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    Photoshop Flexible Point File Format?

    This is listed as one of the new formats supported by Lightwave 8 in the feature list.I did a search on google and I couldn't find out any info about it. Does anyone know what the Flexible Point File Format is?
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    I was wondering the same, then I was also thinking that we have a "image viewer FP" in Lw.
    dunno about Photoshop support, though.

    so...maybe FP and Floating Point images are the same?
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    FP normally stands for Floating Point!

    Maybe NT should tell us more... if... they want!

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    I didn't know Photoshop supported any floating point formats.

    I would have preferred a simpler option. Just put regular 16-bpc PSD support in the Lightwave render menu. (It currently exists as a plug-in which is not always accessible). Also, 16-bpc TIFF support would have been handy.

    Photoshop can read 16-bpc PSD images.
    After Effects can read 16-bpc PSD images.
    They can both read 16-bpc TIFFS.

    What app can read FP PSD images?

    Also, the EXR format is very new, so there aren't huge numbers of apps that support that either.

    In Lightwave's render menu there are various 32-bpc FP image formats, but there are no 16-bpc formats that can be read by either After Effects or Photoshop.

    This really needs improvement, as 16-bpc is now the mainstay of film and broadcast production.

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    This is just a shot in the wind, but I think it just means the regular PSD layer exporter we have now as a image filter plugin. but.... having it work "properly" so we dont have to open it in photoshop, shift and delete layers, change layer modes, etc.. to work with it.
    at least, thats what Im hoping they mean.
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    I have Photoshop CS at work and there still is no floating point formats. There is 8 and 16 bit. From what I've read in the photoshop mags they added more filter and tool compatability to the 16 bit modes.

    I even did a search on Adobe and there is nothing about floating point formats.

    Floating point image editing I still do in FilmGimp.

    It may just be a bad choice of wording. If they really mean you can save either 8 or 16 per layer images then that would be really cool.

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    Are'nt they refering to the .flx (flexible format) currently in Lightwave?

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    maybe? I just reread the list and I think my earlier post was off.

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    Direct Show Flexible Point: allows users to view Flexible Point images in Internet Explorer.
    OpenEXR file format support
    Photoshop Flexible Point file format support
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    In Internet explorer and photoshop? it sounds like they are making a direct draw codec/plugin and photoshop plugin that will allow them both to open the .flx file wizlon mentioned.

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    What is an flx file?

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    did a seearch and it is a floating point file format that can also contain an alpha channel.

    there is already a photoshop plugin to load it

    http://www.flay.com/GetDetail.cfm?ID=1072

    The plugin from what i see in the comments may not work. I guess LW has a working version out for LW 8

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    Originally posted by wizlon
    Are'nt they refering to the .flx (flexible format) currently in Lightwave?
    Good guess!!!!

    We're clarifying that by pulling the current under-informative bullet points and replacing them with this, in the Other Enhancements section.

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    *Photoshop plugins that allow NewTek's Flexible Image HDRI format (.flx) to be loaded into PhotoShop.
    *DirectShow filter allowing .flx animations to be played in Windows Media Player.
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    Thanks Chuck,

    jay

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    . . . neato . . .

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    Originally posted by Chuck
    Good guess!!!!

    We're clarifying that by pulling the current under-informative bullet points and replacing them with this, in the Other Enhancements section.

    Integration Tools

    *Photoshop plugins that allow NewTek's Flexible Image HDRI format (.flx) to be loaded into PhotoShop.
    *DirectShow filter allowing .flx animations to be played in Windows Media Player.
    What would be really useful is a Quicktime plug-in to allow Quicktime savvy applications to use the flx formt.

    In particular, Adobe After Effects. It would be great to be able to import flx files and use them in After Effects. I think that would be more useful than the Photoshop plug-in.

    At the moment, there's a lack of compatibility between LW and AE for image file formats greater than 8bpc.

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    I thought AE could use photoshop plugins?

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