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

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HDR projects 5 is directed at photographers not content with everyday photography and those who want to distance themselves from the mainstream. HDR projects 5 reduces the amount of time on set and provides new and innovative possibilities for transforming your photographs into brilliant works of art — all this while choosing from an intelligently adaptive tool-set part of an efficient and transparent workflow. The fully equipped Professional-Toolbox from HDR projects 5 provides access to a collection of finely adjusted Presets on the left and a variety of Expert Filters on the right. Arrange your favorite tools however you’d like, now in 4K resolution!

System Requirements:

Minimum: Windows 7/ 8/ 10, 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/hdr5pro

File Size:

54.5 MB

Licence details:

Lifetime

Price:

$99.00

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#4

I wrote this for a previous HDR Projects 4 Pro Giveaway, so I'll just copy it here with a few (err, a bunch, I'm gonna miss my Train) of updates in case it is of use to anyone.

I really like the Franzis Projects tools and some are quite excellent (their B+W converter is the best I know and Sharpen Projects is again excellent once you get away from its default attempt), so I always try to see if I can help people get over the initial learning curve. (Registering if you haven't done it for a Franzis tool before is also an adventure, but the tools are good IMHO.) I like their HDR tool (which you can easily use by taking three bracketed exposures, the correct one and typically ones at plus and minus two stops, allowing you to overcome the limited range of brightnesses cameras support in a single image) and think it is well worth installing. Another free option used to be HDR Efex 2 which is part of the Nik Tools which were Google and are now DXO, and were available as a free download when they were Google, so might still be around. Note the Nik tool is a Plugin but you can just (on Windows) drag a link to the HDR Efex 2 .exe to the desktop and go from there (although IIRC it just saves the result in a "standard" location rather than offering a choice). If you have Lightroom that also has built-in HDR support.

Note that HDR Projects 5 has a lot of options and you may need to play around a bit to get a natural looking HDR, unless you fancy doing something with a more unnatural look (although some people are not fans of highly processed HDRs others like the effect).

Oh and while I am doing a bit of a quick start guide don't forget to check out the manual, especially the stuff on Ghosting removal.

As I said it's a bit of a pain to register (unless you've done one of their tools before) but persevere and you'll get there.

Plus if anyone reading this doesn't know what HDR is, it stands for "High Dynamic Range" and is usually used to combine differently exposed photographs of a scene to end up with an image capturing a greater range of brightness than the camera can. The classic example is being in a dark room looking out on a brightly lit scene. The camera can show the detail in the room, with the Window solid white, or the detail outside the window but everything in the room is black. But taking a set of (typically three) exposure-bracketed (standard, brighter, darker) images of the scene (ideally not freehand, but that can work) you can then combine them in some HDR software and have room and outside both visible in the picture.

You can either combine multiple images into an HDR or just select a Raw file (if you have one) and work from that (it won't be as good, but a fair bit better than the JPEG).

With the HDR software in today's give-away you have an additional step beyond just opening a photograph, you have to select the images to combine and choose some options. I was very pleased to see it has support for Raw file import, although as an older version I don't know how it will do with the very latest cameras (but see at the bottom for a partial solution to this).

Once you’ve imported the images it works in basically the same way as the other Franzis Projects software.

The thing to get your brain around with the Projects software is they are 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 and choose options for them, so they are infinitely tweakable. HDR Projects adds a multiple image merging option on top.

After you've loaded the image(s) you want to work with you can then play with the canned effects on the left side, play with assorted things on the right side panel (which should start on the “Finalise” tab). I'd go with the defaults in the "HDR Preparation" dialogue initially.

Once you are happy with that changing to "Expert" in the right panel (entirely optional and can be ignored) means 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). (The options on the left are just choosing and configuring a bunch of these options for you.) I'd be inclined to ignore this for quite some time and you never have to use it.

The boxes at the top of the left panel filter the effects that are listed in the panel, so ignore them initially. 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 trying.

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, although you can save Restore points.

I literally spent 90 seconds working on an image and was really quite pleased with the result. If you don't mind the learning curve and fancy playing with HDR I'd recommend it.

Oh, and to add raw support for more recent (although not very recent) cameras download this (if you're running 64-bit Windows):
http://transfer.franzis.de/projects/RawImageDllprojects_Win64.zip
and replace C:\Program Files\Franzis\HDR projects 4 professional\FreeImage.dll (note I guessed the path as I have v5) with the dll file it contains.
If you're not running the 64-bit version of Windows, i.e. your computer doesn't have a directory "C:\Program Files (x86)" then the file you want for upgraded raw support in 32-bit Windows is: http://transfer.franzis.de/projects/RawImageDll_projects_Win32.zip
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.

