DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces revolutionary PRIME denoising technology and pushes the limits of high ISO photography even further

Special introductory offer through November 20, 2013

DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro 9, the major new version of its image-processing software. DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces PRIME, a revolutionary noise reduction technology whose spectacular performance produces detailed and vividly-colored images even under the most extreme shooting conditions.

Based on DxO Labs’ exclusive approach of prior calibration of equipment in its laboratories, DxO Optics Pro integrates many powerful tools for automatically processing RAW and JPEG images: precise optical and geometric corrections, intelligent optimization of exposure and contrast, preservation of colors and details. Its numerous presets can be adapted to photographers’ personal tastes and will help them bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.

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Breathtaking images, even at extremely high ISO

Thanks to PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) denoising technology, which analyzes the structure of RAW images in depth in order to differentiate between noise and fine details, DxO Optics Pro 9 offers a gain in image quality of up to one full stop over the best noise reduction algorithms currently on the market.

“In contrast to the usual approach of finding a better compromise between image quality and execution speed, we have created a tool whose sole purpose is to obtain the best image quality possible,” explained Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientific Officer of DxO Labs. “For each pixel, more than a thousand neighboring pixels are analyzed. This vast exploration allows DxO Optics Pro to identify similar data that can serve to reconstruct image information. Several minutes may be required to do this, but this process takes place in the background, so users can work on other images and projects while they wait for the results.”

PRIME technology results in truly spectacular images: noise is suppressed, and textures, details, and color saturation are preserved, particularly in shadows, for a beautifully natural look.

For photographers who prefer to denoise their images immediately, DxO Optics Pro 9 still offers a newly-improved high-quality “classic” denoising tool that produces finely-detailed renderings quickly, even at the highest sensitivities.

Unrivaled highlight management and color rendering

The exclusive DxO Smart Lighting feature optimizes the overall contrast of an image by intelligently adapting to its contents. This tool has been further improved in DxO Optics Pro 9, which now offers even more powerful highlight management: details that once were thought lost are revealed, even when the information is missing in the original RAW data, and colorimetric errors are minimized.

DxO Labs’ highly precise knowledge of the way each camera reproduces color allows DxO Optics Pro to emulate the rendering of any camera on RAW images. DxO Optics Pro 9 goes even further by proposing a new color rendering called “DxO Portrait,” which preserves skin tones and naturally-saturated colors.

New visual presets

DxO Optics Pro 9’s library of presets has been completely redesigned. Portrait, Landscape, Black & White, Single-shot HDR: the new DxO presets respond to different use cases that photographers frequently encounter, and are supplemented by “Atmospheres,” a new set of creative renderings.

A new visual presets window makes it easier for users choose which preset to apply to their images by letting them preview thumbnails of the rendering effects prior to application.

New export tools

DxO Optics Pro 9 simplifies its workflow by allowing photographers to go directly from customizing their images to using and sharing them.

The “Export to Disk” feature lets users generate and save JPEG, TIFF, and DNG images in just a few clicks. The new “Export to Application” feature groups into a single transaction both processing and opening images in an external application, such as other DxO software products or other editors that specialize in photo retouching, panoramic shots, HDR, and cataloguing. Finally, the “Export to Flickr” feature adopts this same new approach, letting users process and publish their photos directly online in just one step.

Even more comfortable and productive

The DxO Optics Pro interface has undergone another evolution, with a new workspace that highlights essential correction tools, optimizes vertical space, and reorganizes toolbars and palettes in an even more logical fashion. Further, it is now possible to access context-sensitive help directly in the correction palettes.

Availability and special introductory offer

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 9 for Mac and Windows are now available in the DxO Labs line store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount through November 20, 2013:

USD:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: $99 instead of $169
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: $199 instead of $299

GBP:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: £79 instead of £119
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: £159 instead of £239
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

EUR:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: 99€ instead of 149€
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: 199€ instead of 299€
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 license on or after September 1, 2013, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9. Other customers can benefit from a special discount on their upgrade directly from their customer account through November 20, 2013.

A fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/download).

About DxO Labs

DxO Labs develops image processing technologies. In addition to its DxO Optics Pro and DxO FilmPack products for Mac and Windows, designed for serious and demanding photographers, the company also licenses diverse solutions for the principal actors in the imaging industry:

  • Embedded technologies for real-time image processing, destined for camera and cameraphone manufacturers
  • Image quality evaluation and measurement tools, destined for specific imaging industries (e.g., camera module manufacturers, sensor vendors, and processor vendors) as well as for photography journalists and photo experts.

