updated 10:09 pm EDT, Wed September 3, 2014
Smart Editing, Quick Mask brush, noise reduction and other improvements featured
On Wednesday, photo software maker onOne has announced that it is now accepting pre-orders on a new version of its Perfect Photo Suite, version 9, in late October. The software, which will be available as a standalone "Basic" set or a "Premium" version, also offers plug-ins to most of the top photo-editing programs. Changes in the forthcoming v9 include an overhaul of the Browse module for faster "culling" of RAW images, a new Smart Photo editing feature, a new Quick Mask brush, noise reduction features and more.
The remodeled Browse section now features faster previews, sophisticated filtering, rating, ranking and keyword tools aimed at photographers who need to sift through numerous takes of an image to find the best ones. The company says that browsing even RAW files is now "lightning-fast."
The suite also now supports Retina displays, offers a new Lens Flare filter, selective or general noise reduction, a new Quick Mask brush for selecting or removing detailed elements in photos, and a merging of Perfect Layers and Perfect Mask into a single module for easier compositing. There is also an improved automatic tone algorithm, an enhanced Perfect Brush, better batch-renaming options and improved crop and level tools.
The new Smart Photo feature allows users the ability re-edit photos (with previous settings intact), even after saving the file and closing the program. All editing steps are embedded within the Photoshop file format version of the image, leaving the option to make major changes later still intact.
The Premium version of Perfect Photo Suite 9 can work as a standalone, or as a plug-in for Photoshop (both Creative Cloud and CS6 versions); Apple's Aperture 3.x; Photoshop Elements 10 through 12, and Lightroom versions 4 and 5. Both the Basic and Premium editions of Perfect Photo Suite support all the key online storage services, including current support for iCloud Photo Stream (which will likely be upgraded for the expected fall release of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite to iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library).
The suite is available for pre-order at $90 for the Basic edition (10 percent off the post-release retail price), which does not include the plug-in capability. The Premium version can be preordered at a cost of $130, down from its $150 suggested retail.
Users from previous versions of Perfect Photo Suite can upgrade to the Premium edition for $90. Those who pre-order will also receive a free e-book guide to the software, along with 50 additional presets. New customers who pre-order will also receive an immediately-available free copy of Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 to tide them over until v9 is released.