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Plugin Newsletter - November/December 2014





SPECIAL XMAS OFFERS: Many products reduced in price for a limited time

ELEMENTSXXL 2.51 FOR WINDOWS: Support for new smart filters, Bug Fixes

METARAW 1.09 FOR WINDOWS: Improved Raw File Support, DNG Converter 8.7.1 Support


POLL RESULTS: How much would you maximally pay for a useful plugin?

NEW POLL: Which new product(s) would you like to see from The Plugin Site in 2015?

THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: 64-bit Editor Supporting 32-bit Plugins

FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: Ps Play & Pixl Preview, Photoshop Share, Photoshop SpeedUp, Autodesk Pixlr, Blackmagic Fusion

GRAPHICS NEWS: Painter Essentials 5, Inpaint 6, De.Haze






Dear Reader,

I hope you had such a great year 2014 as we had here at The Plugin Site. As the year will end soon it is time to look forward. Product plans for next year include a fourth workflow plugin as well as ElementsXXL 3. We will also work on releasing new updates of the PhotoWiz plugin as well as probably upgrade one of it fundamentally. Please let us know which new products you would like to see from us by participating in the latest poll. See below!

Effective immediately, we do not ship CDs of our products anymore. Whereas almost 33% of all customers wanted a CD 15 years ago, the demand has now dropped to less than 1%. So it does not make much sense to offer CD shipment anymore. If you nevertheless want a CD of an ordered product, please contact us and see if we can make an exception. Also check out our Xmas Specials below.

I wish you a great new year 2015!

Kind regards,
Harald Heim

The Plugin Site






Many products reduced in price for a limited time


We are offering special prices for almost all of our products (20-50% reduction) until January 8, 2015. The biggest discounts are available for ColorStyler and Edge & Frame Galaxy.

For an overview of the special offers see the
Order Page





Support for new smart filters, Bug Fixes

ElementsXXL supplies 230 professional features for Photoshop Elements and greatly enhances the image editing experience in Photoshop Elements.

The latest version 2.51 of ElementsXLL adds support for new smart filters (Alienskin Exposure 6 & 7, DxO Film Pack 5, Topaz Detail 3), avoids a crash of the Curves dialog in Photoshop Elements 12 and 13, fixes various problems with smart filtering and provides correct German language detection for Photoshop Elements 13.

For more information and a 14-day trial version visit the
ElementsXXL Product Page





Improved Raw File Support, DNG Converter 8.7.1 Support

MetaRaw extends the functionality of the Adobe Camera Raw plugin in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements by opening unsupported raw files and providing several other features.

Version 1.09 of MetaRaw now supports Adobe DNG Converter 8.7.1. MetaRaw Converter offers improved colors for the following cameras: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Fujifilm X100T, Olympus E-PL7, Panasonic DMC-LX100. Additionally the Sony A7M2 (ILCE-7M2) was added to the compatibility list. The German language detection was also fixed for Photoshop Elements 13.

For more information and a 14-day trial version visit the
MetaRaw Product Page





Bug Fixes

FilterHub is a replacement for the Filter menu of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements supporting built-in filters (from the Filter, Adjustments and Enhance menus), filter plugins and third-party automation plugins.

The latest update of FilterHub includes support for the Imagenomics Portraiture plugin. The automation plugin version for Windows also received fixes for multiple layer processing and German language detection in Photoshop Elements 13.

For more information and a 14-day trial version visit the
FilterHub Product Page





How much would you maximally pay for a useful plugin?

118 people participated in the latest poll. Here are the results:

Price Vote Buyers
$300 3% 3%
$250 1% 4%
$200 2% 6%
$150 3% 9%
$120 5% 14%
$100 14% 28%
$80 8% 36%
$70 3% 39%
$60 3% 42%
$50 24% 66%

$40 6% 71%
$30 6% 77%
$25 3% 79%
$20 8% 86%
$15 4% 90%
$10 4% 93%
$5 2% 96%
$2 2% 98%
$1 1% 100%

Almost 1/3 of all voters would buy a useful plugin at a price of $100 whereas 2/3 would definitely only spend $50. That means that selling a standard plugin for $50 seems to produce the most profit. 15% less profit is gained at $100. The same poll in 2009 suggested a slightly better profit (4% more) for a $100 plugins sales price. Another poll from 2011 that asked specifically about our own plugins, suggested that a $50 price would be 23% more profitable compared to $100. So there seems to be a trend towards lower prices for Photoshop plugins.

