LView Pro. image processor

List of Features

List of Features
List of Features

List of Features

Below is a list of the main features of LView Pro. Please note that individual settings and options for each feature are not included in the list. LView Pro's HTML Help file, installed together with LView Pro, can be accessed at any time by pressing the F1 key, by clicking on one of the Help buttons present in most dialog boxes, or via the Help menu .

Image Editor Work area

Select image position between centered on the work area or at the left top corner
Rulers are available to help position artwork items. Rulers measure in pixels, inches, or centimeters
Use the grid to guide drawing and positioning, with variable spacing (pixels, inches, or centimeters). Optionally snap mouse commands to the visible grid
Adjustable image resolution for precise print size
Functional zoom, scaling from 1:32 to 32:1; zoom factor modification using the mouse or keyboard shortcut. All editing operations are available in all zoom levels
Open multiple windows for the same Image or Catalog: view the image in its normal size in one window, while editing a zoomed part of it in another window
Browse the catalog images in one window, while viewing the original image files in another window
Mouse pointers, reflecting the state and shape of the tool
Use defined layer background color

Multi-layer Images

Unlimited number of layers per image
Accessible control through the Layer Palette
Layer opacity, blending mode, and blend curves
Adjustment layers capable of performing multiple adjustment operations
Vector objects belonging to that layer are also available from the Layer Palette
All layer management commands readily available through the Layer Palette
Layer transparency masks
Free transform/deform operations on layers
Layer background color and eraser mode option for painting tools
Use of layers as animation frames
Clone frames, insert frames from disk files, change frame order, choose image replacement methods, and inter-frame delays
Full transparency support; create a single global color palette based on colors from all frames
Use one editor for both single frame images and multi-frame animations
Interactive frame relative positioning
Preview animations without leaving the editor

Vector Objects

Create and place objects on any layer
Unlimited number of objects on each layer
Create objects from shapes, lines, text, and paths
Create custom shape objects using the Shape Editor
Edit object properties from tab on the Layer palette to edit object properties
Identify objects using an individual name description
Layer palette provides a tree-like structure to control objects
Each object can have its own visibility, opacity, and blending mode
Multiple options for object rendering (stroke outline only, interior only, fill first, inverted contour)
Distinct settings for each object outline and object interior (opacity, color, texture, gradient)
Distinct brush used to stroke the object outline
Adjustable feather for filling each object's interior
Individual adjustments for each object (brightness, contrast)
Independent control over shadow effect for each object
Commands for selecting and grouping objects
Commands for arranging (stacking)
Multiple layout resources (alignment, position in image, resizing, spacing)
Convert objects to paths
Save and read objects as clip art on / from disk
Duplicate, merge, clear, and delete operations
Multiple resources for editing text fitted to curve
Objects are saved and preserved when using the LVP file format
Free transform vector objects
Deform objects with the Node Edit option


Unlimited levels of Undo and Redo operations
Floating Undo/Redo History Palette for bulk undo/redo operations
Undo/Redo with one mouse click or keyboard command

Stock Image Filters

Configurable Opacity and Blending Mode settings
Find edges
Trace contour

Stock Color Adjustments

Gamma Correction
Exponential De-contrast
Logarithmic brightness
Hyperbolic Sine

One Click, Configurable, Color Adjustments

Intuitive automated graphical image adjustments using Histograms and Curves dialogs
Adjust images with a click of a button, by using either Histograms or Curves graphical interfaces, or both
Three automatic adjustment types are supported, for normal, low, and high-key images
Histogram and Curve parameters can also be fine-tuned with slider controls or by using numeric input, for precision

Miscellaneous Image Editing

Color Channel Separation and Merging
RGB and YUV color models.
Image Color Depth
Set palette transparency entry
Creating optimized palettes or using user-supplied palettes
Optionally include Windows default colors
User defined number of palette entries
Sort or Swap palette entries
Delete unused palette entries
Save, and Open palette specifications from files
Create gray-scale palettes
Create global palette for multi-frame images
Flip Horizontal/Vertical
Rotate Left, Right, or by Angle
Resize with choice of resample filter
Multi page poster printing divides images into multiple pages
Page Setup and Print Preview
Print images with precise size

