DxO Labs has launched a public beta version of its DxO Optics Pro v5 Software designed specifically for Mac users.

The free beta is available for download now and photographers are being asked to send the developer their comments via the DxO Labs website.

The public beta for Mac features the new RAW converter and noise removal technology unveiled in the Windows version, support for the Canon EOS 40D, Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Nikon D300 and Nikon D3 camera bodies, improvements to the existing functionality of the software.

"Although both the Mac and PC versions are identical in terms of functionalities, Mac users will be especially pleased with the consistency of DxO Optics Pro v5 in the Mac environment", explained Cyrille de La Chesnais, Sales & Marketing Director of the Photography business at DxO Labs. "For instance, the palette and tab icons follow Mac OS X toolbar guidelines and the select tab reproduces the three viewing modes that Mac users are accustomed to using."

DxO Optics Pro v5 is already available for Windows users.

DxO Optics Pro v5 Standard is priced £99 +VAT; the Elite package is £199 +VAT; and all customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro v4.5 on or after 1 August 2007 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 5.

For customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro before this date, upgrading from DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DxO Optics Pro v5 Standard will cost £59; and upgrading to DxO Optics Pro v5 Elite will set you back £75.