There seems to be an easy trend to follow among Mac photo enhancement apps. First, Adobe releases an update to Photoshop that has a cleverly designed new function; something like dehaze or denoise which takes low light photos and makes them look great.
Second, competitors come out with one-trick pony photo enhancement utilities for the Mac which do what Photoshop’s new functions do, but much less than Photoshop’s forever monthly rental fee.
Third, the price of the one-trick pony photo enhancement app is too high and fails to attract a crowd of users, so the developer drops the price from too high to too low.
Super Denoising is a perfect example. The app does a good job of removing low light noise from photos with a single click, but there are additional levels and tools with more granular controls that make it easier to use than Photoshop, but capable of similar (not the same; similar) results for much less money.
Here’s a personal example of what a single click can do to a dark and grainy photo.
Super Denoiser couldn’t be much easier to use. One click gets the job done, but it also has plenty of controls to manage color, sharpness, and noise reduction with just a few clicks. Drag and drop a photo onto Super Denoiser. Then click one of the presets to view the results side-by-side with the original.
The app handles more photo file formats including RAW, ARW, BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and others which makes it good for enhancing smartphone photos. Preview is not instant, though, depending upon the settings, but I found the results to be remarkably decent. Even on a quad-core i7 iMac with 24GB of RAM and an SSD it would take a few seconds to complete a scan and render the denoised enhancements.
Here are a few additional samples.
Super Denoiser can batch enhance multiple photos at the same time, and comes with an option to change file name and type. The granular controls are useful and can yield excellent results, but trial and error is your friend, despite a modest learning curve.
Caveats? Not many, but a few. The live preview is not instant, and depending upon the noise level in the photo and settings applied from the preset list, could take a few seconds to render. Saving files is easy. Click the floppy disk icon? Floppy disk? It’s 2015. Macs haven’t had a floppy disk since what? The end of last century? Finally, the price. At the original $29.99 the price was too high. At 99-cents the price is too low because Super Denoting works very well.