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DxO Optics Pro and Aperture #1
William Campbell's picture
by William Campbell
October 25, 2012 - 7:22pm

I've been impressed with what I've seen about DxO Optics Pro, although I confess I've not downloaded the product.

Do any of the forum members have experience using DxO Optics Pro? How does it integrate with Aperture? Has anyone used “Catapult” from Brushed Pixel (an Aperture plug-in that allows you to use DxO Optics Pro)?

It does some things Aperture does not do (such as optical corrections), but does it do these better than PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements?

Any feedback would be appreciated.


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by Tom Thomson
January 10, 2013 - 12:58am

Thanks. I don’t use ACR or PS, and my primary interest in DxO OP is for the perspective correction. Maybe there’s an option less expensive than the $199 tariff for the Elite edition of Optics Pro required for my D800 images.

Tom Thomson

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by Paul T
January 11, 2013 - 3:00pm

Well I can definitively say that the DxO film pack was shocking for mac when I tried it a couple of years back, so much so I’d never touch their software again. They had a small disclaimer saying it might slow you machine down, that was a polite understatement. It was shocking and I had to force quite every time I used it if it didn’t crash the computer first, which was an Early ‘11, 17”, i7 MBP. The filters when they did work were nothing special but then again I didn’t really get to see many of them.

Now that was almost 2 years ago, surely they would have sorted it out by now. I too have a D800 and I’m really not impressed with how it handles the VERY expensive Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 in low light or Astrophotography AT ALL. Aperture deals with it better than LR4 and the wide lens correction filter in PS CS6 isn’t crash hot either so I’m all ears too.



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by Tom Thomson
January 11, 2013 - 7:38pm

Thanks very much, that’s just the kind of warning I’ve been looking for. I still use a late-‘08 MacBook Pro 15”, which isn’t expandable beyond its 4GB Of RAM, and it already struggles to load the 35MB NEF images the D800 produces in a reasonable period of time.


Tom Thomson

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by Paul T
January 12, 2013 - 7:22am

Well to be fair I’ve gone through their website and don’t see any references to it slowing down a Mac anymore (Film Pack 3), they do offer a free trial but I also forgot to mention to you that Capture NX2 is pretty good for lens correction, try before you buy!! There is others out there too, when I asked this question quite a few people mentioned another plug-in called PTLens which also has a free 10 picture trial

I might give DxO a trial again now, I couldn’t find any references to it messing with MAC’s anymore. I need to take more time with Capture NX2, it’s a very VERY powerful editing system but it’s got LAG and response is slow but it is good if you’re patient and have time to play with it.

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by Tom Thomson
January 9, 2013 - 3:09pm

I’d like to revive this string by also asking readers to reply with their experience with DxO Optics Pro and FilmPack. Re Optics Pro, is the workflow between Optics Pro and Aperture smooth and intuitive? I gather there isn’t an Aperture plug-in for Optics Pro as there is for FilmPack. Any guidance as to benefits from (or roadblocks to) using Optics Pro’s RAW Conversion instead of Aperture’s would also be appreciated.

Tom Thomson

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by Charles Putnam
January 9, 2013 - 3:16pm

I’ve used Catapult to go between Aperture and ACR in PS CS6. Works quite well (although I’ve been chastised about suggesting this type of round-tripping workflow).

I’d suggest you use the trial version of DxO first, to see you like the results it produces. I have a spare external drive that has OS X on it that I use for software trials. I did give DxO a try, and the workflow was convoluted. It was easier to achieve the same results in either Aperture or ACR.

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