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GraphicConverter 8.3.1

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Lemkesoft has released GraphicConverter 8.3.1, with a number of changes to the highly regarded graphic conversion and editing utility, including a few interface tweaks like an action menu on the menu bar, confirmation of file deletions from the browser, and an optional IPTC indicator in the browser. Support for PCD and PICT export from the 64-bit version has been added, along with the capability to import ECW files, though this latter feature is lacking in the Mac App Store version due to Apple’s restrictions. PDFs can now be protected on save, text can be rotated, movies can be converted to animations, and there’s now an option to ignore lab profiles embedded in TIFF files. A number of bugs have also been fixed. ($39.95 new, free update from version 7.x, $29.95 upgrade from versions 1 through 6, 150 MB, release notes).

 

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Comments about GraphicConverter 8.3.1

Jamie Kahn Genet  2012-11-13 18:33
Why would anyone buy GraphicConverter via the App store? Feature incomplete and you wait ages for updates.

Anyway - GraphicConverter remains the second best shareware purchase I've ever made (right after MacSOUP).
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-11-12 19:05
Yeah, that's why we make sure to point this stuff out so people understand what the impact of the Mac App Store is.
When I bought a Mac for personal use, I wanted several apps that I use at work, like GraphicConverter and BBEdit. The easiest way to get them was at the Mac App store. Am I trapped in this crippled/sluggish update zone now?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-11-13 17:37
Hate to say it, but unless the company in question is willing to do something for you so you can transfer your ownership to them, yes. Apple does nothing to help here.