Helicon Focus – History of changes (Mac)

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What is new in the latest version

Mac OS version Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 7.0.2 (28.09.2018) (488 Mb)

  • Poor retouching performance on Mac fixed
  • Turning off "Adjust brightness" no longer produces artifacts
  • Fixed image thumbnails not being interpolated
  • Proper detection of missing source files when loading a project
  • Better logging of some issues so that bug reports are more helpful

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 7.0.1 (03.09.2018)

  • New feature: Folder Monitor
  • New feature: Manual focus detection area adjustment (can be enabled in Preferences -> Autoadjustments): shows a blue rectangle of selection area and allows you to adjust the area of alignment of frames in the stack
  • New feature: Crop result image automatically (Preferences -> Autoadjustments): lets you auto-crop all images in the stack, e. g. when there are artifacts on the edge of the image, or when there's an are that lacks focus data. Cropping the image properly helps avoid focus stacking artifacts induced by such useless areas
  • User interface somewhat reworked, the list of rendering results moved to the bottom of the window. The minimum allowed height of the main window has been reduced, it can now fit the screen on some laptops where previously the window was too large for the screen
  • Method B reworked, it now produces good image in some of the difficult cases that previously resulted in artifacts
  • Performance improved, especially on multi-core systems
  • Memory consumption optimized, it is now bound to a certain fraction of system's total memory (configurable in Preferences -> Performance). Within that limit, Helicon Focus will use as much memory as possible to avoid re-computing things, and, ultimately, to speed up rendering
  • Disk cache optimized to avoid situations when all the free space is used up by Helicon Focus
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.7.2 (05.10.2017)

  • Updated Adobe DNG converter
  • Minor performance improvements

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.7.1 (27.05.2016)

  • Lightroom integration: Helicon Focus no longer exits automatically upon saving the rendering result
  • Batch processing, command line mode: TIFFs are now saved with LZW compression by default
  • Some other minor improvements

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.7.0 (17.05.2016)

  • Adobe DNG converter made the default raw decoder
  • Fixed the image loading error when Adobe DNG converter is used and importing a raw images takes longer than 30 seconds
  • Fixed the retouching brush not updating after loading a different source image until the cursor is moved
  • Support for TIFF files with non-integer number of bytes per channel added (e. g. 12 bits)
  • 3D model now correctly gets the retouched depth map
  • IIQ raw format support added
  • Batch processing: the list of source stacks can now be sorted by various columns
  • Some more minor bugs fixed

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.6.1 (07.03.2016)

  • Minor performance improvements
  • Idle CPU load reduced on OS X
  • Fixed "phantom" brush strokes that were sometimes applied when switching source images

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.6.0 (01.03.2016)

  • 3D Viewer video export error on OS X fixed
  • Fixed saving results as DNG in batch processing mode
  • Drag and drop support implemented for the batch processing dialog
  • Fixed splitting stacks by shooting time
  • Fixed a couple errors in managing stacks in the batch processing dialog
  • Silent compilation: fixed the message about missing DNG converter
  • Color profile is now properly applied in silent compilation mode
  • Fixed rendering grayscale (single-channel) and 4-channel (alpha) images (all processing modes)
  • Output image DPI is always set to the value specified in Helicon Focus settings now
  • Rendering performance improved on multi-core CPUs

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.5.2 (13.01.2016)

  • Fixed the program freezing on startup on some machines where it has never been run before
  • EXIF metadata is now properly transferred to the resulting images in batch processing mode
  • Fixed a crash or lockup when cancelling render in progress
  • Fixed integration with Helicon Remote on Mac OS X
  • Error handling improved in some cases

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.5.1 (23.12.2015)

  • Fixed a critical problem that occurred if the cache folder was not accessible
  • Fixed the digital signature to get rid of the error "The developer's identity cannot be verified"

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.5.0 (14.12.2015)

  • New feature: video import (opens video files, automatically extracts frames and loads them as source images for further focus stacking)
  • Fixed an issue with the "Split stacks by time" function in the batch processing dialog: the wrong EXIF time tag was taken into account so the results were incorrect sometimes. Additionally, the time resolution is now improved from 1 minute to 1 second

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.4.3 (13.11.2015)

  • Fixed an error that could cause black pixels to appear on the edge of the final image
  • Fixed a minor error in the Publish to Web tool

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.4.2 (06.11.2015)

  • Fixed an occasional crash during stack rendering
  • Fixed the saved/unsaved status indicator (asterisk) in the results list - now it correctly marks the stacks that have not been saved yet, or have been edited after saving

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.4.1 (02.11.2015)

  • Fixed a rare render issue

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.4.0 (30.10.2015)

  • New feature: the resulting image can be shared on Facebook
  • A few minor user interface improvements

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.3.8 (13.10.2015)

  • Retouching: fixed a crash when trying to use another output as source
  • Retouching: fixed an error that was preventing you from retouching pixels that are entirely on the source image
  • Panorama stitching crash fixed
  • Focus stacking progress indicator fixed
  • Another rare crash fixed
  • Added support for dropping folders (including arbitrary number of subfolders) the same ways you drop files
  • Auto update issues fixed

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.3.7 (25.09.2015)

  • Fixed the memory consumption issue that appeared in 6.3.6
  • Fixed the image loading error when changing the RAW codec while an image preview was loading

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.3.6 (23.09.2015)

  • Many minor stability fixes

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.3.5 (24.06.2015)

  • Many minor stability fixes

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.3.2 (29.04.2015)

  • Improved export layers functionality
  • Added Texture only option for retouching brushes
  • Fixed RAW-in-DNG-out mode
  • Many minor stability fixes

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.3.0 (16.03.2015)

