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Windows Version 1.13 (November 2022)

  • Installation:
    • Installation support for Photoshop Elements 2023 and Affinity Photo 2
    • The installation now deletes the registry keps that keep Photoshop Elements 2022/2023 from loading plugins that crashed 3 times.
    • Support for the MS Store version of Photoshop Elements 2022. Does not try to install into the WindowsApps folder anymore.

Windows Version 1.12 (September 2021)

  • The "Photoshop Dark" skin style is now used by default
  • Bug Fix: The first-time welcome message was previously displayed without missing text.

  • Standalone:
    • Support for the following new raw formats: CR3, SRW, MFW, BMQ, CINE, HDR, IA, KC2 and PXN
    • Support for the raw files of 120 new cameras based on MetaRaw 3.10
    • Bug Fix: When minimizing a maximized window two times, the controls previously vanished when displaying the window again.
    • Metaraw.dll does not require vcruntime140.dll to be installed anymore
  • Installation:
    • Installation support for newer versions of Photoshop Elements
    • The installation now deletes the registry keps that keep Photoshop Elements 2020/2021 from loading plugins that crashed 3 times.
  • Demo version:
    • The window of the demo version can now be expanded up to a size of 1680 x 1050 pixels (instead of 1024 x 768).

Mac Version 1.11 (April 2020)

  • The preview works again in Photoshop 2020 (Version 21.1.0 and higher)
  • No security warnings under macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • MacOS 10.6-10.8 is not supported anymore (to avoid installation problems under macOS Catalina)
  • Installation support for Photoshop Elements 2020

Windows Version 1.11b (November 2018)

  • Affinity Photo:
    • Fixed control repositioning in Affinity Photo 1.6.4 when maximizing the window
    • Color dialogs are now displayed in Affinity Photo.
  • Bug Fix: The PhotoWiz installation now adds a "NoiseControl PDF Manual" icon to the Start menu
  • Plugin Installer:
    • Works again under Windows XP
    • Support for the Microsoft Store version of Photoshop Elements 15

Mac Version 1.10b (November 2018)

  • Support for the App Store versions of Photoshop Elements (Use the Install icon!)

Mac Version 1.10 (August 2018)

  • The preview works again with Affinity Photo 1.6.7
  • Installation support for Photoshop Elements 2019

Windows Version 1.11 (April 2018)

  • All tools can now be used if the preview zoom is 200% or higher
  • Bug Fix: The preview coordinates on the Info tab sheet are displayed correctly if the preview zoom is 200% or higher
  • Bug Fix: The manual was not installed previously with the PhotoWiz Collection installer.
  • Plugin Installer supports the Microsoft Store version of Photoshop Elements 2018

Mac Version 1.09c (November 2017)

  • When running this version for the first time, all user-saved presets are copied from /Library/Application Support/PhotoWiz/NoiseControl/Presets/ to the new preset folder at /Users/<user name>/Library/Preferences/PhotoWiz/NoiseControl/Presets/.

Windows Version 1.10c (October 2017)

  • Scrolling the preview with a maximized window on a 4K screen now works fluently. It also works faster on Full HD screens.

  • Affinity Photo Fixes:
    • Bug Fix: No more crash when applying the plugin a second time to a 16-bit/channel image.
    • Bug Fix: When opening the maximized plugin window for the second time, the controls do not vanish anymore.
  • Plugin Installer:
    • Support for Paint Shop Pro 2018
    • Support for Corel Draw & Photo-Paint 2017
    • Fixed support for Corel Draw & Photo-Paint X5 and older
    • The Add Folder button now asks if you want to install the 64-bit versions of the plugins in the new folder. Previously the 32-bit plugins were automatically installed in the new folder.

Mac Version 1.09 (October 2017)

  • Installation support for Photoshop Elements 2018

Mac Version 1.09 (June 2017)

  • New installation:
    • Install, Uninstall and Manual icons
    • Installation support for Affinity Photo, GraphicConverter and Photoline via the new Install app
    • Installation support for the full version of Affinity Photo and the upcoming Photoshop Elements 16
    • Icons for drag and dropping the plugin to the plugin folders of various Photoshop and Photoshop Elements versions
    • No more problems with Gatekeeper
  • Scrolling the preview at a zoom of 200% or higher works much faster now
  • Bug Fix: No more crash for 200% or higher zoom with 16-bit/channel images
  • Bug Fix: Sometimes there was a crash when using a 16bit/channel image, maximized window and HiDPI setting (Retina screen)
  • Bug Fix: No more preview drawing problems when using a 16bit/channel image, maximized window and HiDPI setting (Retina screen)
  • Bug Fix: In Affinity Photo the preview is displayed correctly for RGB 16-bit, Grayscale 8-bit and Grayscale 16-bit images.
  • Bug Fix: When scrolling the preview in Affinity Photo, it is not displayed distorted anymore for RGB 8-bit images.
  • The ? button displays the pdf manual now

Windows Version 1.10b (March 2017)

  • Support for processing images that occupy more than 2 GB RAM
  • "The Plugin Site" sub menu does not appear at the top of the Filter menu anymore, because the leading space character was removed.
  • Plugin Installer:
    • Support for Irfan View
    • The Install button now gets the focus when the dialog shows up.

