In the Secrets to Perfecting Your Product Shots tutorial I posted last month, I spoke very highly of using Corel AfterShot Pro as part of my workflow to get the most from digital photos. It has now been updated to v2. There is a lot more speed and it was already fast. One of the more exciting new features is the addition of HDR. The full press release is below and I’ll write a review in the future when I have had a chance to work with the new version.
64-bit AfterShot™ Pro 2 now 30% faster and offers a 4x faster performance advantage over competition; new aggressive pricing for multi-platform RAW photo converter on Windows, Mac and Linux
Corel’s Photo Editing group introduces AfterShot™ Pro 2, the industry’s fastest RAW converter and photo management software. With new 64-bit processing delivering speeds that are 4x faster than the leading competitor, AfterShot™ Pro 2 gives photographers a more responsive and productive way to work with RAW photos.
The number one multi-platform photo workflow software, AfterShot Pro 2 provides you with the ultimate in creative freedom with powerful RAW conversion, photo editing and adjustment, and photo management features. Use AfterShot Pro 2 on the platform of your choice – Windows, Mac and Linux. Load, edit and adjust thousands of RAW photos, faster than ever. Refine an unlimited number of photos while preserving the originals with non-destructive photo adjustment. Finish projects and create stunning output with this total workflow photo software.
Corel offers AfterShot Pro 2 at the new price of just $79.99, with standard and competitive upgrade prices at $59.99. Offering 4x the speed of the leading competitor, AfterShot Pro is an affordable addition to any photographer’s toolkit.
“AfterShot Pro 2 was designed to answer a single question. What’s the most important thing we can do to improve a photographer’s workflow? Our answer is lightning-speed RAW photo management for Windows, Mac and Linux,” said Greg Wood, Product Manager, Corel Photo Editing. “Substantially faster than Adobe Lightroom and roughly half the price, AfterShot Pro 2 offers improved photo editing features and new camera profiles that photographers need to create their best work.”
New AfterShot Pro 2 dramatically accelerates photo workflow:
- NEW! 64-bit power: Now 30% faster! Get even more processing power and remove memory limitations with new 64-bit architecture. Enjoy greater stability and responsiveness app-wide. AfterShot Pro 2 is 4x faster than the competition-delivering faster results and saving you more time.
- NEW! Updated RAW camera profiles: Adding 26 new profiles, AfterShot Pro 2 supports more than 250 camera profiles, including RAW formats from all major camera manufacturers. New camera profiles will be updated throughout the year. Read more about supported cameras at www.aftershotpro.com.
- NEW! Workspace enhancements: Enjoy a more fluid workflow with a modern, streamlined interface. Enhanced Zoom delivers better previewing of smaller images, and a new Image Reset button lets you undo all your changes and view your original photo in a single click.
- NEW! Complete High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools (Windows): Now available in the Windows version and coming later this summer to Mac and Linux, new HDR tools make it simple to create stunning photos with intense visual contrast. Combine multiple exposures to create a single, stunning HDR photo. Apply Smart Photo Fix, White Balance, Brightness/Contrast, Fill Light/Clarity, Local Tone Mapping, High Pass Sharpening, and Digital Noise Removal.
- NEW! Easier batch processing: Redesigned batch processing controls make it simpler and faster to configure any batch processing task.
- New! Red Eye Removal: New manual Red Eye Removal gives you precise control when cleaning up your photos.
- New! Local Contrast: Recreate the look of a high-end camera lens and make objects within an image ‘pop’ by bringing out the texture and dimension in your photos.
- NEW! Bigger Images, Better TIFF performance: 64-bit performance supports much larger images including files of up to 250 Megapixels and TIFF files larger than 30MB.
- NEW! Noise reduction by Athentech: Optimize your images with new Athentech Imaging Noise Removal. This award-winning technology automatically adjusts lighting for every pixel in a shot while maintaining true color and zero clipping.
Pricing and Availability
Designed for Windows, Mac and Linux, AfterShot Pro 2 is available now in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Japanese. Suggested retail pricing is $79.99 (USD/CAN/AUD) / EUR69.99/ £57.99 (inclusive of VAT, where applicable). Existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99 (USD/CAN/AUD) / EUR49.99/ £45.99. For a limited time, AfterShot Pro, PaintShop® Pro X6, Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom 5 registered customers may purchase AfterShot Pro 2 at the upgrade price.
Complete High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools are included with the Windows version of AfterShot Pro 2 and will be coming to Mac and Linux versions as a free update in late summer 2014.
Download a free, fully-functional trial version or get more information on Corel AfterShot Pro.