RasterWave Change Loga lightweight photo editor focused on performance and ease of use

Version 2.6 Mar 24 2015

Changes and new features

  • Added new selection tools: magic wand, lasso, and polygon
  • Added Automatic updates, including delta patches for smaller files (like languages). Customize the new update options from the Tools–>Options menu.
  • Numerous interface improvements, including new tab strip, text up/down, image buttons, and other controls created specifically for RasterWave
  • Improved file format support, including RAW support for 200 new camera models (via LibRaw), WMF and EMF metafile support, improved PNG compatibility, and many metadata improvements.
  • New tone-mapping dialog for HDR and RAW images. Tone-mapping is also provided for high bit-depth variants of common formats, like 48- and 64-bit PNGs.
  • Adaptive supersampling is now available for all Distort and Transformation tools
  • Added Cross-Screen tool
  • Overhauled the following tools: Lens Flare, HDR, Channel Mixer, Surface Blur, Unsharp Masking, and more.
  • Performance, accuracy, and interface improvements to Curves, Levels, Green Screen (Chroma Key), Color Balance, Kaleidoscope, Zoom Blur, Motion Blur, and many others.
  • Improved performance program-wide, including a new viewport pipeline, improved image compositor, updated localization engine, and new internal image manager.
  • Improved localization and translation support
  • Many improvements to the main editor screen, including a resizable and customizable left-hand toolbox, auto-hiding of the options toolbox, and new quick-access buttons for Save Lossless Copy and Fade Last Effect.
  • New Fit Image, Fit Width, and Fit Height smart zoom options.

Fixed

  • Fixed progressbar not disappearing after image quantization
  • Fixed statusbar messages overlapping coordinate display

Version 2.4 Sep 9 2014

Changes and new features

  • Added comprehensive layer support: variable opacity, custom blendmodes, on-canvas moving and resizing, and editing without flattening, etc.
  • Added non-destructive quick edit options under quick fix button on toolbar
  • Numerous interface improvements: new slider, radio button, and check boxes
  • Added Fade and Straighten tools
  • Added auto-correct and auto-enhance options for color, contrast, and lighting
  • Added Split-toning, HDR, and Remove Noise (bilateral filtering) tools
  • Added Colored pencil, Glass Tiles, Stained Glass, Fragment, Kuwahara, Lens Flare, and Sunshine filters
  • Improved Curves tool with per-channel support and a greatly improved interface
  • Overhauled Levels tool with per-channel support, click-to-set color options, best-in-class Auto levels option, and a redesigned interface
  • Improved Color Balance tool by adding tonal range adjustment
  • Overhauled Comic Book filter with new options for ink density and color smoothing
  • Overhauled Relief filter with new options for angle, thickness, and relief depth
  • Overhauled Emboss/Emgrave filter with new options for angle, thickness, and depth
  • Overhauled Edge Enhance filter with new options for edge detection mode, direction, and strength
  • Overhauled Find Edges dialog with new edge operators and directional support
  • Overhauled Rainbow filter with new options for offset, angle, strength, and saturation boosting
  • Overhauled Fog filter with new options for scale, contrast, density, and render quality
  • Overhauled Ignite filter (formerly Burn) with new options for intensity, flame height, and strength
  • Added Undo History browser
  • Added new Performance options category
  • Added Move cursor tool
  • Greatly improved Paste functionality with web browsers
  • Improved Drag/Drop for importing images
  • Improved reliability of clipboard URL parsing
  • Overhauled canvas custom cursor framework
  • Greatly improved Undo/Redo engine (diff-based for faster performance and less disk space)
  • Optimized image thumbnail generation
  • Optimized unsaved changes dialog image preview
  • Many improvements to import/export color depth handling
  • Added Autosave feature
  • Improved shell pipe handling for ExifTool
  • Added placeholder text and icon to Canvas when no images are loaded
  • Improved drag/drop support, including support for dragging images from web browsers.
  • Improved statusbar with clickable resize image button and fit image on-screen button
  • Added Malay and Swedish language support
  • Improved support for using arrow keys to modify various settings
  • Improved image metadata handling with asynchronous processing (loading/saving are much faster)
  • Improved mousewheel zoom
  • Added Select->Erase selected area option
  • Greatly improved Content-Aware resizing with faster performance, symmetrical seam removal, and ESC-to-cancel functionality.
  • Improved image load time

