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PC users need to use various types of software for image editing nowadays. While a majority of users look for software to eliminate regular imaging issues like red eye or orientation of image, professional photography enthusiasts resort to specialized apps. If you want a capable app to take care of issues like optical corrections, distortion and chromatic aberration in digital images, try DxO Optics Pro. Made by DxO Labs, a company well known in camera and lens testing, this tool is ideal companion for professional photographers aiming for perfection.

DxO Optics Pro needs a fairly powerful PC to run smoothly as it is. You should have a PC equipped with AMD or Intel multi core CPU and 4GB or more RAM to get good performance from this app. Upon installation, it takes up lots of hard disk space too. It supports Windows Vista and subsequent versions of OSes. You may try the software for 30 days. There is a standard and another elite edition.

DxO Optics Pro offers two modes- Customize and Organize. The Customize mode offers some editing options. Compared to rivals like Adobe's Lightroom 5, this app lacks in features. However, its top button bar offers various views including side-by-side and full screen. You do get some basic editing features like geometry correction, cropping, neutral color picker etc. You can change the apps’ default UI color, just like Photoshop.

The bottom part of app UI has a filmstrip view of opened images and there are icons to show image status. Whenever you open a camera folder with images, the software can detect lens and model of camera. Then you can download apt module to optimize the image accordingly.

While you can choose to rotate images via keyboard shortcut or right click menu, presence of a button would be simpler. The mouse wheel can be used for zooming in and out images and you can use plenty of keyboard shortcuts in the app. Inclusion of a history panel would be good.

Its name notwithstanding, the app’s Organize mode does not early offer full workflow functionality. You cannot import media to begin with. You can star rate images but there is no geo tagging option. Users will also miss face detection, which is found in several cheaper apps. You can use DxO Optics Pro as either Aperture or LightRoom plug-in if such features matter to you.

DxO Optics Pro stands apart from most image editors as far as image editing goes. It starts by rectifying image flaws based on exposure settings, lens, and camera. Its auto-correction far exceeds results produced by most of the segment rivals. You can also tinker with plenty of features and presets. When the auto correction fails to bring the desired result, resort to the app’s Customize mode. There you get settings to alter contrast, exposure compensation, and HDR settings. The Smart Lighting slider is ideal for working with poorly lit images.

One key feature in the app is its Prime noise reduction. It is quite processor-intensive and can slow down powerful PCs to an extent. Prime works only on raw camera images though. This ensures you can shoot at faster speeds or in low light without compromising on detail and sharpness. The effect is shown only on a 150x150 pixel area in the image and without exporting the image, you cannot see the result. After hitting the export button, you have to wait and on slower systems, the processing time is longer.

Its Prime noise reduction produces better results than competing apps and more detail is preserved while applying noise reduction. If you do not have much patience, opt for the app’s enhanced High noise-reduction feature. This also brings good results. It may show more noise but retains crispness.

You may be somewhat amazed that such a sophisticated digital image correction app lacks basic image editing features. There is no tool like red-eye correction, burn, blur etc. The app however, excels at correcting commonplace imaging issues like chromatic aberration and distortion.

After editing an image in DxO Optics Pro, you can export it in numerous ways. The images can be exported to Flickr, Facebook or another image editor. The option to take a printout is also there. The Flickr export offers some controls while Facebook exporter is barebones. There is no bundled email sharing feature though.

Positive Points:
•    Sleek, customizable workspace.
•    Excellent Noise reduction tools.
•    Good geometry correction features.
•    Direct export to various apps and web.

Negative Points:
•    No brush editing, cloning.
•    Prime Noise removal can be sluggish.
•    Resource hungry app.

DxO Optics Pro is aimed more at professional photographers who want to eliminate smallest flaws in their images rather than general users. It works with raw camera images and in some key aspects far outshines more popular rivals. The excellent noise reduction capabilities deserve a mention, especially Prime noise reduction. The chromatic aberration correction is also top notch. Of course, the software has its share of glitches. The Prime Noise reduction produces great results but it can be painfully slow. The app also lacks basic image editing tools. In organizing images and sharing, it lags behind rivals like Lightroom. It is quite heavy on system sources but that is also true for nearly all  its segment rivals. If you already have an app for image editing and need an excellent tool for working with RAW camera images, it is an unbeatable contender.

Rating: 4/5

DxO Optics Pro 9 Publisher's Description

The interface is modern and professional, divided into three main areas for organizing, customizing and processing pictures. Thanks to the Explorer-based folder structure, you can seamlessly navigate directories to locate images.

It is possible to set the image viewing to before-and-after mode, sort and filter items in the directory by various criteria (e.g. dimensions, lens, ISO speed, rating), rotate items, create virtual copies, as well as to apply presets for color, light detail and geometry adjustment.

In the next step you are given tools for customizing the pictures when it comes to the RGB white balance, exposure compensation, “DxO Smart Lighting”, contrast, color accentuation, manual RGB noise, distortion, vignetting, and chromatic aberration. Standard drawing functions include hand, zoom, crop, dust removal, and horizon.

The last step focuses on output settings in regard to the format (e.g. JPEG, TIFF, TIFF 8 bits, DNG, Web 800 pixels, Print 12 inches). It is possible to process multiple images at once, as well as to export them to Adobe Lightroom or upload them to Flickr.

DxO Optics Pro allows you to undo and redo your actions, and it supports hotkeys and plugins, such as Apple, Canon and Sony camera bodies. The tool is surprisingly light on the system resources and supplies tutorials. We have not come across any issues in our tests. All in all, DxO Optics Pro is an all-around professional product dedicated to image enhancement and processing.

Free download from Shareware Connection - With DxO OpticsPro’s outstanding performance, bring out the best in your RAW and JPEG photos in just a few clicks, regardless of shooting conditions.

Publisher: dxo.com | License: Comercial | Price: 129
Released Date: 13-11-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: DxO Optics Pro 9

Author Url: http://www.dxo.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/photo-software/dxo-opticspro
Download Url: http://www.dxo.com/intl/node/2171
Screenshot Url: http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/photo-software/dxo-opticspro/features

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