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What's New in 2018r1

Here are some highlights of the main new features added in ProSelect software version 2018r1.

More details can also be found:

  • On the What's New page on our web site
  • In the ProSelect_Readme.htm delivered with the downloadable installer
  • The What's New section in the back of the easy reading ProSelect Reference Manual (with direct links to the relevant pages)

Note: The latest updates to this release are shown in the Minor Release Changes section below.

What's New in Version 2018r1

February 1, 2018

Important Notes:

To find out if you are eligible for a free upgrade to this new version, please see the article ProSelect 2018r1 release.

If you are upgrading from ProSelect v2016r1 or earlier, then this is now a larger download because it includes a lot more included resources including 12 royalty free music tracks. These resources are accessible with: 

(a) a first time installation (no previous versions of ProSelect installed)

(b) Using ProSelect Data --> Reset to default setup (under the File menu) - CAUTION - this will wipe out your existing setup data!

(c) Using ProSelect Data --> Install 2018r1 Default Resources - this will add the new resources to you existing setup.


  1. This release requires at least: 
    • Windows 7 SP1/8.1/10 (32 & 64 bit).  It is not supported on Windows Vista, XP (or older). 
    • Mac OSX 10.8, but OSX 10.9 or later is recommended.
      • Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer is required to export slideshow movies at 1080HD sizes.
        Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) or newer is required to export slideshow movies which have the Ken Burns effects applied.
  2. By default, playing a slideshow uses OpenGL (2.0 or newer) to access your computers graphics chipset for better performance. OpenGL drivers are automatically installed on most modern Mac and Windows computers. You can select not to use OpenGL when playing the slideshow by unchecking Use OpenGL in Preferences -> Slideshow & Music -> Slideshow settings however, the slideshow will play much less efficiently and the Ken Burns effect will not be available. More information about OpenGL can be found in the ProSelect Reference Manual.

  3. Minimum 2Ghz PC with 6GB RAM. If using the high-res production module, complex slideshows or include a large number of images in your ProSelect albums, then it is recommended that you have 2.5Ghz with 8+GB of memory in your computer. Your monitor and/or projector should be at least 1024x768 resolution. For further information on the system requirements (OS & Photoshop versions, Processor speed and RAM etc), please see the ProSelect software Downloads page (while this is the current version) and/or the readme file (available with the installation).

  4. The Windows version as of ProSelect 2017r1 and newer requires that the 32 bit version of "Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015" (download file "vc_redist.x86.exe") is installed on your computer. These dll files are automatically installed with Windows 10 and as part of the latest software updates on Windows 7 and 8.1. 

    They are also included in the ProSelect 2018r1 Windows installer. If the installer stops when "Installing Windows 32-bit runtime...", this is usually caused by not having the latest Windows updates installed on your computer. For more information about this see this KnowledgeBase article: Missing DLL error with ProSelect 2017r1 on Windows.

Some of the new features and enhancements include:

Locked Crop Ratio on Images

  1. In Working with Images, Cropping view, you can select to Lock or Unlock the current cropping aspect ratios that you have applied to an image. This allows you to fix the crop of one or more images regardless of the currently select Print Paper Size. 

    You can lock or unlock the crop on one or more selected images:

          (a) In cropping view, using the Lock/Unlock Crop Ratio toolbar buttons.
          (b) Thumbnail View, Cropping View - Right-click menu
          (c) Edit Menu --> Crop Ratio Locking --> Lock/Unlock
          (d) Working with Rooms, Cropping View - Right-click menu

    The "Crop to Print paper size" option (under the View Menu) and in the Larger/Smaller size right-click popup menus used in earlier versions has been removed since this is now controlled for each image.

  2. When an image has a locked crop, the surrounding border is displayed in red in Cropping View and on the thumbnail images. A lock icon is also displayed next to the ratio value in Cropping view. The shape of the cropping rectangle is also locked to the current aspect ratio when dragging the corners of the cropping rectangle in Cropping View.
  3. The Larger/Smaller size right-click popup menus now shows both the resulting image size for the locked crop and the Print Paper Size used to get this size when you are showing an image with a locked crop ratio.
  4. The Crop to --> Other Crop Ratios window (under Edit Menu) now has the option to set the new crop on the selected images to be locked after cropping.


  1. Vignetting can now be optionally applied to each image rather than having to be turned on/off for all images in the album.
  2. You can apply (or remove) a High-Key or Low-Key vignette to one or more selected images using the Vignette menu (now under the Edit Menu) or using Custom Effects popup menu in the right-hand toolbar.
  3. You can adjust and preview your High-Key and Low-Key Vignette settings in Preferences --> Image Effects --> Local Effects.
  4. By default, the vignette will not be applied to the final images in production unless you have select this in Preferences -> High-Res Production -> Styles & Stamps -> Production Vignette Setup. In this case, the vignette will be added as a separate Photoshop layer which you can later adjust (provided you have selected to export the images as "Layered Photoshop files") or selected "Keep Open in Photoshop" during production.
  5. If you have selected to include the vignette in production, then ProSelect will not let you change the applied vignette on any ordered items without duplicating the image (or removing the order).

New Shortcut Keys and Right-Click Menus

To speed up working within ProSelect, new Short-cut keys have been added and new right-click menu options throughout the program.

