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Helicon Filter Stereo 5.5.4 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Helicon Filter Stereo 5.5.4

Helicon Filter is an image editor that fits both beginners and advanced users.
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User rating: 236 (82%) 53 (18%) 79 comments

Helicon Filter Stereo 5.5.4 was available as a giveaway on February 11, 2016!

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Helicon Filter is an image editor for both beginners and advanced users. The program interface is organized in a way to make it all clear from the first glance needing no preliminary training – each tab contains all you need for a specific image editing task. All the editing you make is applied to the copy of the image that is created automatically, so whatever you do you will always have your original image kept intact. Helicon Filter also has got a printing utility designed specifically for image printing – Helicon Print. It also allows geotagging, social sharing, adding artistic effects to your images and much more.

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10

Publisher:

Helicon Soft

Homepage:

http://www.heliconsoft.com/heliconsoft-products/helicon-filter/

File Size:

134 MB

Price:

$50

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#32

Helicon Filter uploaded easily enough and I experimented with it a while. Then I noticed the stupid thing won't leave my task bar ~ also, I got so frustrated trying to stop it from re-appearing that I have attempted repeatedly to uninstall it ... no luck. Got a message that some components won't/can't uninstall. Any ideas or suggestions on how to deep-six this annoying programme? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Barbara  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#31

Installed told it not to share data, not to look for updates but after running and closing it tried to access the internet
Uninstalled

Reply   |   Comment by ilikefree  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#30

Like the ease of registration, intro screen, desktop icon and look of the program/interface.
Sadly, it stopped working seconds after I opened it. Restarted it without having to reboot and discovered I even like its preloaded sample photos. If it keeps working, I think I'm going to like it.

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

Sigh. Another giveaway with a Setup program which doesn't go any further than the "Successfully activated" step. Seems more quit there than going on to install successfully since the change in the format of the web page awhile back. Prior to that I successfully installed numerous programs from GotD over the past several years. Has anyone else had this or a similar problem? I'm trying to install these giveaways on 64-bit Win 7 Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by Ronn! Blankenship  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#28

It's sort of like Chocolate & Vanilla. This program is perfect for someone just starting out and a lot less confusing than Photoshop, Picassa etc. While I use Elements as my main program, this one is great and a keeper

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Fallona  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#27

Installed on W10 X 64. I experimented with this program on a few jpgs and it did what it said but no more than some free editing programs especially considering it's hugh file size. A redo button would be really nice.

Reply   |   Comment by Gerry Vrbensky  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#26

I've used a lot of image editing and processing programs, and this looks pretty much like any other (except the stereo functionality). It has some weaknesses, based on the product description page on the mfr's website, but it also has some nifty things that would be very handy to have in an inexpensive editing tool. So I will try it. But if it really has no "undo" function, that is a major concern. We'll see!

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

DonP
Regarding an "undo" feature: There is a "discard changes" option, the button for which is either a curved arrow or an orange "X", depending on which function you are performing. It's unidentified unless you hover over it with the cursor.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob H.  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Bob H.
Thanks for the info.

Reply   |   Comment by Sparky  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Bob H.
That sounds more like a revert button than an undo.

Reply   |   Comment by Werner Maurer  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#25

I have been using Helicon Filter in previous versions for years. So it seemed nice , being able to upgrade for free. I have installed software downloaded from GAoTD before, so I fell quite well aquainted with the procedure.

But after I have download today's Giveaway, extracted all files, clicked the Setup.exe, received the "Acivated" message , collected my personal license key - Helicon Filter just cannot be found anywhere on my computer. So obviously I cannot enter my license key, since I have nowhere to enter it.

I have tried restarting my computer, but to no avail. I run W 7, 64 bit.

Any idea why installation won't work?

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

John Näsman
I too could not get it installed on Win 7 64-bit. Opening the setup.exe file resulted in the activation window (not program setup window) almost immediately which is wrong for a 130MB setup. I went to Helicon's page to download the Filter demo. It installed fine. I went to Help > Online Registration and entered the "password" I received in email. It said something about restarting except the program then stopped responding. I had to kill it from task manager. Upon restarting (which was much quicker subsequent times) it says it is successfully registered to giveawayoftheday (Help > About). We'll see if this stays up more than the 30 day demo.

