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Poll Results 2002


This page shows the results of polls on various topics that were conducted on this web site. So always keep in mind that the results are only representative for the visitors of this site and can't be generalized. Placing these polls on other sites could produce totally different results.

 
Photo Correction Plugin Poll
conducted in November/December 2002

Which of these tools do you use regularily for photo correction?
 
1. Photoshop's Auto Levels/Auto Color
23.5 %
  
 
2. Paint Shop Pro's Enhance Photo Filters
16.5 %
  
3. Other
11 %
  
 
4. Image Doctor
5 %
  
5. iCorrect
4.5 %
  
6. AutoCorrect
4.4 %
  
7. AutoEye
4.2 %
  
8. Sharpener
3.8 %
  
9. Intellihance
3.4 %
  
 
10. Color Pilot
2.8 %
  
10. PhotoOptics
2.8 %
  
11. The Imaging Factory
2.6 %
  
12. PowerRetouche
2.5 %
  
12. AIM Plugins
2.5 %
  
 

Other items that took part in the poll, but scored 2% or below:
AmphiSoft Filters 2.2%, Lens Doc 1.89%, Color Mechanic 1.7%, Imagenie 1.14%, Optipix /Image Processing Tool Kit 1.14%, Quantum Mechanics 1.14%, CoCo 0.95%.

Total of votes: 528

 

Image Application Poll
conducted in October/November 2002

Which of these image applications and which version do you use regularly?
 

1. Photoshop

Version 4: 1.7 %
Version 5:
2 %
Version 5.5:
3.2 %
Version 6:
11.3 %
Version 7:
15.6 %

34 %
  
 

2. Paint Shop Pro

Version 3: 0.1 %
Version 4:
1.1 %
Version 5:
1.1 %
Version 6:
1.6 %
Version 7:
18.4 %

22 %
  
 
 

3. PhotoImpact

Version 3: 0.1 %
Version 4:
0.8 %
Version 5:
0.8 %
Version 6:
1.7 %
Version 7:
4.4 %
Version 8: 0.1 %

7.9 %
  
 

4. Corel Photo-Paint

Version 6: 0.5 %
Version 7:
0.4 %
Version 8:
1.2 %
Version 9:
1.7 %
Version 10:
2.2 %
Version 11: 1.0 %

7 %
  
 

5. Fireworks

Version 2: 0.3 %
Version 3:
0.6 %
Version 4:
1.9 %
Version MX: 3.1 %

5.9 %
  
 

6. Photoshop Elements

Version 1: 2.6 %
Version 2:
3 %

5.6 %
  
 

7. Other

The GIMP: 0.5 %
Irfanview:
0.5 %

Premiere:
0.3 %
Illustrator:
0.2 %
ACDSee:
0.2 %
Canvas:
0.2 %
Xara X:
0.2 %
Serif PhotoPlus:
0.2 %
etc.

5.4 %
  
 
 

8. PhotoDeluxe

Version 1: 1 %
Version 2: 0.9 %
Version 3: 1.9 %

3.8 %
  
 

8. Painter

Version 4 / Classic: 0.1 %
Version 5:
1 %
Version 6:
0.8 %
Version 7:
1.9 %

3.8 %
  
 

9. Picture Publisher

Version 5: 0.3 %
Version 6: 0.2 %
Version 7:
0.4 %
Version 8:
0.6 %
Version 9:
0.3 %
Version 10:
0.9 %

2.7 %
  
 

10. PhotoDraw

Version 1: 0.4 %
Version 2: 1.5 %

1.9 %
  
 
Total of votes: 3548

 

Online School Poll
conducted in September 2002

Which is your favorite online school?
 
1. LVS Online
47 %
  
 
2. Other
17 %
  
3. Free-Ed
10 %
  
3. HTML Writers Guild
10 %
  
 
4. Training Tools
6.5 %
  
4. StaffingTools.com
6.5 %
  
7. Web State University
3 %
  
8. Fathom, Sessions.edu, Smart Planet, NYIP
0 %
  
 
Total of votes: 30

 

The Plugin Site Content Poll
conducted in Juli/August 2002

What would you like to see on The Plugin Site in the future?
 
1. More freeware from us
21 %
  
 
2. Tutorials about using plugins
14.5 %
  
3. More detailed reviews of freeware plugins and tools
14 %
  
4. Tutorials for various image applications
13 %
  
 
5. More Premiere/After Effects stuff
5.5 %
  
6. More news about commercial plugins and tools
5.5 %
  
7. Extended Gallery section
5 %
  
8. Improved Graphics Galaxy Search Engine
5 %
  
9. Extended Resources section of our web site
5 %
  
10. More Contests
4.5 %
  
11. More reviews of commercial products
4 %
  
12. More commercial products from us
3.5 %
  
 
Total of votes: 867

 

Texture Size Poll
conducted in May / June 2002

What pixel size should textures have to fit your needs?