  1. Added the "L" keyboard shortcut to quickly change to Working with Layouts. From there, using the same key again will return you back to Working with Rooms.
  2. Added support for "I" key to go from Rooms to Images and back and from Layouts to Images and back.
  3. When working with Layouts, Rooms and Boos, added new right-click popup menu options: 

        (a) Reapply Template - to update the current layout/page with the current template
        (b) Delete Layout/Page - removes the item from the album (Undoable)
        (c) Borders Inwards/Outwards - swaps direction on Composite items only (see below)

Working With Rooms

  1. You can now use Cropping View when in Working with Rooms to make fine cropping adjustments in selected layouts and prints in a room. This includes locking and unlocking a Crop. If nothing is selected, then all items in the room are available for cropping adjustments. You can use the C key to quickly swap to Cropping view and back again.
  2. Now supports auto-fill of one or more images dropped into a layout in a Room the same way as in books.
  3. When dropping an image into the opening in a layout, the new image now just replaces the existing one rather than displaying the "Hole Already Filled" warning.
  4. If there is only one item in the room, the selection rectangle is now temporarily shown when while the mouse is down (i.e. when dragging) to provide visual confirmation that the item has been selected and to show the location of the item's edges.
  5. In Cropping View, you can use the right-click Popup menu on any images (prints) to quickly lock/unlock as crop ratio, or select one of the standard crop ratios. (Same as Working with Images)
  6. When shifting to Working with Rooms from Working with Layouts, the layouts tab in the image list is now automatically selected, and the last selected layout is now visible in the list.
  7. You can adjust the positions of the prints in a Wall Grouping Layout by right-clicking on the wall grouping in Show Rooms view and selecting "Adjust Wall Grouping" from the Popup Menu. You will then enter "Adjust Wall Grouping mode" where the items in the wall grouping can be individually moved and aligned (other items on the wall will be disabled). In this mode, a bright green border is displayed around the room image. You can use the "G" key to turn the grid on/off of assist with spacing. When done, clicking the checkbox in the bottom right corner will to return to the regular view.
  8. You can save an updated Wall Grouping (and any other layout in the current album) as a new template using Save Templates from Selected Layouts (under the Templates menu) - See Templates section below.
  9. You can select two or more Prints in a Room and use "Combine Into Wall Grouping Layout" (under Album Menu -> Wall Groupings) to create a single layout which can then be ordered as one item. Since all openings in a Wall Grouping must share the same frame and mat, it is best to have this set first else you may get unpredictable results.
  10. You can "Separate a Wall Grouping..." into individual print items (under the Album menu -> Wall Groupings) or from the right-click popup menu. You will be prompted whether you wish the resulting duplicate images to have their Crop Ratio locked to the same as the opening in the wall grouping or unlocked to it is then cropped to the selected Print Paper Size.
    Any applied Surrounding Mat and frame is transferred to each new duplicate image created.
    The exception is any openings that have a non-rectangular shape or wrap/bleed applied are converted into a full-size single opening layout. Any applied surrounding mat is automatically added to this layout.

About Mats

  1. ProSelect now supports the display and ordering of pre-designed mats to images and layouts. Mats can be applied around images and composite layouts as a "Surrounding mat" and can also be used as an "Inner Mat" to control the appearance of the mat area WITHIN both traditional matted and composite templates (and book pages).
    When applied as an Inner Mat to a template/layout, the top mat's color/image controls the background color of the layout. The edge design of this mat and any second and third mats are then applied around outside of each opening in the layout. The overall size of the layout is not changed.
  2. Mat Designs follow industry standards that make it easy to order real products that exactly match your designs in ProSelect.
  3. When applied as Surrounding Mat, the width of the mat remains constant regardless of the size of the image or composite layout size. For example, 3" wide mat will be 3" wide on any sized item and increase the overall size of the product by 3" on each side.
    For surrounding mats, you can optionally set different widths for each side or choose to have the contents automatically optically centered in the mat area.
    Surrounding Mats can be applied using the Select Surrounding Mat toolbar button when in:

          Working with Images - Select Size View
          Working with Layouts - Thumbnail, Show Layouts, Select Size Views for selected Composite Layouts.
          Working with Rooms - Show Rooms, Select Size Views for selected Composite Layouts.

  4. Mat Designs replace the Template Styles from earlier versions of ProSelect. When upgrading from these versions, your styles are automatically converted into the new Mat design structure and will look the same as the original styles.
  5. Inner Mats can be applied to any layout type or book page using the Select Inner Mat tool when in: 

           Working with Layouts - Thumbnail, Show Layouts, Select Size Views
           Working with Rooms - Show Rooms, Select Size Views for selected Layouts.
           Working with Books - Thumbnail, Show Pages and Cropping Views.

  6. Mat Designs can be ordered as:

    (a) Traditional Mats. Order this when you want to deliver a physical cut mat on the final product.
    (b) Virtual Mats. Order these when want to have the mat produced digitally as part of the final printed item on one piece of print paper. 

    If your Mat Design includes elements which can only be reproduced in a Virtual Mat (see the Mat Designs section below), then those mats can only be ordered as Virtual Mats.

  7. With ProSelect Pro, you can print an Order Mat Report (see below) containing full specifications for all Traditional Matted Surrounding and Inner Mats so your mat supplier can build accurate mats to that match your mat design. Full mat data is also included in the Production Report for direct input into some cutting machines.
  8. Any item with a surrounding mat applied to it will display a "mat" Thumbnail tag icon when "Show thumbnail tags" is turned on (under the View Menu).
  9. White core bevels are now displayed and output with different shades of off-white on each edge for more distinct corner detail. To show bevels the same way as earlier versions of ProSelect, you can optionally set the edge type to Bevel (legacy).
  10. Exported Sample Image and Layout have the option to include the frame and the mat on the exported image or not.
  11. When applying a Mat to a Wall Grouping template, it is treated as a surrounding Mat (because the mat surrounds each opening) and it thus applied using the Select Surrounding Mat toolbar button.
  12. Adding a Mat to a print or layout is Undoable.
  13. You can see the name of the Surrounding and Inner Mat mat applied to the currently selected item on the left-hand side of Info Bar. You can also use the small arrow buttons on the left side to change to the next or previous mat.
  14. In the Template Editor and Template Manager, you can assign a Surrounding Mat (for Composite Mats only), an Inner Mat and frame to a template to create ready-made products.

