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Extensis Cuts Plugin Prices in Half

Discounts on all creative software available through Dec. 31 By Dave Nagel
Extensis has kicked off a new holiday promotion, offing 50 percent off its entire line of creative software. The discounts apply to all of the company's software for Adobe Photoshop and QuarkXPress for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows and will run through the end of the year.

Products offered in the holiday sale include pxl SmartScale, Mask Pro, PhotoFrame, Intellihance Pro, PhotoTools, QX-Tools Pro, QX-Tools 4 and QX-Effects. Mask Pro ($99.97) is a masking tool that provides interactive masking capabilities, color decontamination technologies and other features. PhotoFrame ($99.97) is a tool for adding photographic borders to images, including Acid Burn, Junkyard and Paper Mache, as well as more than 100 variations on the original Emulsion frames. Aside from the edge effects themselves, the software allows users to manipulate the colors, blend modes, shadows, textures and bevels of the frames to produce additional effects. pxl SmartScale ($99.97) is a plugin for Adobe Photoshop designed for precise image scaling. It uses Celartem's PixelLive technology to allow for scaling an image up to 1,600 percent "with no discernable loss in printed quality," according to the company. Results can be previewed on the fly through the SmartScale interface, which also provides cropping, sharpening and edge enhancement controls. Intellihance Pro ($99.97) is an image enhancement plugin that automatically analyzes and corrects images in Adobe Photoshop. This includes the ability to display up to 25 variations on corrections at once. And PhotoTools ($74.46) is a collection of Photoshop plugins for generating a variety of effects. All of these tools support both Macintosh and Windows systems.

QX-Tools Pro (Mac, $99.97) and QX-Tools 4 (Windows, $74.97) are utilities for QuarkXPress for enhancing the publishing workflow, including importing, printing, fine-tuning objects and other features. And QX-Effects (Mac, $64.97) includes effects for QuarkXPress, such as shadows, glows, bevels and others.

Extensis' holiday sale prices are available now through the end of the year. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, 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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