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DxO Labs releases ViewPoint 2, with added lens corrections

By dpreview staff on Sep 25, 2013 at 14:27 GMT

DxO Labs has released version 2 of its distortion-correction software Viewpoint. Designed to correct for perspective distortions such as converging verticals, Viewpoint can now also use DxO Optics Modules to correct for the lens's barrel or pincushion distortion. It can work both as standalone software and as a plug-in, which is now compatible with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Apple Aperture (as well as Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5). A one month free trial version is available to download now, and Viewpoint 2 is on sale at reduced prices until 20th October. See below for more info and download links.

Press release:

DxO ViewPoint 2 includes new tools for fixing even the most complex perspective problems, and now corrects optical distortions

Special introductory offer through October 20, 2013

September 25, 2013 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO ViewPoint 2, its software dedicated to fixing problems with perspective and to correcting volume deformations. This version includes an exclusive new tool for fixing convergent lines in even the most complex images. For perfect images, the software also uses the precision of DxO Optics Modules to correct optical distortions. Increasingly versatile, DxO ViewPoint 2 extends its compatibility to include Adobe Photoshop Elements and Apple Aperture.

Based on DxO Labs’ exclusive correction technologies, DxO ViewPoint 2 offers simple visual tools that let users easily and efficiently correct two phenomena that frequently confront photographers who shoot with wide-angle lenses: volume deformation of subjects on image edges, and convergent lines.

With just one license, DxO ViewPoint 2 can be used as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture, and as a standalone application for Mac and Windows.

More natural perspectives

DxO ViewPoint 2’s simple, visual tools let users easily fix all kinds of perspective problems. The software now offers a new, exclusive 8-point mode that lets users fix any convergent line in the image, regardless of its position.

Further, a new “Natural” setting shortcut lets users adjust the intensity of their image corrections to achieve a more realistic look in just one click.

New distortion correction feature

Benefitting from all of DxO Labs’ expertise in lens analysis, DxO ViewPoint 2 now corrects distortion.

Thanks to DxO Optics Modules, users can automatically apply corrections that are perfectly adapted to their equipment. Developed in the laboratory following an exclusive calibration procedure, DxO Optics Modules contain extensive information about the characteristics of each combination of camera and lens. This unique database, which today includes nearly 15,000 Optics Modules, enables DxO ViewPoint 2 to automatically provide high-quality corrections for each type of distortion.

Users can also manually correct all the different kinds of distortion — barrel, pincushion, and fisheye — regardless of the photo equipment they use.

Advanced cropping feature

By default, DxO ViewPoint 2 offers an automatic cropping feature that lets users preserve image proportions for a more natural rendering after applying corrections. The software now also offers a cropping mode that gives access to the entire image. The residual darkened zones can be easily resolved using editing software, thus allowing photographers to more freely maximize the image field.

Availability and special introductory offer

DxO ViewPoint 2 is now available for Windows and Mac in the DxO Labs online store and at photo resellers at a special discount price good through October 20, 2013:

  • USD: $49 instead of $79
  • EUR: 49€ instead of 79€ (Suggested retail price, including VAT)
  • GBP: £39 instead of £59 (Suggested retail price, including VAT)

This upgrade is free to all owners of DxO ViewPoint who purchased a license on or after August 1, 2013.
A fully-functional trial version of DxO ViewPoint 2, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/download).

Comments

Total comments: 31
doctorxring
By doctorxring (1 month ago)

For screwy building verticals and wide-fat faces on the sides of a wide angle group shots this program is ACES. Love it !

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Pierre Moeremans Photography

Just buy this program and have a warm color shift when I use it as Photoshop plugin and even worse if I use it as standalone application!
Then the contrasts get even higher like it passed under the Topaz Adjust filter! :-( Very annoying!
Have to manually adjust this color shift (the Topaz effect in the standalone program is not correctable so file not usable!)
Regret I loose money on it! :-(

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1Percenter
By 1Percenter (6 months ago)

ViewPoint 2 is a noticeably useful improvement over version 1, but I would like to know why it appears that automatic Chromatic Aberration and Vignette adjustments are missing from the Distortion correction area.

To clarify, I am mainly using Photoshop and Lightroom, but it seems quite awkward to me to use the ViewPoint 2 plugin for lens distortion correction but have to rely on the Adobe ACR modules in PS for camera/lens combos for CA & Vignette correction. Will these features be added to ViewPoint 2 in a future update?

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (6 months ago)

Hello 1Percenter,

The lens distortion correction of DxO ViewPoint 2 is mainly available in order to get straight lines before applying the perspective controls...

Correcting Chromatic Aberration, vignetting (we could also think about the blur of the lens which can be corrected) ... are other features that are indeed not part of DxO ViewPoint.
In order to get those correction from DxO, you would need to use DxO Optics Pro for now.

The features you mention might become in the future roadmap, but nothing is set yet.

