updated 03:45 pm EDT, Fri June 27, 2008
AKVIS Magnifier 1.0
Developer AKVIS has released the first version of Magnifier, a resizing tool. The app is meant to scale images without affecting quality; this is mainly a problem when scaling upwards, as bicubic interpolation typically results in pixellation. As Magnifier enlarges an image, it attempts to smooth out pixels while still retaining sharpness, allowing for reproductions 10 or 20 times their original size.
Images can be scaled to as large as 30000x30000 pixels, ideally printed as a 100x100-inch poster with a 300dpi resolution; this size can be doubled to 200x200 inches at the expense of detail. Magnifier costs $130 for a home license, or $250 for a business one. Mac OS X 10.4 is required, as is 1GB of RAM and 8GB of hard drive space.