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Pick of the Week: Luminar – Macphun’s New Photo Editor

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Macphun’s web site describes Luminar with two words, Simplicity and Creativity.  And with the statement: “It’s the most fantastic piece of software we’ve ever created.”

Pre-orders will start on November 2nd, and the release is scheduled for November 17th.  I’ve been using their Aurora HDR software, and if that is any indicator of how valid their Simplicity and Creativity description is, then they may have nailed it.

Luminar sports a user interface that can be changed to support various skill levels and preferences. For those that have had enough with the overload of functionality on the screen of some apps, this will give you just what you normally need.

It supports Filters, Presets, and Workspaces.  35 custom filters are included with it for various looks.  Presets can be created to make that look you want to get on many photos easier to get, with fewer clicks.  And you can share presets with other Luminar users.

You can also share workspaces with other users.  This looks like a quick setup feature, to set up the tools you need for a specific type of job.  Portrait retouching doesn’t always use the same tools and filters as sports photos, or landscapes.  So configure multiple workspaces for your needs.

It also supports RAW files, as any photo editing software should now.

The price is discounted during the preorder period.  Just $59, with an additional $10 discount for current Macphun customers who own any of their other software.  The only downside I can see right now is that Windows users are going to be out in the cold, because like Aurora HDR, this software is only supported on a Mac.  I’m looking forward to getting my copy, and reviewing it here.  Stay tuned!


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