For more information, visit DxO Labs’ website at www.dxo.com

Photomatix Pro Coupon Code for 15% Purchase Discount

Photographers using high dynamic range (HDR) techniques to really make their digital images pop can now use a 15% discount coupon for Photomatix Pro, the special offer released today from HDRPhotographyPro.com.

HDRPhotographyPro.com have announced the release of a 15% discount coupon promotional for their visitors looking to buy the Photomatix Pro processing software to start with HDR. The code is available now to their visitors and can be used immediately for a discounted purchase of the software.

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It is not specify how long the coupon will be available and people are encouraged to act now to take advantage of the savings opportunity. Photographers interested in taking advantage of the special offer can:click here for coupon code.

“The Photomatix software is amazing. We use it regularly, we love it, we recommend it. It is a natural starting point for photographers looking to start creating high dynamic range imagery, and we are proud to be able to pass on exclusive savings,” said Kevin Pryce with HDRPhotographypro.com.

According to the website, the software is easy to use, is customizable with a number of value laden plug-ins and helps the digital photographer with:

  • Tone Mapping
  • Exposure Fusion
  • DeGhosting
  • Produce Better Results

 

The software is a key tool for professionals and enthusiasts according to Mr. Pryce, adding, it is simply the leading HDR software available. Additionally, Photomatix works in conjunction with the widely used Adobe Photoshop.

According to Mr. Pryce, the only significant alternative option HDR Efex Pro by NIK software was purchased Sep. 17 2012, by Google, which has soured the enthusiasm of many photo experts and technology enthusiasts who fear for the fate of the popular processing software since the purchase.

One big plus for their HDR software is that it can be downloaded for free so users can try it and see how powerful it can be. There is no time limitation on the free trial. The saved photos have watermarks, but the watermarks can be removed once a license is purchased.

“My goal is for more talented, creative photo enthusiasts enter the HDR community. When people see what amazing imagery can be achieved, it’s just jaw dropping.” added Mr. Pryce, adding, “My favorite feature are the 1-click presets the software provides which really helps with work flow.”

At this time, Photomatix Pro can be purchased for $99, with the addition of the exclusive 15% discount coupon offered by HDRPhotographyPro.com, entering the world of high dynamic range photography has never been easier.

About HDRPhotographyPro.com:
Visit for available discounts and coupons on the essential software and resources essential to a professional. From taking the shot to processing the image, learn how to avoid amateur mistakes and create amazing digital images like a pro.

To find out more, sign up to be notified for the pre-launch release of the 10 video HDR techniques mini-course, click here to visit: http://www.hdrphotographypro.com

DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 now supports the Canon EOS 650D,the Sony SLT-A37, and the Sony NEX-F3

300 new DxO Optics Modules added

DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 for Mac and Windows, its image processing software of reference for all serious amateurs and professional photographers. This update means that DxO Optics Pro 7 now supports the Canon EOS 650D, the Sony NEX-F3 compact digital with interchangeable lenses, and the Sony SLT-A37 — thus covering the entire range of Sony digital cameras with translucent  mirrors.

Ever more new DxO Optics Modules

Since the previous version, DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 has added more than 300 new DxO Optics Modules, of which 61 are for the Canon EOS 650D and 40 are for the Sony SLT-A37. These modules support additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, and Sony lenses for numerous Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras. As of today, the DxO Optics Modules library includes more than 7,500 available camera/lens combinations.

Availability and prices

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 7 for Mac and Windows are available for purchase in DxO Labs’ online store (www.dxo.com) and at photo resellers, at the following prices:

USD:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: $ 169
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: $ 299

EUR:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: 149 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: 299 €
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

BGP:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: £ 135
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: £ 269
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

This update is free of charge for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 7, as well as for photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 after September 1, 2011.

A fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 7, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).

Graphicdesign.com Analyses Pricing On Adobe Monthly Membership Options

Graphicdesign.com breaks down Adobe Creative Cloud’s new pricing plan. Rafiq Elmansy discusses the pros and cons – is the Creative Cloud membership worth it? Or should consumers continue to pay one-time fees?

