AKVIS Magnifier Adobe Photoshop Plugin Updated for Image Resizing
Supplied as both a Photoshop plugin and standalone application for PC and Mac, the primary function of AKVIS Magnifier is to resize images for the creation of high-quality enlargements and poster-size prints. It can also be employed to create optimized images when reducing their size. The software is said to employ advanced algorithms for creating resized images that retain smooth edges while still being sharp and clearly defined, as well as improving image appearance by removing unwanted noise and compression artifacts. It's thus in the same class as such programs as ON1 Resize and Alien Skin Software's Blow Up.
The standalone program works with JPEG, PNG, BMP and TIFF formats, and supports the color modes RGB, Grayscale, CMYK and Lab 8/16/32 bits per channel. The plugin works with any (single-layered) image that can be opened by Photoshop (in supported color modes RGB, Grayscale 8/16 bits). In Express mode only the necessary parameters are shown, while switching to Advanced displays all available parameters. Magnifier also provides batch processing and support for RAW files, and the ability to see and compare the original and processed versions of an image fragment on one screen. It's possible to print high resolution images on multiple pages for poster creation.
Version 9 raises the maximum pixel dimension from 30,000 pixels to 300,000, making it possible to generate an image containing 90 gigapixels. The application now supports the additional resolution options of 240, 260, 360 and 720 dpi. And finally, the interface has been redesigned to accommodate 4K and 5K displays.
A home license of AKVIS Magnifier, which includes either the Photoshop plugin, or the Mac or Windows application, can be purchased on the AKVIS site for $89, while a home deluxe license including both is $99. A business license for commercial work is priced at $199. A trial version is also available for download.