After putting a lot of effort into porting my Bez plugin to ASP, I was planning on shifting across to it for processing all new images shot from 1 Jan 2012. A clean break given that B5 & ASP settings don't mix well together, despite the efforts of some plugin writers. However,there are a number of what I regard as serious issues that are preventing me from doing so. So I'm still using B5 for production work. My question is, how many people are using ASP for serious stuff? Not all the bugs I'm referring to seem to have got an airing on this forum, so here are the relevant links to them on the B5 forums:
1. Rotation Artefactshttp://support.bibblelabs.com/forums/vi ... 67&t=19694
2. CA Correction Artefactshttp://support.bibblelabs.com/forums/vi ... 67&t=19802
3. HR Issueshttp://support.bibblelabs.com/forums/vi ... 67&t=19789
(HR has been a long running issue with some cameras, but I gather it's worse in ASP, but I also gather the beta testers have a version that fixes this.)
4. Sharpening Issueshttp://support.bibblelabs.com/forums/vi ... 64&t=19719
It is possible to use Wavelet sharpen, but built-in sharpening is fairly easy and convenient.
5. Auto Contrast / Auto Levels brokenviewtopic.php?f=90&t=45264
I personally don't regard this as a show-stopper, as you can make manual adjustments, but it is something that seems to have gone "bang!' in the B5->ASP move.
6. Dots in rotated image with gradient-style layerviewtopic.php?f=90&t=45303
I suspect this is at least partly related to #1 about rotation.
7. DEL and INS key operating on the wrong files / versionsviewtopic.php?f=90&t=45308
I can't replicate these, but there are several reports and they are serious.
#1 & #2 are the worst for me personally, and esp #1. I regard artefacts like these as serious. It's not inconceivable that someone could deliver an image to a client not noticing the artefacts, only for the client to do so. Sure, you can rotate images outside of ASP, but it's just easier to for Nikon users to stick with B5 for the time being. Does anyone else agree? It's less easy for Canon users because of the much better profiles.
I want to emphasise that I'm not
trying to bag the product. The Bibble crowd knows that I'm a long term supporter and user of B5. I've positive and optimistic about the move to Corel. The point of compiling this list is to make sure that the Devs are aware that there are a number of deal breakers that are preventing users getting serious with ASP. We need these fixes asap.