DxO FilmPack 5 arrives as a standalone product


posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:52 PM EDT


A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a major new release of DxO Labs' Optics Pro, FilmPack and ViewPoint applications, as well as a new bundle and pricing structure. At the time, almost all of the new software was available -- and at a handy introductory discount over list pricing -- but one piece of the puzzle was yet to arrive.

Today, it's here: The latest release of DxO FilmPack is now available as a standalone product, not just as an Optics Pro plugin. And it will also now work as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, and Apple Aperture, if you happen to use one of these apps in your workflow.


As a reminder, FilmPack is intended to give your digital images the authentic look of a variety of color or black and white film types. The latest release has several key changes, including 16 new film types that can be simulated, each created from real film which has been shot under controlled conditions and then digitized at high resolution to determine its behavior. The result is realistic-looking grain, color and contrast, just like the actual film.

DxO FilmPack 5 comes in Essential and Elite editions, and in total, 83 B&W, color and negative films are available for simulation in the Elite version, with a subset of 44 of these being available in the Essential edition. The 16 new film types include 11 black and white films (Adox CHS 100 II, Adox CMS 20, Adox Silvermax 21, Bergger BRF 400 PLUS, Foma Fomapan 100 Classic, Foma Fomapan 100r, Foma Fomapan 200 Creative, Foma Fomapan 400 Action, Fujifilm Neopan 400, Ilford Pan 100 and Ilford Pan 400), one positive color film (Fujifilm Instax 120), and four negative color films (Adox Color Implosion, Fuji Superia X-Tra 400, Fujicolor Pro 400h and Kodak Portra 400).

Also new in FilmPack 5 are a 16:9-aspect user interface with integrated file explorer that takes advantage of the now-commonplace widescreen display to show your images to full effect alongside the app's controls, and support for adjusting images shot in raw format. FilmPack 5 also has a new micro-contrast tool, a toning tool that works on shadows and highlights separately, and a simplified blur tool which now works in vignetting or soft focus modes.

Get more details on the DxO website.