 

Low-Res: 43.4%
------------------------
100 x 100 Seamless (3) 13.04%
128 x 128 Seamless (2) 8.7%
200 x 200 Seamless (3) 13.04%
256 x 256 Seamless (2) 8.7%

Med-Res: 17.4%
----------------------
320 x 240 Non-Seamless (0) 0%
400 x 400 Seamless (3) 13.04%
512 x 512 Seamless (0) 0%
640 x 480 Non-Seamless (0) 0%
800 x 600 Non-Seamless (1) 4.35%

High-Res: 39.2%
----------------------
800 x 800 Seamless (2) 8.7%
1024 x 768 Non-Seamless (2) 8.7%
1024 x 1024 Seamless (4) 17.39%
1280 x 960 Non-Seamless (0) 0%
1600 x 1200 Non-Seamless (1) 4.35%
2100 x 1500 Non-Seamless (0) 0%


Non-Seamless: 17.5%
Seamless: 82.5%

 
Total of votes: 44

 

Photo Poll
conducted in March / April 2002

What pixel size should digital photos from a photo CD have to fit your needs?

 

1 Megapixel (58.5 %):
------------------------
320 x 240 4 %
640 x 480 9 %
800 x 600 11.5 %
1024 x 768 21 %
1280 x 1024 13 %

2 Megapixe (15.5 %):
------------------------
1536 x 1024 2%
1600 x 1200 9.5 %
1800 x 1200 4 %

3 Megapixel (7 %):
------------------------
2048 x 1536 4 %
2100 x 1500 3 %

4 Megapixel (2 %):
------------------------
2272 x 1704 0.5%
2500 x 1900 1.5%

High-End (15 %):
------------------------
3072 x 2048 3%
3200 x 2400 4%
6144 x 4096 8%

Doesn't matter 1.5%

 
Total of votes: 254

 

Freeware Plugin Poll
conducted in February /March 2002

Which is your favourite freeware plugin?
 
1. Plugin Galaxy Free Plugins
15 %
  
2. Eye Candy 4000 Free Filters
13 %
  
 
3. Flaming Pear Freebies
11 %
  
4. EyeCandy 3 Special Edition
8 %
  
5. Ulead ArtTexture
7 %
  
 
6. Fantastic Machines Paint Engine
6 %
  
7. TV Effects
5 %
  
7. Xenofex Free Filters
5 %
  
8. DragonFly's Plugins
5 %
  
9. NRV Bordermania
5 %
  
 

Other items that took part in the poll, but scored 2% or below:
AIM DeepSpace & Photoshop Plugins (5) 2.14%, Luce (4) 1.71%, Wacom Pen Tools (4) 1.71%, Axion Lens Flare32/Glow32 (4) 1.71%, Filter Farm (4) 1.71%,
Jama 3D/Lattice Composer (3) 1.28%, AmphiSoft Free Filters (2) 0.85%, Tile Tools Free Filters (2) 0.85%, Extensis PhotoBevel (2) 0.85%, Mark's Page Curl (2) 0.85%, Filter Meister Sample Plugins (2) 0.85%, VDL Adrenaline Free Plugins (2) 0.85%, Red Prince Free Plugins (2) 0.85%, Cybia's Filters (2) 0.85%, Pobelly's Plugins (1) 0.43%, Sapphire Free Filters (1) 0.43%, 2D HyperClouds (1) 0.43%, Gregory Paret's Plugins (1) 0.43%, Colleen's Photoshop Fun Pack (1) 0.43%, RichFX ZoomFX Pro (1) 0.43%,
Rasterizer Plug (1) 0.43%, Extensis PhotoText (1) 0.43%, Procyn Filters (1) 0.43%, Panorama Tools (1) 0.43%, Metrix (1) 0.43%, Primus (1) 0.43%, Yellownail Collection (0) 0%, PowerRetouce BrightnessEditor (0) 0%, Namesuppressed Design (0) 0%, Adaptive Equalization (0) 0%, Tim Lister's Filters (0) 0%, Murakuma's Filters (0) 0%, Imagedrome Bevel SE (0) 0%, Filter Formula Example Filters (0) 0%.

