updated 03:45 pm EDT, Thu April 17, 2008
LiveQuartz 1.8 ships
Developer Romain Piveteau has released LiveQuartz 1.8, an update to the free graphics retouching application designed for Mac OS X Leopard. The update adds Multi-Touch trackpads support, including 'Swipe' for tools and layer control, 'Pinch & Expand' for magnification and layer zoom transformation and 'Rotation' for layer rotation. There is also a new "free line" tool, a new filter picker, better layer merging, global image resizing, an enhanced user interface and the standard picture taker which gives access to iSight camera. LiveQuartz is aimed at all people that need a photo retouching tool to easy manipulate layers, transparency and non destructive filters, the developer says.
Each photo dropped to its window is converted into a new layer, which could have several filters applied in real time in a non destructive way. It used a one window interface without palette like iLife applications. LiveQuartz' file format (RHIF) keeps layers and filters settings intact and is recognized by Spotlight and QuickLook.
LiveQuartz is a donation-ware: it is free but users are encouraged to donate to help the author. The software is localized in English, Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Russian, Italian, Danish, and Persian.