Mat Designs

  1. You can design or edit your mats using the Mats Designs window (under the Resources menu).
  2. Mats can be either Single, Double, Triple Mat or Bevel Mount types. Mat construction matches common industry design standards in that the overall mat width is set and any applied double and triple mat widths are deducted from the outer mat width.
  3. For each level of mat (except Bevel Mount types) you can specify a color or image fill (background), an edge type and an optional Keyline or V-Groove embellishment. Edge types can be selected to be either:
    - Bevel Cut 
    - Reversed Bevel Cut
    - 8 Ply Bevel Cut
    - Bevel Mount
    - Fillet (from your available frames)
    - Keyline [VM Only]
    - None [VM Only]
    - Bevel (Legacy)
  4. Bevels (except reversed Bevel Cuts and legacy bevels) can be white or black cored, and you can also add a "raised mat" to your edge options.
    If you still wish to use the old style bevels you can choose "Bevel (legacy)". Existing Styles from earlier versions of ProSelect will have their bevels automatically set to "Bevel (legacy)".
    The earlier Preference option to "Darken White mats with Bevels by" has been removed as a High-Res Production option. However, if you are using a style containing one or more "Legacy Bevels", any very light colored (mat) backgrounds will still be displayed as slightly dimmed in ProSelect, so the bottom & right edges of the bevel are visible.
  5. Mat Designs containing "Virtual Mat only" elements (these are annotated with "[VM only]") which that can't be reproduced on a physical Mats show with a green square to indicate that they can only be ordered as a Composite Mat. These design elements are edge types of None and Keyline. A green square is also shown next to these mats in the popup menu when clicking on the Select Inner Mat and Select Surrounding Mat buttons in the ToolBar.
  6. While you can specify a graphics block "style" on all Mats, these are ignored when used as a surrounding mat or on a Traditional Matted Layout.
  7. When selecting a fillet frame, you can choose any available frame from the list of frames. The List defaults to only show frames with a width less than 0.875" (23mm). However, you can uncheck the "Hide large frames" to show all available frames.
  8. Mats designs can be arranged into Groups, and each Mat can be assigned to a mat price group (See Price List Setup section below).
  9. Images used with a Mat are saved in the Mat Backgrounds folder (in your ProSelect Resources folder) except for fillet edge images which are saved in your Frames folder. Mat Background images can be jpg, tif, png or psd. When previewing a mat, if ProSelect can't locate the file a red and white diagonal image is used instead.
  10. You can preview each mat used as a Surrounding Mat, an Inner Mat on a Single sided Layout/Book page, or as an Inner Mat on a Double-Spread Layout/Book page.
  11. If you edit a Mat that has been assigned to a template, the assign mat is automatically updated. Note: This does NOT happen when you edit a mat which is already applied to a layout to avoid accidentally changing previously created client products. In the latter case, you just need to re-select the mat to have the updated version applied to the layout.

Ordered Mats Report (Pro only)

  1. With ProSelect Pro, you can select Print Ordered Mat Report (under File Menu) to get a printed report containing full specifications for all Traditional Matted Surrounding and Inner Mats. Full layout dimensions for up to three layers are included so your mat supplier can build accurate mats to that match your mat design.
  2. In the report, you can select whether the report is to display in Decimal Inches, Fractional Inches or Centimeters. If Fractional Inches is selected, all sizes are adjusted to the nearest 1/16".

Mat Overlaps

  1. Mat Overlaps can be calculated, applied and displayed on Traditional Matted Layouts (with a mat assigned) and on Images with a mat assigned. These are setup in Mat Overlaps window (under the Resources menu). Mat Overlaps settings are saved in the ProSelect Data file for easy sharing between users. The option to hide/show Mat overlaps in earlier versions of ProSelect has been removed from the View Menu.
  2. You can select a different mat overlay size for different print size ranges. These default to 0.125" (1/8") for prints up to 8", 0.187" (3/16") for print from 8" to 16" and 0.25" (1/4") for prints over 16" on the long side. The maximum size that you enter is limited to 0.5" (13mm).
  3. Mat overlaps do not affect final images sizes but can be used to see how much of the edges of an image will be hidden by the applied mat. The mat overlap areas are shown as a cyan edge in Cropping View.
  4. Mat overlap adjusts the overall width of the mat in an inwards direction by the overlap amount so that the overall size of the item remains the same. For example, a 2" mat with a 0.25" mat overlap applied to an image will become 2.25" wide. The additional width is added to the topmost layer of the mat.
  5. Exported mat data incorporates any mat overlap adjustments so mats can be accurately cut to exactly match the design created in ProSelect.
  6. Mat overlaps are ignored when using composite mats and composite layouts.
  7. The amount of any mat overlap for the currently selected item is shown in the bottom right corner of the Info Bar.

Mat Pricing and Ordering

  1. Pricing for mats is setup in the Price list under the Frames & Mats tab. You can specify one of these pricing models Fixed, United Inches, United Centimeters, Area Metres, Area Centimeters or Area Inches. An optional plus fixed price and markup can also be applied. Each Mat can be setup to use a different price group when it is ordered as a Traditional Mat or a Virtual Mat.
  2. If you have "Include any applied Mats when ordering" selected in Preferences --> Pricing & Ordering, then surrounding mats will be automatically added to the order through the Quick Add to Order menu and preselected in the Place Order Window.
  3. In Preferences --> Pricing & Ordering you can specify a default Product code for any ordered mats as well as setting them up individually in the Price Lists & Products window.

