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Plugin Newsletter - June/July 2014





PLUGIN GALAXY 3.01 FOR WINDOWS: 16 New Blend Modes, 2 New Effects and Improved Filter Factory Support

ELEMENTSXXL 2.03 FOR WINDOWS: Less Flashing, Plugin Galaxy 3 Smart Filtering and Bug Fixes

METARAW 1.07 FOR WINDOWS: Support for new Cameras

PLUGIN ESSENTIALS UPDATE: Using Filter Factory Plugins under Newer OSes, Mac Gatekeeper/Retina Workarounds, Flash Panel Extensions No Longer Supported

POLL RESULT: In which types of Photoshop plugins are you most interested?

NEW POLLS: Which was the last Photoshop version that offered essential new features for you? Which of the new Photoshop CC 2014 features do you consider most useful?

THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Plugin Commander Installation Problem, Penta & Lokas Plugins

FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: Vignette Corrector 6, Pog's Mono Renditionizer, RGB2Gray, Fotor

GRAPHICS NEWS: Photoshop CC 2014, Exposure 6, AfterShot Pro 2






Dear Reader,

With the arrival of Photoshop CC 2014 flash panel extensions are no longer supported. This is a very unfortunate decision of Adobe, because it makes hundreds of existing flash panels useless, which meant essential workflow imporvements for thousands of users. If Photoshop was only available as a perpetual license, Adobe would probably have thought twice before taking such a step. With the Creative Cloud model there is certainly much less to lose when dropping existing features in future Photoshop versions.

Flash panels are now superseded by HTML5 panel extensions, which already work in Photoshop CC. However, it requires a complete rewriting of the UI to convert flash panels into HTML5 panels. The documentation provided by Adobe is very poor and Adobe Extension Builder 3 only seems to produce panels for Photoshop CC and not CC 2014. Besides, HTML5 does not support all Flash options, so some panel features may have to be dropped in the HTML5 versions. So it is very likely that only a minority of the existing flash panels will become available as HTML5 panels.

Our FilterHub product is also affected by this change. The Mac version of FilterHub does not work in Photoshop CC 2014. The flash panel of FilterHub for Windows does not work either. But the Filter Hub automation plugin for Windows (File > Automation > FilterHub) can still be used in Photoshop CC 2014. It cannot be docked to the other panels, but it can be collapsed and repositioned. We still have to decide if there will be a HTML5 panel version of FilterHub in future or not.

Other than that have a look at the update of our Plugin Essential article, which offers important information about Photoshop Plugins since 2000.

Kind regards,
Harald Heim

The Plugin Site






16 New Blend Modes, 2 New Effects and Improved Filter Factory Support

Version 3.01 of Plugin Galaxy now offers all blend modes of Photoshop CC plus 9 additional ones that are not available in Photoshop. In total there are 16 new blend modes. Plugin Galaxy also includes two new effects (String Theory & Full Min Blur), a new Median option for the Full Max Blur effect, 7 new presets and better default values for the Breakfast and Synthesizer effects. The new Undo button restores the effect values that were previously set for the current effect.

Additionally Filter Factory support was improved. We recommend that you reimport all .ffx files and those .8bf files that did not work previously. The Blend feature now works for all Filter Factory effects and Paint Shop Pro X3-X6 does not crash with certain Filter Factory filters anymore.

Plugin Galaxy 3 is a plugin for creating special effects and enhancing images with the help of 160 native filters and countless Filter Factory effects. It supports multiple CPU cores for fast rendering and can be used as a smart filter.

For more information and a demo version (with four free effects) see the
Plugin Galaxy Product Page





Less Flashing, Plugin Galaxy 3 Smart Filtering and Bug Fixes

ElementsXXL 2.03 now suppresses image flashing when using the Convert for Smart Filters, Add Smart Filters, Image > Mode > 16 Bits/Channel, Ungroup Layers and the Fade dialog features. Plugin Galaxy 3 can now also be used as a smart filter. The new Preferences option to force English localization helps to deal with localization problems. Furthermore, several bugs were fixed and a few smaller improvements added.

ElementsXXL adds up to 230 powerful features to Photoshop Elements for Windows that were previously only available in Photoshop. These features are included as new menu items, icons, buttons, key shortcuts and dialogs, so they seamlessly integrate into the user interface of Photoshop Elements. ElementsXXL bridges the gap between Photoshop Elements and Photoshop and greatly enhances the image editing experience in Photoshop Elements.

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





Support for new Cameras

MetaRaw includes support for 18 new cameras in its latest two updates. Adobe DNG Converter 8.5 is now officially supported. MetaRaw 1.07 also offers improved handling of TIFF and DNG formats and produces better image quality for older Phase One, Sony and Panasonic cameras. Plugin Installer now displays "Photoshop CC 2014" instead of "Photoshop CC2".

MetaRaw extends the functionality of the Adobe Camera Raw plugin in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It lets you open camera raw files with Adobe Camera Raw, which are normally not supported by it, and allows applying Adobe Camera Raw as a filter to image layers. In Photoshop Elements MetaRaw provides automatic lens correction and chromatic aberration removal features for Adobe Camera Raw. Additionally MetaRaw includes its own raw converter, which has several advantages over Adobe Camera Raw.

