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macOS New App Release – Graphic Inspector 2.4

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Product Announcements – Zevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON) Canada has released Graphic Inspector 2.4, a compatibility update to company’s quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. Graphic Inspector can check entire folders of documents for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The app is the only tool on the market that lets graphics industry professionals inspect both raster images and Adobe Illustrator documents.

The new version introduces support for the upcoming macOS 10.13 High Sierra and is offered as a free update to licensed customers. Graphic Inspector is now also upgraded to 64-bit architecture, which improves the app’s performance and reduces the likelihood of memory-related errors when working with large images.

“I’m surprised no one else thought of it before: to display every bit of useful information about vector or raster graphic files and flag the ones that match rules you define,” writes Jay Nelson in Layers magazine. “With its combination of price, utility, and thoughtful design, Graphic Inspector is a rare gem.”

Graphic Inspector is designed to help users of any trade, whether it’s print, prepress, web design, electronic publishing or digital photography. For example, users can quickly locate files whose color mode is CMYK, format – TIFF, resolution is below 300 dpi, ICC profile isn’t “US Web Coated” and so on.

Graphic Inspector offers the following key features:

  • Check multiple images and vector files
  •  Customizable checkup presets
  • Common checks such as resolution, color mode, ICC profile and file size
  • Professional prepress checks: spot colors, fonts in vector files, image compression and more
  • Complete EXIF, IPTC and GPS metadata

Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for $19.95 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers. Graphic Inspector is free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 ($10 to upgrade from version 1). Graphic Inspector requires macOS 10.7-10.13.

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macOS New App Release – iWatermark Pro 2.0

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Product Announcements – Plum Amazing Software of San Francisco, California has released iWatermark Pro 2.0 for Mac. iWatermark, is the No. 1 and only watermarking tool available for all 4 platforms, iPhone/iPad, Mac, Android and Windows. iWatermark is the most popular multi-platform professional watermarking tool for photos. Easily, secure and protect your photos with Text, Graphic, Vector, Lines, Border, Text On Arc, Text Banner, QR Code, Signature Metadata and Steganographic watermarks. Once added to a photo this watermark shows it was created and is owned by you.

Plum Amazing CEO said “If you share an amazing photo you’ve taken via Email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. it’s very likely to go viral then fly off globally out of your control and without any connection to you as the creator.” He paused, then added, “The simple solution is to digitally sign your photos/artwork using iWatermark with your name, email or url then your photos have a visible and legal connection to you wherever they may roam.”

The watermark types in iWatermark are not found in any other software. Some watermarks are visible and others invisible. Both serve different purposes. A visible watermark is where you superimpose your logo or signature onto your image.

Visible Watermarks:

  • Text – Any text including metadata with settings to change font, size, color, rotation,
  • Text Arc – Text on a curved path
  • Bitmap Graphic – A graphic is usually a transparent .png file like your logo, brand, copyright symbol, etc.
  • Vector Graphic – Use over 5000 built-in vector (SVG’s) to display perfect graphics at any size
  • Border Graphic- A vector border that can be stretched around an image and customized using a variety of settings
  • Lines – Very popular with stock photo houses this is a subtle but hard to remove watermark
  • Banner – Adds a banner area to any photo where text can be added
  • QR Code – A kind of barcode with information like email or url in it’s coding
  • Signature- Sign, import or scan your signature into a watermark to sign your creations

An invisible watermark is hidden throughout the picture, within the numbers that create the photos, is a recognizable pattern that identifies it as being your artwork. It is harder to remove.

Invisible Watermarks:

  • Metadata – Adding information (like your email or url) to the IPTC or XMP part of the photo file.
  • StegoMark – StegoMark is our proprietary steganographic method of embedding information like your email or url into the picture data itself. It can be available or hidden with a password.

iWatermark is a specialized tool to watermark photographs. Less expensive, more efficient, faster and simpler to use then PhotoShop. iWatermark is designed exclusively for watermarking by a photographer for photographers.

