The German software manufacturer OneVision is about to publish a new release of its fully automated image enhancement software Amendo. The new software includes new as well as further developed features, such as “Edit Metadata”, “Automatic Teeth Brightening” or “Automatic Brightness Optimisation”. The result is an increased level of automation, time and cost savings while maintaining consistently high standards of image quality.
OneVision’s new Amendo 3.9 software version offers customers added benefits in terms of automation, image quality and efficiency. Version 3.9 comes with an all new file attribute “Image Sharpness”. It allows images to be routed automatically by degree of sharpness.
In addition, the sharpness algorithms were enhanced with an optional sharpness analysis function. This eliminates the need to optimise images of varying degrees of sharpness separately. In the future, the new analysis function will calculate the same sharpness settings for such images but optimises them individually. If the analyse process shows the images to have sufficient sharpness, the sharpness parameters will automatically be reduced, while the sharpness of images lacking sharpness will be enhanced.
Another new feature is that the brightness optimisation and sharpness algorithms can work alternatively in the Lab luminance channel to avoid any colour shifts. The “automatic brightness enhancement” function was improved with a “consistent color” option. This means that optimisation settings are much more incremental. The previous method can still be selected via the “Standard” button.
To make image optimisation more transparent and traceable after processing, Amendo now allows the values of any attribute generated in Workspace and the Amendo Analyze module to be accessed via the “Edit metadata” module, e.g. for the purpose of coding them into XMP tags. Metadata generated in Workspace are permanently coded into the image. This allows e.g. Photoshop to recognise in which production line and which Amendo module the image was optimised and processed.
The new IPTC tag encoding function offers more flexibility in processing. Now, instead of being encoded in UTF8 as before, they can optionally be encoded in the same encoding language in which they were read. This allows IPTC tags to be incorporated into each customer workflow more flexibly, even if older software versions are involved. Where IPTC tags are too long, the Amendo modules no longer abridge them according to specification. The “Edit Metadata” module continues encoding the metadata strictly in line with the IPTC specification.
“Amendo Analyze”, one of the modules OneVision developed further, now allows the user to decide whether full image analysis is needed or whether the image can be routed based on specific attributes, e.g. the colour space of an image. The benefit is obvious – faster image enhancement! If only selected attributes are needed and delivered, the image enhancement process will speed up.
Amendo 3.9 now also executes classic retouching jobs which had to be executed manually, for instance automatic teeth brightening and finer skin tone modulation adjustment. For images with high skin tone modulation, the options “Eradicate” and “Attenuate” will come in handy, whereas the “Keep” or “Strengthen” options can be used to enhance images with low skin tone modulation.