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) 6.8.0 (05.10.2017) (407 Mb)

  • 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

Helicon
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)

Helicon
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

Helicon

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)

Helicon
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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