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2013.03.25

March 25, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v8.1.4 for Mac and Windows, the new version of its image processing software of reference for all demanding photographers. This update to DxO Optics Pro 8 brings support for four additional new cameras: the Nikon Coolpix P7700, the Nikon 1 J3, the Olympus XZ-2 iHS, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3.

DxO Optics Pro v8.1.4 integrates many powerful tools for processing RAW and JPEG images, including the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, along with precise color management. Its unrivaled performance and intuitive interface provide a quick and smooth workflow.

11,000 DxO Optics Modules available

DxO Optics Pro v8.1.4 benefits from the continuous addition of DxO Optics Modules. More than 200 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, offering support for additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Pentax cameras.

Among the new lenses supported are the Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 (a standard lens equivalent to a 50 mm in 24×36 format), and Pentax’s recent trans-standard K-mount, the smc DA18-270mm F3.5-6.3 SDM.

The addition of these new combinations means that DxO Optics Pro 8 now has more than 11,000 DxO Optics Modules at its disposal. Developed in the laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, this unique database automatically corrects optical flaws such as distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness.

Availability and special spring discounts

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v8.1.4 for Mac and Windows are available in the DxO Labs online store and at photo resellers at a special discount through March 31, 2013:

USD :

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $99 instead of $169
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $199 instead of $299

EUR :

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition : 99€ € instead of de 149€ €
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition : 199€ € instead of 299€ €

GBP :

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: £ 79 instead of £ 119
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: £ 159 instead of £ 239
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for photographers who purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012. Other users can go directly to their customer account to take advantage of a special discount on the cost of their upgrade through March 31, 2013. Discounts on DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint are also available through March 31, 2013.

A complete, fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website.

2012.12.06

DxO Optics Pro 8.1 introduces an enhanced print module and support for 5 new cameras, including the Sony NEX-6. A special 33% discount through December 25, 2012 is available.

December 5, 2012DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v8.1 for Windows and Mac, the new version of its image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. DxO Optics Pro v8.1 now offers color management and sharpness enhancement when printing, an output option for reducing EXIF data, as well as numerous improvements to its interface for an even more rapid workflow.

This update also allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Sony NEX-6, the Canon Powershot S110 and G15, and the Olympus Pen E-PM2 and E-PL5.

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 also benefits from the continuous addition of DxO Optics Modules. Nearly 150 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library. The software now provides support for additional Canon, Olympus, and Sigma lenses for Canon, Olympus, and Sony cameras. Among these is the highly-anticipated Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM for Canon, the first very wide-aparture lens in the new Sigma Art line designed for landscape, portrait, still life, macro, and reportage.

Based on a unique approach of prior calibration in the laboratories of DxO Labs, DxO Optics Pro v8.1 includes numerous powerful and automatic RAW and JPEG image-processing tools. DxO Optics Pro v8.1 offers the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, the most advanced optical corrections on the market, and precise color management. Its unrivaled performance and its intuitive interface provides a smooth and fast workflow.

Management of print color and sharpness

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 now allows photographers to adjust the color rendering and the sharpness of the images they print. The new options in DxO Optics Pro v8.1‘s print module allow the user to choose an ICC color profile for directly managing the print rendering. Further, a dedicated slider lets the user enhance the sharpness of the image so as to adapt the print quality to the size of the print desired.

New output options and improved interface

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 offers a new output option that allows users to remove all of the EXIF metadata contained in a JPEG or TIFF image file – very useful for restricting this kind of information as well as for reducing its size when sharing such files online.

Among other improvements found in DxO Optics Pro v8.1, the preferences window now displays the size of the disk space that the preview and thumbnail cache occupy.

In addition, the DxO Optics Modules management window has been enhanced to display all the available camera/lens combinations available, whether or not they have been installed on the user’s computer.

Finally, the Windows version now includes certain improvements that were previously introduced in the Mac version. For example, information layer about corrections that cannot be previewed because of the zoom level has now been removed: this information is now directly indicated in the relevant palettes for greater user comfort.

