About Acclaim Software Ltd
Acclaim Software, which was founded in 1995, is a software development firm based in New Zealand. Their software is sold in over twenty countries around the world. They have two divisions: imaging software and accounting software.
Their imaging division has developed Focus Magic which was the first commercially available product to re-focus blurred images with a reversing formula. Focus Magic continues to be the worlds leading product in this field. The vision for Focus Magic is to broaden it into a suite of image restoration filters which are both easy to use, and very effective in repairing photos with defects.
The accounting software division has developed and sells Cashbook Complete primarily to the Australian and New Zealand small business market. Cashbook Complete is also the leader for its chosen market (keep-it-simple accounting).
The Focus Magic Story
Focus Magic has been developed over a period of several years by a team at Acclaim Software lead by Eric Schwerzel. Although Version 1.0 was released in December 2000, it still had major technical difficulties to overcome, and it took another two and a half years for the Focus Magic team to resolve these problems. Then about a year was spent on optimizing the focusing code using AMD’s Code Analyst software because processing speed was an issue. The inner-most loops were converted to assembler and tuned for maximum speed.
Version 2.0 was then released in 2004 and until 2018, the only changes that were made were to keep it working with Operating System changes such as the Intel Mac and 64 bit for Windows.In March 2018, the development team started work on version 5 with the aim of making the algorithm still more accurate. Version 5 was released in July 2020.