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Members of the graphic design community may know about the rollout of Adobe Creative Cloud. With monthly and annual purchase plans available, Creative Cloud has puzzled several members of the industry. Is either the $49.99 per month annual plan or the $74.99 month-to-month plan worth it? And what are the pros and cons?

Enter Rafiq Elmansy, a featured writer on GraphicDesign.com and an official Adobe Community Professional. He’s in touch with new Adobe products as an expert and has published “Photoshop 3D for Animators.” Elmansy gave GraphicDesign.com readers an inside scoop on the cost-effectiveness and benefits of Adobe Creative Cloud in an exclusive article published on Monday.

The Cloud membership includes access to titles applications like Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Muse. As Elmansy pointed out, the application checks for membership status through an internet connection.

“When you get an Adobe Creative Cloud Membership,” wrote Elmansy, “with the monthly activation scheme, you will be able to download any of the Adobe applications and its updates. However, many people including myself prefer to work without being restricted to the monthly activation process”.

Members of Adobe’s Cloud service can also take advantage of cloud storage. Rather than use applications like Dropbox, Adobe simplifies the sharing process. Elmansy explained, “This is one of the greatest features of the Creative Cloud membership because many users need to work on different computers and share projects on their various devices and with other team members. The Cloud storage gives you a central location where you can save and retrieve your work easily from anywhere with flexibility.”

The traditional Adobe purchasing process necessitates delivery of a DVD, whereas Creative Cloud allows instantaneous downloads and updates. The author asserted, “Many users, like me, cannot wait a week or two to receive a DVD and prefer to download the software from the Adobe server directly without any further delay.”

Is a Creative Cloud membership worth it? Or should consumers continue to pay one-time fees? Elmansy concluded that the answer ultimately depends on the end user: “Choosing between them only depends on your own needs and requirements. The Adobe Creative Cloud membership is one of Adobe’s brand new services that may or may not meet your requirements, but it will surely be enhanced with time and according to your feedback.”

At the end of the article, GraphicDesign.com readers can answer several interactive poll questions. With an ever-growing desire to engage its membership, GraphicDesign.com editors ask readers whether they would consider buying the Cloud membership, whether its pricing is on point, and what the most alluring features are.

Visit GraphicDesign.com for more information and to get the dish on Adobe Creative Cloud. The article and poll can be found HERE.

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The Trouble With The Suppliers of Software For Digital Publishing of eBooks and Apps

The digital publishing of ebooks and apps is still very much in its infancy, as is the provision of software to make this easier. Yet there is a major problem already obvious, the costing models for production software.

 

iBooks Author is free software for the creation of interactive books for the iPad

Publishers are used to a buy and use model for the software we use. We are very used to buying the Adobe Creative Suite or Quark Xpress and then, once we have bought it, the only cost is when we want to upgrade to the latest model. Nobody pays a fee per print magazine published or per book published. And frankly I doubt if any publisher would do so. Software is like office furniture; you buy it once and then keep using it.

But too many of the producers of software for digital publishing, whether it is Adobe, Quark or one of the myriad smaller companies, have a different model in mind. They want to either charge you per book design or magazine issue, per issue or book sold or a combination of both. For them it makes great sense – they create an on-going revenue stream. But for a publisher this is a disaster. It means that the production costs of a title may no longer be fixed, it may continue to grow as long as it is available for purchase. This could make publishing a back catalogue of titles that may sell little but, if you have enough of them out there, might provide a reasonable revenue stream. Not so if there is a yearly cost of continuing to offer each title. Now of course they’ll probably justify this in terms of the provision of server space for things like in-app purchase, or such like. But we all know that server space is now ludicrously cheap, or even free. When two to seven gigabytes of online file sharing storage is available for nothing from many sources it becomes very hard to justify on-going fees. And in many situations there is no need to providing hosting since they are hosted by the Apple Store or Amazon.

Until the developers of these tools realise that there is going to be on-going resistance from publishers to anything other than an outright buy the software and use it as you will model there will be continued resistance to these tools. Sure iBooks Author only outputs to the Apple Store, but it is free. Let’s hope Amazon provide something similar for interactive books on the Kindle Fire. We can hope that some enlightened company will produce something that is cross platform and can just be bought outright, and used at will.

No sensible person minds paying for upgrades, any sensible businessman resists bringing in a silent partner who requires paying all the time.

