January 13, 2010

New Pixel Bender Technology Center

Adobe’s Pixel Bender technology enables fast, GPU- and multicore-savvy filters to run in Photoshop, Flash, and After Effects. Now the Pixel Bender Technology Center provides one-stop access to a large variety of resources, including download of the PB plug-in Photoshop CS4. For more links, see engineering manager Kevin Goldsmith’s blog.

Posted by John Nack at 8:42 AM on January 13, 2010


  • Stefan Klein — 9:53 AM on January 13, 2010

    Will we see a new Pixel Bender in CS5?

  • Stefan Klein — 9:55 AM on January 13, 2010

    Sorry, I meant Photoshop CS5.

  • Ricardo Galvão, ACE PS CS3 — 11:55 AM on January 13, 2010

    I find very interesting how things develop ADOBE to make life easier. But we run up against a fundamental mistake … Beginners think modern design is being just press and slide buttons (see BW CS3). In this respect ADOBE is doing a disservice.
    Seeing the instructor teaching PixelBender seems that the world knows the programming language.
    I hope that soon will emerge on the horizon any tools to exercise creativity, rather than facilitated the sale of products easy to use …
    sorry my bad english…

  • Joy Foraker — 4:35 PM on January 13, 2010

    I agree with Richado, so much of the new technology from Adobe requires some knowledge of programming. All the new developments, and there are many many new developments, are being presented by technicians who are absolutely unaware of HOW TO INSTRUCT DESIGNERS WHO ARE NOT PROGRAMMERS. Common sense seems to have left Adobeland.

  • Kevin Goldsmith — 5:13 PM on January 20, 2010

    I think that this is a valid comment. Pixel Bender is a programming language for programmers. It doesn’t make doing advanced filter development easy for non-programmers, but it does make filter development easier than it is currently. If you wanted to write a Photoshop plug-in right now, you need to write C++ and compile and test it for Windows 32 and 64bit OSes as well as MacOS. Pixel Bender makes that a lot easier. There are some 3rd party tools for PS that do make creating custom filters easier. We hope to make Pixel Bender authoring easier too. I don’t know if we’ll satisfy your needs, but it is something we think about.

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