Reply   |   Comment by kansel  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

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It takes over my context menus and tries to be the default for opening everything -- so, I have to right click and select [ Explore ] in Windows File Explorer .... now hunt tools to restore context menu defaults.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Peter Blaise There was an option during installation where you could tick options for context menu and default. Check the options in 'Settings' => 'Preferences' to restore yours.

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

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Thanks Suze,

Yeah, tried that, didn't work.

If YOU toggle that option, does it take over your Windows File Explorer left click default?

And why would any program in the world do that in the first place?

Now, how to undo it ... maybe uninstall?

Argh ...
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Peter Blaise I'm sorry that it didn't work :(

No, I didn't change my preferences after I installed the program (I had unticked the default option prior). Sounds like I may NOT want to test changing that option!

This is not the first imaging program that asks to set itself up as the default. From experience, another way to undo the open default is to right-click on an image, chose the default you want, and then tick the box to 'always select this program.' Hope you're successful!

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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Thanks, Suze, but I ran a few registry rebuilders ( Tweaking AIO, Kerish Doctor, idoo PC Cleaner, CCleaner ), and removed and reinstalled Helicon Filter a couple of times, and reset the install and preferences choices, and now my left- and right- click menus are back to normal in Microsoft Windows File Explorer -- pretty much shotgun, so I'm not sure which process fixed it -- oy.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Peter Blaise "Oy" is right ;-) The good news is that you managed to get everything set up the way you wanted it -- congratulations!

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

I installed this last night on Win 10 Pro and the only problem I had was the activation I chose the offline approach first without success. Not to be out smarted I tried the other option and it was easy. I think I was asked to shut down and reopen the program for it to take effect. The email key affair took a couple minutes.

I went in and looked at some of their online how too info and went back and started working with some of my photos that were added to the UI. Tried several of the the filers and options and found they work quite well. Recommended this GOTD to my FB Friends. I like it.

Thanks GOTD

Rick Martin

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

The further that Adobe moves from the domestic user market to the professional -- and make no mistake, the company's decision to adopt rental pricing for its products is merely business-use leasing by another name -- the greater the opportunity there will be for image editing software that the customer can actually own to seize the audience Adobe has so senselessly abandoned.

There are, of course, a number of such commercial programs already out there, including Serif's offering (which I find over-rated) and DxO's (which I find under-rated: the French developer continues to be up there with the very best when it comes to camera-specific, even lens-specific, editing software.)

What, then, of today's giveaway? The verdict has to be that it's good -- and well on its way to being very, very good indeed. It's clear that a lot of thought and time and sheer hard work has gone into its development; it's also clear that here is developer which really cares about its customers: the help sections are as good a guide to understanding image management as it's possible to get without spending a fortune on specialist books. For that reason alone, I'd advise everyone to grab today's giveaway with both hands.

Software as thoughtfully developed and carefully evolved as this has obviously taken quite some time to get to where it is today. Equally, that imposes on any reviewer the obligation to spend quite some time with it before pronouncing yay or nay. A day simply isn't long enough, so I'll confine my own thoughts to the following:

1) If you shoot RAW, then the choice of conversion options here leaves Adobe and its DNG in the cold. It's actually better -- in my experience, as a LightRoom user -- than LR, and far more convenient, too, than using (in my case) Nikon's free NX converter for batching out to TIFF.

2) if you don't shoot RAW -- and to be honest, most people are not out to create exhibition murals -- then Helicon's jpeg handling is as fast as it's effective: go to presets on the right of the program screen, click on 'more', drop down to Quick Edit (rather than use the tool bar button) and click on the option which includes color, sharpening, and brightness . . . and you've arrived at an excellent starting point for further work.

