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Focus Projects 4 (Win&Mac) Giveaway
$69.00
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Giveaway of the day — Focus Projects 4 (Win&Mac)

The Focus Stacking software for professional applications!
$69.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 88 (87%) 13 (13%) 66 comments

Focus Projects 4 (Win&Mac) was available as a giveaway on July 15, 2020!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$29.95
free today
The voice changer software highly optimized for gaming fun.

Create textbook macros, razor-sharp and with details like you’ve never seen before. With the new technologies of FOCUS projects 4 you can create state-of-the-art macro photos which have a fascinating depth of focus and bring extraordinary details to light.

Main Features:

NEW: HQ Stacking with 64-bit Calculation.
NEW: Focus Boost Technology for even greater sharpness.
Significance Testing for your Focus Stack.
Up to 30 Sharpness Levels.
Extra Presets for faster results in an unique quality.
Extra Expert Filter Set.
Removal of Scratch and Sensor Errors.
SCA method for finest Colour Details.
Colour Tone Module.
Selective Tool for Image Retouching.
Intelligent Automatic Image Optimizer.
Undo Function with Timeline Display.
3D Function: three-axis rotation 3D Lighting.
Export as Web Page, Video or 3D VRML Object and almost any other Image Format.

System Requirements:

Minimum: Windows 10/ 8 /7 (32 Bit), Processor Core Duo, 2 GB HDD, 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), Processor Intel/G5, 2 GB HDD, 2 GB HDD, 1.280 x 1024 Pixels Screen Resolution

Publisher:

FRANZIS Verlag GmbH

Homepage:

https://www.projects-software.com/focus

File Size:

145 MB

Licence details:

Lifetime

Price:

$69.00

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#33

Yeah no. Giving this a thumbs down because I signed up with about 3-4 hours left on the Giveaway and fell asleep waiting looking at my e-mail for my registration code to sign up after install. Never received one.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Anderson  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#32

Still waiting for my USER-ID and personal registration code. It is not in my Junk folder either. Program is installed, but not available to run yet. Please assist.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Whitby  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#31

Still waiting for my USER-ID and personal registration code. It's not in my Junk folder. Program is installed, but not available to run yet. Please assist.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Whitby  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#30

Have download when extracting "Win setup faild"
Pls. FRANZIS Verlag GmbH contact me i could provide you with a '"screndump"
Have downloaded twice but got ERROR "0x80004005: unspecified "on WIN setup

Rgds

Reply   |   Comment by k-m Ohls  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#29

thank you. everything went fast and smooth. lasted five minutes

Reply   |   Comment by Karol Jan  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

wow... that's a lot of hoops to jump thru just to get the program downloaded and activated. Glad I didn't wait til the last minute. too tired now to explore the program. sure hope it is worth the extra effort.

Reply   |   Comment by Barbara Ames  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#27

Downloaded, clicked on get the serial/pass no reply after several hours and tries. Just wasting my time. Not the first time I have had a problem, but other times no problem. Frustrating.

Reply   |   Comment by pboorah  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Kyle,
How did you get the MAC installer to work with Catalina??

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Emola  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#25

I am registered, as I already had an account, but still waiting for an email to finish the process so I can use the program. No sign of an email for twenty minutes.

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#24

Seems impossible to set up the software. A lot of data has to be entered. I've never seen a complicated set up process like this before.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard Spratt  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Its not working on MacBook... WHY??? Showing Error "The application “Setup_Mac” can’t be opened."

Reply   |   Comment by Anant Vijay soni  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

I installed the program and the email was sent right away. all well until the last box where it said to enter a SERIAL NUMBER. Where is the serial number?

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

The application “Setup_Mac.app” can’t be opened.
Why won't the mac app install?? Catalina OS

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Emola  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#20

The application “Setup_Mac.app” can’t be opened.
Why won't the mac app install?? Catalina OS

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Emola  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

No e-mail with activation data (yes, the spam box was also checked) . The valid address was given during registration .
:(

Reply   |   Comment by Artur Babecki  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#18

Downloaded installed on Windows7 Home Premium when tried to open it shows only a pop up with message
THE APPLICATION WAS UNABLE TO START ERROR 0X15004
PLEASE HELP !!

