PhotoLab is a parametric software, which means that the corrections applied are written as numerical instructions (*) and are not applied directly to an image. User edits are applied  during export according to a fixed procedure defined by DxO that the teams provided us.

(*) The sidecar *.dop is an easily viewable text file … but it is not recommended to modify.

DxO provided some feedback on this:

The palettes

The layout of the palettes, the position and open or closed display of the corrections, is saved in a workspace
– menu Workspace / Save workspace to create or update it

PhotoLab offers two workspaces for a simple or expert presentation of the palettes, but custom workspaces can be created in the Elite version of PhotoLab.
– menu Workspaces / DxO Standard and DxO advanced

Smart palette

This Smart Workspace palette buttons on the top of the right hand panel presents tools in six categories.
Light, Color, Detail, Geometry, Local Settings and Water Mark & Effects

Two filters limit what will be seen in the display
Active settings applied to the current image
Favorite settings selected via a star next to each correction

The Smart Workspace palettes also offer a keyword search system (Ctrl+ F).
Please mind. The results will depend on the filters and tabs selected. You should not activate any tab for an exhaustive search.

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An Interesting sidenote. The search results also include palettes not available in the smart workspace interface as well as the commands of the Local Settings.
– For example; “clear” also refers to the ClearView fix in the Local Settings palettevanced

In its initial configuration, this Smart Workspace is a bit confusing.  However, It works very well with an abbreviated custom workspace that includes only the most commonly used tools. 
Then, filtering by category provides quick access to lesser used tools. The Favourites button can be used to group even less used tools together.

Here is a summary of my setup:
* A custom palette containing only the basic and essential corrections (Exposure Compensation, Smart Lighting, Contrast, Horizon and Perspective, etc…) displayed when no category button is active.
* Select one of the Smart Workspace categories to access the secondary corrections. The Smart Workspace  palette expands.
After becoming familiar with the contents of the Smart Workspace palettes it is very quick and easy to know which one to open to access the necessary correction tool.
* Click on the Favourites button (star) to find them easily.Don’t forget to save the workspace!

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I stretched the window from my main 4K display onto the HD auxiliary display. – All rights reserved – tous droits réservés.

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