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Nik Upgrades Dfine Noise-Reduction Tool

Also introduces Team Nik educational-programming group.




Nik Software has announced the latest upgrade to Dfine 2.0, its noise-reduction tool. Dfine 2.0 now includes Nik Software’s U Point technology for selective editing control, an intelligent image-processing core, and a new user interface. Dfine 2.0 noise reduction can be applied globally or selectively using various controls, including: Control Points, Target Colors (using an eyedropper tool), and a Selective Tool. Dfine also includes a new automatic camera profile system, which adjusts the noise reduction to match specific parameters and nuances based on camera manufacturer specifications. Camera profiles can also be created manually and saved, and then loaded by users at a later time. Price: $99.95.

The company also announced:

* It has partnered with Phase One on a software bundle that combines Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 Complete Edition, for image sharpening, and Capture One Pro, which allows photographers to load RAW files from the common DSLR cameras (or they can shoot tethered to the computer). Price: $499.

* The introduction of Team Nik, a newly formed group of professional photographers that will work with the company to develop educational programs related to Nik Software products, and also focus on teaching a broad range of techniques and skills including image capture, editing, printing, archiving, and more. The initial team includes Suzette Allen, Doug Box, Carl Caylor, Rick and Deb Ferro, Hanson Fong, Don Gale, Michael Gilbert, Joseph & Louise Simone, Tony Sweet, and Vincent Versace. Team Nik members will be featured at various industry events throughout 2007.





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