3) Unfortunately, that further work is going to need the help of other image editors. I'm lucky in that I run everything here from Photoshop CS to LightRoom to SageLight to DxO Optics PRO, but not everyone gets 'em with their work and in any event, they're not indispensable: freeware backup editors like PhotoScape and paint.net are massively useful -- and will be useful where Helicon is concerned, because though there's an easy-to-use brightness control, no such ease of use obtains where Contrast is concerned. That really is something of an omission, the ability to add instant "punch" to an image; Helicon needs to address this sooner rather than later.

(4) The program is something of an all-or-nothing processor. Unlike, for instance, Photoshop, where all effects can be graduated by sliders on an easy, incremental percentage basis -- for example: hit de-saturate, and a color image will lose all its color, but color can then be faded back up or back down according to percentage choice -- Helicon's principal effects appear to be on or off. Fine tuning would be appreciated.

(5) The program is unintuitive in the way it treats user actions. I thought the green backwards and forwards arrows on the toolbar related to the undoing and re-doing of actions, but it doesn't. Instead, a history panel chronicles the effects applied in a check-box sequence; you untick an effect you decide you don't want and that's it, the effect is removed in its entirety. Again, the ability to actually graduate those effects -- the equivalent of 'fade' in Photoshop -- is considerably more desirable than wholesale deletion, whilst a simple "Undo" button would seem to be paramount in re-touching and cloning work seeing as how all such work involves a multiplicity of steps, not every one of which the user may wish to have cancelled out.

That said though, the riches here far outweigh the niggles. This is, as noted, a surprisingly good program, one backed by a commendable developer (and with a user forum, too: a real bonus.) Helicon may not yet be up there with the greats but it's well on its way; anyone looking for a quality image editing product really should capitalise on today's giveaway before the clock runs out.

Thanks, then, to GOTD and to Helicon (with just a tiny word of advice: a new name for this product wouldn't go amiss!)

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

MikeR
Your first paragraph is complete nonsense, Adobe Photoshop Elements is not available as a subscription program. Adobe have categorically stated that Elements will never be a subscription product. Subscription options are only available for their high end products

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#21

Hi, I already have 'Helicon Photo Safe' (ver 3.70 release 01 March 2013, Registered to:giveawayoftheday) and Today's 'Helicon Filter 5' work very well together, as one can either edit images selected in Photo Sefe (quick edit), or open them in Filter 5. I always find that type of 'cooperation' very helpful, and in Programs that allow it - nothing better than on-bar buttons to switch between, like in this case.

Most of Presets/Effects in Filter 5 can be found in similar Photo Software, but naturally without them Helicon Filter 5 would be incomplete.
Personally, what I find most useful here is it's Section - 'Distortions Correcting', and without reaching for manual adjustments - Presets there are pretty intuitive, doing job on the spot quite well, so having them 'on tap' on the right side of a picture is really cool. Also, Saturating/Desaturating only some parts of picture (colours) to give an image more artistic look is a nice, handy effect to have and I'm glad to see it too in this Software.

In both Programs the only Feature I cannot figure out is Histogram in Expert Mode 'not doing anything' when sliding the mouse, so that remains puzzling.
In Frames, description on official website claims: 'Third-party vector frames, We offer a large number of free vector frames; you can change the colors for most of them.'.. Where are they to be found? When checking that Section the only 'frame' I could find was solid pink one with flowers around, not going anywhere on my picture. Is it a layer? Any clues?

Thanks for this Giveaway useful Tool! For me - worth keeping.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#20

Took a good look at this one, & will keep it to give it a good tryout, adding it to my editing workflow to see how it works over time, with what sorts of images etc. Googling, I saw that Helicon Filter's original claim to fame was its Noise Reduction filtering, which seems good & well worth a shot... it will not *cure* a photo taken with a camera that always takes noisy pictures, but it looks like it'll help with images taken at a higher ISO where noise starts to creep in, as a more refined filter that resists the tendency to blur everything.

That's not all Helicon Filter Stereo is good for, but aside from the Stereo part of it, why you'd want to add it to your toolkit if you already use something like P/Shop &/or PaintShop Pro &/or the GIMP etc.

