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AKVIS debuts Magnifier resizing app

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. calverson

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If anyone gets this app, let me know how it works...

    (possibly some images that were scaled up?)

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Demo available

    Looks like you can try it yourself free for 10 days. They have some screenshots but they don't seem to show enough comparative information.

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    been there

    GenuineFractals has been around for years and claimed to do the same thing. I've gotten it to work with some images as a last resort when higher resolution wasn't available, but it's not some miracle application that'll turn your 10MP camera into a 20MP camera. You simply cannot make detail that wasn't there to begin with.

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