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Extensis Updates Photoshop Plugins

New versions add Panther and Photoshop CS support By Dave Nagel
Extensis has released updates to three of its plugins for Adobe Photoshop: pxl SmartScale, Mask Pro and PhotoFrame. All of the new versions add support for Mac OS X 10.3 and Photoshop CS. They're available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

Mask Pro 3.0.1 is a masking tool that provides interactive masking capabilities, color decontamination technologies and other features. PhotoFrame 2.5.1 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. SmartScale 1.0.2 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.

All of the new versions add support for Mac OS X 10.3 and Photoshop CS and are available now as free downloads for users with valid serial numbers. They sell for $199.95 each for the full versions. For more information, visit

Contact the author: 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, 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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