Fixed

  • Fixed progressbar not disappearing after image quantization
  • Fixed statusbar messages overlapping coordinate display
  • Fixed status bar rendering on high-DPI displays
  • Fixed cursor issue with check box control
  • Fixed memory leak in Image->Rotate Arbitrary
  • Fixed FreeImage JPEG loading quality
  • Tools can now live-preview effects while color dialogs are active
  • Fixed minor arbitrary rotation tool issues
  • Fixed File->Revert to work with new Undo/Redo engine
  • Fixed filename issue with Save/Save As dialogs
  • Fixed extra space appearing in auto-incremented filenames
  • Fixed nasty bug when double-clicking file dialogs

Version 2.2.1 Apr 27 2014

Fixed

  • Fixed severe error in the Image -> Canvas Size dialog
  • Fixed various problems in locales where “,” is used as a decimal separator
  • Fixed some controls not displaying correctly on Windows XP

Version 2.2 Mar 13 2014

Changes and new features

  • Updated all language files
  • Updated ExifTool plugin to version 9.54
  • Updated FreeImage plugin to version 3.16.0
  • Improved perlin noise generation
  • Improved spatial accuracy and design of Figured Glass algorithm
  • Improved accuracy when determining monitor physical display size
  • Increased accuracy of unit measurement
  • Allow user to change size unit directly from status bar
  • Added support to launch Resize dialog when double-clicking size status bar panel
  • Added Spanish language translation
  • Added fully automatic machine translation for languages (using Google Translate)
  • Greatly improved dithering for Black and White dialog
  • Completely reworked Black and White (Grayscale) dialog
  • Added JPEG XR import/export support
  • Added WebP import/export support with live previews when saving
  • Added WebP saving support
  • Redesigned JPEG-2000 export dialog to match JPEG one
  • Added screen color picker to color selector
  • Added inch, cm, and resolution support to Image Resize
  • Added support or percent based resize
  • Greatly improved image DPI detection
  • Greatly improved image load performance
  • Added click-to-drag Nav tool
  • Allow user to set custom composite color for 8bpp reductions
  • Remove old thumbnail-specific EXIF tags when preserving metadata
  • Improved handling of technical JPEG metadata
  • Added seperate metadata panel to JPEG export dialog
  • Added various metadata handling improvements
  • Added automatic JPEG quality calculation when saving
  • Updated JPEG export dialog to utilize preview window
  • Added special handling for multiline EXIF comments
  • Made About window URLs clickable
  • Added small list of last-used colors in color selector
  • Added Chrome Blur tool
  • Minor improvements to Film Grain tool
  • Greatly improved performance of Trace Contour tool
  • Added custom center-point selection to Vignetting, Rotate (distort), Lens Distort, Kaleidoscope, Pinch/Twirl, Distort Poke, and Ripple tools
  • Added click to select coordinate feature to preview windows
  • Added pan/zoom support for preview windows
  • Added Content-aware resize tool (smart resize)
  • Converted update checks to be asynchronous

Fixed

  • Fixed issue with loading size unit drop-down on main canvas
  • Fixed various high-DPI issues
  • Fixed status bar rendering on high-DPI displays
  • Many high-DPI fixes for UI
  • Fixed potential freeze when unloading “import from internet dialog
  • Fixed critical error in Selection->Export menus
  • Fixed invalid radius calculation on initial Oil Painting loading
  • Added fail-safe termination for long-running metadata parsing
  • Fixed minor issues on Resize dialog
  • Fixed issues with screen capture
  • Fixed potential viewport error on Windows XP
  • Fixed broken tooltip theming for color selector
  • Fixed DPI metadata parsing issue
  • Improved failsafe against image tabstrip corruption
  • Fixed strange behavior when switching to/from line selections
  • Fixed floating toolbars appearing over Save dialog
  • Fixed erroneous image unload behavior
  • Added safe shutdown detection for Autosave dialog
  • Fixed Curves dialog presets to account for comma as a potential decimal
  • Fixed error if clicking on the canvas while an image is unloading
  • Fixed canvas background color when changed from Options dialog
  • Fixed critical command-line image loading bug
  • Fixed 32bpp issues with new JPEG export features
  • Fixed several tabstrip issues
  • Fixed multiple floating toolbar issues
  • Fixed bad tooltip on command bar
  • Fixed live translation updates for various toolbars
  • Fixed alpha handling on Crop to Selection when feathered or antialiased is used
  • Fixed batch processor
  • Fixed various issues when minimizing main window
  • Fixed visual artifacts on main window after changing image tabstrip alignment

