UNLIMITED'S VECTOR CONVERSION
This month, we would like to explain why Imagener Unlimited is so
much different than the other versions of Imagener. As many of you
know by now, all photo manipulation software products on the market
keep updating and upgrading their functions, but one function has
been left out for many years -- that of photo enlargement. Even Photoshop® and
Paint Shop Pro® have
not upgraded the way they enlarge images in over a decade. They still
use what is called "Bicubic Interpolation" -- a method
of enlarging digital images that only looks at the 16 pixels around
each pixel for enlargement purposes. Kneson Software's Progressive
technology found in Imagener Enhanced and Imagener Professional
analyzes pixels well removed from each targeted pixel, estimating
based on the overall image. This is a much smarter method
of enlarging images. However, Imagener Unlimited employs
an entirely different - even smarter process.
Imagener Unlimited is a technology whose core was developed by a
3D gaming company and then acquired outright by Kneson Software.
Our developers then took the algorithm and greatly enhanced it with
our own techniques -- greatly increasing its efficiency. Imagener
Unlimited uses a radically new, three step process:
- Imagener Unlimited first analyzes the image complexity - what
we would recognize as the difference between say an aerial photograph
of the New York City skyline and a grassy field with blue sky.
Obviously the grass field image will be much simpler than a complex
skyline. This information is stored for use in the next step;
- Imagener Unlimited then assigns complexity values to and computes
a vector map of each region
- then converts the bitmap image into vectors for enlargement;
- Finally, Imagener Unlimited performs the enlargement using the
enlargement values the user inputs, and then converts the
enlarged result back into its original bitmap format.
So, what is a vector? Vector graphics
means manipulating a digital image using what are called geometric
primitives. These are things like points, lines, curves,
and polygons to represent elements of an image.
Our eyes work with images in bitmaps -
images made on the canvas of what we are looking at with each tiny
element represented like a realistic painting. However once an image
is seen by the human eye, the brain remembers these images as vector
images -- simpler lines, points, curves and polygons -- because the
brain can manipulate, store and remember this type of image much easier
than trying to remember the intricate detail of a full bitmapped image.
Don't believe it? Try this experiment: Think of the most beautiful
sunset you have ever seen. Does your memory of that image look anywhere
close to what that actual image looked like? Of course not -- our brains
cannot (and will not) remember imagery in nearly that much detail.
That is why we never get tired of seeing beautiful sunsets, or any
beautiful imagery for that matter. Once seen, the perfection of that
image is gone once we look away. This explains why we can recognize
simple drawings like cartoons with just outlines because they are close
to what our brain remembers. You may also notice that you can take
remembered images and twist and manipulate them in ways that nature
would never intend - which is often what happens in our dreams. Geometric
shapes are easier to manipulate.
basically how Imagener
Unlimited can enlarge an image to a virtually
unlimited size -- once an image has
been converted into vectors, it can be stretched as far as the
computer holding it has memory. However, there is one
major difference. Unlike
our minds, Imagener Unlimited does not simplify the image
in any way to do this, it
entire image made up of pixels into its vector equivalent before
enlargement maintaining the full spectrum of
the images quality.
Representation of a test vector map over part of an image.
|Imagener Unlimited does all of this behind the scenes
in an instant -- the only thing the user might notice is that Imagener
Unlimited shows the conversion back into its bitmap format in blocks
the screen in rows then downward. It can be tricky to recognize this
-- but if you look closely you will see this conversion. What you are
when this happens is the final parts of the third step.
UPGRADE YOUR COPY
If you have purchased Imagener Enhanced or Professional, you can upgrade
easily by simply clicking Buy Now! below.
Please allow up to 40 business
hours to verify your current version.
LET US SEND YOU TRAFFIC!
We've changed our home page! As many of our older customers
know, we are constantly building the Photo
That is why we have changed the look of the home page to include
an application form to apply to be included! Anyone that has or knows of
a person or company that has a website related to...
...can apply. It only takes a minute and we personally review all
- photo software
- photo restoration
- photo sharing
- photo printing
- photo developing
Kneson Software is especially looking for photographers that may
want to become a part of a new project we will be developing in the
coming months. If you are or you know of a photographer that
has a website and wants more traffic to it, send them to www.kneson.com and
have them fill out the quick form.
PHOTOS ON STICKERS!
Here is a new service that we found that we thought might be of interest
to our customers. It is a website that allows you to take any digital
image and make stickers and other holiday or celebration confetti
out of them. This means you can customize any event to be totally
personalized such as:
- birthday partys
- craft projects
- school lockers
- anywhere you want custom photo stickers!
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