Plugin Newsletter Archive 1998/99
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 19/99 Date: Mon, 09 Aug 1999 18:18:32 +0200 Hi, Sorry, this newsletter comes a bit late, cause there were some mailing problems. The Plugin Com HQ site (http://pico.i-us.com) was already updated some days ago. ALPHA MAGIC I produced Alpha Magic in cooperation with Alfredo Mateus (who owns the Pluginhead web site) and Hollywood FX Inc. Alpha Magic offers a whole new way to create video transitions using gradients. Alpha Magic is a library of over 400 gradients and the Gradient Wizard, a new plugin that lets you create incredible wipes, dissolves and particle transitions, and helps you organize your Alpha Magic gradients with simple groups of gradient icons. Alpha Magic works with Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, Symphony, Xpress, Canopus RexEdit Discreet Logic Edit, DPS Video Action NT, FAST Video Machine Plus, 601, blue, In-Sync Speed Razor, Media 100 Finish, Panasonic DVEdit, Sony EditStation 3 and Ulead Media Studio Pro under Windows and Macintosh. For more informations and for downloading a trial version visit http://pico.i-us.com or http://www.hollywoodfx.com/ NEW GRADIENTS AVAILABLE At the same time I reworked the Transitions / Harry's Gradients page of my site. You will find 15 new free gradient files there. Instructions for using the in different video editing application are on the same page. But using these gradients in Alpha Magic is the most flexible and comfortable way to generate transition effect. GREAT FREE PLUGIN APPLICATION I've added a link to imageN at the Tools / Graphic Tools page. imageN is an image editing tool which support Adobe-compatible plugins and has many other nice features. So if you were looking for a freeware tool which can run all the nice plugins available from Plugin Com HQ, this is what you need. Besides imageN has some nice features for digital cameras. NEW FF PLUGINS I've also placed a link to Tim's Filters on the Filters / FF Index page. This collection contains 4 filters including two woodcut filters, a drop shadow filter and a edge fade filters. They were rated with full 3 stars, so don't miss them. PLUGIN GALAXY TUTORIALS I've already created 7 tutorials for my recently released Plugin Galaxy plugin set. Here are the titels: - Turning Photos into Seamless Textures - Adding Dynamics to Photos - Creating Metal Frames - Doing Text Effects - Generating Glass Tiles - Simulating Sunsets - Doing Funny Faces - Funshine Spheroids These tutorials are only accessible from http://www.i-us.com/products/plugingalaxy/plugingalaxy.htm PSP POWER BOOK A nice book that has been released lately is the PSP Power book from Lori Davis. It isn't a usual book, it is a ebook: a CD-ROM which contains PDF documents. This ebook explains all aspects of working with JASC Paintshop Pro and is easily readable. So if you were looking for such an book lately, I can only recommend it. And it is quite cheap, too, only $19.95. Get it from http://www.psppower.com or http://www.muskalipman.com GALLERY SECTION REWORKED Last but not least, I've reworked the Gallery section of my site lately. If you want to see a few graphics created by myself or other people or if you want to visit some other sites with nice photos, just take a look. Best Wishes, Harald Heim PlugIn Com HQ - Plugins, Effects and Tools for Image and Video Editing http://pico.i-us.com/ ------------------------------------------------------------ ORGANISATIONAL STUFF: If you would like to unsubscribe from this newsletter, send an email to us with unsubscribe hq in the subject line. If your email address should change, please notify me. I usually get 10 or more error emails because of closed email accounts after each newsletter. So notifing me would save me a lot of time. Thanks.
