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Filter Forge Update 1.013 – Command-Line Renderer, Speed Optimizations and Bug Fixes

August 29, 2008

Alexandria, VA, USA (August 29, 2008) – Filter Forge, Inc. today released the update 1.013 to Filter Forge, a Photoshop plugin that allows users to create their own filters. The current update adds batch filter processing, improves rendering speed and fixes several bugs.

You can now batch-render any number of saved filter presets using the new command-line renderer. The renderer is included into the update as a separate executable file. For more information, please see the Command-Line Renderer article, in the Miscellaneous help section.

Additionally, a number of speed and usability improvements were introduced. The rendering of filters that use lighting environments and certain components has been sped up by up to 20%. Also, the Undo function in the Filter Editor now works after saving, and the Filter Forge website now supports CoolIris (formerly PicLens) – a browser addon for viewing images in the 3D environment.

How to update: To download and install the update 1.013, select Tools > Updates from the Filter Forge main menu. The update preserves all downloaded and user-created filters, as well as user settings and the license key. Users who do not want to use the built-in update feature can download and install the update manually from http://www.filterforge.com/download/

About Filter Forge, Inc. – Based in Alexandria, VA, Filter Forge, Inc. is a one-product company solely focused on developing Filter Forge, a high-end Photoshop plugin allowing computer artists to build their own filters. The key features of Filter Forge include a visual filter editor and a free online library of user-created filters to which anyone can contribute. For more information, visit http://www.filterforge.com

List of Updates, Additions and Fixes

  • Added the command-line renderer.
  • Added the Command-Line Renderer article to the Miscellaneous help section.
  • http://www.filterforge.com/ now supports CoolIris (formerly PicLens), a browser addon for viewing images.
  • Blocks, Cells, Chaffs, Pyramids, Stones, and Techno components now work 20% faster.
  • The Perlin Noise component now works 5% faster.
  • Filters that use lighting environments are now rendered faster.
  • Improved the speed of floating point operations for CPUs with SSE2 support.
  • File format options are now saved across Filter Editor sessions.
  • Undo after saving now works in Filter Editor.
  • Fixed a bug that could result in breaking filter controls after an update to this filter was downloaded.
  • Fixed a problem that resulted in the "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process" error.
  • Fixed a mouse handling bug in the Filter Editor preview area.
  • Fixed a bug which resulted in incorrect randomization of the Size slider with the reduced preview size.
  • Fixed a bug in the Patterns components which resulted in incorrect region coloration.
  • Fixed a minor UI bug in the Filter Updates window.

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