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Plugin Newsletter - March 2009

 

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EDITORIAL


POSTCARD CONTEST 2009: Win one of up to 45 prices by sending a postcard to us

PHOTOFREEBIES 2.0 FOR WINDOWS: New Color Blind plugin, updated BW plugin and many new features

HYPERTYLE 1.04: Full Vista support and new installer

THE PLUGIN SITE UPDATES: The Plugin Essentials article updated with information about 64bit plugins


PLUGIN REVIEWERS NEEDED: Get a free NFR copy of a plugin for writing a review

POLL RESULTS: Which video editing application do you mainly use?

NEW POLL: How much would you pay for a useful Photoshop-compatible plugin?

THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Simulating Yarn, Bridge Problem, Hardwear Specs for CS2, CSH to JSL, PSP 7 under Vista


FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: Filter Forge Freepack 4, FunPix Maker, EyeRoller, MS PhotoGallery, DVDFlick/AVStoDVD

GRAPHICS NEWS: Photoshop CS4 Update, WMF Import plugin, Lightroom 2.3 / Camera Raw 5.3, Painter 11, CorelDRAW Anniversary Edition and Contest


PRODUCTS FROM THE PLUGIN SITE

ABOUT THE PLUGIN SITE

 

 

Dear Reader,

We recently dropped the FilterMeister development environment for developing our Photoshop plugins. We will develop them solely in C/C++ from now on. This means that we will be able to create even more powerful plugins in a shorter amount of time in future and that new updates will become available faster. So you will get even more value for your money when purchasing plugins from The Plugin Site.

Additionally we will soon release 64bit versions of all our plugins for the 64bit version of Photoshop CS4 for Windows. The 64bit versions will become available with new updates of our plugins. This month we already released the 64bit versions of our free PhotoFreebies plugins together with their 2.0 update. See below for more information about the PhotoFreebies.

Kind regards,
Harald Heim

http://www.thepluginsite.com

 

 

POSTCARD CONTEST 2009: Win one of up to 45 prices by sending a postcard to us
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The Postcard Contest 2009 asks you to write a postcard and send it to us. The postcard can be purchased or created by yourself. The 20 best participants can win prizes consisting of a total of 57 software products and 5 books worth more than USD $3500. The contest runs until August 31, 2009.

Here is a list of the prizes:

Photo Tools 2: http://www.ononesoftware.com/
Exposure, Bokeh : http://www.alienskin.com/
nik Viveza: http://www.niksoftware.com/viveza/
IPX Paint Engine: http://fantasticmachines.com/
Curl Pro + Puzzle Pro: http://www.avbros.com/
DFT Light, Ozone and Power Stroke: http://www.digitalfilmtools.com/
PhotoMagic, PhotoZoom Pro 2, PhotoArtist: http://www.benvista.com/
FilterForge Standard: http://www.filterforge.com/
ContrastMaster, Plugin Galaxy: http://www.thepluginsite.com/
Fantastic Frames, Borders & Frames CDs: http://www.photoshopgraphics.co.uk/
Quasar, MetaGrad, Refiner and Conditioner: http://www.xero-graphics.co.uk/
Neat Image Pro: http://www.neatimage.com/
Namesuppressed Plugins: http://www.namesuppressed.com/
DOF PRO: http://www.dofpro.com/
Fractalius: http://www.redfieldplugins.com/
FilterMeister: http://www.filtermeister.com/
SF Maskerade + SF ColorMixer Pro: http://www.simpelfilter.de/en/
recolorST: http://foksmarx.com/
Andrews Plugins, Custom Shapes & Patterns Collection: http://www.graphicxtras.com/
Photo Purify: http://www.photopurify.com/
O'Reilly Books: http://oreilly.com/

For more details on the contest see
http://www.thepluginsite.com/gallery/postcard/

 

 

PHOTOFREEBIES 2.0 FOR WINDOWS: New Color Blind plugin, updated BW plugin and many new features
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Version 2 of PhotoFreebies for Windows, a freeware collection of Photoshop plugins, was released. It offers a new Color Blind plugin for simulating red/green color blindness. The BW plugin now offers a dialog and lets you choose between 7 black and white variations. The PhotoFreebies 2 plugins are scriptable, which means that their parameters can be recorded in actions or scripts and that they can be used as smart filters in Photoshop CS3/CS4. The dialogs are resizable and support XP/Vista visual styles. Additionally the Remove Transparency plugin works correctly on grayscale images, the plugins are compatible with Data Execution Protection (DEP) and offer improved compatibility with some applications. Their installation was also improved.

