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Easy Image Editing, Color Correction, and Color Management

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What are people saying about SoftColor PhotoEQ

xCurt I tested this program today, but it broke my Escape -button (to close IrfanView)! Bug?
May 11 2012 at 5:08am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Curt Henning de Thurah, Escape key is used for shortcut in PhotoEQ to close tool menu. Is escape shortcut disable for IrfanView when PhotoEQ is not active?
SoftColor Oy - May 11 2012 at 5:40am Copy Link
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xCurt no, it was only when IrfanView was showing the photo that the still open PhotoEQQ just had edited.
May 11 2012 at 6:32am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Curt Henning de Thurah, It was a little bug. But now it has been fixed :) You can download an updated installer (v.1.1.5) or use an automatic update tool to get PhotoEQ updated. (Help -- Check for Updates)
SoftColor Oy - May 11 2012 at 7:24am Copy Link
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Diego SEO Hi,

Would you please highlight the main differences between PhotoEQ and Automata?

Thanks
May 12 2012 at 3:33am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Diego SEO, Main difference is that Automata is hot folder based photo editing workflow application. Automata watches a folder or folders for incoming files, then applies color correction, image editing and color management processing for photos In Automata you can create multiple batch processing workflows which operate simultaneously. Also it is possible to use 3rd party scripts and command line tools with Automata's workflows. In PhotoEQ batch processing is for images which are loaded to todo queue.
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SoftColor Oy - May 12 2012 at 5:07am Copy Link
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Louis H Thank you, Petri!

If I was processing thousands (or even hundreds) of photos every day or so, I would probably get far more satisfaction from Automata. As it is, I do not have to process that many photos on that kind of schedule, so for me PhotoEQ is more than sufficient.

Not really sure I actually "needed" this one, but I do like it, and I had $10 bucks to spend, AND I really do like it when the vendor actively engages with the potential customers around here. :-)

So... count me in for a purchase today.


P.S. Buying these programs at great discounts, even if I do not end up using it as much as another, allows me to talk about them in a more intelligent "I actually bought and use the product" fashion when folks ask me which program(s) they should buy.
May 12 2012 at 6:19am Copy Link
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Tazzie Would a license apply to both a desktop and a laptop?
May 12 2012 at 3:10pm Copy Link
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John H This is a nice little program but as of yet am undecided.

It is intelligently set up for rapid manual workflow and has a set of hot keys easily found up front in the Help Menu. I am not interested in batch processing.

Best part is the SAVE IMAGE TO area. This saves lots of extra clicking and automatically redirects you back to your working folder instead of the program folder or the My Documents folder which seems to be the stupid default for most any program.

The Drag and Drop start up screen is a great time saver.

I have been using Photomizer which does a great job but the whole file access interface is a time consuming horror for single photo corrections.

Here is what this program needs:

Let me pick the area to set the white balance. One photo came up with a white sky and gray snow. Let me be able to pick the white balance point on the snow, not the gray sky. All the White balance corrections came out very nice. The color white balance adjust slider row should be connected by a rubber band so you can drag a curve rather than bump individual sliders. Then turn off the rubber band to fine tune with the sliders.

The De-noise function is too sensitive. All the de-noising takes place between 1 and 2 on the panel. The function needs to stretch 1 to 2 out to between 0 and 90. Make it a Logarithmic function slider. Same for the Blur Image slider.

It could use a Global Picture reset button. Some of the Function close outs are ambiguous. I would like to load a picture with all the adjustments set to zero but I can see the purpose of keeping the current settings. Give me a choice. I would also like to De-noise prior to color adjustments but I do not know how this is implemented in the final save of the photo.

The Zoom function is clunky. The Hot Keys do not follow standard Windows zoom key conventions. Need to give me "Hand Cursor" to drag the image rather than going back to drag the little zoom box.

I like the workflow concept so I can quickly go through a new batch of photos at the end of the day.
May 12 2012 at 6:27pm Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Tazzie,

Each license allows installation on 1 computer, but SoftColor PhotoEQ may not be used at exactly the same time on each of them.

