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Plugin Newsletter - January/February 2013




: Support for Photoshop Elements 11 and GraphicConverter

FILTERHUB 1.02 FOR WIN/MAC: Layer Renaming Deactivation and Bug Fixes

THE PLUGIN SITE UPDATES: Updated Plugin Installer

POLL RESULT: Which versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements do you use under Windows and MacOS?

NEW POLLS: Which operating system do you mainly use for processing images?

THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Sharpening 35mm Film, AAA Filters not working, Filter Unlimited in PSP X5

FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: PluginMaster, onOne Free Plugins, MS Expression Design & Web, Patternshop, EXIF Tag Remover

GRAPHICS NEWS: Photoshop CS6 13.1, Adobe Touch Apps Discontinued, PhotoPlus X6, PhotoZoom 5



Dear Reader,

While still working on a totally new product that will become available next month, we have released several new updates of our plugins this month. The MacOS plugins contain support for Photoshop Elements 11 and GraphicConverter 8 whereas the Windows plugins received improved installation support for Photoshop CS2 and PhotoFiltre. Additionally FilterHub, which turned out to be quite popular, received a new update. More below!

I was asked to make PluginMaster, a previously commercial product, available for download as freeware. PluginMaster was produced in 2005 and discontinued shortly afterwards. PluginMaster is not 100% stable, especially under Windows Vista/7/8 and its plugin manager feature is not very intuitive to use, but it may still be useful for a few people. Please see the Free Plugin And Tools section below.

Kind regards,
Harald Heim

The Plugin Site




Support for Photoshop Elements 11 and GraphicConverter

Plugin Galaxy and all PhotoWiz plugins (except NoiseControl and PhotoFreebies) received an update, which fixes preview problems in Photoshop Elements 11 and lets them run in GraphicConverter 8.2 and higher. A similar update of NoiseControl will follow soon. Additionally a few bugs were fixed in some of the plugins as described on the Version History page of each plugin.

Registered customers will receive the update via email within the next two days.

For more information and demo versions see the
PhotoWiz product pages

Plugin Galaxy product page



Layer Renaming Deactivation and Bug Fixes

The FilterHub automation plugin in Elements 11   The FilterHub extension in Photoshop CS6

FilterHub is a powerful replacement for the Filter menu of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and offers many advantages over it. It supports built-in filters (from the Filter, Adjustments and Enhance menus), filter plugins and third-party automation plugins. The FilterHub panel runs in Photoshop under Windows and MacOS X and in Photoshop Elements under Windows.

The latest FilterHub update offers a new panel menu item for deactivating automatic layer renaming and some bug fixes. In version 1.02 the settings of the Target Layers combo box, Smart Object check box and bottom combo box are restored at startup again. When applying a Nik plugin to a smart layer, only one smart filter item is added now. Previously an inactive and active item was added.

The FilterHub automation plugin for Windows also received some fixes: In version 1.01 the "Stamped" option did not work in Photoshop Elements when only one layer was present. Additionally plugins that do not support smart filtering could not be applied to smart objects. When restarting Photoshop or Photoshop Elements the FilterHub window sometimes did not show up at the same position but was moved by a few pixels. All three problems were corrected. Additionally the plugin file size was reduced by 33% and a "Run Anyway" button was added to the Flash Player installation prompt.

Registered customers will receive the update via email within the next two days.

For more information and a 14-day-trial version see
FilterHub product pages



Updated Plugin Installer

Plugin Installer, which is part of every installation of our Photoshop plugins for Windows, was updated in order to fix the broken support for Photoshop CS2 and to add support for the PhotoFiltre 6.5 freeware. We uploaded new installation for all of our Windows plugins, including the free Harrys Filters and PhotoFreebies. If you are a customer and want updated installers, please contact us with your order details.

For an overview of our plugins see the
Products section




Which versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements do you use under Windows and MacOS?

445 total votes were collected in the latest poll. Only 15.3% of them are from Mac users, the remaining votes came from Windows users. Here are the results separated by OS and application:

Photoshop for Windows (260 votes):

1. Photoshop CS6 36.2%
2. Photoshop CS5 27.7%
3. Photoshop CS3 10.8%
4. Photoshop 7 7.7%
5. Photoshop CS4 6.5%
6. Photoshop CS2 5.4%
7. Photoshop 6 or older 3.1%
8. Photoshop CS 2.7%

Photoshop Elements for Windows (126 votes):

1. Photoshop Elements 10 26.9%
2. Photoshop Elements 11 23.8%
3. Photoshop Elements 9 15.9%
4. Photoshop Elements 8 7.9%
5. Photoshop Elements 7 6.3%
Photoshop Elements 6 6.3%
6. Photoshop Elements 5 3.9%
Photoshop Elements 4 3.9%
7. Photoshop Elements 2 3.2%
8. Photoshop Elements 3 0.8%
Photoshop Elements 1 0.8%

Photoshop for MacOS (44 votes):

1. Photoshop CS6 43.2%
2. Photoshop CS5 38.6%
3. Photoshop CS4 9.1%
Photoshop CS3 9.1%
4. Photoshop CS2 0%
Photoshop CS 0%
Photoshop 7 0%
Photoshop 6 and older 0%

Photoshop Elements for MacOS (18 votes):

1. Photoshop Elements 11 38.9%
2. Photoshop Elements 9 27.8%
3. Photoshop Elements 10 16.7%
4. Photoshop Elements 6 11.1%
5. Photoshop Elements 7 5.5%
6. Photoshop Elements 8 0%
Photoshop Elements 4 0%
Photoshop Elements 3 0%
Photoshop Elements 2 0%
Photoshop Elements 1 0%

Surprisingly more Windows users work with Photoshop 7 and CS3 than with CS2 and CS4. This means that quite a few people stay with Photoshop 7 and CS3 for Windows without upgrading. But as expected almost 2/3 of all Photoshop for Windows users work with version CS5 and CS6. In comparison, more than 80% of the MacOS users own Photoshop CS5 and CS6, so Mac people seem to be more eager to upgrade to newer Photoshop versions than Windows users.

