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History of The Plugin Site

 

 
2014  
May 2014 Plugin Galaxy 3 for Windows was released. It includes the most advanced Filter Factory engine that ever existed.
January 2014 ElementsXXL 2 for Windows was released.
 

 

 

2013  
August 2013 BWStyler 2 for Windows contained our first 64-bit release of a standalone version and Lightroom external editor.
June 2013 MetaRaw for Windows was our first Photoshop format plugin.
May 2013 HyperTyle 2 for Windows included a 64-bit version and new UI.
March 2013 ElementsXXL for Windows was the first Photoshop plugin ever that fully intergrated itself into the UI of the host application.
 

 

 

2012  
December 2012 FilterHub 1.01 included our first Photoshop automation plugin and the first flash panel that ever ran in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop 5 to CS3.
December 2012 ColorStyler for MacOS X was released.
October 2012 FilterHub was released. This was our first commercial Photoshop panel extension.
May 2012 ColorStyler for Windows was released.
 

 

 

2011  
July 2011 NoiseControl for Mac was released.
May 2011 NoiseControl for Windows was released.
January 2011 Version 4 of Harrys Filters for Windows, which included a 64-bit version.

November 2010 -
February 2011

64-bit Mac versions of all PhotoWiz plugins appeared.
 

 

 

2010  
November 2010 The PhotoWiz products are now offered as a price-reduced product bundle.
November 2010 FocalBlade 2 for MacOS X was released. This was our first 64-bit Mac plugin.
September 2010 Windows Standalone/Lightroom versions of all PhotoWiz plugins became available.
July 2010 A 64-bit Windows version of Plugin Galaxy was released.
April 2010 Version 2 of FocalBlade for Windows was released.
March 2010 Harald Heim of The Plugin Site wrote a technical book on nude and portrait photography in German language in 2009 together with co-author Kay Michael Kuhnlein. It was published in March 2010. Spanish, Chinese and Polish editions followed in 2011.
January 2010 The Plugin Newsletter was sent out in HTML for the first time.
January 2010 Plugin Galaxy AE was updated to Version 1.6.
 

 

 

2009  
November 2009 64-bit Windows versions of the other PhotoWiz plugins were released.
November 2009 We changed servers for the Plugin Newsletter. The subscriber base was reduced from 130,000 to 15,000 addresses by asking people to resubscribe. Both measures reduced the costs for sending out the newsletter dramatically.
October 2009 The web design of The Plugin Site was greatly improved. The old design served for many years and was only slightly changed during that time.
September 2009 ThePluginSite Panel for Photoshop was released. It offers a convenient way to run all of our plugins.
March - August 2009

The Postcard Contest 2009 was conducted. Participants were asked to either buy a postcard or create one of their own and send them to us by postal mail. 20 prizes worth more than USD $3500 in total were offered to the winners. The best postcards were exhibited in the Museum of Communications in Nuremberg, Germany, from October 2009 to February 2010.

July 2009 Version 2 of Plugin Galaxy for MacOS X was released.
May 2009 Version 2.04 of ColorWasher for Windows was released including a 64-bit version. This was our first commercial 64-bit Photoshop plugin.
March 2009 Version 2.0 of PhotoFreebies for Windows were released. The update included a version with our first ever released 64-bit Photoshop plugins.
February 2009 From 2001 to 2008 we used the FilterMeister development tool for creating our Windows Photoshop plugins. We also contributed most of the new features to FilterMeister during that time. In February 2009 we decided to drop FilterMeister and only use VC++ for developing our plugins. This allowed us to develop more powerful plugins, create 64-bit versions and standalones as well as release updates much faster.
 

 

 

2008  
December 2008 ContrastMaster for Mac was released.
April - December 2008 All PhotoWiz plugins were updated for enhanced compatibility and reliability.
August 2008 ContrastMaster for Windows was released.
February 2008 FM Patcher, a tool for making FilterMeister .8bf plugins Vista-compatible, was released as a co-production between The Plugin Site and AFH Systems.
 

 

 

2007  
October 2007 Version 2 of Plugin Galaxy for Windows was released.
August 2007 PhotoFreebies for MacOS X was released.
March - December 2007 All of our plugins were made compatible with Windows Vista.
February - May 2007 Our PhotoWiz plugins now run natively on Macs with an Intel processor.
February 2007 The MacOS X version of B/W Styler was released.
 

