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Tinderbox 3 Gets OldFilm Update

Plugin fixes bug on multiprocessor systems By Dave Nagel
The Foundry has released a minor update to Tinderbox 3, its collection of filter effects and tools for Adobe After Effects. The bug fix affects only the OldFilm plugin for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X and is a free download from The Foundy's Web site.

In Tinderbox 3, the OldFilm plugin would crash under certain circumstances when rendering sequences on multiprocessor systems, a problem that the replacement plugin fixes, according to our initial tests. The Foundry says it's still working on a fix for the Lightning plugin, another filter from the collection that exhibited some problems. We'll keep you updated.

Tinderbox 3 itself includes four categories of filters: blurs, effects, generators and tools. Specific plugins include:

  • Circular Blur;
  • Gradient Blur;
  • Silk;
  • Bad TV (for creating video signal effects);
  • Bump Shade;
  • Condensation (for rain effects);
  • Diffusion Filter;
  • Edge Detect;
  • Melt Time (for creating a melting effect that distorts the time of the video);
  • MinMax (an additional plugin that requires registration to operate);
  • Motion Detect;
  • Old Film;
  • Roman Mosaic;
  • Turner (noise artifact creation);
  • Lightning;
  • Plasma;
  • Sparks;
  • Starfield;
  • Deband;
  • Defield;
  • Matte Tool.

The OldFilm plugin update is available free from It requires the original Tinderbox 3 CD for verification to complete the installation. You can read our review of Tinderbox 3 here.

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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