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 18/99 Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 11:30:37 +0100 Hi everyone, here are the latest news from Plugin Com HQ: PLUGIN GALAXY I'm proud to announce my new product called Plugin Galaxy. It is a set of 20 plugins containing over 120 different effects. The plugins work in over 20 applications including Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, Photo-Paint, Picture Publisher etc. Here's a description of the plugins: Alpha Tool: manipulates the alpha channel. Bluuur: creates different blur effects Breakfast: creates different textures Coolorize: manipulates the colors of an image Cryptology: lets you encrypt and decrypt your images at 64bit Edge Tool: creates many edge variations Feedback: creates radial feedback and vortex effects Fusion: creates metal, chrome or neon effects Glass: creates glass-like effects Grid: creates different grid effects Instant Mirror: creates different mirror effects Noiseee: creates different noise effects Pop Art: creates colorful pop-art style effects Rainbow: creates different rainbow gradients Sunshine: creates sunshine or sunset effects Star: creates a star effects Synthesizer: creates patterns Warp 1: creates different warp effects Warp 2: creates more warp effects Zoom: creates a zoom area There's also a demo version available which includes two free plugins. HTML SHRINKER 1.03 There's also a new version of this tool available at my site. Here's a list of the improvements: - Options dialog for defining your own shrinking options - No shrinking within tags - Larger main dialog - Some smaller improvements and bug fixes. 4 MAC PLUGINS The 4 new Unplugged plugins for the Macintosh system are now available on the Filters / Mac Plugins page. You'll find a link to the Unplugged site which is indeed worth a look at the bottom of this page. Have a nice Sunday, Harald Heim
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 17/99 Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 14:05:45 -0000 Hi, Seems it's filter season. After I've reported about a bunch of new filters last week, many more have become available this week. But first I want to correct an mistake: KPT X EQUALIZER is working perfect in PSP 5.03!!! So if you didn't get it yet, go to my Filters / Free Filters page and download it. It will only be available until the end of July. NEW KRUSTY'S FX FILTERS You may already be familiar with the Krusty's FX plugins. Now Krusty has released some corrected versions of his old filters and at the same time some new ones. The interface of the new plugin is very nice. He enhanced the boring Filter Factory interface with many graphical elements and gave it an exotic touch. Don't miss these new plugins, which mainly create texture effects! The URL is available on the Filters / FF Index page. NEW UNPLUGGED FILTERS Martijn van der Lee has released 4 new filters this weekend. You can find them, too, by visiting my Filters / FF Index page. Just look our for the NEW icon. Here's what he wrote about them: "1) Colors/Color Expander: Expand the color range to brighten up the dull shades in pictures, this filter can change the color range for each independent channel. 2) Effects/RGB Speckle: This plugin will put a random pattern of red, green and blue pixels over a picture, nice for special FX. 3) Effects/Scanner Correction: This filter will simple allow you to shift the red, green and blue channels in a picture as to correct the deviation cheap scanners will generate, this works surprisingly well. 4) Tools/Copystar: Generates a star-like radial distortion of an image, good for creating kaleidoscopic effects." APPLICATION POLL FINISHED The results of the poll, which was located last week on the main page, are now available on the Know How / Poll Results page. So if you want to know, which image editing applications are used by how many people, have a look at that page. PRICE REDUCTIONS The price of four products that are offered at my site were reduced. Eye Candy, which has been voted as their favourite plugin set by 46% of all people (see Know How / Poll Results page), is now available for only $119. Xenofex from the same company is now available for $119, too. These two offers are accessible on the Plugin Store page. Secondly the prices of Macromedia products have been reduced, too. Fireworks is now available for $149 (instead of $159) and the price of Dreamweaver (which I consider the best HTML Editor ever) has been reduced from from $269 to $249. The Fireworks offer is available on the Tools / Graphic Tools page, while the Dreamweaver offer is accessible from the Tools / Graphic Tools page. Have a nice time, Harald Heim