The program itself isn't hard to figure out, though it may be laid out differently from what you're used to, & the online Help file isn't bad, with an option to view & save it as a PDF file. There are no layers or objects, nor will you find the levels & curves controls you use in P/Shop & PSP. There is an image browser on the left, which can get covered up by the column showing thumbnails of images in the selected folder. Below that is the History window -- not as flexible as those other 2 apps mentioned, but workable, it takes the place of the usual prominent Undo. And like the column on the right side of the program's window, the whole thing can be collapsed to get out of your way.

The zoom control that's usually up top is at the bottom of the window on the right. Next to it are the controls for displaying your image in 2 windows, similar to many editors with before & after views. And on the far right, the column changes to reflect the tool you're using, with collapsible sections of controls. The preferences settings let you choose what appears on the toolbar at the top.

I'm picky about software installations, & a program's impact on both Windows & other installed software [good or bad that's just me]. I'm not thrilled with the installation routine of Helicon Filter Stereo, but the app itself has little impact on anything, adding a bit over 200MB. I can't complain about Helicon's developer(s) -- they're just adding Microsoft C/C++ runtimes that the app uses -- but adding those amounts to 500+ new registry entries, along with a bunch of files/folders [in the C:\Windows folder] that I don't need. Besides the Microsoft stuff, today's GOTD adds folders to Program Files or Program Files (x86), ProgramData, Users\ [UserName]\ AppData\ Local\, & Users\ [UserName]\ My Pictures\ -- I just copied all of those but the one in My Pictures from a VM where I had installed the app.

You add the key for activation under the Help menu, which itself can be hidden if the program's window is sized too small. If you click the About menu item [under Help] it shows a hardware ID. That of course varies with different devices or Windows installs -- I'm not sure if it varies by user, and you might want to check that if you have more than one user account set up in Windows.

Thanks GOTD & Helicon -- this is software I'd never heard of, & likely wouldn't have heard of if it wasn't on GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#19

Help! I finally got setup.exe to work, activated it OK, but it doesn't install on my Vista. What is going wrong?

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

P Winberg
But How???

Reply   |   Comment by joji  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

beans
One word: Vista

Reply   |   Comment by DonP  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

beans Have you tried installing by right-clicking on the setup file and choose "install as administrator"?

Reply   |   Comment by JEJ  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#18

Someone please help.

I seem to be going round and round in a loop. By loop I mean that I've entered the data, the program asks if I want to over write the existing data, I'm told to restart the program - which I do, but no advice that the program is registered. So can someone please help?

I clicked on the help button, clicked on the register on line button and I've entered the "key" I received in my emal. How do I know if the product is registered?

Reply   |   Comment by Marty  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#17

Haven't had much chance to put this through its paces yet, but I have to agree with the person recommending that there be "undo" capability added. When I use an image editor, I set the "undo" function to unlimited, or if it does not allow that, I set it to the highest number of undos the software allows. Having to close the photo file, or worse yet, the software itself, for this purpose is just not practical. It wouldn't be acceptable in a free image editor, and certainly not in a shareware product.

Reply   |   Comment by Sparky  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Sparky
I believe that's where you'd use the History window or display -- just click whatever earlier point in history.

Some other image editing apps have had a History window for a while now, & it is Very useful, though in their cases they might also have additional capabilities, like being able to save a state during editing.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Sparky
There is a Undo function.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10366431/_GOTD/HeliconFilterStereo554_20160211/UnDo.png
Also at the Preferences there is also an option to activate

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

mike
Found it. You're right. Seems to allow a selective undo, which I've been able to do for ages in PSP, but I also have had an undo command in pretty much every other image editor I've used. I'm willing to work around that, though. I'll keep this around. I'll have to play with it more to see if it will get much use, but I'll definitely keep it around.

