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Luminar Photo Editing In Two Words Simplicity & Creativity

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What is Luminar and How it Will Enhance Your Photo Editing?

 

Luminar is a universal, easy to use, all-in-one photo editing app, designed to meet your every need as a photographer and photo-image editor.

Unlike most other photo editing software, Luminar’s genuine ease-of-use makes it look bound for becoming  the number one image editor software, applicable to almost anyone with the desire of creating beautiful imagery. There is no  need for any special training in order for users to achieve great looking results. So imagine what you can do with just some basic tips and insights.

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Enhance and change the appearance of your photos using custom filters with precise and easy to use controls, from classic Tone and Exposure, to Bi-Color, Photo Filter Emulation, Cross-Processing and more. In fact, Luminar will allow you to achieve some of the more complex photo editing tasks only adequately possible in the likes of… yes you said it – Adobe Photoshop.

You Will Like The Idea of Personalised Darkroom Workspaces

Amongst the many features you’ll find, Workspaces provide a near to perfect environment of logically grouped tool ‘sets’ suitable for your specific type of project. You can even share and import Workspaces by other photographers.

Now, whilst the default Workspaces include; Portrait, Black & White, Landscape and Street, you always have the capability of adding different filters or creating new ones. This will allow you to customise Workspaces to fit exactly what you need for each different project.

Not Just RAW Support!

Finally, but not the last, besides the support of RAW file formats, Luminar also provides:

– Layers and Custom Textures
– Gradient and Radial Masks 
– Pixel-perfect Noise Reduction 
– A Healing tool
– Crop & Transform
– History Panel
– Brushes and Masking 
– Automatic Luminosity
– Selective Top & Bottom adjustments
– Plug-in support and so much more….

The Super Good News…

By the time you have read this post, Luminar will be either fully-available or, if you are lucky, still be in pre-launch phase. In which case, if you already  own a Macphun app for Mac, you’ll  only pay $49 (+ receive exclusive bonuses). New users (i.e those that do not own a Macphun product) the price is an incredibly compelling…only $59.

ORDER YOUR COPY OF LUMINAR NOW! 



Freeway Pro 6, Express and Exhibio

website design like you want – by SoftPress.

Having used Freeway for web design over a number of years, I can say without a doubt my experience has been both pleasurable and enlightening. With no real programming skills, I have been able to create web designs that I thought would be beyond my independent capability.

 

Admittedly there has sometimes been annoying glitches but nothing which would not be expected from any other software. Here, I invite you to take a look for yourself, especially if creating your own website is something you are considering.

 

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FreewayPro 5.5
Whether you’re new or experienced in web design, using FreewayPro to design professional websites, all without having to know any code is within your reach.

With a “What You See Is What You Get” Interface, FreewayPro has that typical intuitive, ease-of-use mac feel. Oh, did I mention ? FreewayPro is currently only available for the Apple Mac (OSX) operating system.

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If you are use to using graphic design software such as Adobe Indesign® or Adobe Illustrator®, the chances are you will immediately feel comfortable using FreewayPro, of course like with anything new, it will take a little while to truly unleash the power of FreewayPro, nonetheless, you can start designing straight after launching for the first time, its that easy.

Another thing about FreewayPro are its plugins, or Actions as they are called. These Actions allow for adding additional functionality or enhancing basic features. With Freeway Pro, you can:

– precision position of items
– create web forms
– create css menus
– add social media buttons
– create animated galleries to showcase images of your products or work
– upload using FTP or securely using FTPS/SFTP straight from the application

Freeway Pro 5.5+ | $299 Buy Freeway 5.5 Pro

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Exhibeo
Besides using the basic features found within Freeway Pro and the ‘Target Show / Hide Layer’ Action for creating slideshows you can also use Showcase or Exhibio.

Exhibio is a relatively new cousin to the Freeway Pro family, and like Showacase, it comes as a standalone application.  In brief, Exhibio is an additional standalone piece of software for creating slideshows from an option of different formats. With Exhibio it is a simple matter of organising your images similarly to, or as you would in say iPhoto, or any other image productivity tool, and adding the necessary details to your Freeway Pro document.

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The first step after launching the application is to click the add button  (+)  located at the bottom left of the dashboard. This will open a window from which you may select the images you wish to import.

Once this is done, simply select export and choose one of the following options:

a) Export to HTML (5)

b) Export to Freeway

Exhibio   | $19 Buy Exhibeo

 

 

 

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Mountain Lion – Time to upgrade ?

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Mountain Lion is here, should you run – go get a copy. Or sit back and wait 20 days or so before the first repair patches arrive. My biggest problem with Mountain Lion is that my Power Mac G5 will NOT run the operating system, It doesn’t have the Intel thingy-muh-jig!

This always happens, time-after-time-after-time again. Software companies, including Apple, convince you of a technology; a piece of hardware or software, then after you have fully bought into it – the rug is pulled from under your feet leaving you flat on the ground. A ruthless strategy or just the natural flow of progression, either way it can be both expensive and frustrating.

So, should you upgrade to Mountain Lion right away ?

It depends, bet you were hoping for a simple yes or no answer ? Well this one, as always cannot be answered in a ‘one cap fits all’ sort of way. You see it all depends on factors such as:

– What model Mac you own.
The first generation of Power Mac G5s and earlier mac models for example, will not work with Mountain Lion. However if you were fortunate to have been a little late off the starting line you probably purchases an Intel based G5, in which case you are in the clear.

– What software do you mostly use.
Another thing to watch out for is software incompatibilities. Many old school artist, I am sure, continue to use old versions of Illustrator and Photoshop for example. Will these still work ?
Apparently up to versions xxx are fine with Mountain Lion. Checking  which application work after an upgrade can be quite time consuming and often even after a thorough check you may still later find yourself having problems with an app you have overlooked. Anyway what I am building up to is that there are sites where you can quickly check – one such site is Roaring Apps

– Everything is up-to-date, now what
One of the primary reasons for updating to mountain Lion is if you use iCloud, this is imperative. In order for iCloud to work you need to be running Mountain Lion or at least the latest iOS. You should be fine . If however you still feel a little unsure, perhaps wait 20 days or so for the first round of repair patches to emerge.

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– Buy Take Control of Using Mountain Lion
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*FREE UPGRADE: Did you buy your Mac on or after 11 June 2012 ?
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Firefox for PowerMac
TenFourFox is not exactly a FireFox upgrade, however it was created from the Firefox code.Using code tuned for 10.4 (and compatible with 10.5), this  Firefox advanced featured equivelant  works on older computers including: G3, G4/7400, G4/7450 and G5 . LEARN MORE

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