DxO Labs has released the latest version of its image processing software suite, which includes new features and improved ease of use and functionality.

A new feature in DxO OpticsPro 10 is DxO ClearView, which autmatically eliminates atmospheric haze to improve the clarity of landscape images and photographs taken in polluted urban environments. Special algorithms analyse the colour components of each pixel and locally improve the image contrast. The correction is local and completely automatic and delivers spectacular results with just one click. Image contrast is instantly improved and faded colours are revived.

DxO’s PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) de-noising technology has been improved to reveal more details. For each pixel, nearly a thousand neighbouring pixels are studied to identify the similarities and recombine information. Processing is also up to four times faster. The interface of the noise reduction palette has been improved to provide a larger area for previewing denoising.

The latest version of DxO Smart Lighting, which optimises contrast across the entire image,  now offers a better rendering in automatic mode, thanks to a more detailed analysis of the scene content. In manual mode, the Selective tone sliders are more precise. The DxO Lens Softness tool harmonises the sharpness of photos from the centre to the edges. It has been improved by reducing artefacts and maintain colour strength and accuracy. Default colour accentuation has also been increased to obtain even sharper images.

DxO OpticsPro 10 can now integrate DxO ViewPoint’s powerful geometrical corrections. After the DxO ViewPoint plug-in is activated, a dedicated palette lets photographers directly correct perspective problems and volume deformation in RAW and JPEG images. The dedicated DxO ViewPoint palette includes all the same visual tools as the standalone application version. The White Balance and Dust Correction tools can now be used in full-screen mode for greater comfort and precision. The image browser has been simplified and the overall design of the interface has been revised. Finally, DxO OpticsPro 10 now supports DNG files converted using Lightroom or Adobe DNG Converter (so long as the original RAW file is also supported), for an easier workflow with Adobe products.

DxO OpticsPro 10 is now accessible via two new editions, ESSENTIAL and ELITE, both of which support all of the equipment calibrated by DxO. A fully functional free trial version of DxO OpticsPro 10, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/download). For more information, go to www.dxo.com.