More flexible OpenCL management

The thumbnail display as well as image processing in DxO Optics Pro 8 benefits from OpenCL acceleration (Windows version only). DxO Optics Pro v8.1 removes certain restrictions present in earlier versions and now allows users to activate this option at any time as soon as the graphics card on their computer supports this feature.

Availability and special end-of-year discount

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 8 for Mac and Windows are available in the DxO Labs online store  and at photo reseller locations, at a special discount from now through December 25, 2012:

USD:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $ 99 instead of $ 169
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $ 199 instead of $ 299

EUR:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: 99 € instead of 149 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: 199 € instead of 299 €

BGP:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: £ 89 instead of £ 135
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: £ 179 instead of £ 269

Suggested retail prices, including VAT in Europe.

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for all photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 7 after September 1, 2012. Other users can take advantage of a special discount on their upgrade, good through December 25, 2012, by logging in to their online customer account.

A fully-functional version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website.

2012.10.24

DxO Optics Pro 8 introduces DxO Smart Lighting allowing greater photo details and more vivid colors

Comprehensive image content analysis coupled with camera calibration pushes image quality even further. Software will be available on October 29, 2012 at a 33% discount through November 15th

October 24, 2012 – DxO Labs announces the October 29th availability of DxO Optics Pro 8, a major new release of its image quality processing software of reference for all demanding photographers. Available for both Mac and Windows, DxO Optics Pro 8 provides the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, the most advanced optical corrections, and even finer and more precise color management. Its enhanced performance and improved interface deliver a better user experience.

DxO Optics Pro is based on a unique approach consisting of extensive camera and lens calibrations inDxO Labs‘ laboratories. The software integrates several powerful tools delivering automatic RAW and JPEG image processing for both amateur photographers and experts: optical and geometrical corrections, exposure and contrast, noise reduction, and color and detail preservation.

DxO Optics Pro‘s many presets allow photographers to process images according to their own taste, getting in just a few cliks the best out of their photos, whatever the shooting conditions.

DxO Smart Lighting: Mastering the light with one slider

New DxO Smart Lighting brightens up photos by optimizing contrast and lighting quickly and efficiently. This exclusive DxO Labs technology intelligently adapts to image content and allows users to easily adjust image contrast using a single slider. DxO Smart Lighting automatically recovers details both in highlights and shadows under even the most extreme shooting conditions.

For more advanced users, DxO Optics Pro 8 offers a new Selective tone tool that allows them to apply precise corrections separately to highlights, midtones, and dark zones.

Brilliant and fully textured colors

The Protection of saturated colors tool can restore a significant number of details and rich textures hidden in areas of vivid or saturated color that can appear flatly uniform to the eye.

DxO Optics Pro 8 automatically applies the color rendering settings chosen by the photographer while precisely taking into account the current image content. Textures in vivid colors reappear, revealing all the details in the image.

Exceptional optical corrections: Even more supported lenses

Flaws in photos are specific to the combination of lens and camera used. DxO Labs has measured nearly 10,000 combinations to provide the specific corrections required for each camera.

Developed in DxO Labs’ laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data about the inner characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This unique and world exclusive database allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all optical flaws with an unrivaled level of quality, for both RAW and JPEG images, including distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness.

DxO Optics Pro 8 further improves the correction of chromatic aberrations for RAW-format images by combining DxO Optics Module data with image content analysis.

The Lens softness tool, also based on DxO Optics Modules, automatically boosts lens resolution by homogenizing sharpness across the field. Optimized in DxO Optics Pro 8, the tool gives photographers extremely sharp images from the center of the image right out to the edges, even when the settings are pushed to high levels.

The opening of a new laboratory in Seattle has reinforced DxO Labs’ measurement and calibration capacity. Now with six laboratories located in both Europe and the United States, DxO Labs has set a goal of providing 20,000 available DxO Optics Modules by the end of 2013.

A smoother user experience: Regrouping features and Retina screen optimization

DxO Labs has extensively revised the DxO Optics Pro 8 interface for more user comfort. The most commonly used functions have been regrouped to offer photographers easier visibility and handling.