Transfer of a license to another owned computer is allowed.
SoftColor Oy - May 12 2012 at 11:37pm Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Thanks for comments!

We have received a lot of feedback about this single license key question. I have changed our license key term for personally owned computers. Now you can use a single license key for three personally owned computers (for example a desktop and a laptop computer).

Updated "License Key Terms"
http://www.softcolor.fi/store/licenses/

Enjoy! ;)
SoftColor Oy - May 17 2012 at 4:45am Copy Link
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Amit Whats in it different from features available in editors as faststone and irfanview, ?
Oct 9 2012 at 10:04am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Main benefits with PhotoEQ are automatic image enhancement tools and ToDo workflow. Automatic enhancements includes smart color correction tools which can fix white balance, exposure and contrast problems automatically in one step.
SoftColor Oy - Oct 10 2012 at 1:53am Copy Link
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Louis H I really do like this vendor. Back in May, Petri took to heart feedback about the original license restrictions and changed it to be more user friendly and allow use on personally owned computers. The vendor also followed up quickly on the report of a bug between this program and IrFanView and had an update released in a very short time. It is a very nice program at a great discount.
Oct 11 2012 at 6:14am Copy Link
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Phil Tobin I run Photoshop and SageLight so have no need of PhotoEQ. However, if you're a digital image enthusiast, even in novice guise, and can't justify the cash outlay for the two programs mentioned above, then today's 80% discount on PhotoEQ makes it one of the year's great bargain buys.

I've familiarised myself with it on a fellow photographer's computer and it's a stand-out software: beautifully developed with ease of use in mind. The software is intelligent enough to deal with many a disappointing out-of-camera situation, and though for exhibition-standard fine-tuning, no 'broad brush' approach is ever going to work, the fact is, who apart from professionals actually needs to worry about wall-size output?

The Finnish developer has been around a long time and has earned a fully deserved reputation for innovation and integrity. This is no "me-too" image correction / management solution, unlike countless others out there, rather it's a distinctive, individual and highly intelligent offering that at $49 is worth every cent -- and at today's $9.80, an absolute steal: the high-speed batch processing facility alone is worth a darn sight more, cash-wise (it's just about the best batch processor I've ever come across in terms of results quality.)

I wouldn't normally come on here to sing the praises of software I don't personally have, or will be using via BDJ, but had to make an exception in this case, based on my relative familiarity with PhotoEQ on my friend's computer: as Louis said above, it's a very nice program, and it's from some very nice people.
Oct 12 2012 at 2:59am Copy Link
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William Tattors hmm last blog entry of Company is Dec 2011, hmm?
Oct 12 2012 at 7:29am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen William,

We are alive and we update our software on a regular basis :)

During this fall, we have released couple minor updates for PhotoEQ and major 1.2 release for our Automata and Server applications.

Latest version (v.1.1.6) of SoftColor PhotoEQ has been relased Aug 17th 2012

Latest version (v.1.2) of SoftColor Automata has been released Aug 24th 2012

http://www.softcolor.fi/blog/
SoftColor Oy - Oct 12 2012 at 8:16am Copy Link
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DroidLuvr I haven't used this yet, but I did purchase it after watching the 4 minute video about how it works. I do have other image processing software, much more complex, but for general batch editing and ease of use, this seems like a great program! As a "non-creative," logic-structured person, I struggle with editing anything that is related to digital photography and imaging, so the ease of use and automatic processing looks like a God-send to me.

When I consider the very liberal license policy of 3 computers, along with a 60-day return policy, and good reviews above, it seems like a deal not to be missed!

Thanks to the dev and BDJ! I'll post an update later about how I found that it works for later users...
Oct 12 2012 at 7:48pm Copy Link
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Jon User Thanks for the BDJ discount. I can't say I would have paid the full price but at today's deal I couldn't find a reason not to add this into my imaging toolbox.

