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2 May 2013
DxO has updated ViewPoint, its distortion correction software, with a Help feature for new users and plug-in functionality for Lightroom and Photoshop users.
ViewPoint, which taps into an image's Exif data to inform its corrections, remains the only solution for volume anamorphosis in which 3D subjects like heads at the edges of a wide angle shot are distorted by the lens. It also handles keystoning and other perspective problems.
Lightroom 5 Beta introduced the Upright Tool to correct more simple distortion issues like keystoning. But nothing (apart from DxO Optics Pro, which includes the same capabilities) comes close to ViewPoint's handling of three-dimensional objects shot at wide angle on the edge of the image.
Because these are not simple problems, the new Help facility includes examples which suggest solutions and access more information in the tutorials and webinars of DxO Academy.
And as a plug-in, Lightroom and Photoshop users can tap into the easy-to-use software for a quick fix. The fix can be stored for recall, too, in case you want to backtrack your Lightroom edits and need to apply the distortion correction again.
A trial version of the $79 software ($49 introductory offer) is available at DxO Labs.
(See our comparison of the new ViewPoint 1.2 with Lightroom 5 Beta's new Upright tool. -- Mike)
DxO ViewPoint v1.2 Optimizes The Workflow For Photographers Using Adobe Photoshop And Lightroom And Makes Getting Started Easier
PARIS, France -- DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO ViewPoint v1.2, the new version of its software dedicated to correcting distortions caused by wide-angle lenses and to redressing keystoning and other perspective problems. DxO ViewPoint v1.2 offers a new save feature that provides a more fluid workflow for users of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and has added more sample images to help less-experienced users get started more quickly.
DxO ViewPoint easily restores the natural shapes of subjects located on the edges of images -- a distortion known as "volume anamorphosis" -- and accurately corrects keystoning and other perspective problems frequently found in architectural and landscape photos. Based on DxO Labs' exclusive geometrical corrections, DxO ViewPoint provides simple visual tools as well as advanced controls for applying spectacular corrections with unparalleled accuracy.
DxO ViewPoint can be used as a standalone application for Mac and Windows and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 and 4.
Now even easier to use, DxO ViewPoint v1.2 provides a new feature that allows photographers to save the correction settings for any given image and to reapply them later.
In the plug-in versions for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom , this feature provides a new, more fluid workflow: photographers can reapply their corrections in just a single click even after going back and modifying their image in their host application.
In the standalone version, this feature significantly improves productivity, in that corrections can be saved and applied successively to other photos with identical problems.
Get started even faster
To help users get started even faster, DxO ViewPoint v1.2 includes more examples that show photographers how to choose and use the most appropriate tools for correcting their photos.
DxO ViewPoint v1.2's Help menu gives users direct access to DxO Academy, a veritable online learning center offering tutorials and webinars to help photographers fully benefit from all of the features of DxO Labs' solutions.
Powerful and efficient
DxO ViewPoint is the only solution that fixes volume anamorphosis. This automatic correction takes into account the shooting parameters, but leaves users free to adjust the intensity of the correction if they want.
DxO ViewPoint is also the only solution on the market that corrects even the most complex kinds of perspective problems. In addition to its great ease of use, the software also offers automatic cropping to help preserve image proportions for a more natural look.
Thanks to its exclusive features and the freedom its advanced settings offer, DxO ViewPoint helps photographers obtain powerful and lifelike images without having to rely on costly and heavy-to-carry photographic equipment.
Price & Availability
DxO ViewPoint v1.2 is now available for Windows and Mac in the DxO Labs online store and at photo resellers at the following prices:
- USD: $49 from list $79
- EUR: €49 from list €79 (Suggested retail price, including VAT)
- GBP: £39 from list £59 (Suggested retail price, including VAT)
This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO ViewPoint v1.0. A fully-functional trial version of DxO ViewPoint v1.2, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs Web site.