Digital Lith 4.9 now online

Digital Lith 4.9 now online
Published: Fri, May 22nd 2020

I do have the image of the DigitalLith homepage and wanted to reuse these settings. Now the issue here is the image is done with an older version of DigitalLith and no longer able to read the settings from old images. I could however check the metadata with an exif viewer and use the settings - except for the coloring. When the process has not changed that much over many versions or at least is backward compatible with the older versions, the coloring is not. And so I could not easily simulate the coloring for the old images. Well wait, that is not true. Instead of trying to mimic the coloring using the color dialog I just read some values from my old image and created a lookup table with the lut generator. Just picked up ten values, ran the generator and: Done.

But this is not what this post is all about. This post is about the new version 4.9 of DigitalLith. Yes, from 4.8.1 to 4.9 sounds like a big step, but I go with easier counting again and will only use sub-numbering for very tiny bug fix releases.

So what is new in DigitalLith 4.9?

  • This version is built with Java 14. The previous versions were still on Java 10 because I needed the Java packager which Oracle removed from Java 11 and which OpenJDK not yet had. Now with OpenJDK 14 (and I think even with OpenJDK 13) there is again a packager which allows me to create bundled packages for MacOS, Windows and Linux. This also means that if you run DigitalLith directly from the shell and if you run the the lut generator, you need to have OpenJDK 14 installed.
  • When you create some presets which do not set all parameters it is sometimes cumbersome to do a parameter reset first and then select the preset. Now with version 4.9 you can do all this in one step by shift-clicking the preset.
  • Now every section in the parameters panel has its own reset button. Simply click on the circular arrow next to the section name.
  • In the previous version you could do a test development without image update (which runs way faster) by doing shift-cmd-T (or shift-ctrl-T on Linux and Windows). Now you can select to have the second preview to run test development without image-update with cmd-T. You can select this in the Preferences Dialog.
  • DigitalLith now supports relative streaking. Often the streaking strength is dependent on the grain setting of the process. There are four new relative streaking modules which you can download and where the strength is a factor of the grain parameter of the process. So setting the strength to 1 means that the strength is the same as the grain in the process. This is only a half cure of the issue of streaking being dependent on the process parameters. But it is a start into the right direction. I will do more research into this.

OK, that is all for this version. If you want to try it, here you go: Click!