Fnord Software has
shipped ProEXR, a set
of 6 plug-ins to provide complete support for the
OpenEXR file format in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Both
Adobe applications include basic support for OpenEXR, but ProEXR
provides access to important features of the format including multiple
image layers, preservation of color space information, and choice
between all compression options available in the latest OpenEXR
libraries. The ProEXR Photoshop plug-in sells for US$95 while the After
Effects plug-ins are free and open source.
With ProEXR, artists working in Photoshop CS3 Extended can work with
layered EXR files and save projects as EXR without collapsing
layers. This one file can then be opened in digital compositing
applications such as After Effects, Shake, Nuke, and Fusion. In
many cases, OpenEXR is the only layered format the application supports.
In After Effects, the 5 free plug-ins included with ProEXR take care
everything from OpenEXR file I/O, to extraction of channels into a
composition, to automated project set-up from a layered file.
They are open source to ensure that production facilities have
unlimited ability to integrate After Effects with their OpenEXR-based
Other features unique to ProEXR include the retention of OpenEXR
space information, support for both 32-bit and 16-bit floating point
pixels, and full control over alpha channel processing in Photoshop.
ProEXR for Photoshop is available for Mac OS X and Windows as a
trial version which can
be permanently unlocked by purchasing a serial
number. The included After Effects plug-ins are free and do not
require a serial number. All Mac plug-ins have been compiled as
Universal Binary to take advantage of the Intel processors found in new