Color Selection ToolBar

Individual support for foreground and background styles and textures
Select paint colors for palette based and True Color images
Change color specifications, styles and texture using the Color Selection ToolBar
Quick selection between solid, gradient, or pattern styles
Each tool has its own set of color, gradient, pattern, and texture
Lock option allows all painting tools to share the same settings
Red / Green / Blue or Hue / Saturation / Luminance color attributes, decimal or hexadecimal base

Painting Options

Wet edge effects, available for painting tools, selection tools, and selection operations
Opacity control
Optional ink build to simulate successive strokes
Automatic ink fading (to background color or to transparency, in a user selectable number of steps)

Blending modes

Multiple blending modes are available for all painting tools and some image editing operations
Blending modes: Normal, Dissolve, Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Color Dodge, Color Burn, Darken, Lighten, RGB Darken, RGB Lighten, Difference, Exclusion, Hue, Saturation, Color, Luminosity, Saturate, De-Saturate, Emboss, Sharpen, Soften, Blur, and Smudge
Some image editing dialogs, such as Image Filters, also offer a choice of blending mode

Patterns and Paper Texture Handling

Improved Patterns and paper texture handling
Easy creation of custom patterns and textures using built-in editors
Patterns and textures are available to for all painting tools, brushes, fill tool, even for the selection fill tool

Color gradients

A variety of pre-defined color gradients (smooth color transitions) is included
Create your own gradients, from scratch or by copying from pre-defined gradients
Import/export gradients to exchange with friends and within user groups
Color Gradient Editor used in a variety of tools and image operations using the Color Selection ToolBar


The Brush Palette maintains unlimited sets of brushes, each set capable of containing an unlimited number of brushes
Three basic types of brushes are supported: Elliptical brushes (with configurable diameter, angle, roundness, density, and spacing), Bitmap brushes (created from arbitrary image selections, for maximum brush shape flexibility), and Picture brushes
Each brush paints in one of three user selectable modes: Normal, Threshold, and Outline
Paint brushes can use the Gradient mode (G button): paints with color gradient, using the Global Color gradient
Paint with mouse pointers that reflect the currently selected brush shape. Select from brush Image, brush Outline, or brush Threshold. Optionally, use precise mouse pointers for non-brush tools
Paint an image over another image with the Clone Brush, choosing between aligned, non-aligned, or stationary mode
Replace colors with static or dynamic settings with the Pencil Tool

Picture Brushes

Get started with the initial set of picture brushes included with the software, and then create your own brushes from any image
Use picture brushes to quickly decorate artwork
Achieve unique effects by stroking text created as path with picture brushes
Use picture brushes anywhere a regular brush is used, with the same painting options

Color Matching

Match colors by Red/Green/Blue components, by Hue/Saturation/Value attributes, or by Brightness
User defined tolerance factor, matches similar colors
Color matching is used in several operations, such as Color Fill, Selection Fill, Transparent Pixel removal, etc

Semi-transparent Selections

Image selections allow partial selection, ranging from full opacity to full transparency
Selection Feather (with wet edges), Anti-aliasing, Expand/contract
Change opacity (Threshold, Scale), Soften, Grow similar, All-similar, Boundary
Selections as masks for transparency weighted application of Color adjustments, Histograms, Curves, Filters, etc.
Send/retrieve selections to/from editor
Free Transformation and Free Deformation for floating and non-floating selection areas
Precise selection and cutout definition from Paths
Select rectangles, ovals, circles, squares, or custom shapes
Free selection tool
Selection Fill tool
Combine selections by adding or subtracting from selected areas
Save selections to the disk for later use
Copy and paste selections to/from the image or clipboard
Paste from the clipboard into new or existing selections or create new layers
Move or clone selected areas
Use selections to clip painting operations
Drop Shadows from selected areas
Change the selection transparency and increase its feather
Colorize selected areas
Crop image to selected area