Good luck and enjoy!


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...)

P.P.S. I should also say never pay full price for their software but if you want something subscribe to their newsletter and wait for the (usually) inevitable deal.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+85)

JohnL,

Excellent feedback John, and I agree, this is an excellent piece of software, especially for free. (I feel the same about some of the Ashampoo software that you can get free directly from Ashampoo.

Both companies tend to give away previous versions of most of their software catalogue. I have several Franz and even more Ashampoo programs and find i'm increasingly using those in place of other software's I've paid a lot of money for.

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Brown  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

JohnL, thanks for the helpful review. I agree that it is well worth registering with Franzis to take advantage of their generous offers.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve T  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Thanks, [ JohnL ], great insight, I'll refine:

We don't get an expanded dynamic range, we get expanded ranges within the existing dynamic range.

That is, there is no black below the black captured or displayed, and no white beyond the white captured or displayed, so the dynamic range of the capture and presentation remain the same.

But instead of there being, for example, only 256 shades from black to white, with only 64 shades between middle gray and black or white, HDR allows us to edit 256 shades between middle gray and white, and another 256 shades between black and middle gray.

When mixed down for presentation, we still can only see ~256 shades between black and white, but within each range we have defined more detail separation, perhaps expanding detail in the shadows, and in the highlights, and even in the mid-range, too.

Revisit my explanation above using number of stops instead of number of shades , and it plays out the same, I've just simplified.

The program SHOULD be able to make 3 bracketed developments from one raw file, use the [ File ], [ HDR from a single image ] feature, which it sort of does, and is an improvement, nice to have automatic.

Actually, we'd need to make the 3 developments from raw ourselves and save them as perhaps TIFs, then have HDR import them separately, because the [ HDR from a single image ] did NOT offer me 3 developments to explore before mixing.

But for images I really care to enlarge and print, I'd edit each picture element locally, for example, I prefer defog sharpening before editing, not the "Natural sharp" all over from Franzis HDR Projects 5 Pro.

And if I'm going to dig in the weeds to fine tune anything, I'm going to dig in the weeds within Photoshop where my learning is all-purpose and applicable to any image I edit for any reason.

That's why I've never used any Franzis offering beyond the first day's test, reverting back to all-purpose free IrfanView and free Adobe Photoshop ( yeah, look for it, it's out there ).

I am NOT criticizing anyone who finds Franzis HDR Projects 5 Pro appropriate for their needs and resources and purposes.

Thanks again for your terrific sharing of your exploration, that's what makes GOTD threads the got-to place to visit every day.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

"High Dynamic Range" is referring to enabling you to see more of the brightness range in the original scene. Cameras can only capture 12-14 stops of brightness (outside that range you get white at the top end and black at the bottom). What the camera's exposure system allows is for you (or it) to choose what brightness level that range is arranged about.

You can have 20 stops of brightness in a scene, so whatever exposure you choose a lot of the detail won't appear (you should get everything on a dull day with 8 stops of DR in the scene though). However by taking 3 (say) 14 stop images separated by 3 stops you get information for 20 stops of brightness (so for the Sunny Window in the dark room you have a shot showing what is outside, but that shot won't show what's inside, it will be mostly black; but you have another shot with the interior detail and the window is white). The HDR software then chooses to use the bright detail from the first image and the dark detail from another. It must map that range onto the 8 or 10 bits of brightness your monitor supports (or whatever your printer allows, etc.), but you still see a lot more Dynamic Range from the original scene. One issue is making it look natural, although some people like more unnatural looks, that's for the photographer and audience to debate (personally I'm not a fan of overblown HDR effects except in rare subjects).

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  7 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

No, [ JohnL ], as you say, you will only see the 8 or 10 bits dynamic range your monitor or printer or projetor can produce, there is no increase in dynamic range for HDR presentations, there is only the expansion of shadow detail, blended with expansion of midrage detail, blended with expansion fo highlight detail, IF you want those things.

My point is that the final presentation has no more than the dynamic range of the presentation medium regardless of the processing getting there.

But, as you say, it is an enhancement to combine a properly exposed outdoor scene through-the-window with a properly exposed indoor scene in the same picture, exactly what we did in the chemical darkroom with dodging and burning, except that in addition, HDR from multiple exposures effectively treats the range of exposures as separate dodges-and-burns to combine into a final presentation, which, of course, has a dynamic range equal-to or less-than the presentation medium.

