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PhotoZoom Pro 2.1 adds new interpolation algorithm  
Monday, August 21, 2006 | by Rob Galbraith

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Up, Up, Up: PhotoZoom Pro 2.1 for Mac, standalone version. Click to enlarge. (Photo in screenshot by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)

BenVista PhotoZoom Pro for Windows and Mac, the stellar photo resizing program known in its early days as S-Spline Pro, has been updated to v2.1.

The new release adds a revised version of the S-Spline resampling algorithm, called S-Spline XL. About S-Spline XL, a press release offers the following: "While the S-Spline algorithm already excelled in preserving sharp edges, S-Spline XL also adds preservation and reconstruction of fine, more subtle details."

Other changes include the preservation of EXIF and IPTC metadata, as well as ICC profiles, during processing, plus improved cropping, speedier operation and program interface improvements.

As before, the program ships as a standalone application and Photoshop plug-in bundle for each platform. Version 2.1 of the Mac standalone application is also a Universal Binary now, which means it runs natively on Macs with both PowerPC and Intel processors. Upgrades from an earlier version of PhotoZoom Pro are US$49; new licenses are US$149. The software is available for purchase from BenVista's online store. Watermarking demo versions are available for download.

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