Shape Selection tool

Edit or create new shapes using the Selection Shape Editor
Custom shapes can be resized/rotated by dragging the mouse
Creates custom shapes from paths
Import/export custom shapes to exchange with friends and within user groups

Free transformations

Interactively transform objects, selections and paths
Move, rotate, skew, symmetric skew (for perspective)
Preview operations with fast draft mode
Confirm operations with precise mode
Undo/redo free transformation operations before confirming
Preserve aspect ratio, constrain movement to angle (operation dependant 45 and 15 degree options)

Free deformations

Similar to free transformation operations, but not constrained to straight bounding segments
Deform selections and paths by freely distorting its bounding segments. Create new anchor points and curves
Use one of the pre-defined bounding shapes, and graphically define interior distances
Use the same convenient editing options available for free transformations (undo/redo, preview, confirm)

Image deformation tools

Rotating Mirrors
Spiky Halo
Twirl, Warp, Wave, Whirl, Spinning Wheel
Cylinder (Concave/Convex, Horizontal/Vertical Cylinder)
Perspective - Horizontal, Perspective - Vertical
Pinch, Punch
Skew - Horizontal, Skew - Vertical
Ellipse, Triangle, Lozenge, Pentagon, Hexagon

Image Effects

Edge Fill
Edge Glow
Gradient Colorize
Mosaic Antique
Mosaic Glass
Motion Blur
Seamless pattern
Symmetric pattern

Buttonize Effect

Horizontal and vertical percentages for the button edges
Splits edges
Uses color gradients
Buttonize features are available, through Global Buttonize Settings, available from all commands using the Buttonize check box

Shape and Line tools

Create lines and shapes as objects
Full support for custom shapes

Fill tool

Uses gradients with opacity/transparency settings
Has number of repetitions for gradient use
Multiple gradient styles, including the grayscale and shape
Localized fill for selections using the Alt key
Fill with solid colors, Patterns, or Gradients.
Use Color Matching to limit the filling area
Fill within selections

Text Tool

Create text as a vector object, group of sub-paths, or as a selection
Edit and change text object settings using the text tab of the Objects dialog
Full control over text font, size, style (color, gradient, texture), properties (bold, italic), alignment (justified, aligned left/right), anti-aliasing, and character spacing using the text dialog
Fit text object to any curve object, with multiple settings for orientation and positioning
Free transform text with the free transformation interactive tool
Free deform text objects with the Node Edit option

Crop Tool

Define and adjust crop areas, with intuitive graphical and precise numeric interface.
Option to preserve aspect ratio while cropping
Rotate and crop on the same operation

Pen tool and Paths

For precise and reusable drawing, and selection area definition
Magnetic Pen for creation of image cutouts
Interactively draw and edit lines and bezier curves
Create selections from polygons enclosed in paths or sub-paths
Create selections from path (or sub-path) boundaries
Stroke paths with the brush or line tools
Fill paths (sub-paths) with the fill tool
Free transform and Free deform paths, sub-paths, or path points
Fill all sub-paths button: individually fills each sub-path
Localized fill path using the Alt key

Photo Package Builder

Create a photo package sheet for any image
Select among popular photo package formats
Optionally use display effects like Crop, Buttonize, and enlarge
Configurable resolution to match output device optimal resolution


Overlay images with calendars
Select color, text, and size
Choose from single month or full year (with selectable number of columns) calendar
Calendars are created as floating selections that can be moved, sized, free transformed/deformed, or even promoted to layer status

Digital Camera and Scanner

LView Pro interfaces with your digital camera or scanner (TWAIN compliant)
Images are transferred directly into LView Pro, to be edited and saved
Transfer images one at a time or in bulk

Pressure Pad Support

Pressure sensitive tablet available for painting tools, tablet control options accessible at all times
Pen pressure sensitivity can be used to dictate opacity, color, or size
Use of tablet pressure achieves realistic paintbrush emulation

