Kaleider 4.8 and 4.8.1
- New Features
With Kaleider 4.8, the Kaleider Screensaver is free! Also,
some fairly major improvements in functionality and memory efficiency.
Further details below: (Also see
- Free Screensaver => The fully functional
Kaleider Screensaver is now freeware! The screensaver is no longer
included in the main Kaleider trial download, so existing customers (and
everybody else!) please download the latest version from the Kaleider Screensaver page.
- Upscaling => The Upscaling process has been entirely revamped to greatly
improve the efficiency of memory usage. This should make it possible to
render and save significantly larger images. Upscaling is also more
capable now of handling the most complicated situations, such as 'compound' effects
(a sequence of effects on the same image), source image color shifting, etc.
Right Triangle Funnels => A new Right
Triangle based Funnel has
been added, along with the usual Split variation .
As with other Funnels, the final results can often be greatly improved by
rendering with Improved Quality .
Areas => A Pattern
can optionally be confined to a specified portion of the window display so that any
rendered effects will appear only within that area. (The full window is still
used to display source images.) For example, the current Pattern Area
might be set to a square, framed by black (or some other color).
Masks can be applied within a
Pattern Area, a round Mandala within a square Pattern Area
for instance. Options are available to Save and Copy only the
current Pattern Area (rather than the full window). The
Pattern Area screen provides
options for defining the dimensions, position and functionality of the current
- Minimized Buttons => The effect buttons
on the Kaleider Tools panel can be 'collapsed' so that only the
currently active effect buttons appear under the Kaleids, Mirrors
and Funnels labels. Those labels can be clicked to toggle the
collapsed/expanded appearance of the buttons. When collapsed,
the arrow button can be clicked to show the
full panel of buttons off to the side so that a different effect can be
selected. This option is meant to better accomodate people who use small
screens or who prefer to resize the Kaleider window to a small area.
It perhaps makes it more practical to increase the Interface Scale (in
Appearance Options) so that
larger text and buttons are displayed. It also provides more space for
possible added effects in the future. The effect panels will be automatically
collapsed when the window is too small to show them in expanded mode. People
with large enough screens might well prefer to continue using the original,
Animate Colors => The Animate Colors feature has been greatly expanded and
enhanced. Now there are 5 Colorize Methods: Garish
(essentially the original method), Iridescent, Neonic,
Opalescent and Contusive. The Cycle Type
parameter can be set to Switch Colors or Forward/Reverse. The
Animate Colors Options screen has been redesigned to allow interactive
experimentation, so that the results of parameter adjustments can be reflected
on the main screen in real-time. The current Color Step can be adjusted
via a slider (the slider can also be moved with the Arrow keys or the mouse
wheel). Animate Colors Options can be conveniently accessed by
right-clicking the Colors button.
The Automatic Effects Configuration
screen has been revised to add a Colors tab, replacing the old on/off
Animate Colors option, making it possible to randomly activate Animate
Colors based on a frequency percentage (instead of just always on or always
- Lost Effects => Since the Virtually
Tile Source Image option was added several versions ago, it has been very easy
to shift an effect tile to a location 'outside of the window' without realizing it
-- the program would just make the necessary calculations to retrieve pixels as if
the source image were infinitely, seamlessly tiled. But then if Remake
(or the Z key) was used to redisplay the effect outline at its current location,
the outline would not be visible, seemingly lost. Prior to this version, to avoid such awkward, confusing situations, the
program would force the effect back onto the screen so that the effect outline
would be visible. Unfortunately, that would cause the shifted-to position to
be lost, and the effect would not be recreated exactly as before. With
Kaleider 4.8, a message will be displayed instead to indicate that the
effect is outside of the window. The position can then be adjusted if desired
by using the Effect Controls, or a box can be clicked to re-position the
effect outline to the center of the screen -- or it's also fine to just re-render
the effect at its current, off-screen location.
- Other => Quite a few miscellaneous
enhancements and fixes were made with Kaleider 4.8. Here are some of
the most notable:
- The rendering algorithms for some of the
3D Mirrors have been improved, especially for Spherical and
Ellipsoidal Mirrors. Upscaling should be more accurate for
all 3D Mirrors.
- The timing for video captures should be more accurate when the Automatically
Adjust Capture Timing option is set. An option has been added to the
Video Options screen for Capture
Pattern Area Only.
- All of the Open and Save Dialogs for images and other files have been updated
to newer, more capable styles.
- If an ICC Color Profile is stored within a source image file, then that
information will now be retained with any saved Kaleider generated images
that were derived from that source image (for JPG, TIFF, PNG and PSD image
formats). Also, the Save / Quick Save Options screen includes a new
option to similarly copy and save EXIF data from original source images
(again applying to JPG, TIFF, PNG and PSD formats). The default Save
Directory can now automatically be set to the last folder saved to.
- The Scripting feature has
been enhanced to better perform a 'snapshot' capture of the actions needed to
recreate the currently displayed effect. Just press the Script Rec
button twice to turn Script Recording on and off. That would
immediately capture the source image used and the effect (or effects) applied, along
with the position, size, rotation, scaling, color shifting, etc. Room,
Mask and Surface status would also be captured. That
Recorded Sequence could then be saved as a Script, which could later
be played to reproduce the same effect. A digital artist, for example, might
use this capability after an interesting image has been created to store a record
of the actions needed to recreate that image. Potentially, the Script
Control and Editing function could then be used to tweak parameter values, or
even render with different source images.
The 4.8.1 release of Kaleider fixes a glitch with anomalous lines that
would appear in some situations within Upscaled and Improved Quality
rendered images. Also a few minor improvements. These changes did not
the affect the Kaleider Screensaver which is still at version 4.8.
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