Best,
Olivier

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Paul T Klenk
By Paul T Klenk (6 months ago)

I own two other DXO Labs programs and they work flawlessly. I purchased the plugin version for Aperture and find it to be not very intuitive. I takes some serious time to adjust to the learning curve and I still find it more of a trial and error approach rather than a scientific approach. Ultimately, I was saving images that claimed to be of unknown format. All of these shortcomings I brought to the attention of DXO Labs and did receive support, albeit it was less than stellar. Within the first week of ownership, I repeatedly requested to refund, but to no avail. This subject was not even addressed by technical support. Since I already own and upgrade two DXO programs, then where is the company loyalty and good faith? As we say in the legal world: caveat emptor or buyer beware. Good luck if you buy it!

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (6 months ago)

Hello Paul,

I'm very sorry to hear what you say.
Can I suggest you to follow one of the Live webinar of the coming week so you could get more familiar with the software? you will also be able to ask all the questions you want.
Here is a link: http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/tutorials

Also, I know that there will be an update soon in order to make more functionnal the workflow from Aperture to ViewPoint (in order to get the automatic lens correction that is not available yet on Aperture Plugin)

Best,
Olivier

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Jose Urena
By Jose Urena (6 months ago)

I have been using Viewpoint almost since it came out, and find it invaluable. I use it all the time. However, I just upgraded to Viewpoint 2, and I noticed a strange and serious color shift produced by the PS plugin. Indeed, after contacting DXO´s tech. support, they have confirmed that it is a known bug, and that they are working to fix it. This problem was introduced by VP 2, since I never had this problem with Ver.1. Having said that, I love this plugin.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (6 months ago)

Hi Jose,

I have just found on a french forum someone mentionning the same for LR with a workaround for that. It might be the same for PS.

Please try, if you technically can, to export your photo in the mode "Adobe 98" instead of "ProPhoto"

Hope that it helps,
Best
Olivier

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Jose Urena
By Jose Urena (6 months ago)

Olivier, I tried changing the working space in PS to Adobe 98, but, even then, after passing through VP 2, the images continue to have a color cast, seemingly towards oversaturating the reds. I hope they will able to fix this bug soon.

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dejong
By dejong (6 months ago)

I also noticed a strange color shift in VP2 using the plugin in CS6. So before starting the plugin I saved the picture as .tif.
To my surprise the color shift did no longer appear. Looks like a good work around until the bug is fixed.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (6 months ago)

Hello,
I know there will be a fix soon. Probably around mid October.
Best,
Olivier

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BuDWiZe
By BuDWiZe (7 months ago)

dx0 labs. do you cover the sony 85mm cz and the sony 16-35 cz?

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (7 months ago)

BudWize,

The full list is here : http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/dxo-viewpoint/features/distortion-correction

it looks that we don't do them automatically yet. However, you can still use the manual tools for those lenses.

Also, please, don't hesitate to ask for a specific DxO Optics Module via this page :
http://www.dxo.com/intl/dxo-optics-modules-suggestion-form-viewpoint
It's a way to give priorities to the Lab.

Best,
Olivier

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (6 months ago)

BuDWize,

Actually, I was wrong and I have good news for you. Both of your lenses are supported on most of the Sony cameras. Pease check if the combo camera/lens are supported : http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/dxo-optics-pro/supported-equipment

Hint : there are both "Zeis" and "carl Zeis" in the drop down menu. It will be corrected soon to avoid ambiguity

Best,
Olivier

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Karsten Dam
By Karsten Dam (7 months ago)

Downloaded the free trial - intended to buy as Photoshop CS4 plugin.
For me Viewpoint doesn't work with WIN XP 32 bit. Not as stand alone, not with DxO Optics Pro 8, not with Photoshop CS4.

Error msg from system:
"dvpv2.exe is not a valid Win32-program"

No problems reported in install log.

Mailed DxO two days ago - no answer.

Karsten

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (7 months ago)

Hi Karsten,

I don't know if you got an answer yet from the hotline team.
DxO ViewPoint 2 is compatible with Windows Vista, 7 and 8. That is the reason why it doesn't run on XP.

Best
Olivier

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Karsten Dam
By Karsten Dam (7 months ago)

That's pretty obvious to figure out from the error msg.
May I point to a statement on you website:
"DxO ViewPoint has been optimized for Adobe® Photoshop® CS3, CS4 (32 & 64 bits), CS5 (32 & 64 bits), CS6 (32 & 64 bits), and CC (32 & 64 bits, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3, 4, and 5, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements® 9, 10 and 11, and Apple® Aperture® 3. "

Bottom of this page:
http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/dxo-viewpoint/dxo-optics-pro-users

Lucky me who downloaded a test copy before spending 49 Euro :-)

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (7 months ago)

Don't worry Karsten Dam,

On the homepage of the shop, you can have access to the full technical details of supported platforms for Mac & Windows

Also, during the purchase process (before purchasing), as you mention that you are using a Windows platform, it tells you that the software runs only on Vista, 7 and 8.

