Introducing Corel Aftershot Pro 3, the latest Update to the "World's Fastest" Raw Converter and Image Management Software

asp3_box1.jpegIf you are not familiar with the history of Corel AfterShot Pro, look back to the Bibble Pro Product, that was a very popular application for raw conversion and image management some years back. It was a very fast product, with processing speed almost doubling each time the number of CPU Cores doubled, leaving most other products "in the dust" it was so fast. Eric Hyman (the founder of Bibble Labs) did a superb job with the Bibble Pro product line, for those of us that wanted a fast, multi-platform solution for our raw conversion and image management needs.


Bibble Pro was also one of the very few products in this market niche that was cross platform - with downloads available for Linux, OS X, and Windows platforms.


But, Bible Labs had some "growing pains" that inhibited their growth in the highly competitive marketplace of image editing, raw conversion, and image management applications. Corel saw an opportunity and purchased the Bibble Pro Product and has continued to develop and expand it, marketing it under a new AfterShot Pro product name. See this news article from Steve's Digicams about the acquisition of Bibble by Corel from 2012 for more details:


Bibble Labs Purchased by Corel - Announcing New Projects at CES


After the initial launch of AfterShot Pro by Corel in 2012, more features and enhancements were added over the past few years. For example, AfterShot Pro 2 was launched with support for both 32 bit and 64 bit platforms with even more features available, even including the ability to use video card resources to speed up processing.


This week, Corel launched AfterShot Pro 3, with even more features and benefits compared to previous releases, while continuing to offer exceptional processing speed, allowing raw conversion at up to 4 times the speed of competing products like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop CC. The product has also remained cross platform with versions available for Windows, Linux, and OS X platforms.


Even better, when you purchase Corel AfterShot Pro, the same license key allows you to install it in multiple operating systems on the same computer, without incurring the cost of a separate license for each Operating System you're using it with. That's a great feature for photographers that set up their computers in a multi-boot configuration, allowing them to take advantage of the raw conversion, editing, and image management features offered by AfterShot Pro, no matter which Operating System is booted into.


The latest AfterShot Pro 3 released this week includes a lot of new features, making AfterShot Pro an even better choice for Image Management, RAW Conversion, and Editing of Precious Images. For example, it offers better Highlight Recovery Algorithms, new Blemish Correction Features, and much more. Of course, AfterShot Pro 3 retains the ability to use edit layers for even more flexibility with Image Management features that are superb. AfterShot Pro 3 also sports a new plug-in architecture that we suspect many developers will take advantage of, allowing the product to grow as time passes with more and more neat features available to users.


asp3_plugins.jpegIn addition, unlike many other products, you can work on photos directly without importing them into libraries or catalogs first. But, if you do use the ability to import photos into libraries and catalogs, you'll see a lot of image management benefits.


If you need to go through a lot of images and quickly select your "keepers", AfterShot Pro is hard to beat, with the ability to quickly flag photos as keepers or rejects, and use star ratings (one star, two stars, etc.) with a single click to rank them, so that you can quickly view only the photos ranked with a given rating or higher to select the best choices. Viewing images side by side with tools like a magnifying glass to compare fine details between images can also help to streamline your workflow, allowing photographers to meet project deadlines faster.


Corel AfterShot Pro 3 is available now for $79.99, and you can download a trial that works for 30 days so you can see if you like it before purchasing it. For more details see the AfterShot Pro 3 project page at: http://www.aftershotpro.com/en/products/aftershot/pro/


Corel is offering AfterShot Pro 3 for a special introductory price of only $44.99 for a limited time if you look around for specials they've sent via e-mail. For example, see the promo pricing at this link:


http://www.aftershotpro.com/en/products/aftershot/pro/?promo=1192&x-source=edmlaunch&currency=en-US&utm_medium=eDM&utm_source=1614908&utm_campaign=16-05-12|


See the below press release for more details about the new AfterShot Pro 3 Release from Corel:


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  1. AfterShot Pro 3: Save Time, Get Better Photos

New Highlight Recovery Algorithm, Time-Saving Tools, 4x Faster Than Leading Competitor; Spend More Time with Your Camera, Not Your Computer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 11, 2016) -

Editor's Note: There are 4 images associated with this release.

Corel today announced the release of AfterShot™ Pro 3. Building on its strength as the industry's fastest photo editing and organization software, AfterShot Pro 3 adds an all-new Highlight Recovery algorithm, comprehensive Watermarking, layer-based Blemish Correction, as well as dynamic update abilities that enable new camera RAW profiles to be supported faster than ever.

