Cremona, Italy – Independent developer Mirko Viviani today is pleased to announce Lyn 1.3 for Mac OS X, an update to his low-cost, fast, and lightweight image viewer and browser designed for photographers, graphic artists, and web designers. Lyn 1.3, a full 64 bit application, introduces a new editing inspector with histogram, filters and effects, an integrated movie player and a camera import panel.
Lyn 1.3 provides native support for all popular image formats, such as: JPEG, TIFF, JPEG2000, PNG, TGA, BMP, ECW, HDR, OpenEXR, PPM, SGI, XBM, XPM, PFM, Animated GIF, and all other formats supported by OS X. With its combined cache, swap, tiling, and on-the-fly scaling technology, it can load and display truly high-resolution progressive images. In addition, Lyn 1.3 supports multi-core processing, single or multiple monitors, and Camera RAW and DNG files from most DSLRs.
The tiny Lyn application, from indipendent developer Mirko Viviani, steps in the battle between Apple’s Aperture and Adobe’s Lightroom. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, Lyn provides these widely used industry leaders some serious competition at a fraction of their size and cost. It does allow non-destructive image editing such as transformations, cropping, flipping, rotations and IPTC editing as special file attributes. Lyn is able to browse photo libraries created with iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom.
Lyn 1.3 brings a new editing inspector with filters and effects. Adjust the exposure, color temperature, contrast or reveal shadow details. The new effect filters lets the photographer converts photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone or add a vignette border.
As an image viewer and browser, Lyn includes a host of useful features. With its multi-threading operations, it uses all the power of the host CPU, speeding through batch conversions and other processor-intensive tasks. It supports High Dynamic-Range images, including RGBA float and RGBA double, as well as radiance, PFM, and OpenEXR images. The app’s color profile management capabilities detect and apply embedded profiles or color profiles specified in the Exif or Makernote section. Users can easily view common metadata attached to their images: Comments, Exif, Cameras’ makernote, GPS, GeoTIFF, and IPTC. The new Map layout intuitively display images with assigned GPS location and lets the photographer manually geo-tag and modify locations.
* Progressive display, on single or multiple monitor configurations, of images of virtually any size
* Multi-threading to take advantage of multicore CPUs
* Display color corrected images and soft-proofing function
* Compatible with High Dynamic-Range images like TIFF float as well as Radiance and OpenEXR
* Common metadata parser: Exif, Camera’s makernote, GPS, GeoTIFF, and IPTC
* Non-destructive editing for transformation and filters
* Editing inspector with filters and effects: temperature and tint, exposure, brightness, contrast, highlight and shadow. Black and white, sepia tone, vignette.
* Image navigation with Apple Remote Control or Magic Trackpad
* User switchable thumbnails’ cache
* Filtering by tags and metadata
* Fullscreen and slideshow with music
* Full IPTC editing with user-defined presets
* Batch operations: convert and rename
* User defined places
* Easily browse iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom libraries
* Share your images on Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, SmugMug, 500px and Picasa Web Albums
* Maps layout: geotag your photographs and edit locations with a simple drag and drop
* Integrated QuickTime movie player
Designers can browse images fullscreen or as a slideshow on a single or multiple monitor system. Navigating through images is simplified with Apple Remote Control and Magic Trackpad support. Lyn also has built-in connectivity to allow publishing to Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, SmugMug, 500px and Picasa; email photos using Mail.app, Mailplane, or Postbox. Photographers can easily mark photos with flags, rate photos for sorting (1 to 5 stars), assign keywords, add color labels or assign location. Photos can be filtered and sorted with the Search toolbar field or displayed chronologically from oldest to newest or the reverse.
“Photographers, graphic artists, and web designers looking for a simple, uncomplicated way to view, browse, tag and share images should try the free download of Lyn”, stated independent developer Mirko Viviani.
* U.S. English, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian
* Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later
* PPC G4 or better processor
* Any Intel processor
* 50.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Lyn 1.3 for OS X is only $20.00 (USD) and is available directly from the Lyn website. A Free Trial Download is also provided. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Cremona, Italy, indie developer Mirko Viviani is a software developer from back in the Amiga days (1990). He then moved to NEXTSTEP writing a video driver. He later joined GNUstep to help the project in the UI and database areas. Mirko followed that with work in the Enterprise Java world in banking applications for both the web/user side and in the content delivery network sector. Most recently, he has returned to the OS X and iOS markets to develop quality user applications. Copyright (C) 2010-2013 Mirko Viviani. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhoto, Aperture, Mac, and OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Lightroom is a registered trademark of Adobe. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.