Mat Borders on Layouts

  1. By default, when Inner mats are applied to layout, the mat "layers" expand outwards from each opening so that the designed opening sizes in the layout are not altered. As a result, the print sizes in a traditional matted layout exactly match the opening sizes regardless of the application of different mat designs.
  2. To support earlier versions of ProSelect where applied template styles reduced the size of openings in a layout by the sum of the size of the styles borders, you can optionally set a layout to apply mats the "old" way by setting it to "Borders Inwards". This can be done: 

        (a) In the Template Editor (using the "Default to Borders Inwards" checkbox).
        (b) Using the Set Selected Layout to "Borders Inwards" (under Album menu).
        (c) Setup your Composite Book Design with "Borders Inwards". In this case, any new templates added to a composite book with automatically have the "Borders Inwards" option set on the any newly added pages.

  3. The border direction for the currently selected Layout or book page is shown in the bottom right corner of the Info Bar. For composite layouts, you can also use the small arrow button on the righthand side to swap between Borders Inwards or Outwards.
  4. Any composite book designs from earlier versions of ProSelect will have the new Borders Inward option automatically selected, and all composite book pages in the albums created by earlier versions of ProSelect will also be set the same way.
  5. If you try to apply a mat to a template which has a full-sized opening and borders outwards, you will be prompted with options to make this visible. eg On Traditional matted layouts - change to Composite type with borders inwards. On Composite layouts - change to borders inwards.


  1. Templates can now have any irregular outside shape. The shape is set by assigning a B&W shape (mask) file (.jpg) to a template. The white areas of the mask are transparent and black areas are opaque. These Shape files are stored in the Template overlays folder.
  2. If you have an overlay image and a shape file for the same template, then it is recommended that you use the same file name for both. In this case, ProSelect will display an icon next to the file name in the Select Overlay/Shape Image window, if there is a paired shape file or overlay image file in the resources folder.
  3. When added a shape or overlay image to a template, the corresponding Shape/Overlay Image file will also be automatically assigned to the template if found in the Template Overlays folder and you haven't already selected a file.
  4. When you assign a Shape to a template, the template is automatically set to be a fixed size. However, you can turn this off if required.
  5. In the Select Resource Image window for Overlay images, if you have a both a hidden PNG and a JPG shape file of the same name, the Image List with show a black icon with either JPG or PNG respectively.
  6. Apart from adding/removing/updating the shape file in your ProSelect Resources folder through the Template Editor, you can also directly access the folder using Resources Menu --> ProSelect Resources folder --> Manage Resource Images --> Shapes.
  7. Openings in a template can now be set to use the following geometric shapes: Rectangle (default as before), Round Rectangle, Circle, Oval, Diamond, Hexagon (vertical points) or Hexagon (horizontal points). You can easily create a circular product by creating a full-sized opening set to a circular shape in a Wall Grouping template.
  8. Template openings with non-rectangular shapes automatically are set to "No Mat Border".
  9. Added the ability to save templates from your layouts or book pages in an album. This can be used to Use "Save Templates from Selected Layouts/Pages" (under the Templates menu). Can can select the Category and Group which the template(s) are to be saved into and whether any mats or frames on the layouts should also be saved with the template.
    When saving one template you can specify the saved templates name (it default to the Layout's name). When saving multiple templates you can specify a prefix to be added to the existing layouts names to make it easier to find them in the Template Manager.

Template Editor

  1. When adding an overlay image to a template, if the template name is the default "untitled" then it will be automatically set to be the same as the overlay image file name.
  2. Empty graphics blocks now display as diagonal stripes in the Template Editor (and in layouts and book pages).
  3. You can see, add and remove Inner Mats, Surrounding Mats and Frames in the bottom left area of the window.

Template Manager

  1. Any templates with a Surrounding Mat will display a "surrounding mat" icon in the list and the mat name is shown in the properties box.
  2. To enable you to quickly add or update a price list item for a template, you can now use the new Open Price List popup menu. If selected template not already in the price list, you can choose to "Add new Price List Item". If there is already one or more price list entries, you can choose to "Show in Price List" or add another a new price list item.


  1. When working with Layouts and Rooms, newly added non-fixed size layouts are now always displayed at their design size when first added to an album. As such, the starting size settings for both composite and traditional matted layouts have been removed from the Preferences --> Calibration & Options window.
  2. To prevent production issue for layout with mats, you can no longer change the type of an ordered layout. If you need to do this then, first remove it from the order, change the type then re-order the layout.
  3. When resizing a non-fixed sized layout by right-clicking on the Larger or Smaller size toolbar buttons, you can now re-select the Design size from the top of the popup menu.
  4. When selecting a Layout in Working with Layouts and Rooms, the top center description of the item size is now "Overall Layout Size".

Smart Filtering

  1. In thumbnail view when Working with Layouts and Books, after you have turned on Smart Filtering of templates, you can use the spacebar to toggle the current filtering selection on/off to allow you to quickly show all available templates then switch back to only showing the filtered ones. A screen prompt confirms the change.

Working with Books

  1. In Working with Books, if you have set the Preferences to warn you if the selected image has already been used in the current book, it now checks for matching filenames so you will also be warned if you are adding a duplicate of the same image.
  2. Working with Books. In thumbnail view, the total number of images in a book is now also displayed next to the book name in the top bar.

Image List Filters

  1. You can now filter the image list to show only:

    Original images (hides any duplicates)
    Ordered Images
    Images Not Ordered

    For the last three options, you can select to exclude and duplicates of the show images.

