Plugin Newsletter - January 2004
THE PLUGIN SITE NEWS: The Plugin Site On The Move
FOCALBLADE 1.02b UPDATE: Several bug fixes
HARRYS FILTERS 3.0: New version with 14 new effects and an animation feature
PRODUCT REVIEWS: Creative Pack, Designer Sextet, Glitterato, Hue & Cry
RUNNING POLL: Most Useful Free Plugins
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Graphic Tablets, IrfanView Masks, Batch Processing, Currency Censoring, Upgrading to CS, Photoshop book
GRAPHICS NEWS: Kodak paper, Focus Extender, Adobe Awards, Andrew's Plugins, Dogwaffle, Primatte, CorelDraw 12
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Since the internet got a mass medium spam has become an epidemic, because some people think they can make money by trashing everyone with unwanted product offers. But what seems to be even more perverted are the overaggressive and unintelligent anti-spam measures that are taken sometimes. These anti-spam means can block one important email for which you would luckily take hundred of spam emails into account if you would just got it in time or at all. Even worse is that some people, angered by the amount of anonymous spam that they get and against which they can't do anything, accuse others of spaming and cause a lot of trouble for them, because of an email that generally would not be regarded as spam. It would be interesting to see a statistical comparison of the damage done by spam and anti-spam. I'm quite sure that both sides would have a similar high balance.
I only hope that both problems subside within the next few years. Which would leave us only dealing with email viruses, worms, trojans, dialers, hoax emails, fraudulent emails, fake web sites, hackers and what other evil things that lurk around on the internet ... Anyway, I didn't want to frighten you. There are a lot of things you can do to protect yourself from these things. Still, you have to be quite careful with your actions on the internet sometimes.
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We don't expect such a problem to occur, but you never know, so we thought it would be wise to warn you. Also please bear with us when noticing the one or the other broken link on The Plugin Site. We are thankful for any such report.
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Unlike the previous version FocalBlade 1.02b doesn't cause a problem when it is applied to a selection. Another important bug fix is that FocalBlade's blur effects don't cause black borders or colored streaks at the vertical image border anymore. Previously Cloak Mode also applied a slightly weaker sharpening effect, but FocalBlade 1.02b does more pre-processing in Cloak Mode now, to produce accurate results. Additionally some other minor bugs have been fixed.
For more information and for downloading a demo version go to
The most intriguing new feature, however, is the Play Feature for running animations in the preview. After pressing the Play button the current effect will be animated with random slider values. To make better use of this feature there are two combo boxes for choosing a frame/second value and one of five possible speeds. While the animation is displayed in the preview you can still use all controls, e.g. change the zoom, change a slider value, choose another effect and so on. The Play feature is very useful for discovering interesting effects settings, but don't use it too often, otherwise you'll get addicted :-).
For more information and for downloading it please visit
Creative Pack (2 stars): "... is a nice set of plugins at a great price. Creative Pack allows you to apply some neat embossing and coloring effects to images and create some unique patterns and fills."
Designer Sextet (3 stars): "... is a versatile collection of filters that will let you create a wide variety of artistic effects. A great addition to any plugin collection."
Glitterato (2 stars): "Beautiful effects. If this plugin included an option for seamless tiling, it would be truly stellar."
Hue & Cry (2 stars): "Gorgeous effects. If this plugin included an option for seamless tiling, it would be absolutely top notch."
For reading the full reviews please go to
If you haven't cast your votes yet, please do so at the bottom of the page at
emerald_angel_1975 wrote "I also tried several different cheapy tablets before getting my Wacom. Most of my friends use the Wacom Graphire which seems to be great for them. I was able to get a great deal on the Wacom Intuos 9x12 AND the 4x5 tablets so I got them both (as a package deal on ebay). I LOVE my Wacom and will never own another brand. I have had them for 5 years and use the 4x5 99% of the time."
Earthshaker asked "Does anyone on this forum have a source for simple masks/frames for that will work in Irfan View?"
megatoon asked "I've been pouring over PS's batching features. But haven't found away to batch an image to a specific file size. Anyone know of a way to specify 35k to be the maximum file size for all images?"
Roo wrote "Adobe Is Censoring The Images That You Open. Currency,Disney and God know what else. Read about it here... "
mikepdx asked "I am considering upgrading to Photoshop CS from v7.0.1 Will I be able to use the plug-ins from the folders of the previous versions with CS?"
Ed asked "Does anyone know of a good book that deals with photo editing only for Photoshop 7. If not just photo editing and improving colors than one that has very good information on this subject."
For more discussions and comments please visit
Reindeer Graphics Releases Focus Extender Plugin
Adobe Announces Call for Entries for 2004 Adobe Design Achievement Awards
Color Effects Plugin (Andrew's Plugins Vol 15) Released
Project Dogwaffle 2.0 Paint and Animation Software Released
Digital Anarchy Announces Primatte Chromakeyer 2.0 Plugin
CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite 12 on the way
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