Historically, photo software could be divided into three basic types: organizers, editors and special-effects filters. Over the years, the lines have blurred, with each type adding functions from the other two. onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 8 is an example of all three types coming together in one package. Eight apps, organized into Modules, form a single workflow that many photographers will find offers every necessary tool for their typical photo enhancements. Among many new features in version 8 are 13 new adjustable filters, Perfect Eraser to quickly remove unwanted objects from an image and customizable presets for effects.
This software is available in three editions. The Standard Edition works as a standalone app, the Lightroom & Aperture Edition integrates with those applications, and the Premium Edition also offers integration with Photoshop. List Price: $79 (Standard); $129 (Lightroom & Aperture); $179 (Premium). Contact: onOne Software, www.ononesoftware.com.
Here’s where you select the task at hand. Choosing a Module displays tools specific to that activity so you can focus on just those adjustments. It’s a somewhat guided approach as opposed to Photoshop, where you’re left to search among menus for the tool you need.
In every Module except for Browser, this area displays controls to fine-tune preset effects, or create your own. This is where most of your adjustments will be made. There’s also an information panel at the top for image navigation and zoom, fine detail inspection with a loupe, and histogram and metadata info.
In the Browser Module, you’ll find all of your available files. In the Layers Module, this area also serves as a file browser, handy if you’re compositing multiple images. In all other Modules, this area displays preset effects, with the exception of the Mask Module, which omits the left sidebar entirely in favor of expanded workspace for a larger view of your image.