 

 

2006  
September 2006 B/W Styler for Windows was released.
April 2006 The MacOS X version of LightMachine was released.
January 2006 The MacOS X version of FocalBlade was released.
 

 

 

2005  
August 2005 ColorWasher for MacOS X was released.
July 2005 Version 1.60 of Plugin Commander was released.
March 2005 Photo Galaxy 1600 Themes and Photo Galaxy 1600 Textures were released. The previous five volumes of Photo Galaxy 1600 were remodeled into these two new products.
February 2005 The first Plug-Talk article was published. Plug-Talk is a a series of interviews that give you a better idea about the people behind the scenes of the Photoshop plugin business. It is also published at Graphics.com
January 2005 Harald Heim of The Plugin Site started a second column in the Digital Photo Effects magazine (which was previously known as Digital Photography Techniques). The column presented freeware plugins and showcased three tutorials for each set. Unfortunately in mid 2005 the magazine was discontinued.
January 2005 LightMachine, the third commercial plugin in the PhotoWiz series, was released.
 

 

 

2004  
October 2004 The PhotoWiz Contest 2004 was started and run until the end of 2004. More than 500 images were submitted and 66 prizes were awarded.
July 2004 Finally Paypal orders were processed automatically, so that customers got their download immediately after the purchase.
May 2004 Version 2 of ColorWasher was released.
March 2004 Photo Galaxy 2300 consisting of 1000 photo textures was released.
February 2004 The Plugin Site web site was transfered to a new and faster server of a new web hosting provider. The URL www.thepluginsite.com was not working for four days. A new main Order Form for ordering our products was made available. At the same time we also relaunched our Affiliate Program with improved features and a higher commission.
January 2004 Version 3 of Harry's Filters, our most successful freeware product, was made available. It included new effects and an interesting animation feature.
 

 

 

2003  
November 2003 PhotoFreebies, the third PhotoWiz product, was released as freeware. The Photo Galaxy 800 CD was released.
July 2003 FocalBlade, the second PhotoWiz product, was released.
June 2003 Harald Heim of The Plugin Site started a monthly column called "Essential Plugins" in the Digital Photography Techniques magazine from Future Publishing UK. The column reviewed several plugins that produce certain effects. The column ran for 28 issues of the magazine until mid 2005.
April 2003 Plugin Galaxy 1.50 for Mac was released.
February 2003 The new Download Center, which makes it easier to access the downloads of our freeware and demo versions, went online. At the same time a discussion board was opened.
January 2003 The first version of ColorWasher was released. This was the start of the new PhotoWiz plugin series which focuses on providing professional photo correction tools.
 

 

 

2002  
December 2002 HTML Shrinker 2.60 was released.
November 2002 Version 1.50 of Plugin Galaxy for AE was released.
October 2002 The Galaxy Contest 2002 ended after three months.1250 images and animation from 500 international artists were sent in. The 70 prizes were given to approx. 50 winners.
September 2002 Photo Galaxy 5 (Mixed Impressions) was released.
August 2002 Harald Heim from The Plugin Site started a bi-monthly column called "Plugins Unplugged"at Graphics.com. The articles were about general plugin topics and meant to be quite controversial. Until the end of 2004 several articles were published.
July 2002 Our second commercial plugin product HyperTyle was released.
June 2002 Another co-production with cybia.co.uk called Abstraction was released.
May 2002 Photo Textures 2 (Photo Galaxy Vol.4) was released.
April 2002 Plugin Galaxy 1.50 for Windows was released. The MacOS X version of Plugin Galaxy for AE, too.
February 2002 Harald Heim of The Plugin Site became part of the FilterMeister development team. FilterMeister is a tool for creating Photoshop plugins for Windows. Until February 2009 he added most of the new feature to new FilterMeister releases. Until February 2009 we also used FilterMeister to develop our Photoshop plugins for Windows.
February 2002 HTML Shrinker 2.50 was released.
January 2002 Photo Galaxy Vol.3 was released.
 

