at a Glance

Maker: CValley
Price: $129
Platforms: Macintosh
Demo Available: Yes
URL: http://www.cvalley

Overall Impression: Like its predecessor, FILTERiT 3, version 4 offers amazing tools for manipulating objects in Adobe Illustrator. The new version adds even more powerful features, including 3D transformations, for what has to be considered the final, ultimate set of filters available anywhere. I honestly don't know what they could possibly add for a version 5 release.

Key Benefits: The new 3D transformation capability is completely cool. You can take any object and manipulate it in 3D space, and watch the progress as you go. Live effects are also terrific, allowing you to manipulate objects, including regular text, while maintaining editability. Finally, the dozens of vector manipulation tools make Illustrator behave almost like a paint program, but keeping all the advantages of vectors.

Disappointments: None. This set of filters has it all: tons of effects, innovative tools and a price point that comes in way below what you ought to be paying for this.

Recommendation: Strong Buy


REVIEW MAY 2 , 2001

CValley FILTERiT 4
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The Craft Tools includes four subtools for "crafting" objects. In use, this translates as smudging, nudging and otherwise freely and interactively deforming paths using a variable-radius brush. Using the Craft tool is as simple as dragging around the brush over an existing object. All of the magic happens in the background. The image below shows the original flower and a "Crafted" flower, which had been smudged around the original simply by dragging the Craft brush over and around it.

The Lens tool is similar to the Craft tool except that it creates, as its name suggests, lens effects. These include fisheye, magnification, twirl and tone. You simply drag the brush over the object, and the effect is immediately applied. The examples below show normal (left), twirl and fisheye. You can increase the size of the lens for more dramatic effects.

The Warp tool is not like Craft and Lens in that it doesn't use a brush. Rather, you select one of 22 warp styles and then interactively apply the warp to an object by moving your cursor around the screen. The examples below show the original (left) and two of the warp styles.

The Wave tool is similar to the Warp tool in the way you apply it. But rather than creating warps, it places waves on an object interactively. You can adjust the number of cycles numerically and then apply the waves to the object by dragging around your cursor on the screen. Where you move your cursor determines the height and width of the waves. The examples below show three types.

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