Reply   |   Comment by Sparky  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Nice comments. No one mentions whether batch processing supported nor is it mentioned at the site under Features. Guess they figure Photoshop plug-in for that.
List of Features at site is quite a good one with several worthy correction tools & RAW.
But have to taste the cooking. Ahead for that. Thanks GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#15

Granted, a very attractive piece of software today
Seems to wet your appetite for such software but the mimimum requirements can be a problem in some instances.
Now, I and practically the rest of the world know a company from Californi a
town of San Jo. First letter in the alphabet
where a registration server could not be maintained any more and instead a new download server had to fill the gap and setup had to be changed to generic keys.
Very comprehensive suite and to date people's failing to unterstand the words "only for..." have led to no more than one or two or quite a number in fact becoming addicted following the intentional? lure to upgrade.
To have an account with them is ever so nice. I log in, get greeted by first name,can sniff around a bit and in the end say to myself, must be joking, my cheap subscription does me fine. Your fault you got me hooked to say that free piece of chocolate a day. Those who are happy with the free morsel never get bothered.
I was weak and joined the Photography CC addicts out of my own free will.
Helicon I'm sure is good but the other one rocks.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-47)

Sigrid.DE Well, it might rock on a monthly basis but after several of those months you'll find that the rock's sharp point has punched a big hole in your wallet. Unless you can set Adobe's monthly lease fee against your business tax, then there's no reason whatsoever to sign up to an Adobe lease -- and especially not when products like today's giveaway are there for real people on real, household budgets.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

MikeR
just wrote a lengthy answer explaining that XP users might be pleased to get something for free.
Inadvertedly closed Chrome, text gone.
So just in short:
Layer working already supported in CS2. Adobe certainly take no interest in anybody using it.
The latest so-called Photography Plan incl. of VAT is GBP 8.60 / Euro 11.90 p/month.
Ever so often, in fact at least 3 times a year, On1 give to whoever wants one a free licence of their software, reinstallable if the need arises.
I grant you all, there is software with a learning curve.
for folks who need to be told that
---------------------------------
licence key
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xxxx

xxxx is what has to be entered it is better to keep to it simple.

(a few years ago they were referred to as the PISA generation, now accepted as university 1st graders and once capable of understanding such complicated instructions they have well deserved their bachelor's degree).

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#14

This is a terrific package that installed and performed exactly as described. It even installed the plug-in for Photoshop. To activate, simply visit the website, type in your email address and preferred ID and it will quickly send you a password. Then open the application, go to Online Registration under the help tab in the upper left part of the screen, type in the password and you are done.

Reply   |   Comment by Domo  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#13

Installed on Windows 7 X64 OK, except it has installed in the Program Files x86, I thought that was for 32 bit software?

Anyway, thanks to other posts, I activated it fine, and to be honest I am very impressed.
At first glance you do not notice just how many features this has, only by going to the web site, (link further back in the thread), do you see what it can do.
I tested it on a few not so good test photos, and in auto brightness, contrast and sharpness it worked very well for me. It has Geo tagging what works with google maps, which I do use, and the straightening, which a lot of my pictures need, is quick and easy.
I do have a few other picture "fixers", including Corel PaintShop Pro X5, but I will be keeping this!

Not exactly sure about the updates wiping this off, so providing it was a good GOTD discount I would consider buying this, what about it Heliconsoft, any discounts?

Thanks either way, one of the best offers for a while for me :0)

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Hughes  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#12

Downloaded and installed on Win 10 machine. Played with it a bit and it looks quite nice. Filters do a great job of adding the effect you wish to your pictures. Haven't had a chance to try the rest but looks like I will keep this one. Thanks GOTD and Helicon!

Reply   |   Comment by Jen  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#11

Questions:

1.Can't find any info on 64 bit compatibility (windows 7).

2. Website says auto-update is active. (1) will this overwrite this install/version? [It is an older version of the program] and (2) is there a way to turn auto-update off right away?

Thanks.

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

Gil
Seems to run fine on 7 64 bit.

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

Gil You can turn auto updates off by clicking on 'Settings' near the top, then click on 'Preferences,' then 'Other,' untick 'Automatically check for program updates,' and then click on 'Save.'