Major Features:

  • Works standalone or in conjunction with Lightroom, Photoshop, Apple Photos, Google Photos and other photo organizers
  • Batch or sequential processing
  • Important: Relative or absolute scaling of watermarks; Essential when batch processing different resolution and orientation photos
  • Design, edit and manage a library of watermarks
  • Tags are metadata (GPS, Exif, XMP, numbering, date/time) that can be added to text watermarks
  • Resize from input to output
  • Rename files from input to output
  • Add thumbnails for files
  • Input/Output from/to all major file types JPEG, TIFF, PNG, RAW, etc.
  • Create text, graphic, or QR watermarks
  • Adjust opacity, font, color, border, scale, rotation, shadow, special effects, etc.
  • Export watermarks and use in the Mac version
  • Fast 32/64 bit multi-threaded app that can use multiple CPU/GPU’s
  • User selectable color profiles
  • Add, remove and edit metadata (EXIF, GPS and XMP)
  • Unlimited fonts
  • Great manual and support
  • Share to Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and many more
  • Watermark manager which can track hundreds of watermarks. The manager also allows locking/unlocking, embedding IPTC/XMP, searching, renaming, deleting, previewing, merging, exporting, batch processing and sharing of watermarks
  • Embed IPTC/XMP data each time it’s used with or without a visible watermark; Great for news organizations
  • Continually updated and improved
  • Much more

Why Watermark?

  • Digitally sign your photos/artwork with iWatermark to claim, secure and maintain your intellectual property and reputation
  • Photos can go viral then they fly off globally. Watermark with your name, email or url so your photo has a visible and legal connection to you
  • Build your company brand, by having your company logo on all your images
  • Promote your company, name and website by using QR codes as watermarks
  • With iOS 11 QR code reading is now built into the iPhone camera
  • Avoid the surprise of seeing your photos and/or artwork elsewhere on the web or in an ad
  • Avoid conflicts, costly litigation and headaches from plagiarists who claim they didn’t know that you created it
  • Avoid intellectual property (IP) squabbles

Digitally sign your work/photos/graphic/artwork with iWatermark, reclaim your intellectual property and maintain the recognition you deserve. Easily, secure and protect your photos with visible & invisible watermarks which display it was created and is owned by you.

Changes in version 2.0:

  • Updated Tags in iWatermark Text editor for GPS (Alt. Speet and Lat.) and Current (date, time, year, total) and File Attributes
  • Enabled rotation and scaling gestures in Text, Graphic and Vector watermarks. And Smart Zoom for turning scaling on/off
  • Enabled Quick Look at preview click smart Zoom on input preview; ie. Force Click and haptic feedback
  • Fixed sorting order of Watermark manager ICON column
  • Enabled Counter in Rename Tab all the time, since it also used in Mata Data Tags.
  • Fixed Text Editor Menu inserting tag was missing
  • Added Tags for Creation Month, Creation Day and Month## and Day##
  • For creation date of photo: <month> <day> <month##> <day%%> to allow <year>.<month##>.<day##> to produce 2017.03.10 in text tags
  • Added Emboss / Engraved Text
  • Many ui changes
  • New watermarks added since version 1.0, Lines, Border, Text On Arc and Text Banner
  • Fixed text Editor background color also switching off Dropshadow
  • Added watermark key backgroundOnOff * boolean to track if alpha is Zero (off)
  • Fixed sorting order of Watermark manager ICON column
  • Enabled Counter in Rename Tab all the time, since it is also used in Meta Data Tags
  • Added tag for 7 digit GPS ‘<Latitude7> <Longitude7>’, ‘<Latitude> <Longitude>’ give 3 digit accuracy
  • Updated Tags in iWatermark Text editor for GPS (Alt. Speet and Lat.) and Current (date, time, year, total) and File Attributes
  • Enabled rotation and scaling gestures in Text, Graphic and Vector watermarks. And Smart Zoom for turing scaling on/off
  • Editor: Performance: Enabled caching of source image in editor for faster redrawing. Most noticeable when source is large RAW image
  • Optimized and bugs fixed
  • Updated manual

