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GraphicConverter 8.0

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Lemkesoft has released GraphicConverter 8.0, a major new release for the well-regarded graphic conversion and editing utility that now supports the latest 64-bit Intel-based Macs, as well as file sizes larger than 16 megapixels. GraphicConverter 8.0 brings several new batch processing capabilities, including highlight and shadow, histogram equalization, and scale to size with crop. It also adds EMF and EMZ import capabilities, an option to show elapsed time in a slideshow, and an option to replace an underscore character with a space when creating an HTML catalog. GraphicConverter 8.0 is a free update for owners of GraphicConverter 7, but it requires a paid upgrade of $29.95 for users with versions 1 through 6. Lemkesoft also notes that users who purchased GraphicConverter 7 from the Mac App Store may have to wait between 2 to 3 weeks to receive the update to version 8.0 due to Appleā€™s review process. ($39.95 new from Lemkesoft or from the Mac App Store, free update from version 7.x, $29.95 upgrade from versions 1 through 6, 136 MB, release notes)


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You may want to note that GraphicConverter 8 is only compatible with OS X 10.6.8 and up. Unfortunately, after reading your post, I opened my copy of GraphicConverter (v. 7.6.2), was prompted to update to v. 8, did so, but then (now) can't open GraphicConverter, as it's not compatible with OS X 10.5. I presume I'll have to downgrade now back to v. 7.6.2, but just wanted to give a heads up to others in the same boat as me to prevent this from happening to them. (I presume LemkeSoft will reconfigure their installer to prevent this from happening in the future to those of us with older operating systems.)
P.S. There is a warning on update (in smaller font) noting that this is for OS X 10.6.8 and higher. Still, would have been nice to have "smarter" installer and/or larger warning.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-05-22 06:02
At this point, we try to call out unusual system requirements, which basically means that the software runs only in Lion and not in anything earlier. Software that requires Snow Leopard or Lion is the norm now, and a new release that still works with Leopard is also quite unusual.