  2. When showing Layouts   

    Ordered Layouts
    Layouts Not Ordered
    Favorite Layouts

  3. When showing images, the filter applies to the images in the currently selected Tab and Set. Selecting "Show All Sets Together" (under the View Menu) will show the images meeting the filter selection across all sets in the currently selected tab.
  4. The results of the currently selected image list filter are also shown in the display area when you are in Thumbnail view in Working with Images. In this case, when the filter is on then the message is shown in the bottom right corner of the Display Area.
  5. The filters can also be turned on/off under the View Menu -> Image List Filters

Price List Setup

  1. You can now optionally apply a markup to Print and Layout Extras prices.
  2. The Frame Tab is now also used for Frames, Traditional Mats, and Virtual Mats. When setting up a new price group, you need to specify which type of item the price group is to be used for. By default, new price group codes start with F, M, V for Frames, Traditional Mats and Virtual Mats respectively.
  3. Mat price group can use the following pricing methods: Fixed, UI, UC, AM, AC, AI. In all cases, the width and height values used for the calculations are taken from the outside edge of the top mat.
  4. When the Frames & Mats tab is selected, a check mark is shown in the leftmost column against all price list groups that have been already assigned to a Frame or Mat. You can select one or more of these groups and use the Reassign button at the top to change all items using that price list group to a different one.
  5. You can no longer remove a price group that is currently assigned to one or more frames or mats.
  6. When automatically creating product code for Mat Price Groups, the code is prefixed with "MT-" and "MV-"
  7. The Print Paper Sizes and Presentation Options windows now show a green check mark next to items which have been used in one or more price list items. The Setup Print Paper Sizes window has been redesigned.
  8. Price List Setup window. Doubling-clicking on a row in the list box now opens the Change dialog.
  9. When you choose Lock Price Lists, as warning box is shown explaining how to Unlock them again. When you try to Unlock a Locked Price List incorrectly, it refers you to the Reference Manual.


  1. You can now adjust the cropping of an ordered print in the "Change" window.
  2. You can now order a mat with a print or layout the same way that a frame can be added to these items when ordering. These are automatically set to be currently applied mat and frame when using the Quick Order button if you have this option selected in Preferences --> Pricing & Ordering --> Ordering Frames & Mats.
  3. In the Place Order window, items in the "Select to Order" list which has a Surrounding Mat show an icon on the right-hand side.
  4. Mats and/or frames can be selected, previewed and added to the ordered print or layout item in the Add with Extras or Custom Product windows. When ordering a mat, it defaults to a Traditional Mat or Virtual Mat as follows:

         Images - Traditional Mat 
         Composite Layouts - Virtual Mat

  5. Prints ordered with an applied composite Mat are listed with a green square icon on the left edge. Order print without an applied mat or an applied traditional matted mat display with a grey square icon.
  6. The Overall size shown when ordering, now also shows "(excluding frame)", "(including mat)" or "(including mat but not frame)" whenever mat or frames are assigned to the item being ordered.
  7. The Image Area and Overall sizes are now also shown when ordering Custom Products from prints.
  8. When you have selected your Pricing & Ordering Preferences to automatically include any applied mats or frames (for items over a set minimum size), and ordering through the Place Order window, you can quickly set the quantity to 0 by clicking the small trash can next to the price box.
  9. When Ordering Prints, you can now rotate the cropping rectangle in the Custom Product and Add with Extras windows. Click the crop icon in the preview area to show the rotate button.
  10. When ordering a Custom Product or Add with Extras for a selected traditional matted layout, you can no longer change the type to a composite type and any assigned mat must be included as part of the order. This is to ensure the mat is correctly applied during production. The layout type is displayed underneath the layout name in these windows. You can still change the type of a layout before ordering using Set Selected Layout types to.. (under the Album Menu).
  11. In the Place Order window, you can now use the Quick Order button to order multiple layouts at the same time provided all layouts are the same (except for the images in them!).
  12. In the Place Order window, any Frames and Mats that are added to items at a $0 price now displayed as "Included" rather than $0.

Order Report

  1. You can optionally choose to show frame and mats (previously just frames) on displayed thumbnail images on the order report.
  2. Any virtual mats included on your order automatically have "(VM)" appended to the Mat name, so they are easy to identify.
  3. Any Frames and Mats that are added to items at a $0 price now displayed as "Included" rather than $0.

Production Code Changes

  1. You can now optionally setup ProSelect to have a different Product Code for each item in each price list. This is done in the Preferences -> Pricing & Ordering -> Product Codes.
    When NOT using the same product code for all price lists, you can either:

    (a) Have the same base code across all price lists with a Price List dependent prefix being added to the code. In this case, setup your price list prefix codes in the Setup Price List names window. This can be up to two characters in length but defaults to A, B, C, D etc.

    (b) Manually enter a separate product for each price list item in each price list. You can use the Set Product Codes button in the Setup Price Lists window to have there generated for you. In the case, the Price List Prefix is permanently added to the automatically generated product code.

  2. When exporting orders in XML format the ProductLineName code field now uses then entered Product code prefix instead of A, B, C, D etc. 

         <ProductLineName code="SP">Studio Pricing</ProductLineName> 

  3. When adding or changing a price list item, the current Product Code method (ie "same for all price lists" or "unique for each price list") is shown under the Product code entry box.
  4. When Turning on Studio Management integration (in Preferences --> General Settings --> Integration), if not already on, Product Codes are automatically turned on and set to "same codes across all price lists plus Price List prefix" (the second option).

Studio Cloud Integration

Added the option to export sample images of ordered items in the XML order data sent to StudioCloud. You can enable this in the Preferences --> General Settings --> Integration --> Integration Options: Export Sample Images. These are the small-sized versions.


