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History of changes

Neat Image v7 standalone for Mac OS X

Version 8.3

  • Added a set of generic noise profiles to help preparing a noise profile in a situation when a photo contains no areas suitable for analysis by Auto Profile and no pre-buit profiles are available

  • Improved hardware compatibility with AMD GPUs

    • Added support for AMD Radeon Pro 555/560/570/575/580
    • Added support for AMD Radeon RX 460/470/480/560/570/580
  • Improved metadata (EXIF) compatibility with the latest Nikon cameras

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 8.2

  • Improved hardware compatibility for AMD GPUs

    • Added support for new MacBook Pro GPUs: Radeon Pro 450/455/460
    • Added support for Radeon RX 460/470/480 and similar GPUs
  • Improved the Filter Tuning Assist tool (former Filter Tuning Mode)

  • Improved metadata (EXIF) compatibility with the latest cameras from Fujifilm and some other manufacturers

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 8.1

  • Added support for new NVIDIA GPUs: GeForce GTX 1060/1070/1080, Titan X (Pascal).
    Note: due to changes in NVIDIA drivers and CUDA Toolkit, GPUs with Compute Capabilities 1.3 and below are no longer supported. Only GPUs with Compute Capability 2.0 and higher can be utilized by Neat Image 8.1.

  • Due to changes in GPU drivers, toolkits and development tools GPU support is now only available in 64-bit versions on Mac OS X and Linux. 32-bit versions will still be able to work in CPU-only mode.

  • Improved Unicode support

  • Improved metadata (EXIF) compatibility with the latest Nikon cameras

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 8.0

Higher quality of noise reduction
  • High Quality mode for better detail preservation and sharper image
    (at the cost of reduced processing speed: 1.5–3 times slower than Normal Quality)

  • Highest Quality mode for better detail preservation
    (at the cost of reduced processing speed: 1.5–3 times slower than High Quality)

  • Detail Recovery function helps to recover fine details that standard filter can not recover

  • Artifact Removal filter to remove speck artifacts
    (specks are typically introduced by in-camera denoising and compression)

  • More accurate profiling of Very Low and Ultra Low frequencies when using small selection

  • Very Low and Ultra Low frequency ranges are now always automatically processed and can be separately adjusted

  • Enhanced Edge Smoothing function

  • Improved sharpening quality: less halos, sharper edges

Optimized workflow
  • Auto Profile function has been improved to find better areas for noise analysis.
    In addition, larger areas can be used for building profile when possible.
    Using more suitable areas leads to more accurate noise reduction.

  • Profile Assist viewer mode helps to choose area without details while profiling

  • Overall noise levels of the current selection and of the whole current profile are displayed in Device Noise Profile panel (in Advanced Mode).
    Quick evaluation of the noise level helps to find the most suitable area for analysis.

  • Better grouping of filter settings.
    Filter modules can be enabled/disabled individually to evaluate effect of each module on the overall result.

  • Preview Assist viewer mode gives a detailed look to filtration process

  • Filter Tuning Mode allows to temporarily raise Noise Reduction Amount for easier filter tuning

  • New collection of filter presets with a detailed description of each preset including specification of key settings, purpose, applicability, recommendations for use and possible side effects

  • Variants of Filtration feature to visually compare results achieved with different filter settings

  • Multi-step Undo/Redo for filter settings

  • Estimation of processing speed and optimization of performance settings can now be done directly from the Filter Settings panel.
    This facilitates optimizing for specific filtration parameters.

  • Options to set up the default noise profile and filter preset (in Neat Image Preferences)

  • Option for independent open/save folders for profiles and presets (in Neat Image Preferences)

Faster processing and more responsive GUI
  • Preview is optimized to update faster when filter settings are adjusted

  • Significantly improved GPU performance — x1.5–2 times in GPU-only mode and x1.4–1.7 in mixed modes
    (as compared with the older Neat Image 7 using comparable filter settings)

  • Better support for systems with a large number of CPU cores (32 and above)

  • CUDA Compute Capability 5.0 is now supported on Mac OS too allowing Neat Image to take advantage of the latest NVIDIA GPUs

    Notes:

    1. Due to changes in NVIDIA drivers and CUDA Toolkit, GPUs with Compute Capabilities 1.0 and 1.1 are no longer supported
    2. Mac OS X: NVIDIA GPUs with CUDA Capability 5.0 are only supported in 64-bit applications due to a limitation of the CUDA driver (please refer to known issues)
  • New AMD GPUs are supported

    • Radeon R9 M290 / M290X / M295X / M370X / M380 / M390 / M395 / M395X
Other improvements
  • Support for HiDPI-modes (including Retina displays)

  • Option to automatically check for the availability of software updates (in Neat Image Preferences)

  • Improved progress indicators: easier to see, smoother movement, more accurate

  • Numerous minor GUI improvements

  • Several bugs have been fixed

Version 7.6

  • Improved support for new Mac OS X 10.10

  • Improved tolerance to corrupted EXIF metadata

  • Improved compatibility with EXIF metadata of Apple devices

  • Added support for some new AMD GPUs based on Pitcairn, Tahiti and Hawaii chip series, for example, R9 270, R9 280, R9 290 etc.