Reply   |   Comment by Julia  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#17

Downloaded installed on both Mac Catalina 10.15.5 and Win 10 home No issues with either install. I find it useful to log into my Franzis account before I run the install but today I forgot and still received my email quickly and registration was not an issue.

Thanks for a great app - I didn't realize what this versin cold do.

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

Kyle,
How did you get the MAC installer to work with Catalina??

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

Peter Emola, Hi...extracted zip -it contained 4 files - double clicked on the Setup_Mac.app.
That opened the on line registration dialogue box, clicked the internet button which opened the web page.
Entered my email address and password (I've used other products before).
Hit the send button.
Received the email with details.
Entered the user ID and serial number.
Hit the Register button and the install started.
Was was presented with the usual finder window with the FOCUS projects 4.app and user manual. Dragged the FOCUS projects 4.app to Applications and followed the prompts.
Selected the FOCUS projects 4.app
Had to enter the serial number again
The app launched and I started using it. :):)

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

I dl the program but I do not see a blue button. I did not get a reg #

Reply   |   Comment by Fran  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#15

Went through all the steps and received a registration number and user ID. Installed and now it asks for serial number. Copy and paste registration number and hit activate. Message Wrong serial number.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken Shiro  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Ken Shiro, Hey :) Maybe when you copied and pasted the reg number you included a space after it. Pasting it in worked for me.

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

Correct, Ken Shiro, your ID and the program LICENSE are used to install the program, and when the program starts, it wants the LICENSE again.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

I don't know if I've been a daily viewer here for 15 years or 20, but I've never had to jump through so many hoops to download a freebie before!
All went well but SO many steps! Copy, paste, password, registration. Back and forth, back and forth. It did take me about 15 minutes. In Franzis' defence, all the emails came quickly and the Read Me file was clear. If anyone here has difficulty with the setup... using the program will definitely cause confusion. I have been an almost daily user of Photoshop for 20 years so I just want to compare the results of this program to my usual focus-stacking workflow in PS. (I have never had a camera with this feature onboard).
Thank you GOTD and Mr. Verlag.

Reply   |   Comment by Gupstock  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Gupstock, did you find it better then photshop? or affinity photo?

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

Gupstock, I am also a PS user. Have you been able to compare the results yet? Would bi very interested in your findings.'

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

To [ Gupstock ], verlag is German for publishing company.

... like thanking Mr Company of the Ford Motor Company.

It's the Franzis Verlag, or the Franzis Company.

Yes, they make us dance, we get our own ID, and each program get's a license, we use ID and license to install, and license to run first time, an unprecedented routine.

Do you use a Photoshop routine from some web tips-and-trick site to stack?
.

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

I can't even get an email from them :-(

Reply   |   Comment by Vernardo  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#12

When downloaded it comes up Focus Pro 3? What's with that, is 3 the same quality as Pro 4?

Reply   |   Comment by Joseph  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

To [ Joseph ], try again, you may have v3 in your installation directories already from a previous offer, and you are clicking on that, this is v4.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

I am not easily impressed, but this software company does make an excellent product. As mentioned earlier, the only negative so far is the small text in the menu. They are difficult to read without a magnifying glass. Installed and tested and works as promised. Nice job!

Reply   |   Comment by AFPhantom2  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

AFPhantom2, You can increase the UI elements like text by locating the app itself in Program Files > Franzis > FOCUS Project 4 and then right-click on the app and click on properties. Under the compatibility tab click on Change High DPI settings. Check the first box and then in the drop-down select "I open this program" and then check Override and highlight "System". OK it. Close the program and reopen it and everything will be larger.

Reply   |   Comment by BCE  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

Where do I find the serial number?

Reply   |   Comment by Claude Felbert  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Claude Felbert,

Run the installer, click "Internet" button and get re-directed to the online page.
Fill in your email first and then your password for Franzis account if you already have one
or you'll be required to create one. Click the blue button "Request registration code".

After this, you'll receive your USER-ID and personal registration code to your registered email address.

Please paste both values within the registration form of the software and confirm your input by hitting the "OK" button.

