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    Peter Blaise

    This Franzis Project HDR v5.5.0.2 if from 2016-08-08 and updated our Windows systems with C programming from 2008.

    I think Franzis is done, and are just remarketing old programming.

    In CoViD-times, now January 2021, there is some sense to vendors having nothing new developed over this stressful prior year, but I’d think that Franzis contract programmers around the world would be less affected, being essentially work-at-home anyway, but I hope hope hope no one in the Franzis family of contract programmers succumbed to CoViD, but the signals are there, nothing new from Franzis, no new ideas, and no evolution of prior ideas.

    This may also be the cascade of the overwhelming population of phones, where even uber-professional-workstation-targeted Adobe is learning to port their presence to lowest-common-denominator hand-held devices, a market that Franzis has yet to figure out.

    Actually, Franzis products already designed as broken-down into individual modules that do only one thing, so one would think that Franzis products are perfectly primed for porting to “apps” for phones.

    I’d offer a review, but there are 4 years od reviews out there already, and what is there new to say but my old experience:

    – Franzis registration is needlessly complex and failure-prone, but by now I have it under control ( user Id number entered once, and product serial number entered twice ).

    – Franzis software interface is another cluster of unique hard-to-learn, random, and off-putting, nothing we learn outside Franzis ports inside Franzis, and visa versa.

    – Franzis products are one-trick ponies, I find the effort to learn a program pays off better with an all-purpose program, such as
    – – FREE Google Picasa,
    – – FREE IrfanView,
    – – FREE Adobe Photoshop
    ( yeah, there’s still a pre-monthly subscription Adobe-licensed version out there findable in the wild … let the bickering begin over mentioning that! ).

    Thanks, Franzis, I wish you well, and I wish you growth in many ways in the coming year as mentioned above.

    I hope everyone is masking up, keeping their distance, and washing everything – live long and prosper!

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    alain PEltier

    impossible d’entrer le numero de serie
    Le programme me dit numero de serie non valide

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    I have never been able to get the offers from this company. It just keeps saying no downloads available.

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    Very odd installation that makes me decide if I want to install “Graphics cards support”. There is nothing to tell me what this is or help me decide. They might as well be asking if I think their Marketing director would like bananas or plums best. Nothing in the 129-page user manual either. If I install on a PC with no graphics card and enable this option, will the program fail? Installer also has a choice for “Full Installation” or “Custom Installation”, yet both options give the same choices. Why do they clutter up even their installer with pointless stuff?

    Program installed and registered after the multi-layer registration process (you have to create/authorize your account, authorize the installer, authorize the program). I loaded a test picture of a person hiking through a field and right away a settings box popped up that would scare away most people, with terms I don’t know and options that lead nowhere… I decided to ignore it and clicked what seemed like an arrow to continue. My picture showed up, presets on the left, manual adjusts on the right, and a magnifier that showed a before/after view of the area around the mouse. About 4 or 5 of the presets looked interesting and usable, dozens of others looked awful with exaggerated skin tones. Seemed like I was seeing the same presets over and over with different names. But… that’s probably just due to the picture I loaded. A mountain range or city skyline or harbor might behave very differently. But why is there no way to try the presets with something simple like a down arrow to move from one to the next, instead of click, scroll, click, scroll, click, scroll….. And a simple slider to adjust how much the preset affects the picture would be a welcome addition. Or better, up/down arrows to select preset, and right/left arrows to control intensity.

    I tend to not use these “Projects” programs much. It takes too long to step through all the presets hoping to find one you want to apply, and too long to learn how to use all the adjustments. If the manual adjustments were easy, Franzis wouldn’t need to sell so many different packs of additional presets. That said, their “Projects” programs are all very similar. So if you learn one you should be able to figure out the rest more easily.

    I tend to rely on Picassa and Paint.NET for most photo adjustments. HDR Projects does some things those others can’t. I’ve never figured out how to capture a series of similar pics with different lighting settings (“bracketing”) on my iPhone so I never really tested this program’s capability. Would like to hear opinions from pro (or advanced) photographers – can any of you join the discussion?

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