Plugin Newsletter - January / February 2010
PHOTOWIZ FOR MACOS X: New versions of all PhotoWiz plugins
PLUGIN GALAXY AE: Version 1.6 supports the latest versions of After Effects and Premiere
THEPLUGINSITE PANEL 1.03: Support for the latest plugin versions
NEW POLL: From which companies do you own commercial plugins?
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: PSP 9 Videos, PSP Tubes Problem, Plugin Installation Trouble, Alienskin plugins in Fireworks, EZ Mask with PSE7
GRAPHICS NEWS: Philter Phrenzy Contest, Bibble 5 Pro, CameraRaw/Lightroom Update, iPhoto 8.1.1, Eye Candy 6, ColoRotate, Corel Painter 11 Update
I hope you had a nice holiday season and a good start into the new year. This year promises to bring exiting new software releases, e.g. Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, PSP X3, just to mention a few. We are also preparing for new releases in the coming months. So as I was quite busy with developing software during the last two months, there was no December issue of this newsletter. But as a compensation there is much more stuff in this issue.
As you probably can see this is the first issue of the Plugin Newsletter in HTML. I hope you like it. We will continue to improve the layout and also try to include images in future issues. It would be nice to hear your comments. Thanks.
PHOTOWIZ FOR WINDOWS
FocalBlade 1.07, ContrastMaster
PHOTOWIZ FOR MACOS X
New versions of all PhotoWiz
plugins (except PhotoFreebies)
The PhotoWiz updates also fix a problem with saving the settings in a write-protected plugin folder. The setting files are not saved in a system area that is always writable. Additionally some of the plugins have small bug fixes applied in the new version. The most noticeable changes were made to ColorWasher, which has a few controls rearranged to comply with the Windows version.
PLUGIN GALAXY AE
Version 1.6 supports the latest
versions of After Effects and Premiere
THEPLUGINSITE PANEL 1.03
Support for the latest plugin
In which versions of an image
processing product are you interested?
1. Photoshop Plugin 47.7%
2. Lightroom Plugin 11.4%
5. Other 4.9%
It seems that the interest in Photoshop plugins is four times higher than in Lightroom plugins and standalone programs and 5.5 times higher than in After Effects plugins. For the other plugin types the interest ratio is 10 times or lower. Of course this can only be said for visitors of The Plugin Site. If the ratios are the same for all people can only be guessed.
So we will still mainly concentrate on Photoshop plugins, but also take Lightroom plugins, standalones and After Effect plugins into account.
For more poll results, please visit the
From which companies do you own
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS
PSP 9 Videos, PSP Tubes Problem,
Plugin Installation Trouble, Alienskin plugins in Fireworks, EZ Mask with
PSP 9 Videos
PSP Tubes Problem
Plugin Installation Trouble
Alienskin plugins in Fireworks
EZ Mask with PSE7
For more discussions and asking questions see
FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS
Mehdi Plugins, ASCII-art, DeMoirize,
FXbench, Pointwise Shape-Adaptive DCT, Softimage Pic Reader
The Mehdi Plugins collection contain a new plugin
called Noise Shampoo (for Windows). It is an edge-preserving smoothing
filter that denoises images. The Flat Median 1.3 plugin now offers a Dry
setting and the Julia World 1.1 plugin renders smooth colors in the exterior
of the fractal. Additionally Vista/Win7 compatibility issues were fixed
in Blots 2.1 and Gradient Smithy 1.1.
A Mac version of the ASCII-art plugin is now
available for download. The Mac version now even includes two features
that are not available in the Windows version: It supports small characters
of 5 x 5 pixel and also respects selections.
The free DeMoirize plugin (for Windows) is included
in pre 4.0 versions of Capture One PRO for Windows. It removes moire artifacts
from images. To get the plugin you need to download e.g. Capture One PRO
3.7.9 for Windows. To install it double click SETUP.EXE in the CO PRO\DeMoirize
sub folder of the downloaded .zip file. By default the Photoshop CS4 Plug-Ins
folder is selected in the installer. If you use another application, you
need to change the destination folder.
FXbench lets you write
animatable filters for Adobe Premiere, Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements,
Ulead VideoStudio and MediaStudio Pro (for Windows). The programming language
is similar to FilterFactory, but not the same. FXbench already includes
204 predefined filter codes, in case you do not want to make your finger
dirty with programming your own. The filter code is not compiled to machine
code, it is interpreted, so more complex filters may run a bit slow. FXbench
does not let you create plugins (like FilterFactory or FilterMeister),
but you can save your filter codes in a distributable xml file.
The Pointwise Shape-Adaptive DCT plugin (for
Windows) lets you denoise grayscale and color image as well as deblock
and dering JPEG files. Unfortunately we were not able to use it in Photoshop
CS3 and CS4 without a crash. So be careful when using it. It may work
in earlier versions of Photoshop or other compatible applications without
a crash, but we cannot confirm it.
The Photoshop Softimage Pic Image Reader 1.1.0
(for Windows) is an image format plugin for opening Softimage Pic files.
You need to register with the web site in order to download it.
Philter Phrenzy Contest, Bibble 5 Pro, CameraRaw/Lightroom
Update, iPhoto 8.1.1, Eye Candy 6, ColoRotate, Corel Painter 11 Update
Graphics.com launched another Philter Phrenzy Contest,
which asks you to use Digital Anarchy's free Cartoon Bubble plugin in
a creative way. You can participate until February 15, 2010. The three
winners will receive one year of access to the Mediabistro On Demand video
training library and Digital Anarchy's ToonIt! Photo plugin.
Bibble 5 Pro (for Win/Mac/Linux) is a RAW workflow
and conversion software. It is claimed to work much faster than similar
Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6, Lightroom 2.6 and DNG Converter
5.6 (for Win/Mac) are available. The updates fix minor issues and
provide Raw support for 20 new cameras, including the Canon 7D, G11, S90,
Nikon D3S, Sony A500, A550, A580, Olympus E-P2, Pentax K-x.
Version 8.1.1 of Apple's iPhoto image management
software (for MacOS X) addresses issues affecting face recognition performance,
accuracy, book ordering and iPod touch support. The update is for all
users of iPhoto 09.
Alienskin Eye Candy 6 (for Win/Mac) offers 30
special effect filters and over 1000 presets. Eye Candy now adapts its
effect to the image size and supports 16-bit/channel images as well as
ColoRotate is a color picker plugin for Photoshop
CS4. It lets you choose foreground/background colors and create palettes.
It claims to be more intuitive than the Photoshop color picker by offering
3D color views and various other features. With an optional "ColoRotate
Cloud" subscription, you can also sync colors between computers and share
with other people.
The latest update for Corel Painter 11 (for Windows)
is available for free to Painter 11 customers. It delivers on key requests
from the Painter community of users, including improvements to transformations,
color management, copy/paste, performance and auto-painting.
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