Getting high quality prints that faithfully reproduce the image
that you see on your screen continues to be a challenge. PWP 5.0 adds several features that make getting
good prints easier and less frustrating.
The goals of the beta process are two-fold -- to shake down the new program and discover and fix bugs and to benefit from
the experience of wider use and get suggestions for improvements and additional features.
Picture Window Pro 188.8.131.52 Download:
(29 Mar 2009)
This is the released version of Picture Window Pro 5.0. It will operate in trial mode for 30 days. To operate it after that, a serial number is
Multi-Zone Adjustment: new white paper
describes the new 3-zone and 2-zone transformations
Sharpening Images: white paper
describes the new bilateral sharpening method as well as all the other sharpening techniques.
Color Management: white paper updated to include
the new Monitor Curves tool
Color Balance: white paper updated
for the enhanced color balance transformation
Stack Images: white paper updated for the
enhanced stack images transformation
To install the latest version, download the setup.zip file. You do not need to uninstall Picture Window
first. If you have an earlier beta, it will over-install. The beta can co-exist with PWP 4.0. The password is the same as before.
(Send e-mail to email@example.com if need the password.)
PWP 184.108.40.206 (23 Mar 2009)
This release updates the raw module and corrects the following problems:
Problems in the Brightness Curve, HiContrast, Interlace widgets have been corrected.
Problems in 2-zone, 3-zone, Crop/Add Border transformations have been corrected.
Bug in setting transformation parameters for small images in workflow has been corrected.
Problem in deleting an image window immediately after completing a transformation has been corrected.
Problem with 'stale' images displayed in workflow has been corrected.
A problem when the Browser attempted to open a deleted folder has been fixed.
PWP 220.127.116.11 (01 Mar 2009)
This release updates the raw module and corrects the following problems:
Mask problem in the Remap transformation.
A problem with flood fill mask tool.
Several problems in interpreting v4 wfl files in v5.
Erroneously opening images from the MRU used menu when the image was already open.
Error in which the raw dialog attempted to use an icc profile file as a wfl file.
Incorrect flash data displayed in the raw dialog Properties tab.
Bug in combining channels of 16 bit images.
Resize transformation sticky settings problem when image size was specified in absolute units.
PWP 18.104.22.168 (06 Feb 2009)
This update adds image rotation to the raw dialog, corrects a problem reading Album files, and
corrects a small dialog refresh problem in the mask texture dialog.
PWP 22.214.171.124 (28 Jan 2009)
This update ccrrects a critical problem discovered in the Text transformation and a problem with the
Two-zone widget. It also adds a third option to the 'Confirm on close' item in preferences. Please see Help for details.
PWP 126.96.36.199 (24 Jan 2009)
This update includes some new feature and fixes for most of the outstanding problems that have been discovered by
you, our beta testers.
Feature and operating changes:
Raw dialog: The Raw preview workflow has been extensively revised to make the preview correspond
more closely to the final image. Images from cameras with rectangular pixels (like the Nikon
D1x) are now converted to the intended aspect ratio. A number of other small bugs have been fixed and raw has been
updated to support recently introduced cameras.
Absolute dimensions supported in Resize: The Resize transformation now supports resizing
to absolute linear dimensions expressed in inches, cm or mm. Older versions of the Resize widget in existing .wfl files
are automatically converted to the new version upon loading.
Unsaved images warning: In previous versions of Picture Window, every unsaved image
generated a warning message when the PW session was exited. In this version, intermediate images no longer generate this
warning. Only the last image of a series of transformations generates the warning.
Color Balance Transformation: RGB curves are now the default display mode.
Preferences: The "Transformation on top" option caused problems in using probes in
transformations like Color Balance and has been removed.
Color Profile versions: PWP is now more tolerant of obsolete (v2) description tags
that may be encountered in v4 profile files.
Workfow problems: The following workflow problems have been fixed:
2-zone and 3-zone widgets created multiple copies of the first image rather than processing the images in the workflow.
Warp created black images.
The workflow progress bar terminated early.
There were a number of cases where 'dead windows' from past workflow operations obscured the current
original or preview windows.
Some operations caused the workflow preview window to enlarge to 1:1 magnification.
Save As Dialog The Save As dialog now allows the user to override the folder
in which the sidecar file is saved. Previously it forced the file to be sved in the same folder as the root image.