PhotoFreebies 2 are available as 32bit as well as 64bit versions. The 64bit versions work in Photoshop CS4 64bit under 64bit Windows.

For more information and downloading them see:
http://www.thepluginsite.com/products/photowiz/photofreebies/

 

 

HYPERTYLE 1.04: Full Vista support and new installer
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Version 1.04 of HyperTyle offers full compatibility with Windows Vista. Occasional program error messages under Vista do not occur anymore. Also the memory error message that was displayed when opening some presets was fixed. HyperTyle 1.04 is now installed by a new multilingual installer.

For more information and a demo version see:
http://www.thepluginsite.com/products/hypertyle/

 

 

THE PLUGIN SITE UPDATES: The Plugin Essentials article updated with information about 64bit plugins
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Our "Plugin Essential" article, which was initially released in 2002 and contains all essential information about Photoshop plugins, was updated with information about 64bit topics. There are two new sections called "64bit Photoshop Plugins" and "Running 32bit Photoshop Plugins under 64bit Operating Systems". Additionally there is a new Contents table and various places in the text have been updated.

http://www.thepluginsite.com/knowhow/tutorials/introduction/introduction.htm

 

 

PLUGIN REVIEWERS NEEDED: Get a free NFR copy of a plugin for writing a review
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We plan to add more content to our Review section at http://www.thepluginsite.com/reviews/. Therefore we are looking for people who would like to write reviews of Photoshop plugins consisting of at least 500 words. As a reward the reviewer will get a NFR copy of the reviewed product and can keep it. If you are interested, please contact us with a list of plugins that you would like to review. We also need some references about you, e.g. URLs where you wrote something, so that we can see that you already have some experiences in writing.

Please contact us at
http://www.thepluginsite.com/about/contact.htm

 

 

POLL RESULTS: Which video editing application do you mainly use?
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183 people voted for their favorite video editing application in our recent poll. The results are the following:

1. Adobe Premiere Pro 23%
2. Other 16%
3. Adobe Premiere Elements 14%
4. Pinnacle Studio Plus/Ultimate 9%
5. Sony Vegas Pro 6%
Pinnacle Studio 6%
Ulead VideoStudio 6%
6. Apple Final Cut Pro 4%
Ulead MediaStudio 4%
7. Adobe After Effects 3%
8. Sony Vegas Movie Studio 3%
9. Apple Final Cut Express 2%
Magix Video Pro 2%
10. Avid/Pinnacle Liquid 1%

Seems that Adobe is also quite dominant in the world of video editing with 40% of all voters using Adobe products. Pinnacle gathered a second place with 16%. Ulead follows with 10% and Sony with 9%.

For more poll results, please visit the Know-How section at
http://thepluginsite.com/knowhow/

 



NEW POLL: How much would you pay for a useful Photoshop-compatible plugin?
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Our latest poll asks you how much you would pay for a Photoshop plugin that you consider useful. There are various options from $0 to $300. There was a similar poll in 2003, but things may have changed in the meantime.

Please vote at the bottom of the page at
http://www.thepluginsite.com/

 

 


THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Simulating Yarn, Bridge Problem, Hardwear Specs for CS2, CSH to JSL, PSP 7 under Vista
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Here are the latest post from The Plugin Site Forums:

Simulating Yarn
aixspecial wrote: "Does anyone know of a plugin that simulates yarn in Photoshop? Example: If I draw a line, it will look like a string of yarn. I would greatly appreciate any info."
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3141

Bridge Problem
Allen-H wrote: "Hi, I am having a small problem with Photoshop Bridge which was installed as part of the Photoshop CS4 package. My problem is, that suddenly, my RAW images will not display as an image, just the PS Logo. Probably operator error and I have clicked something. Any help appreciated Thanks"
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3149

