Unfortunately, no. The Corel AfterShot/Photo Development team seems to have been completely underfunded since they first acquired the great raw processor Bibble Pro and renamed it to AfterShot Pro. Technology wise, the software had some great features that was ahead of its competition, but also its shortcomings. If Corel had actually invested in the development it could have been all in the forefront of raw processing technologies, but it has mainly been down to a few bug fixes and a new feature once in a while all since the acquisition. By that, lagging behind its competitors further and further every day. Every new product manager of the AfterShot team has had great promises for both the software and the development team's communication with the community, but so far both the development and the communication has been scarce at best.nostromo wrote:is there any way to "upgrade" my Gradfilter Pro License?
I purchased one for ASP1 and ASP2, so I thought maybe there is a reward for long-term customers who want to use it with ASP3 too, and maybe a better price for that.
Regarding the Gradfilter, I also have a paid pro version and AfterShot 2 as the latest version. The fact that AfterShot 3 was only a minor upgrade (hardly worth the main version status), and the fact that even paid customers of the GradFilter Pro version had to purchase the plugin at the same price point as new customers was the complete turn-off in my book. They didn't even bother to add features to it or improve anything and give it a new version number. Just a new forced payment for the compatibility they themselves broke with their internal Qt 5.4 kernel upgrade. So, in reality this means that those "suckers" that already had paid for it, had to move in line with all new and old AfterShot customers and shell out money for the same software they already had paid for earlier. To me it's not about the money itself, as it's a really small sum to pay, but its about the signal Corel is sending to its customers. 1. They don't appreciate the value of their existing customers. 2. They are flat out broke and has no appropriate resources for further development.
The fact is, that the GradFilter is in its current version mainly is about back level compatibility with the thousands upon thousands of images where the plugin has been used in the past, and for current basic grad level functionality. Actually, this kind of functionality should have been part of the core program. Every other major raw processor has grad filter functionality as standard. In most cases even far more advanced than the GradFilter plugin. Only Corel has the guts to charge even paid owners of this plugin twice, without even adding anything new or improved to it...(!). They really must be broke...
Introducing the New AfterShot Pro 3 by Greg Wood » Wed May 11, 2016 7:36 pm
http://forum.corel.com/EN/posting.php?m ... 0&p=326295
Since the GradFilter has its shortcomings, I did suggest an alternative that would have brought AfterShot back to the forefront with its competitors. But to no prevail.Greg Wood wrote:Gradfilter is back!
Throughout the ASP2 cycle, Gradfilter has been constantly requested. Now its back! Corel has acquired GradFilter Lite and GradFilter Pro from its original developer, Roger Barnes (thanks Roger!), and we've added both GradFilters to our plugins manager under the "Get More" tab. As in the past, Gradfilter Pro is a paid plugin. Unlike the past, Gradfilter Lite now has a small cost as well, which is effectively how we're funding the acquisition of this great plugin. At launch, through the end of May, these will be discounted so loyal upgrade customers get a special price as a thank you for your loyalty. (Lite is $1.99 USD; Pro $14.99) We're glad to have Gradfilter back.
My previously published [Suggestion] Grad Filter Plugin & Grad Layer Tool http://forum.corel.com/EN/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=56543
A gradient tool for layers would have used the same layer technology they already has integrated into AfterShot, without the limitations the GradFilter plugin has. Actually, I would have expected a functionality like this or similar with a major upgrade, but no. AfterShot is lagging behind its competition all and every day, and has done so almost since they acquired it's predecessor, Bibble Pro.
As of such, I have lost my faith in both the development team and the future of this software. I do use AfterShot Pro 2 almost every day to sort through and compare/organize images, and even convert those that don't need so much extra work, but I do also use other raw converters for my images.
I have always had my hopes that Corel, one day would put some love and dedication into this fine piece of software, but hopes are getting slim.
Please, Corel, please prove me wrong...