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Akvis has released versaion 5.0 for Windows and MacOS. of its NatureArt image manipulation software. Described by its developers as “an excellent tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena”, Akvis NatureArt lets photographers choose from up to nine nature effects. The new version adds the new Rainbow effect, new presets to the Rain and Water effects, an all-new History Brush tool (Deluxe and Business editions only) plus the also-new Hand and Zoom tools, and compatibility with MacOS X 10.8 and Windows 8. Additionally, the Lightning effect has been considerably improved, and the option to create a new image with a transparent background has been unlocked in the standalone version. The update also incorporates a number of bug fixes. Akvis NatureArt sells for $72 for the Home edition (either Plugin or Standalone, 7 effects), $129 for Home Deluxe (Plugin and Standalone, 9 effects and History Brush), $189 for Business (Plugin and Standalone, 9 effects and History Brush, for commercial use).
Akvis Press Release
AKVIS NatureArt v.5.0: Make Your Photos Colorful with New Rainbow Effect!
November 15, 2012— AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS NatureArt v.5.0 for Windows and Macintosh. It is the perfect software for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on digital photos. Now the software offers 9 nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, Frost, Fire, Ice, - and the new Rainbow effect. Also, version 5.0 adds the new tools and options, fixes bugs.
AKVIS is excited to announce an upgrade of its program NatureArt to Version 5.0.
AKVIS NatureArt is the perfect tool for imitating the majesty and grandeur of natural phenomena on your digital photos.
Nature effects have an impact on our mood and can be used to strengthen the impression made by a picture. Give a dull and lifeless photo an entirely new look simply by changing the scene’s weather. Its spirit will change dramatically, from a crackling thunderstorm to a peaceful morning, from a forest in flames to a dreary rainy thicket, from a parched desert to a cool lakeside scene.
Change the weather on a photo, make the night sky sparkle with glistening stars, enliven a dark, gloomy landscape by adding sources of light, create a flaming text effect, stir up a sandstorm, winterize a summer landscape by freezing a river, or even your own little tempest in a teapot. With NatureArt you can become a wizard!
In Version 5.0:
The brand new Rainbow effect has been added! Now you can add a rainbow to your photo and turn a dark picture into a colorful landscape. In nature, the rainbow appears only in certain weather conditions, but with AKVIS NatureArt it’s easy to add a rainbow or a fogbow to a photo - just choose where you want it and how it will look, and press the Run button.
The effect goes with a number of ready-to-use presets.
Now the software offers 9 nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, Frost, Fire, Ice, and Rainbow! From these effects you can create an even wider variety of natural phenomenon: snow from rain, moon from the sun, and more.
The Lightning effect has been considerably improved. It has got more options to adjust the lightning.
The presets for this effect have been updated with the new features.
The new presets have been added to the Rain and Water effects.
Also, the new version offers the History Brush that lets you fade the effect and restore the image to its original state. The new tool is available only under the Deluxe and Business licenses.
The Hand and Zoom tools have also been added. These tools make it easier to work with an image.
The possibility to create a new image with a transparent background has been unlocked in the standalone version.
The new version is compatible with Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8.
A lot of bugs have been fixed. We recommend to update to this version as soon as possible.
Users who own previous versions of AKVIS NatureArt can upgrade to Version 5.0 for free.
Test the software for 10 days free of charge!
AKVIS NatureArt runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 bit and 64 bit.
The software is available as a standalone application as well as a plugin for Photoshop and other graphics editors. The plugin edition is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc. Check the compatibility page for more details.
The functionality of the program depends on the license type. The Fire and Ice effects and the History Brush tool are only available under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses.
AKVIS NatureArt sells for $72 USD for Home version (either Plugin or Standalone, 7 effects), $129 USD for Home Deluxe (Plugin and Standalone, 9 effects and History Brush), $189 USD for Business (Plugin and Standalone, 9 effects and History Brush, for commercial use).
The product is also available in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle which includes all AKVIS software at a discounted price (60% Off).
AKVIS (akvis.com) specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released a number of successful programs.