 

 

2001  
December 2001 Beside the Element5 service we also introduced the Paypal payment service as another means of ordering our products (in response to some customer requests).
November 2001 The Photo Textures (Photo Galaxy Vol. 2) product was released on CD-ROM.
October 2001 The Photo Galaxy product was released. Furthermore a co-production with cybia.co.uk called "Mutation" was released, too. Both product were only made available on CD-ROM.
September 2001 The Plugin Newsletter was moved from Topica.com to a Sparklist/Lyris server.
August 2001 The URL pico.i-us.com wasn't redirected to www.thepluginsite.com anymore, because Eyewire shut the redirection down. It took almost one year to get back to the same amount of visitors again. Too late to ask yourself why you didn't register your own domain back in 1997, although it was quite expensive at that time.
July 2001 Plugin Galaxy for AE (Windows/Macintosh) was released. Again a co-production with Panopticum.com.
April 2001 Version 2.0 of "Harry's Filters" was released as freeware. Just like the old version, it was downloaded several hundred thousand times since then. It was our first plugin that was developed with FilterMeister.
February 2001 HTML Shrinker 2.0 was released as a free Light Version and a commercial Pro Version.
 

 

 

2000  
December 2000 The first version of our GraphicsGalaxy search engine was installed on The Plugin Site. It allowed people to enter keywords in order to find Photoshop plugins. This service was available until the end of 2009.
November 2000 The Plugin Com HQ web site (pico.i-us.com) was closed down after two and a half years, because I/US was acquired by Eyewire. Eyewire closed the www.i-us.com web site as well as the pico.i-us.com site. Almost all pages from pico.i-us.com were transferred to www.thepluginsite.com. Most of the traffic was redirected to The Plugin Site.
October 2000 The winners of the Galaxy Contest 2000 were announced. Almost 400 images from more than 120 artists had been sent in and a total of 60 prizes were won.
September 2000 Version 1.5 of Plugin Commander was released.
July 2000 The first Mac version of Plugin Galaxy (a co-production with Panopticum.com) was released.
April 2000 We had to sell the copyright of Alpha Magic to Pinnacle Systems (which acquired Hollywood FX) to keep the product alive. Alpha Magic was still sold by Pinnacle on its own for two or three years and later included in some of their products, e.g. Pinnacle Studio.
March 2000 The Edge & Frame Galaxy CD Version was released.
February 2000 "The Plugin Site" web site at www.thepluginsite.com was opened, but only contained little information and redirected traffic to pico.i-us.com.
 

 

 

1999  
December 1999 A total of 60 prizes worth over $4000 were given away in the Xmas Draw 99 to the subscribers of the Plugin Newsletter.
November 1999 After dozens of beta versions and two years of development Version 1.0 of Plugin Commander was released as a free Light Version and a commercial Pro Version.
October 1999 Ordering our commercial products was made possible through our own web site via the ShareIt/Element5 payment service. We registered as a business at our local authorities.
August 1999 Alpha Magic, a video transition plugin, which was a co-production with Hollywood FX, was released.
July 1999 Our second commercial product Plugin Galaxy was made available through I/US. Plugin Galaxy was developed with the FilterFormula tool.
June 1999 The first version of HTML Shrinker was released as freeware.
May 1999 The Edge & Frame Galaxy Contest 1999 was conducted. Almost 100 images were submited to the contest.
April 1999 "Edge & Frame Galaxy Vol.2" was released by I/US. This product isn't sold separately anymore. (However, its content is included with the Edge & Frame Galaxy CD Version which came out a year later.)
February 1999 Our first commercial product "Edge & Frame Galaxy" was released for sale as a download through I/US. An updated version of it is still sold as the Edge & Frame Galaxy Download Version.
 

 

 

1998  
September 1998 The first issue of the Plugin Newsletter was sent out to a few hundred people.
May 1998 The predecessor web site called "Plugin Com HQ" was moved to pico.i-us.com and was sponsored by the I/US corporation.
 

 

 

1997  
November 1997 The first beta release of Plugin Commander was published as freeware.
October 1997 The first version of Harry's Filters (which was called VideoRave at that time) was released. More and more filters were added in the following two years. Harry's Filters 1.0 was developed with Adobe's Filter Factory.
September 1997 The first release of 8bf2prm, the predecessor of Plugin Commander, became available.
August 1997 The first amateur web site called "Premiere Plugin HQ" was opened on a fortunecity.com server.

 



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