The Photoline devs are reconsidering their stance on providing a native Linux version of Photoline.
As most Linux users are aware, unless you install an older version of Photoshop under WINE, there is not any image editor available on Linux platforms that can compete with Photoshop.
Gimp is fine, although it still lacks many features that are available in both Photoshop and Photoline (for advanced image editing, that is).
If Photoline would be made available for Linux, it would allow Linux users to have access to a powerful professional image editor, not unlike Photoshop in terms of raw image editing power (without the 3d fluff and video support, though).
Photoline already runs without issues under WINE, and the developers actually make certain that it keeps running flawlessly under WINE. But they are now wondering whether a native Linux version would be viable, or not.
What do you think? Would Linux users be interested? Would a commercial image editor be viable on Linux?
As a Linux user you can test Photoline under WINE. Download it at www.pl32.com.
A short list of Photoline’s outstanding features:
- full 8/16/32bit per channel support, Lab, RGB, CMYK, greyscale, bitmap.
- no need for image mode switches: layers with any image mode and bit depth can be combined freely in the same layer stack.
- full adjustment layers (the most common ones are compatible with Photoshop, and PSD files making use of these are read by Photoline).
- adjustments such as the Curve colour adjustment layer can work directly in RGB, Lab, HSV, and HIS without the need for an image mode switch (unlike Photoshop).
- full layer masking. Layer masks behave like regular layers, and unlike Photoshop, they can be grouped into grouped masks. Adjustment and effect layers, as well as layer effects, can be applied to layer masks in Photoline.
- virtual layers allow for re-use and cloned instances of existing layers, groups, and layer masks. These update in realtime(!) - unlike smart objects in Photoshop.
- external file layers that update automatically when the external file is changed.
- multiple page support
- most of the workflow is non-destructive.
- compatible with standard Photoshop plugins
- reads Photoshop brush libraries
- reads Photoshop gradient libraries
- full vector layer support and editing (true vectors that can be output as such).
- SVG import and export
- external app link that allows for almost any image editing tool to function as a plugin to Photoline. Works great with Krita, for example. Even PDF compatible applications work: editing a vector layer in InkScape is possible as well, and then sending the changes back to Photoline.
- layer opacity from -200%(!) up to +200% for far more control than Photoshop and other image editors.
- layer effects. Also a number of layer effects that are unique to Photoline.
- GUI can be set to any light or dark setting.
- supports multi-layered EXR files out of the box (Photoshop lacks this)
- non-destructive RAW editing.
- adjustment layers can be grouped in a “super” adjustment layer for easier layer management.
- vector layers can be snapped to the pixel grid, on a per layer basis, and/or document wide.
- Document mode which acts as a simple DTP application.
- Full colour management, and linear mode.
- built-in image management (“Bridge” and “mini Bridge”)
The latest beta version introduced many interface refinements, and functionality such as a guide creator for easy grid systems (and guides can be based on formulas for their position!!!).
About me: I have switched to Photoline after having been a loyal Photoshop user since version 3 (not CS3!). I now do all my professional and personal work in Photoline, with a combination of Krita and InkScape, etc.