For more poll results please visit the
Resources section




Which new product(s) would you like to see from The Plugin Site in 2015?

The latest poll asks you to vote for future products of The Plugin Site. You can choose between upgrades of seven existing products, five new products and an Other option. If you activate "Other", please leave a comment that explains which other product you would like to see.

Please participate in this poll by visiting the
Main page...




64-bit Editor Supporting 32-bit Plugins

Here is the latest interesting post from The Plugin Site Forums:

Edin Karcic wrote: "Is there a 64-bit image editor that can handle 32-bit Photoshop plugins (8bf) ? There are a lot of very nice 32 but plugins, that we cannot use in modern 64-bit image editors. ... I am afraid that, being stuck in the 32-bit world, many very valuable 32-bit plugins will become irrelevant."

Feel free to post comments or start a discussion topic at
The Plugin Site Forum





Ps Play & Pixl Preview, Photoshop Share, Photoshop SpeedUp, Autodesk Pixlr, Blackmagic Fusion

Ps Play is an app (for iOS/Android) for mobile UI design that connects to Photoshop CS5 and higher (Win/Mac). It lets you preview Photoshop graphics in real time via WLAN on your mobile device. At the same time you can also take screen shots of the design process and share them via QQ, WeChat and email. Alternatively, have a look at Pixl Preview, which is similar to Ps Play, but only available for Android.
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Photoshop Share Plugin is a Photoshop panel extension for sharing designs from within Photoshop via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, email and more! Options let you specify the image export format and email client. Officially it is only supported for Photoshop CS5, CS6 and CC under OS X, but it should also work under Windows.
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The Photoshop SpeedUp tool (for Windows) disables plugins (and can later enable them again), so that they do not show up in Photoshop 3 to CS6. It also deactivates the loading of fonts and presets and lets you change the memory usage of Photoshop. Alternatively have a look at our own Plugin Commander tool or Cybia Plug-In Switch.
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Autodesk Pixlr (for Win/Mac) is the desktop version of the mobile app. It is a simple image editor with standard effects (including focus areas and posterization) as well as many color, overlay and border effects. It also offers editing tools like cropping, straightening, resizing, auto fix, healing brush, red eye reduction and a text tool. in addition to the free edition of Pixlr, you can also sign up for free for more functionality or even pay an annually subscription for the full functionality.
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Blackmagic Fusion 7.5 (for Windows) is an integrated 2D and 3D compositing and motion graphics software, which has been used on over 1000 major Hollywood blockbusters. It offers tools like paint, rotoscope, titling, animation, multiple keyers, an 3D particle system, advanced keyframing, GPU acceleration and support for importing and rendering 3D models and scenes. Fusion features an easy and powerful node based interface. There is not only the free version, but also a commercial Studio version.
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For more free plugins and tool, please visit the
Resources section




Painter Essentials 5, Inpaint 6, De.Haze

Corel released version 5 of Painter Essentials (for Win/Mac), which is a stripped down version of the natural media application Corel Painter for a very affordable price. It allows you to apply 11 painting styles to existing images as well as manually use more than one hundred brushes, e.g. the new jitter and particle brushes. Painter Essentials offers mirror and kaleidoscope painting, smart photo painting tools, transformation as well as image tracing features. It supports Photoshop PSD files and Wacom tablets, but no Photoshop plugins like its big brother.
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Teorex Inpaint 6 (for Win/Mac) applies content-aware fill functionality (removing objects from photos) known from Photoshop via a separate dedicated application. All you have to do is to open an image, select the areas that you want to be removed and click a button. Unlike Photoshop you can also define donor areas from which the selected area is filled. Two other applications for quickly removing objects from photos of the same scene and for batch removing objects are also available.
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The Evenx De.Haze Photoshop plugin (for Windows) removes haze/fog in digital images and turns hazy horizons into colored skies. 8 -32 bit RGB images are supported.
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