I upgraded to DxO Optics Pro 7.5 Elite a couple of weeks ago. I'm using a Windows 7 64-bit OS, 8GB of RAM, an i7 processor and a decent graphics card with Open CL enabled. The system is stable and fast. My RAW files average 25MB and are taking around 6-sec. to correct and convert.
Versus v. 7.2 64-bit, I'm seeing about the same RAW processing speed. The gain is as I move from file to file and apply corrections to a file, where I see the preview more quickly.
This great software would be fantastic if it included a local adjustment tool.
GK UK: It may be my lack of experience with DxO, but whilst it is showing support for both the Sony a65 and the sony 18-250 lens, I can't get it to open the raw file. Am I missing something as I thought adding the camera to the list of supported models would also include supporting images taken in raw? It works with raw files taken with my a200.
At this rate I wouldn't bank on me buying even at the discount price.
I've used Optics Pro for 2.5 years and moved to v7.1 as soon as it was available. I'm operating it in Window 7, 64-bit, with a quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM. It's lighting-fast with OpenCL enabled, processing 20 to 30MB RAW images in 8 to 10-seconds.
v7.0 was buggy and would lock up during every project. v7.1 has totally fixed that, such that I haven't had any crashes at all over 15-Projects.
The noise reduction seems much improved over the 6.x versions, greatly reducing noise without killing details as much as the earlier veersions did.
The number of useable presets keeps increasing. I use it with FilmPack 3.0. I've got a handful of presets that I use 90% of the time, so I simply click on one of those, set the brighness level, tweak contrast, crop and I'm done