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 7.5

  • Added support for new Mac OS X 10.9

  • Added support for new AMD GPUs: FirePro D300/D500/D700

  • Improved support for AMD GPUs conforming to the Graphics Core Next Architecture

  • Improved plug-in installer

    • Checking CUDA driver during installation
    • Checking for running copies of host applications
  • Improved metadata (EXIF) compatibility with the latest Nikon, Canon and Pentax cameras

  • Improved tolerance to corrupted EXIF metadata

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 7.4

  • Added support for new Mac-compatible GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7950 Mac

  • Added support for new NVIDIA GPUs with CUDA Compute Capability 3.5
    (such as GeForce GTX Titan and Tesla K20)

  • Improved Navigator panel (adjustable in menu Tools > Navigator)

  • Improved compatibility with OS X 10.8

  • Program could crash when using multiple OpenCL GPUs on MacPro, fixed

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 7.3

  • Added support for AMD/ATI GPUs through OpenCL
    (GPU acceleration is now possible with both NVidia and AMD/ATI cards)

    The following AMD/ATI GPUs are supported:

    • ATI Radeon HD 5770/5870;
    • AMD Radeon HD 6750M/6770M/6970M;
    • Some other models of AMD/ATI cards (please directly try the app or contact support to verify)
  • Added support for reading and writing images in PNG format

  • New option to preserve original file timestamp in output image file

  • New Navigator panel to quickly locate image areas using a thumbnail display

  • Improved support for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

  • More accurate GPU speed measurements (in Optimize and Benchmark)

  • Improved tolerance to corrupted image metadata

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 7.2

  • Updated to CUDA 4.2 (Compute Capability 3.x):

    • GTX 680, 690 and newer GPUs are supported
    • improved performance of GPU filtration
  • Additional optimizations of filters for multi-core CPUs and GPUs

  • Several cosmetic corrections in GUI

  • Improved handling of multiple images added using "Open input image" and via drag-and-drop to the list of tasks

  • Improved tolerance to corrupted image metadata

  • Several bugs have been fixed

Version 7.1

  • Additional performance optimizations (5-10% faster processing)

  • Faster processing specifically for 32-bit per channel images

  • A new section in the user guide on using Neat Image standalone as an external editor in Lightroom

  • A command line version of Neat Image standalone

  • A new section in the user guide on using the command line version

  • Improved support for new CUDA-capable GPUs (Compute Capability 2.x)

  • Improved GPU detection and error handling

  • Updated to new version of CUDA 4

  • Internal viewer can now preview larger areas

  • Improved the main window in the All tasks mode

  • Improved bevaviour of list of tasks when using the Auto Close option

  • Improved dialog showing the progress of adding new tasks

  • Progress of task processing is now in the caption of main window

  • Improved behaviour of Neat Image viewer with Apple Magic Mouse

  • Improved fault-tolerance to corrupted EXIF metadata

  • Several minor bugs fixed

Version 7.0

Performance improvements: the first GPU-accelerated version of Neat Image standalone
  • CUDA support: faster noise reduction using modern CUDA-compatible GPUs (on Intel Macs)
    For example, on NVidia GTX 470 Neat Image is about x2.5 faster than on Intel i7 and x3-x7 faster than on Intel i5 or Core2 Duo

  • Multiple GPU support: Neat Image works even faster with two or more CUDA GPUs

  • CPUs and GPUs working together: Neat Image can use CPUs and GPUs at the same time for even faster processing

  • Automated optimization of performance settings for multi-core, multi-CPU and multi-GPU systems

    • Built-in performance optimizer in Neat Image Preferences
    • Built-in benchmark to measure image processing speed on specific hardware
  • Additional performance optimizations throughout the application

    • Faster image processing: x1.2 faster than in previous version
    • Faster batch processing: x1.5 faster than in previous version
User interface improvements: completely re-designed GUI of the application
  • Multi-image and single-image modes

  • Improved task editor to work on individual images

  • Detailed and thumbnail-only list of tasks to work with many images

  • New and improved batching facilities

  • Redesigned graphics elements throughout the application

  • More intuitive noise profile equalizer with adjustable graphs

  • Improved image viewer with several modes and adjustable brightness

  • Component viewer built directly into image viewer

  • Automated filter preview (full window or selected area)

More improvements
  • Support for 32-bit images (in Pro plug-in, in addition to 8-bit and 16-bit ones) to enable HDR post-processing workflows

  • Smart Profile: automatically uses two different profiling methods and selects the better resulting profile for more accurate noise reduction

  • Improved metadata (EXIF) compatibility with the latest Nikon cameras:
    D7000, D3100, P500, P300, P7000, S8100, etc.