Best Illustration Plugin
CValley's FILTERiT 3
Best Graphics Plugin
Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000
Best DTP Plugin
Wood Wing's Smart Layout for InDesign
5 , 2000
The Best of Seybold
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I've never been a big fan of illustration programs. FILTERiT 3, from CValley,
changed my mind. I haven't had a chance to play with it myself yet, but what I
saw demonstrated at the Seybold show blew me away. This package includes 82 filter
effects for Adobe Illustrator 8 and 9, as well as some real-time effects that
allow the designer to manipulate objects, including text, on the fly, with changes
applied live as the objects are edited. Amazing stuff. We'll have a full review
of it soon. You can read more about it here.
Eye Candy 4000
Eye Candy has done wonders for those of us who create original content in Photoshop.
And now, in its latest generation, Eye Candy 4000 does even more. And it does
it better. We saw the full beta at the Seybold show, and it produced some impressive
effects. The filters carried over from previous versions, such as smoke, fur and
shadow, have gained in functionality. There are also some new filters, like marble,
melt and drip. Great stuff. You can read more about it here.
There's a limited beta available for download at the company's site. Definitely
Smart Styles and Smart Layout for InDesign
This was a company I had never heard of before this year's Seybold show. But as
soon as I saw what they had to offer, I almost wished I were back in print. Smart
Styles brings a styles palette to Adobe InDesign that can automatically format
the content of any text boxheadlines, bylines, body copy, captions, etc.
It's intuitive, and it makes repetitive tasks a snap. Styles can also be saved
to the palette just by dragging a block of text onto it. (The block of text can
contain multiple styles as well.) Smart Layout is just as impressive. It keeps
all the elements of a story together, even graphics and separate text boxes. And
it does it automatically and intuitively. When you draw the first text box, the
plugin assumes it will be your body copy. The box will automatically wrap around
any other elements on the page, and columns automatically adjust based on your
layout. The next box you draw becomes your headline element. Then your deck. Then
your graphic. Then your caption. However you want it to work, it works. If you
work in publishing and use InDesign, buy these plugins.
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