The Road to AfterShot Pro 2.2, Say Hello!

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The Road to AfterShot Pro 2.2, Say Hello!

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Hello RAW shooters everywhere!

I wanted to share some perspectives on the recently released AfterShot/AfterShot Pro version 2.2. Download AfterShot Pro 2.2 from our updates page or upgrade directly in-product.

Top improvements for Corel’s RAW Photo Editor

While we’re very pleased that 2.2 includes the new camera profiles and ongoing product enhancements that have been the foundation of our other updates, this one goes quite a bit further with the inclusion of a major update to our application framework (Qt). This update delivers full support for Retina displays (Mac), enhanced High DPI monitor support and a host of new opportunities for the future. We’ve outlined a full list of improvements below.

For those of you who’ve already read in the AfterShot Pro user-to-user forums about 2.2, allow me to add a couple of additional ideas. We consider 2.2 to be a major update, mostly because of its impact on the way we view photos in AfterShot. Experienced photo editors shoot in RAW for good reason—the quality and control we get over our pictures provides us with a huge editing advantage and by far superior results. For this reason, the Corel team felt that adding support for Retina and high resolution (such as 4K) displays was a big priority–we wanted to provide you, as a RAW photo editor, with the ability to see as much detail in their photos as their hardware allows..

Farewell XP support. Hello 2.2 compatible plugins!

Getting to high DPI support required some improvements under the hood, and this means AfterShot Pro 2.2 comes with a couple of side effects to be aware of before upgrading.

Plugins did (or do) need to be recompiled for AfterShot Pro 2.2. We recently did some research on the plugins the community uses most often and I’m pleased to report that the plugin developer community has responded. We already have a variety of popular “2.2 compatible” plugins available for download and have maintained access to previous plugin versions to support those who don’t plan to upgrade (Note: Some of these plugins may still need to be recompiled for full compatibility with OSX 10.10.4). We’re continuing to work with plugin developers to bring more plugins up to date, so please stay tuned.  And do sound off in the comments section below to let us know if there are any you’re dying to get updated.

The update also meant a change to our system requirements. We are no longer supporting Windows XP or Vista, and minimum Linux requirements are now Ubuntu 12.04 (+ later) and Fedora 16 (+ later). Mac OS X support stays the same at Mac OS X 10.7.3 and later. If your OS doesn’t meet these minimum standards, we don’t recommend installing 2.2.

AfterShot Pro community: Thank you!

Please allow me to offer a quick thank you to everyone in the community who continues to help us improve and grow AfterShot Pro. Thanks in particular to the plugin devs who have been so hardworking and dedicated to their peers in updating for 2.2. Thank you as well to everyone who’s provided feedback in our user-to-user forums and who have taken the time to test and comment on the product and its plugins, or who have responded to our surveys — your input motivates a lot of our decisions here.

Finally, thank you for your patience as we continue to enhance AfterShot Pro, including the plugin ecosystem and our update process. We have lots more great things planned, and we hope you’ll continue to be a part of it.

Sincerely,

The Corel Photo Team

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AfterShot/AfterShot Pro 2.2 Updates

New Camera RAW support

Enhancements

  • Qt framework upgraded to version 5.4
  • Mac Retina display is fully supported
  • Improved 4K display support for Windows
  • Thumbnail icons improved

Issues addressed

  • HDR fixed for Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit version
  • “RAW Impulse Noise Removal” stability fixed (issue occurred when OpenCL was enabled)
  • Fujifilm: Chromatic aberration issue resolved
  • HDR: Improved decoding and integration with main application
  • Improved user interface for orientation bar
  • HDR Batch Merge: Improved overall capability and stability
  • Improved white balance adjustment for “Dark night” photos
  • Mac/Linux HDR: Improved Auto Brush results
  • Improved Athentech noise removal results

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Comments (10)

  • Daniel Reply

    I’m also not seeing retina display rendering except for parts of the UI. The photos themselves aren’t retina quality. What am I missing? Using 30-day trial of v2.3 on a retina MacBook Pro.

    January 18, 2016 at 2:34 am
    • Alex Brazeau Reply

      Hi Daniel, good question. The resolution of a particular image is dependent on the camera and, once selected in AfterShot Pro, the photo will display at your monitor’s resolution. Our development team is looking into high dpi support for thumbnails and additional UI elements. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

      February 8, 2016 at 6:52 pm
  • Tony Reply

    Hi Greg,

    How does Retina Display support work? I have just purchased the latest version (2.3) and although the text for menus and palettes are all HiDPI Retina quality, none of the images themselves are being rendered in HiDPI mode at all, nor are the filenames on the images in “Show filenames on thumbnails.”

    November 8, 2015 at 3:52 am
    • Alex Brazeau Reply

      Hi Tony, thanks for getting in touch and great to hear you’ve picked up AfterShot Pro! As you’ve pointed out, the menus, fonts and palettes are all HDPI / Retina ready and while that means we’re a good part of the way there, our team continues to improve the HDPI / Retina experience for thumbnails in AfterShot. Your feedback has been shared with our dev team and is greatly appreciated. Cheers.

      November 17, 2015 at 10:33 pm
  • Johan Reply

    Alex,
    any chance of updating the zFrame plugin so it’s compatible with ASP 2.2.1 64-bit?

    Thanks in advance!

    September 2, 2015 at 5:16 pm
    • Alex Brazeau Reply

      Hi Johan, great to hear from you! We’re working with the volunteer plugin developer who owns the code for the series of “z” plugins, including zPerspector, zFrame and others to have them recompiled so you can use them in ASP 2.2 and up. Stay tuned, we’re hoping to have an update on this front soon!

      September 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm
      • Johan Reply

        Great to hear Alex, and thank you for your quick response!

        September 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  • Ed Reply

    Alex,

    Thank you for your very quick response. I look forward to fix for the plugins. I am trying to use Aftershot to replace Aperture. I have moved on to OS X 10.10.5

    August 18, 2015 at 3:50 am
  • Ed Reply

    Interesting article, but none of the plugins marked as 2.2 compatible work with a Mac or anything else based upon comments, even those that developers said Corel compiled. It is pretty obvious that somebody didn’t check them or maybe the latest release doesn’t work with them. 2.2.1.64 version with OS X 10.10.4

    August 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm
    • Alex Brazeau Reply

      Hi Ed, thanks for your comment. I’ve heard a couple rumblings that some of the recompiled plugins are having troubles on OSX 10.10.4 and just jumped over to the user-to-user forum where I saw couple of strings confirming your report. I’ve alerted our development team and they’re looking into a fix so we can get those plugins up and running on the Mac. In the meantime, I’ve updated the blog post with a little note and will chat with our web team about a change to the release notes on the main site. Thanks again for letting us know!

      August 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

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