Happy Birthday to Us. Updated

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.

Yesterday and today mark our 2 year anniversary as a project.  We actually went live a few days earlier, but there were a few technical glitches that disturbed the public rollout until today, November 19, in 2011. We started with just about 50 members.  As of yesterday we passed 24,500.  Wow. Read more...

What an incredible journey this has turned out to be, beyond Doug's wildest imaginings, and even beyond my hopes and dreams.  Here is a link to Doug's post about our first year.

Now, here is year two:

  • November 28, 2012: Anton Kast, after a meeting with Fabio Riccardi, LightZone’s creator, receives permission for us to take LightZone open source under a BSD license.

  • December 13, 2012: The LightZombie Project has 250 members signed up. Fabio and Anton complete the source code handoff.

  • December 16, 2012: LightZombie.org becomes LightZoneProject.org

  • December 23, 2012: first public announcement of our new, open source status

  • Beginning early January 2013: Development team expands with new members, of whom especially notable will be Pavel Benak, Ron Goldthwaite, Visa Jokelainen, Masahiro Kitagawa, Jedd Rashbrooke, Andreas Rother, Michael Shulze.

  • January 26,2013: 300 member mark passed

  • March 28,2013: Beta testing of LightZone v4.0 for Windows begins.

  • April 6, 2013: LightZone translation projects begin

  • April 16,2013: 500 member mark passed

  • May 5, 2013: Beta testing of v4.0 for Linux begins

  • June 3, 2013: Paul Lucas, another of the original developers of LightZone, joins the project

  • June 15,2013: Public release of LightZone v4.0 for Windows. Membership reaches 1,000.

  • June 18,2013: Public release of Linux v4.0

  • July 4, 2013: Beta testing for Mac v4.0 begins.

  • July 24, 2013: Membership exceeds 3,000

  • July 30, 2013: The Lightzone Project’s own YouTube channel goes live.

  • September 9, 2013: Membership exceeds 4,000, and the download pages have recorded more than 30,000 hits

  • September 23, 2013: Membership exceeds 5,000.

  • October 1, 2013: Beta testing of v4.1 begins for all platforms---first LightZone Project version with new material (excepting ongoing raw profiling and localizations) produced by us.

  • On or about October 16, 2013: Membership reaches 10,000

  • November 18, 2013: Membership stands at 24,500

Tomorrow I will be contacting beta testers with new links for beta 5 of v4.1.  With luck we will have that as a public release by Xmas.  We are still getting membership signups at about 100-120 a day, and that puts us on a pace to possibly hit 30,000 members by year's end.  Wow again.


Happy Birthday!!

And, what an amazing 2 years it must have been! Here's to many more with wishes for special gifts (read: program updates/upgrades) along the way!! Hint-hint... :)

Happy Birthday

I am relatively new to this software, but I must say I think it's awesome.

Congrats on 2 years of development, those years appear to have been very well spent.

Cheers, Heres to another two years of great sucess.

A lil' late, but Happy Birfday!

Glad to have used the program both during it's commercial existance AND now running it as F.O.S.S. under Ubuntu Linux.


Best Wishes!



Congrats on an amazing, successful project.

Hi Tex,

Really appreciate what you and your team have done.

LZN is my only editing progam; have tried many others and always come back here!

BTW, any chance 4.1 will be released soon - still haven't received the beta; kindly send if you have time. Thanks.



I'll be sending out new beta

I'll be sending out new beta links tomorrow---should be beta 5 for v4.1.  Seems like every time I get around to prepare to do a mail out another something pops up.  Just got the beta 5 heads up this morning.

I, too, do almost everything in LZ.  Just don't have to use anything else at the moment....

Congratulations :-) I have to

Congratulations :-) I have to say that LZ is by far the most intuitive of all the open source RAW editors I've tried. Keep it up. It's much appreciated.

Thank you all

Thank you all for a great program. i'm now only using lightzone.

Happy Birthday

Two years of many sleepless nights I imagine. And I'm so glad you picked up the ball from Fabio. Many thanks to all your hard working team memnbers for a fantastic proghram

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