Run the program and use the registration code from the letter as the serial number to activate
the program.

Reply   |   Comment by rich  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#9

Unable to install on a Mac, installer package will not run

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Spencer  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Chris Spencer,
Same Here- Catalina OS

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Emola  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

They are a very well established company that makes software for photo editing that does each process that it is specifically made for very well, and fairly easily. I have bought and used several of their editing projects in the past, and recommend them highly.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick_S  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#7

Which is preferable Focus Projects 4 or Focus Projects 3 Professional ?

Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

rww,
the giveawayoftheday is for the Focus 4 version. You would have to buy the Focus 3 Pro version.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

rww,

As in the past, I have just installed this newer version of the Franzis Projects title alongside the already-installed older version and both continue to work fine (thank you once again, Franzis and GOTD!).

That way you could keep both or compare and decide to delete one -- let us know what you find!

(Unfortunately I don't have the time to compare for myself at the moment, but will report back later if/when I do.)

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Bob, The question was "Which is preferable".

Reply   |   Comment by Brooks  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#6

Managed to somehow lose the serial number, now I have 30 day trial.
Oh well.

Reply   |   Comment by chas  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

chas,

They email it to you

Reply   |   Comment by rich  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

To [ chas ],

- aside from having the program license in an email we received ( an ID and a license used to install ),

- we can always use or email address and ask for any prior ID and any prior program license again at [ https :// www. franzis. de/account ].

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

And at [ https :// reg. franzis. de/en/account ], click on [
REQUEST REGISTRATION CODE ] there.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

Downloaded and installed as easy as pie....smooth as silk. ( It helps if you have your registration handy ) fortunately I do so there was no problem at all. I haven't tested the software yet...but I'll be VERY surprised if it doesn't work as well as the other software I've had from then. Many thanks !

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#4

All of Franzis projects are great. I own most of these programs and these will work with Photoshop, etc. or Stand Alone. I think that these programs would be really nice if they freely downloaded their 'Community Effects' like SmartPhotoEditor does...just an idea. I hope my 2 cents helps here. Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#3

I click on INTERNET and fill in my email address, tick the two boxes and ... NO BLUE BUTTON "Request registration code"?

I have tried on Firefox and Edge on two PCs

Reply   |   Comment by WCS.Tony  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

In response to [ WCS.Tony ], who can't get the clicker blue box in Mozilla or Chrome ...

... this is a Microsoft Operating System giveaway page, try Microsoft Internet Explorer ( yeah it's there ).

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-26)

Peter Blaise,
I don't quite understand that MS comment, Firefox and Edge are both running on MS on my PCs.
Anyhow, just tried Internet Explorer and NO?
Here is the screenshot if that will help - snipboard.io/ogLpz1.jpg IE
And in Firefox https://snipboard.io/QeBYRi.jpg

Reply   |   Comment by WCS.Tony  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Peter Blaise,

MY APOLOGIES
It looks like I have already registered with you, a few years back, and forgot all about it.
Thank God for LastPass!

I have now received my registration code.

SORRY

Reply   |   Comment by WCS.Tony  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

To [ WCS.Tony ], who shares screen shots showing blue [ Send ] buttons at Franzis registration page ...

... it seems okay for you now, that's good.

PS - I ain't Franzis, I'm just a fellow GOTD end-user participant, giving back for all the help others have tendered here.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

FRANZIS Verlag GmbH software seems as great tools. But, I cannot use any of them because they do not open properly on my 2560 x 1440 display resolution laptop. Each of their programs I’ve tried opens with a too-small interface and unreadable menus. I’ve tried to fix that with every compatibility setting windows 10 enables but neither worked and solved the issue. I wrote the company several times, describing the problem and asked for a resolution. Never got an answer. So, with some sorrow, I’m no longer even trying to install their tools.

Reply   |   Comment by Gideon Meiry  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

In response to [ Gideon Meiry ], who can't get no resolution to their resolution problems ( I see what you did there ) ...

... change your screen resolution to 1,280x720.