 

MAGIX Makes Photo Editing Possible with Netbooks

Photo editing on netbooks is certainly possible. Mini computers are becoming more and more popular. Due to their low cost to purchase, compactness, and mobility, they are so popular that even their lack of overall performance is not a problem for most buyers, and demanding and resource-intensive software applications like photo editing are actually not intended for netbooks. Continue reading “MAGIX Makes Photo Editing Possible with Netbooks”

Apple Announces Safari 4 – The World’s Fastest & Most Innovative Browser

New Nitro Engine Runs JavaScript More Than Four Times Faster

Apple today announced the public beta of Safari 4, the world’s fastest and most innovative web browser for Mac and Windows PCs. The Nitro engine in Safari 4 runs JavaScript 4.2 times faster than Safari 3*. Innovative new features that make browsing more intuitive and enjoyable include Top Sites, for a stunning visual preview of frequently visited pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; Cover Flow, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks; and Tabs on Top, to make tabbed browsing easier and more intuitive. Continue reading “Apple Announces Safari 4 – The World’s Fastest & Most Innovative Browser”

Apple Introduces iLife â

Major Upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie & GarageBand
Apple today introduced iLife ’09, which features major upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand, and includes iDVD and an updated version of iWeb. iPhoto ’09 builds on the ability to automatically organise photos into Events by adding Faces and Places as breakthrough new ways to easily organise and manage your photos. iMovie ’09 expands on the revolutionary super fast movie creation introduced in iMovie ’08 by adding the depth users want through powerful easy-to-use new features such as the incredible new Precision Editor, video stabilisation, advanced drag and drop, and animated travel maps. GarageBand ’09 introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar with 18 basic lessons and optional lessons from top artists such as Sara Bareilles, John Fogerty, Norah Jones and Sting. iLife ’09 is included with every new Mac purchase and available as a A$129 RRP inc GST upgrade for existing users.

“iLife continues to be one of the biggest reasons our customers choose to get a Mac,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With iLife ’09, we’ve made working with photos, making movies and learning to play music a lot more fun, and iMovie users are especially going to love the advanced but easy-to-use new features.”

iPhoto ’09 makes it even easier to browse and search photos, not only by when they were shot (Events), but by who appears in them (Faces) and where they were taken (Places). iPhoto automatically scans photos to detect people’s faces and when you assign a name to any face iPhoto will automatically find more pictures of that person. The library can be searched by name or browsed using the new Faces View. Places automatically imports photo location data from a GPS-enabled camera or any iPhone or you can manually assign a location to any photo, group of photos or event. Once iPhoto knows where photos were taken, you can easily explore them with a simple search or an interactive map. iPhoto ’09 lets you easily publish photos to Facebook or Flickr. Photos published to Facebook include assigned names, and name tags added on Facebook sync back to iPhoto. You can also share photos by creating a themed slideshow to play on your Mac, iPhone or iPod, or create a beautiful travel book, complete with customised maps of your journey.

iMovie ’09 adds powerful, yet easy-to-use new features to let you create a movie quickly, or add refinements and special effects to your project if you have more time. Drag and drop one clip on top of another to reveal new advanced editing options, including replace, insert, audio only, and even picture-in-picture or green screen. With the revolutionary Precision Editor, you can skim and click on a magnified filmstrip to view clips up close and fine tune any edit, like identifying precisely how much to keep, where to cut, use sound from one clip with video from another and more. iMovie ’09 analyses video and reduces camera shake in clips when added to your project. New titles, transitions, cinematic effects, speed changes and animated travel maps add professional polish to your movie.

GarageBand ’09, the updated version of Apple’s popular software used by millions to play and record music, now gives budding musicians a fun new way to learn to play piano and guitar. Basic Lessons let you learn the fundamentals at your own pace with Apple instructors in beautiful HD video synchronised to animated instruments and notation. Artist Lessons feature original artists showing how to play their hit songs with everything from finger positions and techniques to the story behind the song. Choose from lessons by popular artists including: Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, John Fogerty, Ben Folds, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and Sting. Artist Lessons are sold separately at the new GarageBand Lesson Store, available inside the GarageBand ’09 application. GarageBand ’09 also includes exciting new guitar amp and stomp-box effects, and Magic GarageBand Jam that lets you play along with a virtual band that you create.

iLife ’09 includes iWeb ’09 for authoring custom websites and iDVD ’09 for creating DVDs. iWeb ’09 adds new iWeb Widgets, such as iSight video and photos, a countdown timer, YouTube video and RSS feeds. New integrated FTP publishing allows you to publish your website to virtually any hosting service and updates to your site can now be automatically added to your Facebook profile.

