NS Newsletter 020: 1 November 2010

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namesuppressed newsletter 020 // 1 nov 2010

[this issue]

         *  softener 2: 10x faster, 16-bit support and more
         *  future platform support survey
         *  plaid lite & autochromatic minor bugfixes
         *  kenny translator for lua 5.1 and purebasic 4.41
         *  kiva walk across america
         *  listening booth

[softener 2: 10x faster, 16-bit & CMYK support and lots more]

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here - Softener 2, the
latest update to our soft focus Photoshop plugin.  You can download
it from the Softener webpage here:


It's still great for making dreamy & romantic photos, and now it's
been dramatically improved over Softener 1.  New features include:

  * Runs superfast: 10x faster than Softener 1.32
  * More colors: supports 16-bit image modes
  * Better for print: support for CMYK & LaB modes
  * Go large: works fine with large images (eg 26 Megapixels)
  * See more of your work: much larger preview window
  * Autoinstaller: installer now detects most popular image editors
  * Stay current: can let you know of updates automatically
  * Photoshop-free: includes a standalone version if you need it

Softener 2 also includes the new namesuppressed Photo Editor, a fast,
slimmed-down image editor for working with namesuppressed effects.
It starts 10x faster than the big bulky image editors.  If you just
want to resize or rotate a photo without waiting for Photoshop or
PSP to load, it could be just what you're looking for.

There's a 20% discount on Softener 2 ($19.99 instead of $24.99) if
you use the discount code below and buy Softener 2 before the end
of November:

  Discount code:  [Sorry! Discount for email subscribers only!]
  Expires:        November 30, 2010

If you already own Softener 1.xx, there's a 50% upgrade discount
(just $12.50) or if you bought Softener this year, it's free!  Check
for your discount/freebie here:


Softener 2 has been in development for a long time, so I really hope
you like it.  I look forward to hearing your feedback!

[future platform support survey]

The technology landscape has changed a lot since namesuppressed first
started nearly 10 years ago (has it really been that long?)  The
world is no longer as Windows-centric as it used to be.  So if you
have a couple of minutes spare, it would be a big help if you can
answer the multiple-choice survey below to let us know which computer
devices you'd most like to see new software for.

   survey:     [Sorry! Survey no longer available!]

[plaid lite & autochromatic minor bugfixes]

Plaid Lite has been updated to v1.23 and Autochromatic to v2.09 to fix
some small bugs.  If you've been experiencing occasional crashes when
using the plugins, these new versions might help.  As always, it's a
free update if you've bought the plugins previously.  You can download
them here:

   downloads:  https://www.namesuppressed.com/design/downloads.shtml

[kenny translator for lua 5.1 and purebasic 4.41]

Over on the Kenny Translator website, Bas Groothedde from Imagine
Programming has updated his source code for Lua to work with Lua 5.1,
and also contributed some new Kenny Translator code in PureBasic.  If
you're a programmer and like to learn new languages, the Kenny
Translator source code is a great way to start - it's now available in
11 different programming languages!

   kenny:      https://www.namesuppressed.com/kenny/

[kiva walk across america]

Jonathon Stalls is nearing the end of his walk across America, raising
money for Kiva.org.  Kiva is a microcredit organization that helps
people around the world start their own businesses, lift themselves out
of poverty and become self sufficient, from loans as small as $25.  So
far Jonathon has helped raise $389,000 for Kiva, and is just 2 weeks
away from completing his journey.  Check out his website, and if you
think you'd like to help out, click thru to his Kiva Lending Team &
help him reach $400K to help others.

   kiva walk:  http://www.kivawalk.com/
   kiva team:  http://www.kiva.org/team/kiva_walk

[listening booth]

Softener 2 has been in development for a long time, but there's been
one song that was playing throughout that whole period - the Nine Inch
Nails song The Hand That Feeds.  Aside from being one of their biggest
hits and a modern rock anthem, it has strong lyrics too.  The chorus
in particular has been a driving force behind Softener 2 (as well as
other projects still in progress behind the scenes).  It's an
industrial/hard-rock song, so it won't be to everyone's taste... but
if you give it a listen, I do hope you like it.

   nin:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwhBRJStz7w

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