll through the combo boxes works now.
  • The Demo version now applies a slightly less visible watermark.
  • Some smaller bugs were fixed.


Version 1.0 (File Date: January 1, 2005)

  • First Release



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