Mac users, we're pleased to announce Macphun's all-in-one photo editor Luminar is now available for purchase with special launch pricing. (Existing Macphun customers get a further discount.)
We rated Luminar as "Highly Recommended", and you can now visit the Luminar web site to try it for free.
Akvis has released version 1.5 of Refocus, an application that improves the sharpness of out-of-focus images. Version 1.5 adds support for raw files, new ready-to-use presets, a list of Recent Files, a new colour scheme for the Hints panel, and the possibility to use the OS file dialog to load/save files. The Mac version additionally improves compatiblity with OS X Lion. This is a free upgrade to registered users of Akvis Refocus.
AKVIS Press Release
Improve Your Blurred Photos With AKVIS Refocus v.1.5!
January 18, 2012 - AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS Refocus v.1.5 for Windows and Macintosh. The software improves sharpness of out of focus images. AKVIS Refocus is available for Windows and Mac as a Photoshop plugin and a standalone edition. Version 1.5 offers support for RAW and DNG files, the list of Recent Files, improved compatibility with Mac OS X Lion, and other improvements.
Digital cameras are a good companion for capturing everyday moments - they are handy and offer automatic settings that save you time. However, sometimes the camera fails to focus on the subject automatically and it comes out unsharp. AKVIS Refocus will take care of such images.
AKVIS Refocus improves sharpness of out of focus images. The program can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background.
Even if a photo looks sharp enough, there is always room for improvement. To create a special effect and draw attention to certain details, you can use selective focus.
In digital photography the selective focus technique is used to shoot portraits, macro and close-up photographs. For this purpose, one switches to aperture mode and adjusts the settings till the subject is in focus.
In AKVIS Refocus you can use two pencils to separate the subject from the background and adjust the settings to get the selective focus effect. There are also AKVIS presets which provide different degrees of sharpness.
To achieve a more realistic selective focus effect, you can sharp one part of the photo and blur the rest. The Defocus feature that allows blurring the background is available only for Home Deluxe and Business licenses.
When improving the clarity of images with AKVIS Refocus, you may also improve the texture of materials that can lead to some interesting effects.
AKVIS Refocus is also helpful with landscape photos. When shooting an object or a landscape at a distance, you may notice that the picture looks hazy. AKVIS Refocus will make the photo more distinct and thus more impressive.
In Version 1.5:
* Added support for RAW and DNG files.
* Added new ready-to-use Presets.
* Added the list of Recent Files which is visible by right mouse clicking on the Open Image button.
* Added the possibility to use OS File dialog to load/save files.
* Added the new color scheme of the Hints Panel.
* Improved compatibility with Mac OS X Lion.
* Fixed minor bugs, etc.
Registered users of Refocus can upgrade to the new version for free.
AKVIS Refocus is available for both Mac and Windows platforms, and comes packaged as a Photoshop plugin or as a standalone application.
A fully featured 10-day trial of AKVIS Refocus is available for free from the company Web site.
AKVIS Refocus sells for $ 39 USD at akvis.com. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS programs in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle with a great discount. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.
AKVIS (akvis.com) specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released a number of successful programs.