Announcing Sagelight Version 4.0.2
Version 4.0.2 is another semi-major release that had a lot to do with feedback from the initial version of 4.0. In this version, I fast-tracked some items I was going to get in later, but certain elements have been working out too well to wait, such as the automatic RAW processes (which you can shut off), overflow analysis, etc.
This marks the “essential” first 4.0 non-beta release. It’s out of its beta stage and is pretty robust at this point. Look forward to some tutorials and blog entries on the strengths and techniques for version 4.
1. Sagelight is now a “Dual mode” editor – the Kayak/PQE Mode is now co-equal to the Quick Edit Mode.
If you’re not familiar with Sagelight, the Kayak/Pro Quick Edit Mode is a higher-level approach to editing. It’s a little less straightforward to use, but can yield very powerful changes to your image very quickly. It also supports LAB and HSL modes, which have great uses, and is the default mode when you load a RAW file.
By contrast, the Quick Edit Mode is easier to use, faster, and support some advanced functions such as the Masking and the Color Spinner. Both mode have specific strengths, and now you can default to whichever mode seems to suit you the best.
With the Power Box, though, (which was intended originally just for the Kayak Mode), a lot of the high-end power in Sagelight is in both modes equally.
The Kayak Mode now supports all menu items.
Now you can just stay in the Kayak mode, use any other function, and switch back-and-forth to the Quick Edit Mode. Until now, the Kayak Mode was a sub-mode of the Quick Edit Mode, but now works as a different mode of Sagelight (More Advanced vs. Casual, if you will).
After using it for a while, I’m finding that the Kayak mode is now that much more powerful since I can stay in it and execute other functions from there.
A brief comparison of the Kayak Mode and the Quick-Edit Mode
2. You can Double-Click on the sliders to reset them.
This was asked for recently, and it made sense, as its easier than entering the value (on sliders with edit boxes) or moving the slider to ‘0’, which can be a little nuisance, especially on small sliders. Now, if you double-click on the slider handle it will reset the slider to its initial/reset position.
3. The “Darken” layer in the PowerBox has been tweaked to work better with raising highlights.
This mode really should be called “Darken/Lighten”, since you can use the sliders in the reverse direction to lighten the image with the same controls set. The Midtones and Highights mode has been adjust so if you want to lighten the image it does it in a less harsh way so that you can use the Range and Feather slider to use the controls in a more realistic fashion (the previous was very harsh and useful mostly for effects-driven operations).
4. “Power Saturation” has been renamed “Sagelight Saturation”
After reviewing the additions to version 4.0, I’ve come to realize that the saturation algorithms developed are very powerful, and want to associated them more as a specifically-designed item.
Sagelight Saturation is a very deep, perceptually-based saturation. It’s a very complex algorithm and can be used under the menu item “Sagelight Saturation” along with other Sagelight-developed saturation methods, as well as standard saturation methods such as XYZ, C*I*E LAB, HSL, etc.
The Sagelight Saturation function is specifically designed so that you don’t need to know what any of the above means — you can set the settings and then just click on the separate types to see the difference (you can also use the mousewheel).
5. Vibrance has been renamed “Sagelight Vibrance”
The Vibrance in Sagelight uses newly developed algorithms designed around the principles and theory of using color on computers. It’s a very powerful tool in Sagelight. Sagelight Vibrance and Saturation took a long time to develop, and as mentioned above, I want to put them out there as advanced, unique items.
6. “HSL” mode (in the Kayak White Balance functions) has been renamed to “TRUE” mode. It’s based on HSL, but also moves into LAB space and back to RGB to do color correction, for the purpose of maintaining a true color perspective. Therefore, it was renamed to fit is intention, as the term “HSL” was misleading (or just didn’t make any sense).
7. Various bug fixes.
- The most notable one may be a bug in the cloning that has been reported that caused Sagelight to crash. That should be fixed now.
- The date reported from RAW files was a day off. That is now fixed.
- A bug where if you used “Blend Undo Image” or “View Image History” from the “More Functions Menu” (instead of the “Edit Menu” where you can access them, as well) caused Sagelight to become unresponsive. That’s fixed, too.
- Version 4.0 introduced a bug with the “Recent Files List”. That behaves properly now.
- The “Power Box” now remembers it’s last position. So, if you close it and then re-open it, it won’t reset it’s position and will popup where it last appeared.
That’s it for this release. Expect another update in about a month (discussed in another blog post).