I have limited experience with DxO Optics Pro as I had only briefly used version 7 in the past few months. However, DxO Optics Pro 8 is now free for a limited time and version 9 (the current version) is on sale for $150 (half off). If you’re interested in taking advantage of the free version or sale on DxO Optics Pro 9, visit the link below.
I already acquired my free copy of DxO Optics Pro 8, but have not had an opportunity to install it yet. My PC is currently out of commission, unfortunately. Getting your free copy is a piece of cake, though! Just open the link above, enter your email address, enter the CAPTCHA code, and you may uncheck to receive email if you wish. The next screen will show your download links to both Windows and Mac versions as well as your activation code. You will also receive an email with the activation code in it, so you don’t need to worry about installing it right away. You may need to check your junk mail or spam folder for the code, though.
For those unfamiliar with DxO Optics Pro, this is a RAW photo editor. There are a few most photographers use, Adobe Lightroom being the most popular. I had found my interest in Phase One Capture One, but picked up a free promo of DxO Optics Pro 7 last year. Anyone interested in photography should consider shooting their photos in RAW as it preserves significantly more information about the photo capture than jpeg does. This leaves the photographer with a lot more control over the result of the photo when editing. Details can be restored in highlights and shadows/dark areas that otherwise cannot be recovered if shot in other formats.
Wondering how great DxO Optics Pro is? It’s free so try it out yourself and decide from there. I wish I could provide an adequate review. I only used DxO Optics Pro 7 a few times. The interface is easy to navigate and the photo editing process is divided into three sections. One section represents organizing your photos, another for making your edits, then a third for exporting. The software applies automatic corrections to whichever photo you open to view and editing is easy by adjust the standard adjustment sliders. Exporting is an area I feel this application shines in as you can choose a series of photos to export and check a series of export settings to apply to them. You can export the edited, print-worthy tiff files as well as compressed, low-resolution jpegs for web all in one instant. I have not used DxO Optics Pro 8 yet, so I’m not sure how much had changed but there is one compelling feature of Pro 9 that is intriguing me to purchase it — PRIME noise reduction. This feature was introduced in DxO Optics Pro 9 (on sale for $150) that appears to excel in noise reduction while preserving details and sharpness. I have read from other users this feature uses a significant amount of computer power and time compared to other noise reduction tools that exist, but the results are mind-blowing.
You have until January 31st, 2015 to get either your free copy of DxO Optics Pro 8 or a discounted version of DxO Optics Pro 9. Get yours today and tell me what you think!