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 16/99 Date: Sat, 3 Jul 1999 16:48:15 +0100 Hi, after 3 weeks here's another newsletter. I've already updated my site last monday, but didn't have the time to send out this newsletter. In the last two week tons of new free filters have become available. NEW FILTERMEISTER VERSION I've added a link to the FilterMeister home page on the Filters / Free Filters where a new version of the FilterMeister plugin was released. Besides the FilterMeister plugin for creating your own filters, this package also includes TV-Mania: for creating interlace effects Energy Clouds: for creating colorful random patterns ConvoLine: blur, edge, sharpen effects Min-I-Max: nice median effects AFH Beveler 3: square bevels Newton Fractal Explorer 5: fractal patterns MURA'S SEAMLESS FILTERS Secondly, you'll find a new Filter Factory plugin package on the Filters / FF Index page. MuRa's Seamless is a set of 33 nice effects which includes seamless, mirror, warp and pattern effects. The set was rated with 3 stars. FREE KPT X EQUALIZER PLUGIN Last, but not least there's free commercial plugin available from MetaCreations called KPT Equalizer. Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to place this information on the Filters / Free Filters page, because of some connection problems. So here's the URL for downloading it: http://www.metacreations.com/products/kptx/ The download procedure is a bit complex, but the plugin is worth a look. It includes three sharpen effects. While the two others aren't that spectacular, the Equalizer effect lets you adjust different "image frequencies" and therefore create different sharpen and blur effects. Hurry up, the KPT X Equalizer plugin is ONLY AVAILABLE FOR FREE UNTIL 31TH JULY!!! After that date you have to pay $29.95 for it. I've tested this plugin PSP 5.03 and unfortunatelly it didn't work, which is a pity............. POLLS, POLLS AND POLLS While visiting my site you will come across some polls. I would appreciate, if you took the time to enter your vote. Currently there are 3 polls up: - one about FF Filters on the Filter / FF Index page - one about Edge & Frame products on the Other Effects / Edges & Frames page - and one on how much you would invest in a professional plugin set I already conducted and finished two other polls. You can find the results on the newly created Know How / Poll Results page. One of them is about the sections of my site and the second tells you which plugin sets people like best. I will soon add two new polls on the most popular transition effects and on the most popular image editing applications. So look out. HTML SHRINKER 1.01 Two problems have been removed in this new version: - Necessary spaces aren't removed any more - "Remove all Images/Scripts/Styles" are deactivated after each session If you already have a previous release of HTML Shrinker, you only need to download the 50 K update. I will also add a link list to the Tools / HTML Shrinker page mentioning HTML Shrinker optimized sites. So if you have the HTML Shrinker icon on your site and want to get listed there, please tell me. I'm very proud to tell you that HTML Shrinker 1.0 has received a full 5 star rating from ZD-NET!!! I will soon add a link to the review on the Tools / HTML Shrinker page. That's all for this time... Have a nice Weekend and enjoy the summer, Harald Heim
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 15/99 Date: Sun, 13 Jun 1999 15:05:38 +0100 I've been busy this week, but I've nevertheless managed to update my Plugin Com HQ site. Here are the topics: HTML SHRINKER I finally released version 1.0, after I received some feedback from various people. HTML Shrinker 0.9.15 was reviewed by www.zdnet.com, too, and got a good 4 star rating. The two negative points that were mentioned in the ZDNET review aren't present in the new 1.0 version, so hopefully HTML Shrinker 1.0 will get an 5 star rating soon. Version 1.0 includes a new feature which lets you remove all images, scripts and styles from html files, if you wish to do so. This can e.g. be useful, if you downloaded html pages without its images and want to view, print or archive them without ugly empty image boxes. PROGRAMMING PAGE I added some information on the The Filter Meister plugin to the Filter Meister (FM) is a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and plugin-compatible applications which lets you create your own Photoshop-compatible plugin filters using a powerful C-like programming language. You can download the current beta version of FM which includes different free filter plugins. NEW WEB TOOLS PAGE I created a new Tools / Web Tools page which lists recommended tools of the following categories:
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 14/99 Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 20:51:24 +0200 Hi, http://pico.i-us.com has been updated this weekend with the following topics: EFG CONTEST WINNERS The winners of the EFG Contest have finally been chosen. If you like to know who has won, please visit the Gallery/EFG Contest page. HTML SHRINKER I also released a new version of HTML Shrinker. If your version is older than 0.9.16, please get the newest one. The improvements are: slightly higher shrinking rate, scripts and styles won't be removed any more, confirmation message will only appear once after pressing Restore. PICO TUTORIALS The tutorials from the Tools/Plugin Commander/PiCoTutorials page are now available as PDF files on the same page. If you download them, you can read them offline and don't need to view them online any more. Kindest Regards, Harald Heim PlugIn Com HQ - Plugins, Effects and Tools for Image and Video Editing http://pico.i-us.com/ ------------------------------------------------------------ ORGANISATIONAL STUFF: If you would like to unsubscribe from this newsletter, send an email to us with unsubscribe hq in the subject line. If your email address should change, please notify me. I usually get 10 or more error emails because of closed email accounts after each newsletter. So notifing me would save me a lot of time. Thanks.
