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DxO Optics Pro v2.0, RAW processing, price updates
(Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 08:00 EDT)

DxO Labs, the company behind the DxO Optics Pro program that aims to correct for common flaws in digital images with minimal user intervention, has today announced a new version of its software.

DxO Optics Pro v2.0, available immediately, now offers support for RAW files from a number of cameras courtesy of the new DxO Raw Engine. It also adds greater control over the correction process, with updated correction modules that allow fine tuning of distortion and vignetting correction, as well as the level of image sharpening. There's also a new option to fine-tune correction to avoid problems caused by inadequate precision of date stored in the EXIF data alongside your images. Distortion correction now reduces the amount of image cropping required, and calibration when working in RAW / 16 bit mode has been updated.

Cameras supported for RAW processing immediately are the Canon EOS-1D Mark II, Canon EOS-1Ds, and Nikon D70. The Canon Digital Rebel and Canon EOS-20D should be supported in mid-November, and support for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, Canon EOS-10D, and Nikon D2X will follow at a later date.

Upgrades from DxO Optics Pro v1.0 or v1.1 to v2.0 will be made available free of charge. Pricing for the new v2.0 version has also been adjusted, with DxO stating that price reductions should average around 25%. Finally, the RAW Engine is available free until December 1st. Further details can be found in the press release below.

Original Source Press Release:


DxO Raw Engine available free of charge with DxO Optics Pro 2.0 until December 1, 2004

New York, NY, October 21, 2004 - DxO Labs, a software company focused on research in image processing to enhance image quality, announced today at PhotoPlus Expo 2004 the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro version 2.0 and DxO Raw Engine.

DxO Optics Pro is the award-winning software application from DxO Labs that automatically improves the quality of images produced by Digital SLR cameras. DxO Raw Engine is a new optional module that works seamlessly within DxO Optics Pro to perform RAW image conversion as well as enabling DxO Optics Pro’s image enhancement features to be applied on RAW files in full 16-bit mode.

“Serious photographers around the world have come to appreciate our award-winning DxO Optics Pro technology. Now for the first time users can apply our technologies to their RAW image files thus producing the highest quality images possible,” said Luc Marin, Vice-President of Business Development for Photography at DxO Labs. “And I’m delighted that our revised pricing now makes this software more accessible to more photographers than ever before.”

Unparalleled automatic RAW image enhancement
The combination of DxO Optics Pro 2.0 and DxO Raw Engine offers unique image enhancement capabilities:

  • A new, unique, RAW conversion solution developed from the ground up by DxO Labs that produces sharp, detailed images and dramatically minimizes conversion artifacts.
  • DxO automatic corrections (patent pending) of distortion , vignetting and image softness (blur).

Improved DxO Correction Modules
All DxO Lens Correction Modules – critical components of DxO Optics Pro image enhancement - have been updated to provide superior image quality. Features include:

  • Adjustable, user controllable correction (0-100%) for distortion and vignetting.
  • Adjustable sharpening to meet specific output requirements.
  • Fine tuning option available to remedy insufficient EXIF precision of certain camera and lens combinations.
  • Reduced image-cropping when correcting distortion.
  • Updated calibration for performing image enhancement in RAW/16 bit mode.

Support for leading Digital SLR cameras
RAW support within DxO Raw Engine is immediately available for Nikon D70, Canon EOS-1D Mark II and Canon EOS-1Ds cameras. All DxO Lens Correction Modules for these cameras immediately work in both RAW and JPEG mode.

  • Mid November 2004, DxO Labs intends to release RAW support for the Canon EOS-300D/Rebel and the Canon EOS-20D cameras.
  • DxO Labs is already working on further releases to support the RAW file formats of the Canon EOS-10D, the Canon EOS-1Ds MKII, and the Nikon D2X.

DxO Labs will announce support for other RAW file formats in the future. DxO Optics Pro currently supports ten camera models in JPEG mode.

Revised pricing and free DxO Raw Engine until December 1, 2004
Effective with the release of DxO Optics Pro 2.0 and DxO Raw Engine, users will see an average price reduction of approximately 25%. This price reduction will enable even more users to take advantage of DxO Optics Pro’s unique image enhancement capabilities. Complete pricing and discount schedule is available at www.dxo.com .

Upgrade from DxO Optics Pro versions 1.0/1.1 to 2.0 is free of charge. Also, DxO Raw Engine - valued at U.S. $119 (Euro 99) - will be included free of charge until December 1, 2004.

In addition, a full functioning, 21 day trial version of DxO Optics Pro 2.0 and DxO Raw Engine are available for free download at www.dxo.com .

Meet us at PhotoPlus Expo:
Both DxO Optics Pro 2.0 and DxO Raw Engine will be showcased at PhotoPlus Expo in New York, USA on October 21-23, 2004. Booth #1418.

About DxO Labs and its DxO Technology
DxO Labs (formerly "DO Labs") is a software company developing image processing technologies and image quality enhancement solutions. DxO Labs provides reliable, off-the-shelf imaging solutions for serious amateurs and professional photographers, photography journalists and experts as well as companies in the imaging business such as digital camera or cameraphone manufacturers, mobile operators, and printing or photofinishing professionals.

DxO Labs offers customers highly advanced image processing technologies. The company's patented DxO technology is the result of state-of-the-art academic mathematical research. The DxO Foundations comprise a set of software components to correct major imaging device defects: Blur, Contrast, Demozaicing, Distortion, Vignetting, Chromatic aberration, JPEG artefacts, etc.

For more information, visit DxO Labs online at www.dxo.com .

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