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Making Filter Factory Plugins Work


This tutorial concentrates on tips to make plugins created with Filter Factory (FF) work correctly with your graphics application. You can recognize FF plugin from their file size: they are 56.344 bytes (55 K) or 49.152 bytes (48 K) large.

You certainly know one of the following error messages or the situation that you put new plugins into your plugin folder and they don't show up in the menu.


There are two things that can be done to overcome such problems:

Step 1:

Check whether you have Msvcrt10.dll in your Windows 32bit system folder. Under 32bit operating systems it is usually located under C:\Windows\System32\

If you are using a 64bit operating system, the 32bit system folder is located under C:\Windows\SysWow64\. Do not place Msvcrt10.dll, which is a 32bit file, in the System32 folder of 64bit operating systems like Vista 64bit, because this folder is only meant for 64bit files.

You can download Msvcrt10.dll by clicking here. You still need to unzip the downloaded file. Alternatively you can install Plugin Commander. Then this file is automatically installed in the correct system folder.

If  this doesn't make all of your Filter Factory plugins work, please continue with Step 2.


Step 2:

If you have plugin.dll (which is distributed with Adobe products like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Illustrator etc. and is located in the appropriate installation folder), please copy it into your Windows 32bit system folder. See Step 1 for the location of this folder. You can also download and install the trial version of an Adobe product to get your hands on plugin.dll.

Please understand that we cannot offer plugin.dll as a download, because it is copyright protected by Adobe. You may find plugin.dll for download on other websites, but that is not a legal download.


Alternatively if you don't have plugin.dll file and your plugins are 49.152 bytes / 48 K large, you will have to convert them with Plugin Commander (Light or Pro version) to the 56.344 byte / 55 K large format. The 56.344 byte format does not need plugin.dll. To do it just follow the steps below:

1. Choose the plugins that didn't work or are 56 K large and press the -> button to have the same folder in the opposite pane.

2. Press the Convert button.

3. In the Convert dialog make sure that Photoshop FF Plugin is selected as Output Format.

4. Press the Output Settings button and make sure that Photoshop FF Compilation is set to Filter Factory 3.0 in the appearing Preferences dialog. Then press the OK button to return to the Convert dialog.

5. Finally press the Convert button on the Convert dialog.

6. Now the selected plugins will be in 56 K format and will work without plugin.dll now. 



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