Level Transformation Problems reported in the Level transformation have been fixed.
Posterize Transformation Problems reported in the Posterize transformation have been fixed.
3-Zone Transformation crash problem has been fixed.
PWP 188.8.131.52 (14 Dec 2008)
This update replaces PWP 184.108.40.206 and corrects a critical problem discovered in the Resize
transformation. Otherwise it is the same as PWP 220.127.116.11.
PWP 18.104.22.168 (13 Dec 2008)
This update fixes most of the outstanding problems that have been discovered by
you, our beta testers and incorporates several small changes.
Feature and operating changes:
Control Width in Raw Dialog Now Customizable: If you have the screen space,
you can make the Raw Dialog control window wider. A new option in File/Raw Settings lets you choose a narrow,
medium or wide control window. Narrow is equivalent it the width in previous versions, medium and wide are wider.
Since the histogram windows are square, widening the control window also makes its minimum size taller.
Customizable Defaults in some Transformations: Four transformations (Crop, Resize,
Sharpen, and Text) have a user settable default. The default is set from the OPT menu and takes place of the
built-in default. Like the built in default, its use depends on the seting of Remember Settings in File Preferences.
If Remember settings is NO, it is used every time. If it is YES it is used the first time a transformation is invoked
in a session or if the shift key is held down when a transformation is invoked.
Raw has been updated to include recently introduced cameras.
Raw Dialog Bugs: A bug in Set Camera Default has been fixed. (Hope it is the last one for
this function.) Clicking tabs do not force a recalculation if one is not necessary. A recurrence of a problem with the
dynamic range control has been fixed.
Some erroneous "Workflow Incomplete" messages have been corrected. These messages were issued
in the File Save dialog for workflows that were, in fact, complete.
EXIF Comments Dialog problem with swapping copyright and description fields has been fixed.
Transformation Bugs: Bugs in Color negative (elimination of probe size choices),
Light falloff, Warp (problem in Rigid), Brightness (crashes for certain images), Two-zone and Three-zone (incorrect
calculation), and Image stacker have been fixed.
PWP 22.214.171.124 (12 Nov 2008)
PWP 4.0 Workflow compatibility has been restored: PWP 4.0 workflows can
now be used in PWP 5.0. Note however that PWP 5.0 workflows are not backward compatible to PWP 4.0. That
means that once a workflow is saved in PWP 5.0 it can no longer be used in the older version.
The Save Camera Default function in the Raw dialog now displays a confirming message
which includes the full path of the file saved. An error is displayed if saving the file failed. These
messages are intended to help diagnose problems which some users have reported with this function.
Basic EXIF Comment Editing is now enabled in the Raw dialog. The description,
artist and copyright fields may be edited.
Color Balance eyedropper feature: The way the eyedropper sets add and remove
colors has been revised to be more intuitive and to make matching the color balance of two images easier.
Crop/Add Border Reset All now correctly resets the resize checkbox.
Image Stacker preview is now correctly triggered when a curve window is closed.
Layout problem related to units set to pixels is fixed. Also a problem with
the Layout page size display is fixed.
Comment Widget interrupted processing of the workflow. This problem has
Text Widget problem related to scrambling text has been fixed.
In the Raw Dialog sliders on the gray tab could be moved even when the
tab was not selected. This has been fixed.
Camera Whitebalance problem in the Raw dialog has been fixed.
PWP 126.96.36.199 (11 Oct 2008)
Raw Dialog Enhancements: The quality and size of the magnified
image on the Sharpen and Noise tab has been improved. The image is now 1:1 and fully processed and
matches the final image. (Previously the magnified image was based on the preview image which skips
some processing steps.) Also, the 1:1 image can now be displayed in the much larger main window area.
The magnification function has been moved from the + and - buttons to the Options
menu. This lets you choose any available magnification directly, without going through intermediate
magnifications. An 'Apply' function has also been added. Output images are now assigned the default DPI
set in preferences. A number of small bugs have been fixed.
NRW Support: Support for the new Nikon NRW raw format has been added.
The raw module has also been updated to include recently-introduced cameras.
Color balance transformation: The probe function has been restored to
work as in PWP 4.0.
Chromatic Aberration transformation is now supported by the toolbar.
