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Nik releases Dfine as Aperture plug-in, adds debanding control  
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 | by Megan Somerville

Nik Dfine 2.1, available now as a free update for licensed users of v2.0 of the noise reduction plug-in for Photoshop on Mac and Windows, adds Smart Object compatibility as well as a control for removing banding noise. With this release, Nik has also created an Aperture plug-in version of Dfine. It's included at no additional charge.

To update Dfine 2.0 to v2.1, you must create a user account on the Nik website. A new license is US$99.95 when purchased direct from Nik.

More information is in the press release below. The company has also bundled Dfine, Viveza, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro into the Complete Collection, for US$599.95 when purchased direct from Nik.

Press Release

Nik Software Announces Free Update to Dfine® 2.0 

New update to Dfine 2.0 brings award-winning noise reduction to Aperture™, adds
compatibility with Photoshop® Smart Objects, and provides new debanding control

Cologne, Germany (Photokina Hall 4.1, Stand F001) – September 22, 2008 – Nik Software today announced availability of a free update to its award-winning Dfine 2.0 noise reduction software plug-in. Dfine version 2.1 becomes the latest of the Nik Software tools to offer compatibility with Apple® Aperture™ 2 and compatibility with Smart Objects within Adobe® Photoshop®. The update also includes a new debanding control that allows users to address banding artifacts that can occur in some images.

Dfine continues to raise the bar in digital photographic noise reduction. Dfine provides superior noise reduction while maintaining detail and sharpness throughout an image and providing unprecedented selective control over noise reduction by employing Nik Software’s U Point® technology. 

“This new update to Dfine addresses two of the top requests from users,” said Michael Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software, Inc. “We are pleased to be able to provide photographers using Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop with Dfine’s best in class noise reduction and its unique selective controls as a free upgrade to Dfine 2.0”

New Features:

  • New Smart Filter Support (Photoshop only)—Provides compatibility with Adobe Photoshop’s Smart Objects enabling modifications or adjustments to noise reduction after Dfine has been applied.

  • New Multi-Image Support (Aperture only)—Provides compatibility with Aperture’s multi-image support, allowing photographers to easily reduce noise in several images without leaving Dfine’s interface.

  • New Debanding Control—Resolves issues in which unwanted horizontal or vertical banding artifacts are introduced in the capture process. Dfine is the only product designed specifically to handle this issue.

The Dfine 2.1 update is available as a free download to registered owners of Dfine 2.0 directly from Nik Software at Customers that purchase Dfine 2.0 through retail stores are also eligible for the update.

Nik Software Dfine 2.1

Dfine 2.1 is a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture 2.1 and is available for Windows and Macintosh operating systems, including Vista and Leopard. For more information about the software, including video tutorials highlighting the software running within Photoshop and Aperture and a free 15-day, fully functional trial version, please visit

About Nik Software

Nik Software, Inc. is a privately held company that develops software solutions for the growing digital imaging and photography markets. Established in 1995, Nik Software has become the recognized leader in digital photographic filter development and produces award-winning technology and software products for digital photography and imaging professionals including U Point® technology (, Dfine®, Viveza™, Color Efex Pro™, Silver Efex Pro™, and Sharpener Pro™ software.

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