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FocalBlade - Feature Requests

Postby pachiu » Fri Jan 30, 2004 8:56 pm

First of all, contratulations for bringing out such a wonderful product! FocalBlade is by far the most versatile and intuitive sharpening tool I have ever used. I have been playing with the plug-in for a while and bought it a couple days ago. So far, my results have been good to very good. I have no doubt that as I become more familiar with the parameters, in time I will be able to achieve excellent result consistently. Great job! :D

There are however a few features / improvements that I would like to see being added to FocalBlade:

1. The ability to zoom past 100% in the preview. This is almost mandatory to judge the quality of sharpening on some images, as you mentioned it yourself in the manual.

2. The ability to instantly switch between original and sharpened version in the preview. Right now I can sort of achieve this by turning Auto-Preview on and off (with Alt-P). However, every time I turn from off to on, it re-calculates - the switch is far from "instantly". A good example of this is Photoshop's USM filter, where you can click Preview to instant switch between original and sharpened version (or even easier click in image area of the USM dialog box - I used this extensively). This is related to 5 below.

3. Use familiar Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. 90% of your customers are going to use this plugin in Photoshop, so why introduce a new set of shortcuts? For example, Ctrl-+ and Ctrl-- for zooming in and out instead of Alt-+ and Alt--, Space+mouse to pan the image instead of Alt+mouse, etc.

4. Stress testing. In my fooling around with the plugin and doing all sorts of weird operations with it, I managed to crash FocalBlade once (on an Athlon 2500+ XP with 1GB memory, 80% dedicated to Photoshop). It worked fine when I used it more "normally", however. Still it feels a bit rough and needs to be polished a bit.

5. Better panning ability in split view with Multi turned on. If I use Right Side split with Multi, there is no way I can view the right-most part of the image since I cannot pan past the image. I have to switch to Left Side split. This is probably a minor point, but inconvenient nonetheless. On the other hand, if 2 above is implemented, this becomes less of an issue.

That's all I can think of at the moment.. :lol: Once again I think you for a great product. Keep up the good work! :D

Andy

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Re: FocalBlade - Feature Requests

Postby HaraldHeim » Fri Jan 30, 2004 10:56 pm


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Re: FocalBlade - Feature Requests

Postby pachiu » Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:57 am


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