updated 09:10 am EDT, Thu April 10, 2008
Noise Buster 6.0 ships
AKVIS has released the v6.0 update to Noise Buster, its photo enhancement tool. The app is able to remove noise in both the color and luminance layers of photos, separately or together. The Mac version of the upgrade has a variety of changes, among these support for Photoshop Elements 6; also new though is the "Microdetail" parameter, which attempts to return minute details to a photo without additionally reintroducing noise.
Available sharpening tools have been altered as well, and now rely on an "Unsharp Mask" option instead of the more direct Sharpen Edge technique. Finally, the Auto Filtering function should now be more precise, though users can adjust its settings. Noise Buster requires Mac OS X 10.3.9, and can operate either as a plug-in or a standalone; it is priced at $50.