Photographers dream of capturing that perfect shot, but spending all day importing, cataloging, editing, and then exporting a memory card full of images can really take the fun out of a photo workflow. For the professional, time is money. And for enthusiasts, time is just as precious.

"Collectively, we're now capturing trillions of photos each year. Photographers need a simpler and more agile way to manage and edit their photos," said Greg Wood, Senior Director of Photo Products at Corel. "AfterShot Pro 3 is a faster and more affordable solution for photographers looking for high quality results. It doesn't lock you into catalogs or a subscription and is focused on photographers' common need: great images in less time."

From its inception, AfterShot Pro has been built to deliver on three core competencies: outstanding performance, superior productivity, and freedom of choice. It enables photographers to organize thousands, cull from hundreds, and perfect a single photo. AfterShot Pro 3 provides easy access to a variety of plug-ins and add-ons direct from the community. In Corel lab testing, it remains up to 4x faster than Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.5 at batch exporting.

"There are all kinds of great reasons photographers should test out AfterShot Pro 3," added Wood. "Not only is it free to try; but, fundamentally, its speed, dynamic update abilities, and powerful feature set make it a truly enjoyable way to work with and manage your photos."

What's New in AfterShot Pro 3

Building on its reputation as the industry's fastest photo editor, AfterShot Pro 3 adds new and enhanced features to deliver a complete professional-level photo workflow and management experience.

  • NEW! Highlight Recovery Algorithm: With an all-new algorithm under the hood, the enhanced Highlight Recovery Range slider now rescues more detail and tones from overexposed RAW images, delivering superior image quality.

  • NEW! Comprehensive Watermarking: Protect your photos online and promote your work with advanced watermarking abilities. Apply watermarks to individual photos or batches, plus easily adjust size, rotation angle, position, transparency and more.

  • NEW! Blemish Removal & Correction: Save time and edit faster by performing more non-destructive, layer-based touchups and corrections directly in AfterShot Pro 3, without exporting your image to a second editor like Photoshop or PaintShop® Pro.

  • NEW! In-App Preset Library: Get access to a library of free and premium photo presets, regularly updated and hand-picked by the Corel Photo Team. Reproduce popular editing looks with the power of our included presets or apply them as a starting point and adjust to create your own. You can also share your creations with the community.

  • NEW! Lens Correction Development Kit: Get ahead of the curve by making and sharing your own lens corrections-ideal for photographers working with rare or brand-new glass. Simply follow the lens correction instructions, save your profile, then load it into AfterShot Pro 3.

  • NEW! Dynamic & Modular Camera Profile Updates: AfterShot Pro 3 now has the ability to deliver new and updated RAW profiles faster than ever before. With the modular delivery system, as soon as a new camera profile is created by our development team it's made available for download directly in-app-no more waiting for the next update to support your new camera.

  • NEW & ENHANCED! Plugin Development & Download Availability: The new in-app Plugin Manager finds and installs plugins in a flash. Extend any workflow with free plugins from the community, discover premium plugins (like the popular GradFilter Pro), and get the latest plugin updates all in one convenient place. Plus, plugin-developers can leverage our unique RAW-level plugin API and toolkit to build pro-quality plugins to tap into the full power of AfterShot's processing pipeline.

Availability

AfterShot Pro 3 is available now for Windows, Mac OS and Linux in English, German and Japanese. Suggested retail pricing is $79.99 (USD/CAD) and existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99 (USD/CAD). For regional pricing details, please visit www.AfterShotPro.com.

To download a fully-functional, 30-day trial or for more information on Corel® AfterShot™ Pro 3, please visit www.AfterShotPro.com.

Information on volume licensing for commercial and education organizations is available at www.corel.com/licensing or by contacting VLP@corel.com.

Join the Corel Photo Conversation

Visit Points of View, the Corel Photo blog to learn more about AfterShot Pro at http://blog.paintshoppro.com and connect with other AfterShot Pro users on Facebook (http://facebook.com/corelaftershotpro).

About Corel Photo Editing

Whether you're an enthusiast or professional photographer, Corel Photo Editing software is dedicated to helping you achieve your best photos ever. The Corel Photo Editing product lineup includes the renowned PaintShop® Pro for powerful image editing and AfterShot™ Pro, the industry's fastest RAW photo workflow software. Corel is one of the world's top software companies providing some of the industry's best-known brands including CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® Painter®, Roxio®, Pinnacle™ and WinZip®. For more information about Corel Photo Editing software, please visit www.PaintShopPro.com.

Benchmark results based on internal tests performed by Corel Corporation using AfterShot Pro 3 batch export versus Lightroom CC 2015.5. Visit us for more information at http://corl.co/1Xjtw20.

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