New RA UXP Panels
We are delighted to announce that our new UXP RA Panels are ready for their official release after almost a year in development as well as a full month of field testing to confirm that everything works as designed with hundreds of our existing customers who have already upgraded their old panels to the new UXP panels.
This has been a massive time-, labor-, effort- and resource-consuming project as we not only re-coded our old (legacy) panels to the completely new UXP format, but we also created a new security system for the panels. Piracy is a bane of all software creators’ existence and we are not an exception, unfortunately, so this had to be done to protect our new panels. And thanks to this new system, we are now also able to offer the new UXP panels with a 30-day money-back guarantee!
We have also created a couple of user interface (UI) options for each of the UXP panels, so you can choose a new face for your BR and MUA Retouch panels as you upgrade or purchase the new UXP panels. And we plan to create more fun UI options going forward so you can refresh the appearance of your workspace more often 😊
We have been carefully and slowly rolling the new UXP panels out to our existing users and Beta testers, and all of the issues that came up during the past month have been resolved.
What You Need to Know Before Upgrading
✅ The UXP panels are сompatible with Adobe Photoshop® CC2021 (v22.0) and later for Win & Mac OS, including M1 Apple computers (Apple Silicon).
✅ The new security system implemented on our website allows us to offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. Don’t like your new UXP panel? Just shoot our Support Team a message and we will de-activate your account and refund your payment.
✅ You do not have to upgrade unless you want to.
✅ You will need to upgrade if you have just purchased an M1 Apple computer and want to work in the latest version of Photoshop.
✅ If you are on an M1 Apple computer but don’t want to upgrade, you can continue using the Legacy Panels on M1 Apple computers just with a Photoshop version earlier than v22.3. There are no changes relevant to retouching in the latest versions and we will continue updating the old (legacy) panels for as long as Adobe keeps them in Photoshop.
✅ The new UXP panels’ scripts perform the same exact steps as the legacy panels. It’s a massive upgrade and investment into the future for us and our users since this format is expected to eventually be compatible with Photoshop on iPads (when Adobe makes that possible), and a step away from the old HTML5-based extensions that Adobe moved to “Legacy Extensions”, which typically means that they will no longer be improved and supported by Adobe, and potentially eventually disappear from Photoshop completely.
Other Important Points
✅ The UXP panels are Creative Cloud-based and will show up in the Plugins menu in Photoshop and not under the Legacy Extensions menu like the old panels.
✅ One UXP panel Software license will allow you to install your panel on both Mac and/or Windows computers because the .CCX installation files are compatible with both operating systems.
✅ The new UXP panels are subscription-based, as the work that we must invest into the regular updates, upgrades, maintenance, and support is very cost-heavy, and makes it impossible for us to continue providing maintenance and support without a subscription-based model. Your first-year maintenance and support are covered by the initial purchase or your upgrade fee (for existing users), so all updates during the first year will be free of charge for you. Then, it is only $29 per year, which will allow us to fund all updates, upgrades, and support in a timely manner as well as offer additional benefits, bonus materials, and exclusive discounts to our subscribed customers.
Upgrade for Existing Customers
If you are an RA Panel user and would like to upgrade your legacy RA Panel, please log in to your account on our RA Lab website and follow the links at the bottom of Your Downloads page: https://retouchingacademylab.com/your-downloads/
Please be sure to follow the installation instructions, since the process is completely different for the new UXP panels: https://retouchingacademylab.com/faq-installation-guide-uxp/ (you have to be logged in to see the installation instructions pages).
Purchase for New Customers
We also re-coded our Pixel Juggler and continue to offer it free of charge, so you can either complement your Beauty Retouch and/or MUA Retouch panel setup or try it out before your purchase the other RA UXP Panels to ensure they can be successfully installed and work on your computer:
And, as always, if you encounter any issues, you know where to find us! 🙂
Enjoy and Happy Retouching!