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NEWS MARCH 23, 2001
CValley Ships FILTERiT 4
New version of Illustrator 8/9 plugin adds 3D transforms

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

CValley late yesterday started shipping version 4 of its FILTERiT plugin for Adobe Illustrator 8 and 9. The new version is available only for the Macintosh, with a Windows version expected in May.

FILTERiT is a plugin that creates a number of effects in Illustrator—more than 50, actually—from warps and waves to magnification and shatter effects. (See our review of version 3 with examples at http://www.creativemac.com/HTM/Features/2000/Reviews/filterit/filterit3-page1.htm.) FILTERiT 4 offers even more features, including 3D transforms, fractalization, tracing and more.

With 3D Transform filters, objects can be transformed into spheres, spirals, donuts or cylinders with a click of the mouse. The Trace option is used to prepare animations for the Web and also lets you produce motion blur effects by using Illustrator 9's transparency capability. (The filters work in Illustrator 8, but Illustrator 8 does not support transparency.) Fractalize allows you to make the segments of the object appear rough and zigzagged.

FILTERiT 4 requires Adobe Illustrator 8 or later and a Power Mac running System 7.5.3 or later. It's available for $129. For more information, visit http://www.cvalley.com.

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