(March 27th, 2018, Tampa) – The universal photo editing and management software Zoner Photo Studio X just keeps getting better with every new update. Its 2018 Spring Update brings some exciting new presets and a major speedup to RAW file loading. Layers now get more space in the Editor and working with them is smoother thanks to layer groups and group edits. Our developers have teamed up with expert Artificial Intelligence university researchers and added face-recognizing AI to improve our automated edits. On the licensing front, our annual subscriptions can now be paid for in easy and affordable monthly installments.
Wait-free Work with RAW
Working with RAW files in the Develop module is now much faster due to new indexing techniques. Now when revisiting photos, users don’t need to wait and can edit them immediately.“This speedup puts us in the top tier alongside Adobe Lightroom and Capture One. When you’re editing a batch with hundreds of pictures, this will save an incredible amount of time,”notes Product Manager Jan Kupčík. This is not the end of Zoner‘s work on speeding up the program as Kupčík notes users can look forward to further progress by summertime.
Better Photo Enhancement With AI
For one of the most interesting new features in ZPS X, our developers teamed up with scientists from the University of Technology in Brno, Czech Republic. Using tens of thousands of photos, using Artificial Intelligence technology they trained a neural network that can now determine the presence of faces in a photo and instantly identify those faces. ZPS X automatic edits now give faster, better results than ever.
Develop: Dozens of New Presets
Our options for automatic edits continues to grow so the time needed for photo edits is now significantly fatser. Auto-enhancement now has several modes for various photo styles, types and looks. ZPS X has also been enriched with four new groups of preset filtersthat help with black-and-white conversions, teeth whitening and adjusting tinting in a single click. Every edit is reflected in the settings sliders so that it can be fine-tuned manually.
Editor: Layers Rule the Roost
Several tools in Develop and the Editor now open up in a second panel for a much more convenient way to organize work. That also provides more space for the most important thing—work with layers as users have new options here as well. They can create nested layer groups and apply effects and layer edits to those groups. The unique combination of folders and layer linking offers users complete freedom.
But the above is just the start of our new features. For example, we’ve improved our Process andCamera/Lens Profile controls and moved them to the top of Develop module side panel. Users no longer have to scroll to the bottom of the panel for these settings and can now set default cameras and lens corrections.
New Monthly Fee Option
Zoner Photo Studio X is sold as a $39 annual subscription. Users will now be able to cover this fee via $4.99 monthly payments. The monthly payment option will be offered immediately.
During their subscriptions, users are entitled to regular updates, exclusive tutorials and other materials, as well as free priority technical support.
The full version of the program is available to download and try free for 30 days at www.zoner.com. Users whose trial version has run out and who haven’t yet purchased ZPS X can try this new update free for 10 days. For more details on the spring update, see https://www.zoner.com/en/zps-x-spring-2018-update.
Zoner Photo Studio X has been out for a year and a half, and so its first subscribers are now renewing.“A full 80% of our users are continuing their subscriptions, and the overall subscriber count is growing briskly thanks to new arrivals. Our overall numbers are thus positive feedback for us, and they also give us room to constantly improve the program and customer care,”says Zoner’s Head of Software Michal Prouza.
Zoner is an authority in the world of digital photography. For over twenty years, the company been delivering solutions for photographers, from the popular Zoner Photo Studio photo software to the Zonerama online galleries and the Learn Photography magazine. In its home country, it’s also a key photo educator as well as an Internet and web/e-commerce services provider. Headquartered in the Czech Republic in the heart of Europe, the company has branches throughout the continent and in the U.S. and Japan and employs over 100 people.