BeLight Software releases Image Tricks, a free cool image ed...

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    Haha, I just dl it. It's okay, I guess I'll keep it on my computer until I save up enough for the CS2 suite.
     
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    Wow. That's a great idea.

    I'm glad someone put a real GUI on CoreImage (more than CoreImage FunHouse). This is great news for anyone looking for minor editing. I can't wait to try it out!
     
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    This may be an easy way to lay to rest the howling that Macs without 64 MB VRAM aren't "fully compatible" with Tiger just because CoreImage must use the CPU instead of the GPU ;)

    All current Macs DO run CoreImage... and even without a high enough GPU, CoreImage is STILL faster at applying/adjusting multiple filters than the "old way" of doing things one at a time like Photoshop.

    From Apple's Tiger pages:

    "For computers without a programmable GPU, Core Image dynamically optimizes for the CPU, automatically tuning for Velocity Engine and multiple processors as appropriate."

    EDIT: This Ars article gives a great explanation of what Core Image really does and why it's a good thing--no matter what GPU you have:

    http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/macosx-10.4.ars/15a
     
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    As someone who knows next to nothing about image editing, I can say that this seems pretty cool and easy to use. Hey, after all it's free! :)
     
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    I've tried everything from Gimp to Core Image Fun House to Seashore for a good freeware image editing application. Nothing comes close to Image Tricks! Thanks to whoever submitted this to MacBytes you have really satisfied me!
     
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    I must say that I didn't find this software particularly intuitive or friendly. I downloaded it last night and had a play around with it but to be honest, I found the Funhouse to be easier to use and edit your effects on.
     
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    Exactly my thoughts too. I didn't find it to be all that great. I still switch between Core Image Funhouse and PS CS2 depending on what I want to do.
     
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    In case anyone else is curious or clueless like me, Core Image Funhouse is apparently an application you'll find in your Applications>Graphics Tools folder IF you've installed the Tiger developer tools. I bet there are a lot of people who don't know Core Image Funhouse exists. (I do because Google is my friend. :D)

    I tried out Image Tricks. Within about 10 minutes, I took a photo, applied various effects to it, and liked it so much I'm using it as a background on one of my sites. Something I haven't done before (I've always just done solid color backgrounds on my sites).

    I'm not saying it's perfect at all, but if Image Tricks can get image-editing novices like me to come up with a respectable result in 10 mins, then I think it serves its purpose. Then I guess if and when I want to "graduate" to a more powerful/better application after trying out Image Tricks, I can dig out my Tiger Install Disk 2 now that I know about Core Image Funhouse. :)
     
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    But is it really an image editing application? (too lazy to download and try it)

    The way it's described, it's a filter-applying application much like iPhoto.

    :confused:
     
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    When I read the description, I too thought it was more of a filter app. However I've just downloaded it and I'll see if it lives up to being a good 'editor'.

    ::20ROGERSC::

    EDIT: OOPS totally forgot that I'm running Panther. :eek:
     
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    yeah, methinks i'll try it. looks great compared to CIFH (core image fun house)!

    been playing around with CIFH's brother, Quartz Composer today. Brilliant. 5 stunning screensavers already :rolleyes:
     
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    It is a filter type application but it has many more options compared to iPhoto.
     

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