Welcome to Xero Intelligence, the blog side of Xero Graphics! The blog was created as part of a major site rebuild in January 2015 – for the rationale behind the redesign and an outline of plans for the future, please check out the Xero Manifesto page.
The recent improvements to the Gaussian blur code in the Radiance plugin introduced some bugs in the calculation of the area to be blurred, which gave strange rendering errors in the preview panel at zoom levels other than the default “fit-to-preview”. This new release (2015.3) fixes that.
I noticed recently that the Radiance plugin had a few problems, so I thought I ought to do something to fix it. The new version is now on release and available for download on the Downloads page of the main site. The highlights of this release are:
– Odd image corruption at extreme settings fixed
– Choice of “high key” or “low key” modes – formerly “low key” was the only option
– A much faster Gaussian blur algorithm will make the filter render much faster
Your mileage may vary on that last point – please let me know how it goes!
As part of the changeover from shareware to donationware, the Metagrad, Conditioner, Refiner and Quasar plugins were given a quick and simple rebuild to remove the shareware limitations and make them more fully compatible with current host programs. Labelled as Version 2015.1, those were intended only as an interim stop-gap release – a way to get the Xero site moving again quickly.
Now it’s time for some more substantial updates! Metagrad has been refactored and given a re-designed UI that allows the whole dialog to be resized, and one or two other quirks have been ironed out. There will be further updates to Metagrad later in the year, but in the meantime I’m working on Conditioner. Expect a major update for that one in the near future!