DxO Labs has revealed details of a new version of DxO Optics Pro along with a free beta version for users to try out from the first week of August.

DxO Labs has revealed details of a new version of its flagship application, DxO Optics Pro. The TIPA award winning software is designed to meet the needs of SLR and advanced digital camera users with automatic optics, noise and exposure corrections.
The latest version incorporates a range of major upgrades, including a new DxO Color Engine that facilitates a Multi-Point Color Balance tool and a Color Rendition feature. This offers multiple color renderings and modes for images, in particular the abiltiy to apply the Color Rendition profile of one digital SLR camera to images taken with another camera.
A third generation DxO Optics Engine has also been added to the software. Improving upon the geometry control of previous engines, the third generation model enables horizon adjustment (rotation), keystoning (perspective) correction as well as a Volume Anamorphosis correction feature. This latter command aims to automatically bring three-dimensional objects deformed by ultra-wide angle lenses back to their correct proportions. As with previous versions, DxO Optics Engine automatically corrects lens distortion, vignetting, lens softness and chromatic aberrations including purple fringing.
Both image adjustment and image processing speeds have been key priorities in the development of DxO Optics Pro v4 resulting in increases of up to 500% to DxO Labs. Furthermore, the program in now available as a plug-in for Photoshop, enabling users to exploit the automatic tools of Optics Pro in tandem with the retouching capabilities of Photoshop.
The software officially launches later this summer, but in the meantime DxO Labs will make available a free, Windows public beta of DxO Optics Pro v4 for digital photographers to download from the first week of August. Pricing for the final version will be announced nearer the time of launch while recent purchasers of DxO Optics Pro will be eligible for a free upgrade. Visit www.dxo.com to try the beta version out for yourself.