MacRumors Giveaway: Upcoming Mac Photo Editing App 'Noiseless'

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Macphun is launching an early preview of its newest photo editing app Noiseless for Mac today and giving 20 MacRumors readers the chance to win a copy of the complete Pro version of the software ahead of its launch.

Noiseless is designed to give users an easy way to improve low-light photos by removing the "noise" or graininess in those images. Noise often plagues photos taken with smartphones and other non-DSLR cameras in poor lighting conditions.

The app provides several one-click presets with different strengths that remove the noise from an image in a few seconds. There are also deeper adjustments that give users finer control over the noise removal in the app. The standard version of the app will be priced at $19.99, and the Pro version, with support for RAW photos, a Loupe view, and plug-in functionality, will be priced at $49.99. Those who download the preview version of the app can pre-order the pro version at a $10 discount.

Removing the noise in an image with Noiseless is done through some targeted blurring, which has the side effect of removing a lot of the finer details in a photo, so the effect may not be appropriate for all photos or appealing to all users. We recommend checking the app out during the trial period before deciding to purchase later on.

All MacRumors readers can download a preview copy of Noiseless with limited functionality (no sharing or exporting) from the Macphun website to check it out ahead of its April 16 release, but we're also giving away 20 copies of the full Pro version of Noiseless.

To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube Channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the intricacies of international law regarding giveaways, this giveaway is open only to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older.

The giveaway will run from today, Thursday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through Monday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Winners will be chosen randomly on April 6 and will be contacted through email. A response to our email is required within 48 hours or the winner will forfeit the prize and we will pick a new winner.

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jakefloyd

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Just my opinion, but in the video, the originals look better to me. The noise removal looks too extreme and results in an airbrushed/blurry feel.
 

Macphun Team

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Just my opinion, but in the video, the originals look better to me. The noise removal looks too extreme and results in an airbrushed/blurry feel.
Hey bud, it's always good to try for yourself right.
Noise is actually good sometimes, but in most cases - it is just bad for your photos, especially for the smartphone shooters, like most of us. Check the preview page, get your copy and test on your photos, I'd like to see your results.
 

dazey

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To me things like this are only useful as a plugin to your existing program, Lightroom or other.
 

viizi

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cool but I still need to use Capture One Pro or LR for everything else so until it fits in with one of those, only good for jpgs :\
 

windywalks

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It's all great, but does this functionality really deserve an individual app?
Also, I'm not taken by the results. As someone said - it's very extreme.
 

a3801122

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I didn't believe the promo video.
The before photos were simply added noise and the after ones were blurred... both with photoshop...

But I tried it anyway. It turns out quite nice!
 
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Macphun Team

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@Windywalks...please note that if the adjustment is too extreme or not extreme enough, you can use the opacity adjustment sliders, found at the bottom of each preset, to adjust the strength. In addition, you can really tailor the effect by using the "adjust panel".

@viizi @dazey the Pro version of Noiseless processes .RAW files including .NEF and .CR2 files. In addition, the software is plugin compatible to both Photoshop and Lightroom.
 

OriginalClone

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To me things like this are only useful as a plugin to your existing program, Lightroom or other.
LR5 handles the noise good enough for me. I'm sure the people that even care about noise in a photo likely have a good editing program already.
 

Macphun Team

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LR5 handles the noise good enough for me. I'm sure the people that even care about noise in a photo likely have a good editing program already.
Hey, all opinions are important, so great to hear yours. We've got 348 preview downloads in the first hour we were live. And the numbers are just going up, so we are now in thousands with lots of people doing the pre-orders.

So it looks like not everyone is 100% happy with the LR or their current software. It's awesome that most of people are eager to try new tools before making assumptions - this is what makes Mac and Apple community awesome.

Cheers

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Looks very good.
Thanks Mike.
 

japanime

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Just my opinion, but in the video, the originals look better to me. The noise removal looks too extreme and results in an airbrushed/blurry feel.
I agree. Basically, it seems like the app can convert photos that look lousy because of noise into photos that look lousy because of blur. Garbage in, garbage out.
 
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knucklehead

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To me things like this are only useful as a plugin to your existing program, Lightroom or other.
It does work as a plug in with Adobe products and Aperture.

These comments aren't very worthwhile if they are all coming from people who haven't tried the demo ...
 

ProVideo

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I hope that Apple eventually has In App purchases for the Photos application on the mac that is open to developers. That way instead of having to have a bloated version of Photoshop or a bunch of different apps scattered about, you can instead pick and choose the features and plug-ins you need connected to the App Store. If they did this with Final Cut Pro and Motion as well, they might have some real competition to Adobe's near monopoly over the creative field.
 

scottwaugh

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Looking forward to trying it

I have good number of photo's that this could help with (environmentally light challenged where noise rears its ugly head) and look forward to trying it out.

