LightZone 3.3 beta offers pro photo manipulation for Linux
Posted by: Anonymous
on January 21, 2008 05:42 AM
The reason there is no reference to Pixologic on the Light Craft's page is that there is no relation between the two companies. To be honest, I had never checked out their site until I read this post.
While LightZone can do incredible things with RAW files, it can also work quite well with TIFF and JPG originals too. Obviously the data lost in JPG compression has an impact in how much you can transform images without getting artifacts, and you can go much further with RAW files, but just because your original is a JPG doesn't mean LightZone can't do a lot for it.
The original post suggested that there was a 35 day limitation to the download. That may have been true at the time of the original post, but it might set a misleading impression. The 3.3B version is scheduled to terminate at the end of January 2008, but the Beta will continue and a 3.4B beta will be released before the end of the month, extending the beta test. At this time (Jan 2008) we expect to release beta updates at least monthly for at least the next 3 months, through the end of April 2008. Extensions are possible depending upon the reports we get from beta testers. It is important to us to get a large number of testers from a representative distribution of the wide number of Linux variants before we certify a version as a production level. So please help us out in validating the software and finding any variant specific errors.
As of this time no decision has been made to discontinue distributing a free Linux version, and it is premature to assume that this is will happen.