Version 2.0 Sep 30 2013

Changes and new features

  • Removed old auto-enhance filters
  • Added dialog for selection tool settings
  • Added full selection menu
  • Removed real-time selection feathering on Windows XP/Vista due to absence of GDI+ (can still be accessed from Selections->Feathering)
  • Added Curves tool
  • Improved rendering of image histogram
  • Improved Perspective tool UI
  • Added Resize option to Batch Wizard
  • Added Fix lighting problems option to Batch Wizard
  • Disabled auto-adjust zoom after resize (image or canvas)
  • Added Alt+T as universal toggle for original/preview image
  • Converted all program settings to use XML files
  • Converted Custom Filter saved files to XML format
  • Improved validation when loading custom convolution filters from file
  • Converted macro files to XML format
  • Improved saving of selections in macro files
  • Improved selection file format
  • Image layer data is now compressed when saved to undo file, decreasing size.
  • Updated zLib to version 1.2.8
  • Added Normalize option for custom filters (automatically calculates divisor and offset based off current matrix entries)
  • Improved filter interpolation on edges
  • Rewrote exposure tool algorithm
  • Added Sharpen dialog (removed old sharpen items)
  • Added Oil Painting effect
  • Separate language folder added to /Data
  • Busy cursor now displays while changing language
  • Improved ClearType type handling for interface fonts
  • Added color selection ability to preview windows
  • Enabled preview color selection on relevant tool dialogs
  • Automatically select to color when new color is selected
  • Added green screen tool (Image->Make color Transparent)
  • Changed program settings to write only relevant metadata by default
  • Added Command Bar control to all tool/filter windows which allows saving/loading of presets
  • Added allowPreview control to Brightness/Contrast
  • Removed /Filters folder (presets made obsolete)
  • Removed Despeckle and Orphan Pixel tools (made obsolete)
  • Added Rotate distort effect
  • Improved mousewheel handling
  • Improved Tile tool performance
  • Moved manual color reduction functions to Posterize tool
  • Added Motion Blur and Radial Blur tools
  • Reorganized artistic and distort filters in Effects menu

Fixed

  • Fixed severe Undo bug when no selections are active
  • Fixed edge behavior of antialiased elliptical selections
  • Fixed critical PNG save bug if colors must be counted
  • Fixed Fade Last Effect not enabling correctly
  • Fixed ESC key handling (undo data properly resets now)

Version 1.2.5

Changes and new features

  • Major improvement in selection handling
  • Undo/Redo now supports selections
  • Added loading/saving of selection files
  • Renamed Color menu to Adjustment and reorganized
  • Added Vibrance tool
  • Added new selection tool options window
  • Added Select menu with full support for selection adjustment

Version 1.2.3

Changes and new features

  • Vastly improved resize tool (integrated smart resize)
  • Added canvas resize tool
  • Shift key can now be used for 1:1 (square) selections
  • Added Maximum and Minimum channel tools
  • Added new window for remove alpha channel
  • Added Line Selection tool

Fixed

  • Selections can now lie off the image
  • Fixed error when combining selection–>resize–>undo
  • Selection pixels on image border are no longer missed

Version 1.2.1

Changes and new features

  • Improved Film Noir output
  • Optimized Spherize distort filter
  • Improved thumbnail loading for RAW format images
  • Re-ordered batch wizard pages
  • Added Channel Mixer filter

Fixed

  • Fixed button image center-alignment issue

Version 1.2.0

Changes and new features

  • Renamed MosaicPixelate
  • Removed Soften, Soften More, Blur, and Blur More filters (now obsolete)
  • Redesigned central graphics processor
  • Added new option to distort filters to erase pixels
  • Added Poke and Spherize distort filters
  • Added Photo filters tool
  • Added Miscellaneous distort tool
  • Updated master language file

Fixed

  • Fixed word wrapping of labels for language translation
  • Fixed validation error in Lens Correction tool

Version 1.1.6

Changes and new features

  • Re-designed About window and splash screen
  • Removed metadata extraction of thumbnails
  • Minor cosmetic adjustments
  • Updated language files

