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Nik logo PRESS RELEASE: Nik Software Announces Free Update to Dfine 2.0


New update to Dfine 2.0 brings award-winning noise reduction to Aperture, adds compatibility with Photoshop Smart Objects, and provides new debanding control

COLOGNE, Germany (Photokina Hall 4.1, Stand F001) -- September 22, 2008 -- Nik Software today announced availability of a free update to its award-winning Dfine 2.0 noise reduction software plug-in. Dfine version 2.1 becomes the latest of the Nik Software tools to offer compatibility with Apple Aperture 2 and compatibility with Smart Objects within Adobe Photoshop. The update also includes a new debanding control that allows users to address banding artifacts that can occur in some images.

Dfine continues to raise the bar in digital photographic noise reduction. Dfine provides superior noise reduction while maintaining detail and sharpness throughout an image and providing unprecedented selective control over noise reduction by employing Nik Software's U Point technology.

"This new update to Dfine addresses two of the top requests from users," said Michael Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software, Inc. "We are pleased to be able to provide photographers using Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop with Dfine's best in class noise reduction and its unique selective controls as a free upgrade to Dfine 2.0"

New Features

New features include:

New Smart Filter Support (Photoshop only) -- Provides compatibility with Adobe Photoshop's Smart Objects enabling modifications or adjustments to noise reduction after Dfine has been applied.

New Multi-Image Support (Aperture only) -- Provides compatibility with Aperture's multiimage support, allowing photographers to easily reduce noise in several images without leaving Dfine's interface.

New Debanding Control -- Resolves issues in which unwanted horizontal or vertical banding artifacts are introduced in the capture process. Dfine is the only product designed specifically to handle this issue.

Availability

The Dfine 2.1 update is available as a free download to registered owners of Dfine 2.0 directly from Nik Software at www.niksoftware.com. Customers that purchase Dfine 2.0 through retail stores are also eligible for the update.

Dfine 2.1 is a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture 2.1 and is available for Windows and Macintosh operating systems, including Vista and Leopard. For more information about the software, including video tutorials highlighting the software running within Photoshop and Aperture and a free 15-day, fully functional trial version, please visit www.niksoftware.com/dfine.


(First posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 17:04 EDT)

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