DxO is best known for DxO Optics Pro, its combined RAW conversion/lens correction program. DxO ViewPoint 2 is a kind of cut-down version designed to work as a standalone program or, more usefully, as a plug-in within Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom. It’s going to be especially useful within Aperture, which doesn’t have the distortion and perspective correction tools that the two Adobe programs have.

DxO ViewPoint 3 review

DxO Optics Pro 11 review

DxO ViewPoint version was useful but hardly a must-have. It had perspective correction tools a-plenty, but lacked the thing everyone (well, me) finds most useful in DxO Optics Pro – the automatic lens correction profiles.

But these are included in DxO ViewPoint 2, so as soon as the demo was available I downloaded and installed it, then I tried it out on a whole series of pictures that needed correction – including this one.

DxO ViewPoint 2

Clearly there’s some converging vertical (keystone) distortion and I’m not quite sure this picture’s straight, either. Let’s see what DxO ViewPoint 2 can do with it.

01 Launching from Aperture

DxO ViewPoint 2

DxO ViewPoint 2 installs as an Aperture plug-in automatically, and you start it by right-clicking on the image you want to edit and choosing Edit with Plug-in > DxO ViewPoint 2.

02 Distortion correction

DxO ViewPoint 2

Now here’s a snag straight away. In principle, DxO ViewPoint 2 should offer automatic lens corrections, but this button is greyed out in the Aperture plug-in. I thought for a while it was something I was doing wrong, but it seems this a temporary glitch that will soon be resolved.

Underneath is Volume Deformation panel. I assume this is something to do with horizontal or lateral swelling caused by wideangle lenses, but I’ll investigate this further.