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COLOR projects 5 (Win&Mac) Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — COLOR projects 5 (Win&Mac)

This is how image processing should be: creative, easy, quick.
$59.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 32 14 comments

COLOR projects 5 (Win&Mac) was available as a giveaway on November 21, 2023!

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COLOR projects 5 offers unique new ways to transform digital color images into magnificent works of art - all with intelligently working tools in an efficient, crystal-clear workflow.

High-end image quality: new filters, new retouching tools;
Greatest creativity: 160 image suggestions and image montages;
Simplest operation: stand-alone and filter plug-in;
Suitable for 4K interface, GPS;
Time saver: quick sense of achievement guaranteed!

System Requirements:

Minimal: Windows 10/ 8/ 7, 32 bit, processor Core Duo, 2 GB free RAM, 2 GB HDD, screen resolution 1,280 x 1,024 pixels, graphics card: DirectX-9 compatible, 128 MB, 32 bit color depth; Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, 64 bit, Intel processor, 2 GB free RAM, 2 GB HDD, screen resolution 1,280 x 1,024 pixels, Retina 2,304 x 1,440 pixels





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236 MB

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I give up...I cannot find where to register the program once I've installed and run it. This is all I get on the initial screen:
COLOR projects 5 (64-bit) - V5.52.02653
File Edit view Extras Add-ons Information
News | ImageBrowser-icon | HistoryViewer-icon | LoadImage-icon | LoadProject-icon | BatchProcessing-icon

How can I "use the code to finish the registration"?

Reply   |   Comment by MAJ  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

if you don't see the registration window, most
probably you have already had the program installed and it picked up the
previous registration.

GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Helen  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Franzis' photo editing/enhancement apps have 2 problems: 1) the majority of people use their phone's camera nowadays, and with plenty of apps & FX plus storage in the cloud, those photos will never see a PC or laptop, & 2) AI. They are aware of this, and have started to jump on the AI bandwagon, e.g., their newest Denoise app, which hopefully will get them back into the advanced hobbyist & pro markets.

Color projects 5 [std] is a bit of an odd giveaway since they've previously given away Color projects 6 Pro. Unlike their Denoise software, it doesn't really face competition from apps utilizing AI, so there's that. The closest comparison I'd make is to some of the FX you can add to a photo on your phone, not making the photo better, like you might with the recent Ashampoo photo optimizer giveaway, but making it look different. Note that because of the included presets the app does have a somewhat large hard disk footprint -- 6 Pro takes up almost 1GB.

I normally install Franzis giveaways in a VM 1st... When they use Franzis own wrapper that lets me save the actual setup file from Users\ [UserName]\ AppData\ Local\ Temp\. It also avoids the installation of older Microsoft C/C++ runtimes, which may need security updates. I just copy the program's folder to my regular copy of Windows & run & activate it there. While it's only an issue with the pro versions, I've also had to occasionally use UniExtract to extract the individual files in the setup app to get the plugins.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Re my previous post the problem has been sorted thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Andy E.  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hello, newbie here to GiveAwayOfTheDay:
Just downloaded and installed Franzis Color Project 5.
Upon launching program it immediately asked for a license number.
Was I suppose to receive a License # to enter?
Otherwise it looks like all I downloaded was a 30-day trial.

Reply   |   Comment by wktcknet  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

wktcknet, Follow the instructions in the included text file - including making an account with Franzis and the licence will appear. On future Franzis Giveaways having an account will greatly speed things up - it's a pain the first time round.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thank you for your kind offer. I input one email and got nothing. Checked spam folder too. Thinking there may have been an issue with my email, I input another email and still got nothing. Maybe it's time to reboot the box that sends these emails?!?

Reply   |   Comment by Exploro  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

As many said Franzis Projects software is always worth getting, especially when it is offered here free. When I got my new computer I could not wait for them all to be offered here free so I bought a package at a discount, watch for discounts they are offered quire often by Franzis.

The first time registration process is a bit complicated but worth doing and easier for subsequent programs..

I have Color Projects 6 PRO and this is an example of what you can do with it. Color Projects 5 should be similar.


Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

This is an old program (my copy is from 2017, my Color Projects 6 Pro is from 2018) and I think more a fun thing than a greatly useful tool, but fun is, well, fun :-)
(Unlike their Black and White Projects program, which is seriously useful tool IMHO.)

Here's what I wrote on CP5 last time it came round... with a few edits... so as always with Franzis things I'll be missing my train... ho hum...

Here's a rough getting started guide (I have v6 now, so this is a bit from memory of the changes)...

As usual a complicated registration process if it's your first time with Franzis.

