DxO Labs today revealed details of the next version of its flagship
application DxO Optics Pro software which improves the image quality of
Digital Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams. DxO
Optics Pro is the award-winning digital image enhancement tool
incorporating revolutionary optics, noise and exposure corrections in
an easy-to-use, feature rich application for Mac and PC users.
“In just two years, photographers worldwide have
come to expect breakthrough solutions to image enhancement challenges
from DxO Labs,
” said Luc Marin, vice president of
the Photography Business Unit at DxO Labs. “DxO
Optics Pro v4 brings a wealth of true innovations to photographers in
search of ultimate image quality solutions.
DxO Optics Pro v4, slated to be available on Macintosh and Windows
platforms in September 2006, includes four main areas of exciting new
Unique DxO Colour Engine
Thanks to the new DxO Colour Engine, DxO Optics Pro v4 provides
photographers a complete colour adjustment toolbox including two
- New unique Multi-Point Colour Balance tool to easily
perform optimal colour balance for a given scene.
- New Colour Rendition feature offering multiple colour
renderings and modes for images. In particular, the Colour Rendition
profile of one camera can be applied to images taken with another
Many other colour features are included and in particular the ability
to import third party ICC colour rendition profiles.
Third generation DxO Optics Engine
Now in its third release, DxO Optics Engine, a core component of DxO
Optics Pro, expands functionality to include horizon adjustment
(rotation), keystoning (perspective) correction as well as a new
exclusive Volume Anamorphosis correction feature. This groundbreaking
feature automatically brings three-dimensional objects that appear
deformed by ultra-wide angle lenses back to their correct proportions.
The effect of this unique correction is particularly dramatic for
images including human beings. As with previous versions, DxO Optics
Engine automatically corrects lens distortion, vignetting, lens
softness and chromatic aberrations including purple fringing.
Improved Performance and Optimized Workflow
Remaining focused on providing automatic image enhancement, DxO Optics
Pro v4 marks a radical overhaul of the application’s
ergonomics as well as many important enhancements to the workflow. Both
image adjustment and image processing speed have been key priorities in
the development of DxO Optics Pro v4 resulting in speed increases of up
to 500% compared to the previous version. DxO Optics Pro v4 will also
be optimized for Intel Mac processors.
Core DxO image enhancement features to be available as Adobe
Now, DxO Optics Pro features will always be available within the most
popular photo-retouching application. Once installed in Photoshop, the
new DxO Optics Pro Plug-in will allow users to directly access core DxO
image correction features when opening RAW or JPEG images.
Availability and upgrade policy
DxO Optics Pro v4 is planned to be available for Windows, Intel Mac and
Macintosh in September 2006. All purchasers of DxO Optics Pro v3.55
after June 20, 2006 are eligible for a free upgrade. Pricing of
upgrades and full versions of DxO Optics Pro v4 will be announced at a