HumanEyes Xfile 2
- Works well; inexpensive
- Fiddly, badly explained interface
Xfile 2 is a tool most designers will want and it works well, but the interface is in need of a tidy-up.
Price$ 49.00 (AUD)
At the Siggraph 3D trade show last year, two researchers showed off a technique called 'seam carving', for resizing images to different aspect ratios while maintaining the proportions of core elements.
The first tool to take advantage of this is Xfile 2, an updated version of a little-known resizing plug-in for Photoshop that now allows users to, for example, turn the 4:3 photograph (see above) into an almost square image without losing either of the herons or squeezing them out of proportion.
It does this by selectively resizing parts of the image, squeezing areas of background detail where the compression is less noticeable while leaving foreground or subject areas alone. Xfile can decide on these areas automatically – and it generally does a decent job of identifying the right areas – or you can give it a helping hand by manually painting on areas to maintain in proportion or concentrate its resizing powers on.
These manual controls are most useful with images like the one above, where both the foreground and background have the similar amounts of detail and texture. If you have detailed subjects and a simple background, then the automatic controls are more than up to the job.
Using Xfile 2's interface can be a bit fiddly, especially to begin with, as the manual explains the workflow and tools rather poorly. There's no built-in help, and the tool tips have some notable omissions (including one for the key resizing tab). The Carve Wiping mode for removing objects from a scene can be a pain to use, too.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei P10 smartphone review
- 2 Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Motorola Moto G5 smartphone review
- 4 Oppo A57 phone: full, in-depth review
- 5 Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Windows 10 S will not run Linux, even though it's a downloadable Windows app
- The Windows 10 Game Bar: What PC gamers need to know
- Microsoft redesigns OneNote UI to make it more universally accessible
- Windows 10 Insider build 16199 fills some holes in the Creators Update
- Google Assistant branches out, supporting third-party hardware and smarter features
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Huawei P10 smartphone review
- Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- CCBusiness Process AnalystNSW
- TPTransformation Lead | Change and Process ImprovementQLD
- CCWintel Support EngineerVIC
- CCPHP DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior System EngineerNSW
- FTSenior Front End DeveloperQLD
- CCEnd to End Project ManagerVIC
- FTLevel 3 Service Desk Support Engineer / Project ManagerQLD
- FTApplication Support EngineerNSW
- CCIteration Manager/Scrum MasterQLD
- FTPortfolio OfficerQLD
- FTLAMP Stack DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior Software EngineerACT
- FTSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTSales Client Services Manager (Mid-market)QLD
- CCSolution DesignerNSW
- CCReporting Business AnalystACT
- FTSystems EngineerVIC
- CCSenior Data AnalystVIC
- FTManual Test AnalystQLD
- FTSenior React DeveloperNSW
- FTTest AnalystACT
- FTSenior Systems AnalystSA