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running win plugins on a mac

Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 9:16 am
by Guest

i just wonder if it's possible to use/install "windows-photoshop-plugins / filters" on a mac? maybe with a converter?
so i don't have to buy the mac-version too.

Any ideas?



Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 6:04 pm
by HaraldHeim
There is a software called Virtual PC ( that lets you run Windows on a Mac machine. You can then install Windows on a partition and install your Windows graphics application plus your plugins.

Virtual PC is emulating an Intel processor, so you need a fast Mac to make the Windows emulation run fast.

Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:05 pm
by Guest
Thank you Harald,
VPC is a good emulation, but i would prefer a more simple / cheaper solution.

I guess the platforms are too different . ....


Plugin Commander

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 4:23 pm
by desarts
Plugin Commander could be a solution,
mac version is comming soon...


Using plugins, tubes and other materials in a graphics, video or animation
application can be a frustrating experience. As your effect collection
grows your application needs longer to start up and your menus and lists
become cluttered making it very difficult to find the particular effect you
are looking for.

Now you can take control of your effects using Plugin Commander. It allows
you to manage and preview your plugin, tube and add-on collection quickly
and easily. You can disable the plugins, tubes and materials you rarely
need and define how your favorite effects will appear in the host
With Plugin Commander you can download and modify thousands of Filter
Factory plug-ins as well as easily grab specific PSP tubes that are freely
available on the net. Plugin Commander lets you apply Photoshop-compatible
plug-ins to images, batch process images with ease, display the effects of
your plugins as thumbnails, preview your tubes and other PSP add-ons,
define your own plugin and file types and even create your own plugin

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2004 2:54 pm
by HaraldHeim
Sorry, but there will be no Mac version of Plugin Commander. The Win version only converts FilterFactory plugin to Mac versions.

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:36 pm
by plugsnpixels
Like Harald said, Virtual PC is the most realistic solution. I am Mac-based, and use VPC when I need to do screenshots of Window's-only plug-ins. Works well enough, even on an older G4.

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:27 pm
by HaraldHeim
Well, if you have one of these new Intel-Mac, you can install Windows on it. That would be the best solution if you need to use Photoshop plugins that only run under Windows. You don't even need to invest in a Windows version of Photoshop. There are several freeware applications for Windows that run Photoshop plugins (see

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:56 pm
by plugsnpixels
That is true, Harald! You can tell I don't have one yet...

With the Intel Mac you can either reboot into Windows using Apple's Boot Camp, or run OS-X, Windows, Linux, etc. side-by-side with OS-X using a new third-party solution (whose name escapes me at the moment).

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:58 pm
by plugsnpixels
Here it is, Parallels Workstation 2.1:,1759,1946848,00.asp