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Best noise reduction
for digital cameras and scanners

History of changes

Neat Image v8 plug-in for Photoshop

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)

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 8.1

  • Added support for the new version of Photoshop CC

  • Added support for Photoshop Elements 15

  • 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


    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) in Neat Image plug-in for Photoshop
    (when the host application supports that)

  • 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

  • Added support for the latest versions of Photoshop CC

  • Added support for Affinity Photo

Version 7.6

  • Added support for Photoshop CC 2014

  • Added support for Photoshop Elements 13

  • 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 Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

  • Added support for Photoline 18 and 17

  • 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 Photoshop CC

  • 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

  • Plug-in 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)
  • New Navigator panel to quickly locate image areas using a thumbnail display

  • Minor corrections in the reduced brightness color theme

  • Added support for Photoshop Elements 11

  • Improved support for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

  • Better support for GraphicConverter

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

  • Improved tolerance to corrupted image metadata

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 7.2

  • Support for Photoshop CS6 added

  • 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

  • Color themes: normal and reduced brightness options, in Preferences

  • Several cosmetic corrections in GUI

  • Improved tolerance to corrupted image metadata

  • Several bugs have been fixed

Version 7.1

  • Support for Photoshop CS5.1 and Photoshop Elements 10 added

  • Photoshop selection is now also taken into account in Neat Image internal preview

  • Neat Image will show a warning when working on empty layer/selection

  • Internal viewer can now preview larger areas

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

  • Faster processing specifically for 32-bit per channel images

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

  • Improved GPU detection and error handling

  • Updated to new version of CUDA 4

  • 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
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.

  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0

Version 6.2

  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop CS5 32-bit and 64-bit

  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0

  • Fully re-designed graphical user interface

  • Standard and Advanced interface modes for beginners and power users

  • Graphical noise profile equalizer is now available in Advanced mode

  • Manual fine-tuning of noise profile is now also available

  • Improved image viewer

    • several alternative viewer modes are now available
    • adjustable viewer brightness to make noise in very dark or very bright areas more visible
    • preview is automatically prepared and updated, either in the whole visible image area or in manually-selected image area
  • Built-in Calibration Target for noise profiling of digital cameras, flatbed and film scanners

  • Numerous optimizations, increased efficiency of the noise filter

  • Improved compatibility with OSX 10.6

  • Improved metadata (EXIF) compatibility with the latest Nikon cameras: D3S, D3X, D300S, D3000, D5000, etc.

  • Several minor bugs and incompatibilities are fixed

Version 4.7

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

  • Optimized consumption of system resources

  • Incorrect matting of selections in some cases, fixed

  • A minor incompatibility in saving plug-in preferences, fixed

  • A few minor bugs in GUI, fixed

Version 4.6

  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop CS4

  • Batch Profiler to automatically build a set of profiles using images of the Calibration Target

  • Improved compatibility with Nikon D700, D90 and several more new Nikon cameras

  • Neat Image plug-in window is now resizable (via the commands in the popup menu)

Version 4.52

  • Several speed optimizations in the plug-in for Photoshop CS2 / CS / 7

  • Improved support for large images in Photoshop CS2 / CS

  • The plug-in sometimes gave a "Missync occured" error when using image viewer, fixed

  • Crashes in Japanese versions of OSX and Photoshop CS2 / CS / 7, fixed

Version 4.51

  • Corrupted metadata in images saved by Capture One crashed plugin, fixed

  • Auto fine-tuning was not correctly applied in actions, fixed

  • Crashes during profiling and using preview in Photoshop CS and older on dual-core machines, fixed

Version 4.5

  • Neat Image can now build noise profile using smaller image areas: this is very useful when the input image contains only small featureless areas

  • Several speed optimizations in the noise filter

  • Increased profiling speed (Auto Profile and Fine-Tune)

  • Added indicator of profiling progress

  • Improved compatibility for Nikon D40, D40X, D60, D300, D3 and several more new Nikon cameras

  • Improved compatibility with several new Samsung digital cameras

  • Added preliminary support for Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 and Photoshop CS4

  • Improved behavior of the plug-in in smart filters in Photoshop CS3

  • Improved recording of noise profiles and presets in Photoshop actions

  • Improved Neat Image plug-in's controls for Photoshop action recording:

    • the Action Setup window is now used to directly adjust the plug-in behaviour in actions and smart filters
    • the same Action Setup window is used to configure the default startup behaviour of the plug-in
  • Modified error reporting for smoother action-based batching:

    • errors in processing one image will not stop the whole batch
    • error codes can be logged by Photoshop
    • to get a description of an error re-run the action (for the same image) with GUI enabled
  • Improved support for large images in Photoshop

  • Improved memory and resource management, improved overall stability and efficiency

  • Several cosmetic improvements in plug-in GUI

  • Major performance degradation when running on an 8-core Mac, fixed

  • Crashes during/after noise profile saving/loading in PS CS3, fixed

  • Crashes during profile matching when running on Intel Macs, fixed

Version 4.3

  • Universal version of Neat Image plug-in for Photoshop (Mac) including:

    • a native Intel version of the plug-in for Intel Macs (MacTels)
    • a native PowerPC version for traditional G3 / G4 / G5 Macs
  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop CS3

  • Added support for smart filters in Adobe Photoshop CS3

  • Improved accuracy of profile matching

  • Incorrect detection of some ISO values in Pentax K10D images, fixed

Version 4.2

  • Added support for Nikon D80, D2Hs, D2Xs and several other Nikon cameras

  • Improved support for Canon cameras (more accurate reading of ISO values in Auto mode)

  • Auto Profile now selects better areas for noise analysis producing higher-quality profiles

  • Using some profiles for Canon cameras built with earlier versions of the plug-in produced crashes, fixed

  • A minor bug in Auto Profile, fixed

  • A bug in installer, fixed

Version 4.1

  • Improved support for Pentax EXIF data

  • Using profiles for some Pentax camera models caused the plug-in to crash, fixed

  • Loading some ready-made noise profiles for Nikon D70 RAW crashed the plug-in, fixed

  • A bug in the PKG installer, fixed

Version 4.0

  • Profile matching to automatically load a noise profile that matches an input image:

    • Match level indicator to control the degree of image-profile match
    • Image-Profile Match Details window to see the specifics of profile matching
    • Support for profile matching in actions
  • Profile quality indicator to control quality of used noise profiles

  • Profile Viewer to check profile details

  • User interface improvements:

    • Keyboard shortcuts for zoom level of the image viewer in the plug-in:
      • Cmd - '+' : zoom in
      • Cmd - '-' : zoom out
      • Cmd - '0' : reset to 100%
      • Cmd - Opt - '0' : zoom to fit image to window
      • Cmd - Shift : temporary fit image to window (can be used to quickly select an area of interest for profiling)
    • Double-click in an area of the image quickly brings the selection to the area (in the Profiling mode)
  • Improved plug-in installer to support more versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements