Thursday, April 30th, 2015 Posted by Jim Thacker

Sad Cat Software releases Bloom 1.0


Sad Cat Software has officially released Bloom 1.0, its lightweight procedural image editor, and added a range of key features, including the option to export PSD files.

The tool, which has been available in development builds for over 18 months, was originally known as Ormr.

Non-destructive workflow, fully 16-bit and good Photoshop compatibility
We wrote about Bloom last year, back when it was still known by its old name (it was changed last month because Ormr is “quite tough to pronounce”)

Most of the information in the original story still holds true: Bloom is a lightweight, relatively inexpensive, fully 16-bit-per-channel image editor with an interesting non-destructive workflow.

It plays well with Photoshop: a key selling point is the ability to import – and also now export – PSD files, preserving layers and layer groups, masks and blending effects.

However, Sad Cat has released a steady stream of updates since then, adding key features including Curves adjustments, editable vector-based brushstrokes, and preliminary support for SVG and OpenEXR files.

The documentation on the website is a work in progress, and there still doesn’t seem to be a complete feature list, but you can test out the software via a fully featured one-month demo.

Pricing and availability
Bloom 1.0 is available for Windows Vista and above, Mac OS X 10.6 and above and 64-bit Linux. A perpetual licence costs $49.99 and enables a single user to use the software on any number of computers and OSs.

Read more about Bloom on Sad Cat Software’s website

Buy Bloom from the Mac App Store
(Windows and Linux versions are available via the link above)