Plug-in filters

LView Pro hosts Adobe Photoshop® compatible plug-in filters, the standard for external image processing filters
Available Plug-in filters are listed in a floating palette, divided by category, for quick access
Plug-in filters are automatically located by searching folders of your choice

Full screen previews

Accessible from the Image File Browser and any Multiple Open Document
Zoom in/out, fit image to screen, display in original size, fit to screen, and scroll
Enhance zoomed areas of the image for smoother display
Optionally display file names, with or without path
Navigation commands, next/previous/first/last image
Keyboard and mouse commands, context menus

EXIF support

Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) support
read/write information stored in JPEG files by most digital cameras and other imaging devices
Preserve EXIF information when saving JPEG files

Screen Saver

19 unique image replacement Effects
19 unique image Transitions
Keyboard control allows image browsing
Read images from a folder of from file names in a text file

Image File Browser

Use a Windows Explorer like interface to browse image files
Full support for drag & drop operations
Complete file and folder management implementing copy, move, delete, and rename operations
Fast incremental image preview

Multiple Open documents

Batch Print, Slide Show, Contact Sheet, and Web Gallery
Automate lengthy, time-consuming tasks over multiple image files
Accept drag & drop from LView Image browser and/or the Windows Explorer
The list of files from one multiple open document can be saved and retrieved from disk for further use with other multiple open documents
Full Screen Image Preview of the images on the list
Multiple Open operations can be processed in background, with user selectable background priority level, allowing full use of the other editors, including the Image Editor

Contact Sheet Builder

Create contact sheets of sets of images
Select images from different folders and automatically scan sub-folders
Full control over all contact sheet settings
Optionally use Buttonize effect
Optionally include file names, with selectable text font, and adjustable text height
Optimize thumbnail display by optionally rotating and/or cropping pictures, adjusting thumbnail area and spacing
Select thumbnail order, paper size, orientation, and resolution
Save individual settings for later use

Slide Show Viewer

Select images from different folders and automatically scan sub-folders
Optionally display file names
Sequential or random slide frame advancement
Selectable slide time interval
Save individual slide show settings for later use

Web Gallery Builder

Fast, easy, and configurable way to automate the process of exhibiting pictures on the Web
Create Web Gallery sites complete with index page and individual image pages
Default settings allow a quick start to create a Web Gallery
Configurable HTML or image related options allowing the creation of a uniquely customized Web Gallery
Point and click interface makes it easy to configure individual areas of the Web Gallery
Full control over HTML page and table generation
Automatically generated background images, based on the image being displayed
Optional use of display effects, such as Buttonize, seamless pattern, and variable opacity
Include a textual description for the index page, and use individual descriptions for each image
Textual descriptions are embedded "as is" in HTML pages, allowing any HTML content
Save individual Web Gallery settings for later use

Image Catalogs

Manage large number of image files, copy/move/rename/delete image files
Optionally store thumbnails (miniatures of the original images) and text descriptions
Make slide shows with the original images, featuring interactive or timed slide advancement
Browse original images in Full Screen mode
Batch-convert image files

Proprietary File Format

LView Pro loss less proprietary file format for multi layer images (LVP)
Saves all editing elements: layers, masks, adjustment settings, path, transparency, animation, objects
Includes JPG compressed copy of merged image, for quick previewing and multiple open operation

Graphics File Formats

The formats most commonly found on the Internet and in Microsoft Windows environments:
BMP: Windows and OS/2 Bitmap
GIF: GIF87a and GIF89a: Support for transparency, interlacing, and animation.
JPG: Joint Photographer's Experts Group compression, JFIF format, support for progressive encoding and decoding
PBM: Jef Poskanzer's Portable Bitmap
PNG: Portable Network Graphics, support for transparency mask
TGA : Truevision TARGA, support for transparency mask
PCX : ZSoft's PCX
RAW: Raw bitmap file
TIFF : Aldu's Tagged Image File Format

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