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 13/99 Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 13:26:36 -0000 Hio, it's time for a new newsletter issue. EDGE & FRAME GALAXY Due to the great success of Edge & Frame Galaxy, I decided to create Volume 2 of Edge & Frame Galaxy which is now available at the following URL: http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click/ius?siteid=387537&bfpage=galaxy Volume 2 again contains 400 edges and 50 colored frames that can be used in all favourite image, animation and video applications, but the resolution of the edges and frames has increased. Additionally there are more greyscaled edges, as well as more rectangular and circular edge variations than in Volume 1. Volume 2 also comes with an installation and uninstall procedure, as well as a better laid out manual. You can download a demo version of EFG Volume 2 (including some sample edges and frames) at the above URL, too. Both EFG volumes now include tutorials for Picture Publisher, MediaStudio Pro and Painter. EFG Volume 1 is now also avaialble as a Macintosh Photoshop version. NEW EDGE TUTORIAL The Other Effects/Edges & Frames page has been updated with an edge tutorial for Micrografx Picture Publisher. It is the same tutorial that can be found in the EFG Vol. 2 demo version. HTML SHRINKER RELEASED As I promised in the last newsletter, I've released HTML Shrinker. You can find it on the Tools/HTML Shrinker page. HTML Shrinker can be used to remove all unnecessary bytes from html files. By doing that, your html pages will become smaller and your web site will load faster. Very compact html files can be reduced up to 10% in size, but blown up html pages (produced with e.g. MS Frontpage) can be shrinked up to 50% of their original size. HTML Shrinker is linkware which means that you can use and distribute it freely, but you have to place a link to http://pico.i- us.com, if you used it to optimize your web site. For further information read the HTML Shrinker Help file. That's it for this time. Have a nice day, Harald Heim
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 12/99 Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 16:49:40 -0000 Dear Subscribers, The Plugin Com HQ site has been updated this weekend. NEW NAVIGATION SYSTEM I thought that it was necessary to figure out a new navigation system for my site. With more and more sections and sub pages added, it became more and more clumsy. Now I've added a navigation bar on the left which lets you access all pages of the whole site very quickly. Besides that the loading of the site increased dramatically, because some graphics and index pages were removed. However there may be some small navigation problems left. If you should encounter them, please let me know. Comments on the new navigations system are welcome, too. 4 NEW PLUGIN I've added 4 new Macíntosh plugins from the Unplugged series to the Filters/MacPlugins page. They produce 3 different Median type and a scan line effect. The URL for downloading the Windows versions of these plugins is on the same page. EDGE & FRAME GALAXY (EFG) Edge and Frame Galaxy is a collection of 400 b/w edges and 50 colored frames for a large variety of applications at the unbeatable price of $19.95. Now number of applications it can be used has increased. EFG contains new tutorials for Ulead Media Studio Pro, Micrografx Picture Publisher and Metacreations Painter. Even better, now there's a Macintosh Photoshop version of EFG available, too. Look out for Volume 2 of Edge & Frame Galaxy that will be released next week. Here's the URL: http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click/ius?siteid=387537&bfpage=galaxy TWO NEW FREEWARE TOOLS I'm about to release (in one or two weeks) two freeware tools programmed by myself. "Folder Tool" will be a utility for creating, copying, moving, renaming whole folder structures at only a button click. As I didn't find any tool that had such functionality, I decided to programm one myself. "HTML Shrink" will be a tool for reducing the size of HTML files. So you can use HTML Shrink to make your web pages load faster. Have a nice time, Harald Heim P.S: Some necessary organisational stuff: 1. If you would like to unsubscribe from this newsletter, send an email to us with unsubscribe hq in the subject line. 2. If your email address should change, please notify me. I usually get 10 or more error emails because of closed email accounts after each newsletter. So notifing me would save me a lot of time. Thanks.
