at a Glance
Demo Available: Yes
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.
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.
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.
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Finally we get
to the Metabrush tool. This is a serious piece of work. Rather than
tweaking an object, it takes a selected abject and allows you to
use it as a brush. More than this, it offers a tremendous amount
of control over how the brush is applied.
Above you see
a screen shot of the Metabrush palette, which is automatically called
up when you select the tool. With it, you can set the fade of the
brush and apply various parameters for setting size, spacing, shear,
color, etc. You can set tablet pressure, speed or direction to control
all of these parameters. And you can reverse them and throw in some
randomness to boot.
Man, this thing is great. You can see the results in several of
the examples I've created for this review, but to appreciate FILTERiT
4 fully, you really need to see it in action. I hope to have a QuickTime
demonstration of this product up within the next month because the
way this thing works is just so fluid and simple that it makes the
process of creating images in Illustrator enjoyable. You get a ton
of effects. You get a bunch of live effects. And you get 3D transformations,
along with support for Illustrator 9's transparency. All of this
for $129. It's so clean and so well implemented that you have to
wonder how they can sell it for so little. My recommendation is
an immediate strong buy. Get it while you can. One day these people
are going to realize what they have and start selling it for much
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