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Super Blade Pro

Type of Program: Plug in filter for Graphics Editors
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/2000/NT and MacIntosh
Company Name: Flaming Pear Software
Version: 1.00
Price: $15 U.S. + purchase of Original Blade Pro, $49 U.S.
Installed Size: 4.0 MB


Super Blade Pro . . . It's only been out for about three weeks and I'm already hooked! Super Blade Pro is a plug-in filter for graphic editors (like Adobe PhotoShop and Jasc's Paint Shop Pro) which simplifies the creation of 3-D looking graphics. Like original Blade Pro, the type effects possible using Super Blade Pro are incredible: Bevels, textures, mirrorlike reflections, along with controls for light, gloss, iridescence, tarnish, glassiness, and more combine to create touchable-looking special effects. Super Blade Pro has new textures, including waterstains, moss, abrasion, spotlighting, dust, grit, embossing, fractal blotches, and smooth Gaussian bevels. Super Blade Pro also has new light sources to create even more effects. Original Blade Pro had no "undo" function, an oversight Flaming Pear corrected in Super Blade Pro.

The download and installation are completely uneventful. The program's window, after being called on from the plug-in menu in your graphics editor, looks similar to original Blade Pro. Here are screenshots of the Blade Pro and Super Blade Pro windows so you can see the difference in available functions.

Blade Pro

Super Blade Pro

You can use presets made for the original Blade Pro with Super Blade Pro, and don't worry, you can install both Blade Pro and Super Blade Pro inside the same image editor (they won't overwrite each other, but instead, install themselves in different folders and work independently). There are tutorials available on Flaming Pear's website to learn how to use Super Blade Pro (it's not difficult, so you probably won't need them). The shareware version of Super Blade Pro is time limited. If you're a graphics junkie like me, Super Blade Pro is another "must have"!

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Reviewed by Angelene

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