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the Free CoreImage Editor is now available in 1.6 version.
Paris - April 27, 2006 - Romain Piveteau today announces LiveQuartz Image Editor 1.6, an update to the first free CoreImage editor.
This update adds support for much more image file formats. LiveQuartz 1.6 supports RAW (Adobe, Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Sony DNG), Photoshop (flatten image), TGA, SGI, OpenEXR, ICNS, ICO, Win cursors, FlashPix, MacPaint, QuickTime Import Format, Radiance and XWindow bitmap.
It is possible to adjust JPEG compression in Save As dialog and there is a choice between TIFF formats. The filter tool now displays a feedback point on the image. LiveQuartz 1.6 brings memory and performance optimizations, many bug fixes and the Spanish localization. LiveQuartz Web site has been redesigned from the ground-up by Loïc Vilette.
This software is aimed at all people that need a powerful basic image editor to easy manipulate layers, transparency and filters.
It is localized in English, Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Russian, Danish, and Persian.
LiveQuartz is built around layers and filters. Each photo dropped to its window is converted into a new layer, which could have several filters applied in real time. 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. CoreImage filters appear in LiveQuartz sorted by categories in a popup menu with their preview.
LiveQuartz' file format is recognized by Spotlight.
LiveQuartz is a donation-ware, users are encouraged to donate to help the author if they are satisfied by the product.
Note : Beta versions of LiveQuartz had been previously available for download since Tiger Mac OS 10.4.0 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).