Capture One Pro 8.1 was released recently with a focus on improving your workflow. Not too long ago I covered the new round-trip feature to Photoshop. In this post I will concentrate on the other powerful workflow enhancers in version 8.1.
Quick Cursor Tools
Many of the cursor tools in Capture One have additional functions if you click and hold on them. For example, with the crop tool, it brings up additional options for adjusting the aspect ratio.
Now in 8.1, this contextual menu can be accessed at any time in the Capture One viewer, simply by Control or right-clicking.
The additional benefit is that we can actually access all the features in the Crop tool, not just what is available from the cursor menu.
You will find a similar result if you experiment with the other cursor tools. Any of the picker tools can be very useful in this respect.
For example, if we choose the Pick Curve Point, we can right-click to get access to the Curve tool itself.
Try a few of the others and see what you find. It can really limit the amount of travelling your cursor has to do, when you can have the tools quick at hand where you need them.
Find and Replace Naming and more Tokens!
The ability to name and rename is also enhanced in 8.1. More naming tokens have been added and split up into different ’Groups’ to make them simpler to navigate.
Additionally, there is also a ‘Find and Replace’ function when batch-renaming. The Batch Renaming tool can be accessed by selecting a number of images to rename, then right-click on one and choose ‘Batch Rename”.
In the Batch Renaming tool, the ‘Method’ can be changed from the traditional token-based way, or changed to the new ‘Find and Replace’ method.
This is a great way for quickly and easily editing the file name or parts of the file name.
For those of you working in the studio or on location that require critical alignment of the subject, the addition of multiple guides is a nice added benefit. In the past, one horizontal and vertical guide were available by clicking on the show guides button on the tool bar.
Now additional guides can be added from the ‘View Menu’.
Note, that in the same menu you can also Lock, Clear and hide the guides. You might like to set up your own shortcuts for these.
Once shown, guides can be repositioned simply by hovering the cursor over them. Additionally, guides can be removed by dragging them to the edge. The current location of the guide is also shown at the edge of it. This can be very useful if aligning the subject for layout.
Other new features in Capture One Pro 8.1
Additionally in version 8.1 (as well as the usual additions of camera and lens support), the following other features have been added.
- Improved Auto Adjustments
- Up to 16 layers in Local Adjustments
- Additional TIFF processing options
This is all part of our accelerated development to deliver more new features on a regular basis in Capture One. Watch this space for more!
All the best,