Plugin Newsletter - January/February 2012
INSTALLATION UPDATES: Support for AfterShot Pro, Photoshop CS6 Beta, Paint Shop Pro X4, Corel Painter, Paint.NET, Zoner Photo Studio 13+, Artweaver Plus, ArcSoft PhotoStudio
POLL RESULTS: In what format(s) do you usually shoot digital photos? In which new commercial plugin(s) from The Plugin Site are you most interested?
NEW POLLS: For which application(s)
are you interested in buying plugins and add-ons? Are you editing photos
on a mobile device?
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Problem
opening RAW file in Photoshop CS4, Color Problem in Photoshop
GRAPHICS NEWS: Softener2 64-bit, Adobe Upgrade Drama, Bibble becomes After Shot Pro, Painter 12.1, PSP X4 SP1, Blow Up 3
If We are still working on our latest ColorStyler product. As usual it requires more time than expected to make it work smoothly and comply with our own high demands. But now it will not take very long until it is ready.
Corel acquired Bibble Labs last year and released the new AfterShot Pro application (for Win/Mac/Linux). AfterShot Pro is based on Bibble Pro, a RAW converted and image processing tool. With Corel behind his back this tool is definitely going to become more popular. It already features something that none of the competition offers: a tightly integrated plugin interface. Unlike the external editing feature of the competition AfterShot Pro supports plugins that do not disrupt the workflow and become a part of the UI. So we are seriously considering producing AfterShot versions of our plugins.
Painter 12.1 is the fourth application that supports 64-bit Photoshop plugins. Unfortunately only under Windows and not on the Mac. On the Mac you still only have the choice between Photoshop and Photoline. If you run Painter 12.1 under Windows 64-bit, you can neither use 32-bit Photoshop plugins with it, because no 32-bit version of Painter is installed. Hopefully Corel will rethink that and add an option to install Painter 32-bit under Windows 64-bit.
Things have started to move somewhat in the Adobe upgrade drama. Startled up by user protests Adobe will now allow users of CS3 and CS4 to directly upgrade to CS6 (and skip the CS5 upgrade) until the end of 2012. From 2013 on people still have to buy every CS upgrade if they do not want to pay the full price again. More in the Graphics News section below...
Finally here is something to smile about: The Cultural Excesses of Fotoshop by Adobé
Have a look at our up-coming product
ColorStyler is still under development, but it will not take that long anymore until it is ready. We are working on making it even better and adding more effect options and presets.
ColorStyler will enable you to enhance your photos in numerous ways to make them look their best and add your own personal style. The most remarkable features, which are not available in our other products so far, are preset thumbnails, a curve tool, a masking brush tool and a more flexible UI. ColorStyler will include hundreds of presets for simulating color films, color filters and various other traditional photography effects as well as special effects.
For more information and for
subscribing for the release news go to
Support for Bibble/AfterShot Pro, Photoshop CS6 Beta, Paint Shop Pro X4, Corel Painter, Paint.NET, Zoner Photo Studio 13/14, Artweaver Plus, ArcSoft PhotoStudio
The installers of our plugin and standalone products were updated to support various new applications. The software itself remains the same.
The standalone versions of the PhotoWiz products now
automatically install as an external editor into AfterShot Pro and Bibble
5. Our Plugin Installer, which is delivered with all Photoshop plugins,
now supports Photoshop CS6 (Beta), Paint Shop Pro X4, Corel Painter, Paint.NET,
Zoner Photo Studio 13 and 14, Artweaver Plus and ArcSoft PhotoStudio.
For more information see the
Alienskin Snap Art 3
Our reviewer Kay Kuhnlein, who is a big fan of painting effects, took a look at the latest release of Alienskin's paint effects plugin Snap Art. As there are already a lot of Snap Art examples based on photos available, he decided to try his luck with clipart and modern art images.
You can read the review ins the
Poll 1: In what format(s) do you usually shoot digital photos?
277 people participated in this poll, the results are as follows:
1. RAW 45%
The poll reflects that almost half of all voters take their digital photos exclusively in RAW format. If you add the 21% that use both RAW and JPEG, it is two thirds of all voters that shoot RAW. JPEG is the first selection for almost one third of all voters. Adding the 21% we get 51% of all voters shooting JPEG. Still, we can assume that most people who shoot both RAW plus JPEG will edit the RAW files and use the JPEGs for quickly passing on the photos. As DNG is supported by few cameras, it is the preferred option for very few people.
