Maybe it’s the nature of the software business, but it seems to me that whenever someone comes out with a good idea that’s well implemented, the copycats hit the streets with something similar for less money.
Here is a great example of the copycat method in progress. One of my favorite Mac photo apps is Noiseless Pro which removes digital noise from photos; perfect for enhancing photos taken in low light. Now you can do something similar for free.
It’s All In The Example
Noiseless Pro hasn’t been around more than a few months and already the KopyKat Kids are coming out to play. Noise Reducer Pro claims to reduce noise from photos and it’s free (for now; free is not a good business model for app developers).
Digital photos taken in low light tend to have a grainy look and the image may have visible artifacts which can be annoying and distracting. Noiseless Pro has a variety of settings for photos take in different lighting, and sports granular controls for fine tuning a photo. Here’s an example (click the image for a larger, expanded view with more detail).
What of Noise Reducer Pro?
Frankly, I had difficulties. Not figuring out how to use the app. The controls are simple (what’s with the floppy disk icon to Save an image; Macs haven’t had floppy disks since the last century) but the result are, at best anemic.
Here’s the promo before and after from the developer.
That’s not exactly a typical low-light, high-noise photo. It’s almost as if the actual noise was introduced to the Before photo (perhaps by Photoshop) so it would appear removed in the After photo. Maybe, maybe not, but the noise reduction in low-light photos is nominal at best, and the controls are anemic at best.
The problem with the one-click method to reduce noise should be obvious. Noise does not appear exactly the same on every section of a photo, so more granular controls are necessary to create an improved image.
But Noise Reducer Pro is free on the Mac App Store and appears to have heritage as an Android smartphone app called, oddly enough, NoiseReducer (minus the Pro monicker).