Oh my god this thing has a fugly GUI! The icons are the worst I've seen in an app in a long, long time - straight outa the '90s! Take a look at the grey toolbar in the screenshot.
I tested it on four images and hated it. I'll stick to PSE, thank you very much.
I never did figure out how the Prepress or Tone Correction worked.
No, I didn't RTFM because I've used several image editors and plugins and didn't think I'd need to.
There's no Undo function to easily go back a step or two, and that's an absolute necessity.
But you can reset the image to the current filter's default value. If you've made a bunch of adjustments and just want to go back a step or two, you're SOL - gotta start over with that filter.
The default setting of the Improve Detail filter made the first three images like like hell. It was actually okay on the last, and with adjustments it looked better than the original.
Instead on an "Apply" button, there's a stupid "Run" button with an arrow icon that starts the processing. Don't like the finished image and want to go back? Too bad - still no Undo!
And IMO $69 is way, way, way too much for what it does, even if it worked well and had a beautiful GUI. From the grammar used in the tool descriptions, I guessed it was from a foreign developer. And I was right - the company's in Russia, so I suppose my computer's now been infiltrated by spyware.
The Akvis website claims "AKVIS specializes in development of image and video processing software for Windows and Mac OS X. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development."
You sure wouldn't know it from the way this app looks or functions!