Skylum has just announced its latest update to its Luminar photo editing software. The Luminar 3.1.0 brings new and improved Accent AI filter, which now features content-aware recognition. There are a few other improvements, so let’s see what the upgraded version of Luminar brings.
Skylum has announced Luminar Flex, a new plugin that brings Luminar’s AI enhancing tools to third-party apps. You can now use Luminar adjustments and effects with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop Elements, as well as with Photos for Mac.
It’s been a long time coming, but Luminar 3 has officially been announced today. It ships out on December 18th and it comes with Libraries – that’s the name for their new digital asset management system. Luminar 3 is a major overhaul of the software and now allows you to organise and edit multiple images simultaneously – so, yes, now you can batch edit!
This has been a hotly anticipated update for many Luminar users, and those who’ve considered switching to Luminar. And with the addition of a DAM, Luminar just became a lot more appealing – especially as there are no recurring subscription costs.
Since Adobe switched from perpetual licenses to a subscription model, I’ve been trying to make my photo and video workflow as Adobe-free as possible. As a result, I don’t use Lightroom. So I never really had a need for the original Loupedeck.
But when the announcement came for the Loupedeck+ with support for Skylum Aurora HDR and Capture One, and more software support coming in the future, I thought it was time to take a more serious look at it. I’ve been using the Loupedeck+ for a few weeks now, and I think it’s safe to say that it’s won me over.
There’s still no word on exactly when Skylum will deliver its Digital Asset Management (DAM) system, but it is most definitely on the way. Skylum have posted screenshots of the prototype software, and have also announced that it will be coming as a free beta for existing Skylum Luminar 2018 users. They’ll also receive a free copy of the final release version, too.
There’s been quite a bit of news coming out of the former Macphun offices. I say former Macphun offices, because they’re now known as Skylum. So, now they’re the Skylum offices. That’s the first bit of news. The next is their recent announcement of a Digital Asset Management system coming soon as part of Luminar 2018.
Now, Luminar 2018 has been officially announced, and comes with some pretty neat updates. The DAM isn’t quite ready yet, but it will be a free upgrade for existing users when it’s released. But what is there now? Well, first and foremost seems to be a substantial performance increase. They’ve also improved the UI, added native RAW support, and a bunch of new customisable and maskable effects filters.
With Lightroom CC shifting into the cloud, there’s a lot of doubt amongst fans of the former desktop application. They question Adobe’s commitment to the future of the Classic desktop platform, given the big push toward “the cloud”. If this indeed becomes the case, it’s left many users wondering where to go next. Right now, there’s two potential names that spring to mind. Affinity and Macphun.
The latter of those got in touch with DIYP today. Machpun tell us that they have received a lot of questions in response to yesterday’s announcement from Adobe. Users want to know what their plans are for creating a Lightroom alternative. So, now Macphun have a sort-of announcement to make of their own. They’re working on a Digital Asset Management (DAM) application for both Mac and Windows.
Having spent almost a decade making software exclusively for Apple platforms, Macphun is now releasing software for Windows. Launching today, Macphun Luminar for Windows is now available. It’s not quite perfect just yet, though, but it’s not far off.
Macphun Luminar makes its Windows debut as a completely free public beta. Luminar is an all-in-one photo editor, in a similar sort of vein to Lightroom. It works in a non-destructive way with your images to offer quite a wide range of options.
I’ve been looking forward to this announcement for a while. Affinity did it last year, bringing their popular Photo and Designer apps to Windows. Now Macphun are following suit announcing that their Luminar and Aurora HDR applications are coming to the Windows platform. Their products have been Apple-only since first launching in 2008, and I can’t wait to finally give it a whirl.
Luminar is a general image editor that works with both raw and jpg files. It’s essentially a Lightroom alternative with some rather neat features. Aurora HDR is, as the name suggests, designed for working with high dynamic range images. It offers features for merging bracketed shots, or getting the most out of a single raw file.