SEPTEMBER 12, 2002
Optipix 1.0.2 for Adobe Photoshop
If you work in digital photography, manipulating your images in Photoshop likely takes up a pretty decent chunk of your time. And you likely don't appreciate spending that much time on so many processes that could be automated, if only some thoughtful software developer would come along and release a suite of filters for speeding up some of your time-consuming chores. Ah ha! Enter Reindeer Graphics Optipix 1.0.2.
Optipix (Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows) is a collection of 16-bit filters tailored specifically for digital photographers, geared toward saving you time and even bringing you some image correction functionality that you might not have known was possible in Photoshop. We took a look at the 1.0 release about a month ago. Since that time, Reindeer has released two updates to the software, the latest of which forces me to post a reevaluation of my original review. [an error occurred while processing this directive] In a good way.
New and improved
Actually, I quite liked the first release of Optipix, but I had a couple of problems with it. The most striking of these was a problem with the Edge Enhancer filter, which didn't behave quite as it should and which certainly did not display an accurate preview, making it virtually worthless. However, these problems have been corrected, and now Edge Enhancer seems to work flawlessly and with some outstanding results.
Edge Enhancer includes three different functions, all of which are used moderately in the above example. It provides, first of all, enhancements to the edges that it detects in an image, bringing more definition to them. Second, it also provides sharpening to the image. And, critically, it also includes noise reduction, which, when used in combination with the other two functions, can create sharper images with better definition without the usual noise that accompanies such image enhancements.
So, in short, Edge Enhancer has gone from useless to shockingly useful!
Also new is the Blend Exposure filter (described below), which now behaves properly when blending exposures that are more than four stops apart. Finally, the filters have also gained some bug fixes and performance enhancements.
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