Topaz InFocus plugin released.

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by bilzmale, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Since moving to 64 bit Win and PS I have missed using Focus Magic. I contacted the authors and was told there was no immediate plan to release a 64 bit version of Focus magic as they were working on 'another project'.

    Next day I got an email announcing Topaz had released a new plugin that also does deconvolution of blur and sharpening so I gave it a try and it seems to me as good as Focus Magic. It doesn't estimate the pixel width of blur (like FM) but does estimate the angle (unlike FM).

    It sells for $70 but until 4 Dec is at a release deal of $40 off. Focus Magic costs $99 (from memory). There is a free trial before you buy.

    Download Link:

    Email message from Acclaim: (No I don't get any bonus by posting here :thumbup:).

    Hi Bill,

    Thank you for your email.

    Unfortunately, we don't yet support 64-bit operating systems. As you may or may not be aware from the information on our web site, our developers and resources are currently focused on another large project which has caused a delay in the development of the 64-bit version. It is still coming, but we just cannot give a date at this stage.

    Sorry for any inconvenience.

    32-bit versions of Windows 7 are supported.

    If you would like to be added to our waiting list re. the 64-bit release, please advise.

    NOTE: You can install Photoshop as a 32-bit version on your 64-bit operating system. Adobe give you that option during the setup. When you install Focus Magic, the installer will 'hang' when searching for plug-ins, but the stand-alone will still install and work properly. Besides that, the plug-in should also work properly still, if you manually copy the "FocusMagic.8bf" plug-in file to the "Plug-Ins\Filters" folder for Photoshop.


    Kind regards,
    Acclaim Software Support
     
  2. jlabate

    jlabate Mu-43 Regular

    132
    Nov 22, 2010
    Thanks for the heads up. I just bought a Mac copy for $29.99.
     
  3. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    I gotta say, that seems too good to be true..perhaps that's worth a trial though.
     
  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    A free trial is available. The website says deal is until 3 Dec but I got an email today saying it now runs to 4 Dec.
     
  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bill,
    Have you given it a workout? I also downloaded the free trial but could not get it to run.
    I would buy it on your word.
    Don
     
  6. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    I'm happy with it - it did seem to introduce some noise but that can be cleaned. I'd make sure it will run for you before buying though. At the present price point it's too good to miss. I also have their full PS bundle and they run in LR as well.
     
  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bill,
    I'm running Nik but have issues with them that I don't like.
    So Topaz is a contender. I'm on an iMac with PS5 & LR, so it should be fine although I never got a trial to work. It always called for a key and then shut down when I hit trial.
    I will give it another shot later today.
    Thanks my friend,
    Don
     
  8. red

    red Mu-43 Veteran

    455
    Sep 21, 2010
    A short test of Topaz InFocus gave not the expected better results. I compared the possibilities with the Photoshop sharping tools, it's similar to the "smart sharpen" tool. For me it's much easier to work with the built-in tools, and "smart sharp" is faster... so I think it's not worth the $29.99
     
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Red,
    Smart sharpen is the best tool, especially on advanced mode.
     
  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I've been messing with it for an hour or so. Don, you probably need to download and install a new version of the Topaz Fusion Express and then it will work. That's what did it for me:

    http://www.topazlabs.com/src/topazfusionexpress.dmg

    The results they're showing on their website are waaaaaay better than I'm getting. That said, its not worthless, but they show a terribly OOF shot of a kid in the water magically brought into clear sharp focus and I'm sorry, I'm just not seeing it. I get all sorts of serious noise and artifacts waaay before I get improvements anything LIKE that. Maybe with more work, I'll figure out the magic formula, but those results don't come easily. For $30, though, you can't go tooooo far wrong.

    Here are three before and afters, using their strongest presets and then taking them slightly beyond those presets on a couple.

    -Ray

    UNtreated:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5220721915/" title="Infocus examples 1 (1) by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"1024" height="775" alt="Infocus examples 1 (1)" /></a>

    TREATED:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5221320348/" title="Infocus examples 2 (1) by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"1024" height="775" alt="Infocus examples 2 (1)" /></a>

    UNtreated:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5221320420/" title="Infocus examples 1 (2) by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"616" height="854" alt="Infocus examples 1 (2)" /></a>

    TREATED:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5221320490/" title="Infocus examples 2 (2) by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"616" height="854" alt="Infocus examples 2 (2)" /></a>

    UNtreated:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5221320082/" title="Infocus examples 1 by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"817" height="854" alt="Infocus examples 1" /></a>

    TREATED:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5221320136/" title="Infocus examples 2 by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"816" height="854" alt="Infocus examples 2" /></a>
     
  11. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Thanks Ray.
    I'm not seeing anything to write home about.
    Maybe Bill will get a better result.
     
  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    No, me either. Somewhat useful results in the first and last, but nothing you probably couldn't get to with other tools you already have. And no useful change to the middle image where the left guy is pretty OOF.

    I'd love to see how they got a couple of the results on their site...

    -Ray
     
  13. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    They should make webinars like Nik.
    That would help.