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





Using Filter Factory Plugins under Newer OSes, Mac Gatekeeper/Retina Workarounds, Flash Panel Extensions No Longer Supported

The Plugin Essentials article, which delivers the most essential knowledge about Photoshop plugins since 2000, was finally updated again. Three chapters were updates to reflect the latest developments. Thus you can now read how to make use of Filter Factory plugins under Windows and MacOS X and how to make plugins work despite Gatekeeper and missing Retina support. The "Other Photoshop Add-ons" chapter also discusses the dropped flash panel support in Photoshop CC 2014.

Using Filter Factory Plugins under Newer Operating Systems
Mac Gatekeeper/Retina Workarounds
Flash Panel Extensions No Longer Supported





In which types of Photoshop plugins are you most interested?

In the latest poll 144 voters cast 373 votes, which is 2.5 votes per voter. Here are the results about your favorite plugin type:

1. Photo Enhancement Plugin 25.2%
2. Special Effects Plugin 20.6%

3. Graphic Design Plugin 11%
4. Texture Creation Plugin 10.5%
5. Workflow Enhancement Plugin 8.6%
6. 3D Effect Plugin 8%
7. Raw Conversion Plugin 7.8%

8. Other 4.8%
9. Web Design Plugin 3.5%

Photo enhancement and special effects still seem to be the most favorite types of plugins and twice as popular as other types. Nevertheless, they only score 45% of all votes. Graphic design, texture creation, workflow enhancement, 3D effects and raw conversion together gathered another 45% of the votes. So the poll results reflect a big interest in a wide variety of Photoshop plugins.

For more poll results please visit the
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Which was the last Photoshop version that offered essential new features for you?
Which of the new Photoshop CC 2014 features do you consider most useful?

The latest polls ask two questions. First of all, which was the last Photoshop version whose new features you found useful. Is it the latest Photoshop CC 2014 or was it such an old releases as Photoshop 6? Secondly, you can vote for the most useful new features of Photoshop CC 2014, so that we see which ones you like best.

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Plugin Commander Installation Problem, Penta & Lokas Plugins

Here is an interesting post from The Plugin Site Forums:

Plugin Commander Installation Problem
dinasset wrote: "Just received last news and decided to install the updated version of the PluginCommanderLite. ... Uninstalled what was in the system ... and reinstalled the new version. No errors, installation successful, but clicking on the icon the program does not start (no errors, no loops, nothing, simply doesn't react to the click). ... Can you ... help me?"

Penta & Lokas Plugins
Fran wrote: "... I'm working from request to use Penta Jeans, Lokas 3D shadow. Would happen to know where I can get these plugins. ... I would greatly appreciate your assistance."

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





Vignette Corrector 6, Pog's Mono Renditionizer, RGB2Gray, Fotor

Version 6 of Martin Vicanek's free Vignette Corrector 32-bit plugin (for Windows) offers higher quality rendering, vignette center positioning, a Help button and tool tips option. Vignette Corrector contains controls for adjusting the size and brightness of the vignette as well as modifying tint and saturation. On the same web site you can also find small updates of the Wire Worm and Perspective Transformations plugins.
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Pog's Mono Renditionizer is a free 32-bit Photoshop plugin (for Windows) for turning images into black & white photos. It allows setting the intensity and brightness of each color via sliders. The original web site of this plugin is down, but here is a new download location:.
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RGB2Gray is a 32-bit Photoshop plugin (for Windows) of the Filter Factory type, which converts color images to b&w ones via Red, Green and Blue sliders. It additionally adjusts contrast, brightness and clipping. You can also open and use this filter in our Plugin Galaxy 3 plugin or in Plugin Commander.
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Fotor is a free image editing tool (for Win/Mac/iOS/Android) that offers a dark UI and various special effects. It contains standard controls like exposure, brightness, contrast, white balance, saturation, sharpen/blur,vignette and highlights & shadows as well as rotate, straighten and crop tools. Additionally it offers 13 one-click scene effects and more than 60 other effects, e.g. color, b&w, vignette, tilt-shift, borders and textures. Don't expect professional features like selections and layers here.
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For more free plugins and tool, please visit the
Resources section




Photoshop CC 2014, Exposure 6, AfterShot Pro 2

Adobe released Photoshop CC 2014 two weeks ago. New features include new Blur Gallery motion effects, a Focus Mask feature for automatically selecting in-focus areas, Typekit desktop fonts, a new font search and many enhancements and improvements to existing features. On the downside some things were removed: the Oil Paint filter, Flash Panel extensions (including Mini Bridge, Kuler, Configurator and hundreds of 3rd party panels) and support for MacOS X 10.6.
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Alien Skin Software released Version 6 of Exposure. It offers a new processing engine for faster previews, a new user interface and the effects of the Bokeh product. Exposure 6 simulates classic film stocks and development techniques with more than 450 presets.
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Corel made version 2 of its raw conversion application AfterShot Pro (for Win/Mac/Linux) available. It features a new 64-bit architecture for more speed and processing large images. 250 raw camera profiles are now available. A Noise reduction from Athentech was included too. New High Dynamic Range tools have only been added to the Windows version yet. Otherwise AfterShot Pro 2 offers small UI changes, improved batch processing, manual red eye removal and a local contrast effect.
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