Light Crafts is the commercial editor of LightZone, a multi-platform image editor. It supports mainly the Windows and Mac OS X platform, and it is not free: one has to pay for the software and it is not open source. LightZone integrates well into the photographer image work flow, offering a nice browsing experience and various tools to enhance zone of one’s photographs.
However, a Linux enthusiast (Anton Kast) at Light Crafts has managed to port LightZone to Linux and his company allows him to distribute this version free of charge. It is not free software, but that is still a really nice initiative from this company and its employee. Thank you Anton and Light Crafts
The new LightZone release brings the following enhancements:
- New vibrancy tool: increase colour vividness
- New RAW adjustments tool: controls the RAW conversion
- Improved tone mapper and red-eye correction tools
- New supported digital cameras (Nikon D40, Pentax K10D, etc.)
- New translation (Italian and Polish)
- Probably a few bugs
Check the LightZone release announcement for more detailed information.
Update (2007-05-30): Light Craft web site has been recently re-organised. During the time being the Linux section is accessible at the following address: http://www-old.lightcrafts.com/linux/
The normal address which one can find in the above article will be working shortly, once the web site migration is really completed. LightZone for Linux is not dead, see Anton message.
Update (2008-08-18): LightZone 2.4 is now an old version which is no longer available for download on LightCraft web site. Linux is not forgotten, the latest version of LightZone at the time of update is available for our Pinguin. However, now you can only try it out for 30 days and then you have to purchase it, just like on the other platforms.