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CValley Releases FILTERiT 4.1

Latest plugin update free for Illustrator 10 By Dave Nagel
CValley has released version 4.1 of its FILTERiT plugin for Adobe Illustrator. The new version gains support for Illustrator 10 for OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows XP. The update is free for users of Illustrator 10.

FILTERiT is a plugin for Adobe Illustrator that allows users to manipulate vector images with a variety of brush-like tool, warps, trails and other effects. We named FILTERiT one of the most innovative plugins of 2000. The latest release, in addition to gaining support for Illustrator 10, also includes new features, such as support for the Color Picker on Live Trail, Trail Tool and MetaBrush (Illustrator 9 or 10 only). The company says the new release also functions more speedily in Illustrator 10 than in Illustrator 9.

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. FILTERiT 4 also offers 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, 9 or 10. It's available for $129. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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