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CValley FILTERiT 4.1.1 for Mac OS X

Effects plugins for Adobe Illustrator 10 By Dave Nagel
We last visited the FILTERiT set of plugins for Adobe Illustrator more than a year ago. Back then, Illustrator was in version 9, and a Mac OS X release was just another scribble on Adobe's "Dumb Things I Gotta Do Today" memo pad. But times and software have changed. And since FILTERiT is such a worthwhile set of filters for Illustrator, it's certainly worth the time to revisit the software in its latest incarnation for Mac OS X.

After Adobe released Illustrator 10 for Mac OS X, CValley followed it up with a Carbonized version of FILTERiT 4.1. It was far from a perfect port, however, and had problems particularly in the area of "live effects." But this year the company put out a free update to 4.1.1 that's designed to fix these problems. Is it perfect yet? No, it isn't, but it's quite good. While it does everything it's supposed to do, the live effects are somewhat slow on objects other than text--especially in comparison with the OS 9 version running in Illustrator 8. The rest of the filter set's functions operate quite smoothly though.

For those of you unfamiliar with this filter set, FILTERiT is a collection of more than 80 tools and effects for Illustrator. These include 3D transformations, new tools that appear in Illustrator's Tool palette for manipulating vectors and "live effects" for manipulating objects while maintaining their editability, including text.

3D transformations
If you're unfamiliar with the concept of a 3D transformation, just think of it as scaling and skewing an object, but in three dimensions and with near limitless possibilities for the shapes of your transformation. For example, you can apply a 3D transformation to an object, turn it into a 3D spiral, and then rotate around and increase or decrease perspective for various styles.

You accomplish these 3D effects simply by selecting an object and then choosing Filter > FILTERiT 4 > 3D Transform. The 3D Transform window that pops up gives you a whole host of options for manipulating objects in 3D space, from amplitudes and rotations to preset styles accessible through a pull-down menu.

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