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Developer website: Mischa Lusteck
SmillaEnlarger is an easy-to-use digital photo-enlarger: choose region of the original image, select zoom-factor (or width/height of result) and calculate the picture. The applied algorithm quickly produces sharp results even for high zooming-factors.

What's New

Version 0.9.0:
  • The Interface is completely reworked.
  • CCropping is much improved

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Macvet22 Member IconComment+24
Macvet22
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2014- Quick and first glance seems really useful tool under OSX10.9 still...

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Version 0.9.0
yensteel Member IconReview+0
yensteel
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Overall, the program works perfectly. Better yet, the program is free, customisable, and includes batch process. I don't have any professional applications to compare to, coming bicubic sampling. The speed is definitely slower than Bicubic, so it's not instantaneous, nothing to complain about really. I found that the interface does lag a bit when the program is batch processing at the time, and which causes me unable to move my mouse (I can move the mouse but it will cause incorrect settings chosen in the menu for example). I haven't seen any crashes yet.

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Version 0.9.0
Derision Member IconReview+93
Derision
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A long time ago, I got a copy of Shortcut S-Spline on a MacWorld CD or something. It only ran under OS9, but was amazing because I could take the pictures that were taken with my elderly 1.3 megapixel camera, blow up their resolution and then print them out, and they would look amazing on paper. I've been looking for a replacement for that since updating to OSX. My camera is no longer 1.3mp, but I like to have the option of enlarging some images. S-Spline still exists in the form of PhotoZoom, but costs an exorbitant sum of money to buy, money which I just can't justify spending to increase the DPI of an image that I probably won't print anyway. Then someone mentioned SmillaEnlarger and I gave it a go, not expecting much. Lo and behold, it did an admirable job. It's not as perfect as PhotoZoom's algorithm, but for a few quick enlargements its more than adequate.

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Version 0.9.0
ryanbeymer Member IconReview+2
ryanbeymer
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Great app... simple does what it is supposed to do. Make pictures bigger.

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Version 0.9.0
Soderberg Member IconReview+7
Soderberg
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Just tried this for a quick enlargement of a photo from 640 × 458 to 1024 × 733 (minimum dimensions requested from the recipient) ... looks fantastic! Effortless and pretty intuitive, I got the job done in about a minute after downloading. Lots of configurable options in the preview before saving your expanded file. Great!!

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Version 0.9.0
Mac-Mail Member IconReview+134
Mac-Mail
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This is a wonderful piece of software. Any new updates in the near future?

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Version 0.9.0
Arvidtp Member IconReview+73
Arvidtp
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Excellent software! the algorithm seems to do a much better job than the Sinc (lanczos3) algorithm in GIMP - i just did a comparison. Smilla also takes out jpeg artifacts pretty darn well! The interface could use a little better organization, to make it more obvious, but it is quite usable. And I did find a way to drag-and-drop images from iPhoto - see my reply to one of the previous comments.

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Version 0.8.9
Steven Goodheart Member IconComment+441
Steven Goodheart
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This is a fantastic program, for free! The one thing I wish it could do, so far, that it doesn't (unless I missed how to do it) is some sort of integration with iPhoto. The problem is, if one import one's images into iPhoto, (as opposed to just linking to them, an option in the iPhoto prefs) then all your photos are hidden away from the Finder inside the iPhoto library. In other words, you can't navigate to the iPhoto image via ImageEnlarger's source/browse buttons. I tried changing the External Editor in the iPhoto prefs from PhotoShop or Graphic Converter (or whatever one uses) to ImageEnlarger, and although iPhoto does then switch to ImageEnlarger, it doesn't open the image one selected for External Editing in iPhoto. If there's a way to do this that I've missed, I'd sure like to know, otherwise, I wish that this great little program was iPhoto savy. Thanks!

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Version 0.8
mlusteck
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I fear the communication with iPhoto is not yet possible, and as I use the platform-independent Qt-library it will probably not be for some time. But something I will implement in the next release is simple drag&drop, you drag a file or image onto the enlarger-window to open it. And of course iPhoto supports drag&drop, if you for example drag a picture from the iPhoto window onto a terminal window, you get the absolute path of the image as output. So throwing pictures from the iPhoto window onto the enlarger window will hopefully be possible with the next release.

Steven Goodheart
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Wow, drag and drop would be a great solution for now! Thanks for looking into that as a future upgrade possibility. For now, I'm just doing exports from iPhoto on stuff I want to work on in ImageEnlarger, and then go from there. ImageEnlarger is way cool. Thanks for creating it.

Arvidtp
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Actually you can drag and drop from iPhoto because SmillaEnlarger uses the native file open dialog. Just do Cmd-O and then drag your image from iphoto onto the open dialog box. Then hit return. I use this little known technique for all kinds of apps that otherwise don't support drag-and-drop. (It's also really handy if you want to save something in a folder that is already open in a finder window)

Steven Goodheart
+1

ARVIDTP, thanks for the way cool tip! Not only good here, but for other apps, too, as you say. Really, really useful! Thanks for taking the time to post. Steve

mlusteck
+1

Since SmillaEnlarger 0.8.5 you should be able to drag and drop from iPhoto directly onto the enlarger. ( Works at least with my iPhoto 5 and Tiger ). And if you drop a batch of photos they are batch-processed ( since 0.8.9 - for details read Help ) ( Don't forget to uncheck 'Use Source Dir' or the enlargements are put into the depths of the iPhoto library ).

Steven Goodheart
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Thanks! I did notice that great change -- really increased the functionality of SmillaEnlarger for me, and others, too, I'm sure. That tip about unchecking "Use Source Dir" is one I didn't notice, until I buried a few files, so thanks! This is a tremendously useful free app -- many thanks!

mlusteck Member IconComment+4
mlusteck
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If you have problems with the enlarger, please visit the help-forum on the SourceForge-page of the project ( http://sourceforge.net/projects/imageenlarger/support ). Maybe a solution can be found there, at least I would be glad to receive detailed posts about the errors you encountered.

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Version 0.8
Ayub Member IconReview+41
Ayub
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Great app. Was looking for something like that.

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Version 0.8
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Version 0.9.0

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Downloads 34,798
Version Downloads 30,226
License Free
Date 08 Apr 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free