+ Topaz Labs LLC, a software company specializing in image and video enhancement technology, releases Topaz Vivacity V1.3.1, a set of Photoshop plug-ins for image enhancement. The breakthrough super-resolution algorithms used in Topaz Vivacity affect a distinct improvement in imperfect images. This technology was used in spy satellites and military surveillance and only recently has been brought into the consumer market. Avid photographers and graphics professionals will find Topaz Vivacity invaluable in rescuing otherwise unusable images and to enhance images in all aspects. Graphics designers also can create unique special effects with Vivacity filters. Features include: (1) enlarge images while still maintaining visual clarity, (2) eliminate ISO noise, film grain and other noise with little loss of details, (3) eliminate JPEG and JPEG2000 compression artifacts, (4) sharpen and enhance edges without overshooting or noise amplification, (5) remove color bleeding and recover color edges, and
(6) create special effects.
The major changes in this update are: - support for multi-cpu systems, such as those with Core 2 Duo or Xeon processors. For example, it can provide a 2.5~3.5 times speed increase on computers with a quad-core CPU. - better compatibility with Windows Vista and Photoshop CS3, and - a new convenient installation that automatically installs the plug-ins properly to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Pricing Topaz Vivacity retails at $49.99 USD. It is available on the Topaz Labs web site at www.topazlabs.com, and many software download sites. Current Topaz Vivacity customers are encouraged to upgrade to this release free of charge.
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