Zerene Stacker

Zerene Stacker Beta Testing Downloads

Looking for an explanation of how our “beta channel” works? See HERE for an explanation.

Current beta is:

  • Mac OS X: ZS-MacOSX-SA-T201705122140_beta.zip, downloads as an application bundle named ZereneStacker (.app).
    This is the recommended bundle for modern Macs. It is self-contained and includes its own Java 8 runtime environment, which will be used with Mac OS X 10.7.3 and above. With older versions of Mac OS X, it will use whatever /usr/bin/java is already installed on the computer, but will not request installation of Java if none is currently available. This bundle runs as 64-bit where the processor and operating system support it, and as 32-bit otherwise.
    (Length 65,236,364 bytes; MD5 checksum 5a28d6e806452f9844dd9b6c608351ad)
  • Mac OS X (old): ZS-MacOSXold-SA-T201705122140_beta.zip, downloads as an application bundle named ZereneStacker (.app).
    This bundle is not self-contained. It requires a Java runtime environment installed by Apple, and will prompt for installation of Java if one is not already installed. It runs as 64-bit where the processor and operating system support it, and as 32-bit otherwise.
    (Length 8,523,093 bytes; MD5 checksum 3215ba37a9d65bcca04d72c0b08c4ec5)

Note: On Macintosh and Linux, if you already have Zerene Stacker installed and are downloading a new version to update it, then you need to manually move the old version to trash, and move or rename the new version to replace it. Otherwise both versions will continue to be available, and you will run whichever one you happen to click on. For further information, see the FAQS on “Installing and Updating”. On Mac, when trashing out the old version, do NOT allow any third party uninstaller or cleanup applications like “AppCleaner” to run. In their enthusiasm to eliminate files that they think are not used, they're likely to also delete files you really do need, like your license key and Zerene Stacker configuration files.

Compared to the last announced beta, T201705042151_beta, the current beta is a release candidate that contains just a couple of small bug fixes:

  • Bug fixes:
    • Linux and Macintosh launchers now work when executed from PATH or symbolic link.
    • Save multiple output images now works with native file chooser dialogs.

Compared to the earlier beta T201611152030_beta, the current beta adds several new features and fixes a few bugs, as follows:

  • User interface
    • Use system native file chooser dialogs by default.
    • Provide option to use JFileChooser as in previous versions.
    • Allow drag-and-drop or paste folders into Batch Dialog.
    • Change word “directory” to “folder” in user interface.
    • In Preferences > DMap Settings, move Set Default button to top.
    • Introduce “Set mask color” button in toolbar when DMap slider is visible.
  • Use https protocol for update checks.
  • Linux: provide executable launcher to allow installation in read-only shared folders.
  • User interface
    • Reorganize image saving parameters panel for better top-to-bottom flow.
    • Change the File > Save Output Image(s) workflow to present image saving parameters in a small specialized dialog, before opening the file chooser dialog.
    • Allow ALT as equivalent for S, as flash-to-source in retouching
    • Improve diagnostic when Lightroom plugin cannot find ZS executable.
    • Move DMap mask color chooser to toolbar.
  • Avoid memory allocation problems caused by externally defined _JAVA_OPTIONS.
  • Avoid reading EXIF orientation if result will be ignored.
  • Bug fixes
    • Workaround for Windows 10 Creators Update problem that causes silent crash in JRE when Java look-and-feel is Windows native.
    • Avoid exception writing watermarks with expired license
    • OK button in DMap slider dialog was sometimes not focused at start.
    • On Mac, Enter key did not work to “click” a focused button.
    • Add missing keypress detector to catch S-to-flash failure on Macs.

Compared to the current full release T201602151850 and its corresponding T201602151850_beta, the current beta also adds features and bug fixes as follows:

  • File saving:
    • Add option to save TIFF files with LZW compressions.
  • Image file compatibility:
    • Accept invalid ICC profiles (typically produced by Capture One raw converter when used with its setting to “Embed camera profile”)
  • Update embedded JRE to version 8u121 (jre1.8.0_121)
  • Lightroom plug-in:
    • Allow nominal print resolution to be specified in export panel.
  • User interface:
    • Add Look & Feel option to specify a pixel replication factor, for smoother images on high-DPI displays such as Apple Retina.
    • Add preferences to increase font size for menus and all other text elements.
    • Select OK button for default when Options > Preferences panel is opened.
    • In contrast threshold slider panel, allow user to directly specify the Percentile value.
    • Change common modifier for keyboard shortcuts from ctrl to cmd on Mac.
    • Do not abort if configuration file is corrupted to contain illegal name.
    • Preserve size of filechooser navigation panels between uses (when Options > Preferences > Look & Feel > “Reset layout for each project” is not selected).
    • Preserve size of DMap contrast threshold dialog between uses, if not reset.
    • Add keyboard shortcuts and accelerators for commonly used menu operations.
    • Add menu entries with shortcuts to select each of first 9 output images.
    • Added keyboard alternates “8” and “9” to adjust image scale and retouching brush size (for international keyboards that don't have keys for ”[” and ”]”).
    • Set keyboard focus on DMap slider OK button when dialog opened, to allow pressing button from keyboard.
    • Allow selecting strategy for initial folder selection on Save Output Image(s), “with source files”, “in previous folder”, and “in specified folder”.
  • Image alignment:
    • Added Lanczos 5, 6, 7 (filling in the full range from 2-8).
    • Added facility to align each image separately against the first image, instead of incrementally against the previous image as aligned.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Avoid red exception in EXIF propagator if source images cannot be found.
    • Be sure that DMap contrast threshold dialog is big enough to show OK button.
    • Fix problem with tiny knob on Windows 10 DMap slider.
    • Reset main horizontal divider when layout reset.

Please immediately inform support@zerenesystems.com if you encounter any difficulties or odd behavior with this beta version. Be sure to send a console log if appropriate – instructions for that are provided HERE.

A complete list of modifications can be read in the Modification History.

Previous beta was:

stacker/softwaredownloads/currentbeta · Last modified: 2017/05/13 01:53
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