Date Added:Mar. 11, 2013
Price:Free to try (Watermark on saved images); $219.60 to buy
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powerful and easy to use
but too expensive and not portable
i will recommend two free alternatives here:
DesktopZoom : Lightweight full-screen magnifier:
Magnifier : Easily zoom in any areas on screen:
Does exactly what it advertises, and I got it for half price!
Haven't found any yet.
I assumed that this was a BS product, because it was claiming to do something I was skeptical of its delivering on, but hey, they offer a free trial (fully functional). I downloaded it, installed it, fired it up, and brought in a couple of images from my collection. The results were pretty startling.
But I'd read the reviews here, one of which says that it doesn't do any more than the image editing SW he has, so I fired up Photoshop CS4 and loaded the same images. I tried every variant of sharpening in CS4 and could not get *close* to what PhotoZoom did. If I could post screen caps, I would, but I'm not talking about a little improvement, I'm talking about cleaning up an image that I'd otherwise not even bother printing.
BTW, I'm a photographer and printer, and have been for 40+ years. I started (obviously) in a wet darkroom, but I'm now all digital. I use Lightroom for anything it can do, Photoshop for most of the rest, and some exotic things (like a dust removal tool from Polaroid, of all people, that was a *bear* to find). I print on an HP Z3200PS-44, which is up in the cream of the crop of under-$10K inkjets.
I don't work for BenVista or know anyone involved with them, and in fact had never heard of them or this product until I got email from a company called Roxco offering it for half price. That piqued my interest enough to take a look, and PhotoZoom is now part of my arsenal: I ordered a license within an hour of downloading it the trial version (which turned into a full version when I entered the license number).
So -- take my word or not, but you don't have to: you can see for yourself without spending a dime. Download the free trial and try it on some of your own images, and bring up your favorite general-purpose graphics editor on the same image at the same magnification. You really won't believe it until you see it. I don't think that there's anything on the market in the way of general-purpose graphics editors that can do better than Photoshop CS4, so I'd put money on your being pleasantly surprised.
Updated on Jan 17, 2012
I also suspect that he didn't resize to 300% as I did, because in general use that's extraordinarily rare, and it's entirely possible that at 120% the difference is invisible. I wanted to check the claim that it could work at magnifications where I pretty much knew nothing would work -- and to my surprise it did.
So, John_Anonymous, try cranking up the magnification and see the difference. Why would anyone want to do something like that? Well, a very tight crop might be a good situation -- but when you're dealing with a printer that can lay down 1200 dpi the difference in sharpness at lower magnifications would be far more apparent than on a screen @ 72dpi. I can't *wait* to try a PhotoZoomed image and the same image sharpened by Photoshop on my printer.
It does resize and sharpen images.
It costs one or two hundred dollars for something other programs do for free.
The reason for my one star rating is that the good reviews of this product were obviously written by shills working for the company. I might have given it two stars just because it does what it says, but I detest deceit. I myself use the old MS Photo Editor to resize and sharpen my images. I did this with two test images, and the result was almost identical to what this ridiculously expensive product did. Note that my Photo Editor is over fifteen years old!!!
Reply by japastor on January 17, 2012
What magnification were you using? At 120%, or even 150%, the difference might not be apparent -- but remember that you're looking at it on a 72ppi screen. Crank it up to 300%, and the difference will be visible even at 72ppi -- but print the PhotoZoom version and the MS Photo Editor version on a high-dpi printer, and I'm betting that there will be a noticeable difference even at lower magnification. What I saw was pretty dramatic.
It may also have to do with the size and quality of your monitor. I'm using a Samsung XL24 (or 24XL), a 24" LED-backlit monitor that sold new for $2000, and no matter what filter I tried in PS I couldn't get anywhere close to what PhotoZoom did at default settings.
It is less expensive that Adobe CS and less complex for a hobbist who likes to take pictures.
I have to pull out the manual and read sometimes.
I would buy this product again.
I have found this piece of software to be very useful for tidying up poor resolution images. It is very easy to use, and overall fairly intuitive.
It's not quite as good as the stuff CSI get to play with. A very degrade image will remain degraded, but with softer edges.
An excellent tool to have in the toolkit. Although it can't turn a pig's ear into a silk purse it can improve an image sufficiently for later editing and export.
Easy to use. Very user friendly.
I could find none.
This product is ideal for resizing photos with ease.
it is The best program ever for photo enlargment and it really Good .. you can make any picture u want as big as u want without losing much quality.
this happens really rare .. but some times the program delets some dots in the real pic . because it thinks that its a low qualiti pic .. but that doesnt happen much
Easy to use and the results are quite amazing. The batch processing makes this useful for bigger jobs as well. I've been able to blow up some photos to poster sizes and the results were simply brilliant.
One thing I also like about this is it runs in Photoshop (plugin) but also as a plain standalone program.
It takes longer than Photoshop to enlarge an image (probably because of the fancy maths involved, but still..)
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|Publisher web site||http://www.benvista.com|
|Release Date||March 08, 2013|
|Date Added||March 11, 2013|
|Category||Digital Photo Software|
|Subcategory||Digital Photo Tools|
|Operating Systems||Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8|
|Downloads Last Week||17|
|License Model||Free to try|
|Limitations||Watermark on saved images|