It might not be as ubiquitous as Adobe Lightroom, but Capture One Pro is arguably a better piece of software for those wanting to truly get the most out of their images. Today, Phase One has launched Capture One Pro 9, the latest and most advanced iteration of its post-processing software.
Along with the fancy new number, the update brings along a dozen new features and capabilities. We dive into each of them below.
New Brushes – In addition to a new feature that will let you link brushes, flow and airbrush options make their way into the retouching section.
Local/Luma Curves – Sometimes you want to be able to bump up contrast without boosting saturation. Now, you can do that with the new Luma Curve adjustment. Also added is a new Local Curves adjustment for more precise control of your exposure.
Battery Status – You will now be notified if a tethered camera’s battery is running low.
Color Editor Masks – Exactly as it sounds; you can now make a mask from a specific color adjustment.
Revamped Contrast – New algorithms have been implemented that are said to improve contrast adjustments more evenly. Also, UI changes have made a more uniform workflow to work from when making adjustments.
EIP Exports – If you shoot RAW and use Capture One Pro, you will be working with Enhanced Image Packages (EIPs) often. Now, you can export packages in their entirety to keep the RAW file and all of its edits intact.
DNG Color – So long as your camera is supported (you can find the list here), all camera files converted to DNG will be displayed and treated as though they were in their original format.
Keyword Tool – You can now add, remove, copy and paste keywords to images.
Sortable Keywords – Keywords can now be reordered when tagging individual images.
Keyword Libraries – The Keyword Library is automatically populated as new keywords are added and a new library feature will let you organize them exclusively by catalog or session.
As with previous releases, one license purchase will allow you to use Capture One Pro 9 on three separate computers.
If you are already a subscriber to Capture One Pro 8, you can download Capture One Pro 9 now for Mac and Windows. For those not yet subscribers, you can get your hands on Capture One Pro 9 for $15 per month for an annual plan.
If you prefer to buy your software outright, new users can pick up Capture One Pro 9 for $299 [you can use the AMBUDI code for a 10% discount], while wonders of Capture One Pro 7 and 8 can upgrade for only $99. If you purchased Capture One Pro 8 after October 30th, 2015, Capture One will be giving you a free copy of Capture One Pro 9 if you reach out to them on their support page.
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