A specific workspace brings together the most important and common operations such as white balance, color and contrast adjustment, and exposure compensation. Similarly, many advanced tools have been more logically reorganized in different palettes.

DxO Optics Pro 8‘s Mac interface has been entirely redesigned to take advantage of all the visual quality offered by Retina screens. Photographers can now enjoy unprecedented displayed details in their images!

Faster and truer viewing: A more efficient display and workflow

Beyond the improvements in terms of image quality and interface, DxO Optics Pro 8 has increased display speed.

Thumbnails now display in real time the current state of the photo, thanks to live preview. The user can now instantly figure out if a photo is the original one or the working version.

To improve workflow further, now every photo once opened in DxO Optics Pro instantaneously loads, even after closing and reopening the application – a real time-saver.

New tools: Print module and new Output settings options

DxO Optics Pro 8 now includes a new integrated print module allowing photographers to directly print RAW or JPEG images on the fly as they preview them. Different print modes and layout options are available, from contact sheet to full page printing.

As a part of the new Output settings options, users can now also adjust the destination and size and choose among several resampling solutions.

Availability and special introductory offer

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 8 for Mac and Windows will be available on October 29, 2012, in the DxO Labs online store, and at photo resellers during November, at a special introductory discount valid until November 15, 2012:

USD:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $ 99 instead of $ 169
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $ 199 instead of $ 299

EUR:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: 99 € instead of 149 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: 199 € instead of 299 €
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

BGP:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: £ 89 instead of £ 135
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: £ 179 instead of £ 269
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

Photographers who have purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 8. Other users can take advantage of a special discount on all upgrades from now until November 15, 2012, directly from their customer account.

A complete, fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, will be available on October 29, 2012 on the DxO Labs website.

2012.06.20

Special 30% discount through June 30, 2012

June 20, 2012 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.5.1 for Mac and Windows, its image processing software of reference for all exacting photographers. This update means thatDxO Optics Pro 7 now supports the latest cameras from Nikon, the D800E (Elite Edition only) and the D3200, Sony’s SLT A35 and SLT A57 translucent-mirror SLRs, as well as Panasonic’s hybrid micro 4/3 camera, the Lumix DMC GX1.

DxO Optics Pro 7 now counts more than 7,000 lens-camera combinations in its Optics Module library. Since the last version, DxO Optics Pro v7.5.1 integrates more than 400 new DxO Optics Modules, of which 61 are modules for Nikon D800E and 71 are for the Nikon D3200. These latest modules enable support for additional Canon, Minolta, Nikkor, Panasonic, Samyang, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, and Tokina lenses for numerous Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung, and Sony cameras.

More effective moiré removal for the D800E Since the Nikon D800E does not have an antialiasing (AA) filter, it can be more susceptible to moiré.DxO Optics Pro v7.5.1’s RAW conversion algorithms have been fine-tuned such that the “Remove color moiré” tool works more effectively for this camera to restore the finest details.

Availability and special discount

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro for Mac and Windows are available in the DxO Labs online store (www.dxo.com) and at photo resellers, at a special discount price good through June 30, 2012:

USD:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: $ 99 instead of $ 169
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: $ 199 instead of $ 299

EUR:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: 99 € instead of 199 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition:199 € instead of 299 €
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

BGP:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: £ 89 instead of £ 135
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: £ 179 instead of £ 269
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

This upgrade is free 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 v7, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website.

2010.11.26

GPS 4 Cam ScreenshotApple iPhone users can tag their photos with GPS location using the gps4cam application. This applies not just to iPhone photos but photographs taken from any digital camera. The iPhone GPS is used to provide location data at a customizable interval whicha is encoded in  a special QR code shown on the iPhone. Accompanying PC or Mac software decodes the QR code and applies location data to all the photos from the trip.

This lets you add this functionality to your existing iPhone rather than buy a dedicated device which you must carry and charge separately from your iPhone. The gps4cam software support less precises economic mode to avoid running down your iPhone battery on longer trips.

The gps4cam iPhone application is available for $1.99 USD from the Apple App Store.

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