Plugin Newsletter - March / April 2007
B/W STYLER 1.01 FOR WINDOWS: Vista Fix, Multiprocessor
Support, New Film Types, German Language Support
COLORWASHER, FOCALBLADE & LIGHTMACHINE FOR WINDOWS:
Updates that fix a bug with Windows Vista
FOCALBLADE & LIGHTMACHINE FOR MAC: Mac-Intel Versions
for Photoshop CS3 are available
POLL RESULTS: Would you like to be able to use Photoshop plugins in Adobe
NEW POLL: Which of these steps do you usually apply
when enhancing a photo?
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Color Management, PSP frames,
JPEG as texture, Animation Shop
FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: Vicanek Plugins, Xero Pulsar, Thedigitalartshop
Plugins, Easyfilter Plugins, Microsoft HD Photo plugin, PhotoPresets for
GRAPHICS NEWS: Photoshop CS3, DustKleen/SensorKleen,
Filter Forge 1.0, DreamText, Video Tutorial Library, In-HOWse Design Awards
PRODUCTS FROM THE PLUGIN SITE
ABOUT THE PLUGIN SITE
As you can see below we have created a lot of new
updates for our PhotoWiz products recently. One reason was the release
of Photoshop CS3 for the Mac and the other reason was a problem under
Windows Vista with 2 GB or more RAM. Our freeware plugins Harrys Filters
and PhotoFreebies still need to be updated, which will be done soon.
Many other free and commercial plugins that were created
with FilterMeister have the same problem. So these plugins will need to
be recompiled to work fine under Vista with 2 GB or more RAM. Feel free
to tell the creators these plugins to contact me for a solution.
By the way, if you are interested in my photographic
work, I just added several new portrait, dance and fantasy images to my
photography web site at http://www.haraldheim.com/
Wishing you Happy Easter Holidays,
B/W STYLER 1.01 FOR WINDOWS: Vista Fix, Multiprocessor Support, New Film
Types, German Language Support
Version 1.01 of B/W Styler for Windows offers a few new features plus
some bug fixes. The most important bug fix concerns Windows Vista: Previous
versions of B/W Styler crashed under Vista with 2 GB or more RAM. Version
1.01 does not.
Some effects of B/W Styler 1.01 now support hyperthreading
and multiple processors. This means a speed increase of up to 30%. 22
new B/W film presets were added, so you can now simulate 37 different
B/W films in B/W Styler. Finally, the dialog is now also available in
German language. Registered users will receive the update within 24 hours
For more information about B/W Styler see:
COLORWASHER, FOCALBLADE & LIGHTMACHINE FOR WINDOWS: Updates that fix
a bug with Windows Vista
Previous versions of ColorWasher, FocalBlade and LightMachine crashed
under Windows Vista if at least 2 GB RAM were available. Now updates have
been made available of them, which don't have this problem anymore. Registered
users already received the update by email.
For more information about ColorWasher, FocalBlade
and LightMachine see:
FOCALBLADE & LIGHTMACHINE FOR MAC: Mac-Intel Versions for Photoshop
CS3 are available
FocalBlade and LightMachine is now also available as an Intel version
which runs natively in Photoshop CS3 on Mac computers with an Intel processor.
You can expect a speed increase of two to three times with these versions.
People who have purchased the FocalBlade and LightMachine for Mac will
receive the Mac-Intel version free of charge by email within the next
24 hours. A Mac-Intel version of ColorWasher will become available soon.
For more information about FocalBlade and LightMachine
POLL RESULTS: Would you like to be able to use Photoshop
plugins in Adobe Lightroom?
150 people voted in our latest poll. Here are the results:
1. I plan to use Lightroom in future and would like
to be able to use Photoshop plugins with it. 41%
2. I use Lightroom and would like to be able to use Photoshop plugins
with it. 32%
3. I don't use Lightroom. 16%
5. I use Lightroom, but I don't need to use Photoshop plugins with it.
4. I plan to use Lightroom in future, but won't need any additional plugins
40% of the voters already use Lightroom and 44% plan
to use it in future. Only 16% don't want to use it. 73% of all voters
would like to be able to use Photoshop plugins in Lightroom. As Lightroom
does not support Photoshop plugins itself, plugin developers will need
to create Lightroom versions of their plugins. Unfortunately that is not
possible at the moment, because Adobe did not release the necessary specifications.
For more poll results, please visit the Know-How section at
NEW POLL: Which of these steps do you usually apply
when enhancing a photo?