Last but not least, the customer support would have refunded you without any difficulty if you had purchased but were not able to use it.

Best,
Olivier

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vadims
By vadims (7 months ago)

Lightroom support for camera correction is definitely lacking... It almost always requires you to go to the Profile tab and pick the lens, and on many occasions I couldn't even find 16-35/2.8 in the list! Even more puzzling is that I never had this problem with original 5D files, only with Mark II. Support for compacts is even worse.

And yet I cannot see myself introducing something like ViewPoint into my workflow, as I'm quite sure that even manual lens corrections in LR would serve me much better (and things like straightening verticals/horizontals are simply state-of-the-art in LR). And... I suspect that would be true for many other LR users.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (7 months ago)

Hello Vadims,

I understand your concerns about your workflow. I recommand you to use DxO ViewPoint at the end of your workflow after the editing and adjustement in LR.

Then you can open your image in DxO ViewPoint using the external editor. That would be the best way to benefit from the 2 solutions.

Let me give you this link that explain the full workflow : http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/tutorials/dxo-viewpoint-plug-adobe%C2%AE-products-and-aperture%C2%AE

I hope it helps
Best
Olivier

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Deliverator
By Deliverator (7 months ago)

I have used DxO Optics Pro since version 6, and I like it a lot. To those who have used both: is there anything in ViewPoint that is not already in Optics Pro? A short look at the website seems to indicate there might be...

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Cobber55
By Cobber55 (7 months ago)

I have both and while I really like DxO Optics Pro, I find View Point corrects far more building and people distortions. It has salvaged some awkward scenes for me. It can't perform miracles on all and every image but is a really useful tool for a number of situations.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (7 months ago)

Hello Deliverator,

There are indeed things that you can only find in DxO ViewPoint:
For instance :
- for complex perspective, you have now a "8 points" tool. It is very efficient when you do have to deal with multiple elements on the photo
- the interface is dedicated and it allows you to make the adjustements more accurately and faster.
- also, if you are using Photoshop or another edting software, you can use DxO ViewPoint as a Plugin.

You can find here some more info about using DxO ViewPoint in addition to DxO Optics Pro :http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/dxo-viewpoint/dxo-optics-pro-users

Hope it helps
Best,
Olivier

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mantra
By mantra (7 months ago)

hi
does the plugin contain lens database?

thanks

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tom60634
By tom60634 (7 months ago)

to my knowledge the plugin does not come with the over 15.000 camera/lens database. As you load a file, with a new camera/lens combination, into the program it will notify you that the combination's information must be downloaded, which makes sense. There would be no sense in loading the huge database if you shoot with 2 to 3 cameras and 15 lenses. You load what you want, or require as you need it, it help keeps program bloat under control.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (7 months ago)

Hi Mantra,

As Tom said, the full database is not installed by default. But the software can indeed identify an equipment out of 15.000 combinations of camera/lens profile.

So you only have to open an image and the software will automatically download (if you agree) the corresponding DxO Optics Module.

You can find here the full list of existing module: http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/dxo-viewpoint/features/distortion-correction

Best,
Olivier

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tom60634
By tom60634 (7 months ago)

I have purchased my upgrade and am very satisfied with the product,

I had been spoiled with DxO Optics Pro's automatic distortion correction and since adobe does not carry lens correction for Olympus cameras and Olympus/Panasonic lenses, correcting for volume and perspective along with optical distortions became fiddly and the results were often times unsatisfactory. This would force me to re-open the file in DxO Optics Pro to get a satisfactory rendition, not an efficient workflow with all the starting and stopping.
If your camera/lens combinations are stored in DxO's database this program has to be seriously considered for purchase and use, particularly if you use wide angle lenses, shoot files that include architectural features, group portrait type shots anywhere that could cause perspective / distortion problems.

If you want to know if your camera/lens combination is covered see the following: http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/dxo-optics-pro/supported-equipment

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smartphoto
By smartphoto (7 months ago)

Does it have profile for Canon 5 mk II+Samyang 14 mm UMC combo? Would be nice...

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (7 months ago)

Hi Smartphoto,

Unfortunatly Samyang equipment doesn't bring back any information about the shooting conditions. As a consequence, there is no DxO Optics Module, but you can use the manual correction to adjust the distortion in DxO ViewPoint prior to play with the perspective controls... which should be a great benefit of using it.

Best,
Olivier

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cosmoxl
By cosmoxl (7 months ago)

Same as Damon, I bought ViewPoint early on. Just logged in to my account and they want USD$29 to upgrade to 2.0. Not bad, I guess.

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Damon Lynch
By Damon Lynch (7 months ago)

I've used ViewPoint 1 since it was released. It's proven very handy indeed for quickly and accurately correcting distortion from wide angle lenses - much easier than using the warp tools in Photoshop. I haven't used its other features.

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Total comments: 31