Windows Version 1.10 (February 2017)

  • New Skin feature that imitates the user interface of Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, PaintShop Pro and Affinity. There are 17 skin options in total on the Prefs tab sheet. Changing the skin option in one product, automatically changes it in all others. Standalones, Lightroom versions and plugins can have different skins though.
  • Cosmetic UI enhancements
  • Key Shortcuts:
    • New Ctrl + 0 and Ctrl + 1 key shortcuts for zooming the preview to Fit and 100%
    • You need to use Ctrl and the -/+ key for zooming the preview. Previously it worked with the -/+ keys only
    • The space key shortcut for switching to the hand tool now only works if the cursor is over the preview.
  • The welcome message now displays after the main window appeared. It either asks if you want to use a dark skin or if you want to use an easier mode.
  • Bug Fix: When running the NoiseControl from an action without having displayed its dialog first, the NoiseControl effect is nevertheless applied now.
  • Bug Fix: In Photoshop Elements under Windows 10: The background color of all controls on tab sheets are now pure white. Previously some were light grey.
  • Bug Fix: Under Windows 10 with a Wacom graphics tablet: Clicking on the preview with the hand tool to show the original image works now
  • Bug Fix: No more flickering when starting up with a maximized window.

  • Installation:
    • Future versions will be able to install over the current version without uninstallation. Please uninstall any previous version to avoid superfluous files.
    • It is now also possible to install the full version over the demo version without uninstalling the demo version.
    • The installation does not allow selecting an installation folder anymore. You can only select the drive. This avoid double installations of plugins.
    • Only one uninstall option is added to the "Add/Remove Programs" section of the control panel for new minor versions of the same product including demo/trial and full versions.
    • New Uninstall item is added to Start menu which displays the Add/Remove Programs dialog

    • Plugin Installer:
      • Two new "Adobe Photoshop CC (All Versions)" items for installing plugins to a 32-bit or 64-bit plugin folder which is used by all existing and future versions of Photoshop CC. This way you do not need to install the plugin again after you installed a new version of Photoshop CC. Best uninstall the previous version to avoid duplicate plugins when using this new option.
      • Support for Affinity Photo (Please activate the "Allow Unknown plugins to be used" check box under Edit > Preferences > Photoshop Plugins in Affinity Photo to make it work.)
      • Plugin Installer now correctly displays "Photoshop CC 2015.5" instead of "Photoshop CC 2016".
      • Clicking on a list item activates its check box now
      • Plugin Installer has all applications activated by default during installation

MacOS X Version 1.08 (Installer Update) - June 2016

  • Support for installation in Photoshop Elements 14
  • Support for installation in Serif Affinity Photo. You may have to activate "Allow unknown plugins to be used" check box under Affinity Photo > Preferences > Photoshop Plugins in order to make the plugins appear on the Filter > Plugins sub menu.


Windows Version 1.09 (December 2015)

  • Support for HiDPI
    • The UI-Scaling-Preview-Cutoff problem in Photoshop CC 2014/2015 and Photoshop Elements 13/14 was fixed. However, the Soft Proof effect is not visible in the preview anymore if UI Scaling is active.
    • The positions of some control were readjusted for high dpi settings.
    • Larger cursors
  • Double clicking the hand tool activates Fit zoom.
  • Improved installation:
    • Three less clicks are necessary, because the language, start menu and ready pages are not displayed anymore.
    • There are no separate Start menu folders added for different versions anymore. So better uninstall previous and demo versions before installing new/full versions.
    • Under Windows 8 & 10 there are even less icons with better names installed on the All Apps section of the Start menu to avoid clutter.
    • Please uninstall from the Control Panel as the uninstall icon is not added to the Start menu anymore.
    • Plugin Installer supports HiDPI


MacOS X Version 1.08 (October 2015)

  • Requires OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Support for Retina displays and HiDPI under OS X 10.7 and higher
  • The Fit zoom option now uses zoom levels below 6% in order to fit very big images into the preview.


