Two companies have recently released updated plug-ins compatible with Photoshop CS3 on Macs with Intel processors: Noise Ninja and Genuine Fractals.
The plug-in version of PictureCode's Noise Ninja 2.1.3 for Mac
is essentially the same as the public beta plug-in the company made available back in mid-December 2006 for users of the public beta of Photoshop CS3 for Mac. The only change in the final release is the fixing of a minor bug that prevented the user guide from displaying, says PictureCode's Jim Christian.
Note that the version number has not been incremented, so if you have v2.1.3 of the Noise Ninja plug-in for Mac installed and you're not sure it's the latest or you're preparing to switch to Photoshop CS3 on an Intel-based Mac, be sure to download and install the newest Noise Ninja 2.1.3 plug-in. Upgrading from the "old" 2.1.3 to the "new" 2.1.3 is free.
The Windows version of the Noise Ninja Photoshop plug-in
hasn't been updated (v2.1.3 was released in July 2006), and PictureCode isn't aware of any plug-in compatibility problems with Photoshop CS3 for Windows in any supported operating system, including Vista.
onOne Software's Genuine Fractals 5
, an updated version of the longtime image scaling plug-in for both Mac and Windows versions of Photoshop, adds new features in addition to native support for Photoshop CS3 on Intel Macs. As before, it's available in two versions: Genuine Fractals
and Genuine Fractals Print Pro
, where the latter version can process CMYK images (plus RGB, LAB and grayscale as per the standard version). The listed changes are identical in both:
New scaling algorithm · We overhauled the patented scaling algorithm to now allow for over 1000% enlargements with no loss in detail
Multi-processor Support · Optimized for multiple processors, including CPU hardware acceleration (SSE/AltiVec), up to 10x faster than the previous version
Document Size Presets · Crop and resize your image in a single step
Robust Layer Support · Supports Layers, Paths & Alpha Channels
Texture Controls · Get that extra bit of detail out of your images
Sharpening Controls · Save time by sharpening for output right in Genuine Fractals
Film Grain Controls · Add simulated Film Grain for and extra sharp look
Photoshop Action Support · Record actions for multiple sizes, batch process an entire folder easily
New User Interface · Make your image the star of the show, not just a bunch of dials
Support for Photoshop CS3 · Universal Binary means fast native support for Intel processor powered Macintosh systems
LAB Color Mode Support · Added Support for 8 & 16-bit LAB & Grayscale images
"Show Me How" Tutorial Videos · New built-in videos so you get the most out of Genuine Fractals
Automatic Update Checking · Make sure you always have the latest version
Genuine Fractals 5
and Genuine Fractals Print Pro 5
are free upgrades for registered users who purchased v4.1 on or after December 18, 2006. Upgrades for users who purchased the software before that date are US$69.95. A new license of Genuine Fractals 5 is US$159.95; Genuine Fractals Print Pro 5 is US$299.95.