COMPANY: ABSoft | URL: (See Buy link below) | TYPE: Plug-in | PLATFORM: Mac, Windows | PRICE: Varies
The Neat Image team, ABSoft, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new generation of its noise reduction solution for digital photography that inherits and refines the highest quality and efficiency traditionally delivered by Neat Image, available in Home and Pro editions.

Renowned for its noise reduction quality, Neat Image is used by photographers all over the world as a tool that turns noisy photos and grainy scans into clean and neat digital images.

New in Neat Image is significantly improved quality and efficiency of noise reduction, stronger integration with the latest image editors and enhanced usability.

Realizing the critical importance of high quality noise reduction in low light (night, indoors) and high speed (sports, action) photography, the new Neat Image employs significantly enhanced and optimized noise reduction algorithms. These algorithms use refined device noise profiles to more accurately reflect camera or scanner characteristics and to draw a more clear distinction between noise and details in digital images. In effect, the noise reduction quality is greatly improved, especially in cases of strong noise and compression artifacts: More true noise is reduced and more real image details are preserved.

Neat Image incorporates a more efficient implementation of all image processing procedures which makes both profiling and noise reduction faster than in the previous generations of Neat Image.

Supporting the software environment used by many professionals, Neat Image has been made fully compatible with the latest generation of the industry standard image editor: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Neat Image noise reduction is directly integrated in a workflow based on Photoshop filters, plug-ins and actions.

Neat Image also offers a user-controlled profiling method, auto fine-tuning function, re-designed graphic user interface with larger preview as well as many optimizations of the underlying algorithms.

Background

Since the beginning of the digital imaging era, digital noise and digitized film grain have always been unwelcome parts of many digital photos and scans because of imperfect physical nature of the underlying light-capturing processes. While the hardware manufactures have always been trying to improve these processes, Neat Image is designed to work with the available output produced by the modern hardware: noisy high ISO digital shots and scans of grainy film.

Neat Image greatly improves the visual quality of such digital images by reducing the objectionable noise and grain and at the same time preserving the real image details.

Neat Image was initially introduced to the market in 2001 and quickly became the de facto standard in noise reduction for digital photography thanks to the top quality of noise reduction delivered by the tool.

The top quality noise reduction has been made possible by using device noise profiles – a novel concept originally introduced by Neat Image. A device noise profile is a reusable analysis of noise properties of an image acquisition device. Using device noise profiles in effect makes Neat Image processing custom-tailored to an imaging device and therefore makes noise reduction more accurate.

Neat Image v4.6 plug-in update
This version provides the following changes and improvements:

Full support for Adobe Photoshop CS4

•Both Mac Intel and PowerPC versions are available. Neat Image is also available as Universal Binary

•Older versions of Photoshop as well as Photoshop Elements and CorelDRAW X4 are supported

Automated batch profiling
Batch Profiler is a new tool, which allows to automatically build a set of profiles using images of the Calibration Target. Batch Profiler is the easiest way to quickly build a reusable set of accurate profiles for a digital camera or scanner

Improved compatibility
Neat Image has improved support for new digital cameras with i
mproved metadata (EXIF) compatibility for Nikon D700, D90 and several more new Nikon cameras

Improved GUI
Neat Image's main window is now resizable
and able to show a larger preview
Above: Film scan detail. Below: Treated with Neat Image