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DxO revamps photo editing tools for Vista

DxO Optics Pro works on Windows Vista and can add vibrance to photos, while FilmPack gets sepia-tone abilities.

LAS VEGAS--DxO has updated two photography programs, releasing DxO Optics Pro 4.2 with Windows Vista support and adding new options to its FilmPack 1.1.

DxO Optics Pro is a stand-alone application or Adobe Photoshop plug-in that lets users adjust color, correct lens geometry problems, reduce noise. The new version 4.2 is compatible with Windows Vista and adds a feature called SmartVibrancy that increases color vividness without throwing skin tones out of whack. The company announced the moves at the Photo Marketing Association trade show here on Thursday.

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The company also is working on a DxO plug-in to automatically export photos to Flickr, a Yahoo online photo-sharing site. The plug-in permits login, tagging as well as uploading.

The Paris-based company also released version 1.1 of its FilmPack software, which lets photos be altered to take on characteristics of specific films--for example, the saturated colors of Fuji Velvia or the black-and-white contrast of Kodak Tri-X.

Version 1.0 could be used to pick different films, including the grain of the film based on close measurements of the actual film. Version 1.1 adds the ability to pick photo tones, too, such as sepia or ferric sulfate.

DxO FilmPack costs $69 through May 31, then increases to $99. DxO Optics Pro costs $79 for the Starter version, $149 for Standard and $299 for Elite.