May 10, 2007
Alexandria, VA, USA (May 10th, 2007) – Filter Forge, Inc., a newcomer to the Photoshop plugin market, today announced three new editions of its flagship product, Filter Forge, 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 Basic, Standard and Professional editions, priced at $99, $199 and $299 respectively, offer different sets of features targeted at entry-level, mainstream and professional graphic artists.
The Basic edition, priced at $99, is aimed at users who want quick results. The Basic edition cannot create new filters and modify existing ones, but provides unlimited access to the Filter Library, a free online repository that currently contains over 2000 user-created filters. The main advantage of the Basic edition is the lowest price per filter on the market – less than $0.05 per filter as opposed to the usual $5 - $10 per filter of competing Photoshop plugins.
The Standard edition, priced at $199, is the best value for money for a mainstream graphic artist. At $100 less, the Standard edition offers all features of the Professional edition except specialist-level functionality such as 16- and 32-bit image modes, resolutions larger than 3000x3000 pixels, high-precision file formats (OpenEXR and PFM), normal maps, and support for quad-core CPUs.
The Professional edition, priced at $299, is the choice of an imaging professional working in high-end 3D-content creation, architectural visualization and next-gen game development. The Professional edition offers Filter Forge in all its glory – high-precision imagery, ultra-large bitmaps up to 65000x65000 pixels, bump, diffuse and normal maps, and support for an unlimited number of CPU cores allowing the artists to squeeze the maximum out of the upcoming quad-core processors.
All three editions and the free trial version of Filter Forge are available at the company website http://www.filterforge.com. Filter Forge is currently a Windows-only application, the OS X version for both Intel and PowerPC processors is in development. Users who are willing to contribute high-quality filters to the Filter Library can earn the Professional edition of Filter Forge for free – details can be found at http://www.filterforge.com/more/freecopy.html
About Filter Forge, Inc. – Since the day it was founded, the company has been focused on a single goal: to develop "the best Photoshop plugin on this planet, period." Having spent four years working on its flagship product, the company is confident that it packs enough punch to invigorate the Photoshop plugin market which has been stale for years. For more information, visit http://www.filterforge.com
This is really a fantastic piece of software, I highly recommend everyone checking it out if you're into pattern/texture map creation.
“Filter Forge is an incredibly powerful new Photoshop Plugin. It's simply amazing. It gives you the power to create your own filters (you must run them from inside Filter Forge though) without any programming knowledge at all.”
“I do think you guys are likely the best software company I've ever had dealings with.”