Shapiro Consulting Group Inc. has announced the release of
Asiva JPEG Deblocker, a US$49 plug-in compatible with Adobe Photoshop versions 5.5 through CS. It supports 8- or 16-bit RGB or CMYK files and uses an algorithm that attempts to preserve as much detail as possible in a picture before the use of filters or other color corrections that may bring out previously hidden pixel blocks. Asiva JPEG Deblocker smoothes out the pixel blocks in low saturation, brightly lit areas and preserves the color information everywhere else in the image, keeping those blocks from appearing during subsequent changes. Shapiro recommends using it on a JPEG file before performing other operations.