Home  ||  Products | Download | Order  ||  Resources | Reviews | Forum | News | Gallery  ||  About

 

Plugin Newsletter - September 2000


This issue is sponsored by PINNACLE PUBLISHING:
-----------------------------------------------
One of the most respected names in IT publishing is now
offering FREE weekly email newsletters for developers!
PINNACLE PUBLISHING has combined the TOP names in the
industry to address current issues to keep you informed!
Pinnacle FREE newsletters include: XML Developer eXTRA,
.NET Developer eXTRA, Oracle Pro eXTRA, Java Enterprise
Developer eXTRA, VB Developer Weekly, and MORE!
<a href=" http://opt-influence.com/a/pinnacle4/ ">AOL click
here</a>

 

CONTENTS
========

INTRODUCTION

PLUGIN COMMANDER 1.50 RELEASED

PLUGIN COM HQ CHAT

GALAXY CONTEST 2000 - LAST CHANCE

REVIEWS

FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS

GRAPHICS NEWS

FREEWARE OF THE MONTH

 


Hi,

It seems that this newsletter is getting larger and larger and sent only every four weeks. One reason is that I worked hard on the latest version of Plugin Commander (see below!). Besides that there is and will be a lot of work to transfer all content from pico.i-us.com to ThePluginSite.com. I/US plans to close it and all of the other content sites they host. So as my Plugin Com HQ site at pico.i-us.com has grown very large throughout the last 3 years, there will be a lot of work to adapt the pages to the thepluginsite.com design. But it is also a challenge to present the content even better and improve the web site usability.

All the best,
Harald Heim

 


PLUGIN COMMANDER 1.50 RELEASED

Eight months after the latest release, here's the newest version of Plugin Commander, the most effective and easiest way to deal with plug-ins of all kinds. As usual there's a free Light version for everyone and a commercial feature-packed Pro version.

This baby developed even better than I ever planned it to be. I think, the most exciting new feature of Plugin Commander Pro is the possibility to directly execute all kinds of Photoshop-compatible 8bf plug-ins. This will give you an even better impression of your plug-in collection. It also means that you can apply plug-in effects to images and preview their effects instantly in the preview window or the thumbnail browser.

Both Light and Pro Edition now recognize multi-filter plug-ins (like EyeCandy or KPT3) and also support over 30 new plug-in types from various image, animation and 3D applications. Moreover you can also define new plug-in types yourself and extend Plugin Commander's functionality.

I recommend not using the 1.0x versions of Plugin Commander any more!!! They contain some serious bugs I discovered recently. For example the Convert command sometimes doesn't display an Overwrite dialog and the Size and Date columns of the File View sort the files in a way that you can't be sure which file you're actually selecting.

If you already bought Plugin Commander Pro 1.x, you will soon get a separate email with instructions for obtaining this free update.

For full details and for downloading the Light version go to

http://thepluginsite.com

 


PLUGIN COM HQ CHAT

Like to chat with me and some other guys about graphics or other topics? Send me an email, tell me when you usually have time (e.g. 2 pm to 5 pm GMT -6) and I'll arrange a small chat event in the new Plugin Com HQ chat room.

http://pico.i-us.com

 


GALAXY CONTEST 2000 - LAST CHANCE

The Galaxy Contest 2000 is going to be finished this Saturday. This is your last chance of sending your image and animations and winning one of the following 58 prizes:

ACDSee
http://www.acdsystems.com

EyeCandy and Xenofex
http://www.alienskin.com/

DeepPaint
http://www.deeppaint.com/

AgedFilm and Euphoria
http://www.digieffects.com/

Thumbs Plus
http://www.cerious.com/

Xara X, Xara 3D and Xara Webstyle
http://www.xara.com/

Plugin Commander Pro
http://pico.i-us.com

Compact Draw
http://www.mediachance.com/

Andromeda LensDoc
http://www.andromeda.com/

Ultimate Paint and Ultimate FX
http://www.ultimatepaint.com/

AVBros PageCurl and Puzzle Pro
http://www.avbros.com/

FilterFormula
http://www.ats-vienna.com/graphic

Sapphire Innovations plugin sets
http://www.sapphire-innovations.com/

Books from Muska & Lipman
http://www.muskalipman.com/

TileTools
http://www.fantasticmachines.com/

OldMovie
http://www.v-d-l.com/

The jury which elects the winners will consist of people from the companies who generously donated the mentioned prizes. Have a look at the submission guidelines and already presented artwork at

http://thepluginsite.com

 


REVIEWS

There are two new reviews on ACDSee and Photobrush in the new Reviews section at thepluginsite.com. ACDSee is a phenomenal image viewer and Photobrush is a nice digital painting application.

Check out these right-to-the-point reviews at

http://thepluginsite.com

 


FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS

Colleen's Photoshop Fun Pack are five filter plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop for Macintosh that support background processing. Rotate Color rotates the color in the RGB space. Create B/W creates black and white (gray scale) images from color images. Kwick Mask creates a selection from RGB images. Adjust Saturation gives you more control over the saturation adjustment. Modulate Color modulates the HSB value of the image using the mask value. Variable Blur achieves soft-focus effects very easily.

http://pw1.netcom.com/~kawahara/photoshop.html


The following lines are more or less an ad, but it tells about a free screensaver tool that seems to be quite useful:

Download the ZingViewer for FREE! The ZingViewer
allows you to create personalized screensavers, instant
slideshows, or desktop wallpaper. Bring your pictures to life
with Zing. Try it today- It's FREE!
<a href=" http://opt-influence.com/a/z27/ ">AOL click
here</a>

 


GRAPHICS NEWS


Super BladePro Plugin from Flaming Pear combines textures with bevels and mirror-like reflections to create tarnish, iridescence, and glassiness for 3-D looks. Hundred presets will let you make text, web buttons and other objects within seconds.

http://www.flamingpear.com/blade.html


Jasc Software released Paint Shop Pro 7 which features easy-to-use photographic enhancement and graphic design tools. You can quickly enhance digital photos with automatic filters, remove red-eye in photos,
and restore damaged photos automatically with it. Multicolor gradients, textures, patterns, and sculpted special effects are included, as well as a new Shapes Library.

http://www.jasc.com


Ulead released PhotoImpact 6 which addresses both image editing and Web page creation. It contains an enhanced Component Designer with 1700+ Web elements, real-time graphics creation & visual Web page layout, improved slicing & optimization tools, plus HTML text support. The included Animation studio delivers 11 unique animated effects.

http://www.ulead.com/pi/


FREEWARE OF THE MONTH

This month's freeware hit isn't a graphics tool, but can help digital artists who concentrate on their for hours without having a break. BreakTime provides a simple and funny way to gently remind you of taking breaks of your computer. You can even define the time periods and the way you are reminded to relax. So grab this tool and avoid back-aches and headaches in future!

http://www.LittleHummingbird.com


 

Back to the News Page


 

Copyright (c) 2000 - 2009 by Harald Heim