October 16, 2009
Alexandria, VA, USA (October 16, 2009) – Filter Forge, Inc. today released the long-anticipated beta of Filter Forge 2.0, a high-end plugin for Adobe Photoshop allowing computer artists to build their own filters, and announced a special 25% discount for the version 1.0.
The beta testing will be conducted in several stages, with new features added at every stage. The first stage includes full support for unlimited HDR colors, Bomber components that allow filter creators to spray image particles in a controlled manner, Minimum, Median, Maximum and Percentile components to create artistic effects, a gamma-aware workflow for technically-minded users, shapes (polygons and ellipses), and instant filter search to make life easier for users with large filter collections.
The beta version is available at http://www.filterforge.com/download/beta2/index.html. The beta is a fully functional 30-day trial version of the Filter Forge 2.0 Professional edition. All registered users of Filter Forge 1.0 can get a free beta key that allows them to use the beta version until the end of the beta period. The commercial version is planned for release in 2010.
Additionally, starting October 16, 2009, all editions of Filter Forge 1.0 are offered at a special time-limited 25% discount – you can save up to $75. To buy Filter Forge 1.0 at a 25% discount and get a free beta 2.0 key, click here: http://www.filterforge.com/buy/
Filter Forge is a versatile Photoshop plugin which lets both novice and expert users create a wide variety of realistic and abstract textures and effects. Users can take instant advantage of over 6500 free community-created filters in the online Filter Library at http://www.filterforge.com/filters/, or create their own filters in the visual filter editor by assembling them from components such as blurs, gradients, color adjustments, noises, distortions, or blends – without writing a single line of code. All filters are adjustable, seamlessly tiled, resolution independent, support real-world HDRI lighting, and can automatically generate diffuse, specular, bump, and normal maps.
Filter Forge's rendering engine takes full advantage of multi-core processors – for example, a quad-core processor can nearly quadruple the rendering speed. A high-precision floating-point rendering pipeline allows Filter Forge to support 16- and 32-bit image modes, eliminates unwanted artifacts such as color banding and lets users save the results into high-precision image formats such as OpenEXR. Filter Forge's custom memory manager helps it render large bitmaps – up to 65000x65000 pixels – even on moderate amounts of RAM.
About Filter Forge, Inc: Based in Alexandria, VA, Filter Forge, Inc. is a one-product company solely focused on developing Filter Forge. For more information, visit http://www.filterforge.com
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