January 22nd, 2017

Product Release

New Versions of Astra Image

It has been a while, but the new versions of Astra Image are ready! This new version adds camera shake removal (aka blind deconvolution), focus blur removal, as well as a host of optimisations. The camera shake removal function has a lot of options, so please play with it and get a feel for what it can do. Doing blind deconvolution is difficult, and it has taken us a long time to make a robust algorithm. We hope you like it as well as all the other new and improved functions in Astra Image. As always, please feel free to let us know your thoughts.

All the best,


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Contact us at: astraimage@phasespace.com.au

August 13th, 2016

Product News

New Astra Image Update Coming Soon

We have been working hard on Astra Image over the last few months. Batch processing is being added to many function, with deconvolution already complete. Also, we have been developing a new camera shake removal function (also known as blind deconvolution). We hope to integrate this into Astra Image PLUS soon. It is a very advanced function and we believe that we have produced the one of the best, if not the best, shake removal algorithms available today. Stay tuned!

We always appreciate your feedback and support. Don't hesitate to get in touch!

All the best,


March 27th, 2016

Product Release

New Version of Astra Image

We are happy to announce Astra Image version 5.0! This is a big upgrade. Many new features have been added, and many refinements made. Here is a short and incomplete list:

  • All new compact sliders in the adjustments window.
  • New levels adjustment.
  • Sigmoidal brightness and contrast.
  • Super Contrast function - set the shadow, midtone, highlight contrast separately and also adjust the texture sharpness and edge sharpness at the same time.
  • Multiscale Sharpen function - like super-charged wavelet sharpening.
  • Improved tone mapping.
  • Shadows and Highlights adjustment.
  • Halo suppression on many sharpening functions.
  • Improved Multiscale Contrast with the ability to adjust the shadow, midtone and highlight contrast separately.
  • A lot more...

New Sliders

New Sliders

Regarding the new sliders, you can drag them with the mouse to set the value just as you would with any other slider. But you can also double-click on a slider to reset it to the default value.

Other Information

We also changed the color scheme of the application to black and dark gray. We hope this lets you focus more easily on your image.

At the moment, many of the functions use a preview window. However, we are working on removing the preview windows and showing a real-time preview on the image itself. Stay tuned for that one!

As always, your feedback is most welcome. We really hope you like the latest version of Astra Image. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and provided feedback. We really appreciate it!


December 23, 2015


Astra Image Update

It has been a while since we issued an update to Astra Image. Sorry about that! We had some issues getting our code signing certificate renewed promptly. But that is all fixed now, and we are happy to provide you with a minor update that fixes a few bugs.

We are also happy to say that a BIG update is coming to Astra Image soon. Please stay tuned, as we think you will really like it!


September 7, 2015


Thank you!

2015 has already been the most successful year for Astra Image in its history. It is very exciting for all of us here at the Astra Image office to see so many people interested in and using Astra Image. So we would like to say a big thankyou to everyone who has purchased Astra Image, as well as everyone who has sent us feedback. We really appreciate your support!

It is our goal to try and bring state-of-the-art image processing functions to PCs everywhere. We want to make these functions easy-to-use also. It is your support and feedback that makes this possible. So, once again, thank you! Please keep on sending us questions, ideas, suggestion, bug reports etc. We read everything! Really, thank you.


PS - If you haven't tried Astra Image, please feel free to download it.

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September 7, 2015



We just wanted to let you know that many of the core functions in Astra Image are now multithreaded.

Multithreading is really hard for programmers to get right, but we think that we have squashed most of the bugs. We also tweaked and optimised some other supporting functions. The result is that you can now see some very significant speed improvements, especially in the deconvolution routines. In our testing, we have seen functions complete up to 10 time faster than before. We hope that you will benefit from these changes and enjoy using Astra Image even more.


August 1, 2015

New Learning Articles

Do you want an easy-to-understand explanation of some advanced image processing functions? Be sure to check out the Astra Image Learning section. Currently, there are two short articles, with more to come.


Multiscale Contrast

If you have any questions, please let us know.

July 24, 2015


Welcome to the new Astra Image home page!

It takes a long time to come up with a good web page design. You have to take into consideration things like SEO and mobile devices with a wide variety of screen sizes, as well as all the different browsers that are currently in use and the quirks and bugs of each (and of each version sometimes too). Where does a small company begin?

Why We Chose Bootstrap

Rather than re-invent the wheel, it makes a lot of sense to use a pre-built framework for a new website design. There are many good frameworks out there, and we chose to use the Bootstrap framework for this website. Why? Because it is well-documented, easy to customise and it has a lot of pre-built components. It was a good fit for our needs. If you are working on a homepage, you can check out Bootstrap at www.getbootstrap.com

Note that word "well documented." There are a lot of frameworks, but many of them seem to require a kind of telepathy with the developer in order to get to know how to use them. Good documentation with examples is really important for any kind of website or software development, and this is one really positive aspect of Bootstrap. The help docs are logical, easy to navigate and there are examples for everything. So, it was a pretty easy decision for us to go with bootstrap as the foundation of this site.

What do you think? If you have any comments or thoughts about Bootstrap, this homepage, or Astra Image in general, send us an e-mail.

July 22, 2015

Astra Image Software Update - Deconvolution Studio and Photoshop Plug Ins

A new version of Astra Image has been released. The most current version is

There are a few bug fixes in this release, including a nasty bug which stopped the multiscale contrast adjustment from working in some situations.

Both the Astra Image stand alone application and the Photoshop plug ins have been updated.

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