Some sliders are set to 50 as the default value, because at zero they would produce a too weak effect or even side effects. So just start with the default values that each slider has after pressing Reset and adjust them.
Ok, here are some comments:
I thought of turning the Detail slider into a "Radius" slider, but then there would have been too few values for the small details and too many values for the large details. This would made a "Radius" value much less useful and it would have reacted a bit strange.DYNAMIC
DETAIL lower = large detail, higher = small detail
*would be easier to remember if it could act like 'radius' in other two tabs, where its the exact opposite on slider....
I think the text on the help tab sheet describes this slider quite good, but I can repeat it here in case you did not read it yet: The 'Strength' slider influences the strength of the effect. In contrast to the Intensity slider it has a more subtle effect. It can e.g. be used to avoid artifacts without decreasing the effect intensity. If the Detail slider has too low values, using the Strength slider may not make much difference.STRENGTH lower = reduce noise?, higher = increase noise?
*is there a better way to describe 'strengths' action exactly, sound like a 'small details' enhancer...?
Again Range is similar to the Radius slider, but it effects more the edges and outlines than flat areas.ADAPTIVE
RANGE lower = small details, higher = large details
*how does range differ from radius exactly, perhaps a better way to describe it....?
Yes, it is similar to the Intensity slider, but affects shadows and highlights a bit differently. You can use it to additionally amplify the contrast effect or you can just keep it at the default value of 50.BOOST * how does this differ from intensity because it sounds the same in the description?
SOFTLIG *is 50 the true null?
A value of 0 produces no effect, but we chose a default value of 50, because it produces a good balanced look for most images.
* i wish there was a way to know what was null for each slider as in 0 or 50 or if theres no true null....that way people can start from scratch and slowly incrementally begin dialing in...
If you press Reset, you will get the default value for each slider. That is the value to start from.
Yes, you are basically right. We will fix it in a future update.
* for things like STRETCH, which needs to 'see' the whole photo in the window in order to correctly adjust, it would be nice if the coding could allow the plugin to zoom out fully to see the big picture, do the math, than zoom back to the % the user was viewing at to see the correct results, since otherwise the user has to manually zoom to FIT, do the slider, then go back to the proper zoom and place....