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DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro v8.1. This update offers color management and sharpness enhancement when printing, an output option for reducing EXIF data, as well as numerous improvements to its interface. It also adds support for five new cameras including the Sony NEX-6 (pictured), the Canon PowerShot S110 and G15, and the Olympus Pen E-PM2 and E-PL5. Plus, the software now provides support for additional Canon, Olympus, and Sigma lenses for Canon, Olympus, and Sony cameras in the form of nearly 150 new DxO Optics Modules. 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 1 September 2012.
Dxo Press Release
DxO Optics Pro v8.1: Enhanced print module and support for 5 new cameras, including the Sony NEX-6
Special 33% discount through December 25, 2012
December 5, 2012 - DxO 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 (shop.dxo.com) and at photo reseller locations, at a special discount from now through December 25, 2012:
DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $ 99 instead of $ 169
DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $ 199 instead of $ 299
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)
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)
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 (http://www.dxo.com/fr/photo/free_trial_version).