I like the interface, seems to be a well thought out logical design.

The results of my test adjustments are also good and being able to choose any of the standard image formats is very useful.

Probably the one thing that seems like it could use some improvement would be to speed up the workflow. Having each adjustment take 10-15 seconds while the "processing image" is displayed seems cumbersome when doing multiple adjustments. With today's fast processors, in my case an I7 system, and compared with other softwarethat makes instantaneous WYSIWYG changes this seems very slow. My suggestion is to make this run multi-threaded to use multiple cores and do as much code optimization as you can to improve the performance.

Other than that concern, this is a very flexible and useful image manipulation tool.
Oct 13 2012 at 1:55am Copy Link
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H. H. Hallo @Phil Tobin
thank you for writing your comment and mentioning the software sagelight - I´ve never read about it before and it seems to be a very mighty tool - and interesting even when owning photoshop
@developer
thank you for making the policy more userfriendly and offering with this discounted price , so I made my decision to support your work by making a purchase - it seems to be a handy utility for quick and easy colour improvements
H.H:
Oct 13 2012 at 1:58am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen A big thank you for all the feedback and purchases!
SoftColor Oy - Oct 13 2012 at 2:48am Copy Link
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Phil Tobin @ H.H: Sagelight is an astonishing achievement by a lone developer who has struggled long and hard to create -- as you rightly say! -- a "mighty tool" in digital image editing and management. I have no connection whatsoever with the product or its creator, any more than I have any connection with Petri and the team behind ColorSoft. On which note:

@ Petri: A big thank you is also due from me to you and, as ever, to BDJ. For after thinking further on what I wrote earlier, and of my experience of my friend's set-up, I decided, aw, don't be a cheapskate, and especially not when it comes to an offer as genuine as this from a developer as respected as this.

So I'm now another of those who has purchased PhotoEQ, a program which doesn't replace Sagelight or Photoshop -- because it's not designed to -- but which sure as heck has already proved today to be a really valuable time-saver and exceptionally competent supplementary software. Added together -- PhotoEQ, Photoshop, and Sagelight -- it seems to me that here is an image editing and management combination that's quite unbeatable.
Oct 13 2012 at 7:03am Copy Link
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Software Guy You must try the Softcolor programs to appreciate them. This editor does have batch capability. Best of all, 3 computers for $10. Does this editor compete with fuller featured editors like Zoner pro - no. Does it meet the everyday needs of 80-90 percent of snapshootersto fix up their photos - yes. It is easy to use. Definitely worth a good hard look. For more complex batch operations consider Automata. Keep in mind that these are photo optimizer editors and not creative suites.
Feb 22 2013 at 9:35am Copy Link
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Faisal Humayun Is it possible to overwrite original images? or will there be a mess of duplicates to delete at the end of batch processing?
Feb 25 2013 at 6:37pm Copy Link
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Software Guy Batch edited files have a _sc appended. The originals are untouched. You can save the edited files in one or many different extensions (at the same time!), and you can also save them in their own folder. If you don't want the originals just delete that folder.
Hope that helps.
Feb 25 2013 at 9:04pm Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen If you re-run batch save it will overwrite old _sc files (if there is same filename).
SoftColor Oy - Feb 25 2013 at 11:09pm Copy Link
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Faisal Humayun I appreciate the responses, however, I've learned there are simpler, alternative batch processors which accomplish this as an unattended 1 click mechanism ( with no need for user clean up ). I thank BDJ and the vendor for showcasing this option nonetheless.
Feb 25 2013 at 11:15pm Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen A big thank you for all the feedback and purchases!
SoftColor Oy - Feb 26 2013 at 7:13am Copy Link
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skbryan Has anyone used this software? Does it handle raw images? Thanks.
Jan 2 2014 at 6:28am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen PhotoEQ can handle raw images:
Following formats are supported:
.dng, .crw, .cr2, .mrw, .nef, .raf, .orf, .pef, .srf, .arw

http://www.softcolor.fi/p...ech-specs/
SoftColor Oy - Jan 2 2014 at 7:01am Copy Link
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Software Guy Great deal. $8.82 for a 3 computer license for a nice and easy editor. It handles batch, RAW and sports a neat color equalizer. It is worth your time to download the trial and give it a try. Thanks BitsDuJour and Softcolor.

