I’ve had access to the beta version of this Lightroom competitor for a few weeks now, and can safely say that 10 is an improvement over last year’s Capture One Pro 9.
For new users, the interface for Capture One Pro can be daunting, especially in comparison to Lightroom. However, the tool is equally deep and provides precise controls for common editing functions and it features tools that Lightroom doesn’t have. As an example, the color editor allows users to pick dozens of individual color points and adjust them globally or locally.
Capture One Pro’s interface is non-modal. This means that there’s no need to move between “modules” to work. Files can be moved between folders in the same panel while one is editing.
The program also features powerful tethering capabilities, as it works with a range of current and previous generation digital cameras, not just PhaseOne’s own cameras.
As mentioned the interface can be daunting, but one of its strengths is that it is highly customizable. In Capture One Pro, users can create and save any number of workspaces, similar to functions available in Adobe Photoshop. Tabs and floating tools can also be customized. For example, it’s possible to create a floating “favorites” editing palette that displays the most commonly used tools, while having it include a filter pane for quick image selection.
For those who work on laptops that occasionally connect to desktop monitors, users can set up workspaces for a laptop-only workflow and a separate one for dual displays where the palettes are positioned on the second screen.
With Capture One Pro, the emphasis is on a pro workflow. This is emphasized by functions like the ability to auto-import image into subfolders, batch process output, and the ability to create folders based on variables (for example, importing into separate folders for different cameras, or into folders based on capture date or geotags).
Like the interface, these output tools are customizable, allowing photographers to quickly export multiple sizes and to different locations at the same time. As an example, a user could export a high-res folder of TIFF images for a client while simultaneously creating web-resolution files with watermarks. Both import and exports tools can work variables, like creating folders and file naming to match the conventions requested by clients.
Previously, Capture One Pro introduced a local adjustment tool for brushing on layers. In the latest iteration, it seems to perform faster than it did Capture One Pro 9.
Adjustments, including local adjustments and metadata, can be copied and applied to individual images or saved as presets that can be applied all at once or to a selection of images. Metadata is also stackable, allowing users to create a preset for basic copyright information, adding the location name for a shoot followed by a model release template, and so on.
We’ll be posting a video introduction to Capture One Pro 10 next week. To help users under the power of this updated photo editing software, I’ll be working with Phase One’s David Grover on an online trip through the new features and functionality of its toolsets.
The full press release is below.
Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 10
Ready for the Future of Image Editing – A Faster, More Powerful Experience
COPENHAGEN, December 1, 2016 – Phase One today released Capture One Pro 10, a major release of the world’s premiere raw conversion and image editing software. Designed to support wide ranging workflows of both professional and passionate photographers, Capture One Pro is known and trusted for rendering the finest image color and detail from more than 400 digital camera models. Now, based on customer feedback, Capture One Pro 10 puts superior user experience center stage – with interface improvements, under-the-hood tuning, and exciting new features that furnish the fastest, most reliable and most powerful performance yet.
What’s New with Capture One Pro 10:
- Enhanced User Experience. Faster browsing, zooming, panning, and ease in switching between images even at 100 percent view. Also, a new default workspace offers a more intuitive experience for new users, with examples for getting started.
- Greater control, with a three-stage image sharpening process:
- A new lens tool option corrects lost sharpness caused by diffraction;
- User-defined creative sharpening (utilizing a new Halo Suppression slider and a new blending algorithm) allows the photographer the option to sharpen an entire image, or just various elements within it;
- User-defined output sharpening in the recipe tool. For print sharpening, users can also specify the distance from which the final output image should be viewed.
- On-screen proofing. An enhanced proof mode takes the guesswork out of the raw conversion process. From the viewer panel, users can now simulate the final size, resolution, color, compression artifacts and sharpening of images. This is especially useful for live assessment of files – particularly small files for the web and for optimizing image compression quality.
- A look into the future of image editing: Inspired by video grading processes, users can now access Capture One Pro directly through a Tangent panel system. This fully integrated panel is literally a new interface into image editing – for deep dive color and image adjustment –– allowing fast, multiple input commands simultaneously, while viewing the master monitor as the editor “feels” input into the application.
- A camera focus tool module for tethered cameras — especially useful for product, still life, macro, and Cultural Heritage photography projects.
“We have developed Capture One Pro 10 to greatly improve users’ experience so they can achieve the results they want much faster and with greater confidence,” said James Johnson, software product manager, Phase One. “Image adjustment options are now at a whole new level. We believe that with this release, we are delivering the most powerful, responsive, and user customizable image processor available.”
The Complete List of New Features:
- Three-phase sharpening tools (see above)
- Output proofing (see above)
- New default and intuitive workspace (see above)
- Camera focus tool module for tethered cameras (see above)
- Tangent panel: full integration (see above)
- New filter option: search by orientation of images
- Optimization of Jpeg output for size/quality
- Move folders in catalogs
- Auto masking extended to any editable file type (including Xtrans)
- Improved compressed RAW and Fuji support
- Hardware acceleration – OpenCL is now enabled by default
- Stripe reduction LCC for 100MP
- Optimized LCC creation
- Computer ID in license for activation management
- Apple script – new properties (Mac only)
New camera and lens support
New camera support includes: Olympus E-M1 mkll, Sony RX100M5, Sony A6500 and Sony A99M2.
New lens profile support includes: Sony FE 70-200 mm F4 G OSS, Sony 70-200 mm F2.8 G, and Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
For a complete list of newly supported cameras and lenses, please go to: www.phaseone.com/download.
Availability and Pricing
Owners of Capture One Pro 8 and 9 may upgrade for 99 USD or 99 EUR. For customers who have purchased Capture One Pro 9 since November 1, 2016, Phase One is offering a grace period, exempting them from the upgrade fee. Eligible customers can download their upgrade today at phaseone.com/download and reuse their license key.
New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 10 for 299 USD or 279 EUR. Capture One Pro is also available by subscription. Capture One Pro (8 and 9) subscribers can simply download the new Capture One Pro 10 release. A single-user subscription is 15 USD / 12 EUR per month for a 12-month plan. Please see all subscription options at www.phaseone.com/store.
About Phase One
Phase One A/S is the world-leading provider of medium format digital photography systems and imaging solutions for professional photographers and industrial applications. Established in the early 1990s, Phase One is a true digital photography pioneer with a passionate commitment to image quality excellence and creative freedom. Phase One’s engineering and design expertise has produced imaging breakthroughs from high-resolution camera systems to advanced software for better photographic workflows and raw file editing. Phase One’s understanding and ability to optimize hardware and software integration underscores their award winning Capture One Pro software – widely preferred by professional photographers.
Phase One’s industrial division focuses on imaging accuracy for industrial applications ranging from aerial image acquisition to cultural heritage preservation – from mapping the globe, to protecting priceless works of art and documents.
Today, with control over all aspects of the medium format camera system supply chain, Phase One is uniquely positioned to help photographers and imaging experts everywhere stand out above the competition and realize their creative visions without compromise.
Based in Copenhagen Denmark and embracing the high demand of Scandinavian design excellence, Phase One is dedicated to delivering the best image quality and user experience. With offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tel Aviv, and with its expert teams of global partners, Phase One is committed to serving and supporting its customers worldwide.
Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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