Subject: EFG Contest Galleries open for voting Date: Mon, 3 May 1999 13:40:05 -0000 Hi, I've just opened two of the three EFG Contest Galleries at http://pico.i-us.com/gallery/efgcontest99/efg_contest.htm for voting. You're invited to have a look at the almost 100 images submited to this contest and to vote for the images you like best. I also added a link to a new and interesting plugin called Jama 3D on the Free Filters page of my site. Happy Voting, Harry
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 11/99 Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 14:37:40 -0000 Hi, you won't believe it: my site has been updated again :-) NEW TOOLS SECTION I added a new section to Plugin Com HQ called Tools. You will find there many tool which I recommend for such areas like viewing, image editing, painting, video editing, animation, gif animation, web design, batch conversion, plugins. I also provided links for directly downloading trial or demo versions. CONTESTMANIA Please remember that my Edge & Frame Galaxy Contest will finish at the end of April. Some gif animation submissions are still missing. Secondly, there's another contest currently running called Ulead GIF Animation Challenge. It runs until the end of May. The grand prize is $1000 and there are other cash awards, flatbed scanners, a digital camera, online shopping sprees and tons of software to win. Check it out at http://www.webutilities.com/contest Wishing you nice weekend, Harald Heim
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Update 10/99 Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 17:06:53 -0000 Hi Folks, New week, new update ... ALTERNATIVE FX This week I had a look on KPT5 on the Alternative FX page (in the Filters section of my site). Some of its effects can be simulated very well with already existing plugins. But read yourself ... NEW ANDREW FILTERS There were 160 new filters released by Andrew Buckle. You can get them from my "Mac Plugs & FFLs" page. As usual they are in FFL Format and you need Plugin Commander (PiCo) to convert them to plugins. The zip with the FFL files contains now over 1350 filters... I recommend to preview them in PiCo, before you convert some of them, cause these 1350 filters need 65 MBs of your hard drive space as 8bf plugins :-) EFG CONTEST GALLERY OPENED The Edge & Frame Galaxy Contest Gallery has opened with the 42 images and 7 animations which were already submited to the contest. The contest itself still runs, but will be end in two weeks. So if you still want to win a copy of Macromedia Fireworks 2 (worth $169), go and submit your image at http://www.i-us.com/galaxy.htm The changes to win Fireworks 2 are currently 1 to 5, as 15 people entered the contest and 3 copies can be won. And the chance win one of the 9 prices is even higher: 9 to 15. That's more than 50%. PHOTOSHOP 5 PREVIEW PICTURES FOR PICO I also made preview pictures of the Photoshop 5 plugins on the PiCo Download page available. If you download them and place them in the preview sub folder inside your PiCo folder, they can be used by PiCo to display the effects of the built-in Photoshop 5 plugins. The zip file is around 390K large and the pictures were created by Warwick Rendell. Many Thanks, Warwick! NEW PRODUCTS There are two new product in the PluginStore. Firstly MS PhotoDraw 200, a new sophisticated graphic application with many neat features. You can purchase it for only $93.45 and save $55 of the normal retail price. Secondly I added Adobe PhotoDeluxe 3 ($43.95) which is great for manipulating photos, creating greeting cards, calendars and that kind of stuff. TOOLS SECTION PLANNED I planned to add a Tools section to my site with descriptions and links to recommended graphic applications and tools. If you have graphic tools you often use and are satisfied with, please let me know. Many thanks in advance. Best Wishes (for the weekend and next week), Harald Heim
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Update 9/99 Date: Fri, 2 Apr 1999 14:17:34 -0000 Hi Folks, At first I'd like to express my gratitude for your continueing interest in my site. This newsletter is now delivered to almost 1000 people. As I didn't have the time to update Plugin Com HQ last weekend, I placed even more stuff this time. As usual the URL of my site is at the bottom of this email, in case you've lost it. TWO NEW FILTERS I've added two new links on the FF INDEX page (Filters section). There's the Convert plugin which has some option for converting colored images into black and white ones. And the second one is Francois Saluden's Entrelacement plugin which can simulate TV scan lines. Both plugins are quite usefull for the special purpose they were created for. EDGE TUTORIALS FOR MEDIASTUDIO AND PAINTER Then I've added to new tutorials for using edeges and frames in Ulead MediaStudio Pro and MetaCreations Painter to the Edge & Frame section of my site. They give you instructions on using the the 50 freely downloadable edges or the edges from my Edge & Frame Galaxy product in the above mentioned applications. PLUGIN TUTORIAL FOR BEGINNERS I also updated the Tutorials section with a tutorial on installing 8bf plugins in different applications. I got some emails from people who just started with image editing and had troubles using the plugins available all over the net. NEW PLUGIN CREATION TOOL Last but not, least I placed some information about Filter Formula (=FiFo), a plugin similiar to Filter Factory. If you don't know Filter Factory, it might be helpfull to know, that the thousends of plugins available on my FF Index page were creates with it. FiFo is a tool for creating your own plugins. You can recompile Filter Factory filters with it or create even better ones with FiFo's extended possibilities. Version 1.1 of FiFo has just been released. For a comparison between FiFo and Filter Factory have a look at the Programming section of my site. You will find a link to a trial version of FiFo there, too. That's all... Wishing you a Happy Easter, Harald Heim P.S. To unsubscribe from this newsletter, reply with unsubscribe hq in the subject field.