Total of votes: 234


Comments:

"Only recently have I become aware of plugins - WOW! - like discovering a new toy. I was going around gathering up plugins and found Primus by FlamingPear. As a novice (someone who doesn't have a clue), I was able to plug it into Picture Publisher 8 and experience immediate, gratifying results creating frames for family photos to insert into a flip album. It was great. I also enjoy the PlugIn site very much(terrific links and newsletter). Thanks. "

"It seems like the voting so far puts my favorite free plug in right near the top...Ulead's Art Texture! It really is an incredable plug in...I like to take family pictures and use the plug in to make their clothes look like they are wearing tied died shirts...also it makes a great background for lots of pictures and some of my artwork..."

"My Most favourite plugin is Night Vision. I like creating graphics viewed from a different perspective as compared to the norm. Night Vision allows me to be creative and to show people what a graphic would appear like using Night Vision equipment. The response is absolutely great. This and Photoshop is a great combination."

"As far as Free Plug-ins, Sinedot is by far #1. The effects achieved are awesome and extremely versatile. What other plugin can you possibly make a butterfly from a few settings and then easily load up another setting and come up with a jacket. On another note.. I did not know that EyeCandy 4000 had additional plug-ins for Free.. I will definitly be checking those out."

 

Plugin Usage Poll
conducted in January 2002

How often do you use filter plugins?
 
1. Always
42 %
  
2. Often
42 %
  
 
3. Sometimes
11 %
  
4. Seldom
4 %
  
5. Not at all
1 %
  
 
Total of votes: 270


Comments:

"I love to use plugins to massage my photo images. I came across this site in Photoshop User magazine and consider it quite a find. I know I will return here often, sort of like one-stop shopping for plugins and info. A BIG THANKS for your efforts to bring this to us."

"Graphic programs are only as good as the plugins that work in it. You can have a monster of a graphic program, but if it is limited to "x" plugins, YOU'RE creativity is limited. PLUGINS RULE!! :o) Thanks for all the fun!"

"... I check out as many as I can, but I only end up keeping a selected few. ... . It's sort of like an addiction. Certainly they can add something extra, even if the change is subtle and not immediately evident. Keep them coming. "

"Plugins are great especially when creating new [effects]. ... However, I use many others. Many can be applied in infinite ways, so not stale at all. The more used, the more intuitive, so I grab 'em and go!"

"I keep a catalog of every freeware filter I can get my hands on that won't crash my system as well as several commercial plugins ... . I have my favorites, but often I am driven to experiment and I'll create effects with lesser used plugins that can range from subdued to starteling. I love 'em. "

"I use them all the time.....to me they are an important part of my artwork....I'm not a professional by any stretch of the imagination, but the stuff I create ... screams the need to enhance the works of art with all those great little programs (plug-ins/filters). Without them, I would only have partial works of (so-so) art..... Instead I get stuff that people can say: WOW, <How did you do that>"

"Many of the commercial-grade plug-ins ... can greatly enhance your creations. There are some great free plug-ins out there too. Anyone who frequents this site is probably a plug-in junkie like myself. There is hardly a image I work on where I haven't used a filter of one kind or another. "

"I have dozens of filters, but I find I keep going back to just a few of them and using them over and over, and using most of the others only on occasion. Once in a while I find I can complete a project with just the tools my graphics programs offer, but most often I wind up using one plug-in or another. "

"Plug-in filters are a huge part of graphic design. Even as the programs themselves add more features, I'm sorry, but they just can't possibly come up with all the effects some of the outside plugins/filters create without a huge amount of extra work, if at all. The plugins and filters offer in some cases shortcuts, in other cases effects to your designs you simply couldn't get any other way. Not to mention the creativity by those who are actually making the plugins/filters is astounding. ... "

"... True, PSP and other apps are now coming out with filters and-or plugins included, but for a collector like me, I will never stop searching high and low for that next new whammo-zapper, super duper, plugin or filter! "

"I use PSP, PhotoImpact and Photoshop, and filters greatly enhance any image I am working on. I also appreciate the work the makers of filters do, especially the freeware ones, some of them are truly awesome and even better than the commercial ones. "

"I don't think I could design a graphic without the use of a filter of some kind. Main ones I use, EyeCandy 4000, KPT5 & 6......and Harry, yours of course. "

"I have literally hundreds of filters installed but I use very few of them. My most used filters are Simple Filters (Half wrap), my own filters (Teph's Tricks), KPT5, Eye Candy 4000, Super Blade Pro, Flaming Pear's Tachyon. If Paint Shop Pro had some sort of adjustable wrap around filter, or a way to write filters like Filter Factory (or better, use perl like GIMP does) I'd dump most of the basic plugin filters."

 

 

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