Pricing & Availability in Australia
iLife ’09 will be available this month for a recommended retail price of A$129 inc GST through the Apple Store (www.apple.com.au), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers. The iLife Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorised Reseller on or after 6 January 2009 for a shipping and handling fee of A$16.95 RRP inc GST. Artist Lessons are sold separately through the GarageBand application and only available in select countries.  

iLife ’09 requires Mac OS X version 10.5.6 or later, a Macintosh computer with an Intel processor, a PowerPC G5 or 867 MHz or faster PowerPC G4, 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended), QuickTime 7.5.5 or later (included), a DVD drive for installation and 4GB of available disk space. iPhoto print services and GarageBand Artist Lessons are available in select countries. Full system requirements and more information on iLife ’09 can be found at www.apple.com.au/ilife.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and re-invented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iDVD, iWeb, iPhone, iPod, iSight, Apple Store and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Symantec Announces New Norton Internet Security Software for Mac

Comprehensive Security Software Solution Protects Against Online Threats and Identity Theft
Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), makers of Norton security software, today announced the availability of Norton Internet Security 4 for Mac, a next-generation security suite that integrates an all-new firewall and antivirus protection with tools to help protect against identity theft.  The newest version of Norton Internet Security for Mac installs in about one minute and features an improved user interface with fast, unobtrusive updates.  In addition, the solution includes fully configurable settings for more technical users.
 
Symantec also launched today Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection, securing Mac users running Boot Camp or other Windows virtualisation software – programs that allow users to run both Mac OS X Leopard and Windows operating systems.  This solution provides comprehensive protection from both Mac and Windows-based vulnerabilities and malicious code.  With Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection, Mac users benefit by receiving Symantec’s newest security suite for the Mac and the award-winning Norton Internet Security 2009 for Windows.
 
While automatically blocking computers attempting to exploit vulnerabilities from connecting to the Mac using different protocols, Norton Internet Security for Mac’s firewall now also offers application control, which allows users to manage the applications that are connecting to the Internet, protecting Macs from spyware. Also, new location awareness controls let users specify different connection settings for every network to which the computer is connected.  Norton Internet Security for Mac is also integrated with Symantec’s DeepSight Threat Management System, updating the firewall rules at least once a day to protect against the latest attacking IP addresses.
 
According to the Symantec Report on the Underground Economy, credit card and financial information make up more than 50 percent of the stolen goods advertised by cyber criminals online.[1] To help consumers protect their personal information online from phishing threats, Norton Internet Security for Mac now includes the leading commercial antiphishing solution for Safari and Firefox browsers.  By blocking fake Web sites and authenticating popular Web sites, Norton Internet Security for Mac allows users to bank, shop and browse online with confidence.
 
“Even Mac owners are susceptible to online threats, and when it comes to phishing, it doesn’t matter what platform you’re using,” said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec.  “The data we are seeing from Symantec’s Security Response is showing that Macs can be a target for viruses and malware.  Norton Internet Security for Mac now helps safeguard users from phishing threats, malware and hackers, without compromising system performance.”
 
In addition to comprehensive antivirus protection, Norton Internet Security for Mac also features vulnerability protection, addressing the avenue where many of today’s attacks occur – through applications connected to the Internet. This technology prevents threats from infecting systems and deletes and blocks malware and viruses from installing.
 
Pricing and Availability
Norton Internet Security for Mac and Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection are available now for purchase in Australia through various retail locations and online.
 
The suggested retail price for Norton Internet Security for Mac is AU$99.99, which includes a one-year subscription to Symantec protection updates.  The suggested retail price for Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection is AU$129.00, which includes a one-year subscription to Symantec protection updates.
 
About Norton from Symantec
Symantec’s Norton products protect consumers from traditional threats with antivirus, anti-spam and spyware protection, as well as bots, drive-by downloads and identity theft– while also being light on system resources.  The company also provides services such as online backup and PC tuneup, and is a trusted source for family online safety.
 
About Symantec
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organisations secure and manage their information-driven world.  Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
 
Symantec and the Symantec Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.