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

State-of-the-art image editing with a 104 handcrafted presets!
$39.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 95 (82%) 21 (18%) 44 comments

COLOR projects 5 elements (Win&Mac) was available as a giveaway on April 3, 2019!

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COLOR projects 5 elements offers you the unique new opportunity to transform digital color photos into grand masterpieces – all while utilizing intelligent tools and an efficient, crystal clear workflow. Optimise your photos with the integrated editing tools, create an impressive documentation of your holiday or create your own masterpieces that you can enjoy with friends, family and your community!

  • High end image quality. This complete set of color-correcting filters, retouch and creative effects help you to give your photo a unique and personal look.
  • Easy usage. Image editing was never as easy as now. Over a 100 image suggestions will be presented to you within seconds.
  • Universal application. All popular types of camera image files can be processed — including RAW.

System Requirements:

Minimum: Windows 10/ 8/ 7, Prozessor Core Duo, 2 GB HDD, 1.280 x 1024 Pixels Screen Resolution, Graphic: DirectX-8-compatible, 128 MB, 32 bit colour depth; Mac OS X ab 10.7, 64 Bit, Prozessor Intel/G5, 2 GB HDD, 1.280 x 1024 Pixels Screen Resolution

Publisher:

FRANZIS Verlag GmbH

Homepage:

https://www.projects-software.com/color/color-projects-5-elements

File Size:

224 MB

Price:

$39.00

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#23

MAC Version howto get it work

The setup is NOT executeable:
(1) extract SETUP.APP to local directory
(2) open Terminal
chmod +x /Users/XXXXX/Downloads/Setup.app/Contents/MacOS/*

Then you see the registration side

Reply   |   Comment by ---  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with using 'Patches' on FRANZIS Giveaway Software? I found several on their website here: https://www.projects-software.com/updates

There is distinction, as some appear as 'updates/upgrades', some as 'patches'.. We know that updates to any GOTD Software are not allowed as they might turn activated Programs into time limited Trials, Upgrades are naturally paid option, but Patches? Are they Free making also Giveaway Software 'more stable' without ruining for life status?? I couldn't find anything relating to usage of Patches on FRANZIS help section hence my question. Thanks in advance for clues on that subject.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

fran,
>"I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with using 'Patches' on FRANZIS Giveaway Software?"
In the past, I have looked at the page you referenced, but the patches have always been for older versions of the software. I just went back to check it out again. I downloaded one to see what it contains (COLOR Projects). It is a setup file, and it was in German, so I did not continue. Since I didn't go through with it, I cannot tell if it is a real "patch" the way the word was originally used with software. Their use of the word "Patch" may not be different from a full install of a program.

The original idea of the word "patch" for software was to replace parts of a program without having to install the entire program again. The original use goes all the way back to the days when programs were on punched tape. A section of the tape could be cut out and new section used to replace it (patching) the program. In the mainframe days, the time required to install a program could be a considerable amount of time. Rather than do a complete install, a "patch" file could be used to replace parts of the installed program.

As software programs became more of a mass production for large numbers of users (early personal Computer days), getting the "path" from the developer was also a concern. Either the developer had to use postal mail to ship out the "patch" (expensive) or patches could be downloaded from a bulletin board/remote computer using a dial-up modem. Rather than download a full installable program, the user could download a patch a lot quicker.

To create the patch file, the developer would create a corrected version of the software, then compare it with an un-patched version. The differences could be saved in a small file. Once in the hands of the user, they used a binary editor, or used a "patch editor" either manually, or an automated one that read in the different patch parts and where in their program those parts were to replace. The process was a lot quicker than doing a full install of course.

Sometimes patches replaced a certain number of bytes with the same number of replacement bytes, or they could "insert" new bytes, or do a combination of both. Patch handlers improved, and now, very often, a program can "path" or "update' itself.

Patches were not necessarily considered "enhancing" the program, as much as "correcting" it. It could be to correct a misspelling, or even change a language. A very common patch was to correct a security issue. The patched program did not have any new features, nor even worked differently, but now a security vulnerability had been eliminated.

These days, with faster Internet connectivity, we do not see the word "patch" as often; programs can easily "correct" themselves. So you never know what some other company means by the word "path" anymore.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

How on earth do I receive my registration code?

