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Technical overview

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  • High precision internal calculations at 16-bit quality or better at all times.
  • True, mathematically correct anti-aliasing for built-in shapes.
  • Specialized anti-aliasing algorithms for custom shapes. Adapts to each shape's unique properties.
  • Anti-alias can be disabled for printing press output.
User interface
  • Resizable to full screen. Size remembered between sessions.
  • All controls easily accessible from a single window.
  • Partially tabbed interface so you only see the options you use.
  • Shortcut keys for the most common options.
  • Includes three fully configurable built-in shapes. Correct mathematical models for perfect rendering quality at any size or resolution.
  • Supports Bitmap, GIF, IFF, Interlaced Bitmap, JPEG, JPEG 2000, JPEG Network Graphics, Macintosh Icon, PaintShop Pro PSP, PhotoCD, Photoshop™ PSD, PNG, Softimage PIC, TIFF, Targa, Windows™ Cursor & Icon and PCX file formats as custom shapes.
  • Automatically calculates base size based on each individual shape to maintain consistent overall brightness.
  • Smooth partial transparency possible in custom shapes.
  • Mirror custom shapes randomly, every other shape, none or all.
  • Align custom shapes to the grid rotation.
  • Real-time updated whilst changing settings. Can be disabled for performance.
  • Scales to image size. Designs created for a small image scale to large images.
  • Accurate and reliable at any zoom level.
  • Optional automatic zoom-to-fit.
Image modes
  • Supports 8-bit and 16-bit color-depth images.
  • Supports RGB, grayscale and duotone color-modes for all image depths.
  • Supports any image resolution (dependant on memory requirements).
  • Tooltips when mouse over controls for quick information on the control.
  • Illustrated help system using Windows-standard HTML Help format, accessible from within the plug-in.
  • Change generic image properties inside Halftone™ for improved workflow.
  • Familiar brightness/contrast controls.
  • Smoothing to eliminate "popping". Scales to image dimensions to enable conceptualization.
  • Invert image to print bright dots instead of dark dots.
  • Fine-grained control over all placement options.
  • Placement on triangle, square or hexagon grids.
  • Rotation of entire grid and individual shapes.
  • Position shifting along horizontal and vertical axes.
  • Radial waves along circles.
  • Orthogonal waves along horizontal and vertical axes.
  • Spiral distortion.
  • Randomized position, rotation and mirroring for individual shapes.
  • Fine-grained control over all scale options.
  • Set scale of grid based on image DPI (Dots Per Inch) or user-defined.
  • Scale according to LPI (Lines Per Inch) setting for predictable printing results.
  • Set minimum and maximum dot sizes. Use negative values to achieve size "cropping".
  • User-configurable color for both foreground and background possible.
  • Quick access to graphics application's current foreground and background colors.
  • Swap colors or quickly set default black/white colors using buttons.
  • Set background transparent (for non-background layers only) or source image for see-through effects and complex post-processing effects.
  • Opacity of foreground color configurable.
  • Optional automatic size compensation for foreground opacity.

System requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 95 or above (including all versions of NT, 2000+, XP, Vista™, 7, 8 and 10).
  • Processor: Intel, AMD of VIA x86 compatible, 80486 or newer.
  • Memory: 128MB or more. Recommended at least 1GB.
  • Harddisk: 20MB of free disk space or more. Additional disk space required if installed for multiple graphics applications.
  • Screen color-depth: 24 bit  or better.
  • Screen resolution: 1024 × 768 or higher.

Our plug-ins work with all major graphics applications for Windows.

  • Adobe™ Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, ImageReady, Illustrator™, PhotoDeLuxe and After Effects™.
  • Corel™ Paint Shop Pro™ (formerly by JASC™), Painter™ (formerly by MetaCreations), PhotoPaint and Bryce.
  • Macromedia Freehand and Fireworks™
  • ACD Systems Canvas™ (formerly by Deneba™) and Photo Editor
  • ULead PhotoImpact™ and GIF Animator
  • Serif PhotoPlus
  • Xara
  • Satori PhotoXL
  • Right Hemisphere Deep Paint
  • Equilibrium DeBabelizer Pro
  • ...and many others. Click here for a full list of compatible graphics applications.