Mac people only seem to use Photoshop CS3 and higher. This is probably related to the fact that Photoshop 7/CS/CS2 does not work with MacOS X 10.7 and higher anymore. Even under OS X 10.6 the Rosetta component has to be manually installed to make them work.

More than twice as many people use Photoshop than Photoshop Elements both under Windows as well as MacOS X. Elements 10 for Windows is used more often than version 11, but this will very likely change in the coming months. Under MacOS X Elements 9 is still used more often than Elements 10, but on the other hand Mac users have switched to Elements 11 much faster than Windows users.

50% or more use the latest two Elements versions and more than 1/3 use Elements 6 to 9. These proportions are similar under Windows and MacOS. Photoshop Elements 1-4 are not used anymore by any Mac users. Like Photoshop 7/CS/CS2 they are PowerPC applications and do not work under the latest two MacOS versions.

For plugin developers it makes sense to support Photoshop 7 to CS6 and Photoshop Elements 4 to 11 under Windows, but only Photoshop CS3 to CS6 and Photoshop Elements 6 to 11 on the Mac.

Thanks to all participants for participating in this poll!

For more poll results please visit the
Resources section



Which operating system do you mainly use for processing images?

A similar poll was conducted 18 months ago, but with new OSes available it was time to do it again. New items include Windows 8, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8, iOS and Android.

Please participate in this poll by visiting the
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Sharpening 35mm Film, AAA Filters not working, Filter Unlimited in PSP X5

Here are the latest interesting posts from The Plugin Site Forums:

Sharpening 35mm Film
roa5100xx wrote: "If using the three pass sharpening workflow to sharpen slides and film, what would be the best setting [in FocalBlade] for each pass in the three pass sharpening workflow?"

AAA Filters not working
gagesgranny wrote: "I have windows Vista and am using PSP 9. I'm trying to use my AAA filters. They are installed and showing but when I try to use certain ones they cause my program to stop working. The one's that won't work are color blur, granularity and the three midian filters. Anyone got any ideas?"

Filter Unlimited in PSP X5
enaid27 wrote: "I use Windows7 64 bits. Have both PSP 10 and 15 installed. All the plugins work fine in PSP10 and all but FU work in PSP 15. In fact FU works but only the native filters in it. None of the added filters show up. I installed the registry patch found on this filter site and tried to add the filters (which I shouhd not have to do since they show up in PSP 10) and I have the message they are not compatible (and I know they are). This is so strange. Any idea?"


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



PluginMaster, onOne Free Plugins, MS Expression Design & Web, Patternshop, EXIF Tag Remover

PluginMaster is an image editor for Windows featuring a plugin manager for Photoshop-compatible plugins. It does not support layers, so it only runs Photoshop-compatible plugins that do not require layer functionality like transparency or layer masks. With the help of the included plugin bridge you can run Plugin Master from any Photoshop-plugin-compatible image editor. In PluginMaster you can apply your Photoshop plugins and return the processed image back to your image editor. This freeware version is identical with the commercial one, except that it includes a license generator, which unlocks it. As it was designed for XP, it may cause problems under newer Windows versions.
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onOne Software provides a Free Edition of Perfect Effects 4 (for Win/Mac), which includes more than 70 photographic effects, e.g. HDR and vintage looks.
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The Expression Design & Expression Web applications (for Windows) are now available as a free download from Microsoft. These previously commercial tools are not developed anymore and are now offered for free.
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Patternshop (for Win/Mac) is a tool for creating repetitive patterns. It previously was commercial, but is now open source. Images imported into the software can be adjusted and arranged while they are repeated automatically and in real-time. Patternshop is aimed at designers involved in graphic, textile, multimedia and interior design.
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EXIF Tag Remover (for Windows) strips away all meta data from various types of image files thus making them smaller and removing information that you do not want to provide to others. The highest file size reduction can be achieved with smaller images. EXIF Tag Remover is shareware, but it has no limitation. If it is useful for you, please do consider paying for a license.
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For more free plugins and tool, please visit the
Resources section




Photoshop CS6 13.1, Adobe Touch Apps Discontinued, PhotoPlus X6, PhotoZoom 5

Photoshop CS6 13.1 (for Win/Mac) is only available for Creative Cloud members. It offers Retina display support, smart object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify, CSS support for web design, conditional actions, new 3D options and several workflow improvements.
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Adobe discontinued its Touch Apps for Android and iOS. Only Adobe Ideas for iOS and Photoshop Touch are still available. On December 20th Adobe Proto, Adobe Collage, Adobe Debut and the Android versions of Adobe Ideas and Adobe Kuler were removed from the iOS App Store, the Google Play App Store and the applications list of the Creative Cloud. Either these apps were not very popular or meant more costs than benefits for Adobe.
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Serif PhotoPlus X6 (for Windows) was released. The PhotoPlus image editing application now finally includes a 64-bit version, so 64-bit Photoshop plugins can be used with it. As PhotoPlus has never been the most compatible plugin host, you better throw a glance at it because of its wealth of other image processing features.
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BenVista released version 5 of its photo resizing software PhotoZoom (for Win/Mac). The release includes two versions, Pro and Classic, which are now available for both Windows and MacOS. PhotoZoom 5 combines cropping and resizing into one step. It comes with a redesigned interface layout and an option to create resize profiles. The Pro version uses both multi-core processors and GPU acceleration.
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