The following bugs have been fixed:
Zoom 1:1 and resize not grayed out when there is no active image window.
Monitor curves were applied to color pickers and exhibited problems switching
Two-zone tab refresh problem.
Conformal map sticky settings problem.
Problems in bilateral sharpen with slider position and recomputing mean image.
Layout property problem in grid mode.
OK button problems with Two and Three-zone transformations.
Brightness curve problem when a new image is selected.
Problem in creating a camera default raw workflow file.
Change Profile toolbar button couls cause crash if clicked when no image window
Problems with the 'Apply' function in New and Resize.
A problem with mask images created with the 'Apply' function being displayed incorrectly in History.
A problem with the raw probe color swatch showing incorrect colors under some
Artifacts and other small problems in the Line and Arrow tool.
PWP 188.8.131.52 (5 Sept 2008)
Clipping Warning in Channel Mixer: A Highlight Warning checkbox has been added to the
Channel Mixer in the Monochrome transformation. When this box is checked, clipped highlights are
rendered as black instead of white.
Inverse Color Curves: Color Curves allows you to apply
inverse monitor curves to an image, thus lightening it for printing. This allows the user
to prelighten images for printing at a remote site. The option is accessed via the Opt menu and sets
the current color curves to match the computed inverse monitor curves. They
can also be saved at this point or used in a workflow.
Raw Dialog: A magnification control has been added to the color
histogram. It allows you to magnify the histogram by 2x, 5x and 10x. The control is linear.
Off-scale portions of the histogram are clipped.
Help File: A updated help file is included in the installation.
F1 functionality is in place for most features. However there are still problems with some links.
Histogram Tool: Improvements include tightening the width of the tool window
to eliminate gaps in the histogram, and fixes for problems with the window caption.
Crop/Add Border: The redundant rotate calculation has been eliminated.
Resize Transformation Problems: Height in Fixed Height is now remembered.
A problem when clicking OK before all the dimensions refreshed has been fixed.
Stack Images input image problem: PWP froze when an input image was changed
in Stack Images with a mask selected. This has been fixed.
Brightness & Color Curves: The problem with processing 48 bit images
in these transformations has been fixed.
Sharpen Issues: The default sharpen method is now Unsharp Mask. Crash problems
reported in bilateral sharpen have been fixed. The blur radius slider initial position has been modified.
Toolbar issues: The main toolbar is now updated immediately after reconfiguration.
Proofing buttons are displayed/hidden correctly.
Cancelling Raw Dialog: Clicking OK in Raw Dialog and then cancelling
processing in the progress bar produced an incomplete sidecar file and prevented the image from being
reopened. These problems have been fixed.
Cancelling the progress bar now redisplays the Raw Dialog. The user has the option of continuing
to edit the image or cancelling the dialog.
Reset to Raw Settings: All parameters not controlled by Raw Settings are
now reset to default values. In the past, the parameters were not reset.
Monitor Curves: Monitor curves are no longer applied
automatically on startup.
3-Zone Transformation: Various problems have been fixed. The
transformation now closes correctly on OK; It operates correctly as a widget; A problem with midtone radius
values has been fixed.
File Save: The option to save a sidecar file was ignored and the file was
always created. This problem has been fixed.
Copy/Move File Widget: This widget has been removed from the Geometry submenu.
Raw Illumination WB Settings: White balance settings for tungsten, fluorescent,
daylight, overcast, flash and shade illumination are now ordered by color temperature. Check any sidecar files which
use these setting to make sure they are correct.
Raw Dialog No White Balance: When the No White Balance option is
chosen, Temp and Tint sliders now show no value. The slider positions remain at their
Opening PWP 4.0 Workflows Disabled: There is an unresolved issue with opening PWP4.0 workflow files in the current release.
In order not to delay this update, opening PWP 4.0 workflows has been
disabled in PWP 184.108.40.206. This is a temporary restriction. We will correct the problem in the next update
and restore compatiblity.
PWP 220.127.116.11 (25 Aug 2008)
Jpeg Profiles: The color profile was ignored when jpeg files were opened. The profile is now
Auto WB in Raw Dialog: Fixed problem in setting white balance to Auto
in the raw dialog.
No warning on closing unsaved raw images: The user now is given a warning an an
opportunity to save the image before closing the window.
PWP 18.104.22.168 (24 Aug 2008)