  1. In the High-res Production Window the old "Composite Prints" has been renamed to "Composite Layouts & Pages" so its clear that it is only for producing these types.
  2. Prints ordered with a Virtual Mat are produced under the Single Image Prints tab and preview with applied Mat. They display a Surrounding Mat icon next to the name.
  3. Export Production Package (under Production Menu) now allows you to select to include original images, raw images or both (for Ordered Image and Book Image) in the production package.
  4. If you have ordered any Prints with a Virtual Surrounding Mat applied to then, when you select the image in the Production window you will see both the image and the mat in the preview where you can adjust the crop if necessary. Likewise, any ordered Composite Layouts a Virtual Surrounding Mat will show the mat around the Composite print. Both these items will show a Surrounding Mat icon in the list box, and the name of the surrounding mat is shown in the Info area.
    Running production on these items will produce both the image and the virtual mat together as one output file ready for printing. If you have set your output file format to be a "Layered Photoshop file" or use the Keep Open in Photoshop option in Production, you will find each mat layer on a separate Photoshop layer making it easy to add further touches if you wish.
    If this is not what you intended, then make sure you are only applying Traditional Matted type mats to your ordered images and composite layouts.
  5. Prints and Composite Layouts ordered with Mats show the mat name and width in the Info Box when selected.
  6. You can now rotate the cropping rectangle for ordered prints which are not part of a layout. Click the crop icon in the preview area to show the rotate button.
  7. The current Mat Overlap amount on Single Image Prints order with a Mat or from an ordered Traditional Matted Layout is shown on the bottom right corner of the preview area and displays as a cyan border around the image.
  8. The High-Res Production Preferences options to select how styles are treated for composite and traditional matted items has been removed as these setting are not determined by how you order your Mat.
  9. Added a new "Traditional Matted Production Options" window (under the Production menu) which allows you to select any or all of your Traditional Matted Layout and Book pages to be produced as Composite rather than individual prints.
    Book pages are separately grouped. You can select multiple rows or individual pages. You can use the Check All and Check None buttons to quickly change the selection of all the items.
    This allows you to produce all images on a multi-image layout or book page on one piece of paper which a physical mat can be overlayed to simplify construction. In this case, any applied Inner Mats are ignored, so the images are printed at full "design size" allowing for correct mat overlap on the produced mat.
    When selected, the layout or page will appear under the Composite Layouts & Pages Tab in the High-Res Production window.

Ambient Music (Pro only)

  1. An Ambient Music group can now be setup to play in random play order. When selected, a random starting track and a random play order for the selected ambient music group will set each time ambient music is first started after opening ProSelect. The random option can select in the Setup Music window when selecting the default ambient music group and in the Ambient Music setup window (under the Album menu).
  2. You can force a new random track selection by starting the ambient music while holding down the SHIFT key and clicking on the icon in the Working with Bar.


  1. Collection files are now in a new extensible format. They can be used to distribute Templates (with and without mats and frames attached), Book Designs, Styles, Mats, Frames, Rooms, Title Slides and Slideshow styles as well as well as any associated price list entries. This makes it easier for suppliers to prepare products for ProSelect.
  2. The new format files can only be read by ProSelect 2018r1 and newer. These versions can still read the old version .tpk files.
  3. Templates can be exported as one or more template Categories or Groups. Styles, Mats, and Frames can only be exported in groups. In the latter case, any items not in a group show in a "virtual group" called "Ungrouped items".
  4. The Export Collection Menu is now under the Resources Menu.
  5. Any templates with applies styles, mats or frames can optionally include those items in the collection.
  6. When exporting a collection, you need to provide an ID Code between 4-6 uppercase characters long. This will be appended to any duplicate resource files when importing the collection. This code defaults to using part of your business name or the last used code as saved in your Preferences.


