The new version now opens EXR and offers enhanced 32bit depth per channel functionality. SVG file support is also tremendously improved in this version. The interface is also improved with the tool panel now a flexible panel.
Photoline is an advanced image editor with 48 and 96bit depth support - now with multi-layer EXR file opening and saving built-in. [http://www.pl32.com/](http://www.pl32.com/) For other changes/features read: [http://www.pl32.com/pages/rnote.php](http://www.pl32.com/pages/rnote.php) Other highlights:
[li]RGB (8/16/32bit), CMYK (8/16/32bit), Lab (8/16/32bit), Greyscale (8/16/32bit), Monochrome, Vector per layer is supported. This means every layer can have its own image mode set! No more switching between image modes![/li][/ul]
[li]HDR support and import/export. Creation of HDR from multiple exposures[/li][li]linear workflow for 32bit supported as well[/li][li]arbitrary number of layer masks per layer(!). These can be grouped, and adjustment layers can be applied to any of these. Vector and bitmap layer masks are both supported and can be combined in almost any way[/li][li]all layer blend modes available, with an additional twist: layer opacity can be set from -200 up to +200. This means blend modes can also be applied with an inverse effect, as well as have double impact[/li][li]full array of adjustment layers[/li][li]most filters and adjustments can be applied in any bit depth mode (unlike PS)[/li][li]curves can be applied on the fly in RGB, Lab, HIS and HSV without leaving the curves dialog - no image mode switch required![/li][li]most filters and adjustments are applied as non-destructive adjustment layers[/li][li]wide selection of layer effects[/li][li]built-in non-procedural texture editor[/li][li]action editor and batch (similar to Photoshop, but this one actually does not bug out on me)[/li][li]a clouds filter with adjustable and usable settings[/li][li]all adjustments you make can be viewed with the original side by side with the adjusted version.[/li][li]adjustment layers can be applied as individual layers, and/or applied to one master adjustment layer[/li][li]full vector support[/li][li]gradients, whether applied to a bitmap or a vector layer remain editable.[/li][li]layers can be grouped, and virtual copies can be made of any group[/li][li]multi page documents are supported. Each page can have its custom settings. Text layers, boxes, linked text boxes, image text wrap, paragraph styles - not exactly Scribus, but quite competent for an image editor.[/li][li]non-destructive scaling, rotation, and so on, of layers. Lanczos 3&8, bicubic, bilinear, quick and liquid scaling of layers.[/li][li]distort (liquify) effect is applied as a non-destructive adjustment layer - opacity slider controls strength of effect.[/li][li]Photoshop compatible brushes (though no brush dynamics yet) Paint in any channel (including alpha channel). Paint with procedural textures, bitmap patterns and gradients. Photoshop brush sets can be imported.[/li][li]stamps (think full colour brushes) support up to 32bit depth brushes.[/li][li]“color filter” (blend if in Photoshop) also available for layers - with an easy option to turn this effect off or on.[/li][li]full masking toolset (including shift-click on a layer to load up luminance as a mask, or ctrl-click to load up transparency)[/li][li]Photoshop plugins are supported (as long as other apps support these - the devs are very helpful in making requested non-compatible plugins work with Photoline: for example, last month Digimarc was requested, and is now supported)[/li][/ul] Drawbacks:
[li]the website is absolutely dreadful. Really. However, a new web presence is currently being developed.[/li][li]if you are an experienced Photoshop user you will curse and scream the first week[/li][li]documentation is okay, but not great. Sometimes confusing, and hard to find information you need.[/li][li]Interface can be clunky at times[/li][li]the existing user base is very small. Almost no tutorials, or any information on the web![/li][li]no hand tool for view rotation - this is painful when painting in Photoline.[/li][li]no video support. Pure image editing.[/li][li]Some features look out of place (mail merging documents??! Calendar generator? )[/li][li]preset clipart, textures and patterns really do not do Photoline any justice.[/li][li]some of the most important features seem almost hidden.[/li][li]German translations can be off-putting: “Levels” -> “Histogram Correction”. “Selection”–> “Lasso”[/li][/ul]