I just wondered if anyone has tried the new Perfect Photo Suite 7 that is coming out soon. I think they have really moved forward in a good way. I like the new look and working with the picture at full size instead of the reduced size in Suite 6. Everything works much faster in Suite 7 although it has change the setup that I am still getting used to.
And the Perfect Resize in Suite 6 that used to work great with my D80 fell apart when I moved to a D800 with the big file size I am guessing. When I resized a picture I got patches that didn't process around the picture, that doesn't happen now with the new Suite 7 it just works great. I print a lot of big prints and really like how it resizes my pictures, it does a better job than anything else I have found so far. It also really works better in Windows 8 more than Windows 7 and has a different look to it. Just like your thoughts if you are using it.
The release date is Oct 31 (Happy Halloween!). Perhaps some beta testers are free to comment.
With Nik being absorbed into Google, and the uncertainty concerning their plug-ins, OnOne may have a opportunity to expand. I see the new PPS will have a B&W app. It will be interesting to see how it compares to Silver Efex Pro.
I have their Suite 6 and got a email to test their Suite 7 beta so I did. There first release worked great but the last one I am having problems with the Perfect re-size again. It sure runs great in Windows 8. I just hope they can get it fixed for the big file size of the D800.
Thu 01-Nov-12 03:28 AM | edited Thu 01-Nov-12 03:33 PM by mklass
I just downloaded and installed it, and spent about an hour or so playing around. This will give Nik a run for their money.
It will run as a stand alone, plug in from PS, LR or Aperture or from the open with command in CNX.
The new B&W conversion module had lots of presets, nicely categorized. Some I can't imagine using, but that is usually the case.
The are a number of brushes to apply effects locally, increasing or decreasing the effect. Sliders ad menus to set individual effects, also. There is even a frame for camera viewfinder that will put spots in your image, just in case you've cleaned your sensor and regret it! This module seems to have all of the features of Silver Efex (except Control Points, of course) and many added ones. It is faster, too.
The Effects module is like Color Efex, but with more options. It also includes something called the Masking Bug, which is kind of like the Focus Bug in OnOne's Focal Point. Not exactly a control point, but close. The selection of filters is large (more than I could check out in an hour). You can stack filters, as in CNX. Again, the module is fast.
There is a file browser, so using it in stand alone mode is pretty easy. and it will save PSD files with layers.
The interface seems pretty clean, fast and so far, no hiccups.
If they add a noise reduction module to this, there isn't much I would need Nik for anymore, if they end up getting google-ized. (although I still like ColorEfex for it's CNX integration, but who knows how long that will last.)
I thought it was very good myself. I usually edit in NX2 first and then touch it up in OnOne and is seems to work very well. I have changed a NEF in NX2 to a TIFF and gone right into OnOne and edited it right in Perfect Suites and it almost does as good of a job depending on the picture. I find it doesn't do a good job changing a NEF to it's PSD format though.
I asked there support and giving what I would like to change surveys and told them about the noise reduction, but they didn't listen to me. I am sure many others are thinking the same thing. Well maybe next time.
Fri 02-Nov-12 02:11 AM | edited Fri 02-Nov-12 09:32 AM by mklass
Yes, I was surprised to see that you could actually open a NEF, whether edited in CNX or not at all, in PPS. I had good luck with some but others had some very strange things happened with colors, like a pink sky. AS near as I can tell, this only seems to happen with D800e NEF files, s my D3s and D7000 NEFs look fine.
PPS seems to ignore any edits to the NEF made in CNX, working one the base data.
I wonder where onOne is going with this, considering all of the new features and standalone capability of the suite.
It has come a long way and I now use it more than my Nik products except for Color Efex Pro inside Capture NX2 that I use to edit first and save to a TIFF file. I print big prints and really like the resize as it does the best job that I have found. There is so much that you can do and does a great job of it and they keep adding to it. I just hope that they come out with a noise reduction somehow and we will be all set.
While Imagenomic has updated the plug-in version of Noiseware to v5.x, the standalone version has not been updated in ages. It is still V 2.6. Unless you use Photoshop or LR, you are struck with the old version.
It still does a decent job of noise reduction, but the interface is somewhat crude.
There aren't too many options left for stand-alone noise reduction. Noise Ninja looks like it has been folded into a raw converter called Photo Ninja at a significantly higher price. Dfine is still out there, as long as Nik's products survive.
I downloaded the trial and played with it for a while and it does a good job. I have been using the Better Quality 2012 In Capture NX2 and getting good results with it. I put it up against Noiseware and NX2 seems to keep better detail but I need to play with Noiseware more as it does a good job fast. I am thinking of getting it for when I am working in CS6 as it did a very good job just click on and go. Very fast and easy, I will just have to learn to adjust the sliders to keep a little more detail. I have Niks Dfine but dont use it much anymore as it seems out of the loop. But I really like Perfect Photo Suite 7 they did a great job with this version.
No Preston I have not, I will have to do that I sure it will help a lot. I have been playing some more and getting better at it already. I will buy it when the trial runs out. Which version do you use? I don't know if it make a difference but if one is better than the other I would like to get the right one.
From my usage of the Photo Suite 7 demo, I sent On One the following issue:
Im currently an owner of Photo Suite 6 and using a trial copy of PS7. Ive searched the knowledge base and Ive not come across this issue but I can describe it as follows:
Brand new installation of Windows 7 64bit fully up to date, latest Nvidia drivers, Lightroom 4.1, Photoshop CS6, Photo Suite 7 while using NEF files from either my Nikon D800 or my D800e.
When applying a preset; most will not generate a preview unless its the second item. So Im applying a preset and then adding another. Its at this point that the preview is visible and the added preset is the only visible addition. This is an easy work around, but the problem is; when the preset is applied and the file is saved; either the file never comes back to the host application (it processes to a percentage and never goes further) or it does complete the process but only a fraction of the image is adjusted based on the preset selected.
This same issue applies regardless of how the application is launched; via Lightroom, via CS6, or stand alone.
Am I missing something, or is this an issue thats being addressed? Something in the Nikon RAW file from the 800s?
Are you using the first beta release or the second? Before you go to the OnOne tech support, the new release is out so download it and see if it fixes any problems you have. I have found it to be very good with no issues with the final release. I did have some issues in the second beta release but they have not shown up in the final release, but nothing like that youre talking about. Try the new version out and see if it works and if not call tech support they are great to help you out.
Thanks for using onOne. We performed some testing with D800 files and our experience has been less than good. These files are so large our software does not process them at a speed we are happy with. We apologize for the frustration you have experienced and are working to improve our products right now. Please accept a free upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite 7, download and license link coming soon.
Possible work around solution would be to compress the images before processing.
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Im sure theyll get this sorted out, and I like where theyre going with the suite. In the meantime I'll just keep using the Nik plug-ins.