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Graphic Intellihance Pro 4Intellihance Pro 4

Intellihance Pro 4
Manufacturer: onOne
Retail Price: $149.95

Intellihance Pro 4 is a powerful plug-in for Photoshop that enhances your images to look their best. It is the easiest plug-in I have used for quick image enhancement. It automates tasks like color correction, sharpening, contrast, dust and scratch removal, saturation, brightness, contrast, and more. Additional features include Fine Tune Mode, Power Variations Mode, Image Grid and Actions and Batch Processing.

The installation was quick and easy. Within minutes I was up and running enhancing my images. The Intellihance Pro User Guide is very clear and easy to follow. The Quick Reference Card provides a complete listing of keyboard shortcuts. You have total control of the enhancement in the host application such as Photoshop. Intellihance Pro 4 has presets that can be adjusted at will and viewed side by side after applying the effects of different adjustments, or you can preview up to twenty-five settings combinations at once in the fully customizable preview window, thus giving you single view or repeating image views.

I fixed an image I had taken of the Philadelphia Art Museum at night. My original image needed color adjustment and saturation. In the blink of an eye I had the image looking great. It was so simple and fast.

One of my complaints about Photoshop plug-ins has been that it takes as long to learn to use them as it does to learn to use Photoshop. Therefore, I seldom sought the help of plug-ins until now. I am impressed with the versatility of Intellihance Pro 4. It is so powerful and easy to use that I wondered if the developers had been Apple programmers because they definitely capture the user-friendly quality that distinguishes the Macintosh.

I was curious about the change of the company for this plug-in from Extensis to onOne. Apparently onOne Software acquired several Photoshop plug-ins and QuarkXPress XTensions from Extensis, Inc. and Lizard Tech and re-launched them under the onOne Software brand in July 2005. onOne is committed to continue developing software for professional photographers, graphic designers, Web publishers and the pre-press/publishing markets. The plug-in is pricey but worth it.

System Requirements for the Macintosh:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS or CS2
  • Apple Macintosh G4, G5 or higher
  • Mac OS X, 10.3 or higher
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 8 MB of available hard-disk space

Test System: 1.5 GHz PowerPC G4, 2 GB DDR SDRAM with Photoshop CS2 Rating: 4.5 out 5 apples

 

Review by NCMUG member Maria O. Arguello