RealWorld Photos public beta released

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RealWorld Photos public beta released

Published by on January 10th 2008.

After almost a year, the RealWorld Photos application, while still in beta-phase, is stable enough to be released to the general public. The application is focused on photo retouching and batch image processing. A simple user interface is built on top of a powerful core with a couple of unique functions. The end product is a tool suitable for both beginners and professional photographers.

Main features

Editing an image in RealWorld Photos 2007.1 beta

  • Basic drawing tools - pencil, brush, line, curve, rectangle, ellipse, polygon, flood-fill, selection & transformation, dropper, text.
  • Photographer’s tools - crop, red-eye remover, cloning, retouching (brighten, darken, soften, sharpen).
  • Basic filters - color adjustments, drop shadow, glow, blur, sharpen, etc.
  • Ability to use filters compatible with Adobe Photoshop.
  • Display EXIF information.
  • Convert among basic image file formats - BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, JPEG2000, read-only support also for TIFF, PCX, PSD.
  • Automatic alpha channel.
  • Lossless and partially lossless JPEG modification.
  • Customizable menu, toolbars and window layout.
  • Use mouse gestures to apply filters, change drawing tools, undo, redo, etc.
  • Powerful scripting subsystem - use native filters and drawing tools from JavaScript code to create custom filters and effects.
  • Batch processing - apply custom operations on multiple files at once.
  • Open interface - create plug-ins to enhance application functionality. RealWorld Photos is (most likely) the most extensible graphic editor out there - plug-ins can add support for more image codecs, operations, menu commands, drawing tools, fill styles, windows, file storage media, wizards and scripting enhancements. SDK will be released in a couple of weeks.

Limitations of the beta version

The “beta” state indicates that the most important features are already in place and working. On the other hand, the application is not finalized and you may experience errors or unexpected behavior. Always keep a backup of the file you are editing.

The beta version will stop working in 2009. A final version is expected to be ready in second half of 2008.

Installation package download

Installer can be downloaded from RealWorld Photos homepage.

Recent comments

user icon The Sword of the Heart registered user on February 8th 2008

I use the GIMP for most graphics purposes. While it’s still probably a bit more powerful, the batch-process feature is attractive. I never liked my freeware Picasa - I’ll give it a try.

user icon Vlasta site administrator on February 8th 2008

Yes, the GIMP is more powerful when it comes to creation of artificial 2D computer graphics. RealWorld Photos is mainly for photographers who want to retouch a few things on their photos or process them in batches.

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