Announcing Picture Window Pro 4.0  


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Digital Light & Color announces PICTURE WINDOW PRO 4.0, a major upgrade to its powerful professional image editing program. This new version adds RAW File Processing, Batch Workflows, Autoplay Support, and a flexible, expanded new Browser.

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What is Picture Window — How Is It Different

Picture Window Pro is designed for the serious photographer who wants a powerful tool for getting the most out of his photographs but would rather forego all the non-photographic extras that complicate other programs. So PWP is significantly easier to learn and use productively while still meeting the rigorous demands of the serious photographer.

When you run Picture Window, the first thing you notice is how uncluttered it is. Its screen is spartan, using a palette of subdued grays. That's deliberate because bright colors are distracting and throw off one's color judgement. The program has all the power one needs for serious image editing -- with over fifty tools and operations. These include advanced filters like sharpening with noise reduction, lens distortion controls, sophisticated masking and compositiing tools, a full set of very capable free-hand tools, and of course excellent controls for all the basic image parameters. It's workflow never overwrites an existing image -- instead it creates a new image at each step, so the user can easily compare before and after images and return to any stage in the process, even several steps later.

 

PWP 4.0 — New Features

 

Batch Workflows

PWP 4.0 introduces a new batch workflow feature which allows you to specify a series of operations and apply them to a batch of images. Here are a few ways you can use workflows:

  • Transfer images from a camera card to your computer. Assign meaningful names.

  • Brighten, sharpen, correct color balance, lens distortion/aberration, change color profiles, or apply other corrections to a batch of images.

  • Resize images for use on the web or e-mail

  • Add file comments and copyright information.

The workflow is executed in the background, allowing you to continue to use PWP for other work or to leave it unattended until it completes. Workflows can be saved, so that you can develop a set of standard workflows for common tasks.

Workflows can be used to adjust color, brightness, sharpness and other parameters on a group of images that require the same treatment. They can also be used to for housekeeping tasks like moving, renaming, and resizing images, changing their file format, and adding EXIF descriptions and copyrights.

    The workflow window is divided into two sections. The top section shows all the images that will be processed. The bottom section shows the operations. In this case the operations are (left to right) curves, color balance, sharpen, file comments and file save. After the save, the image is resized and saved again in a different location.

 

RAW File Processing

PWP 4.0 can now open RAW files from nearly all major cameras that produce RAW output. RAW is completely integrated into PWP. RAW thumbnails are displayed by the browser, the images can be opened just like any others and can then be operated on by all transformations and tools.

PWP allows you to set individual RAW ICC profiles for each camera model you use. Profiles for about 10 DSLR models are available for downloading. Others will be added over time. You can also create your own profiles. If interest warrants, we will set up a profile swap on our web site.

RAW files are opened as 48 bit images preserving all the information in the original image. This means there is no need for a pre-conversion scaling step. (Programs which translate images to 24 bits necessarily must throw away some data and thus usually have pre-conversion workflows so the user can best position the image within the available 24 bit range.) In addition, you can archive the images as 48 bit tiffs rather than in their original RAW form. Of current formats, tiff is probably the most durable and is likely to be supported and readable farther into the future than proprietary camera model-specific RAW formats.

 

Autoplay Support

Autoplay is the Windows function which senses when you insert a memory card into your system and let's you choose the application to handle the card. Choosing Picture Window displays all images on your card in a Workflow window. You can then apply a standard workflow to transfer the images to your system, optionally editing, renaming, and adding EXIF remarks in the process.

 

 

Image Review

You can now preview your images in slide-show fashion using the new Play window. It displays large size images from the browser or workflow window. Images can be advanced manually or automatically. The Play window also has a triage function. It lets you mark images as keepers or rejects (or unmarked) and then apply various operations to these categories. For instance you can delete rejects and apply a workflow to keepers.

 

 

New Browser Features

The browser now displays folders and lets you navigate folder hierarchies. Thumbnail generation has been sped up and moved to the background, so you no longer have to wait for it to complete before doing other work. Album and workflow files are now displayed and may be opened from the browser. The browser allows you to rotate tiff and jpeg files and view and edit EXIF properties.

You can also create new folders directly in the browser and then drag thumbnails into them. This allows you to perform many organizing tasks without leaving Picture Window.

Infrastructure Enhancement

Many of the features outlined above depend on a major enhancement to Picture Window's unseen infrastructure. Picture Window now can now process many functions in the background, concurrently with foreground processing. Future improvement will take further advantage of this feature.

System Requirements

Picture Window 4.0 runs on Win 2000, Win 2003, and Win XP. Hardware requirements: Any modern Pentium-class system.

 

Images

 


Box Shot (1500 x 1983)


Box face (2321 x 2850)


 
 


Workflow Window (1166 x 777)


Preview Window (918 x 650)


 

Downloads

Picture Window Pro 4.0

This is the installation download for Picture Window Pro. It operates as a trial for 30 days. Please send email directly to me at ksinkel@dl-c.com to get a serial number for your evaluation.

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