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Giveaway of the day — NEAT projects standard

A free view of your motif, no matter how many people are blocking it!
$69.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 63 (86%) 10 (14%) 29 comments

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What are the right ingredients for a memorable vacation photo? It certainly takes a good motif, suitable lighting and an eye for the perfect shot - but never other tourists! NEAT projects takes care of this issue with tried and tested technology. The program erases all blocking objects and turns your shots into a unique eyecatcher.

Simply take multiple shots of your motif and let NEAT projects erase the moving objects!

NEAT projects is ideal for:

  • Cities, attractions and landscapes without annoying people or cars!
  • Unblocked views of museum artworks.
  • Photograph streets without moving cars.

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/neat1

File Size:

47.2 MB

Licence details:

Lifetime

Price:

$69.00

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#17

I do sign in but did not received any email for id and code to install the software

Reply   |   Comment by Viet-Nam Nguyen  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Never mind. Got it. I clicked forgot password and it sent it to me..

Reply   |   Comment by Linda Walker  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Is anyone going to get back to me about installing neat projects before the giveaway is over.

Reply   |   Comment by Linda Walker  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#14

I keep clicking the "Internet" button, nothing happens. Is there any way I can get to the register page directly?

Reply   |   Comment by rachel  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

it's a Great software and all .. .

But do to the fact that it doesn't support Xp's

Reply   |   Comment by ali  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

Not pleased that they require one to agree to be on their mailing list in order to install the software. Don't need more junk email; sadly not installed.

Reply   |   Comment by Art Shapiro  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

What a frustrating, laborious and unnecessarily complicated way of registering and it didn't work either, registers then when running for the first time asks for the serial number which is the same string you used to activate but didn't, says code is wrong and only lets you run the trial version. Uninstall, can't be bothered but they now have my email address!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Tony  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#10

follow-up: I disabled my "Bitdefender” security , but, it still fails the same way

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck Brotman  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Running on a iMac with Catalina 10.15.7 when I try to open setup_Mac.app I’m told it “can’t be opened”. Usually I can get around this from within system preferences/security privacy. But not in this case.

Anybody have success on a catatalina Mac?

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck Brotman  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#8

I clicked the word Internet in the program and put in my email on the webpage. It took me to another page asking me to sign in. I've never registered before so how do I get the email for my id and personal code? I'm using Windows 10 using Edge.

Reply   |   Comment by Linda Walker  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

So you haven't registered, right? To activate the program, you need three things: E-Mail, Personal User ID and Registration Code (Key). The product code is automatically set in the activation window of the program. Since you did not have a Personal User ID before, you have to register first. You will then receive your Personal User ID by email. You can then continue the process in the browser that was previously left open. After entering your personal user ID and email address, all the data required for activation are displayed on the website in the browser. You will also receive this again by email. Now continue with the setup of the program. There you can complete the data in the setup window and start the setup. After the program has been successfully installed, you have to activate it again. All you have to do now is enter the key.

Reply   |   Comment by Hans  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#7

I can't get past the first step because I never received the email. I can't find any way to resend it. I tried to start over and it seemed to assume I was already registered and didn't give me that option. (And yes, I've checked my spam -- and all other -- folders. :-(

Reply   |   Comment by Warren Russell  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I know the offer has ended, but I was too busy to post yesterday, and maybe this will be helpful to someone in the future. It appears that the company isn't monitoring this page, but I emailed Support directly and they replied really quickly with a link to take me to a registration page that worked fairly easily. I would suggest that anyone who wasn't able to get it running yesterday email Support and see if they will give you an extra day.

Reply   |   Comment by Warren Russell  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

got the message >The application "Setup_Mac.app" can't be opened<. while trying to install.
What can I do?

Reply   |   Comment by Klaus  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#5

Upon starting the setup, a pop-up windows shows:

"
Windows protected your PC
Microsoft Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk.

App: Setup_Win.exe
Publisher: FRANZIS Verlag GmbH "

Then 2 buttons:
Run anyway Don’t run

This is usually happens to me when the publisher's unknown. But, why is it showing with the publisher known and displayed.!!!!

Strange, is it not?!

I don't have any extra anti-virus software, only windows 10 built-in.

Reply   |   Comment by Wanderer  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

"Strange, is it not?!"

Yes, sometimes Windows is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I think this is a newer app from Franzis -- at least hasn't been on GOTD before -- and the reputation-based blocker likely didn't recognize the wrapper Franzis normally uses on their GOTD offers.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Wanderer, this is a reaction of your antivirus on a bit non-standard behaviour of Themida wrapper that protects the programs from non-authorized usage. This reaction is very mild, some antivirus software (as Kaspersky for instant) must be stopped for setup to proceed.

