Monday, November 1, 2010

Looking Forward to Bibble 5.2

Hi Guys,

It's been a little while since our last post here, mainly because we've been hard at work on Bibble 5.2 and want to keep focused on that. But, I'd like to take a moment and share some of the exciting stuff we've been building into 5.2 just to get ya'll, well, excited.

Respect the Transform!
The one thing in previous versions of Bibble 5 that was editing-order dependent was creating regions: the "proper" way to work would be to straighten your horizon first (if needed) and THEN create regions to selective adjust image content. If you did things in the other order - regions first, then rotated the whole image a few degrees, well, the region would not rotate with the image content. Trouble! So, we've fixed that, and in the process allowed plugin developers to transform images all they want, and your regions will come along for the ride. The obvious example here is zPerspector which allows you to correct perspective distortion, remove keystoning and other geometric adjustments, with Bibble 5.2 and the up-coming new version of zPerspector, your regions will be transformed right along with your image content!

There are other enhancements to the Bibble Plugin SDK for version 5.2 that will allow our plugin developer community even more power and control when creating plugins. Some of them have had access to early Bibble 5.2 beta builds for several weeks, along with the new SDK. I expect some interesting stuff from them.

Crop Preferences
This sounds like a small thing, but it can really help out and allows you to not only create and manage cropping presets, but it also lets you configure various bits and pieces about how the crop tool looks and acts. You can control the opacity of the background of the crop tool, set how many grid lines to show inside the crop tool, and you can choose when to show the grid and crop frame: always, never, or only when moving or adjusting the crop.

There's also a lot of other features and updates aimed at improving usability and making the overall process of working with Bibble 5 easier and more fun. I'll go into a bit about these other bits and pieces in a future post...

Photo courtesy of Texas Photo Workshops

Also, just a quick update that the next Online Texas Photo Workshop on Bibble 5 is starting in one week. Sign up while space is still available.


rm said...

Looks great. Does 5.2 also improve on the demosaicing quality problems in previous versions with some cameras?

gareth said...

Hoping that Heal/Clone also move.. seems natural thay they would if layers and regions are fixed but you never know :-)

Ruben said...

Great! I had this problem with zFrame also.

Thanks for the post, looking forward to your new post and seeing that development is very active.


Dave said...


Yes, Healing & Cloning also Respect the Transform. ;-)

Keith Reeder said...

Just in case it was missed:

"...Does 5.2 also improve on the demosaicing quality problems in previous versions with some cameras?"

Kristofor Jensen said...

I think you should do a bibble crash course with! It would be a great way to spread the news of how things work and drum up some new clients.

Dentharg said...

Yea.. highlight recovery color artefacts solution would be also great :)

Mark said...

Really looking forward to the next release!

Steve said...

Will Bibble 5.2 support mRAW and sRAW Canon file formats?

Frank said...

+1 :-)

"...Does 5.2 also improve on the demosaicing quality problems in previous versions with some cameras?"

"Yea.. highlight recovery color artefacts solution would be also great :)"

turnipflan said...

Full on dual monitor support - all I want on one monitor is the image I am working on - would be cool, oh and a built in duo tone tool..

Dave said...


No Canon mRAW & sRAW formats will not be supported in 5.2.

@Keith, Frank

Demosaic improvements are on the radar but won't be in 5.2.


Steve said...


Bummer. Any chance you guys will put it on the radar? What about HDR Support? Anything being considered like NIK Software just did with one-exposure HDR solutions or software polarizers?

Just asking...


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