Professional - Greater productivity|
“Serious photographers deserve profes- sional level tools to enhance their digital image files,” said Parker Plaisted, manager of product marketing for nik multimedia, Inc. “nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 software adds greater productivity to a photographer’s busy schedule.” nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 applies optimal sharpening to an image based on image resolution, viewing distance, paper type, and printer resolution rather than the traditional radius, amount, and threshold values used by other sharpening software.
nik Multimedia - Providing ultimate control
Many digital photographers do not know how to correctly select the optimal radius, amount, and threshold for sharpening their digital images and frequently over- or under-sharpen them. nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 removes the guesswork and provides controls that photographers understand. The software then does the work of calculating and applying the optimal sharpening for an image. When preparing an image for printing, it is important to consider the printing process before sharpening the image. Each type of printing process has its own image rendering characteristics that influence the sharpness of detail in the print. nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 is designed to address the image rendering characteristics of different printing processes (traditional halftone, dye sublimation, inkjet, and digital photographic) and even differences between inkjet printer manufacturers (Canon, Epson, HP, and Lexmark).
nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 - New RAW Presharpening filter
nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 software also features a new RAW Presharpening filter. With the increased popularity of digital cameras offering the RAW file format, there is a growing need to presharpen digital photos from digital cameras. Presharpening is different from sharpening for final print. The RAW Presharpening filter is designed to enhance the detail in digital images that are converted from a RAW file format. The RAW Presharpening filter is controlled with a simple slider and a preview area. Although most digital cameras offer some presharpening, the nik Pro 2.0 RAW Presharpening filter enables users to see and control the amount of presharpening in real time.
Two editions - Inkjet and Complete edition
nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 software is offered in two editions: nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 Inkjet Edition and nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 Complete Edition. The Inkjet Edition is designed for professional photographers and photography enthusiasts that only use inkjet printers to print their photographs. The Complete Edition is designed for professional photographers that work with photo labs, dye sublimation printers, traditional halftone printers, or a Fuji Pictrography printer in addition to inkjet printers. Both editions contain the RAW Presharpening filter and the Display filter. The Display filter is designed to sharpen images that will be viewed on a computer monitor, plasma screen, LCD display, television, or projection screen.
nik Sharpener 2.0 - Pricing, Availability and Compatibility
nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 is now available in North America through specialty camera stores and the nik multimedia retail Web site www.nikmultimedia.com. International versions are expected to be available in Europe on August 1st, 2005. The nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 Inkjet Edition software is available for $169.95, and the nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 Complete Edition is available for $329.95. Registered owners of nik Sharpener Pro 1.0 qualify for special upgrade pricing. Sharpener Pro 2.0 software is available for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh OS X systems and is compatible with Adobe Photoshop 5.5 - CS 2.0; Adobe Photoshop LE 4.0 - 5.0; Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 - 4.0; Adobe Photoshop Elements 1.0 – 3.0; Jasc Paint Shop Pro 6.7 - 8.0; Corel Photo-Paint 8.0 - 10.0; Ulead PhotoImpact 4.2 - 7.0; and Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10.