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New PTlens is A Natural Solution For Real Estate Photography

Published: 06/07/2008
By: larry

If you are a Real Estate Photographer that uses Lightroom or Aperture what you need is an little application that interfaces with these two applications that will fix lens barrel distortion and converging verticals and doesn't cost a bundle. PTlens has been close to filling this need for a long time. But the latest version does it all:

  1. It automatically fixes barrel distortion based on EXIF data. That is it recognizes which lens you used and knows how to fix barrel distortion for that particular lens. PTlens a huge database of lenses included.
  2. It can fix converging verticals every bit as as nicely as the "Distort>Lens Correction..." in Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop Elements.
  3. It has a batch mode that will do barrel distortion processing on all the images in a folder.
  4. It is available for Windows, Vista and Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher
  5. It works as a Plugin to Lightroom 2.0, Aperture 2.1 and Photoshop CS3 plus you get a stand alone version.
  6. It cost $15!

What this means is that if you are a beginning real estate photographer you can now get by very nicely with either Lightroom 2.0 and PTlens ( $299 +$15) or Aperture and PTlens ($199 + $15).

Warning: As of this writing, PTlens only works with Lightroom 2.0 (this is the version that is currently in Beta) because it uses the new, improved plug-in interface in Lightroom 2.0. It does work with Aperture 2.1 (the currently shipping version).

Thanks to PFRE reader Terry Roden for pointing out that Tom Niemann recently released this new version. This is an important development for real estate photographers!

After trying out the Lightroom 2.0 plug-in, the Aperture plug-in and the stand-alone version of  PTlens I find that I much prefer PTlens to the Photoshop CS3 Distort>Lens Correction filter and to DxO.

12 comments on “New PTlens is A Natural Solution For Real Estate Photography”

  1. Larry, thanks for the update. Installation went smoothly in LR 2, I never knew LT would accept it. Installation in Photoshop CS2 was automatic and I had to manually install it in CS3.

    One thing I found out was it will also work in LR 1.4 and installation was the same as LR 2 and it seems to operate the same way.

  2. Did you guys get this to work with Aperture 2.1? The plugin just refused to open any image file inside Aperture saying it just supports jpeg and tiff (which, by the way, is pretty dumb for a plug-in for a RAW editing and management application).

  3. Yes, I've used PTlens with Aperture 2.1 to work on RAW files. I just went back and verified that I can use it on RAW files and it works fine for me.

  4. You don't install PTlens into LR, but rather install them separately. Then follow the instructions in PTlens for using it as an external editor in LR. Its help says:

    "Lightroom External Editor
    In Lightroom chose Edit > Preferences and choose PTLens.exe as an Additional External Editor. File PTLens.exe is located in the installation directory (default = c:\Program Files\ePaperPress\PTLens\PTLens.exe). To invoke PTLens select an image and choose "Photo > Edit in PTLens". Ctrl-click or Shift-click to select several images to batch process in PTLens. "

    BTW, PTlens now costs $25! 🙂

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