DxO Optics pro 8.1 : color and sharpness management in the new print module

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DxO Optics Pro 8 has been released just one month ago and here comes its first update already. DxO Optics Pro 8.1 is an important update to DxO’s photograhy software. It corrects the lack of color management in the print module, one of the main asset of the version 8, but also brings sharpness settings in the print module as well, with a revised user interface, a more flexible way of handling the Open CL hardware acceleration for Windows users and  some new cameras supported. Here is DxO Optics Pro 8.1, available today for both Windows and Mac users.

Color and sharpness management in the print module

I liked the idea of printing images directly from DxO Optics Pro 8 and really found that this addition was a smart move, but honestly, it was totally unuseful if the embedded print module was not able to handle color management… This disappointment was perceived at my friends in Boulogne, at DxO  Labs, and they knew anyway that they should supply this function, which they actually had already planned to. And the wait was pretty short as this key function is now added to this first software update. DxO 8.1 print module lets you now choose your ICC profile. But that is not it : with a new cursor, you may also choose the output sharpness level you want to apply to get a sharpness according to the print size.

 

DxO Optics Pro 8.1 UI changes

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 lets you also erase some or all the EXIF metadatas containes in the JPEG or TIFF file you will export so for privacy reasons or to get lighter files. Also, DxO oPtics Pro 8.1 user interface evolves and in the preference pannel, you can now chech the cach disk space taken by the cached rendered vignettes, and the DxO Module windows now shows all available camera/lens modules even those you have not installed on your computer. In order to unify the Mac as Windows versions, DxO Optics Pro 8.1 for Windows will now benefit from some new stuff appeared on the Mac version eaerluer like the cancellation of the image information HUD. You can now see these information about the non previewed image editions according to the zoom factor in the corresponding panes. Also, Windows users will have more flexible options to speed their software (mainly preview rendering) as soon as their GPU will support Open CL.

 

DxO Optics Pro V8.1 : new supported cameras

DxO V8.1 also brings the addition of 5 recently announced cameras. Here they are :

  • Canon Powershot S110
  • Canon Powershot G15
  • Olympus Pen E-PM2
  • Olympus Pen E-PL5
  • Sony NEX-6

And just like for any other DxO software udpage, DxO Optics Pro 8.1 widens the lens / camera module catalog bringing 150 additinal combinations among. The new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens has been profiled with some cameras and enters the long list of the lenses whose optical corrections are handled by DxO Optics Pro 8. The first lens of the new Sigma ART lineup.

 

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