In this poll 416 people cast their vote:1. A Masking/Cutout Plugin 12%
2. B/W Styler 2 Upgrade 11.5%
3. A Lens/Perspective Correction Plugin 10.8%
4. A Creative Focus Plugin 9.1%
5. A Portrait Retouching Plugin 8.9%
A Combined PhotoWiz Plugin 8.9%
6. ColorWasher 3 Upgrade 7.9%
7. ContrastMaster 2 Upgrade 7.5%
8. A Image Sizing Plugin 7.2%
9. A Edge/Vignette/Frame Plugin 6.3%
10. LightMachine 2 Upgrade 5%
11. Other 4.8%
Similar to a previous poll a good masking/cutout plugin is still desired by many people. As we did not want to risk producing something average, we did not work on such a plugin yet, but we may develop one in future. Surprisingly a lens/perspective correction plugin is also highly anticipated, although such a feature was included in the latest Photoshop and Lightroom releases. Its auto feature completely failed on my own very common camera/lens combinations, so maybe I am not the only one.
We have been thinking of a combined PhotoWiz plugin with simplified features from all PhotoWiz plugins. We are slowly working in that direction. B/W Styler and ColorWasher upgrades are also high on the to-do list.
For more poll results please visit the
For which application(s) are
you interested in buying plugins or add-ons?
Last year there was a poll about which application are
favored for processing photos. This time we would like to know which applications
are enhanced with commercial plugins and add-ons. The second poll deals
with editing photos on phones and tablet computers.
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS
Problem opening RAW file in Photoshop CS4, Color Problem in Photoshop
Here are the latest posts on the forums:
Problem opening RAW file in
Color Problem in Photoshop
Please feel free to post suggestions or start a discussion
FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS
Graphicxtras plugins, AlphaPNG
format plugin, Zoner Photo Studio 14 Free, Ashampoo Photo Optimizer Free
six new Photoshop plugins (fro Windows) for free in addition to
the gothic plugin, which has been available for quite some time. They
produce blur, color, smear and noise effects and are called Fuzzy, SolarFire,
Percent Add, Circular Smudge, Phazed and Blur Noise. If you like the crazy
effects of the good old Andrews Filters, you will love these. You can
buy various collection with more of these plugins from Graphicxtras.
The AlphaPNG format plugin
(for Windows) saves semi-transparent images in 8-bit PNG format. It lets
you choose a color palette and automatically optimizes the image into
a high quality 256-color PNG image. It is fully functional without any
limitations, but the developer asks you to donate some money if you like
Zoner Photo Studio 14 Free (for Windows) is a
tool for viewing, editing, managing and sharing photos. It also creates
3D pictures, contact sheets, calendars and greeting cards. There is an
enhanced commercial version, which supports Photoshop plugins.
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer Free (for Windows) is
a one-click photo enhancement tool, which enhances the brightness, contrast,
saturation and sharpness of photos. You simply select an image, rotate
it if necessary, click the Optimize button and then the Save button. This
is take-it-or-leave-it tool as you can either accept the enhancement or
forget about it. There is a commercial version of it, which offers a few
manual options and additional effects.
For more free plugins and tool, please visit the
Softener2 64-bit, Adobe Upgrade Drama, Bibble becomes After Shot Pro, Painter 12.1, PSP X4 SP1, Blow Up 3
namesuppressed released a 64-bit
version of its Softener 2 plugin (for Windows). It adds a dreamy,
glossy or soft focus effect with the help of 8 focus types and 14 built-in
Adobe is rowing back: The announcement that owners
of CS4 and earlier versions would not be able to directly upgrade to Creative
Suite 6 last November caused an earthquake within the Photoshop Community.
This was a striking change with regard to Adobe´s traditional customer
policy and would have caused serious financial disadvantages especially
for smaller companies and individual users. Now Adobe seems to have reconsidered
this policy and allows its users once more to upgrade to CS6 from CS3
and CS4 until the end of 2012. But from 2013 on customers will either
have to purchase every upgrade or subscribe to the upcoming cloud service
to avoid paying the full price again when omitting an upgrade. So many
people may still not be able to afford Adobe software in future anymore.
Corel purchased Bibble Labs, the maker of the
Bibble Pro Raw conversion software, last year. Bibble 5.2.3 is
the last planned release of Bibble 5. The Bibble team joined Corel and
turned Bibble 5 into the newly released Corel product AfterShot Pro.
It still supports Mac and Linux, although Corel mainly develops Windows
applications. Unlike its competitor Adobe Lightroom it also supports direct
image file access, layers, regions and fully-integrated plugins and costs
only one third as much.
The Corel Painter 12.1 (for Win/Mac) update contains
various improvements and fixes. After support for Photoshop plugin was
dropped in a previous release, it is back again. Under Windows it supports
32-bit or 64-bit plugins (depending on your Windows edition) and on the
Mac only 32-bit plugins can be used with it.
Service Pack 1 for PaintShop Pro X4 is available.
It includes new color workspace options, HDR workflow improvements, enhanced
RAW support as well as various fixes and changes. You can download it
Alienskin Blow Up 3 (for Win/Mac), an image resizing
tool, was released. This update concentrates especially on simplicity.
Version 3 enlarges photos more clearly, renders faster and has fewer controls.
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