1. Interface Designs
Using Plugin Commander's Filter Factory Editor you can edit different Filter Factory plugin settings. To load a Filter Factory plugin into the FF Editor just double click it. There are two FF Editor types: a 640x480 pixel large one and one that needs a higher screen resolution and has some additional features. While there are several interface designs for the first type there is just one for the second type - called Rattler Galaxy. This is the default FF Editor design for the pro Edition. The second interface isn't available in the Light Edition of Plugin Commander. If you are going to use Plugin Commander Pro at 640x480 screen resolution, please select one of the other interface designs from Preferences.
Please note that there is also an option in Preferences to select the Original Filter Factory Editor as PiCo's FF Editor. This feature is just included for fun and to demonstrate the contrast between the original FF Editor and PiCo's FF Editor. We do not recommend using it.
2. Editing the Filter Settings
Although the FF Editor window doesn't have a title bar you can drag it by clicking anywhere on the window background. If you move the mouse pointer over some of the labels and buttons, you will recognize that they will highlight. This behavior indicates that you can edit the label or trigger the button by clicking on it. The Filename, Category, Filtername, Author, Copyright, Slider 1 to 8, the slider value, A=, R=, G= and B= labels can be edited this way. The slider values can be changed by dragging the slider knob, by clicking on the slider bar or by clicking on the sliders' value labels.
Pressing the A=, R=, G= and B= labels will each display a large text
box with the Filter Factory source code. Pressing these labels again will make
the text box disappear. The source code can be replaced or edited to produce
your own Filter Factory plugins.
As a small help you can access all Filter Factory functions and variables with the Functions button. Pressing it will display a menu for pasting them into the code box. Besides that, the Code snippet database button lets you access some useful code snippets.
The 1/3 buttons will turn the three R=, G= and B= code boxes into a single C= code box. This way you don't need to enter the same code three times while you are programming a new filter. The F button lets you select the properties of the font that is used for the code boxes.
The buttons named 1 to 10 are memory spots. Pressing one of them will highlight it and store the current slider settings. Pressing a highlighted memory spot button will restore the saved slider settings and apply them. The Clear All button erases all stored slider settings and the Delete button lets you delete a single memory spot.
The four check boxes left to the slider names are for turning the sliders into so called MAP controls. A MAP control consist of two sliders and one slider name. This feature is just included for compatibility reasons and is only used by very few plugins. So don't bother about these check boxes, just forget them...
The Auto Preview check box determines if the filter preview is updated or not. The Magnifying Glass button lets you zoom into the preview by clicking with the left and right mouse buttons on the preview. The Hand button has no function at the moment. Left clicking on the preview will update it immediately, right clicking will display a part of the File menu from PiCo's main window.
The Open Picture button lets you select a new image for previewing
purposes, while the Save Picture button calculates the final image, displays
it in the Picture Editor and opens a file dialog
for saving it.
The Apply (or Big View) button calculates the final image and displays it in the Picture Editor window. The Randomize button sets random numbers as slider values. So with this button you can explore the different effect that a filter is capable of. Additionally if you like an effect, you can store it as a memory spot. The Reset button will completely erase all filter settings. This function is useful if you want to start creating a filter from the scratch. Last but not least, the Save As button allows you to save the changes you've done. The filename which is entered in the Filename label is used to save the plugin.
3. The Context Menu
There are some hidden functions in the FF Editor. Right clicking on the background
will pop up a context menu.
Copy Filter to Clipboard / Paste Filter to Clipboard
These functions will let you copy and paste the Filter Factory source code to and from the clipboard. If you want to exchange filter source codes with someone via email, you can use these commands.
Alpha Channel Display
If this menu item is checked, the Alpha Channel (A= code) will be displayed in the preview as a greyscaled or blue/red effect. It works like the Alpha Channel icon of the main window.
Will immediately update the preview.
Apply (Filter) / Randomize / Reset / Open Picture / Save (Filter) As
Same functions as the buttons with the same name. See above.
Print Filter will output the Filter Factory source code to your printer.
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