Reply   |   Comment by Steven  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#20

They sent me the registration info within seconds; everything went smoothly by following their directions. Excellent software. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#19

cannot locate registration detail in either mail nor spam. I need it before GOTD time limit runs out

Reply   |   Comment by bribam  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

I had no problem downloading or activating. The registration code in the email is also the serial number used to activate the product. It's a great deal... for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

I clicked the internet button per the instructions and entered my e-mail address but never received an e-mail with user id or password.

Reply   |   Comment by Kenneth Yarbrough  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Where do I get the serial number from for Color projects elements 5.

I received an customer number and a registration code which I entered. The program then installed but when I run the program it asks me for a serial number which I don't have.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Brian,
Simple. The registration code you entered to install the program will be the same registration code you'll enter to activate the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Brian,
Just found out that you enter the registration number as the serial number. I tried this before but it didn't work...this time it worked.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

If you have signed up with an account with a software offering before at franzis.com, like I did, getting the registration code for this offer is as easy as logging into my account first, then click on on Setup.exe then click "Internet" button, submit your email and log in password and voila, my reg code was sent instantly to my email and that info can also be found, for future use, when you log in at franzis.com. I now have a total of four Franzis software products from GOTD. I look forward to using this program on RAW image files I have.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Boy, what a waste. You download/unzip/log into their stuff, tell them everything there is to know about you, click a couple of more things, get another email, enter into the screen, then the setup is downloaded to install the product, and then it wants yet another key. And all you will get is a 30 day trail.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Green  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Rob Green,
Enter the registration number you received into the serial number box to extend past the 30 days trail.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#13

I found this program quite easy to register on Windows 10, but the size of the fonts in the program is so tiny you have to use a magnifying glass to read it. Then when I got a picture the way I liked it, I couldn't find any way to save it in a normal picture format such as .jpg. It wants to save in it's own format and then you can't open it in any other program. Could someone tell me how to save it as a .jpg? I could handle the magnifying glass, but why bother if you can't do anything with the pictures?

Reply   |   Comment by Sylvia  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Sylvia,

Read my comment #5 about the tiny text/fonts issue on high-DPI displays. Maybe that can help you.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Sylvia,
>"Could someone tell me how to save it as a .jpg?"

When you are finished with the settings, under the File menu, there is the option "Save final image Ctrl+S"

After clicking that option (or pressing Ctrl+S), your image will show up in a new window. You might not even realize it is a new window over top of the "editing" window because it might open up at the same size. It does look a little different (drag the top bar of this window to see the editing window behind it). Anyway, at the bottom right of that window, you will have a "Save" and a "Cancel" button. You can enter a title on this window as well. Click the Save button, and you should now see the standard Windows style Save dialog.

Even though you may have originally started with a jpeg image, the default save option will show the filename with the TIF extension, and below the filename, the Save as type choice will likely be TIF 8-Bit (*.tif). If the program you want to do further editing (or viewing) with does not support the TIF file format, you can choose another file type.

If you click on the TIF 8-Bit (*.tif) or use the down arrow at the far right, you will see the different file types you can save the image in. You should get at least two for jpeg (8-Bit (*.jpg) and 16-Bit (*.jp2)). The most common is the standard 8-Bit jpg. Choose that one and your image will be saved as a jpg file format.

By default, the file is saved back to the same folder as your original image. Depending on other settings, your save to filename may end up being the same as the original. It is always a good idea to copy any image you wish to work with to a different folder, just in case you accidentally save a file over your original.

Keep in mind that jpg is not a file type like other file formats. Every time you save a file as a jpg file, the jpeg compression algorithm is applied to the image. It is a lossy format, meaning what is removed for the compression can never be restored. If you were to do nothing to a jpeg file but just save it, then start with that file, open and save it again, repeating the process over and over, finally, your image would slowly turn into a much more worse image.

The amount of compression applied each time is usually in some settings elsewhere in a program, if it is not offered to you when you start to save the file. In the case of COLOR Projects, you need to go into the Extras Menu (top row), then choose Settings. The Settings dialog has 4 tabs (Program, Export, Save formats, and Automatic). Click the Save formats, and you will see the default settings for JPG files.

The default "quality" setting is 95%. Some programs use a default of 90%. You can think of it as the amount of your original image quality that you want to keep, however the re-compression does work exactly like that; in fact, at 100%, there is still some loss. the main point is that the lower that number is, the more compression will be applied. At even 25%, you might not notice a lot of difference initially (depending on the image) unless you repeat that open and save process I mentioned. The lower that number, the faster the image will deteriorate if you were to do the save, open, save repeat cycle.

