Registration notes

Posting rules: It shouldn't need saying, but... play nice. Please keep your discussions civil. You can disagree, just don't be disagreeable. And, of course, all of the usual stuff like no spamming. Tex adds: I'll be rigorously enforcing this as we go along. We're probably going to be a small community in a little lifeboat, so we can't have members at each others' throats. This is for the sake of the project as a whole. So when you post, pretend you're speaking in person with your very wealthy auntie who has always treated you wonderfully and currently lists you prominently in her will. I won't be tossing anyone out of the forums because we are all in this together (except spammers: immediate membership cancelation), but I'll delete suspect posts right away.

Registration is a three step process! 

  1. After providing your username and email address....AND RE-READING IT!!! (too many people have typed their email addresses incorrectly...)----and the email you provide must be legitimate and one that you check regularly.....
  2. We immediately send you an automated email with a one-time log-in link.   You should receive this email very quickly---something like under 10 minutes. If you do not there is something wrong.   If you do not get this email check your spam folder, or try again, or contact us if you are having problems from the "Contact" page link found on the menu bar, but please read the instructions on the contact page!  In order to help you we will need some information from you.  We check the site multiple times a day, and also our email in the event you have had a problem.   If you do not receive the automated email, do not wait more than 1 hour to contact us unless you know that your email is especially slow (remote areas and/or places with poor internet).  We will help you as soon as we can.
  3. You must follow the instructions in the email to activate your account by logging in again through the one time link.   Please complete the process as soon as you can, otherwise we will delete your account.

Update, March 5 2014:  Approval is now automatic.






Can't wait to try it out!

Can't wait to try it out!

The dowload block did not

The dowload block did not magically appear

Possibly you were not yet

Possibly you were not yet approved?  Try again, please.

Testing of account approval

This post is a test of account approval...

Everything was fine until I

Everything was fine until I tried to download the windows version.the link is not working/

2 days later , I am still not able to download the software??? Why , please?

Could you be more specific,

Could you be more specific, please?  When i click on the link I immediately get a Windows box asking me what to do with the file, Save or Cancel.  Are you not getting your Windows message?  It won't let you download?  The link is working for me....

I'm not sure I fully understand what's going on.  We can help I hope if we get more information.

I am getting the typical

I am getting the typical error message about a non existing link or web page                 Cette page Web ne peut pas s’afficher

•Vérifiez que l’adresse Web est correcte.
•Recherchez la page avec votre moteur de recherche.
•Actualisez la page dans quelques minutes.
•Vérifiez que les protocoles TLS et SSL sont activés. Accédez à Outils > Options Internet > Avancé > Paramètres > Sécurité

 I checked everything on my side but I cannot get to the web page...

I don't know what to say

I don't know what to say about this----the link you embedded above works fine for me, and it does from the download box also.  The problem is either at your end or with your ISP.

I don't know what to say

I don't know what to say about this----the link you embedded above works fine for me, and it does from the download box also.  The problem is either at your end or with your ISP.  Did you try the Torrent link?

1.. 2... 3 ...

Test !!! 


I understand that you guys are operating with very limited resources, and it makes much more sense to work on the LightZone sources than on the web site (or the approval process). I have a license for LZ 3.5 (from back in 2008 I think). How about having a shortcut for the approval process if somebody has a valid license key? 


Thanks for listening, and I am looking forward to playing with the newest version of LZ soon. 

It's nice to download the

It's nice to download the lightzone. thanks

Hello, i am registered but i

Hello, i am registered but i cant see the dowload link



how long before i get

how long before i get approved ?

no download links after registering



i'm not sure what i am doing wrong. registered over one moth ago, can log on but see no download link even trying different browsers.







You have been approved.  If

You have been approved.  If you can see your post here that is evidence of approval.  Try clearing your browser---thoroughly---closing it and re-opening , then log in again and see if the links are there.  Alternately try logging in from a different device---just as a test.  If you continue to have problems then use the "Contact Us" menu bar button.  I will try to help you further.

nice free program

Please approve. I know your sleeping.

Really excited...

