onOne Perfect B&W - not impressed
4 months ago
I have been hesitating between Silver Efex Pro 2 (cost: $199, changes with Google now pending), and the newly released onOne Perfect B&W. So I downloaded the 30-day trail period (Mac OSX Lion, Aperture).
Bottom line: Could not even trial it properly.
Extremely slow. Runs like a 1992 software: any move of any cursor takes about 5 seconds to change the pictures, and the cursor's position is then updated 1 second later. Not interactive at all. The previews took forever to load. The software itself takes about 20 seconds to open, then it keeps dimming the other softwares running in the background and popping up a dialog on top: basically, you cannot keep working in Aperture while Perfect B&W is loading.
Within the first 15 minutes, the software crashed twice. All changes are lost, it doesn't keep a running tab to recreate your work. You will have to re-start from zero.
On a Mac, be ready to enjoy watching the spinning circle a lot, and a pop-up dialog to show the progress bar on top of all your other programs. It also had the nice habit of dimming all other softwares, forcing you to sit there and watch the spinning circle.
And they are seriously charging money for that thing ?
Now the only option is for me to wait until the Google/NIK situation clarifies: we need to understand Google's intent with the NIK packages before I shell $199. In the interim, I will keep using the B&W global adjustments of Aperture.
What a disappointment. Hoping your experience with Perfect B&W is better than mine. Deleting the demo right now.