Windows Version 1.08 (October 2014)

  • Support for processing images larger than 30,000 pixels in witdh or height. Processing such big images works fine in Photoshop even with the 32-bit plugin.
  • The Fit zoom option now uses zoom levels below 6% in order to fit very big images into the preview.
  • The installation file and Plugin Installer are signed now to avoid potential problems with security software.
  • The installation offers 46 instead of 21 languages.
  • Plugin Installer now displays "Photoshop CC 2014" instead of "Photoshop CC2". It also supports Photoshop Elements 13 64-bit, Paint Shop Pro X6/X7 64-bit, Illustrator CS6 and Photoshop CS5.1. The broken support for Photoshop CS2 was fixed. "Photoshop CS7" was renamed to "Photoshop CC".
  • After the plugin dialog appears the Enter key now always applies the effect and the Esc key always cancels the plugin. Previously it sometimes only worked after clicking a control.
  • Bug Fix: When using the Enter key instead of clicking the OK button, the settings were not saved.
  • Bug Fix: If the window is larger than the available screen size, it is made smaller.
  • Bug Fix: Normal window size was not restored after exiting two times with maximized window.
  • Bug Fix: Distorted controls after starting with maximized window
  • Bug Fix: Switching between 200%/100% and 6%/Fit zoom did not work with cursor keys or mouse wheel.
  • Bug Fix: The eyedropper tool did not work at preview zooms other than 100%.
  • Bug Fix: Navigator thumbnail dragging does not displays 100% image at lower zoom ratios anymore.
  • Bug Fix: On first run the german language was not set on german systems.
  • Bug Fix: No memory error message anymore when applying them to a layer in PSP X3 or higher.
  • Bug Fix: The Auto Preset startup option now also works if the plugin window is not displayed. But it only works with a self-saved preset and if the plugin window was already displayed in the Photoshop session.
  • Bug Fix: The Auto Preset startup option is not overridden by scripting values anymore.
  • Bug Fix: Eyedropper works correctly for 16-bit images now.
  • Bug Fix: A 1-pixel-preview-rectangle is automatically deactivated. This avoid a memory error message.
  • Bug Fix: Some memory was not freed.
  • Bug Fix: Crash for >100% zoom with 8-bit image layer.
  • Bug Fix: Crash for >100% zoom with fixed transparency plus selection. But there is still a bad preview for fixed transparency with selection.
  • Bug Fix: Divison by zero error when running NoiseControl in a virtual machine, which also caused the CPU cache not to be shown on the Prefs tab sheet.


MacOS X Version 1.02 (January 2013)

  • Support for Photoshop Elements 11
  • Support for GraphicConverter 8.2 and higher


MacOS X Plugin Version 1.01 (June 2012)

  • The plugin now appears on "The Plugin Site" sub menu of the Filter menu. Previously it appeared on the PhotoWiz sub menu.
  • Bug Fix: Does not crash Photoshop CS6 anymore
  • Fit and 100% zoom buttons were added at the left of the zoom controls. To comply with Photoshop the - zoom button is now on the left and the + zoom button on the right.
  • Bug Fix: Entering "-" in a slider edit box previously changed preview zoom
  • The preview and navigator backgrounds are not white anymore. They are as gray as the window background.
  • Pressing the Esc key cancels the plugin
  • The blue focus rectangle now vanishes from a slider text box when you click on a slider or other control.
  • The arrow down buttons have a more modern look
  • Bug Fix: The eyedropper tool now works at preview zooms other than 100%.
  • Bug Fix: The language is now correctly set at startup
  • Bug Fix: Dragging on the Navigator thumbnail previously displayed a 100% image at other zoom ratios.
  • Bug Fix: When you enlarging the window the Split View combo and the Multi check box moved away from each other.


MacOS X Plugin Version 1.0 (July 2011)

  • First release based on the Windows version 1.01. However, the plugin appears on the "PhotoWiz" sub menu of the Filter menu.


Windows Plugin Version 1.01 (June 2011)

  • The plugin now appears on "The Plugin Site" sub menu of the Filters menu (and not on the "PhotoWiz" sub menu anymore).
  • UI improvements:
    • Shift clicking on a tab button resets all control of the tab sheet to default values.
    • New standard title bar instead of a graphical one. The last opened preset is displayed in the title bar.
    • Smoother and faster window resizing
    • No more black check box backgrounds in PSP X2 and X3.
    • The + and - zoom buttons were swapped for conformity with Photoshop.
    • Double clicking a slider label only updates the preview if the slider value was changed. Additionally the focus is set to the slider.
    • Some group box text was moved to the check boxes to avoid problems e.g. with non-standard system font.
    • The number of CPUs was added to the "Multi-CPU Off" check box on the Prefs Tab sheet.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • At more than 100% zoom previously some parts of the image were not displayed in preview.
    • The split views are now displayed correctly at more than 100% zoom.
    • The grain effect previously exhibited a stripe pattern on multi-core cpus.
    • The navigator did not update when scrolling or zooming the preview.
    • Advanced Mode was shown even if Easy Mode was applied previously.
    • The Auto Sample option of Prefs > On Start Up did not work in all host applications.
    • The color values on the Info tab do not flicker anymore when moving the mouse over the preview
    • It was possible to make the window of the demo version smaller than that of the full version.
  • Installation:
    • The installation now creates a new folder, start menu group for each new version. This makes it easier to have multiple versions installed and allows you to remove older versions without problems after installing a newer one. Please manually remove older versions from the Start > All Programs > The Plugin Site menu.


Windows Plugin Version 1.0 (May 2011)

  • First Release

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