new Luminar Neptune release

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by MCAsan, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    The crop tool on Luminar was crap because you could not define and save crop ratios for all the difference sizes of paper, mats, or image sizes you wanted. Thank goodness the new Luminar Neptune release has fixed that! That update plus integration with Aurora and Creative Kit means Macphun is stepping up their game. Nik Collection users should consider Luminar and the other Macphun apps. Evidently the Windows versions are in beta.

    ...from email ad by Trey Ratcliff about the new Luminar release

    The crazy cats at Macphun's in-house research and development team have come up with something amazing. It's called Accent AI and is a filter that comes with the newest update of what is now Luminar Neptune. What is Accent AI you ask?? Well... it is a new photo filter powered by the artificial intelligence technology by Macphun. The new Accent AI Filter allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider instead of using dozens of adjustments and controls. It takes just a second and one swoosh of a slider to remarkably improve a photo. Pretty cool eh?

    As well as Accent AI, Luminar Neptune also introduces a new workspace called Quick & Awesome. As the name implies, the workspace consists of 3 essential filters which quickly create fantastic results: the aforementioned Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance, and Clarity. Using the Accent AI Filter gives users amazing instant results, however, if there is still fine-tuning to be done, the other two filters can quickly help improve the photo without any extra effort.

    What else is new?

    Along with the two big players above, there are a few other new and improved things that come with this update.
    + Plug-in integration - With Creative Kit and Aurora HDR 2017 – Seamlessly access favorite features from Macphun’s other photo editing tools.
    + Brush, Gradient and Radial Gradient tools - Dramatically faster performance yields smoother selective editing.
    + Vignette filter - Addition of Vignette Styles, Place Center and Pre- and Post-Crop modes delivers even more flexibility to this popular photo finishing tool.
    + Memory management - Increased overall performance for large files and 5+ simultaneous open images.
    + User Interface changes - Extensive improvements to in-app animation and mode transitions make for a more pleasing editing experience.
    + Crop tool update - Ability to specify custom crop sizes bring the ultimate usefulness to cropping.
    + Local history - Provision for reviewing separate history while in Transform, Denoise, Clone & Stamp modes helps optimize editing.
    A special offer just for the update, available 15 - 25 June, 2017

    Being the good folk that they are over at Macphun they have decided to put on a special offer to celebrate this new action packed update. This is a package deal that includes Luminar + Video Training, eBooks, Presets and Overlays for $69 for new Macphun users, or $59 current Macphun users. A total value of $309.
     
  2. stillcrazyman macrumors 65816

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    Really happy that the Vignette tool is updated to allow placement of the center point. !!
     
  3. Precision Gem macrumors 6502

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    If they add a DAM then I will buy it, until then, I'm still working with Aperture.
     
  4. MCAsan thread starter macrumors 601

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    When they do release the DAM, they will mostly likely not be able to port Aperture edits into Luminar edits. That has been the case of migrating from Aperture to Lr or Lr to On1 Photo RAW....etc. One company does not have the math formulae used by the other companies for their parameter sliders. Of course you can export TIFs of edited images and those should be able to be imported into Luminar's DAM.

    I will very likely face the same situation in migrating from Lr to Luminar. Such is life.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 15, 2017 ---
    Plus doing it pre or post cropping.
     
  5. choreo macrumors regular

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    Loving Luminar, maybe the best UI and workflow of any Image Editing software I have used in over 25 years - very uncluttered and intuitive. Looking forward to more updates and DAM!
     
  6. Foogoofish macrumors regular

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    Am I being really thick, or is there a free trial hiding somewhere and I'm just missing it?
     
  7. nicholasg macrumors member

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    I think you have to email support@macphun.com and ask for a trail copy.
     
  8. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Meh.

    I wonder if they have any inclination to support their existing users, rather than leapfrogging to newer versions of software they can charge for. I bought their Creative Kit, which is quite nice, but I am rather doubting that they will continue to support it. Not that I want or need any feature with the word "awesome" in its title, but whether Macphun's products will consist of value over time is something this early adopter is wondering about. I'd be happy if I'm wrong though; adventures with Capture One and Apple stopping development of software I used has got me being cynical I guess.

    And I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for any DAM software.
     
  9. MCAsan thread starter macrumors 601

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    I have been supported by Macphun very well. In months past I had detailed exchanges with them about technical problems and new feature requirements. IMHO, they are far more responsive that I have found either Adobe or On1.

    With Luminar as front end you can definitely go to a CK like Tonality when the Luminar filters are not enough.
     
  10. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    I'm glad they've worked well with you. I hope they do continue to support CK, but I always get suspicious when companies start competing with their own products, as Macphun does. Usually means something's on the way out, although I hope not. There seems to be no reason to use Luminar if one uses the CK products, and I do like them as plugins. I'd be happy if they just sold them as such, a la the dear departed Nik plugins.
     
  11. Janichsan macrumors 65816

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    No, it's right there on the product page:
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    You'll have to scroll down quite a bit, though.
     
  12. Foogoofish macrumors regular

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    I'm totally convinced that wasn't there when I looked, though judging by my normal form that means it certainly was! Many thanks, will give it a go when I have a chance. Looks promising for those times when firing up CO / PS / Nik isn't really appealing!
     
  13. steve123 macrumors regular

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    Any ideas on when the DAM is going to appear? I am waiting to see what they do with the DAM.
     
  14. MCAsan thread starter macrumors 601

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    I will be very surprised if it is before September. They also have their PC design group working on Luminar & Aurora for Windows. So they will have they hands full with launchs this fall.
     

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