updated 01:25 pm EDT, Wed August 4, 2010
Remove large objects from photographs
AKVIS has unveiled a major upgrade to its photo restoration and retouching utility, AKVIS Retoucher 4.0 The program is designed to remove unwanted scratches, stains, and other defects that appear on damaged photos, as well as reconstruct missing parts of the photo by utilizing data from the surrounding areas. Main new features found in v4.0 include a new algorithm, and the added ability to now remove large objects from a photo such as people, cars, and buildings.
In order to remove large objects from pictures two new tools had to be added, the first Linear Retouch feature allows the program to restore the background in a specified direction, while the new Patch tool restores an image by copying similar fragments from other parts of the image. Additionally, the upgrade also offers two new interface modes, one being an Express mode that only displays the necessary tools needed to restore a picture, and the second Advanced mode opens all tools and parameters stored within the app.
AKVIS Retoucher 4.0 is now available as either a stand along application or an Adobe Photoshop CS5 64-bit plug-in, and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A free trial version can be downloaded from the company's website, while the full product is priced at $85 for a single user license. Upgrades start at $20, unless the program was purchased between July to August of this year, in which it's free.