Perfect for use with Canon Inc., Nikon Inc., Olympus Inc., Sony Inc., Samsung, SLR, regular cameras and all iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. iWatermark can be purchased at the Plum Amazing Store.

macOS New App Release – Pixelmator Pro

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Product Announcements – The Pixelmator Team of Vilnius, Lithuania has released Pixelmator Pro, a brand new Mac app that redefines image editing on the Mac, providing professional-grade editing tools in an incredibly intuitive and accessible design. Pixelmator Pro 1.0, codenamed Whirlwind, includes a modern single-window interface, nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features, and more.

“Pixelmator Pro offers every tool you could ever need to create, edit, and enhance images on a Mac in a beautiful, user-centered interface,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “And with its GPU-powered, machine learning-enhanced tools, it’s truly one of the most advanced and innovative image editing apps on the planet.”

The modern, dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. Its streamlined, macOS-inspired design provides a completely native Mac app experience and is fully consistent with the look and feel of macOS. And a reimagined, user-centered workflow design makes the professional editing tools in Pixelmator Pro incredibly accessible, even to first-time users.

Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools in Pixelmator Pro give users the freedom and flexibility to go back and modify or delete individual changes at any point in the editing workflow. Thanks to the new presets feature, you can create endless combinations of multiple adjustments, effects, or styles, save them to your favorites and reuse them in any of your images. Drag-and-drop sharing also makes it a breeze to share presets with others.

Pixelmator Pro pushes the boundaries of image editing, using breakthrough machine learning to deliver more intelligent editing tools and features. Integrated via the new, blazing fast Core ML framework, machine learning lets Pixelmator Pro detect and understand various features within images, bringing a number of groundbreaking advancements, such as jaw-droppingly accurate automatic layer naming, portrait detection, automatic horizon detection, stunningly realistic object removal, and intelligent quick selections.

Designed exclusively for the Mac, Pixelmator Pro uses the Mac graphics processor in tandem with the latest Mac graphics technologies, such as Metal 2, Core Image, and OpenGL, to deliver blistering fast, GPU-powered image editing. Built with Swift 4, Pixelmator Pro is a next-generation app that takes full advantage of the latest technological innovations in hardware and software.

The Pixelmator Team has also packed a wide range of other features and innovations into Pixelmator Pro, such as HEIF file format compatibility; full RAW support, including support for multiple RAW layers; superior support for Adobe Photoshop images; complete macOS integration via full support for iCloud, Versions, Tabs, Full Screen, Split View, Sharing, Permanent Undo, Touch Bar, Wide Color, and others; Metal 2-powered painting tools and dual texture brushes; powerful retouching, reshaping, selecting, type, shape and vector tools; and a lot more.

Pixelmator Pro is coming exclusively to the Mac App Store this fall. Full system requirements and more information on Pixelmator Pro can be found online.

macOS New App Release – myTracks 3.1.2

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Product Announcements – Independent developer, Dirk Stichling of Paderborn, Germany has released myTracks 3.1.2, an important update to his photo geotagging app for macOS. myTracks allows anyone to quickly and easily organize GPS tracks from photos stored in JPEG or RAW formats.

Version 3.1.2 of myTracks brings the ability to easily geotag photos that are stored in the macOS “Photos” app. With just a few clicks of the mouse, anyone can geotag their photos that are stored in the app. There is no need to update anything in the Photos app itself. Once the process is complete, users can easily view the location of the photos using the “Places” feature of the Photos app.

“I created myTracks to be the Swiss Army Knife for organizing your GPS tracks. They can be loaded from a broad range of devices, and the app organizes them into an easily accessibly library,” says the creator of the myTracks app, Dirk Stichling. “Plus, the new version of the app allows users to select photos stored in the macOS ‘Photos’ app that don’t have GPS information, and quickly geotag them using myTracks.”