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Hey, you who have tried it out already - does it 'do' anything for out of focus images? I need that more than just adding effects. Trish

Reply   |   Comment by Trish  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Trish
The sharpening feature isn't bad and does offer a fair degree of flexibility. I've had a play with it and it gives better results than some programmes I've used. They also make another programme called Helicon Focus that may meet your needs , but it is certainly costly.

Reply   |   Comment by Kestrel  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Trish
This program, not really, and not other general photo editors. The best consumer programs to scientifically sharpen blurred photos, either out of focus or camera shake, are Focus Magic and Blurity. You can download working trial versions to see what they can do.

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

Kestrel
Trish...There's a free one out there that I have quite a bit of luck with called " Unshake "...I'm on an older sys Vista, so I have to make the shortcut to to the Unshake jar rather that the exe. It works pretty doggone good and when it doesn't I just run what it gave me the first time back thru it again to make it even a little better...Good luck...

Reply   |   Comment by justkenny  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

justkenny
Thanks for all comments. Will try recommendations. Sharpening only adds more 'noise', so don't use it much. In film we called it 'grainy' but it's still hard to fix. Windows Photo Gallery does a good job with noise. Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 or 14 is suppose to have a 'camera shake' correction. But I haven't tried it yet. Here's hoping as I get more shaky every year - getting old! Trish

Reply   |   Comment by Trish  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Trish
With many [most?] image editing apps you can add blur, make portions of an image, or the entire image look out of focus, but there's really not too much that you can do to get a good to high quality photo when the original image was shot out of focus [while not quite up to TV magic standards, special software may make a blurry image maybe usable].

Depending on how badly an image is out of focus sharpening filters might help a little, but they work by trying to detect edges, then getting rid of pixels that don't belong. For software, finding edges on a blurred image is a guess, as is finding pixels that are the wrong colors, as is finding the colors those replaced pixels should be. With a blurred image there's often little difference between the parts of the photo with an edge, & the parts without, so when a sharpening filter's cranked up enough to find the real edges, it finds false edges too.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Trish
Look for Deblur in Google there are some very expensive ones but I believe this one is free.
https://github.com/Y-Vladimir/SmartDeblur/downloads

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#9

Finally registered after discovering the 'key' is not actually a key, but a password. And that confusion sums up this software : For a program that claims to be intuitive it's certainly not. Try adding text for example. The instructions are very superficial and after five minutes of trying I still haven't succeeded. No doubt it is possible, but why oh why make it so different to every other piece of graphic software. Likewise why on earth no undo button, yes you can undo, but again why defy convention. Some of the presets are quite nice, but that's it. Not a keeper for me as apart from the presets it doesn't seem to do anything any other editor does.

Reply   |   Comment by lofty  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

lofty Don't know if you read XP-Man's earlier comment, but this link might be helpful:

http://heliconsoft.com/filter/help/english/

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

HELP!! yet again - because I request the registration key thru email - I get :

Greetings from Giveaway of the Day!

Here is your personal Facebook or

I click on "Facebook" (there is nothing else I can do, it seems) and end up, every time, with Apache Tomcat (Error) HTTP - Status 404.

At this point I have to abandon. Please can anyone help - I miss a lot of useful looking software this way.

Regards

Tony Jones

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

Below Facebook you can choose to use a email address instead. Or go to the link supplied in the Readme.txt file and enter your email address.
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/helicon-filter-5-5-4/get-key/

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#7

Thank you. Think I'm going to like this from what I've seen so far on their website and from checking out the program a bit.

Reply   |   Comment by la  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)
#6

Why is an image editor called stereo? I just don't get it! Stereo is audio, not visual.

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

Swamp Thing
στερεο- means "solid, firm". Its use in relation to audio is a figurative one.

Reply   |   Comment by Prozio  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Swamp Thing
Stereo-PHONIC
Stereo-SCOPIC

Reply   |   Comment by Stewart Wallace  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Swamp Thing
The word Stereo in this case is a play on the word stereoscopic for 3D images.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereoscopy

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Swamp Thing
I just figured that with the emphasis on it auto-making a work-copy, that Stereo referred to Two images...