The jpg file format was intended for compressing images (specifically photos) that have a lot of data that would not be noticed if missing, when presented on the computer screen, such as on a webpage. It works well with things like trees and grass, but not so well with a clear sky that slowly changes color from foreground to background, and even worse for anything that has straight lines in it, such as buildings or with text. Sadly, a lot of images with text on the Internet have been saved with the jpeg file format, and often over and over until they are hardly readable. I try to never save in the jpeg file format because there are better options, such as PNG.

As a result, you might want to consider saving your images in another format, such as PNG, which is not a lossy format, or the TIF file format.

The most concerning part of your comment is "It wants to save in it's own format and then you can't open it in any other program."

The second part of your statement "then you can't open it in any other program" is far from accurate. Most graphics programs, especially photo editing software programs should be able to open the TIF file format, and other common photo image file formats.

""It wants to save in it's own format"
Also, the TIF file format is not Franzis or COLOR Project's file format. It is a very common graphics file format, and it does have several advantages over the jpeg file format. It has been around since before Franzis was producing photo software.

Without knowing what other program you are using, or its version number, I do not know why you would not be able to open other common file formats. Most image processing (or image viewing) software also have the file format choice under the file name when you go to open a file. Click on it to see if you can then see the other file format choices.

Regardless, best of luck to you; at least you should now be able to save your file as a jpeg (*.jpg) file.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Sylvia, to save a result:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3o6dtdxajkmpucd/Opslaan.png

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

I have been trying all day to download today's give away; however, when I put in my email address (or use Facebook) I never get the link or the download. Can this be corrected, I would like to try this software.

Reply   |   Comment by Henry  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#11

ZIP File downloaded and Setup.App for Mac extracted -> does NOT work!!!!
Seems to be that ZIP is wrong (112 MB, the demo Version is around 192 MB)

Reply   |   Comment by ---  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

Downloaded and installed, received id and registration codes but the program states the registration code is incorrect and I am left with the trial version..??

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Ron, Enter your personal user ID and the registration code in the designated boxes of the software.

Reply   |   Comment by Maria  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Maria , Thanks for reply but I did enter the ID and code in the boxes only to be told they are incorrect. once the trial period expires I will delete it.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

I have attempted to get the last 4 Franzis products from Give-Away-of-the-Day... was able to downloaded each, but NEVER in all 4 instances ever received the activation codes. I have Franzis account... which lists all the downloads... but NONE were ever activated as Franzis NEVER sent the codes to activate them. I have sent Franzis two separate emails regarding this but gotten NO response from them. They might have good software, but I can't comment any of them due to Franzis' total lack of responsiveness.

Reply   |   Comment by Pat  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#8

Franziz may indeed require some hoop-jumping (to quote another's phrase) in registration but if one is worried about the collection and storage of personal data, it is a simple process to use a temporary address and supply fictitious personal details.

One can then retain or close the email account, as one prefers.

Is that against the spirit of the offer? Possibly

Reply   |   Comment by Just Me  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Just Me, I actually think that is a bad idea, as I have been registered with Franzis for a long time and the only negative is once in a blue Moon they sent me an e-mail in German, although they seem to have greatly improved on that recently. The reason to use a real e-mail address is for the ease of downloading future downloads.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#7

Installs with no problem in Windows 10. Tried to install on iMac but it won't go past registration; crashes every time.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

Installed in Win8.1, no problems, already an account.
Just loaded a simple photo from a mobile and played with the standard filters:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/clgrd22y56wy8ve/FilterToepassen.png
And saved the result with some text on it, the name of the filter:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3o6dtdxajkmpucd/Opslaan.png
Also some strange effects with Corrections, Erase scratches/sensor errors:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qw7fxawood3xp38/Corrections.png
Some originals and some results
https://ootjegotd.stackstorage.com/s/o8SyIfGkHtPFu2f
(no need to download, just use the preview function: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ukfo7xjybwxfa6s/Stack.png)
Ootje

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#5

Followed the back-and-forth directions (in README.TXT) to achieve successful installation -- thank you, GOTD and Franzis, for this offer.

However, as with installations of previous Franzis Projects titles, on my 4K display (a high-DPI laptop) COLOR projects 5 elements also required a tweak of the "Properties" to make this application much easier to read on screen.

