StarSpikes Pro 4 8BF Filter Plug-in Version Detail / Download

Release Notes

Version 4.3.2 - August 19, 2017 

Version 4.3.1 and newer only run on Windows 7 and later. See the links below if you have Vista.

  • Corrected a problem where the plug-in could crash when used with older Intel G41 GPUs.
  • Fixed a low-likelihood failure to analyze very large images on systems with lots of cores.
  • Added ToolTips for UI color selection buttons.
  • Updated secure communications to use latest OpenSSL release.

Version 4.3.1 - July 8, 2017 

Version 4.3.1 and newer only run on Windows 7 and later. See the links below if you have Vista.

  • Due to more stringent Microsoft code signing requirements, we can no longer support Windows Vista.
  • Added 30 bit color display for systems with graphics cards that support it (e.g., nVidia Quadro).
  • Improved RAM management. The 32 bit variant can now work on slightly larger images.
  • Better user notification if something goes wrong because of a lack of available memory.
  • Fixed a low probability crash after pressing [OK] or [Cancel].
  • You will now regain control of the plug-in if an extremely high Quantity control value is selected and the plug-in appears to lock up, then the Quantity control is slid back back to a lower setting.
  • The installer now recognizes the ACDSee image editor and installs the plug-in into it.
  • Will no longer suggest saved settings file names derived from "Default Settings" or "Initial Settings".
  • Corrected a low probability problem where the plug-in could report it has become deactivated.
  • Improved integration with Photoshop 6.0 and CS2 for Control-F operation and action recording.
  • Plug-in dialog startup is a fraction of a second faster.

Version 4.2.7 - May 3, 2017 

This is the last release that will run on Windows Vista.

  • Corrected a crash when used with an ancient version of Photoshop.

Version 4.2.6 - April 4, 2017 

  • Used a more sophisticated bicubic upsampling technique for zoomed-in previews when "Display Appears Smoother" is selected.
  • Changed the product activation dialog to allow an immediate retry of a web activation if an offline activation has already been requested. This should help new users to avoid being locked out of doing a successful activation.
  • Security enhancements to ensure problem reports can be successfully submitted via the "Report StarSpikes Pro 4 Problem" feature in the Start menu.

Version 4.2.5 - February 10, 2017 

  • Made installer aware of Corel PaintShop Pro X9 and (future) XX releases.
  • Corrected an issue that could cause the initial preview display on a nVidia-equipped system to be delayed.
  • Improvement in logging so that if a crash report is sent in it'll help pinpoint the problem.
  • Minor bugfixes.

Version 4.2.3 - January 12, 2017 

  • Added a workaround that prevents a crash when run under Paint.Net's 8BF filter interface (PsFilterPdn.dll).

Version 4.2.2 - January 10, 2017 

  • Fixed a problem where the plug-in could crash under some conditions when run by editors that provide buffer allocation suite services.
  • Increased accuracy of color-management logic.
  • Improved speed a little for final rendering.

Version 4.2.1 - January 3, 2017 

  • Fixed a problem on small (e.g., single core) systems where the initial analysis could stall.

Version 4.2.0 - December 13, 2016 

  • Completed support for 32 bit floating point HDR images.
  • You can now drag effects around to reposition them with the Edit cursor.
  • Increased the image size limit from 32,767 pixels on a side to 96,000 pixels.
  • Now uses newly available full 64 bit buffer allocations from Photoshop to handle larger images.
  • Added a new Start Menu function with which you can easily report a bug and send in logs.
  • Improved exception handling throughout, to better protect against Photoshop crashes.
  • Cleared up a problem where under some conditions canceling the plug-in could cause an error.
  • Fixed failure to render effects if only one type of effect is given a non-zero intensity.
  • Improved logic for recovery after an out-of-memory condition and effect controls have been reduced.
  • Increased responsiveness of code that handles Cancel during initial analysis.
  • Tweaked initial analysis so as to better differentiate stars in bright nebulae.
  • Made drop down list longer to handle a larger number of saved settings files.
  • Adjustments to the multithreading subsystem to improve reliability and efficiency.

Version 4.1.10 - September 24, 2016 

  • Corrected a startup bug that could cause a -108 "memory full" error on systems with 4GB or less RAM.
  • Bugfixes and a sneak peek at several new 4.2 features, including effects drag and drop and HDR support.

Version 4.1.8 - September 10, 2016 

  • Refactored code to not overuse RAM resources after selecting [ OK ].
  • This version reworks the multi-threading processes to use multi-core CPUs more effectively.

Version 4.1.7 - August 28, 2016 

  • Corrects a crash when run on systems with CPUs that don't support the SSE 4.1 instruction set.

Version 4.1.4 - July 8, 2016 

  • Corrects a crash when a software update is available on the 8th and 9th of the month.

Version 4.1.3 - July 8, 2016 

  • Corrects an inability to show the Software Purchase Activation dialog to facilitate activation.
  • Fixes a minor internal problem running on Vista. This would not normally be seen by the user.
  • Corrects a problem where OpenGL support isn't properly checked during installation.
  • Shaves a good portion of a second off the plug-in startup time.
  • Fixes an internal estimate that could cause more RAM to be used than necessary.

Version 4.1.2 - June 28, 2016 

  • Better analysis of images where the brightest thing in the image is not pure white.
  • Better error handling in cases where insufficient RAM is available.
  • Reduced resource usage after clicking [ OK ], especially with large effects.
  • Reduced the size of the secondary spikes vs. primary in Basic mode as they could be overwhelming.
  • Optimization for better performance, especially on multi-core machines.
  • Improved subpixel positioning of Soft Flare effects.
  • Improved responsiveness on [ Cancel ] of long operations.
  • Installer now has a SHA256 signature.
  • Bugfix: Possible crash after clicking [ OK ].
  • Bugfix: Settings selector label could disappear after loading a saved preset.
  • Bugfix: Progress bar after [ OK ] could regress near the end.
  • Bugfix: Minor RAM leak.
  • Bugfix: Incompatibility between 32 and 64 bit saved parameters when used as Smart Filter.
  • Bugfix: Slight brightness change if editing effects and no change to Brightness control.
  • Bugfix: Missing "Out of RAM" error pop-up for editors other than Photoshop.

Version 4.1.1 - May 15, 2016 

  • On-screen controls updated to provide a crisper, more polished user experience.
  • Improved display performance, quality, and compatibility with more GPU models.
  • Previewed effects now better match the final rendering, especially spike sharpness.
  • Improved control appearance with high DPI displays and scaling other than 100%.
  • A number of bugs have been fixed and the code has been optimized for maximum speed.
  • Support in the installer has been added for anticipated Photoshop releases.

Version 4.0.10 - October 5, 2015 

  • Corrected a compatibility problem with Vista. No functional changes.

Version 4.0.9 - September 15, 2015 

What's New In Version 4

  • Fully integrated support for Photoshop Smart Filtering.
  • Advanced editing mode provides unprecedented creative control.
  • Optimizations for manual effect editing.
  • Effects scale to image size.
  • Smoother zoomed displays.
  • Improved effect appearance all around.
  • Usability improvements.
  • Better preset file handling.
  • Improved color accuracy.
  • Better highlight analysis.
  • Fast startup and rendering times.
  • UI updates to support Windows 10.

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