RIP: LightZone for Linux

In order to prepare a blog entry, I wanted to reinstall LightZone for Linux only to realize that the project no longer exists. LightZone is a java-based RAW processing software edited by Light Crafts. While its first plateform is Windows, a co-worker of Light Crafts was porting LightZone to Linux and making it available free of charge.

This was stopped with version 3.0 of LightZone and even the previous version aren’t available anymore.

According to this thread in LightZone forums, the company felt it had to either offer proper support for Linux or completly stop the Linux version. The second option had to be picked due to lack of funding.

LightZone’s most interesting feature was (and still is on Windows and Mac) a very easy way to apply post-processing to only a zone of the image – much like a selection mask, but very easy to perform. Defining two selection spline, (one for the beginning of the selection gradient, the other one for the end) would allow you to do local dodging, burning and so on. Maybe an idea for someone else to pick?

My grip has always been lack of curves support, though – even if their tool was supposed to be more intuitive or whatever, I couldn’t get used to it. It is too late, now, anyway.



16 Responses to RIP: LightZone for Linux

  1. Hub says:

    So it is with proprietary software. Users left in the ditch,

  2. Halgeir says:

    Have used it, but I think it’s was very slow even on an amd64. Hopefully something else will come and replace it.

  3. Johannes Schneider says:

    Does anybody have the file yet? Can’t find any available sources…

    Google finds, but this page is down….

  4. jcornuz says:

    Hi there,

    Hub, I would have been disappointed not to read something like that from you 🙂

    Halgeir, my best bet is for RawStudio, although not ready yet.

    Johannes, the only version I found available was for “Granular Linux”, so the LightZone file has a grl extension. However, you can change it to tar.gz and open it as normal, in there you will find a LightZone directory. Then you can start messing about with Java… Good luck.

    Take care,


  5. Fool says:

    If you delete the comma at the end of the archlinux link above, you can download the file.

  6. jcornuz says:

    Thanks for the info. So the correct link to get LightZone 2.4 for Linux is:

  7. Martin says:

    Hi, LightZone 3.x for Linux will be available soon (and will be paid). So if you liked the program prepare to pay so company will support it for as long as possible.

  8. jcornuz says:

    Hi Martin,

    Thanks for the info. I’ll write a quick newsitem about it.

    Take care,


  9. Mattias Wirf says:

    Martin: Lightcrafts stated that Linux will not be supported, now they are hinting it will be supported, will, wont, will, wont. I think at least some of the users willing to pay have bought Bibble (or Lightroom if they have a dual boot) by now!

  10. Kevin says:

    They have now posted a new linux beta on their website!

  11. AR says:

    The current version of LightZone (3.5) is available for Linux and costs 199,95 US$ or 155.99 Euro.

    LightZone for Linux:

    The demo version is available for free and runs for 30 days, so no free version any more 😦

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