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Monday, November 29, 2010

Topaz Labs Announces Topaz InFocus; "Enhance" Button Not Included*

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.topazlabs.com/infocus/

So, now there is a plug-in that lets you unblur what you blurred through a mistake or sloppy technique... supposedly. I have not read how it actually works, but it would be interesting to put it through its paces. I suspect it is not going to be the cure all for poor skills though! If you are interested, Topaz Labs is running a promotion where you can purchase the plugin at US$29.99 instead of US$69.99; promotion ends 3rd of December. Just enter the coupon code "SuperSharp" when checking out.

*Apologies to Hooch for borrowing his joke.


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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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Luminous Landscape tests Topaz Labs DeNoise 4.1

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:22 AM

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/r...are/topaz.shtml

"My first reaction when they announced it was kind of ho-hum, yet another up-date of a noise removal program – we already have at least three very decent ones (Neat Image, Noise Ninja and Noiseware), not to speak of the improved tools in Lightroom, Camera Raw and other image editing applications. But Topaz Labs claims it’s the best on the market and the download of a fully-functional 30-day trial is free, so why not give it whirl? I did and I was impressed. It’s easy to install (a plug-in in the Photoshop Filter menu, but also works with Lightroom, Photoshop Elements and several other applications), easy to use and the results (noise reduction with detail retention) are the best I’ve achieved from any noise mitigating application."

(Image credit: Topaz Labs)

Long-time contributor to The Luminous Landscape Mark Segal has written his impressions on the newcomer for software noise reduction. The first I believe was Neat Image, which I found out from a professional friend back in 2004-2005, and then came Noise Ninja. I eventually got Noise Ninja, and of all the software you can buy for your digital photos, I think this would be the best $79-99 spent.

Topaz DeNoise does look very good. I'll give it a go myself in the near future. I'd like to hear our reader's experiences with such software, so post a comment if you have!


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