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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Topaz Labs Releases Topaz DeNoise 5

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.topazlabs.com/denoise/

"The new DeNoise 5 update is our treat to existing DeNoise users. There will be no cost to upgrade to version 5. The most significant improvements for DeNoise 5 include:- Double the speed- Double the Image-Size processing capabilities- Debanding Tab - Banding noise is eliminated with our new dual-directional Debanding feature- Correct Black Levels slider in the Noise Reduction Tab - This feature helps reduce haze (caused by noise) and reveal the true richness in the darkest parts of an image." (From Topaz Labs email)

Topaz Labs has kindly informed me that Topaz DeNoise is now at version 5. I reviewed version 4.1 not too long back, and while it was capable of some really great results, it was also slow and had a few issues. The newest version looks to address the speed issues, and also introduces new features that look to greatly improve the final output. In particular the debanding feature looks good; I had some problems with that in 4.1, so hopefully that'll erase it in 5.


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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