Hardwear Specs for CS2
atchy wrote: "As a relative newcomer to Photoshop (but not to photography) Can anyone recommend what specifications I should look for in a desktop computer to effectively run Photoshop CS2. Thanks."
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3131

CSH to JSL
RubberDucky wrote: "Does anyone know if there is a way to convert PS custom shapes .csh to PSP preset shapes .jsl?"
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3143

PSP 7 under Vista
gunsan wrote: "I am still using good old PSP 7.04. ... Works well in Vista too but I have got such an irritating problem, The menues that are supposed to roll up when I don't use them, have stopped doing so. I have to close them and open them not to get mad since they cover working space and often the buttons up to the right ... Do anyone know a solution? reinstall doesn't help."
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3139

For more interesting discussion please visit our forums at
http://www.thepluginsite.com/forum/

 

 

FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: Filter Forge Freepack 4, FunPix Maker, EyeRoller, MS PhotoGallery, DVDFlick/AVStoDVD
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Nr. 4 of the Filter Forge Freepack (for Windows) with the subtitle "Distortions" was released. It includes 7 plugin filters for creating distortion effects.

http://www.filterforge.com/download/


MAGIX FunPix Maker (for Windows) lets you deform images with the mouse for creating caricatures or artistic distortions. The result can be saved, printed or emailed. The web site also offers other freeware tools for creating video slide shows and printing CD covers.

http://www.magixphotowidgets.com/magix-funpix-maker-12.html


EyeRoller (for Windows) is a free fun tool that lets you import a portrait photo and let the eyes of the person follow your mouse pointer. It offers a face editor for defining an eye mask and choosing an iris from the included library. The result can be exported for use on a web site.

http://www.jockersoft.com/english/eyeroller_index.php


Microsoft PhotoGallery (for Windows) is a free photo management tool. It can find people in your photos and let you add a name to each face. Later you can then search for all photos of a certain person. PhotoGallery also offers simple options for photo editing and panorama creation. It also lets you upload photos to an online album, send them via email or order prints of them.

http://download.live.com/photogallery


DVD Flick (for Windows) as well as AVStoDVD (for Windows) are freeware applications that let you convert your video files to Video DVD format and even burn them as a Video DVD. Both support a large amount of video formats. Unlike the AVIToDVD tool that was mentioned a few months ago, both have their own UI and do not simply launch other tools for various tasks. So check out both and see which one you like better.

http://www.dvdflick.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/avstodvd/

 

 

GRAPHICS NEWS: Photoshop CS4 Update, WMF Import plugin, Lightroom 2.3 / Camera Raw 5.3, Painter 11, CorelDRAW Anniversary Edition and Contest
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Photoshop CS4 Update
Photoshop CS4 (for Win/Mac) received an update which fixed a number of issues: Slow performance problems, pen barrel rotation problems with Wacom tablets, 3D textures edited by a plugin not being recognized, improved Auto-Blend Layers (Stack Images) and crashes when pasting formatted text or from a corrupt font.

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/


WMF Import plugin
The MFImport plugin (for Windows) allows to open Windows metafiles (WMF, EMF) in Photoshop. All metafiles are opened antialiased in Photoshop with a transparent background. While importing the files you can indicate the required resolution.

http://wmf.wholegroup.com/wmf-emf-photoshop.html


Lightroom 2.3 / Camera Raw 5.3
The final version of Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 was released. Both offer support for Nikon D3X und Olympus E-30. Lightroom 2.3 is now also available in eight different languages.

http://www.adobe.com/de/downloads/updates/


Painter 11
Version 11 of Corel Painter, a leading painting and illustration software, includes more than 40 new and improved features. New pressure-sensitive brushes support fluid working and produce precise brush strokes. Additionally drawing tools were enhanced and customizable media can be used.

http://www.corel.com/


CorelDRAW Anniversary Edition and Contest
Corel has introduced an International Design Contest and a special edition of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 to celebrate its 20-years-anniversary. The contest is meant for CorelDRAW users and closes on May 31, 2009. The contest features six entry categories plus a separate category for students. The prizes are worth a total of $75,000.
The special anniversary edition of CorelDRAW includes CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4, a Wacom Intuos3 tablet and new Painter Sketch Pad sketching software in one complete package. It will be available in nine languages. it is only available in limited quantities.

http://www.corel.com/






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