May 20, 2007 in Software (F)
[prMac.com] If one takes a photo of a black cat in a dark room the result can be far from ideal. Or if you make a photo of a beautiful view but the automatic settings focus on the sky and the shot comes out with uneven exposure - the sky is beautiful but the scenery is underexposed and one can hardly understand what is on. With the standard tools of exposure correction you run the risk of spoiling the parts of the image that were good.
AKVIS Enhancer is image enhancement software that improves detail in underexposed, overexposed and mid tone areas of a photo. The program has an individual approach to every part of the photo; it intensifies the difference between adjacent pixels having different color gradations and treats every part individually. Other similar programs may achieve acceptable results by manipulating two to four shots of the same scene; AKVIS Enhancer applies advanced algorithms to a single shot for spectacular outcome.
Most images can be improved at default settings. For further adjustment you have four parameters at your disposal: Details in Shadows, Details in Highlights, Level of Detail and Lightness.
The program offers batch mode that allows improving a series of photos automatically. Batch processing is time saving when you have to correct a number of photos taken with the same camera settings in similar circumstances.
By popular request in version 6.0 the possibility to save user presets has been added. Besides, new to version 6.0: compatibility with Photoshop CS3 on Intel Mac, compatibility with Windows Vista, added new interface language - Italian.
AKVIS Enhancer is now a Universal Binary Application. It runs on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers.
The update for registered users is free. The users who tried the previous version of the plug-in and have their version expired, now have an opportunity to test the software again.
In addition to its appeal to the amateur photographer and home user, AKVIS Enhancer is a useful tool in the production of technical and industrial photographs, or for revealing subtle details within medical imaging and forensic photos.
Demonstrations of AKVIS Enhancer's features are available at http://akvis.com/en/enhancer-tutorial/.
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use.
AKVIS Enhancer plugin is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Corel Photo-Paint, Corel (Jasc) Paint Shop Pro, ACD FotoCanvas, and Ulead PhotoImpact. AKVIS Enhancer runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/NT/2003/Vista and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4, Intel/PowerPC G3 and above.
AKVIS Enhancer sells for $69 USD, downloadable from akvis.com. It also comes bundled with AKVIS Noise Buster (noise reduction software) for $83 USD. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Enhancer, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Sketch, LightShop and Frame Suite) for USD $325 USD, a savings of $387 over purchasing each separately. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Details are available at http://akvis.com/en/enhancer/download-photo-enhancement.php.
AKVIS LLC specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released 10 successful programs. The AKVIS Team is enthusiastic about graphics and image processing issues. The company sponsors web-design and digital photography contests. AKVIS LLC is an approved developer of Adobe Solutions Network and a member of ISDEF.