Check the features here : http://www.softcolor.fi/p.../features/
Jan 2 2014 at 7:12am Copy Link
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skbryan Thanks for your quick response. Will give it a try.
Jan 2 2014 at 7:47am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Photo editing and enhancement features are same in PhotoEQ and Toolbox (also image format support). Main difference is workflows, Toolbox is do-it-yourself workflow application for photo workflows.
SoftColor Oy - Jan 2 2014 at 8:04am Copy Link
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skbryan Well, I did do a quick try out. It adjusted color nicely on a raw image, but I want the ability to clone or heal sections, and also to selectively darken, lighten, or saturate certain parts of the image. Couldn't find that when I looked in the help section.
Jan 2 2014 at 8:10am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Our applications are focused to batch photo workflows, that is why there aren't clone or heal sections tools.
SoftColor Oy - Jan 2 2014 at 8:20am Copy Link
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Wild Wizard Quick Couple Of Questions,

"Platforms: Windows 2000, XP, Vista (32 and 64 bit), 7 (32 and 64 bit) "

Your Web Page Says Windows 8 32/64 bit So Is That True ?? If It DOES Support Win 8 32/64 Bit Platforms Maybe Add It Up Top In The Description ?

Can You Put A Water Mark On Photos ??

Thanx In Advance,
Happy New Years 2014
Blessings
~~Wild Wizard~~
Jan 4 2014 at 3:29am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen PhotoEQ has full support for Win 8 (and Win 8.1) 32/64bit. It is also touch friendly.

http://www.softcolor.fi/p...ech-specs/

PhotoEQ doesn't have watermarking tools but our Automata has
watermarking tools http://www.bitsdujour.com...r-automata
SoftColor Oy - Jan 4 2014 at 3:44am Copy Link
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Wild Wizard Greetings Petri Piirainen !

Thanx for your quick reply I really appreciate it veru much

Take care
Blessings
??Wild Wizard??
Jan 4 2014 at 5:10am Copy Link
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Kick65 What's the difference between this and Softcolor Automata I already have?
Jul 25 2014 at 12:57am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Kick65, With PhotoEQ you can also edit photos one by one and you see results while editing. Automata is fully automatic photo batch processor. Both programs have same photo editing features.
SoftColor Oy - Jul 25 2014 at 2:58am Copy Link
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Jan-Christoph Ihrens Being a web developer / web designer, I'd be interested in purchasing several copies (maybe four or five) for some of my customers (and of course one for myself ;) ). They often publish self-made photos that urgently need some basic post-processing, cropping and resizing, and PhotoEQ is so easy to use that it's almost perfect for them (apart from the fact that the UI is English only - most of my customers are Germans).

Since it's Friday evening here in Germany, I can't contact most of my customers in time to tell them about this offer before it ends, so I'd have to purchase several copies myself. My question is: Can I transfer the licenses to my customers later? I have no interest in making money with this, I'd just give the licenses to them, but they should be able to purchase upgrades by themselves, so the license holder would probably have to be changed later.
Jul 25 2014 at 10:00am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Hi Jan-Christoph, Yes you can buy licenses now and then transfer those keys to your customers.

Our license key information is available here:
http://www.softcolor.fi/store/licenses/
SoftColor Oy - Jul 25 2014 at 11:10am Copy Link
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Jan-Christoph Ihrens Hi Petri,

thank you very much for your reply. :)

So it will be possible for my customers to purchase upgrades with the license keys only? There's no need to inform you about their names and/or email adresses in order to correctly transfer the licenses to them? Sorry for asking again, but this isn't made clear on the license key information page.
Jul 25 2014 at 11:25am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Jan-Christoph, Your customers get future upgrades, it is based on license key data. If you want you can email license key / user details then I can update correct details to our license database.
SoftColor Oy - Jul 25 2014 at 11:47am Copy Link
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Jan-Christoph Ihrens Hi Petri,

great, thank you very much for your help! :)
Jul 25 2014 at 11:54am Copy Link
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Michael R. Is it possible to crop a certain region out of a batch of Images?

