Nottingham, UK—Designed as a “fast and powerful” photo editor for photography enthusiasts looking to edit, fix, enhance and organize their digital image collection, PhotoPlus X6 was released by creative software developer Serif.
The latest version of PhotoPlus, which has been certified by Microsoft to be compatible with Windows 8, has a range of new features, such as the smart edge refinement tool that selects and adjusts intricate parts of photos, such as hair and leaves, when used in with the program’s improved selection brush.
Photographers can take advantage of PhotoPlus X6’s new 64-bit engine. Using all the available memory of computers with a 64-bit operating system, the program enables users to edit and enhance very large images without the risk of slowing down. Multi-threading technology also utilizes all the cores on a computer’s processor, to help make PhotoPlus X6 the fastest version yet.
The program’s Raw Studio was given a complete overhaul; photographers can now benefit from the inclusion of more convenient in-place adjustments like curves, lighting, color and lens corrections, and noise reduction. With speed improvements to the core engine of PhotoPlus, RAW images can be loaded faster. Users can also create masks to control adjustments in specific areas, fix red-eye, repair and crop images—all in the reengineered Raw Studio.
Other new features include: nondestructive crop, which saves image data so photos can be restored and recropped again without losing other edits; control of blur and saturation to create miniature tilt-shift effects in the new depth-of-field filter; vector masks and fill layers tools; and improvements to noise reduction, zoom range and guides.
“We’re confident that photography enthusiasts—whether amateur or professional—will find PhotoPlus X6 a powerful program that offers a great balance between quick fixes and advanced editing,” said Gary Bates, managing director at Serif. “We took on board customer’s feedback and produced a program that operates much faster, and includes a wealth of new and improved tools such as the nondestructive crop and smart edge refinement tool. Coupled with PhotoPlus’s outstanding legacy features, photographers will find this version has all the tools they need to create stunning images.”
Existing PhotoPlus users will be familiar with the PhotoFix Studio, which includes tools for straightening and cropping images, removing red-eye and blemishes, and applying creative filters to enhance images. In addition, users can create HDR images, remove unwanted objects from photographs, make precise image cutouts and manage their entire image collection in the PhotoPlus Organizer. They can also immediately share photos on Facebook and Flickr, plus view photos where they were taken on a Google map of the world. $89.99. serif.com