Not that anyone understands or cares, but HDR will not produce blacker blacks not whiter whites than the presentation medium's own capabilities to produce black and white at whatever levels it already produces them.

One goal, as you suggest, is to reveal more detail information from the original scene regardless of the detail being in the shadows, midrange, or highlights.

I also find revealing clarity by doing defog sharpening, so there are different approaches to the challenge.

Thanks for exploring this and sharing.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  6 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

I downloaded this with no problem (having already downloaded HDR projects 4 as a previous offer, thank you GOTD !!).
I quickly tried it out using 2 bracketed photos of a rather impressive tree with good results, except that some white vehicles parked under the tree were shifted quite cleanly up into the lower limbs! I can't imagine how this could happen. I have tried to feed-back to Franzis Verlag, so far no response.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben Cooper  –  7 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

As I already have HDR Projects 4 Pro, I think I will let this one slip by. I'm still working on learning what I already have. What with all the other image editing, and image generating software I have got for free here, my learning has to be split between them. Some are easy to learn, while others are quite involved. My Pixarra programs are quite nice, and can interact with each other. Many of the tool in one also appear in one or more of the others, which works nicely for me.

HDR Projects is a fine bit of software, I do agree, and if I did not already have a pro version, I'd go for this one without a doubt. But as some here have posted, this Giveaway is not a pro version, so I choose to stick with the one that is. Please do not think I'm disrespectful here. I really like what I have, as it does what I expect from it.

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#26

Hi, I tried to run the mac setup (MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6), but my Mac shows the following error?
The application “Setup_Mac.app” can’t be opened.

Reply   |   Comment by Trial  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Trial, Hold the control button down when you open the app and it should give you the option to open it. Or open the system pref, security and unlock and open it. I'm running the same OSX and after it opens, it will ask for a serial number. I still haven't figured out where to get that.
geo

Reply   |   Comment by geo  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

HDR projects 4 Pro is also available for free on the Franzis (projects-software com) page.
You can have them side by side as well.
Go to the main page and in the top menu -> Giveaway

Same installation process.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

I got the email with the ID and the registration code but then it asks for a serial number. Where do I get that?

Reply   |   Comment by geo  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Sounds like a great app but when I follow the instructions in readme.txt and install using the "Setup_Mac.app", I receive this error message "The application "Setup_Mac.app" can't be opened." Only option is OK.

Using MacOS 10.15.7. And no, there is no option to open the application on the Security & Privacy, General screen.

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Not receiving any email response for HDR Project 5 activate code. The same thing happened few months ago with HDR Project 4. There are other complaints about this. Please check.

Reply   |   Comment by Viet-Nam Nguyen  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Have used ver 3 & 4 and something with a 5 in it. This one says HDR projects 5 - V5.52.02653
So maybe some confusion about "pro". Could be the Germans read "pro" as short for projects
while we interpret pro as PROfessional. Anyway works about same as before. Did seem to wipe
V4. Did send the ID & serial code (use serial in 2 places during register) right away to Outlook.c addy.
Haven't looked but V4 retained the connection with Photoshop so likely that remains.
Thanks GOTD & Franz.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

beergas, They usually have 2-3 versions for each release, "Elements", the standard one, and a "Pro" on. I haven't found new Franzis versions deleting old ones, but haven't tried every combination.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  7 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

Waiting for the registration-email for about 1 hour now. Nothing arrived yet. (Of course I've checked the spam folder.)

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Update: What took so long was the email from GOTD to send me the download link. The registration email from Franzis came instantly. Installation went fine.

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

I had an existing Franzis account, so to get the registration code, I had to sign in to my account FIRST, then request the e-mail-ed code.

Installed program and did have to restart computer. The first time I started the program after the reboot, there was a pop-up window showing a field, but the window was "incomplete" - the buttons had no names. I tried entering the received registration code into the one field, but even coping and pasting, the entered code was not the same. Killed the program with task manager. Then I restarted the program, it came up as a trial version, and then was able to activate. This time the pop-up window was "complete", the copy and paste worked as expected, and the program was activated.

So, you need your ID and registration code to get the download, then you'll need the registration code again to activate.

Reply   |   Comment by 11bravo  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

After registering and installing, it just says it is a 30 eval and requires a serial number.

Reply   |   Comment by tim mcgough  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Neverminded, you have to Re-enter the same unlock code as the registration and serial number.
Entered the registration number when it asked for serial and it successfully registered.

