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STOIK Smart Resizer

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Despite 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.

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    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 1.0 stars

    "It is NOT "Free Trial"- many features are disabled"

    January 5, 2014  |   By WindScents

    Version: STOIK Smart Resizer 2.0

    Pros

    It "might" be good software, but without being able to save a modified file (unless purchased), I'll never know.

    Cons

    Many features in the "Free Trial" are disabled. I cannot, therefore, verify that the result is good or not!!

    Summary

    Who knows!!? Without being able to save a modified file with the "Free Trial", how does one know if this is any good. At $50, too risky to find out.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Resizer For Enlarging Low Res Images"

    January 5, 2013  |   By mistertee

    Version: STOIK Smart Resizer 2.0

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    If it's unique functionality isn't important in your work, the price may seem high considering it primarily does only one thing.

    Summary

    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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "so many problems - No customer support!"

    June 6, 2011  |   By yelwbkrd35

    Version: STOIK Smart Resizer 2.0

    Pros

    resizer is good yet you need to buy the imagic5 software to use it.

    Cons

    slow to print then stopped all together
    expensive NO customer service

    Summary

    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!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "it suck's no good"

    April 8, 2011  |   By mattzweck

    Version: STOIK Smart Resizer 2.0

    Pros

    it' good with pictures

    Cons

    don't know what it's use for

    Summary

    don't get this product try paint.net lot better to can get free updates

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