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.