Exposure X Sneak Peek: Speed

Exposure is growing into a full-fledged photo organizer when it becomes Exposure X later this year. As we designed it, we focused on issues that currently drive us crazy in other products, with the goal of creating the best photo organizer available. Speed is near the top of the list. When you are working on thousands of photos, little delays add up to lost hours of time (and pieces of your sanity).


In working to create the best photo organizer, one of our strategies is to question assumptions. There are tedious tasks you might assume are necessary, but really are not. For instance, you can use Exposure X to simply navigate to a folder and instantly see the photos in it. You don’t need to do an import step like Lightroom and Aperture require.

Another simplification is that Exposure X does not have user interface modules. In Lightroom you frequently need to switch between the Library and Develop modules to access different features. That is slow and ties up a little part of your brain constantly asking, “Which module am I in?” In Exposure X all your tools are available all the time, so you can quickly do some photo edits even if you are in the middle of culling or file organization.


Another of our strategies is to make Exposure X smarter. Examples can be found in file browsing, which is where we all spend a lot of time. As you look at one photo, Exposure X intelligently guesses which other photos you will visit next and gets them ready for display.

Exposure’s top priority is to react immediately when you press a key or click the mouse, so displaying something is better than making you wait. If the full resolution photo is not ready, Exposure displays a low resolution version and then updates it as there is time. Often that is all you need because you are rapidly flying through a photo set looking for a certain scene. When you stop, Exposure quickly refines the photo.

We focus on invisible features like speed and simplicity because those help you forget about your tools and fully concentrate on your photos.

Exposure X will be available before the end of 2015. Anyone who purchased Exposure 7 will automatically receive Exposure X for free as soon as it is ready.

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About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.


  1. Eric Draht October 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    This looks amazing. I can’t wait!
    Any speedup in the bokeh options? The blur is pretty sluggish on my iMac Retina.

    • Jimmy Beech October 19, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Eric,

      Nothing major has changed behind the scenes for rendering Bokeh’s effects. Blurring is intensive on the computer system, which is probably what you’re seeing. There could be something else happening that is slowing down your computer’s performance.

  2. Bill October 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Luv you guys. I stay current with E7 and you tell me there is a free gift on the horizon in EX.

  3. Robert October 20, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Is there an “auto import” function? In other words, if I use a wireless card (or scanner) to deposit files into a certain folder, can it detect that new files have arrived and import them into Exposure?

    • Jimmy Beech November 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

      We don’t call it ‘auto import,’ but it does exactly what you mention here. Just set Exposure to watch a specific folder on your system and it will stay up to date with its contents.

  4. Darren October 20, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    This is really exciting and it is one of the developments I mentioned to Ad*be as an example of smaller companies looking to offer something some really compelling as an alternative to LR.

  5. bee October 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    This update passes the mom test! You have no idea how many times I tried and failed to explain importing or develop vs library in Lightroom. This will probably be something I buy for her!

  6. bee October 20, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    PS: Do you guys have any idea about the upgrade process? I purchased the previous version of Exposure and I want to ditch Lightroom 🙂

    • Jimmy Beech October 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      You should get an email as soon as Exposure X is ready. All you need is your current license code and you can get the upgrade when it’s available in the store. If you purchased Exposure 7, you will get an upgrade to Exposure X for free.

  7. Dave October 29, 2015 at 7:43 am

    This looks incredible I see some nice additions there already with starring, flagging and colour coding. I like the look of this a lot.

  8. Wim November 12, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Can’t wait and is Exposure 7 or X really a alternative to LR and Capture one 8… ? Currently I usw Capture one and go from there to Exposure. Do you believe Exposure is the only Raw Converter?

    • Jimmy Beech November 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Wim,

      Yes, Exposure X is an alternative editing/organizing software to Lightroom and Capture One. It’s not the only option out there, but the team did their homework before building Exposure’s RAW converting engine. When it is launched, I’d give the demo a try if you’re on the fence about it.

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