I remember having tried this many months ago, failed and was told, that this is indeed not possible yet, but in a upcoming version.

So, is it batch-cropping possible in the current version?
Mar 21 2015 at 11:27pm Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Michael R.

Batch cropping is not yet available in PhotoEQ. This latests version has much improved automatic photo enhancements tools for automatic white balancing and exposure / contrast corrections.

(Batch cropping is available in our SoftColor Automata software http://www.bitsdujour.com...r-automata)
SoftColor Oy - Mar 21 2015 at 11:39pm Copy Link
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Michael R. Wow that answer was fast...

May I ask why not - it should be much easier to implement than photo enhancement ;-) - and - since you said 'not yet', when this feature can be expected in PhotoEQ?

I think ALL tools inside PhotoEQ should be applicable to a batch of files...
Mar 21 2015 at 11:50pm Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Michael R.

Currently PhotoEQ's cropping tool is "current image based" and that it not so optimal for batch cropping. But there is major updates coming PhotoEQ during few months and it will be free update to current PhotoEQ users :)
SoftColor Oy - Mar 22 2015 at 11:40am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen We have just released minor PhotoEQ update v1.2.6. This update has performance improvements and improved automatic photo enhancements.

http://softcolor.tumblr.com/
SoftColor Oy - Mar 22 2015 at 11:41am Copy Link
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ioco coi hi,
just purchased. great deal on a clever piece of software. well done.
best regards
Nov 9 2016 at 5:09am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Peter R, PhotoEQ user guide is web-only. (https://www.softcolorsoft...s/photoeq/)
SoftColor Oy - Jan 13 2017 at 7:12am Copy Link
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Gary Smith I looked for a Changelog file on the developer website to understand some changes made over time. Is there a Changelog file available online? If so, where can it be viewed?

Thanking you in advance.
Jan 13 2017 at 9:59am Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Gary Smith, version history is part of PhotoEQ user guide.

https://www.softcolorsoft...n-history/


1.0 PhotoEQ was released Feb 2011. V10 was major application rewrite. We "jumped" (win10 inspired ;) with version numbers for this new release. Because with version 10 PhotoEQ has full multitouch / tablet support.
SoftColor Oy - Jan 13 2017 at 1:54pm Copy Link
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Robert User @Petri,

The version offered here today is version 10.02. In the fine print, it states that "Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free for minor versions only. For versions after that, upgrades will require additional payment, which will be discounted by 50%. It will be discounted only if you've purchased the last major version."

The last major version would have been version 10.0. Since the version offered here is 10.02, it seems that Bits du Jour purchasers will not get a 50% reduction when version 11 comes out. We would have been better off purchasing version 10, except Bits du Jour users did not get that chance. Am I understanding the Fine Print details correctly?
Jan 13 2017 at 2:49pm Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen Robert, All BDJ licence purchases are "normal licenses". When new major release is released you can update with our normal upgrade policy https://www.softcolorsoft.../licenses/

(V10 was a free update to all PhotoEQ users ;)
SoftColor Oy - Jan 13 2017 at 3:18pm Copy Link
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Robert User @Petri,
I have been developing, marketing, and purchasing software for over 40 years, and have seen a lot of twists and turns in version numbering to entice users to purchase initially, and promising them a decent upgrade policy for the future. Some have been more than fair, and others seem to reach to the extremes to ensure the most dollars will be spent for upgrades.