Geotagging “Photos” images with myTracks works as follows:

  1. Select the images in the Photos app that do not have GPS information.
  2. Open the ‘myTracks’ app and select “Import from ‘Photos’ app” in the “File” menu.
  3. myTracks will display the locations the photos were taken, based on GPS tracks in the myTracks app.
  4. Geotagging can be added to each image photo-by-photo or by using myTracks’ batch processing feature.

In addition to the macOS “Photos” app, myTracks can be used with numerous other photo organizing applications, including Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, GraphicConverter, or even the macOS Finder. myTracks handles the JPEG and RAW photos formats. GPS tracks can be exported in the GPX, KML or KMZ file formats, and can be used with Google Earth.

Features:

  • Works great with the macOS “Photos” app
  • 1-click, drag-and-drop geotagging of JPEG and RAW photo files
  • Offers more than 50 presets for downloading GPS tracks
  • Import, export, and edit tracks in GPX and KML formats. Export in KMZ formats
  • Ability to display tracks on a variety of maps, both online and offline
  • Compatible with Adobe Lightroom, macOS Photos, Aperture, GraphicConverter or macOS Finder
  • Upload to Flickr
  • iCloud support
  • Free iOS app to track recording and sync with macOS app

In addition to using myTracks for macOS with dedicated GPS loggers, app developer Stichling also offers a free iPhone app, “myTracks – The GPS logger” to record GPS tracks. Users can synchronize all of their tracks between their iOS and macOS devices via iCloud. The iPhone app is available worldwide through the App Store.

Device Requirements:

  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 45.1 MB

myTracks 3.1.2 is only $14.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Travel category. “myTracks – The GPS-Logger” for iOS is also available for free through the App Store.

macOS New App Release – WidsMob Retoucher

Product Announcement – WidsMob Technology Co., Ltd. of HongKong, China has released   WidsMob Retoucher, their photo editing application macOS. The professional skill for taking photos is just one part of an outstanding photograph.

The magic of photo effects should be another important part for any photos. Just find what WidsMob Retoucher can do for any photographer. Before further editing your photographs, users need to use noise reduction software to fix blurry photos first. WidsMob Retouch eliminates image noise while preserving image detail. It also enables users to minimize image grain, JPEG artifacts and other imperfections.

The program deals with Luminance noise and Chrominance noise professionally. Users can feel free to take photos in high ISO or low light environment. As for the portrait images, users can also remove some selfie imperfections, such as minimize freckles, whiten teeth and smooth skins.

Even if a photographer just has to touch up photos for the family reunion, WidsMob Retouch has the advanced photo beautifier algorithms to make beautify portraits with ease. Film pack provides dozens of revolutionary camera profiles to rediscover the magic of stunning film effects.

Whether a user needs to convert photo to different styles of black and white files, or apply the classic film analog effects, WidsMob Retouch apply the authenticity and natural look. It will preserve the high quality RAW files of digital photographs.

Just looking for some additional artistic photo effects, retouch photos with color opacity to make the photograph special. And users can also add vignetting to the image file. What is more, anyone can also enjoy the photos in fish eye view with WidsMob Retoucher.

The program also provides lots of other parameters, which enables anyone to adjust saturation, contrast, brightness, temperature and tint according to their requirements. WidsMob Retoucher is a versatile photo retouching software to beautify any photos in different and artistic ways. Just enjoy the fantastic photo effects with the program now.

Pricing and Availability:
WidsMob Retoucher is just $19.99 USD (or an equivalent amount on other currencies) and is available through the WidsMob website. A free trial version is also available through the WidsMob website.

macOS New App Release – HDRtist NX 1.1

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Product AnnouncementOhanaware Co., Ltd. of Hengchun, Taiwan has released HDRtist NX 1.1, an important feature update to their latest High Dynamic Range Imaging software for OS X. HDRtist NX is the third installment in the HDRtist series of applications that Ohanaware started in 2009. NX is the absolute latest and most advanced version to date, featuring brand new technology and functionality that Ohanaware have been refining in the last 7 years.