Reply   |   Comment by wyrwolf  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#5

If anyone else is having a problem where to find the 'on-line registration" button; it is under the help menu.
I must be getting old, took me forever to find it.
Teacher Michael

Reply   |   Comment by Michael  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#4

Confusingly, the emailed Registration KEY is actually the PASSWORD!
Go to Help, Online Registration, enter Password.

Quite a confusingly cluttered fussy interface with tiny sliders. Has lots of functionally, some on large buttons and some tucked away on pull-downs and ribbon buttons.

Can't see how this is an improvement on the more user friendly Picassa.

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

Existing in this version also photoshop-plugin?

Reply   |   Comment by MichaelS  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

MichaelS
I did not see anything about that when reviewing the information at the website, however they do support the Adobe PSD file format. It also has Windows Explorer integration to allow opening any image from a right-click if that option is enabled.

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

arttronics
UPDATE:
I've gone ahead and installed this, and I am glad I did. I like the interface a lot and this update is to let you know that it does include 32bit and 64bit plugins in the .8bf file format.

Example path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Helicon Software\Helicon Filter 5\plug-ins
Key Files are: HeliconFilter64.8bf and HeliconFilter32.8bf

Support as a Adobe Photoshop plugin (or other image editors using .8bf plugins) is an appealing part of this image effects tool, that has a strong printing options too! Today's offer is a keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#2

Installed and runs fine on Windows 8.1. Activation a simple process. A very simple program to use with a basic set of operations and filters. Would seem to suit someone who just needs this simplicity and doesn't wish to learn programs like Photoshop and Gimp which I use as part of photography courses I teach and which can both do everything this does and more. The only negative comment I have is the price which is way to high for a program like this.

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

Harroman
This awesome GOTD offer appears to be the Lifetime License version, which means this v5.5.4 does not expire, and can be installed on up to four computers.

This is their most powerful license option which they did not have to offer. Most offers here are 1 year only.

Official information is on the license webpage: http://www.heliconsoft.com/helicon-filter-licenses/

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Harroman
"... Photoshop and Gimp which I use as part of photography courses I teach and which can both do everything this does and more."

You might try playing with the noise filter in Helicon Filter Stereo.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#1

Not possible to install on my XP system, installed and registered without difficulty on my Win 7 test drive.
Yet again another mud coloured interface thankfully brightened up by the demo images rich colours.

Initially it appears to do very little crop, quick edit etc, one of these interfaces where psychic powers would be very useful *.

Obviously with such a huge download it has to do more than this and so I went to their help file.
It would appear it is a real powerhouse, according to their help file, the link below shows its capabilities, maybe worth reading before you download everything.

http://www.heliconsoft.com/filter/help/english/

One thing I really did like was when trying to import images it was possible to scan a whole of my system and put them into a page of thumbnails. This alone would make me want to keep it as my organisation of images is non-existent.

It looks like it has real potential somewhere in it many hidden features, and if it would run XP I could certainly make use of it.

*Really hate these minimalistic interfaces that’s only purpose in life appears to be to hide the programs functions.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+46)

XP-Man
I too wondered what the potential under the hood is like, and it was Softpedia website that has many screenshots of key features for todays GOTD offer.

Screenshots: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/Helicon-Filter-Free.shtml

As I already have other imaging software in use, I will skip this, but this imaging tool is nothing short of awesome. Thanks GOTD and Heliconsoft for today's offer, it's a gem for sure!

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

arttronics
Thanks, the screenshots are really useful in showing its capabilities.

Had chance to play with it a little bit more and its most striking feature is that what it does it does very well.
Sharpness is by far the best I have seen in even at maximum, it does not look artificial in my tests.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

XP-Man
"Not possible to install on my XP system"

Yeah, I tried copying the app's files/folders to my XP Mode VM, & when I tried to run, get an exception error referring to kernal32.dll -- after a quick Google seems it *might* have had to be compiled with certain options [work-a-rounds] to get past updated Visual Studio incompatibility with XP.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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