Category: Software Reviews
Monday, September 19, 2011
DxO FilmPack 3 simulates the look of many existing and discontinued photographic films, allowing you to apply a specific feel to your images. As well as adding new films and filters, version 3 of FilmPack also offers Hue/Saturation/Luminance sliders, a channel mixer tool, creative vignetting effects and a noise removal tool for more precise grain control. Matt Grayson takes a trip down memory lane in our DxO FilmPack 3 review.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Cyberlink PhotoDirector is a brand new photo editing program that competes directly with Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop Elements. PhotoDirector offers an array of adjustment tools that can be applied non-destructively, native rendering of RAW files from Canon and Nikon cameras, and it lets users share their own presets and download an unlimited number of presets. Matt Grayson finds out if Cyberlink PhotoDirector can compete with the established players.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Kubota RPG SpeedKeys 2 is a wireless USB keypad that gives you 1-button access to Lightroom adjustments, presets, and other advanced tools. 100 presets to develop, export, print, filter and more are also included to help speed up your workflow. Jon Canfield finds out if Kubota RPG Speedkeys 2 really can save him valuable time...
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Fluid Mask 3.2 from Vertus Software is billed as the professionals' choice for quality masking. Available either as a standalone program or plugin for Photoshop, Fluid Mask 3.2 claims to be up to 50% faster and easier to use than any other masking technique. Read our Fluid Mask 3.2 review to find out if it's worth the $149 investment...
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Filter Forge 2 is a Photoshop plugin that enables novice and expert users to create a wide variety of effects. With a strong community and over 8,000 filters, Filter Forge could be the only effects program that you need. We take a look at the photographer-friendly effects in our Filter Forge 2 Review.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Dfine 2.0 from Nik Software is a noise reduction software tool which gives you unprecedented control over exactly how much and where to apply noise reduction. Dfine 2.0 is designed to prevent the loss of detail other noise reduction tools often introduce via Nik Software’s patented U Point technology for selective editing control. Read our Nik Dfine 2 Review to find out if it really works...
Friday, April 1, 2011
Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 is a powerful black-and-white conversion software application for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. Silver Efex Pro 2 includes new features such as the History Browser, Dynamic Brightness, Amplify Blacks, Amplify Whites, Soft Contrast, Fine Structure, Image Borders, and selective colorization, as well as a variety of speed and quality improvements. Read our Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 Review to discover if this is the best black and white software on the market.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Color Efex Pro from Nik Software offers digital camera owners a wide range of quick and easy ways to dramatically enhance their photos with just a few clicks of the mouse. Color Efex Pro 3.0 contains the most comprehensive set of creative enhancements, color correction filters, retouching tools, and a complete collection of traditional photographic effects available. Read our Nik Color Efex Pro 3 review to find out if it's worth adding to your digital toolbox.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Capture One Pro 6 is the latest version of Phase One's application for professional photographers. Billed as the "raw converter for ultimate image quality", Capture One Pro 6 covers every stage of the workflow, from importing, editing, organizing right through to sharing and printing. Read our in-depth Capture One Pro 6 Review to find out what it has to offer the busy photographer.
Monday, February 21, 2011
HDR photography has proved particularly popular during the last couple of years, and now Nik Software have released HDR Efex Pro. This new program is designed to help photographers quickly and easily achieve the full spectrum of HDR enhancements, from the realistic to artistic, and features Nik's proven U-point technology to allow localised, non-destructive edits. Read our HDR Efex Pro to find out if this is the best-in-class HDR tool.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Does your camera suffer from noisy images? Tired of having to shoot at a maximum of ISO 400? Then Topaz Labs may have the answer with the launch of DeNoise 5, an in-expensive software plugin that promises to optimally remove noise and recover image detail. Jon Canfield finds out if it lives up to its billing in our Topaz DeNoise 5 Review.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Photo Mechanic from software company Camera Bits is a standalone image browser that lets you quickly view, sort and tag your digital pictures. Covering the whole workflow from importing from a memory card to exporting to websites, FTP or removable media, Photo Mechanic is the most popular photo-editing tool used by newspapers and press photographers in the USA. Jon Canfield takes a look at the latest 4.6 version to find out if Camera Bits is worthy of a wider audience.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 has been available as a free public beta for several months, and now the final retail version has been released. Find out what's new and whether you should integrate it into your photography workflow in our in-depth Lightroom 3 review.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Want to know if it's worth upgrading to Adobe Photoshop 5, either from a previous version or a cheaper image editor? We've been working with all the major new features in this latest release for the last few weeks to bring you our expert Photoshop 5 review.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Viveza 2 from Nik Software is a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture that allows you to easily adjust the colour and light in your digital images. You can quickly select areas of an image to adjust by pointing and clicking and then using simple to use sliders to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, structure, red, green, blue, hue, and warmth. Jon Canfield finds out what what Viveza 2 has to offer.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Want to get the best out of your RAW files? DxO may have the answer with the recent release of Optics Pro 6, a software app for processing RAW images. Jon Canfield takes an in-depth look in our DxO Optics Pro 6 review.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Capture One Pro 5 is the brand new version of Phase One's RAW image processing application. Available in two versions, Standard and Pro, we've taken a look at the new features in the Pro package, which include enhanced Live Preview, Focus Mask, Focus Tool, and RGB Levels and Curves tools. Jon Canfield gives you a guided tour of Capture One Pro 5 in our expert review.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Photoshop Elements 8 is the latest version of Adobe's affordable image editor for consumers. New features include an enhanced Organizer, Photomerge Exposure, Auto-Analyzer, People Recognition and touch support in the recently launched Windows 7. Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 is available now for Windows and Mac for $99.99 / £79.99 - Jon Canfield finds out if it's worth upgrading.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Serif PhotoPlus X3 is a brand new photo editing application that gives Photoshop a real run for its money. With the addition of raw image processing, HDR, support for 48-bit colour photographs, new effects such as realistic metal and glass effects, and Microsoft HD Photo support, Photo Plus X3 offers most of Photoshop's features at a fraction of the price, retailing for just $79.99 / £59.99. Jon Canfield takes a look at the new features to find out if Serif PhotoPlus X3 really is a viable alternative to Adobe...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Capture One Pro is a third-party RAW image processing application from Phase One that aims to get more out of your images. Available in two versions, Standard and Pro, we've taken an in-depth look at the latest version of the Pro package, which includes non-destructive editing, lens correction, styles, selective color adjustments, and other workflow enhancements. Find out why you should consider Capture One Pro for your RAW images in our expert review.