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Picture Arena is the new center of your imaging world. Browse your directories, rework your photos on the fly, manage them in albums, reuse your existing iPhoto™ albums, make a speech-driven presentation, work independent of any network and put your digital treasures to use in many new ways. Full of innovations and super fast, Picture Arena lets you create stunning Web galleries with eCards and interactive databases without any expert knowledge and just a few clicks, burns up to 9200 pictures on a single CD for convenient viewing on a DVD player, prints contact sheets, letter paper, greeting cards
What's New
Version 1.3.5:
  • New: Translation of the interface and other parts into French by Patrick Thoennessen, Frédéric Verges and André Siegel.
  • New: Albums can now be grouped in folders and subfolders.
  • New: Picture Arena can now create directories and supports file operations like moving and copying of files via drag & drop.
  • New: Multi-screen support for slideshows, improved efficiency and behaviour of the controls.
  • New: If the location of files managed by Picture Arena was changed manually, any broken paths inside Picture Arena can now be "repaired" by choosing the new location.
  • New: Vastly improved data security through regular background backups and a safe "backup exploration" mode in case of crashes.
  • New: Support for Entourage, Eudora and Mailsmith in addition to Mail for sending photos.
  • Enhancement: Support for CMYK JPEGs, including those saved with Adobe¨ Photoshop.
  • Enhancement: The greeting card script now supports international characters via UTF-8, can store cards on the server (which is auto-detected) and allows to send plain text emails.
  • Enhancement: The greeting card and database scripts are now also localized in Spanish thanks to the work of Michael Paus.
  • Enhancement: Screensavers and system sleep are now automatically disabled during a playing slideshow.
  • Enhancement: Zoom + / - now works the default way on OS X via "Apple +" and "Apple -".
  • Enhancement: When browsing through images in view mode, the image viewed last will also be scrolled to in the browse mode on return.
  • Enhancement: When an image is displayed in "size-to-fit" magnification, you can now scroll through your images with the mouse-wheel.
  • Fix: The slideshow transition rendered too fast to be visible on Tiger. Fixed.
  • Fix: Added a workaround for a problem where thumbnails would be displayed upside-down when Quartz 2D Extreme was enabled.
  • Fix: Crash on pressing an Apple-key and the right mousebutton in empty albums.
  • Fix: Conditions that could lead to a crash with Core Image filters are now handled correctly.
  • Fix: The interpretation of EXIF dates was corrected so it now reflects the local time of the shoot, not GMT.
  • Fix: Clicking on "Page setup" inside the printing dialog could render the current Picture Arena project window unusable.
Version 1.3.5:
  • New: Translation of the interface and other parts into French by Patrick Thoennessen, Frédéric Verges and André Siegel.
  • New: Albums can now be grouped in folders and subfolders.
  • New: Picture Arena can now create directories and supports file operations like moving and copying of files via drag & drop.
  • New: Multi-screen support for more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later, a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768. Tiger Compatible.



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angelos commented on 05 Mar 2007
The last update is from Nov. 2005. Very frustrating that I paid for an app which has no use for me anymore in times where much better apps than PA rule the market and and ist seems the developer doesn't work on PA anymore...
[Version 1.3.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 May 2005
V1.3.1 is crashing frequently on 10.4.

Like the new iphoto folders though. looking forward for built-in support.
[Version 1.3.1]

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Anonymous commented on 06 May 2005
Hi,

you are the first one to report any problems with Picture Arena under Tiger. Could you please contact me at info@iospirit.com on which occasions it does crash and maybe also send me a crash log, so I can look into what's happening on your machine?

Thanks in advance.

Best regards,
Felix Schwarz
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Anonymous commented on 12 May 2005
Hi,

all known problems with Tiger (many of which are actual bugs in Tiger that I now work around) have now been fixed. Give it a try.

Best regards,
Felix Schwarz
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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Apr 2005
I'm the guy below but one and tried the new download.

It is still insanely unusable, why does it have to reload the thumbnails every time, it makes it unusable guys, it makes me not want to buy it why haven't you fixed this problem?

If you load any other photo app including iphoto all the thumbs pop up.

I would accept that your app needs to load the thumbs up once but not every single time I click on the library folder. Try it for your selves. Load up a library of say 6000 images, then navicate to the desktop with the app, then back into that library of 6000 images. Another 5 mins whilst the load up again.

Pointless
[Version 1.2]

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Iospirit Gmbh (developer) replied on 22 Apr 2005
Hello,

thank you for your feedback. I'm aware that this currently is a problem for libraries with thousands of images and it will get addressed with V1.3 or V1.4. Customer satisfaction has a high priority. However, please keep in mind there's only one person (me, having to make a living of it and also running the rest of the business) working on this application, then have a look at how many things have been improved and updated over the last 3 weeks. Development goes on with a very fast pace, but still, only one thing can happen at a time. E.g. there have been vast improvements with big image collections, which lays the ground for the feature you want - better thumbnail caching. I've read your previous post and it went directly into my todo list. Actually, I'm already working on this, but will have to experiment a bit more to find a solution that caters for the needs of both low-end G3 systems with 128 MB of RAM and high-end G5s with 2 GB of RAM and more. That said, V1.3 will be a quick update to add integration with Tiger (e.g. Spotlight). There'll be more time for improvements in V1.4 - and it will most likely contain the feature you want.

