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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Topaz Labs DeNoise 4.1 Review: A New Generation of Noise Reduction Software

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Noise Reduction Software
Manufacturer: Topaz Labs
Where to Buy: Topaz Labs Online Store
Price: $79.99
Requirements: Macs: Intel-based Macs with OS 10.4, 10.5 or 10.6 (Topaz is NOT compatible with PowerPC processors - like G4 or G5). 1 GB RAM minimum. Adobe Photoshop CS3-CS5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6- 8. Apple Aperture 2 and 3, Lightroom 2 and 3, and iPhoto now supported via Topaz Fusion Express on OS 10.5 or higher.
Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit). 1 GB RAM minimum. Adobe Photoshop 7-CS5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 1-8, or another editor that supports Photoshop plug-ins. These include: Irfanview, PaintShop Pro, etc.

Pros:

  • Good quality noise reduction; on par or exceeds previous generation software;
  • Easy-to-use interface.

Cons:

  • Slow; really slow;
  • Settings can produce somewhat inconsistent results.

Summary: Noise reduction software is not entirely new; back in 2003 I first heard about Neat Image, and for a period it was Neat Image vs. Noise Ninja. Now, a new generation of products has arrived, and Topaz Lab's DeNoise 4.1 leads the pack. How does it do against an old stalwart like Noise Ninja? Read on!

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