Shapiro Consulting Group Inc. (SCGI) said that it’s completed development of the Mac OS X-compatible version of
Asiva Photo. The company indicated that the OS X software is undergoing beta testing and is anticipated for release by the end of November.
SCGI Vice President of Marketing Roland Lee said that the software is running “considerably faster” under Mac OS X and operates without noticeable loss while running in the “Classic” environment. SCGI plans to release the new version of Asiva Photo as a free update to registered users.
SCGI developed Asiva Photo as a way for photographers, graphic artists and desktop publishing pros to make color corrections and enhancements to digital imagery that can’t be done as easily with other software. SCGI chief technology officer Kevin Gordon explained that the software works without using masks.
“By not using masks, you never have to worry about unnatural edges and their inherent problems. Sometimes even creating a mask would take many hours, and the result still wouldn’t be acceptable looking. With Asiva, no masks are needed and the result is a photo that looks completely natural,” said Gordon.
The software offers other features, too, like the ability to soften and sharpen objects, increase saturation, brighten or darken areas and create special effects.