I would be grateful, if you could stop posting multiple negative ratings: your complaints have been heard and are being worked on - there's no reason to drag down the rating, if I, as a single person, can only work as fast as two, not three or four .. please be a bit patient with me ;-)

If you have more ideas or find things you dislike, please let me know directly at info@iospirit.com. Constructive critic is always welcome.

Best regards,
Felix Schwarz
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Anonymous commented on 22 Apr 2005
Also the side bar in the image preview does not conform to usual apple behaviour, it remains really long even with 6000 images, this makes using the bar for navigation very difficult.
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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Apr 2005
good software.

but
-would be nice: possibility to share some picture arena albums on the web, like myphoto or iphotowebshare for iphoto, with password access.
=>access your photo albums that are on your computer from everywhere you are.
(easyer than html export)

-french localisation

-cocoa programming
[Version 1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Apr 2005
The software initially showed promise. But alas trying to look in large folders of data is boarding on insanely slow. I looked in one of my iphoto albums and it popped straight up, then I looked in the iphoto library with around 5000 images and it takes about 5 minutes to load. If you then goto another album and back to the library it has to reload the thumbnails, this in effect makes it totally unusable which is a shame because it looks good otherwise.

I would import the iphoto folder into the application but no mention is made as to if the programme will import everything including the thumbnails from iphoto.

Also once the main library thumbs have finally loaded only about 20 are displayed in the main window, I can't find mention of the limitations of the software in demo mode, but its either a bug or should be made clearer.

I'm a bit gutted, I thought this was going to be an iphoto killer, but unfortunately its equally as slow if not slower than iphoto, so will only be of limited use to me.
[Version 1.1]

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Anonymous commented on 04 Apr 2005
Performance increases for large libraries are underway. Right now this is mainly due the usage of Apple's databrowser. Regarding the "only 20 images" issue, I would appreciate if you get in touch with my via info@iospirit.com. The rest was either in a format PA can't view or you found an unknown bug.
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Angelos reviewed on 01 Apr 2005
The file-/folderstructure is excellent, navigation is as easy as it can be. The effects are sufficient for basic image editing. Lacks are the missing EPS-support and the better integration of other media-types, but as the developer told me, EPS will be integrated soon. In my opinion it is a very good replacement for iView (Media Pro) if you don't have to build up huge catalogues with indices, keywords etc. PA is much better than any other (freeware) solution in that category.
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Mar 2005
Picture Arena is definitely not "yet another viewer"! It's more like a future version of iPhoto...

Creating web galleries (including eCards), printing, unique effects and especially navigating by speech are awesome features!

Very very nice application; innovative and solid german work..
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Mar 2005
While I bought this app mostly for its excellent (yet presently limited) web creation tool, I feel it will provide many other clever tools for my photo workflow. I applaud the developers for their fine product and look forward to its future development.
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Mar 2005
I have not downloaded this app, but given so many freely available products that provide what appears to be essentially the same functionality, what would compel somebody to pay for this? Maybe I'm missing something

i.e. a simple search on macupdate:
http://www.macupdate.com/search.php?keywords=gallery&os=all
[Version 1.0]

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Anonymous commented on 31 Mar 2005
Anonymous, this is far more than "the usual features" or "yet another viewer".

It has a lot of really neat innovations in it, like:

- the resync-feature, which makes your work portable

- navigation by speech recognition (not seen that anywhere else)

- allows you to modify images on read-only media through its innovative effect list concept

- brings more than 20 powerful effects, e.g. picture mosaic (create a picture out of thousands of other pictures), oil painting, pop art, levels, straighten ..

- brings more than nine professional web themes with integrated greeting card and searchable database, addable with just a click each - great and pro output without any knowledge of web technologies!

- offers undo for batch renames (another first as far as i know)

- has the power of effect recipes which allow you to perform complex macro operations without having to perform complex tasks

- has many REALLY new printing layouts

- burns CD and DVDs for the most different purposes

- can act as addon to iPhoto or as a replacement

- is really really fast thanks to full multiprocessor support, consequent multithreading, fast caches, AltiVec support ..

.. and there's much, much more .. but so much for starters ;-) .. it's all written in above download description and demo'ed on the website :-)

I suggest you download the software and give it a try .. I'm sure, you'll like it ;-)

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Version Downloads:3,295
Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Demo
Date:07 Nov 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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Picture Arena is the new center of your imaging world. Browse your directories, rework your photos on the fly, manage them in albums, reuse your existing iPhoto™ albums, make a speech-driven presentation, work independent of any network and put your digital treasures to use in many new ways. Full of innovations and super fast, Picture Arena lets you create stunning Web galleries with eCards and interactive databases without any expert knowledge and just a few clicks, burns up to 9200 pictures on a single CD for convenient viewing on a DVD player, prints contact sheets, letter paper, greeting cards and much more. Taking full advantage of the advanced processor power of the Mac®, you can combine more than 20 amazing effects and operations to dive your photos into vibrant colors, correct skew horizons, add fun effects or create a picture mosaic with your photos being rebuilt by thousands of others. Effects are generally non-destructive and are performed without modifying your original files. Powerful batch operations for renaming (with undo!), reworking, exporting, file format conversion, a compact, thoughtfully designed interface and a great number of smart tools round up this unique and incredibly useful software package that no real graphician should live without. Get your copy today!


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