Reply   |   Comment by Vladimir  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

mike,

Thanks Mike, I guess I'll give it a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Wanderer  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Vladimir,

Thanks Vladimir, I I'll give it another go..

Reply   |   Comment by Wanderer  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

I thought this might be a foreground remover just like background remover! This program wants you to make 3 times a bad picture.. No use for pictures you only have one of.

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

J, Its aim is to remove people from shots of buildings/scenery. You need enough photos so all the scenery can be seen, but you can have people covering parts of it in every image.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

"I thought this might be a foreground remover..."

InPaint type functions are somewhat common nowadays -- they try to sort of stretch-replicate the background to fill in where objects, e.g. people, are removed. That doesn't always work that well when the background isn't more or less uniform. NEAT projects makes a composite photo that's more accurate because there's no guesswork or interpolation, and should work on any background, not matter how complex. The big gotcha is that you have to have identical photos -- e.g. use a tripod -- the objects you want to remove have to be moving -- so you have an unblocked view of every part of the background -- and you might have to wait a while if those objects are slow moving. And of course it's something you have to plan on doing when you take the shots, so as you say, it's of no use with a single photo you've already taken.

FWIW, Photoshop has had this for a while now, though I don't think this method's ever been terribly popular because of those gotchas. At the same time, crowds are often part of a scene's ambiance -- we've all seen photos of empty streets because of the pandemic, and it just looks weird or maybe spooky -- so I'm not sure that many people want to remove them from their photos.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#3

Mac version will not install on Catalina, anyone else having problems?

Reply   |   Comment by griggo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

griggo, yes. getitng the message >The application "Setup_Mac.app" can't be opened<. Any solution found?

Reply   |   Comment by Klaus  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

A Franzis "Projects" program I don't have (partly as I'd do this in Photoshop normally).

Note this is Neat Projects #1 and the current version is #2.
There are Standard and Pro versions of both, so of the four versions this is the lowest, but so is the price.

I find Franzis makes some excellent software (e.g. Sharpen Projects and B+W Projects, which are as good or IMHO better than anything equivalent out there), some very good software (e.g. HDR Projects, which can give very good results if you read the manual) and some fun software that while not worth lots of money allows creativity (e.g. Analog projects). I suspect this is in the middle category.

Oh and if you haven't registered a Franzis program before the first time is a bit lengthy (disclosure, that said "bitch" in the first draft), but use a real e-mail address on their site and it's easier the next time. What I did (I have a Franzis account and have bought stuff from them):

* Unzipped the archive, note there isn't a GAotD wrapper, Windows and Mac versions are included.
* Run Setup.exe (I'm on Windows).
* A dialogue pops up asking for registration info, I click the "Internet" button in it. That takes me to the Franzis site.
* I fill in my Franzis logon info on the page I arrived at (otherwise you'll have to make and verify a new logon). This was done at 11:18am.
* E-mail arrives in about a minute (send time was 11:18).
* Enter details from it (customer number and licence key) in Setup.exe dialogue, it installs version 1.13, 64-bit.
* It (by default) runs the program at the end of the install.
* This asks for the licence key again, luckily it's still in the Windows paste buffer.
* I look in "C:\Program Files\Franzis\NEAT projects" and see it has an old version of FreeImage.dll, which is the library that decodes Raw images from your camera (you don't care if you only plan to use it with JPEGs). I replace this with the newest version I have (once I've shut the program down so don't have a sharing error)...
From:
FreeImage .dll 6562,304 .a.. 16-01-17
To:
FreeImage .dll 6924,800 .a.. 26-02-19
Alas usually you can download later versions from Franzis, but the downloads haven't been updated so you have to go to:
https://freeimage.sourceforge.io/download.html
and download the DLL (second link down the page)
Unzip the archive and choose the correct (x32/x64) copy of FreeImage.dll from FreeImage\Dist (which is 3.18.0.0, same as the one I used). I did install and test this exact file and it does work with supported cameras. You don't need the archive afterwards.
!!! If someone from Franzis is out there can you please update:
http://transfer.franzis.de/projects/RawImageDllprojects_Win64.zip
and
http://transfer.franzis.de/projects/RawImageDll_projects_Win32.zip
or provide more recent links?
Anyway, the bad news is it still isn't that new a library and won't support the very latest cameras, but it's later than what you started with. However JPEGs should work pretty well so not a big issue.

After that it's all pretty straightforward to use the program, just make sure you have enough images to see all the background...

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+46)

" note there isn't a GAotD wrapper"

Just FWIW, Franzis usually uses their own wrapper on GOTD, which like the old GOTD wrapper expands the real setup file in the User Temp folder.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#1

The registration process has 3 steps, but it all worked out great on my first try. Just follow their directions.

I've been VERY happy with all the FRANZIS programs I've used over the years; I'm sure that this one will be a keeper too! Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
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