Luminar for Windows Beta

Award-winning Mac photo editor comes to Windows

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Luminar is the smart photo editor that is powerful enough to replace Photoshop and Lightroom for 90% of photo professionals and hobbyists.

It adapts to your style and skill level. And brings supercharged tool like layers, masks, presets, smart photo filters powered by Artificial Intelligence and more.

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Alex Tsepko
Maker
@alex_tsepko · COO at Macphun
Hi Product Hunters! 😻 Today we are launching a free public beta of Luminar for Windows. Being a successful Mac-Only software company for years, we are now expanding on to PC platform. And this is exciting! Macphun photo software received “Editors’ Choice” and "Best of the Year" awards from Apple for 5 straight years. TIPA has named Luminar for Mac "2017 Best Imaging Software". SO, WHAT IS LUMINAR? Luminar is the smart photo editor that is powerful enough to replace Photoshop and Lightroom for 90% of photo professionals and hobbyists. It adapts to your style and skill level. And brings supercharged tool like layers, masks, presets, smart photo filters powered by Artificial Intelligence and more. Some highlights of Luminar beta for PC: - Accent Filter powered by the Artificial Intelligence. One slider to make all your photos great! - Adaptive user interface. Think of Luminar as the collection of LEGO bricks - you put different elements together so it fits your preferences and skill level. - One-click presets – Over 50 default styles for instant results. - Photo Filters – Dozens of custom filters, each with built-in visual tips and a unique set of easy-to-use controls for correcting, enhancing and stylizing images. - Powerful layers with blending modes that don't bring the Photoshop complexity and confusion. PLUS: native non-destructive editing, object removal, brushes for selective editing and many other cool tools. Recommended System Requirements – Windows 10, Core i5 2.2 or better, 8GB RAM, 1GB GPU RAM, SSD with 20+GB free space. This is just the beginning of the Luminar (and Macphun's) story on PC. I'm looking forward to hearing your feedback and thanks for helping us to make this software the best it can possibly be. Alex
Nazar Begen@nazarpanchyshyn · CMO, Photolemur
@alex_tsepko The landing looks nice, but why should I get it? Is it different from any other image editor?
Alex Tsepko
Maker
@alex_tsepko · COO at Macphun
@nazarpanchyshyn 3 points (out of many): - No Photoshop complexity - More editing powers than Lightroom - The first PC photo editor powered by Artificial Intelligence
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
Good luck with the Windows beta @alex_tsepko. I've been using the Mac version since launch last year and it has gradually taken over more and more of the tasks that I would typically have done in Lightroom. In fact, there are days when Lightroom seems little more than a very bloated media browser. So, does Macphun have any plans to complete the loop and bring out a media cataloger/browser as well?
Alex Tsepko
Maker
@alex_tsepko · COO at Macphun
@frassmith Great question. The short answer is YES. And here are some details: we envision Luminar as the only place you go to host, organize and make your photos look great. So the catalogue (DAM) is in the works. We really want to make it right, so it takes some time. Truth to be told - Lightroom has a lot of great tools and features, so it is not easy to invent something that people will switch for:) We will keep you updated - it's coming.
Raphaël Chabaud@raphchabaud · Growth/Product Marketer
@frassmith @alex_tsepko make a lightroom for the masses, for the general public, lightroom is crafted for professionnal photographers
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
@alex_tsepko Great stuff. Was talking to your support team earlier today, an SDK/API would be really cool too so that third party developers could hook into Luminar and use it as a processing plug-in for their DAM tools.
Alex Tsepko
Maker
@alex_tsepko · COO at Macphun
@frassmith @raphchabaud what would you like to see in the Lr for the masses? What would make it a tool for the masses?
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
@raphchabaud @alex_tsepko Well, Macphun has already shown that it can be very competitive on price. Here are some random thoughts not in any order, based on my pet peeves with LR and other ideas. BTW: These are not necessarily for the masses. - image import should be as flexible as LT, everybody has a different storage strategy. - flexible image stacking, automatically stack raw+jpg LR still doesn't do this reliably. But, still allow second level stacking as well. - ability to import to two locations simultaneously (e.g. so we can have an immediate backup of files) - Flexible backend. LR uses an SQLite db for its catalogue wich is fine for a single user application, but it's still not the fastest option. The ability for power users to use a 3rd party db engine to speed up large catalogues would be nice. Ok, my inner developer is escaping and taking over this comment, I'd better stop. :-)
Raphaël Chabaud@raphchabaud · Growth/Product Marketer
@frassmith @alex_tsepko - I would say less options that LR (too powerfull for most people) - Think around the workflow people with images on mobile : quick editing, good filters (found the current ones not really nice), some presets (photographers sells good presets or like VSCO), easy sharing on socials with the good dimensions, maybe event possibility to add stickers and emoji... Why not bring this experience on desktop?
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
@alex_tsepko @raphchabaud I'm not sure that I fully agree with you, Raphaël. However, Macphun's other apps tread the line between casual user and power user very well, so here's hoping it can keep the balance with DAM as well.
Pavlo Pedenko@pavlo_pedenko · Product Manager at Setapp.com
I need it!
Maria Gordienko
Maker
@maria_gordienko · Communications Manager at Macphun
@pavlo_pedenko go get it and let us know how you like it 😺
Ruslan@ruslannaz
Hey, Great product! Want to use it on my Mac. Do you have any date in mind when we can get Mac version?
Maria Gordienko
Maker
@maria_gordienko · Communications Manager at Macphun
Hi @ruslannaz! We launched Luminar for Mac last November :) Check it out here https://macphun.com/luminar. It has a lot of awesome features, like workspaces, batch processing, more filters, plug-in integration and much more. And we also will be launching full-featured Mac and Windows versions later in 2017, so stay tuned and try out Luminar Neptune 😺
София Швец@sofi_shvets · Helping great products grow
I love it? When can we expect Mac version?
Maria Gordienko
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@maria_gordienko · Communications Manager at Macphun
@sofi_shvets it's already here! Check it out at https://macphun.com/luminar. So many cool features and tools, I hope you'll love it as much as we do. And the new version will arrive later in 2017. Stay tuned
igor komarnitskiy@nymdar4eg · Marketing manager
Awesome, Good luck
Maria Gordienko
Maker
@maria_gordienko · Communications Manager at Macphun
@nymdar4eg thanks for support!