  1. [WIN] Printing under Windows now uses the latest Windows Direct2D printing APIs which may solve some previous printing issues with some printer drivers.
  2. [WIN] Now supports HiDPI screens on Windows computers.
  3. [WIN] Less flickering of controls in the main window during screen updates.
  4. WebGallery (now obsolete) menu items have been removed from the File menu and the On-Line section from the Preferences window.
  5. In Working with Images, you now right-click on one or more selected in Thumbnail View to apply or removed local effects including B&W, Sepia, and Vignettes.
  6. In the Print Paper Sizes window, you now have an option to sort the sizes by Diagonal Size, Width, Height or Shape. The last options can be used to easily separate square shapes from rectangular shapes.
  7. The Info bar is now three lines high to accommodate the additional information when using the new Mats feature. When working with Images, Select Size View, the Overall size (including any applied mat and frame) is displayed bottom center.
  8. When displaying print and layouts sizes the overall size figure shown now includes the mat width and is annotated as such.
  9. Working with Images. Now shows the Overall Size with a mat in the bottom center of the Info bar.
  10. The amount of External Cache Memory Used is now displayed in the About ProSelect window.
  11. Swapped the position of the New Group and Duplicate buttons in the Setup title Slide to make it consistent with other areas.
  12. Removed WebGallery Tab from Notes Library as it is no longer used.
  13. In the SHIFT-Startup window the dropdown menu for the "Restore from Auto-backup" option now shows "Recent Backup" and "Version Backup" followed by a ProSelect version that saved the file to make it easier to differentiate between them.
  14. The Select Resource Image window is now re-sizable.
  15. The maximum allowed length for frame images is now 1000px (up from 750px) to allow more details in thinner frame sections such as fillets.
  16. Added the following Menu shortcuts:
    • Cmd/Cntrl-N for New Album
    • Cmd/Cntrl-W for close album
    • SHIFT-Cmd/Cntrl-S for Save As
  17. Now supports swipe gestures for use with Trackpads and Magic mouse on Macs and Touch Screens on Windows machines. These can be enabled in Preferences --> General Settings --> General --> Mouse options where you also set the direction.
    Swipe Up/down gesture can be used to move the current image to another tab where the Up gesture is more positive (Like) or less Positive (unlike).
    Swipe Right/Left gesture can be used to move to the next or previous image without change the images tab. This is the same action as using the Next and Previous buttons in the toolbar.
    Depending on your scrolling preferences you can select to reverse the direction of each action.
  18. You can now use the Delete key to remove layouts and book pages from the album in Thumbnail view. You can also right-click on an item and select "Delete" from the popup menu to do the same thing. Both of these operations are Undoable.
  19. Now prompts you with a warning when turning off screen color management in the Preferences.
  20. Preferences --> Sharing. If you have just made changes to the shared folder location when you use Send to Shared and Get from Shared buttons you are now prompted that your changes need to be saved before proceeding. This is to avoid the previously saved folder location from being used instead.
  21. ProSelect now remembers, for each album file, whether you had the Image Sets area expanded when you last saved or closed the album file and set it back to the same state then opening the album. Previous albums without this saved setting will default to expanding the Sets area if more than 1 set has been used. New albums will always open with the Sets area collapsed.
  22. Setup Frames window. You can now update the list of Frame Resources using the Refresh button next to this list.
  23. Any Layouts which have at least one price list entry now display with a $ thumbnail tag in bottom right section.
  24. In Working with Layouts (Thumbnail view), you can now right-click on a template and quickly "Add a New Price List Item" or show any existing price list items for the template in the Price List & Products window.
  25. [WIN] ProSelect no longer uses Quicktime for Music or Videos or movies. You need to have VLC and FFmpeg installed to use these facilities on Windows machines. This libraries are included in the standard installer.
  26. Added support for using remote commands to obtain Standard XML Data for Web with embedded thumbnails images from the currently open album file.
  27. In the Select Resource Image window, you can now Alt/Option click on the Open Image in Photoshop button and it will show the image in a Finder window (Macs) or Explorer window (Windows).
  28. Dialogs related to unlocking ordered images and duplicating items used in multiple rooms now default to "OK" rather than "Cancel".
  29. Added support for importing videos via remote commands when using the new Lightroom plugin version 2.x.
  30. Added new logo stamp positions: center with offsets going up/left or down/right and for stamps angles at 15 degrees CW or CCW.
  31. Added additional Title Slide designs to the default setup.
  32. [WIN] added CC 2018 to Preferences list of selectable Photoshop versions.
  33. When adding a template to a new price list item, if not a fixed size, it now defaults to use the closest matching paper size to the template's design size.
  34. Changed the V keyboard shortcut for adding selected images to the Display Area to use it for swapping to/from Select Size View and Show View. This works in Working with Images, Layouts and Rooms.
  35. The installer includes the newly updated version of the Upload Manager used for uploading files to Animoto.