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 8/99 Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 16:50:02 -0000 Hi, I opened a new section on my site called Painter Stuff that is dedicated to Painter materials like papers, brushes, patterns, gradients, weaves, nozzles etc. It contains 55 papers for Metacreation's Painter currently. I also added only two links to sites with nozzles. Unfortunatelly there doesn't seem to exist much stuff on the web for Painter, although it is a great tool. I added a link to the free Shadow Plugin for Cool 3D to the Free Filter page in the Filters section. There are also new offers at the Plugin Store. You can get PSP5 + the book "PSP5 in 24 Hours" for unbelievable $59.95 and Ulead PhotoImpact 4.2 (incl. GIFAnimator) for $74.95 (regularly $149). There have been some great submissions to the EFG contest at http://www.i-us.com/galaxy.htm this week. Check it out. Have a nice weekend, Harald Heim
Subject: PlugIn Com HQ Newsletter 7/99 Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 19:15:17 -0000 Hi Folks, The FF Index page on my site was updated with the following things: - David Hull's 3 Dither Filters which are only available for the Mac - For everyone, who wasn't able to download Mark's great PageCurl filter, I found a new link that works. - Mock's filters are now available as Mac versions, too. - Finally I marked 4 links as broken. I hope they will be up again soon. I added more links to the Tutorial section: - The PSP, Photoshop and Other Tutorials pages have been updated - I added a Painter, Corel and Illustrator Tutorials page. The FFDG (= a mailing list about creating filters) Gallery in the Gallery section of my site has been updated. You will find a photo and a wav file with my voice there :-) I also updated the PluginStore with new products and a Top 5 Chart of last weeks best selling products. Last, but not least I got 10 submission to the Edge & Frame Galaxy Contest. So the chances to win one of three copies of Macromedia Fireworks (value $169) is still big! Especially in the Animation category, which has only one submission yet. You can view the images or submit your own contest entry at http://www.i-us.com/galaxy.htm I would appreciate any comments on how usefull you consider this newsletter. Have a nice week, Harald Heim P.S. To unsubscribe from this newsletter, just reply to this email with unsubscribe hq in the subject field.