Yeah, software companies have absolutely no idea what to do with all the real estate we have on our screens nowadays.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

Gideon Meiry, High definition display does have a problem with older software including a lot of office type programs.
This works for me on all these programs. Go to properties, then compatability, at the bottom click on change settings for all users (or High DPI settings). High DPI scaling override, in dropdown change from application to system
click the tick box.
exit should new see a proper readable size program window

Reply   |   Comment by Guernsey  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Change my screen resolution because of a single incompatible software? Thanks but I’ll pass.

Reply   |   Comment by Gideon Meiry  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Guernsey,
Thanks, this indeed works (just tested with the software offered here). But, when the program opens under these settings, its interface looks very old and the whole look of it is blurry.
It appears that computer screens, being developed into higher resolutions, leave two options for older programs. (1) their developers will update them to properly fit newer evolving screens resolutions, or, (2) they will be abandoned by users.

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

Gideon Meiry,

It's pretty simple to do when you need to use the software and then switch back.

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

Gideon Meiry,

This has happened to me in the past with their titles. The fix (for me, anyway) is discussed in comment #5 here:

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

Hope it works for you.

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

HMarx,
Thanks,
I've tried several fixes and could bring FRANZIS products to finally display a readable menu. But this comes with a trade off - the program interface looks blurry. After all, I’m not a graphic professional who needs such tools for daily work. I download such tools to keep for occasions when I wonder whether a figure I’m using could be tweaked to look better. So such a tool is not a must for me and I can search for other tools.
This however makes me wonder from a commercial perspective, why FRANZIS do not bother to update their tools? Graphic designers would probably use the best screens available. They are also the type of persons who pays for professional tools. If a company like FRANZIS doesn’t keep its tools up-to-date in terms of compatibility with ever-evolving hardware, how do they expect to be competitive in the market of graphic designing tools?

Reply   |   Comment by Gideon Meiry  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

In response to [ Gideon Meiry ], who does not want to change display resolution between programs ...

Yeah, BETWEEN programs,

... something that we all CAN do if we want to see a program on screen that ain't smart about using our full display screen the way we prefer.

Yes, we can toggle all of our display screen settings to make us happy, there are about 7 different places to adjust the
- shape and size of our screen dimensions,
- resolution,
- fonts size,
- menu size,
- and some other stuff depending on happy-talk between disparate programmers.

One would think that after 40+ years of PC development, programmers would have automated this by now.

But noooooo, we end users are still the ones who have to do all this stuff manually.

Yeah, manually.

Because Franzis programmers are toooooooo lazy to incorporate a "... hmm, let's look at the shape and size of the screen we are landing on, and adjust accordingly ..." internal utility.

To their credit, Franzis DOES have a menu size control ... BUT all the other items within the program stay so tiny and low contrast that I cannot for the life of me resolve their contents no matter what I do.

Hence the need ( need ? ) to toggle screen resolution between programs ... and font size ... and fonts choices ... and menu sizes ... and who knows what else?

C'mon, Franzis, you are PHOTOGRAPHY software, and photographers have BIG, HIGH RESOLUTIONS screens.

So, Franzis, will you address this in v5?

Thanks for exploring this and sharing.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

rww, especially if you do not mind your desktop icons being shifted on each reolution change... ugh no thanks!

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

TK,
Fortunately I don't have that problem as I use my own photos as wallpaper and keep my desktop free of clutter using the Start Menu or Windows search box to access programs (now called apps).

Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

INSTANTLY received the registration info via email, and everything took the way it should. I was a little confused by what the personal ID is to actually activate the software, but it is just the same as the "personal unlock code" they sent. Another fine software product from this great company! Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

In response to [ M. Aronson ], who thinks a Franzis personal ID ia a personal unlock code ...

... it's your customer number at Franzis, and you'll use it over and over with every different Franzis screen-toy, as well as when signing in to the mother ship and retrieving codes over the years.

Franzis integrates a specific customer number with a specific software edition license registration number for each edition of Franzis software.

Too bad they can't integrate their different software offerings with each other so they all appear under one integrated program screen as we add more Franzis products, allowing us to use them together on our pictures on one session.

It's like buying Photoshop a piece at a time, but never being able to put all the pieces together.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
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