  1. [FIX] When reloading an image in a layout with a custom action that changes the shape of the image, the cropping gets messed. eg using one of the expand actions. So it not checking for change in the crop ratio in these circumstances.
  2. [FIX] When swapping a half-filled layout with a modified version of the same template, the images are now correctly transferred to the same relative opening rather than starting at the first empty opening.
  3. [FIX] Ambient music group with one track now correctly auto-repeats at the end of the track.
  4. [FIX][WIN] When leaving thumbnail view, the display area no longer show its previous contents for a fraction of a second before changing to the new contents.
  5. [FIX] Frames images saved in an album file which are associated with prints are now correctly updated when you select "Update Album Resource Images" under the Album menu.
  6. [FIX] Working with Books. The Image list filter "Hide Used Images" now works correctly when you have selected "Show All Sets Together" (under the View Menu).
  7. [FIX] In the SHIFT-Startup window the dropdown menu of backup ProSelect Data files now correctly lists the most recent 25 backup copies. Previously if you had more than 25 back-ups, it was just sorting the first 25 that it found in reverse date order potentially missing some recent ones.
  8. [FIX] Hovering over the file selector icon (the magnifying glass) now shows the full path including the filename (if applicable) in the help tag.
  9. [FIX] Popup menus in the main window no long stay there if you select the menu item in less than 0.5 seconds!
  10. [FIX] Removing a frame from the available frames list now also removes it from the Low-Res Cache so when you add it back in the low-res cache image gets correctly updated.
  11. [FIX] Recent Albums Menu. Using Remove Missing Albums now also removes the last item in the list when it is a missing album.
  12. [FIX] In Working with Layout & Books (Thumbnail view), right-click "Find Template" command now selects the found template when it's already visible in the bottom area.
  13. [FIX] If you add a template with a Surrounding Mat or a frame to a book page, the surrounding mat and frame are now removed.
  14. [FIX] Now correctly transferring images into a new template when replacing an existing book page or layout when there were graphics blocks in the template.
  15. [FIX] Reduced the width of the Cyan and Red borders around cropped thumbnails to 2 pixels wide when using the Black and Dark Grey themes so as not to be too visually distracting.
  16. [FIX] Slideshow menu --> Convert selected sets to... menu is now disabled when a book set is selected since these cannot be split apart in the slideshow. You can select individual pages in a Book and use "Copy Selected Book pages to Layouts" (under Album menu) then add these layouts in your slideshow.
  17. [FIX] Template Editor. Graphics Blocks with "No Mat Border" now display with a red colored outline when not selected to be consistent with how image openings are displayed.
  18. [FIX] Working with Layouts, Thumbnail View. Alt/option dropping a layout onto a template (to swap the template). Now leaves scroll position in the Layouts area unchanged rather than setting it back to the top.
  19. [FIX] Price List Setup Digital Files Extras. The Product code area is no longer displayed when Product Codes are turned off in the Preferences, and the taxable option is also not shown when tax is off.
  20. [FIX] When running High Res Production on a Production album, the "Default Album Location" now defaults to the same folder in which the Production album is located.
  21. [FIX] After using Alt/Option in Select Size View to show items at maximum size with the display area, any content is now correctly re-scaled to fit after using the next/previous item buttons and after re-sizing main window.
  22. [FIX] When replacing a template in a layout if that layout was used in a room it is no longer lost.
  23. [FIX] In Working with Books, Undoing replacing a book page template now works as expected.
  24. [FIX] When playing a slideshow of a book, any blank pages now show as black pages rather than white.
  25. [FIX] In Working with Rooms, Thumbnail view. When adding a new room by dropping an item into one of the room resources, the top section will now automatically scroll down if necessary to always show your newly added room design.
  26. [FIX] In Working with Rooms, Thumbnail view. The first single item (image or layout) dropped into the thumbnail image of a room is now automatically placed in the room's target location. (Previously it was placed at the drop location.)
  27. [FIX] Setup Frames windows. The frames list no longer scrolls back to the top after applying a change.
  28. [FIX] When Working with Layouts and Books, when you click on the mat area any selected images are now de-selected. Previously you had to click outside the layout bounds to do this.
  29. [FIX] Changed the Item and Opening selection rectangle colors when using the lighter themes to make these more visible and consistent in the different working with modes.
  30. [FIX] When going from Show Rooms View to Thumbnail view, the thumbnail scroll position is now automatically adjusted so that the last active room is visible and selected in the top album area.
  31. [FIX] When using the White theme, Thumbnail tags and text labels are now shown in a mid-grey color.
  32. [FIX] No longer gives an error when closing the Test Custom Effects Actions window if you close it before it has received the resulting image back from Photoshop.
  33. [FIX] No longer gives an error in some circumstances when Previewing digital prints in the Production window.
  34. [FIX] In Working with Rooms, you can no longer move an item passed the edges of the Room View image.
  35. [FIX] In Working with Rooms you can now click and select an item which is "underneath" the bounds of a Wall Grouping Layout.
  36. [FIX] When using ProSelect Resources Folder --> Check for Updated files now works faster because only resources that are being used in ProSelect are updated.
  37. [FIX] When selecting "Edit Template" from the popup menu, the template list in the Template Editor is now always scrolled so the selected template is visible.
  38. [FIX] Fix and issue that could potentially cause ProSelect to crash when send malformed XML when using the remote commands.
  39. [FIX][WIN] No longer gives and error when the video cache has 0x0 sized video and you try to play a preview of the movie.
  40. [FIX][MAC] No longer causes some Grayscale images to be stretched when imported. This was due to an incompatibility with the color profiles assigned to grayscale images and ProSelect's internal RGB format. For these images, any embedded color profiles are no longer applied. For best representation of B&W images in ProSelect, they should be first converted to RGB format before importing or imported as color images and converted to B&W within ProSelect.
  41. [FIX] The "T" keyboard shortcut now toggles between Thumbnail view and Show view in all Working with modes.
  42. [FIX] Changed white theme thumbnail tag color so its easier to see on template/layout backgrounds.
  43. [FIX] Snap to grid operations, such as when using the Template Editor, will no longer snap to a grid line that is beyond the edges of the template.
  44. [FIX] When entering prices in the Price List Setup window, leaving the price box empty and clicking Save now set the price to 0 (and, if applicable, the markup to 1) rather than leaving the previous values there.
  45. [FIX] In Setup Rooms, decreased minimum allowed scale value to allow calibration of very large rooms.
  46. [FIX] Template Editor. When adding a new template, it is now added to the end of the currently selected (category and group) rather than at the very end of all the templates.
  47. [FIX] No longer allows you to dragging items when right clicking on layout.
  48. [FIX] Accessing SendMyRooms no longer fails with a Validation Error if you have updated your email address and not updated your ProSelect Registration yet.
  49. [FIX] Working with Books, Thumbnail View now shows the Book Design size with up to 3 decimal places.
  50. [FIX] When running High-Res Production again, ProSelect now check that the previously saved output folder location is still valid. If it is not, the location is reset back to the default location (as setup in the Preferences) and a warning message is shown. This avoids the output folder from being set to "None" after moving the album file to a different computer or relinking to images in a different location.
  51. [FIX] Export Production Package - Will now respect the option NOT to include the Production Report.
  52. [FIX] Export Production Package - Removed case sensitive check for raw files and will now assume raws are in the same case as defined in Preferences. Only a few people using case-sensitive file systems (not recommended!) will be affected by this change.
  53. [FIX] Now updates the template Smart Filter result after Selecting a different Template Category or Group when the Smart Filter is turned on.
  54. When exporting a order in Standard XML format, any extras attached to a Digital Files order now include the tag <ItemType>Print Extra</ItemType>. This line was missing before.

Minor Release Changes

What's New in Version 2018r1.1

April 20, 2018

  1. [FIX] Working with Rooms. When Adjusting a Wallgrouping which includes non-rectangular openings, the images now display within the shape rather than as rectangles.
  2. [FIX][WIN] In the Sharing Setup Preferences windows, the Select Shared Resources Folder location control no longer has a transparent background.
  3. Added more debugging information about missing resource images when saving albums to assist with tracking down any missing images.
  4. [FIX] Wall Groupings with an Overlay Image or Shape Mask applied can no longer be Adjusted in Working with Rooms or have a Surrounding Mat or Frame applied.
  5. [FIX] In the Template Editor, you can no longer select a template to be both a composite and a wall grouping as they are mutually exclusive.

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