Subject: Edge & Frame Galaxy Contest '99 Date: Sat, 6 Mar 1999 19:38:03 -0000 Hi, There haven't been any changes to PlugIn Com HQ this week, but I found out that there are some new ff filter available: - 2 new plugin from the Unplugged set. - 36 new filters from the Japanese set (Unfortunatelly the author only made the source available and not the plugin. You will have to compile them with PiCo' FF Editor.) You can find the links to these filters on the FF Index page in the filters section of my site. Secondly, I'm pleased to announce the Edge & Frame Galaxy Contest '99. You can win some nice prizes, including Macromedia Fireworks 2, when contributing self created images or gif animations. You can submit your contest entry or view already submitted ones at http://www.i-us.com/galaxy.htm The deadline for submissions is end of April 1999. For details read the attached text file... Have a nice weekend, Harald Heim (aka Harry the Raver) Attachments: D:\EFGContest99.txt
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Newsletter 6/99 Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 11:20:21 -0000 Hi, I'm very proud to announce that my first product called Edge & Frame Galaxy (EFG) has been released last weekend. To quote the product description: "It includes 400 edges and 50 colored frames (in 45 distinct categories) that can be used in almost every image, animation or video application, including Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Photo-Paint, PhotoImpact, After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Auto F/X Photo/Graphic Edges and Extensis PhotoFrame. The ways of using the supplied material are as manifold as the contents of this package. Besides using them to frame photos, graphics or thumbnails, you can use them for creating web buttons, greeting card backgrounds, credits or titles, impressive animations or animated GIFs. The sky is the limit with Edge & Frame Galaxy. And of course one of the best features of Edge & Frame Galaxy is its unbeatable price – only $19.95." You can get a demo version with 10 free edges and 3 colored frames at http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click/ius?siteid=387537&bfpage=galaxy If you want to earn some money by adding a link to the Edge & Frame Galaxy page, please contact me. Secondly, I'd like to tell you that there's a FF Imaging Contest at http://www.i-us.com/plughead.htm I'm sure some of you are interested in it. You can look at the already submited entries there and submit your own entry, if you like. Here are the details: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The First FF Imaging Contest The contest will be open to anybody who wants to participate. Participants can submit up to three entries. Images should be sent in JPEG format with size no larger than 640x480, 72 dpi resolution and the smallest file size possible. The use of applications to compress the image while retaining quality is encouraged. There will be two categories: - Best Image from Scratch Image should be created mainly with the use of Filter Factory plugins, starting from a white canvas. Other tools present in plugin hosts like photoshop and PSP are allowed, with the exception of commercial plugins (KPT, Eye Candy, etc.). - Best Image Manipulation Image should be altered mainly with the use of Filter Factory plugins. Other tools present in plugin hosts like photoshop and PSP are allowed, with the exception of commercial plugins (KPT, Eye Candy, etc.). Participant should own the initial image or use one in the public domain. *Selection The images will be exposed in thumbnail format with links to the larger images at the pluginhead site (http://pluginhead.i-us.com). Votes from visitors in the site will be collected and one image will be selected every month. Images can be re-submitted for following months. *Prizes Prizes are not decided yet but may consist of: - a winner banner for your homepage; - a place in the Best of FF Gallery to be created; - software prizes e.g. FF CD-ROMs -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I found some software offers which I haven't added to my PlugInStore, but I thought some of you could be interested. The RAYflect FourSeason plugin is available for $49 until the 1st March (normally $59). http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click/ius?siteid=387537&bfpage=fourseasons
Subject: PlugIn Commander Update Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 18:49:05 -0000 Hi, My site has been updated with a new version of PlugIn Commander. Version 0.4.24 is mostly a bug fix update. The annoying Overflow error message when switching to FFL View doesn't appear any more. The state of the "Always use passive pane" check box is now saved correctly to the registry. A problem with the "Change Category" function has been removed, so the categories are now correctly displayed e.g. in Irfan View. Concerning new features: I added more "Tips of the Day". The coloured menu style isn't the default any more, but it can be activated in Preferences. When a ff filter has no sliders, the plugin dialog won't pop up any more (in PSP or Photoshop), when saved with PiCo. Finally, I want to say a big Thanks to all of you who told me about these problems. Enjoy PiCo and have a nice weekend, Harry
Subject: Plugin Com HQ 5/99 Update Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 20:43:58 -0000 Hio Folks, Here comes the newest update for two weeks. I added a lot of new stuff to my site in the meantime. There are 12 new free downloadable plugin sets mentioned in the