These tweaks have been repeatedly discussed in the past. Here is a link to a forum discussion dealing with the high-DPI issue (towards the end; search for "DPI"; also includes other installation advice):

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/467145

As many times as this has been brought up in the past, I'm surprised that Franzis has not fixed/updated their applications to work better with increasingly-common high-DPI displays, or added some sort of display monitor screen auto-detect feature to their installer for automating the suggested Property" tweak.

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

HMarx, Interesting, Franzis tweaked most of their software to work well on 4k displays a while back, I guess CP5 happened just before that.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

No support for the Canon 6D Mk II. Useless for me.

Reply   |   Comment by rob  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

rob, In what way? I don't think this software supports Raw file importing (you need the Standard or Pro version) but will happily work with JPEGs and TIFFs.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

rob, it's not camera specific, if it works for 1 canon it will work for all cr2 files. I would never send a camera raw file to a non-raw editor, edit it properly then export out as a 16 bit tiff.

Reply   |   Comment by dave  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

dave, not true. Several older versions of photo editors do not support newer codex. Windows 10 doesn't even support the new 6D MkII

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Guimont  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

JohnL, The description, above, led me to believe it did support RAW. Regardless, when attempting to open a file, the app can not display the thumbnail for RAW images from my camera. It also allowed me to open the RAW file, but the entire image had a dark shade of purple.

Reply   |   Comment by Robertag  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

CAUTION: Please note that this not the full package or the standard edition. This edition has the word "elements" added to the name.

Typically, we have seen Franzis give the previous version of their products when a new version has been released. The value/regular price for the full COLOR Projects has been $99 on other "giveaway" websites.`

We were first given (at GOTD) the "elements" edition of version 4 on August 14, 2018, and with the retail price set at $69. Ref: https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/color-projects-4-elements/

Even though the version 4 giveaway stated that the regular price was $69, this (v5) edition has the retail value set at $39.

It looks like they are now giving away only the elements edition of their COLOR Projects, and its retail price is dropping.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

Gary, I wouldn't worry about the retail pricing, as if you want the #6/Pro version you just want to subscribe to their newsletter and wait for a deal. For example the 16th March newsletter had it for $59, a Jan newsletter had it for $69. #5/Standard was $25 in the Feb 16th Newsletter.

Realistically they give these things away hoping a percentage of people will upgrade, and ideally to generate a little buzz. I think Elements is still a decently fun thing for people to play about with and I suspect a lot of people would just stay with that.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

JohnL,

I totally agree; I do keep track of their offers via newsletter and several other software sites. My point was for anyone that might not realize that this was not the full package, which they have given away for other pieces of their software in the past when a new version comes out. The retail price is just an clue that it is not the full package, but if someone didn't also know about the retail prices, they might think it is the full package.

The "elements" edition is a great software package on its own, and like you said, it is what a lot of people would be fine with.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Summary - it's a bit of fun to try different looks on your images. IMHO worth a look if you're into photography (even quite seriously, as it can be seen as an ideas factory).

If you haven't registered a Franzis program before the first time involves a certain amount of hoop-jumping-though. If you use a real e-mail address subsequent ones are easy. It's worth getting their Newsletter as if you want to buy one of their programs there are frequent large discounts.

Note their programs come in up to three flavours (Elements, standard and Pro) and the pricing can be all over the place with offers, also they keep selling older versions so pay attention to what you're getting (Color Projects 6 Pro is the current whizziest).

Their English web site has fallen behind on comparisons, but you can compare 5 elements with the standard version of 5:
https://www.projects-software.com/compare/2/77,76/color-projects-5-elements-vs-color-projects-5

In this version you don't get the Expert tab, which is handy if you really want to optimise something, but 99% of people won't care. Some people may miss the Raw option, but last I looked they weren't up-to-date with camera support even on the latest products.

BTW (I haven't used 5 Elements as I have a later version, but this is what they do) note the first dialog box when saving will be to crop the image and the text box is for text to write over the image. The file-name is given after you click past that.

Think of it as a souped up Instagram filter, allowing many looks and also adding colour film emulation on top of the looks so you can have nearly endless combinations.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

P.S. "buy" not "but" and right-mouse-button the image to see the unmodified version...

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#1

Software is good but the registration process is too long and intrusive. They also want to keep all your data like name, e-mail, birth dates etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul90  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)

Paul90, I found once I had an account with them, very easy to register new software..yes they need name and email, but who said needs to be proper name or birthdate..I think Franzis just wants to make sure not getting overwhelmed by bots.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
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