Reply   |   Comment by tim mcgough  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Wrong serial number! Please enter the correct serial number.

I received a message from Franzis Verlag in my email.

Many thanks for your registration of our product:
HDR projects 3 professional Windows - giveawayoftheday
Your personal customer number (user ID) is as follows: 210 ......
Your registration code is as follows: HX2WG....

Why version 3 "HDR projects 3 professional ..."?
Should this work in version 5?

Reply   |   Comment by Joona  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Joona,

I got to work myself

I uninstalled HDR projects 5, restarted the installation and provided my login information. I got a new code and it's valid.

Seems like a really great program.

Reply   |   Comment by Joona  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Joona,
see # 6 and follow the instructions

Reply   |   Comment by Marek Velsmid  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

This is the second time I have not received the registration code for apps from Franzis. The last time was a few months ago and after several attempts to resolve the issue with their support, I gave up. All I ever got was "try again" of "it should be there". Terrible service. This time I sent the request using 3 different emails and received nothing. Check spam/junk folder too. What do I have to do to get a code from these people?

Reply   |   Comment by Craig  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

[ Craig ], I wonder of you might try a proxy ( free Browsec may do ) to present yourself to Franzis and or to your email services as if you were from another country, you may have to create yet another email account while you are behind a proxy, and access it only when behind the proxy.

For comparison, I use email by Yahoo, Google, and Cox, with no filtering, no spam filtering, no proxy, and I'm in the US.

Your challenge is to discover what's different that you can control.

Let us know.

( Of course, thoroughly clean your system of malware, and try another computer, also. )

- - - - - - - - - -

To Franzis, please respond to [ Craig ] HERE at GOTD - thanks.

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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Is this Pro or not? Some places say pro and some say not? Thank you in advance!

Reply   |   Comment by unruly  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

unruly, I just installed it. It is NOT the pro version. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Nic  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

unruly, the box Photo says pro but everything else I see (now) leaves off the pro. I can confirm it is the non-pro version. I installed using instructions and everything went well.

Reply   |   Comment by rnm  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#14

OK.... Is this a stand alone program, or a Photoshop plug in?

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Pieniak  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

[ Daniel Pieniak ],

Yes.

Both.

... if your Photoshop version matches and works.

Otherwise, the stand-alone is what you'll be using.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Daniel Pieniak, I didn't need no photoshop but it looked for it

Reply   |   Comment by Mort  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Daniel Pieniak, BOTH it comes with x86 32bit and x64 64bit .8bf filters in the Plugins folder of the zip bundle.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

In the activation process I am asked for serial number, I did not have any, what do I do then

Reply   |   Comment by Keld Mortensen  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

[ Keld Mortensen ],

Click [ Internet ] DURING INSTALL to go to the web to register and get a user ID and product SN BEFORE continuing installation, otherwise you "only" get a trial.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Keld Mortensen, Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Pieniak  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

Contrary to what is suggested above (HDR projects 5 professional is directed etc.), it is not the pro version. So, if you have HDR projects 4 Pro from a giveaway here last november, carefully balance the advantages of a more recent version versus the advantages of the pro version. Unfortunately, too late for me, I erased the previous one!

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

[ ouialaraison ], we can reinstall from prior installation media anytime.
- hard drive are big and cheap, no need to erase anything.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ouialaraison, Do you have to uninstall Version 4 before installing HDR projects 5?

Reply   |   Comment by Gabi  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ouialaraison, is it worth to update?

Reply   |   Comment by Gabi  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ouialaraison, you can re-download the full HDR projects 4 Pro from the main page.
Go to the main page and in the top menu -> Giveaway

I have them now both side-by-side. No need to chose.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

I've Used HDR Projects Pro and others of their projects in the past. I also use photo editing software from other companies that are more general in editing. I don't know how many people have seen the national parks and state parks in Utah and the other Western states, but the areas most photographed areas in Bryce have amazing reddish-orange colors, as well as others. In the late afternoon, when shadows overlay the very top of the scene, I took a series of HDR photos to try to capture the entire range. HDR Projects Pro 4 was the only one to get the reddish-orange colors correct and didn't try to wash them out. Bravo, Franzis!

Reply   |   Comment by Rick_S  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#10

Not starting after instalation
Error 0xc0150004
PLEASE HELP

Reply   |   Comment by Ebba  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

[ Ebba ] R&R your computer's memory chips, clean and update everything, software and drivers, run ChkDsk, SFC, and DISM commands, reboot with nothing running but Windows, try another computer, all in an effort to find the source of the problem - I've even had to reinstall Windows to eliminate some errors.

