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This plug-in enables you to use the vast number of existing filters made for Photoshop's Filter Factory as well as create new effects without having to go through the process of learning how to write plug-ins for The Gimp first.
Originally written by Jens Restemeier for Gimp 1.x back in 1997, this plug-in has now been updated for use with Gimp 2.x.
Project homepage is at http://gimpuserfilter.sf.net/
You can find lots of free FF filters that can be imported into User Filter at http://www.photoshop-filters.com/
A programming guide to the original FF for Photoshop can be found at http://mitglied.lycos.de/filterfactory/

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Do a search in the registry or look under the How To link under Documentation on the top menu.

> Is very hard search successfully something strictly related with Filter Factory if is called "user Filter" You're right with this, but one should not change the name of something every once in a while. Also, if you include the term "Filter Factory" in the plug-in name you might violate some trademarks (FF is TM by Adobe as far as I know - which is the reason for any superseeding plug-in not to use that name, e.g. the current FF for PS is called "Filter Foundry") >Maybe you will like include the link (or the whole pack ) on the project page on sourceforge I would very much like to create an installer for the binary of the plug-in and the language files (which unfortunately are not included in this version). I do have a problem coupling all the filters with the plug-in though... they do indeed have a different license - and one should make clear (although one can get most of them from other places) if it is fit to include them in such a collection. I'd feel a lot better if there were a couple of separate packages that would feature the correct license of the filters (also better to maintain, as the new .guf file format also features localization for filters, so all this can be translated as well). Nice work by Francois for compiling the plug-in under Windows (I'd have liked some information about porting problems though) and yourself for collecting and converting all those filters.

i have a similar thought about possible license issues. 1)many "Filter Factory" developers are still active they now use a more modern version of FF language offered by the Filter Meister compiler, and the Filter Meister Mail List is their forum I was already a member of that group: i reported the new immediately there on the mailing list asking explicitly to report there any objection on the inclusion of their filters in the guf folder at the moment after a week nobody objected. 2) not all but most of that filters are from Andrew Burkle collection and he give a very explicit permission 3) The politics of old Filter Factory group allow (no commercial ) redistribution with the condition that credits are preserved the conversion do NOT strip the credit 4) Anyway in about 24 hours the converted filters will be available also as separate pack. that will be more handy for who has the linux version and should solve any other potential problem i may imagine . PS as far i know were not any porting problems but Francois should know more details

Francois Collard compiled for Windows xp Vista, and converted 1500 FF filters I add some note on how install and use on windows and i am mirroring here http://photocomix-resources.deviantart.com/art/Gimp-Filter-Factory-Conve... Maybe you will like include the link (or the whole pack ) on the project page on sourceforge about the renaming i hope you understand my intention: give a name more related to the plugin function to make search easier, here on the registry, with search engine as Goggle or even in the gimp menu Is very hard search successfully something strictly related with Filter Factory if is called "user Filter" And its a pity because is a excellent plugin , even much more flexible and complete of what i may imagine..you did a amazing

any plan for windows binary..or suggestion on building for win?

On ubuntu hardy is needed also flex and ssl -dev to build but anyway i could not make it works, is visible in the menu now not grayed out but still not active here console output ############################## "photocomix@photocomix-desktop:~$ gimp /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/uf2c: invalid option -- g Usage: uf2c {flags} filter -h | --help : Display this help. -o name | --output=name : Write C source to specified output file instead of stdout. -s name | --skeleton=name : Use specified skeleton file as a plug-in template instead of the default. -v | --verbose: Increase verbosity level. -V | --version: Display version information. (gimp:24399): LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp: gimp_wire_read(): error (gimp:24399): LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp: gimp_wire_read(): error /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/txt2guf: invalid option -- g Usage: txt2guf [flags] {library.txt} Convert Plugin Commander source files (.txt) to User Filter (.guf) files. Flags: -h | --help : Display this help. -v | --verbose: Increase verbosity level. -V | --version: Display version information. (gimp:24399): LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp: gimp_wire_read(): error /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/ffl2guf: invalid option -- g Usage: ffl2guf [flags] {library.ffl} Convert Filter Factory Library files (.ffl) to User Filter (.guf) files. Flags: -h | --help : Display this help. -v | --verbose: Increase verbosity level. -V | --version: Display version information. (gimp:24399): LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp: gimp_wire_read(): error /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/afs2guf: invalid option -- g Usage: afs2guf [flags] {library.afs} Convert Filter Factory source files (.afs) to User Filter (.guf) files. Flags: -h | --help : Display this help. -v | --verbose: Increase verbosity level. -V | --version: Display version information. (gimp:24399): LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp: gimp_wire_read(): error /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/8bf2guf: invalid option -- g Usage: 8bf2guf [flags] {library.8bf} Convert Filter Factory binary files (.8bf) to User Filter (.guf) files. Flags: -h | --help : Display this help. -v | --verbose: Increase verbosity level. -V | --version: Display version information. (gimp:24399): LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp: gimp_wire_read(): error /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/userfilter: fatal error: Segmentation fault" ########################################### Any suggestions ?

(a) This was caused by the plug-in assuming to have an existing "userfilter-path" entry in gimprc, which was not the case. Has been fixed in v0.9.5 Also, "make install" should now work as intended. (b) I would be happy if someone could come up with a Windows binary. I did try to compile on Windows, but since I'm working on Linux boxes most of the time, I was missing too many things - and the Compile-Gimp-on-Windows documentation I found on the WWW was way out of date to do a quick job on that... Someone with a working Gimp-on-Windows development setup should have no big troubles though in getting it to work. (c) As of v0.9.5 you also do not require ssl-dev anymore if you have Glib >= 2.16 installed.

i installed but i can't see how use it. It shows a nice template but i can't see how to import and convert filters and none is included I read that are included utilities for the task but ...where?

The plug-in is installed in the usual plug-in directory of The Gimp. The external tools are installed in the normal binary directories (probably either /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin). A nice, short guide to programming filters with Filter Factory can be found at http://www.thepluginsite.com/knowhow/ffpg/ffpg.htm (remember, User Filter is backwards compatible to Filter Factory, so what is said there is essentially true for User Filter, too). You can also find some filter samples in the CVS of User Filter: http://gimpuserfilter.cvs.sourceforge.net/gimpuserfilter/userfilter/src/... Unconverted filters can be found at several places on the WWW - one such place would be http://www.photoshop-filters.com/html/filter_factory.htm To automatically use these, you need to convert them first into the native file format of the User Filter plug-in and save them in a User Filter data directory. Filters with the extension ".afs" (original FF save files), ".txt" (save files of Plugin Commander for Windows) or ".8bf" (these are Windows binaries, only those that have been created with FF or Plugin Commander will work) can also be loaded directly from the editor panel of the plug-in.

Sorry there is a misunderstanding, i know about filter factory and related links What i will like to know is how to call and use the "external tools", include in the User filter to convert FFL and 8bf in "into the native file format of the User Filter plug-in and save them in a User Filter data directory." i have very few practice in working from command line ..well should be no too difficult find the man pages of that tools, But will be easier and more friendly 3 buttons to call that tools from the plugin GUI. Maybe is not a problem for most using linux, but for a Windows version will be almost needed, you can't expect Windows users able to type something in a terminal without detailed and step by step instructions

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