DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos extensions add powerful one-click corrections to Apple’s OS X El Capitan

DxO announced today the immediate availability of two new extensions for OS X El Capitan, DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos (US$9.99) and DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos – DxO ONE Camera Only (free), that provide DxO’s advanced image processing within Apple Photos. DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos adds seamless access to tens of thousands of DxO Optics Modules that enable DxO’s unrivalled automatic optical corrections for distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration and lens softness for virtually all popular cameras and lenses. The extension is also available as a free download, designed exclusively to support RAW and SuperRAW images captured by the award-winning DxO ONE connected camera for iPhone and iPad. Both versions also feature simple, yet powerful one-click corrections that automatically improve white balance, dynamic range, reduce noise, and remove landscape haze to make your best photos look even better.

“By leveraging the new extensions in OS X El Capitan, we were able to provide Mac users with a streamlined workflow for their RAW images,” said Frederic Guichard, co-founder and chief image scientist at DxO, in a statement. “Photographers can now apply world renowned DxO OpticsPro technologies, such as Smart Lighting, ClearView, and PRIME to enhance their favorite images with no more than a click or two, and without ever leaving the Apple Photos app.”

DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos is a paid download from the Mac App Store, which when installed automatically appears as an extension that can be accessed via the editing tools in Apple Photos. Launching the extension displays a deceptively simple, yet incredibly powerful user interface and includes access to all DxO Optics Modules currently supported by DxO’s advanced image processing software. The DxO Optics Modules automatically identify the camera and lens used to capture each photo, then use this information to instantly correct for a variety of optical flaws, such as distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting, and lens softness.

Other corrections include: Smart Lighting (improves overall dynamic range), ClearView (instantly removes haze and smog from distant landscapes), and white balance. Users can modify the intensity of each correction in three simple levels. The extension also provides access to PRIME, the industry-leading denoising technology that analyzes thousands of neighboring pixels to remove noise while leaving important details untouched.

DxO ONE owners are invited to freely download and install the DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos – DxO ONE Camera Only version that automatically applies these same advanced corrections to DxO ONE photos. When applied to a DxO ONE SuperRAW image, PRIME employs additional temporal noise reduction to render an amazingly clean, high-resolution photograph from the four RAW images embedded in each SuperRAW file.

Pricing & Availability

The DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos extension, with support for tens of thousands of camera and lens combinations is available today at a special introductory price of $9.99/£7.99 via the Mac App Store.

The DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos – DxO ONE Camera Only extension is available today as a free download via the Mac App Store for the DxO ONE.

Source: DxO


  1. Got it! Nice product.

    Photos with Affinity, MacPhun and DXO extensions is a very powerful app.

    I have been able to fix and recover some photos of Death Valley I have been unable to fix with any other combination.

    1. There are some powerful filters for Photos, and I’m sure this is just the beginning, but the app itself isn’t powerful. It’s very weak in a lot of ways and a huge disappointment for those of us who trusted Apple when we went with Aperture.

    1. I disagree. It should only be flagged as sponsored content if MDN received some sort of compensation or trade for it. Otherwise, I see nothing wrong with a niche news aggregator simply republishing a press release without adding editorial commentary. If MDN has nothing to say, and often they really don’t have much other than a snarky comment, then the editorializing is still present in the selection of what they consider to be news worthy.

      Since they always cite the source, there’s no mystery that this is a direct republishing of the press release.

  2. Remember when many people flipped when Apple stopped development of Aperture? . . . We are now seeing a number of developers creating Extensions to the Photos App, which will provide greater editing functionality. I think this will create a much better editing environment, than if Apple had continued to be the sole developer (as with Aperture).

  3. To Jay and kevicosuave : All I can say to that is:- Fool me once….

    Cook, being a numbers guy, has a short attention span, and things that get 30 minutes at a keynote are forgotten months later if they don’t immediately impact Apple’s bottom line.
    Mark my words, in about 2 years we’ll start seeing articles complaining about the lack of meaningful Photos updates.

    Apple let Aperture slowly die without a single word of explanation. While that slap in the face was bad enough, I cringe when I read stuff about things like HealthKit. People will think Apple is committed to health but the moment Cook gets distracted by the next gay ‘pride’ march it’ll be abandoned.

    Bottom line: I pity the pros that are actually thinking Photos can be enhanced with extensions to make it usable professionally, and devs that trust Apple to keep the ball rolling.

    Give Cook 1 star if you agree.

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