Really surprised at the number of Debbie Downer's taking the time to log a disparaging comment on an application they've never used...C'mon guys this is an additional application for the Mac (plugin for Adobe and Aperture) that some folks have poured their heart and souls into, give'm a chance.

I hope that Apple eventually has In App purchases for the Photos application on the mac that is open to developers. That way instead of having to have a bloated version of Photoshop or a bunch of different apps scattered about, you can instead pick and choose the features and plug-ins you need connected to the App Store. If they did this with Final Cut Pro and Motion as well, they might have some real competition to Adobe's near monopoly over the creative field.
That's a fantastic idea ProVideo...Apple folks are known to roam these forums, hopefully they bring such a thing to reality.
 

Macphun Team

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I use Noiseware and it works very well. It's a lot more complicated than this, though, so maybe there is a need for yet another noise removal app.
@Penderworth - exactly! The goal was to create a modern app easy enough for the casual photographer (compact camera, smartphone, etc.) but with some advanced detail and other controls for people who know what "noise" is... ;-)

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I hope that Apple eventually has In App purchases for the Photos application on the mac that is open to developers. That way instead of having to have a bloated version of Photoshop or a bunch of different apps scattered about, you can instead pick and choose the features and plug-ins you need connected to the App Store. If they did this with Final Cut Pro and Motion as well, they might have some real competition to Adobe's near monopoly over the creative field.
@ProVideo - just wanted to chime in and say how excellent that would be! Apple *must* make it frictionless for people to add extensions that they really want to Photos. That's clearly a way they can "think different" and break away from methods that haven't changed since plug-ins were invented*

Kevin (from Macphun)

*being an "old guy" and bec. I was there... gonna go out on a limb and say SuperPaint 2.0 and Digital Darkroom pioneered the plug-in architecture on Mac: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Beach_Software ;-)
 

smirking

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Just my opinion, but in the video, the originals look better to me. The noise removal looks too extreme and results in an airbrushed/blurry feel.
I'm with you there. Looks cool, but it's obvious to me that the photo's been passed through a filter that's "interpreting" the photo and isn't really the real photo.

I remember when Photoshop was just coming into mainstream use, the tell-tale sign of a bad or novice designer was the overuse of drop shadows. Now everyone's a photographer and maybe the dead giveaway of a novice photographer is over reliance on filters.

Well, most people aren't photographers no matter how much of a camera they own. I'm sure it'll be plenty good and fine for most people.
 
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Macphun Team

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I'm with you there. Looks cool, but it's obvious to me that the photo's been passed through a filter that's "interpreting" the photo and isn't really the real photo.

I remember when Photoshop was just coming into mainstream use, the tell-tale sign of a bad or novice designer was the overuse of drop shadows. Now everyone's a photographer and maybe the dead giveaway of a novice photographer is over reliance on filters.

Well, most people aren't photographers no matter how much of a camera they own. I'm sure it'll be plenty good and fine for most people.
Hey both, let's run a test on your photos. This should be fair. If you are up to a real-life test, email me at alex@macphun.com. Thanks;)

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I use Noiseware and it works very well. It's a lot more complicated than this, though, so maybe there is a need for yet another noise removal app.
Let's do a side by side test run and see who wins in terms of speed, processing quality, etc. Would be great to share results with other forum members afterwards. Hit me up at alex@macphun.com if you like the idea.
 

smirking

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Hey both, let's run a test on your photos. This should be fair. If you are up to a real-life test, email me at alex@macphun.com. Thanks;)
I downloaded the demo. I'm shooting with a Nikon d750 and it was a d300 before that. I don't really have anything great I could offer you as an example. I work my settings pretty carefully to avoid noise so anything that's noisy is usually trashed. I'll have to try this out the next time I run into a screw up that's really noisy and see how it does.

I did manage to dig up a few photos to try it on though. I found that for some photos where there was a little more grain than I wanted that Noiseless at the low or lowest setting was able to do a pretty good job of smoothing out the grain without ruining the overall texture of the photo. It's especially good with people.

It's especially good with people because it makes them look better. The filter smooths out skin blemishes, but not so much that you want to scream "uncanny valley"... at least in the lighter settings.

For the right photo, this works great. For a lot of photos a bad photographer is still going to be a bad photographer no matter how you apply filters.

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To me things like this are only useful as a plugin to your existing program, Lightroom or other.
It does that. Download the demo.

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Really surprised at the number of Debbie Downer's taking the time to log a disparaging comment on an application they've never used...C'mon guys this is an additional application for the Mac (plugin for Adobe and Aperture) that some folks have poured their heart and souls into, give'm a chance.
Sorry. I think it was just a visceral reaction to the demo city photo. Over filtering is a pet peeve of mine... more of a statement on people who don't know when to say when than it was on their software. I did try it and really like the results on the right kind of photo.
 
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