Helicon Focus
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Create one focused image from several partially focused ones.   Demo ($250.00)
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Helicon Focus is designed to blend the focused areas of several partially focused digital photographs to increase the depth of field. In other words, it creates one focused image from the set of several partially focused photographs by combining the focused areas.

The program is designed for macrophotography, microphotography and hyperfocal landscape photography to cope with the shallow depth-of-field problem. Helicon Focus also aligns images as objects often change their size and position from shot to shot. This function is especially important for
What's New
Version 4.2.9:
  • Added plug-in installation for exporting images from Lightroom.
  • Added new render method "C".
  • Updated Helicon Focus engine.
  • Improved performance for application processes.
  • Fixed some UI bugs.
  • Helicon Focus 4.2.9 is the last update which supports Mac OS X 10.5 systems.
  • Development of new features for this product line is discontinued and subsequent updates will include only bug fixes. The future updates of Helicon Focus will support only Mac OS X 10.6 systems or later
Version 4.2.9:
  • Added plug-in installation for exporting images from Lightroom.
  • Added new render method "C".
  • Updated Helicon Focus engine.
  • Improved performance for application processes.
  • Fixed some UI bugs.
  • Helicon Focus 4.2.9 is the last update which supports Mac OS X 10.5 systems.
  • Development of new features for this product line is discontinued and subsequent more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later



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Roblgs commented on 01 Sep 2012
The developer link above is no longer valid. The correct link to the app on the developers site is http://www.heliconsoft.com/heliconfocus.html
[Version 4.2.9]


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Ericob commented on 14 Aug 2010
Aren't there Open Source (that is, FREE) solutions that will produce the same results? Helicon Focus seems really pricey for a tool that has a very limited application. What am I missing here?
[Version 4.2.3]

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d-Studio, Ltd. (developer) replied on 14 Aug 2010
The following wiki article has references to similar software.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_stacking
And yes, some of them are free and/or open source.

You can try them for free :) and compare against Helicon Focus… Also for free, because we provide 30 days of full functional trial period.

As I know, the primary free competitor of Helicon Focus is CombineZm. However it has the following lacks:
1) It does not have possibility to retouch image;
2) It performs worse interpolation then Helicon Focus;
3) Interface is screwed a bit as for me. However, I am determined mac user and my opinion cannot be objective :)
4) Processing is much-much slower;
5) All of these are related to Win version only. I did not find mac version of the CombineZm :(
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d-Studio, Ltd. (developer) commented on 19 Nov 2009
I am glad to introduce Christmas discounts!
Now you can purchase lifetime licenses with 20% price off!
[Version 4.2.1]


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d-Studio, Ltd. (developer) commented on 04 Sep 2009
Hi Guys!
Now I am glad to introduce Helicon 3D Viewer in new version!
[Version 4.2]


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geopick commented on 29 Dec 2008
Please note that $30 is for a one-year license to the Lite version. The publisher has a holiday promotion at the moment from the normal price (about 4x the annual).
[Version 4.0]

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d-Studio, Ltd. (developer) replied on 26 Jan 2009
Currently more discounts are available at d-Studio's web site.
Please be aware, that discounts program will expire at January 31!
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Sunnymoon reviewed on 28 Dec 2008
Very good! 5 stars! The application gives great quality pictures, I can't say I'm pro in photoshop but I could not enhance my photo shoots as good as Helicon Focus does. As far I'm very satisfied by quality and price.
[Version 4.0]


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SueB9688 rated on 05 Jan 2014

[Version 4.2.9]



Andrew E rated on 23 Mar 2012

[Version 4.2.7]



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Volodymyr Prokurashko rated on 08 Jan 2011

[Version 4.2.7]


Downloads:13,881
Version Downloads:3,078
Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Demo
Date:29 May 2012
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $250.00
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Helicon Focus is designed to blend the focused areas of several partially focused digital photographs to increase the depth of field. In other words, it creates one focused image from the set of several partially focused photographs by combining the focused areas.

The program is designed for macrophotography, microphotography and hyperfocal landscape photography to cope with the shallow depth-of-field problem. Helicon Focus also aligns images as objects often change their size and position from shot to shot. This function is especially important for macrophotography.

Features:
  • 64 bit mode - get advantages of all available physical memory, significantly improves performance on machines with more than 2Gb of RAM.
  • Retouching brush to clone from aligned source images to the resulting image (cannot be performed with external photo editor).
  • 2D micropanorama.
  • Automatically adjusts and resizes images (important for stereomicroscopes and macrophotography).
  • Has no limitation on image resolutions (512MB+ RAM required to work with 8Mp+ images).
  • Process unlimited number of images in a stack.
  • Preserves details by using advanced interpolators for image manipulation (Lanczos, Sinc256).
  • Internal workflow always uses 16 bit color depth to preserve colors.
  • Clean dust artifacts, by removing black points from the resulting images.
  • Automatically adjust brightness of adjacent images.
  • Reads RAW, 8bit and 16bit TIFFs, JPEG, JPEG 2000, BMP, etc.
  • Writes 8bit and 16bit TIFFs, JPEG, JPEG 2000, BMP, PSD, PNG.
  • Export of 3D model of the object to Helicon 3D Viewer (included into Helicon Focus v4.2+ installation)
  • Export of animated stacks (v4.2+)


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