What’s new in HDRtist NX 1.1?

  • Supports RAW images from Apple’s “Photos” application: Now customers you can simply drag and drop RAW images from Photos into HDRtist NX, whereas previously there was no way to obtain RAW images from Photos.
  • New RAW processor: The new processor in HDRtist NX 1.1 extracts more details and better quality images from RAW images.
  • New “Color Temperature” processor: Which generates more natural results, while still be able to adjust in two dimensions. Existing images can be upgraded to the new processor.
  • Now uses OAK2017 and OCIKit2017: The very latest shared code between all Ohanaware applications, which give optimizations and help to reduce issues.
  • Optimizations: Several processing modules have been replaced with highly optimized versions and newer code, helping to reduce the time it takes to process HDR images. More is coming.
  • Fixed a bug with Split View on some Retina displays. Fixed a bug that was preventing diagnostic information from being included in Support e-mails.

What makes HDRtist NX so special?

  • Turbo charged 128-Bit image processing with high precision, utilizing multi-core processors & accelerated graphics hardware
  • Next generation futuristic interface, making the application feel like it’s directly from a modern science fiction movie
  • Large live editor with split view, providing near real time performance while the images are being edited
  • 1-Click Styles, allow the customer to pick and choose one of our pre-made styles. Alternatively customers can create and share their own
  • Master slider (with 4 settings) and fine grained control, give customers a single slider to help choose their look, while still giving access to the individual elements
  • Multiple exposures, single images and even iPhone HDRs can be used with HDRtist NX
  • Built-in online sharing, so customers can quickly share their images on their favorite social media sites
  • Editable HDR images, when images are saved in the HDRtist NX format, customers can re-edit their HDRs without having to start all over again
  • Ohanaware’s Magic effect version 3.0, helps to boost the luminosity, vibrance and reduce minor imperfections of an image
  • Supports “Drag & Drop” from Apple’s “Photos” photo organizing application
  • Tested with HDR images upto 101 megapixel in size

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.10 “Yosemite” or newer (macOS 10.11 “El Capitan” recommended)
  • 4GB of RAM minimum (8GB-16GB or higher recommended)
  • Core 2 Duo based Macs should be running 10.11 “El Capitan” or newer (due to issues within 10.10 “Yosemite” on these machines)

HDRtist NX is available right now from the Ohanaware web site and the Apple Mac App Store. Normal RRP is $29.99 (USD). App Wrapper uses Paddle as the payment processor. Customers who’ve purchased Ohanaware’s HDRtist Pro after December the 1st 2016 are entitled to a FREE upgrade, HDRtist Pro customers who purchased before December the 1st 2016 are entitled to a Upgrade discount. Please see the HDRtist NX page for more information.

macOS New App Release – Hydra 4.1

Product Announcements – Creaceed of Mons, Belgium has released Hydra 4.1, a new version of their popular HDR app for Mac OS X. Hydra enables the creation of HDR images (high dynamic range) based on pictures taken with exposure shifts (varying brightness) or alternatively from a single RAW or JPEG image. Hydra is fully optimised for Metal and macOS Sierra, and offers a simple user experience as well as more advanced options such as a precise image alignment or ghost removal along with a real-time preview at full scale.

Hydra 4.1 features an improved tone mapper with a new color grading technique. This technique allows more vivid colors & contrast, even with default rendering settings, that lets users create images with even more drama. More vibrant colors was the number one requested feature since the launch of the app last year.

