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DxO Optics Pro v4.2

Ralf Jurrien
PMA 2010 Report
Thursday 8th, March 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

DxO Labs announces the availability of DxO Optics Pro 4.2 - for both Windows and Macintosh computer systems. Enriched with exclusive features and supporting VISTA - Microsoft’s latest operating system, DxO Optics Pro v4.2 software demonstrates DxO’s continued commitment to providing photographers worldwide with an unrivalled set of digital imaging software tools. A new intelligent color feature makes its debut in version 4.2 - SmartVibrancy - which selectively intensifies the colors in an image to make it more appealing while avoiding undesirable side effects. Digital photographers will often modify color saturation or the tone-curve of an image to achieve more pleasing results.

DxO Optics Pro v4.2

DxO Optics Pro v4.2 - Features
But without spending considerable time on each image, such an approach can quickly lead to overstated and unsatisfactory results. Developed by DxO Labs, SmartVibrancy overcomes this difficulty by acting selectively on different colors thus preserving key values such as skin-tones. Increasing SmartVibrancy in DxO Optics Pro v4.2 enables photographers to:
• Give more zest and visual energy to images that are otherwise too dull.
• Reduce the effect of atmospheric haze which often makes images seem “flat”.
• Deepen skies and produce more creative and appealing impressions without incurring exaggerated color shifts, especially on skin-tones.

DxO Optics Pro v4.2 - SmartVibrancy
SmartVibrancy can also be decreased to rescue images where the original displays over-saturation, especially of faces and other skin-tones. In addition, DxO Optics Pro v4.2 has become web-enabled thanks to a free plug-in allowing automatic login, tagging and uploading of processed images to the widely popular Flickr photo-sharing website. The whole process of sharing DxO processed photos on the World Wide Web thus becomes easier, faster and smoother.

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DxO Optics Pro v4 - Microsoft Windows Vista
Version 4.2 of DxO Optics Pro also brings full compatibility with the Windows Vista operating system. Finally a number of user interface improvements in particular for the perspective correction tools have been implemented in version 4.2 and the precision available when making geometric adjustments has been increased. These can now be made in increments of 1/100th of one degree.

DxO Optics Pro version 4.2 - Price & Availability
DxO Optics Pro v4.2 is available immediately from the DxO Labs e-store as well as from selected distributors and resellers worldwide. Version 4.2 is a free upgrade for all owners of DxO Optics Pro v4.0 or later. Pricing of full versions of DxO Optics Pro v4.2 remains unchanged:
• DxO Optics Pro v4 Starter: $79
• DxO Optics Pro v4 Standard: $149
• DxO Optics Pro v4 Elite: $299

DxO Optics Pro v4.2 - System requirements
DxO Optics Pro 4.2 is available for Windows 2000, XP or Vista as well as for Apple Macintosh OSX 3.9 or later. On Apple Macintosh, DxO Optics Pro 4.2 is available as a universal binary and optimized for Intel-Mac processors.

About DxO Labs
DxO Labs offers products and solutions ensuring excellence in digital imaging. DxO Labs develops and licenses intellectual property serving the entire digital imaging chain: licensing of optics and silicon architectures for embedded still and video image processing; image quality evaluation and measurement tools and methodologies; image quality enhancement software for consumers. The company’s key customers and partners include:
• Consumer electronics manufacturers such as digital camera vendors.
• Imaging components suppliers: camera module manufacturers and sensor vendors.
• Demanding photographers, as well as photography journalists and imaging experts.
• DxO Labs’ product portfolio is steadily finding a place at the heart of advanced consumer electronics and world-class industry imaging systems where “Image Science by DxO” becomes a reference for quality.

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