DxO Optics Pro 8 was introduced today at Photo Plus Expo, offering an easier user interface and several intelligent new features.
Available for both Mac and Windows, DxO Optics Pro 8 has two main features: The ability to automatically correct images for imperfections that are the results of aberrations and other optical issues for thousands of specific lens and camera combinations, and the ability to automatically apply corrections to optimize overall image quality. The new version has a revised layout and has been rewritten so functions are labeled in plain English rather than using technical terminology, which can confuse less geeky users.
Key new features include:
DxO Smart Lighting, which brightens photos by optimizing contrast and lighting.
Protection of Saturated Colors, a new tool that reveals details that can be hidden by oversaturated colors, but does so selectively, only toning down the saturated colors while leaving other non-saturated colors alone.
Support for nearly 10,000 lens/camera combinations by automatically identifying and correcting problems in many lenses and cameras. The company also announced the goal of having 20,000 DxO Optics Modules by the end of 2013.
DxO also tooled around under the hood and made image rendering faster, while reorganizing the workspace. The program has also been optimized for use with Macs that have Retina screens. A new Print module lets users print JPEG or RAW image files on the fly as individual prints or as multi-image contact sheets.
DxO Optics Pro 8 will be available for $99 for the Standard edition and $199 for the Elite edition, through November 15. After that date, it will cost $169 and $299, respectively. at Adorama. Updates from version 7 are free.