Subject: PlugIn Com HQ Update 4/99 Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 15:46:25 -0000 Hi everyone, TheFinally the
Subject: PlugIn Com HQ Update 3/99 Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 20:23:12 -0000 Hi, I added a new section to my site called Actions, which contains two Photoshop action (Drop Shadow, Faded Border) created by myself and links to sites with plenty of more actions. I hope you will enjoy this new section, to which I will add more actions during the next weeks. I also added a link to a site containing some nice gradients on the Resources page of the Transitions section. It is marked with a NEW sign. Last but not least, I added six new products in the Plugin Store section: The Filter Factory CD-ROM (Really worth the $19.95!!!), Vertigo Hot Text 1.5, Kewl Packs, RAYflect Phototracer, Ulead FX Razor and SPG Web Tools. Have a nice day, Harry
Subject: PICo 0.4.22 Problems Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 19:42:10 -0000 Hi everyone, There has been some trouble with the new version of PiCo. If you downloaded pico.zip from my site and experienced error messages, please download pico_complete.zip. The reason for this seems to be that the new PiCo version refuses to work with old versions of some dll and ocx files. That's why you have to download the 2.8 MB zip file that contains the newest versions of these files. Thank you for your patience. Harry
Subject: PlugIn Com HQ Update - 2/99 Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 17:14:08 -0000 Hi everybody, My site has been updated with a new PlugIn Commander Version. The new PiCo has the version number 0.4.22. f you already have a PiCo version installed, you just need to download pico.zip (900 K) and overwrite the older files in the PiCo folder. Here's the list of enhancements: - Enhanced window resizing and faster startup process - New "Filter Download" window to directly connect to www sites that contain plugins. - "Tip of the Day" window with usefull tips - Colored menu items with icons (and styled menu bar items which can be activated in Preferences) - The Search function can now do a case sensitive or insensitiv search. - "SelectAll" function (press Ctl + A) - If the folder entered in the Select Destination Folder dialog doesn't exist, the user is asked, if it should be created. - Other bugs removed. I'm looking forward to recieve your feedback. Also if you should know a Tip of the Day that could be added, please write me. Have a nice weekend, Harry P.S: The ftp.visca.com downlaod link will be updated in one or two days. So please use the ftp.i-us.com link.
Subject: PlugIn Com HQ-"Happy New Year"-Update Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 20:26:25 -0000 Hi everybody, I wish you all a happy and sucessfull new year. Thanks for your enduring interest in my site. This is the first update in the new year and I'm sure there will be many new and interesting things on my site throughout 1999. So let's start: The FFL Files page in the Filters section of my site has been renamed to "
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Update Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 17:54:04 -0000 Hi, This is just a quick update. There will be a new update of my site before Christmas again, I think. Maybe not everyone knew, that the 50 edges that are downloadable from the
Subject: PlugIn Com HQ Update Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 19:04:43 -0000 Hi everyone, 52 of my 55 filters are now available as Macintosh versions. You can find them in the Filters section of my site under Harry's Filters. The downloadable sit archive is quite large with its 2 MBs compared to the Windows self-extracting archive. Do you already have Christmas present for yourself :-? No? Then have a look at the Plugin Store section of my site. Have a nice time, Harry
Subject: PlugIn Com HQ Update Date: Sat, 21 Nov 1998 19:21:21 -0000 Hi, There has been a new update of my site today. I changed the design of the main page. Now it downloads/displays at twice the speed as before and you don't need to scroll anymore to reach all the sub pages (unless you are using a 640x480 screen resolution). Comments on the new look are welcome. Secondly, I added a link to 3 new free plugins
Subject: PlugIn Com HQ Update of the Year Date: Sun, 1 Nov 1998 13:50:24 -0000 Hi, This is the hugest update I've ever done to PlugIn Com HQ. There's a lot of new stuff and pages available at http://pico.i-us.com now. There have been some problems with my ftp location in the last days, but they are sorted out now. I've released a
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Update Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 13:49:57 -0000 Hi everybody, thanks for your interest in my site and the many compliments I recived from you. There has been no update, while I was on holidays. But now after collecting some new stuff, i decided to update Plugin Com HQ again. So here are the changes: Over 150 freely downloadable filters have been added to the
Subject: Plugin Com HQ Update Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 12:58:15 +0200 Hi, I uploaded a page with previews of our Video FX Factory CD-ROM that will be released soon and that will contain over 1000 effects for digital video editing. The page is accessible from the Filters and Transitions section of my site. You can also subscribe there to get a message when the CD is available. Harry
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