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WHy Upgrade to PhotoKey Pro 3

Posted: Sat, 14th Nov 2009, 12:50am

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Barry In Las Vegas

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I just received the news on this new product. I recently purchased PHotoKey Pro 2 and am very happy with it. What new features does one get new with the upgrade. This is not very clear on the ad.

Thank you.
Posted: Sat, 14th Nov 2009, 5:53am

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Axeman

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NEW! Text engine allows you to add any text you want to your images, with control over font, size, placement, color, and transparency of the text.

NEW! Interface features a Toolbar up top with instant access to save, open, and print commands, among others. Also, the ability to reposition layers with the mouse on the canvas, instead of having to use the sliders in the Toolbox. And in the Pro version, the interface also includes a new Batch Controls palette which provides the ability to select any imported image directly from the work area at any time.

NEW! Hot Folder in Pro version allows you to select a folder and have anything included in that folder dynamically imported into the program. This is particularly advantageous for event photographers who have their camera tethered to their computer. They can shoot their images directly into the selected folder, and once there they will automatically import into PhotoKey.

NEW! Masking controls offer Bezier controls on each handle to provide much greater accuracy in following curves and creating complex mask shapes.

NEW! Advanced Spill Suppression mode offers full manual control over how spill suppression is handled for problematic images.

NEW! Filters in the Pro version include Hue Shift and Sharpen.

The Position tool offers additional control in the Toolbox, in addition to the ability to reposition with the mouse.

The Shadow Effect includes greater variety and control.

NEW! Effects include Soft Focus (Pro only) and Vignette.

The Tint Effect contains 9 new additional tint modes.

Batch handling has been fine tuned and streamlined for quicker and easier file management in the Pro version.

Printer compatibility has been expanded and improved.

I think that pretty much covers them, though its possible I missed something. Of course, the demo is freely available to all, so you can try out the new features to see if you think the upgrade is worth the cost.
Posted: Sat, 14th Nov 2009, 5:42pm

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Barry In Las Vegas

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Thanks - your information has convinced me to upgrade. Although I haven't tried it yet, just the Hot Folder is enough to make me upgrade as this will be very useful to my photo business.
Posted: Sat, 14th Nov 2009, 5:45pm

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Axeman

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The new features are very nice. Just to be clear - you still cannot tether your camera directly to PhotoKey itself, it has to be tethered to your computer for the Hot folder to work. You can try it out in the demo before purchasing as I mentioned earlier.
Posted: Wed, 25th Nov 2009, 3:49am

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FXhomer97048

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If one has VisionLab Studio does one need get also PhotoKey Pro 3? Or does VisionLab Studio do every thins PKP 3 does? I downloaded both, but don't teh difference except that PKey makes it easier to work with still images.
Posted: Wed, 25th Nov 2009, 3:57am

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rogolo

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Photokey and Visionlab are two completely separate programs with little crossover in usable features.

  • Photokey is primarily used as a tool for keying still images.

  • Visionlab Studio is a full-featured visual effects program for video. While they both have chromakey capabilities, Visionlab has many more features and engines and is designed to be used with video rather than still images.

If you will be primarily working with video and would like a wide array of digital effects (compositing/chromakey, lightsabers, color grading, particle generator, muzzle flashes, and more) Visionlab is for you. However, if you are a photographer or will be compositing still images more often, Photokey is your best bet (but it will not have special effects like Visionlab). While you can key images in Visionlab (up to HD resolutions, which is not ideal for stills), Photokey is built specifically for photos and will serve you much better in that regard.