Fixed

  • Fixed bounding values for feathered selections against image
    edge
  • Fixed translated text that extends beyond label width

Version 1.1.5

Changes and new features

  • Changed min value of Zoom parameter in Pan and Zoom tool
  • Improved selection feathering performance
  • Converted Pan and Zoom zoom scale to (-10, 10)
  • Added preserve image metadata user preference to preserve
    tags in saved images.
  • Added privacy option for metadata handling
  • Improved ExifTool data handling

Version 1.1.4

Changes and new features

  • Renamed perspective tools to Squish and Perspective Correction
  • Added Pan and Zoom distort tool
  • Increased tooltip timeout to 10 seconds

Fixed

  • Disabled browse metadata menu if metadata import fails

Version 1.1.3

Changes and new features

  • Removed Photoshop thumbnails from extracted metadata
  • Adjusted GPS map zoom level to 18
  • Moved all ICC profile metadata tags into single category
  • Enabled automatic font smoothing at start-up
  • Added prompt for user to download ExifTool if missing
  • Added translation support for metadata categories

Fixed

  • Fixed parsing error with binary metadata tags
  • Fixed handling of metadata list-type values
  • Fixed tooltip theming bug

Version 1.1.2

Changes and new features

  • Added ExifTool plugin support
  • Added support for extracting metadata under Image->Metadata menu
  • Added Map photo location to metadata menu
  • Moved Image->Mode menu to Image->Transparency

Version 1.1.1

Changes and new features

  • Adjusted selection nodes to be semi-transparent and antialiased
    with white-on-black canvas rendering scheme
  • Increased size of on-canvas transform nodes
  • Improved performance of selection feathering

Fixed

  • Fixed bug when feathering was previously selected, but user
    switched away from it.
  • Fixed alpha handling during 32bpp selection cropping

Version 1.1

Changes and new features

  • Added option for exterior selections
  • Added option for border-only selection
  • Minor adjustments to batch wizard
  • Added ability to copy/paste transparent image to/from clipboard
  • Added ESC key cancellation to remaining filters
  • Added rendering of feather selections
  • Added full anti-aliasing for elliptical and rounded rectangle
    selections
  • Added interface controls for antialiasing and feathering
  • Improved selection mask rendering

Fixed

  • Fix potential error when multiple image downloads in a row fail
  • Fixed focus issues while switching between images with action
    selection
  • Copy to clipboard now respects non-rectangular selections
  • Crop to selection now respects non-rectangular selections

Version 1.0.7

Changes and new features

  • Reworded labels on image levels filter options
  • Added support for 32-bit cursors
  • Custom tooltip handling is now supported throughout program
  • Added ESC key cancellation for the following effects:
    Gaussian Blur, Contour, Median, White Balance, Shadow/Midtone
  • Added support for many more camera raw formats

Version 1.0.5

Changes and new features

  • Added nodes for active selections
  • Added rounded rectangle selection tool
  • Redesigned left and right toolbars
  • Moved Pixelate filter to Blur menu
  • Added last used tool to settings file
  • Improved image resize to account for new selection types

Fixed

  • Fixed selection handling after image resize
  • Fixed problems with selections while multiple images are loaded
  • Fixed crash when Fade Last Effect is used on image with active
    selection
  • Image thumbnail preview now displays selection mask

Version 1.0.3

Changes and new features

  • Added new program icon

Fixed

  • Allow selections to begin anywhere on viewport
  • Fixed moving of active selections
  • Disallow selections that lie completely outside the image
  • Clear mouse coordinates when mouse leaves viewport

 

Version 1.0.2 Beta

Changes and new features

  • Added “Ignore” option for all distortion effects (retains original image pixels for edge)
  • Improved Free Perspective tool interface by smoothing lines of
    drawing workspace.

Fixed

  • Fixed tooltip error with line wrapping.

 

Version 1.0.1 Beta

Changes and new features

  • Replaced all slider controls with new slider/textbox combinations.
  • Re-tooled and optimized color balance
  • Greatly improved image levels tool
  • Restructered program folders

Fixed

  • Fixed Gamma correction tool to reduce chance of error
  • Improved a number of tools to provide for more accurate outputs for selections

 

Version 1.0.0 Beta

  • Initial Release