Load a picture, play with the canned effects on the left side, play with the Film Type on the right side panel (which should start on the “Finalise” tab).

The boxes at the top of the left panel just filter the effects that are listed in the panel, so ignore them initially. Although one use you might want to play with is, when you run down the presets looking for ones you like, you click the * beside them to mark them as favourites. When you're done click on favourites at the top to just show those (click "All" to return to seeing all the presets). This does mean with the next image you'll have to deselect ones that are already selected, if they aren't making the cut. Of course you could also use it just to slim down to a few general favourites.

Press and hold the right mouse button on the image to see the "before" image. Double (left button) clicking on the image zooms you all the way in/out (one after the other). A mouse scroll wheel also zooms. When not zoomed fully out the left mouse button can drag the viewing area around the image.

Changing to "Expert" in the right panel you can add filters from the list at the top, select them in the middle of the panel and tweak their effects at the bottom (may need scrolling down). (I'd ignore that until you are comfortable using it, or forever for that matter.)

On a faster computer you can use the Eye icon on the toolbar to disable the preview mode and show the final image in the main window, which IMHO is worth doing. (Although note items on the toolbar can disappear if the Window is too narrow to show everything. If you don't see something you think should be there make the program's window wider.)

When saving the final image note that the first dialog, where it asks for the title, is going to write that over the image, it isn't the file name.

The main disadvantage is the lack of Undo operations, you can set restore points though (which appear in a timeline).

The thing to get your brain around is it a huge pile of image processing tools, which are gathered together into presets in the left pane. All those options do is select a bunch of processing tools (as shown in "expert") and choose options for them, so they are infinitely tweakable in the right pane.

Good luck and enjoy!

P.S. I believe this version is high-DPI (i.e. 4k/5k monitor) friendly. If you do have issues I'd recommend, on Windows 10/11, that you right mouse button the program, select Properties, then the Compatibility tab, click "Change high DPI settings", tick "Override high DPI scaling..." at the bottom of the next dialogue and select "System" or "System (Enhanced)" - see what works best for you.

P.P.S. I presume this is the Standard version and doesn't support Raw images, which isn't a big loss as their Raw support is quite outdated, but if it does and you want to use that then here's how to update it to a somewhat more recent version...

Usually the GAotD releases come with an old Raw file import library (e.g. from 2014) so straight-out-of-the-box won't support more recent cameras. However you can just copy a later version of FreeImage.dll over the one in the program's directory to help with that (although it's still not completely up-to-date).

Look in "C:\Program Files\Franzis\Color projects 5" and see it has an old version of FreeImage.dll, which is the library that decodes Raw images from your camera (you don't care if you only plan to use it with JPEGs). I replaced this with the newest version I have (once I've shut the program down so don't have a sharing error) which is:
FreeImage .dll 6924,800 26-02-19
Alas while in the past you could download later versions from Franzis the downloads haven't been updated (I just checked, they are still on a 2016 version) so you have to go to:
and download the DLL (second link down the page)
Unzip the archive and choose the correct copy (x32/x64 - if you're running the 32-bit version of Windows your computer won't have a directory "C:\Program Files (x86)") of FreeImage.dll from FreeImage\Dist (which is, same as the one I used). I did install and test this exact file and it does work with supported cameras. You don't need the archive afterwards.

Note these are still not completely up-to-date, so recent cameras may not have Raw support and you have to use the JPG or make a 16-bit TIF file in your favourite Raw processing software.
If you have a Mac you'll need to get the OSX version of FreeImage from SourceForge and replace the existing one, wherever it might be.

P.P.P.S. one other thing, sometimes they screw up and send English users an e-mail in German rather than English, just be laid back about it... it's part of their charm (err...)

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+59)

JohnL, As usual a complicated registration process if it's your first time with Franzis.

Reply   |   Comment by Nicholas Jonens  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

You can never go wrong with anything from FRANZIS. All the software is top rated! Thanks to GOTD and FRANZIS for the offer.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim C  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Jim C, The Franzis Verlag GmbH is a German publisher based in Haar, Germany and part of the WEKA Mediengruppe. Founded in 1920 as a publishing house for technical books, it now offers both technical and computer-related books and software, including the German distribution of products such as Photomatix Pro[1] and Alcohol 120%.[2]

Reply   |   Comment by Nicholas Jonens  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Nicholas Jonens, Thanks for you breakdown of the company - not sure it was necessary.

Also not sure why Jim's comment is getting negative votes!

Reply   |   Comment by RustyKnight  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

RustyKnight, see above, never show thumbs down!

Reply   |   Comment by Nicholas Jonens  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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