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AKVIS' logo. Click here to visit the AKVIS website! PRESS RELEASE: AKVIS Noise Buster v.8.0: GPU Support and Other Improvements!

June 6, 2011 - AKVIS has released Noise Buster 8.0 for Windows and Macintosh with new tools and features, with support for GPU acceleration, batch processing, support for RAW files, and other improvements.

Whether your digital images are from a digital camera or a scanner, you may often notice the so-called "noise". Noise can appear in photos taken in low light or when the camera is set to a high ISO. It can be seen as grains that compromise the smoothness of a photo or random red and blue pixels which spoil the color accuracy of a snap-shot. The reduced detail and clarity of such images can be improved with noise removal software. The idea is to achieve a balance between removing noise and keeping fine details in a picture.

AKVIS Noise Buster reduces both luminance and color noise in digital images without blurring the edges of objects. Your photos remain sharp and crisp, while the unwanted artifacts disappear.

Noise Buster begins by applying the "Auto Filtering" preset to an image which automatically chooses the best settings for particular kinds of noise by adjusting four noise suppression parameters. The automatic settings usually give a good result, but you can still make adjustments to parameters to achieve the result you want and observe any changes in the preview window.

A histogram displaying the noise level and noise components (color and luminance noise) of an image helps you to decide which parameters should be adjusted. Separate setting areas for luminance and color noise allow you to deal with each kind of noise in the most efficient way.

The program tips help you to achieve the best result. Hovering your mouse over a parameter makes the application display a hint about this setting.

AKVIS Noise Buster v.8.0 offers many significant improvements:

  • The software now supports GPU (graphical processing unit) acceleration that significantly speeds up noise suppression filtering!

    The new GPU option in the program's Preferences is only active if a computer has an appropriate video card. The image processing speed depends directly on a video card.

  • The Smart Blur tool smoothes out grain and noise while preserving outlines and details. It works on the After tab, under Home Deluxe and Business licenses.

  • The History Brush tool restores areas to their original state. It works on the After tab.

  • The new Edge Intensity parameter makes edges and borders more visible without revealing noise.

  • Ready to use presets have been added.

  • The program now supports Batch Processing. This was formally only available under the plug-in, as a Photoshop action. It is useful when dealing with a lot of photos with the same noise problems.

  • Support has been added for RAW files.

  • A Recent Files list has been added.

AKVIS Noise Buster is available as a stand-alone application and as a plug-in. The Noise Buster plug-in is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Photo-Paint, Painter and Paint Shop Pro Photo, PhotoImpact, etc.

The program runs on Windows 7/Vista/XP and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.6, both 32 bit and 64 bit.

Registered users can upgrade the software for free!

The users who tried the previous version of Noise Buster and have their version expired, now have an opportunity to test the software again.

Download the program here.

AKVIS Noise Buster sells for $49 USD for Home version (either Plugin or Standalone), $55 USD for Home Deluxe (Plugin and Standalone), $89 USD for Business (Plugin and Standalone).

Also, users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS products in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Retoucher, Chameleon, MultiBrush, Enhancer, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch, Decorator, LightShop, ArtSuite, SmartMask, Magnifier, ArtWork, NatureArt, Refocus, and HDRFactory) with a great discount (60% Off).

AKVIS Noise Buster is also part of the AKVIS Photo Correction Bundle (Enhancer, Noise Buster, and Refocus), which sells for $149 for the plug-in version or $169 for the standalone version. This is a savings of $44 when compared to the price of these three programs purchased separately. Visit the official website to see prices for alternate versions of the bundles.

About Company
Founded in 2004, AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and Photoshop plug-ins. The company has released a number of successful products. The AKVIS team is enthusiastic about graphics and image processing issues. The company sponsors web-design and digital photography contests. The company offers free licenses to non-profit organizations (heritage foundations and historical societies) involved in conservation and restoration of photographic archives having cultural value.

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(First posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 11:04 EDT)

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