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PhotoLine running on Windows 7
PhotoLine running on Windows 7
Developer(s) Computerinsel GmbH
Initial release January 1996; 21 years ago (1996-01)
Stable release
20.02 / February 22, 2017; 5 months ago (2017-02-22)
Development status Active
Operating system Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
Available in 5 languages
Type Raster graphics editor
License Proprietary

PhotoLine is a raster and vector graphics editor for Windows and Mac OS X. Its features include 16 bits of color depth, full color management, support of RGB, CMYK and Lab color models, layer support, and non-destructive image manipulation. It can also be used for desktop publishing.


  • raster graphics editing, vector graphics editing and basic desktop publishing
  • full color management, and, Monitor proofing
  • RGB, CMYK, Lab and grayscalecolor models; color models and ICC profiles can be chosen on a layer by layer basis
  • 8, 16 and 32 bits of colour depth per channel
  • full layer support, including blending modes and grouping
  • non-destructive editing
  • filters, brushes and adjustment layers can be used in Lab and HIS color modes (HIS is a variant of HSL), independently of the color model of the underlying image layer
  • vector layers and text layers including spell checking and character and paragraph styles and text flow inside or around objects.
  • multi page documents, including text flow between pages
  • supports Photoshop plugins and PSP tubes[1]
  • support for pressure-sensitive graphics tablets
  • support for Photoshop PSD files, PDF files, animated GIFs, Adobe Flash animations, and, SVGs
  • camera raw image format support based upon dcraw
  • macro (action) recording and batch processing

Language support[edit]

PhotoLine is available in the following languages: English, German, French, Italian and Chinese.[2]

File format [edit]

Native PhotoLine files have the file extension .PLD or .pld which is an abbreviation of "PhotoLine Document". It may contain embedded JPEG, PNG or camera raw images. In addition it includes a preview image in JPEG or PNG format which can be used by the OS or third-party programs for displaying a thumbnail of the image. On Mac OS X thumbnails are supported natively, for Windows the FastPictureViewer Standalone Codec Pack provides the ability to display thumbnails inside the Windows Explorer.

Version history[edit]

Originally, PhotoLine was developed for the Atari ST computer. Version 2 was the first version for Windows, and since Version 6, PhotoLine is also available for Mac OS.

Version Release date Significant changes
1[3] January 1996
  • classic image editor for Atari ST without layers
2 July 1997
  • first Windows version (for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0)
  • alpha channels
  • layer support
  • multiple undo
3 January 1998
  • vector layers
  • morphing tool
  • additional import and export formats
4 July 1998
  • macro recording
  • batch conversion
4.5 November 1998
  • full pattern support extending also to vector layers
5[4] February 1999
  • text layers and typographic support
6[5] October 1999
  • poster and label printing
  • virtual scaling and rotating
  • first version for Mac OS 8.5
7[6] 2000
8[7] 2001/02
  • PDF handling
  • calendar creator
  • slideshow
9[8] Fall 2002
  • web export
  • clipping layers
  • line patterns
  • nondestructive layer distorsions
10[9] Fall 2003
11[10] 19 October 2004
  • Dynamic animations using the Flash format
  • Radial blur
  • PDF export
  • Barcode generation
  • advanced layer effects
  • path text
12[11] 19 September 2005
  • various filters for digital images (white point, chromatic aberration, noise, color temperature)
  • creation of HDR images
  • CIE Lab color space
  • simple 3D bodies
13[12] 29 September 2006
  • multiprocessor support
  • USB stick mode
  • text styles
  • repair brush
  • spell checker (on Mac OS X native / Windows Aspell)
14[13] 9 November 2007
  • improved creation of HDR images
  • crop tool
  • brush editor
  • handling of IPTC-data
  • gray mixer
15[14] 15 January 2009
  • support for 64 bit processors
  • editing of color bends
  • red eye removal tool
  • ray tool
  • harmonic colors
  • variable blur tool
  • SVG Import
16[15] 21 April 2010
  • adjustment layer panel
  • liquify tool for image distortion
  • vector morphing
  • color filters
  • QR-code
17[16] 13 December 2011
  • object removal tool
  • quick masking and border matting tools
  • image extraction tool
  • content aware scaling
  • selective color correction
  • threshold adjustment layer
18[17] 4 October 2013
  • distort and straighten tool
  • hue editor
  • vector operations: union, intersection, difference and exclusion (XOR)
  • full 32 bit (float) color depth
  • interaction with external programs
  • adjustable user interface color
  • automatic guides for easy positioning of elements
  • WebP import and export
19[18] 25 May 2015
  • Dehaze
  • Wipe Effects
  • Color To Transparency
  • Document Color List
  • Spot color / Tint Color
  • Enhanced Line Styles
  • Placeholder Layers
  • Support PDF/X1a and PDF/X3
  • Overprint

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