  • RAW-in-DNG-out mode, which allows to process RAW files in native color space and save result as DNG file
  • Many stability and performance fixes

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.2.2 (05.09.2014)

  • Bug with saving TIFFs is fixed
  • New method of autosplitting panorama and HDR stacks

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.2.0 (07.07.2014)

  • New Enqueue stacks window for processing of multiple folders
  • Splitting stacks by number, time interval and exposure
  • RAW development with native Mac OS X codecs
  • Retouching using other output images

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.1.2 (11.06.2014)

  • Fixed bug with saving TIFF files
  • Fixed DPI info in output bug
  • Fixed Lightroom plugin bug

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.1.0 (21.05.2014)

  • Raw development settings
  • Command line mode fixed

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Premium) 6.0.18 (29.11.2013)

  • Better performance and scalability
  • Simpler and faster interface
  • Asynchronous stacking
  • Ability to save projects and continue retouching later
  • Better RAW handling

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2.9 (04.06.2012)

  • Added plug-in installation for exporting images from Lightroom
  • Added new render method "C"
  • Updated Helicon Focus engine
  • Improved performance for application processes
  • Fixed some UI bugs

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2.8 (29.12.2011)

  • Full Mac OS X Lion compatibility
  • Improved performance for application processes

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2.7 (27.12.2010)

  • Improved stability while processing a lot of images

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2.6 (08.11.2010)

  • Fixed an issue with retouching on Mac OS X 10.5.x
  • Fixed a few translation issues

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2.5 (16.09.2010)

  • A bug with alignment of images fixed

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2.4 (09.09.2010)

  • Fixed processing some Nikon RAW files

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2.3 (17.08.2010)

  • Added Photoshop-like dragging in retouching mode
  • Improved overall stability
  • Fixed a batch of UI issues
  • Introduced Apple's Grand Central Dispatch technology for image processing

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2.2 (12.07.2010)

  • Improved stability of Helicon 3D Viewer
  • Improved stability of 32-bit version
  • Improved support of 16-bit images in panorama and 3D-models export
  • Fixed a few issues with exporting web-animation
  • Fixed a bug in panorama module

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2.1 (19.10.2009)

  • Fixed random crash on processing big number of stacks
  • Improved error handling
  • German localization is improved
  • Fixed issue when 3D-models were flipped after export from Helicon Focus
  • Improved export from Helicon 3D Viewer

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.2 (08.09.2009)

  • Added 3d-viewer
  • Added German localization
  • Implemented saving result as web-animation
  • Optimized for Snow Leopard

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.1.1 (30.06.2009)

  • Introduced possibility to specify directory for temporary files
  • Introduced opportunity to change output image DPI
  • Improved performance
  • Improved image processing
  • Fixed a batch of UI issues

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro X64) 4.1 (17.04.2009)

  • Starting from 4.1 we dropped support of the Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger). Tiger users can download Helicon Focus Mac 4.0.5 with Multiprocessor support feature enabled for all types of licenses (Lite, Pro, Pro X64)
  • Multiprocessor license is replaced with Pro X64 license for all users and becomes unavailable running on Mac OS X 10.4.11
  • Added possibility to run in 64 bit mode for users with Pro X64 license
  • Introduced Helicon Focus Help Book
  • Improved performance
  • Fixed a batch of UI issues

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro Multiprocessor) 4.0.5 (16.04.2009)

  • Starting from Helicon Focus 4.0.5 multiprocessor support is available in all licenses (Lite, Pro, Pro X64)
  • Introduced Helicon Focus Help Book
  • Improved performance
  • Fixed a batch of UI issues

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite, Pro, Pro Multiprocessor) 4.0.4 (31.03.2009)

  • Significantly improved performance and memory usage
  • Introduced depth map visualization while using copy source retouching tool
  • Added control over depth map feathering to achieve better sharpness
  • Corrected saving of 48-bit images to PSD format
  • Introduced possibility to save results in number of additional image formats
  • Improved overall stability

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Focus Mac  (Lite, Pro, Pro Multiprocessor)  4.0.1 (03.02.2009)

  • New interpolation methods
  • Improved performance on PowerPC machines
  • Improved stability in Panorama and Saving modes
  • More Photoshop-like keyboard shortcuts
  • More actions in pop-up menu of the source images table view
  • Many user interface issues fixed
  • Advanced interpolation methods added (Laczos, Sinc256)

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Focus Mac  (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor)  4.0 (31.12.2008)

  • Retouching brushes added (available in Pro and MP versions). Now you can clone areas from the source images to fix artifacts like halos or moving objects
  • Enhanced Lanczos resampling added which preserves more details during image alignment process
  • Interface completely redesigned

Helicon
Focus Mac  (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor)  3.79 (25.02.2008)

  • New stacking method added
  • Memory and speed optimization performed especially for multiprocessor computers
  • Panorama function added (available in Pro and MP versions)
  • Online registration with short activation code is now available

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Focus Mac  (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor)  3.61  (13.12.2007)

  • Problem with 16-bit images on Intel platform solved

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Focus Mac  (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor)  3.60  (04.12.2007)

  • Support for Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) added
  • Version is compiled as Universal Binary and can be run natively on Power PC and Intel platforms
  • Better support for large files (up to 85Mp)

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Focus Mac  (Lite, Pro, Multiprocessor)  3.51  (11.06.2007)

  • Multiprocessor support  (v.3.50+)
  • Improved performance (v.3.50+)
  • Better support for high resolution (30+Mp) images
    (v.3.51+)

Helicon Focus Mac (Lite and Pro) 3.20  (31.12.2005)

Version for Mac OS 10.3+

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