"My other programs work" doesn't help.

Note always specify your machine, mine that I'm sitting at might be described as:
- Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601.24546)
- HP Pavilion dv5 laptop with 4 GB RAM
- Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family [Display adapter]

Let us know how it goes for you.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

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

I enter the 54 char code and get rejected:
"Wrong serial number! Please enter the correct serial number."
if i can't get it,how do you expect me buying your special?

Reply   |   Comment by eroll  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

[ eroll ], I'm guessing you have a copy-and-paste issue, I paste the SN into notepad, separate itr ny lien feeds, removing spaces at the front and end, and then copy-and-past form within notepad.

This offer here is ONLY for HPW-22126000, which is the Franzis product number which which should appear on the installation first-screen.

Let us know how it goes.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

eroll,
see # 6 and follow the instructions

Reply   |   Comment by Marek Velsmid  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

I lost all the Franzis Projects when my previous hard drive failed completely, so I have been eager to download the new projects when they have been offered. Downloaded HDR projects 5 and got my registration code. Used it to install the program, but when I used the same registration code (cut and paste) I got an error message that the code was not correct. Tried it a couple of times then entered the registration code manually with the same result.

Reply   |   Comment by Shen Andoah  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Shen Andoah, I resolved my problem by reinstalling the program and requesting a registration code. The replacement registration code was accepted without problem, and I am on my way!

Reply   |   Comment by Shen Andoah  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#7

Strange it doesn't have the latest Photoshop Elements plugins. I am using Adobe Photoshop Elements Version: 18.0 and it said it couldn't find a copy that was supported. Will that come later? Should I save the plugins folder?

Reply   |   Comment by Tom Bedwell  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Tom Bedwell, Good question. I had just posted a question if this is a stand alone program, or a Photoshop plug in. But the PS Elements question is good.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Pieniak  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Tom Bedwell, ignore the inadequacies of the old program finding a newer version than it knows about... just manually place the matching .8bf filter from the plugins folder of the downloaded bundle into the elements plugins folder make sure you match the bit widths of the the photoshop elements 18 and photoshop filter .8bf filter AND the correct bit depth of this giveaway.
There are only the two types of plugin files, and if you have 32bit build of Photoshop Elements V18 you will need to have the 32bit version of this installed but that is not an option if you have a 64bit edition of windows. It is one of those gotchas of using photoshop plugins with 32bit photoshop product on a 64bit system. You should not be able to execute the 64bit plugin from a 32bit photoshop host program... but if all are 64bit or the system is 32bit windows it should be straightforward.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

readme.txt says:
"Run the program and use the registration code from the letter as the serial number to activate the program."

I enter the 54 char code and get rejected:
"Wrong serial number! Please enter the correct serial number."

Reply   |   Comment by puku lehtoin  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

puku lehtoin,
you have not completed the registration.
-go to the home page.
-If you don't have a password, have it forwarded and logged in.
-complete the registration
-you get the second key

Reply   |   Comment by Marek Velsmid  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

It may help to know that having entered your registration code to get the software to install it remains a trial version asking for a serial number. I discovered that registration code and serial number are identical.

I thought to give it a quick try but for me the commands were not intuitive. Usually when you pull down the file menu there are words like "open" "save" and "print" and I couldn't readily see a word to click on. Although the commands are in English I get the impression they are slightly confusing translations / misunderstandings of what an English programmer would use. This is not helped by the obvious translation of something that ends up as "registration code" in one place and "serial number" in another. Obviously I will need to read the instruction manual and I don't have time for that at the moment.

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

When I click the button "Internet" no website is opened to get the registration code. Could you share the link?

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

Peter,

Maybe your security is blocking the link?

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Brown  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

after installation asking serial key, what shall i do now?

Reply   |   Comment by mohamed  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

mohamed ,

Use the registration code you received in your email. If you read below where the Registration code is located you'll see the following:

(This code is also necessary to activate HDR projects 5)

Basically you need to input the Registration code you received via email twice. Once to install the program and again when you first boot it up. This has been given away previously (I think via one of the other sites that give away software), so you may find the final step isn't needed because the reg code will already be in your registry.

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Brown  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Stephen Brown, I used the registration code on the serial number field and it keeps saying 'wrong serial number!' ?

Reply   |   Comment by Trial  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#1

I've got this version as a Chip Magazine subscriber and I like it. Haven't tried the GYOTD registration process though.

Reply   |   Comment by Martin  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)
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