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Old 11-21-2002, 07:02 AM
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SharpControl - Free PC Software

Found this at the Adobe PC Photoshop forum...

http://www.applied-maths.com/paul/SharpControl.zip

I have downloaded and played with this software, seems OK...I think many of you will like this, slow as it is. Pleasevirus check and take other safeguards, usual disclaimers apply. <g>

Some nice sharpening options for some types of imges that suffer more so than others from sharpening.

Stephen Marsh.
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Old 11-21-2002, 01:13 PM
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As compared to other sharpening features and plugins, how do you think it rates? Is this a plug in or stand alone or both?
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Old 11-21-2002, 07:28 PM
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Old 11-21-2002, 10:54 PM
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Sorry - it's just an EXE (I was feeling like a risk, so after using two virus apps and with my firewall running...I thought what the heck).

I don't know what else is may or may not be installed....what is good app to inspect for newly installed 'secret' components?

I have played for perhaps 5 min with this and only sharpened one grayscale file.

It seems OK so far - a nice 'control' or threshold option with an edgemask slider option (you cant preview the mask though).

For images such as portraits or landscapes where there may be large regions of low frequency data (skin, sky) and other areas of high detail - then the control and edge options seem nice.

But this app is slow...which may limit it's use for some.

Attached is a screenshot, which has had the settings shown added to the 'history' list (for want of a term) which then also applies the preview to the whole image, as shown. When using the app to tune the sharpening then the preview panels are used and the main image is the untouched original.

It may not be a every image tool - but it is nice to have another option.

Stephen Marsh.
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Old 11-22-2002, 04:06 AM
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Small update - there is no support webpage that I can find, or release notes with the download.

There is a splash screen visible before you open a file which lists the numerous features of this application (see new attachment).

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Old 01-04-2003, 06:27 AM
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1.1 update

New version 1.1 at the original link. Rumour is it is faster! <g>

Now with copy/paste ability for 8 bpc data between Photoshop and SharpControl and Iterative sharpening. Also saves the last used settings as a text file (same directory as the .exe) which can be edited in a text editor to change settings outside of SC.

The author posts on DPreview but still no homepage for the product.

http://www.applied-maths.com/paul/sharpcontrol.zip

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~binar...V_links.html#S

Stephen Marsh.

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Old 01-04-2003, 02:13 PM
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Great program, thanks for the link! I had a perfect image to try out on this, I had just scanned an out of focus family photo a couple days ago that I was having trouble sharpening. this helped me out a lot!

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Old 01-04-2003, 02:23 PM
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David, Any chance you can share the before/after versions of your photo? And any other attempts you made to sharpen that didn't work as well?

Jeanie
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Old 01-04-2003, 03:41 PM
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sure, here's my first try with it:
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Old 01-04-2003, 03:44 PM
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it worked well on any area of that image that I tried it on, but I don't have any others to test on right now for seeing if any kind images don't work as well as the one I posted.

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