I understand the upgrade policy as explained on https://www.softcolorsoft.../licenses/. What I am curious about is why is the 50% mentioned on the Bits du Jour Fine Print details if it will not apply to the purchase offered here today? It only gives false hope. It would only apply to purchasers that upgrade at full price to version 11 (or whatever next major version number you choose), and then upgrade to version 11 some time in the future at 50% discount. That seems too far out to even mention it here, but that does appear to be what it means.

Your online Upgrade Policy uses the version 1 to version 1.x example as free, but upgrading to version 2 might require another purchase. I do understand that is a somewhat common policy these days. That works fine for purchasers of the initial version 1.0 (or a major version number) of the software, but what about the purchaser of versions near the end of the series? In some cases not long after purchasing the software, a new major version comes out but they have to pay to get that upgrade. A more fair approach is that users get upgrades to the same minor version number that they purchased, meaning when it goes into the next major version number. Some developers have adopted this policy to ensure customer loyalty, and to ensure users do not delay purchasing until the next major version.The rewards to the developer have proven this to be a very effective method of marketing.

There is no mention of a 50% discount to the next full version on your website, provided the user has the previous full version. That too has become a somewhat more recent policy with other developers, but certainly not favorable to purchasers of any minor version number after a major version number. The problem with that policy is that very few purchasers have the opportunity to purchase the software when it is on a Full version number. Therefore, it essentially ensures that more than 90% of the purchasers will not get to take advantage of the 50% upgrade offer. Unfortunately, that part of the offer goes un-digested to many naive buyers.

Users have no way of knowing how a developer will number their future versions, or how often new versions will be released, or whether they will be considered major or minor versions. There are some software developers that have jumped to the next major version for no apparent reason. Some major enhancements clearly justify a major version number, but many have done so for what users considered minor changes to the software. The logic seemed to be more to line the pockets of the developer. All sorts of things have caused developers to change version numbers in major jumps.

Your own software was changed from version 1.99 to version 10 because you were inspired by Windows 10. Maybe the next release will be inspired by Firefox versioning, and each release will be a major release number until you get past some mythical competition (supposedly Chrome for Firefox but denied by developers). PhotoEQ could be on version 75 within a short period of time. You and Firefox are not the first ones to jump over version numbers; Microsoft did it to MS Word (from version 2 to version 6) back in the early 90s (supposedly to sync Mac and Windows product version numbers, but some say to match WordPerfect, then at version 6).

Basically, as users, we have no way of knowing how your versioning will affect us in the future, however by adopting a policy that guarantees purchasers of any version will have a respectable upgrade price for at least a year, or a guarantee of one major number release to the same minor release as initially purchased, gives users hope that they are spending money on a product with good developers marketing it.

In conclusion, is there a reason for the 50% discount in the Fine Print for this offer?
Jan 13 2017 at 4:34pm Copy Link
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Gary Smith @Petri Piirainen,

>..., version history is part of PhotoEQ user guide.
Thank you for adding the history to the online user guide. The menu entry for the history was not there until just a short time prior to your reply. Now, when I refresh my browser the menu item is there. Regardless, glad it is there now.
Jan 13 2017 at 7:11pm Copy Link
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geo User Just a question for the developer: Does this offer provide anything more when it comes to photo optimization over the 'SoftColor Automata PRO' product ?
Just wondering since I do have the PRO version and very happy with it.
Thanks.
Apr 8 2017 at 2:34pm Copy Link
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Petri Piirainen geo User, Main difference is that Automata Pro is hot folder based photo editing workflow application. Automata watches a folder or folders for incoming files, then applies color correction, image editing and color management processing for photos In Automata you can create multiple batch processing workflows which operate simultaneously. Also it is possible to use 3rd party scripts and command line tools with Automata's workflows. In PhotoEQ batch processing is for images which are loaded to todo queue. PhotoEQ and Automata have same imageprocessing engine.
SoftColor Oy - Apr 8 2017 at 2:44pm Copy Link
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Christopher User Waiting on activation code as I have just purchased an hour ago. great piece of software
Apr 8 2017 at 5:21pm Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @Christopher User, I just resent you the receipt email.
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