This month's poll lets you vote for the steps that you usually apply when
enhancing a photo. You can choose from 20 different image enhancement
tasks. You don't need to choose just one task, you can vote for several
of them. But please don't vote for all 20 items, because that will have
no impact on the results and have the same effect as if you did not vote
Please cast your vote at the bottom of
THE DISCUSSION FORUMS: Color Management, PSP frames, JPEG as texture,
Here are some posts from The Plugin Site Discussion Forms:
myprisms wrote: "I am trying to get giclee prints
made for my oils on canvas paintings. What drives me nuts is how much
colors change from the original to a digital photograph and then further
onto a canvas or paper print. ... Can anyone please give me a solution
to this problem?"
danasbike asked: "I am sort of a rookie with
my PSP and am wondering where to find the plug-ins I have downloaded.
I am also wondering where to find a better selection of picture frames
as my PSP selection is limited. Thanks!"
Link021463 wrote:"I have PSP9 and I had read
somewhere that any JPEG can be installed and used as a texture... yet,
when I try to import some JPEG Textures, it always says it isn't a recognized
eddyg86 wrote: "I recently took to animation
shop pro, to draw a little animation for a friend of mine. I was going
to draw with my WACOM tablet, as i do in photoshop Cs so very often. ...
But in animation shop, not only is there no effect applies, and you are
left with jagged, pixelated line drawings, there does not seem to be effect
settings in which i can fix this..."
For more interesting discussions and posting your won comment or question
FREE PLUGINS AND TOOLS: Vicanek Plugins, Xero Pulsar,
Thedigitalartshop Plugins, Easyfilter Plugins, Microsoft HD Photo plugin,
PhotoPresets for Lightroom
Mr. Vicanek offers free plugins (for Windows) for
download. The Color Cube plugin provides a 3D visualization of all colors
in an image, which can e.g. help to detect color clipping. You can spin
the color cube and view it from any angle you want. The PanoWarp plugin
performs transformations that are necessary for stitching panorama images.
Finally, the Perspective plugin lets you pan, tilt, rotate, reposition
and resize an image.
Xero Pulsar is a freeware starmaker plugin with eight options. Xerographics
also offer a commercial starmaker called Quasar with more options.
Among various commercial plugins Thedigitalartshop.com also offers three
free plugins (for Windows). GREYSCALER is a kind of channel mixer for
converting images to black and white. It also offers brightness and contrast
sliders. IMAGE ENCODER encrypts and decrypts your images with a 24 bit
key. IRIDESCENT applies a color-shift effect to your images.
Easyfilter offers three plugins (for Windows) for image adjustment and
color space conversion. The Image Adjustment plugin contains sliders for
hue, saturation, lightness and contrast, and works in 8 and 16 bit RGB
mode. The Color Space plugin converts from and to RGB, CMY, CMYK, HSB,
HSL, Lab and LCH. The Color Converter plugin is quite similar, but also
offers 17 different RGB working spaces for input and output. For the first
two plugins you can also download the FilterMeister source code and inspect
The BETA release of the Microsoft HD Photo plugin adds support for the
HD Photo format to Photoshop CS2 and CS3 (for Windows). The HD Photo format
offers compression with up to twice the efficiency of JPEG with fewer
damaging artifacts. HD Photo offers both lossless and lossy image compression,
and can retain the full dynamic range and color gamut data from a camera's
OnOne Software offers free PhotoPresets for Photoshop Lightroom (for Win/Mac)
created by Jack Davis. The 80 PhotoPresets change only one development
parameter allowing you to optimize your image at each step. You start
with adjusting your images color and tone and then you can add effects
like black and white conversions, tinting, split-toning and vignetting.
There are also videos that explain how to use the PhotoPresets.
GRAPHICS NEWS: Photoshop CS3, DustKleen/SensorKleen, Filter Forge 1.0,
DreamText, Video Tutorial Library, In-HOWse Design Awards
Adobe announced Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended. Photoshop CS3
is meant for designers and photographers whereas Photoshop CS3 Extended
additionally offers tools for 3-D, motion graphics, image measurement
and analysis. The software will be available for PowerPC and Intel-based
Macs as well as Windows XP and Vista.
Image Trends announced DustKleen and SensorKleen, two Windows standalone
applications that remove the artifacts of dust on scanned images and image
dust from the DSLR camera sensor covers. DustKleen offers an automatic
and manual mode whereas SensorKleen only allows manual correction. A full
automatic Pro version of SensorKleen will follow later in 2007.
The final version 1.0 of Filter Forge is now available. Filter Forge lets
you build your own filters with the help of a visual editor and allows
you to download the filters that were created by others (1855 of them
are currently available).
DreamText.com offers a Photoshop plugin plus up to 49 font typesets in
The Art & Design Video Tutorial Library from the Sessions Online Design
School provides 16 videos, each of which walks you through a certain design
The In-HOWse Design Awards calls for entries. You can submit your best
corporate work until April 30, 2007. If you win, your work and name will
be highlighted in the February 2008 issue of HOW magazine.
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