Fovea Pro 4.0 plug-ins for Intel Macs

The Fovea Pro 4.0 CD contains plug-in files for both Windows and Macintosh computers, but with some limitations.

The Windows plug-ins function with all versions of Photoshop from 7 through CS5 (a.k.a. Photoshop 12), under all Windows operating systems from Win 2K through Win 7 (although Photoshop itself places specific requirements on the operating system and the hardware, for example CS3 - CS5 require at least Win XP with Service Pack 2, and require a monitor with at least 1024x768 pixels).

The Macintosh plug-ins will run on all versions of Photoshop from 7 through CS5, and under either Mac OS 9 (Classic) or Mac OS X, although again the more recent versions of Photoshop require OS X. However, to run the plug-ins from the CD on an Intel-based Macintosh, it is necessary to run Photoshop itself under Rosetta. This can be done by selecting the Adobe Photoshop (or CS5) file, choosing File->Get Info, and clicking the "Open Using Rosetta" check box. When this is done, Photoshop will run in interpreted mode (as will the plug-ins). Because of the speed of the Intel processors and the efficiency of the interpreter, even in this mode Photoshop will run faster than on a PowerPC Mac. Of course, Rosetta is only functional with OS X 10.5 and earlier.

It is possible to bypass the limitation of using the Rosetta interpreter and to replace the plug-ins installed from the CD with a set specially compiled for full compatibility with the Intel processors and with Mac OS X. The plug-ins themselves can be downloaded as a zip file, which is expanded to produce a folder containing the "universal binary" format required. This folder of plug-ins should be used to replace those installed previously from the CD. Then Photoshop should be run in its "native" mode rather than using Rosetta, and the plug-ins will appear and function normally. The "universal binary" versions of the plug-ins are intended only for use with Photoshop CS3 - CS5 under Mac OS X, and will not function under OS 9 (and are not required and offer no advantages under older versions of Photoshop).

Note that the serial number provided with the original CD is still required by the plug-ins. If was not entered when the original plug-ins were installed, it can be entered using the new ones.

To download the plug-ins, click this link and unzip the contents (the folder containing the individual plug-in files).

Reindeer Graphics, Inc.

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