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XChange International Releases Genuine Fractals v4.1

For Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 (November 04, 2005)

XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release of the Genuine Fractals 4.1 plug-in for Photoshop. Genuine Fractals gives Adobe Photoshop resolution on demand that lets users output any file size from a single encoded file. It provides four methods for encoding and three rendering solutions for the ultimate in image flexibility. The plug-in enables users to work in, store, and transmit smaller, more manageable files.

New features in version 4.1 include: - Batch processing for automated work flows - Preset image sizes for quick selection of 14 popular image sizes - Improved Unit Information display shows the original image size and the new image size after the image is scaled - Keyboard shortcuts added for improved usability - Improved usability for the Zoom and Crop tools

Genuine Fractals 4.1 includes a new pop-up menu that will allow users to choose from a pre-defined list of commonly used scaling settings, and adds a small display that indicates the current size of the file and the size (in MB) of the file after the image is scaled. The Zoom tool has been improved by modifying the way it works in version 4.0 and making it behave more like the Zoom tool in Photoshop. Also, the Crop tool has been updated for greater ease-of-use. Genuine Fractals core features include: - Easy encoding and rendering for all RGB (8-bit and 16-bit), multi-channel, and greyscale images (8-bit only) - Scale up to 700% without image degradation - Preview scaling results before applying them to the original image - Superior quality enlargements from medium or high-resolution images and digital photos - Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS2, Mac OS X Tiger and Windows XP

When scaling an image to a higher resolution, regardless of the method used to increase the resolution, new pixels are created. The scaling method used determines the colour value of the new pixel. The better the scaling method used, the better the image looks as it is scaled up. Users have several choices for increasing the size of an image in Photoshop, but the most common method used is the Bicubic method. The Bicubic method samples one pixel and then looks at the surrounding pixels to determine the colour value of the new pixels created. Bicubic produces smooth tonal gradations when scaling an image.

Genuine Fractals takes a larger sampling (4 pixels x 4 pixels) and examines the colour values in that range. It then makes an informed decision on what the new colour values should be when the image is scaled. By taking a larger colour value range than standard Bicubic, Genuine Fractals is able to produce scaled images that are more true to the original image.

Long time users of Genuine Fractals remember having to save files as a .STN file before being able to scale the image. Now in Genuine Fractals, any file that is opened in Photoshop can be scaled in one easy step. Users can still take advantage of the .STN file format when they save the ³up-resed² image.

Users can resize or crop their scanned or digital camera image within Genuine Fractals to reframe and eliminate unwanted areas, then scale up their image up to 700%. The plug-in lets users choose any print resolution for desktop, large format or offset printers, and they can easily output the same file at several resolutions for diverse applications.

Users can convert any file format image to Genuine Fractalsı scalable, resolution independent format and save storage space of up to 100% for lossless and 500% for visually lossless, saving money by scanning at lower resolutions and later scaling up with Genuine Fractals.

Genuine Fractals PrintPro 4.1 supports scaling both CMYK and RGB images, and can generate enlargements of any size from medium or high-resolution digital images.

System Requirements: Windows - Windows XP, Adobe Photoshop CS or CS2 Macintosh - Mac OS X 10.3 through 10.4, Adobe Photoshop CS or CS2

Genuine Fractals 4.1 is available for order now through XChange International for £115.00 and Genuine Fractals PrintPro 4.1 is available for £169.00. To order, or for more information, users can visit, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. Email address is

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