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Genuine Fractals image-upsizer upgraded

A new version of the software adds texture presets and other options for those who need to make very large versions of their images.

OnOne Software has announced version 6 of its Genuine Fractals software for expanding images up to mammoth sizes.

These new features include texture presets that more rapidly tune the resizing algorithm, batch processing so bulk operations can be run in the background, tiling to split images up into pieces for printing on smaller printers, a gallery wrap feature to help when printed images are mounted on thick frames, and the ability to work with Adobe Systems' Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2 and with Apple Aperture 2.1.

The Standard and Professional editions cost $159.95 and $299.95, respectively. In the Professional Edition but missing from the Standard is the Lightroom and Aperture support, the ability to resize CMYK images, and gallery wrap. When used as a Photoshop CS4 plug-in, only the 32-bit version of Adobe's software is supported.

Also at the PhotoPlus Expo, the company also announced PhotoTools 2 in $159.95 Standard and $259.95 Professional editions will go on sale in January. With the new version, the company said, it's now easier to find the right choice among the 300 effects and adjustments; changes can be previewed before they're applied, preset adjustments can be saved, loaded, and shared; and masking features to apply changes only to a portion of an image. The Professional Edition includes a variety of photo effects and presets and also works with Aperture 2.1 and Lightroom 2.

The company also announced the $499.95 Plug-In Suite 4.5, which combines Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition, PhotoTools 2 Professional Edition, Mask Pro 4.1, PhotoTune 2.2, PhotoFrame 4 Professional Edition, and FocalPoint 1.0. That bundle will be available in January, the company said.