All features of this release:

  • New color grading technique
  • New Vibrancy tool available in the tone mapper
  • Improved local contrast rendering that now reveals more details in the image
  • Correction of a crash occurring on Macs with older discrete GPUs
  • Finer-grained GPU memory allocation limits to accommodate with a wider range of Macs

System Requirements:

  • Mac running macOS El Capitan (10.11) or Sierra (10.12)
  • Modern GPU recommended (Metal compatibility)
  • 22.6 MB

Hydra 4.1 is available worldwide starting June 29th 2017 both directly through the Creaceed website or from the Mac App Store, and is localized in 9 languages. The application can be tried out by downloading a trial version from the Creaceed website. The trial is full-featured and is not time limited, but it will render a watermark in exported images. Hydra 4.1 can be purchased for $24.99 for a limited time instead of the regular price of $49.99 (USD).

macOS New App Release – ImageFramer 4.0

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Product Announcement – Apparent Software of Winnipeg, (MB) Canada has released ImageFramer 4.0, a new major version of its tool for adding photorealistic frames and decorative borders to photos and images of art. Version 4.0 introduces dozens of improvements, including an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Plugin, Batch Processing, integration with Apple Photos, and the capability to export and import frames and design templates.

ImageFramer is the tool of choice for photographers, visual artists, scrapbookers, interior designers and framing professionals for previewing how their art looks in a frame, presenting their work to clients, or in portfolios. With over 1000 customizable frames, ranging from traditional frames through holiday-themed designs to modern and specialty borders, ImageFramer is an indispensable tool in a photographer’s or artist’s toolbox.

ImageFramer 4.0 is available on the website in three pricing tiers: $29.95 (USD) for ImageFramer Lite, $39.95 for ImageFramer Standard and $69.95 for ImageFramer Pro. All versions require macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later. Demo versions are available at Apparent Software online.

macOS New App Release – One Color Lite 1.1.1

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Product Announcement – einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina has released One Color Lite 1.1.1, an image manipulation application. One Color Lite remaps the colors in your images so that they all fall within shades of a single color. The resulting image can then be shared with other applications or via the internet. The 1.1.1 update introduces instant export, sharing and enhanced support for drawing high-resolution images.

What’s new in this version?

  • Printing
  • Share images with local applications or using Facebook and other internet-based tools
  • Instant Export allows you to drag images to another application (or the Finder) for immediate use
  • Improved support for drawing high-resolution images
  • Enhanced connectivity to social media

One Color Lite 1.1.1 includes the following key features:

  • Simple Operation
    No complicated setup, just select an image, select a color, and click export!
  • Output Previews
    Toggle between the original and altered image to compare the differences between images.
  • Color Options
    Use the color panel to specify the remapping color using RGB, CYMK, HSB or Grayscale.
  • Sharing
    Use drag’n’drop to share the output image with other compatible applications.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 1.5 MB

One Color Lite 1.0.1 is available for free and is available worldwide from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

macOS New App Release – Achroma 1.1.1

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Product Announcement – einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina has released Achroma 1.1.1, an image manipulation tool for macOS. Achroma lets you remove colors from your images by providing two conversion modes: select from a set of preset color ranges or create your own collection of user-defined color ranges for processing.

Achroma also lets you export images in a variety of formats, create interactive slideshows and share images using various internet services. This update improves support for displaying high-resolution images and provides new connectivity for social media interactions.

What’s new in this version?

  • Improved support for drawing high-resolution images
  • Enhanced connectivity to social media

Achroma 1.1.1 includes the following key features:

  • Interoperability
    Drag’n drop (or copy) high-resolution images directly from Achroma to your application or the Finder.
  • Simple Mode
    Choose from seven preset color ranges to control the hues that will be removed from your image.
  • Output Preview
    Toggle between the original and processed image to compare the differences between images.
  • Printing
    Print high-resolution source material as a single image, on a contact sheet or as image slices.
  • Exporting
    Create new images using a background process while you continue to work on other projects.
  • Advanced Mode
    Use hue-specific controls to create an array of color ranges to process your images.
  • Sharing
    Share images with local applications or Facebook, Twitter and other popular internet services.
  • Slide Shows
    Create an interactive slide show presentation using your processed output images.

For a quick video overview of Achroma, watch this video: https://youtu.be/f8kvMMGHQS8

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 1.7 MB

Achroma 1.1.1 is available for $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.