Plugin Newsletter - May / June 2009
POSTCARD CONTEST 2009: Keep sending postcards!
PLUGIN BOOK GIVEAWAY: Here are the three winners
POLL RESULTS: Do you use the 32bit or 64bit version of Photoshop CS4 for Windows?
NEW POLL: What do you think of Lightroom's External Editors feature (from the Photo > Edit In menu) as a replacement for real plugins?
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Photoshop Warnings During Batch Processing
GRAPHICS NEWS: PhotoPlus X3, Camera Raw 5.4 RC, PhotoXpress, PercepTool, MultiBrush 4
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According to our recent poll almost 1/3 of all plugin users want to have 64bit versions of their plugins. This is quite a good reason to release 64bit versions of our plugin. After releasing a 64bit version of PhotoFreebies, we now released the first 64bit version of one of our commercial plugins, namely ColorWasher. We also plan to have 64bit versions of all PhotoWiz plugins out before the end of the year.
Thanks to all people who sent postcards to our contest. A lot of interesting ones are among them. Keep sending more! We cannot get enough. See below for more information.
By the way, if you do not know what photos to take
with your camera and need a bit of adrenaline, I recommend reading the
following article about creating great photos by throwing your camera
in the air: http://www.creativepro.com/article/colorful-art-camera-tossing
COLORWASHER 2.04 WINDOWS UPDATE: Including a 64bit
version for Photoshop CS4 64bit under Windows Vista64
As we have already released a 64bit version of our free PhotoFreebies plugins, it is now time to release the first 64bit Windows version of our commercial plugins. 64bit does not refer to the image depth as some people may believe. It concerns the operating system and the processor architecture. So the 64bit version of ColorWasher 2.04 can only be used under Vista64 (or maybe XP64) with Photoshop CS4 64bit. It means a better performance especially with very large image files, because it can now use more than 4 GB RAM.
ColorWasher for Windows is now available as a regular 32bit version and a new 64bit one. We decided to use different installation files for each version for now, although that may change in future. All registered users will get the 32bit version of ColorWasher 2.04 for free. Users who purchased ColorWasher December 2008 or later will also get the 64bit version for free. All other users need to upgrade to the 64bit version. All registered users will get an email with the details within the next 24 hours.
Apart from the 64bit version the new ColorWasher 2.04 release also includes a few new features and bug fixes. ColorWasher 2.04 now supports XP/Vista visual styles and double clicking the label of a control resets it to its default value. ColorWasher's plugin file size was reduced to less than 2/3 of the previous version, because it is now created with another compiler and development system. So it is leaner, marginally faster and consumes a bit less memory. For more details see the Version History page on the ColorWasher product pages.
You can visit ColorWasher pages at
Since the last newsletter we have received a lot of postcards for the contest. So far 105 postcards have arrived and many people have sent more than just one card. This is still not much compared with the 20 prizes that can be won. So at the moment your chance to win is 20%, which is quite a lot compared with many other contests.
Especially for contest category #1 there were only 21 postcards. It seem that people like it better to create postcards of their own than buying one and sending it to us. So if you purchase a postcard of your location and send it to us your chances to win are even better, actually 50% at the moment.
So far more than 350 people have registered for the contest. We hope that everyone who registered will really send a postcard. So we are looking forward to your creative and interesting postcards!
You can still request participation in the contest
at the contest pages at
Lark Books recently donated three copies of the book "Digital Photographer's New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins" by Jim Zuckerman and Scott Stulberg. More than 700 people participated in the Give-Away on our web site. But there can only be three winners. And here they are:
Lode Vlayen, Belgium
Congratulations to the winners! If you were not so lucky, you can still have a look at the book in your local or online book store and decide if you want to buy it.
For more information on the plugin book see
This month our reviewers tested three major plugin products from Auto FX, OnOne and nik.
Auto FX PhotoGraphic Edges 7 was reviewed by two people, so we have two independent reviews. Robert van de Voort (aka Digiteyez) writes that it "offers the lot. It is not just about frames, it is a concept that takes your image beyond the square." and also compares it to the competition. A second review was written by Kay M Kuhnlein, who is a big fan of PGE from Version 1 on. He writes that users "will be fascinated by the sheer amount of extraordinary frame effects". He also gives a few tips on using PGE 7 and shows two image examples of what he achieved with it. Read both reviews at
POLL RESULTS: Do you use the 32bit or 64bit version
of Photoshop CS4 for Windows?
205 people voted in the recent poll about the 32bit
vs 64bit version of Photoshop CS4 for Windows. Here are the results:
11% - I mainly use the 64bit version, but I feel forced
to switch to the 32bit version in order to use 32bit plugins.
11% - I mainly use the regular 32bit version, although
I would be able to use the 64bit version of Photoshop CS4.
Lightroom 2 does not offer a sophisticated plugin architecture like that of Photoshop. It is possible to create export plugins, which are plain scripts, and there is an external editor feature that lets you pass images from Lightroom to other standalone applications including Photoshop. Some plugin manufacturers have started to offer "Lightroom plugins", which are in fact standalone versions of their Photoshop plugins that are used as external editors from the Photo > Edit In menu in Lightroom. This is certainly a step in the right direction, but these external editors still cannot compete with the internal non-destructive effects of Lightroom. Hopefully the situation will change with Version 3 of Lightroom and Adobe will provide an SDK for developing real Lightroom plugins.
Anyway, we would like to hear your opinion about Lightroom's external editor feature. There are five options for expressing your opinion about it.
Please vote at the bottom of the page at
Here is a recent post from The Plugin Site Forums:
Photoshop Warnings During Batch Processing
FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: PhotoTools 2 Lite, Resize
Magic, Beauty Guide Lite / Image Resize Lite, Ventuz 2008 Express, S10
One Software offers a free version of PhotoTools 2 (for Win/Mac). PhotoTools 2 Lite includes 14 of the most popular effects from the commercial versions of PhotoTools 2.
GRAPHICS NEWS: PhotoPlus X3, Camera Raw 5.4 RC, PhotoXpress,
PercepTool, MultiBrush 4
Serif PhotoPlus X3 is a digital image editing application (for Windows). It supports Photoshop documents, Photoshop plugins, layers, masks, smart filters, 48bit images, HDR images, Camera Raw images and many effects and artistic styles. It offers QuickFix, Makeover and Print Studio tools, lets you restore and repair old or damaged photos and turns photos into water color, impressionistic and Van-Gogh-style images.
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