Those who think they got lucky with noise reduction have no idea of being lucky. Neat Image is the only good software that I tried for noise reduction. I'm very impressed with the real time preview and selectable color modes. The only problem is that it doesn't have enough details to show off to potential buyers. That's only a minor complaint. I think the price could be reduced by adding a bunch of webpages. There's no reason why a plugin needs a web server running at 10.0.0.1. It would be awesome to have a FTP server, but it shouldn't make the thing 15% more expensive. The experience of getting a bug report fixed if you click on the plugin directly and not the server is not very nice.
Okay, so we are comparing Adobe Digital Darkroom (ACR) to Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to three proprietary software plugins (neat image, Noise Ninja, Auto Photo Geniis) to "just use native PS filters". I also included (for PC) a software that was mentioned in a previous blog. And let's not forget that none of the software is free and none of them will work on a laptop - or any other computer for that matter. In short, the comparison should be between the native PS filters and the three proprietary plugins. Since the point of the exercise is to see if the photo is improved beyond what an average user can do, they should be compared to what they can do. Adobe Camera Raw has a lot of options that are only available in the ACR dialog box.
It is a little confusing to understand the features and how to use the different options. Very similar to most camera RAW conversion software. However, the good thing about this software is that it is easy to use and has an easy to follow method of using the software. I checked the performance of this software against a couple of other Adobe apps and the noise reduction was similar to those other applications. Two reasons for the difference in price if you have no idea is that this application is not free and the developer has made some money from it. But if you are ready to buy, it should be considered with other applications. I found it useful to see if there is any other advantage or disadvantage, in the results. d2c66b5586