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the Free Image Editor for Mac is now available in 1.7 version.
Paris - October 31, 2007 - Romain Piveteau today announces LiveQuartz 1.7, an update to the free Image Editor for Mac.
This update adds a new tool for MacOS 10.5 (Leopard) named "Background Eraser" that works by just clicking and dragging to remove backgrounds.
Some new video demos showing this tool are available on the web site (http://www.rhapsoft.com/?menu=livequartz_video).
LiveQuartz is aimed at all people that need a powerful basic image editor to easy manipulate layers, transparency and non destructive filters.
Each photo dropped to its window is converted into a new layer, which could have several filters applied in real time in a non destructive way. It used a one window interface without palette like iLife applications. It has a brush, a duplication tool and an eraser tool. Moreover, text can be added as a text layer.
LiveQuartz' file format (RHIF) keeps layers and filters settings intact and is recognized by Spotlight and QuickLook (on MacOS 10.5 Leopard).
LiveQuartz is a donation-ware. It is free but users are encouraged to donate to help the author if they are satisfied by the product.
It is localized in English, Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Russian, Danish, and Persian.
Note : Beta versions of LiveQuartz had been previously available for download since Tiger release (early may, 2005) at http://www.rhapsoft.com and it was one of the very first application to be publicly available in Universal binaries (PowerPC/Intel).
Note : 1.7 is not a major release but an intermediate one : major will be 2.0, 3.0, etc...
Major releases imply big rewrites or changes to the data model (CoreData) and intermediates add functionalities and keeps foundations.