...To get started! The only thing holding me back from completely switching from Windows to Linux at home was not knowing about LZ. I can't wait to give it a try!

A bunch of Ions

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kind regards



hi all

I setup my account 7 weeks

I setup my account 7 weeks ago and still do not seem to be approved. I cannot see the download box in the left column. I have cleared my cache and logged in/out, but to no avail. :(

You are approved, and

You are approved, and probably have been for a long time.  Have you tried accessing from a different machine?  And why wait so long to contact us? Please send me your password, and i will attempt to log in as you.  But 100% of the time i have done this for other people, I get right in and there are the download links.  No magic involved.


Hi, I can't wait to try this program !!!!!!!


Hope you enjoy it. You've

Hope you enjoy it. You've been approved.

$1 for any new registration

Dear tex,

You would get a good money for a $1 or $5 dollar per regitration and download of your (now free) software ... Don´t you like money ?


waiting for manual approval



Looking forward to trying out this software, I have used the trial of Lightroom and loved it only to then find out about your software and I am interested in seeing how it compares :)

..Register, ...approve. Come

..Register, ...approve. Come on guys, your software maybe be good, but for sure you know how to stress your users!

Please email me and explain

Please email me and explain how this is stressful.

Looking forward to trying this software

I'm looking forward to trying this software. I've been looking for open source replacements to some of my favorite paid apps for some time since the costs are becoming prohibative. I've read a lot of good things about this software so far and am excited to try it out.


Hello ...



Waiting for manual approval.

Thank you

Hard to wait



I tried LightZone ages ago, but ended up using RawTherapy / DarkeTable.

RT is still my favourite, but I have certain problems with FX raw files.

Impatient to see what LZ can bring to the table.


FX raw files seem to be

FX raw files seem to be giving everyone a bit of a problem.  We've had our ups and downs.

RT is still a really excellent choice for "pure" raw conversion.  It exceeds LZ in a few ways.  We are better on the selective editing side still, I think, and possibly with our contrast controls and B+W conversion (which is due to those contrast controls).

yeah open source!

Can't wait to be approved so I can try it out!

<p>I can understand

<p>I can understand registering for the forums, but registering to try out some free software is a little much. Sounds like I&#39;m going to receive a lot of spam, considering the initial email ended up in my spam folder anyhow. Might be easier to just download the software from a torrent site and take my chances.</p>

No, you really don't

No, you really don't understand.  We are creating a community.  It's important for us to do this in order to attract new people to the development team (crucial!), and to create a good knowledge base on the forums.  The latter is already happening.  The former will---kinda hard to get people interested in volunteering for some project that has a few hundred or even a couple of thousand members.  Since we've instituted the requirement to sign up to download, we've gained about 24,000 new members.  That gives us a far more compelling case to offer to volunteer developers and academic institutions.

No one has put a gun to your head to come here or try this out.  There are plenty of videos on Youtube for you to make an evaluation if this is something you might be interested in.  Therefore, complaining without understanding what we are about (and we've written about it several times), without doing your own due diligence,  and for getting something cool for absolutely nothing---that's pretty rich, imo.

As far as spamming you is concerned, we don't have time.  We're working for our community.  Others please take note.


Hello from France.
I'm eager to try LightZone.



I'm looking forward to be approved. It seems to be a very good software.


Hello, i'm writing you about the registration :)

Trying to register

Looks like a great product.

No Download Links

Just registered, reset my password, but still no download links.


Download Links?

Registered and reset my password, but still no download links.



First thing, please read what

First thing, please read what we say about how long it takes to get approved.  Seems like you have been waiting an hour?  At least, based on the time stamp on your message above.  I approved you before I wrote this.  This is not an operation with a paid staff instantly waiting on people.  A little patience please.

looking forward...

hi. I'm looking forward to being approved...used Lightzone some years ago - it's a great programme..




Thank you for this site! I'll

Thank you for this site! I'll be waiting for my full registration approval. I'm using Linux and Windows, and own an X-E2 fuji camera.

Bonjour !


Yay. Can't wait to try out

Yay. Can't wait to try out LightZone ...


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