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Luminar Flex from Skylum Updated to v1.1 – What is Flex and What About this Update

Skylum today has released a free update to Luminar Flex bringing it to version 1.1.

What is Luminar Flex? Don’t they have Luminar 3 too?

For those not familiar with Flex, think of all the great photo editing filters and tools from Luminar 3, minus the not-ready-for-primetime catalog features that Luminar 3 has. If you don’t want to use the “DAM” (digital asset manager) of Luminar 3 (and I can’t blame you as it has been a big disappointment from day 1) but still want to use Luminar’s filters to enhance your photos, then Flex might be for you.

Luminar Flex v1.1 running as a plugin inside Photoshop

I say “might be for you” because this is where things get a little confusing. And bear with me for a moment as I discuss Flex, as I never posted a review of it when it first came out. If you just want to see what’s new with Flex, scroll down to the New Features.

A Little History

Luminar 3 arrived back on December 18, 2018 and was initially marketed by Skylum as a Lightroom replacement, even though it barely had any more organizational power than Finder on Mac or Explorer on Windows. I was not a fan, and apparently I wasn’t alone as the majority of people in my Learn Skylum’s Luminar & Aurora HDR Facebook Group who voted in a poll I conducted just last month still couldn’t use the DAM because of missing features and/or performance issues. Only a small percentage were happy with Luminar 3 at the time. In fact, one of my most popular YouTube videos I have is a video I recorded showing how to use Luminar 3 without the catalog.

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New Update for Aurora HDR

My favorite HDR photo program, Aurora HDR, has just released an update.

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Here is what’s new in the latest version:

Added support for RAW files for these cameras:

Canon 80D, 1300D, 1DX MkII

Leica M (Typ 262)

Nikon D5

Olympus Pen F, SH-3

Panasonic DMC-GX80/85, DMC-TZ80/81/85/ZS60, DMC-TZ100/101/ZS100

Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G935F)

Sony ILCA-68, ILCE-6300, RX1R II, RX10 III

DxO ONE Digital Camera

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Bug fixes and improvements:

Improved performance as Photos extension

Fixed Crash with Alignment case

Fixed Luminosity histogram

Sync Favorites presets between Aurora HDR Pro and Aurora HDR Pro extension

Fixed preview on Layer

 

Gold King Mine Ghost Town in Jerome, Arizona

The above photo was from a 3-photo exposure bracket and fully processed in Aurora HDR.

Capture One Pro updated to v7.2

Capture One Pro raw converter software from Phase One has recently been updated to version 7.2

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The free update mostly brings support to Phase One’s new IQ250 digital back and fixes a number of bugs.

Here is a link to the update.

Here are the release notes:

Highlights, version 7.2
This release provides support for the new Phase One IQ250 digital back and offers a large number

of improvements related to key features of the IQ250. In addition it fixes a number of bugs.

Camera file support

• Phase One IQ250. Camera tethered support

• Phase One IQ250.

Improvements and bug fixes

  • Improved live view frame rate on Mac.
  • Improved live view alignment between Mac and Windows
  • Fixed a number of live view issues.
  • Improved tethered stability on Mac.
  • Fixed some XMP syncing issues.
  • Improved importer performance on Mac.
  • Fixed a stability issue related to collapsing of stacks on Mac.
  • Fixed a stability issue related to reordering jobs in the batch queue on Mac.
  • Fixed some LCC issues.
  • A number of other bug fixes.
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