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Sapphire Updates Illustrator Plugins

Plugin set gains jitter and noise effects By Dave Nagel
Sapphire Innovations has released an update to its plugin set for Adobe Illustrator called Andrew's Vector Plugins 4. The set is a collection of 11 filters for Illustrator that include paint tools, duplication effects and random noise. The update is available now for Mac OS X and Windows.

According to Sapphire, the new 4.0.3 release of Andrew's Vector Plugins now includes options for jitter and noise, slowdown of paint effects and random creation effects. Plugins in the set include Rows and Columns (for duplicating objects); Drag (for creating multiple copies of objects by dragging them); Soft Centre, similar to Drag; Frame; Rim Random; Windmill; Scaledown; Bounce Along; Spiral; Checkerboard; and Paint. This last one allows users to paint with a selected path and includes options for fill, stroke, weight, envelope, rotation, fade, jitter, color intensity and path scaling.

Andrew's Vector Plugins 4.0.3 is available as a free update for registered users of the software. The full version runs $24. 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, 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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