Filter Forge, Inc. has released the first major update to the beta version of Filter Forge, a Photoshop plugin that allows users to create their own filters in a node-based editor. The update fixes a number of problems, adds new features and improves the rendering speed.
The focus of this update is speed -- due to extensive optimizations, Filter Forge's rendering is now considerably faster (up to 3.8 times faster for certain filters). New features include zoomable workspace in the Filter Editor, unlimited number of filter controls and the ability to customize their order, smaller proxy previews for large images, the ability to create new images from scratch, four new blending modes for the Blend component, new components to extract minimum/maximum levels and average color from the source image, a new component for creating frame effects, new components to work with the CIE L*a*b* color model, and the ability to load and save PNG files. The full list of updates, additions and fixes can be found at http://www.filterforge.com/more/news/966.html
First publicly released in May 2006, Filter Forge is a high-end plugin for Adobe® Photoshop® allowing computer artists to build their own filters – seamless textures, visual effects, distortions, patterns, backgrounds, frames and more. The key features of Filter Forge include a visual node-based editor and a free online library of user-created filters to which anyone can contribute. Filter Forge is currently in the public beta testing stage, the final version is planned for release this fall. For more information, visit http://www.filterforge.com
About Filter Forge, Inc. -- Based in Alexandria, VA, Filter Forge, Inc. intends to remain a one-product outfit dedicated solely to making Filter Forge a premier product. For more information, visit http://www.filterforge.com