CNET Editors' reviewDespite a lack of extra features and some speed issues, this program delivers on its promise of resizing digital images without any loss of visual sharpness. This program makes the resizing process easy: you simply load a file, specify size and resolution, then choose from one of seven algorithms that will help preserve sharpness. The simple interface includes a preview screen that allows you to scroll through all pictures in a folder. The program works in batch mode but lacks additional features unrelated to the resizing process. In our tests, the program did its job, though Stoik Smart Resizer noticeably slowed when processing a large file. Nevertheless, folks who routinely resize large batches of images might want to try this one on for size.
From STOIK Imaging:
Stoik Smart Resizer - Reduce and Enlarge Images. We often have to shrink or enlarge the size of images, for instance, for sending to a friend, for upload on Facebook or Livehournal. By reducing size of images you can upload pictures rapidly. Here is best solution for resizing and reducing image size, Stoik Smart Resizer program. Stoik Smart Resizer software is an powerful and easy program with big array of photo tools, that lets you enlarge or reduce picture size and resize images in batch mode. You may shrink images to any size you want by compressing or resizing options. Enlarge pictures and make digital photo enlargements for celebrations, portraits, parties, wedding, birthdays and paintings. The Smart Way to Resize Pictures and Make Large Photos STOIK Smart Resizer program (Windows) can change image size: reduce or enlarge pictures size up to 1000% without losing image quality. Featuring smart resizing algorithms, STOIK Smart Resizer photo resize tool creates huge enlargements while maintaining image crispness and sharp look.
Resizing and Enlarging Digital Images. Printing huge enlargements from low-pixel count images is the first and obvious task handled by STOIK Smart Resizer software. Posters, banner-size pictures and plotter jobs will benefit from a higher-resolution source. Some stock agencies require a certain minimum resolution for considering an image for acceptance. Reduce image size is often needed to create tiny yet detailed previews and thumbnails. The Built-In Tools. All photo editing programs have image resizing capabilities built into them. Some of them offer a choice between several algorithms such as Linear, Bilinear, and Bicubic. Advanced tools even distinguish between downsizing and enlarging the pictures. Why not just using the built-in capabilities to resize your pictures?Most photo editors handle size reductions quite well, at least if you're not trying to make a thumbnail of a 10 MP photo. When it comes to photo enlargements, the editors become surprisingly "dumb". You'll end up with an enlargement consisting of pixels duplicated as many times as needed to create the image enlargement. Their "smart" enlargement algorithms will smooth the edges and apply some sharpening to the final image to create a sense of false detail, or false sharpness. In a word, if image quality is critical for the task, avoid using built-in image enlargement tools available in photo editors.
What's new in this version: The updated STOIK Smart Resizer algorithm. The two additional scene-oriented image resizing modes apply newly designated algorithms to provide quality enlargements of landscape and natural images ("Natural Scene"), cityscapes or man-made objects ("Artificial Scene"). Full Windows 7 compatibility. Integration with STOIK's latest version of a photo processing suite, STOIK Imagic.
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All versions:3.4 stars
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"Best Resizer For Enlarging Low Res Images"
Version: STOIK Smart Resizer 2.0
Best image resizer for dramatically improving quality of enlarging low res images for printing, archival, or web use. Also does a great job preserving details of images to be reduced in size. Works with single images or batch processing. Virtually no learning curve.
If it's unique functionality isn't important in your work, the price may seem high considering it primarily does only one thing.
As just about anyone knows, Virtually ANY photo editing program allows the user to enlarge or reduce an image. Additionally, there are numerous standalone apps (many of which are freeware) that offer the same functionality. The problem is, although some of them include several traditional algorithms (bilinear, bicubic, etc) they don't necessarily do a good job of preserving image quality, especially in the case of enlarging. Specifically, when you enlarge a low resolution image using a conventional algorithm you're likely to see quite a loss in image quality, i.e., pixelization. An example of this would be where you might crop a small portion of a large digital image (perhaps an individual's face) because you don't want to print the entire photo. After cropping, you see that the detail has been lost resulting in print quality that is well below what you had hoped for. That's where Stoik Smart Resizer comes in.
In addition to the standard algorithms, Stoik includes 5 proprietary choices from the dropdown menu that do a far better job of improving enlargement quality. It's easy to switch between the various types to preview the results of each before making your selection. Quite honestly, the results are often amazing. I've experimented with several other applications that offer similar functionality and none have proven to be as effective or easy to use.
Now the downside... $50 is a lot of money for an application that does only one thing. In my opinion Stoik gets away with it because they know that such functionality can't be found elsewhere. I'm not dissing them for this. Afterall, they've gone to the expense of developing a unique specialty application that's certainly not likely to produce mass-market sales volume. So in short, if the ability to create exceptionally high quality enlargements is the missing link in your image editing arsenal, Stoik is probably worth the expense.
All of that said, I always recommend experimenting with the trial version of shareware applications before purchasing. Unfortunately in this case, the trial version does not allow you to save an image. You can however view the results (same as in the registered version) to determine if the product lives up to your expectations.
"so many problems - No customer support!"
Version: STOIK Smart Resizer 2.0
resizer is good yet you need to buy the imagic5 software to use it.
slow to print then stopped all together
expensive NO customer service
I used the resizer with Stiok Imagic software. Slow to print at first then stopped printing altogether. Contacted company NO reply for 2 weeks I got the run around deleted both programs, they are useless without being able to print. Give it a one star only becuase resizer was pretty good. Spend your money somewhere else!
"it suck's no good"
Version: STOIK Smart Resizer 2.0
it' good with pictures
don't know what it's use for
don't get this product try paint.net lot better to can get free updates