1. iBCDR.atn iNovaFX Actions
have a line item at the top of the action steps which scales
small and medium images up to full size before correcting their
barrel distortion. Alas, that step should have scaled the image
with "Constrain Proportions" checked, but it was not.
works just fine with full size images, so your work-around is
simple: Use it with full size images only. Or scale them up to
full size before starting to correct barrel distortion.
Only a few
disks escaped with this slightly troublesome line of code, so
your copy of the Action folder may not even have the problem.
2. All of the iNovaFX Actions
are written with a suffix ".atn" as part of their name.
This is done for Windows versions of Photoshop and Macintosh
versions of Photoshop see this as merely part of the name. As
these Actions load into Windows, the ".atn" is stripped
OFF the name of the Action that appears in the Actions Palette.
Oh, thank you Mr. Gates! Macs ignore these four characters and just load the folder, suffix and all.
A very few
iNovaFX Actions require that you put the ".atn" back
on the end of the Action's name because they run other Actions
that reside within the same folder and when they do, they use
the folder's name as part of where they search. And what do you
know; computers can't tell what the folder's name is unless they
see all the letters.
You can do
this easily in List mode (not Button mode) by clicking on the
name of the Action and adding it right smack at the end of the
Action's name without any extra intervening spaces.
The only ones
we know of that need to have the suffix are:
The names should end up
looking exactly like the ones here.
All the ones in black above only need this fix if you are running their
optional "Carnet" version, which runs a number of variations,
leaving a snapshot of each in the History Palette for you to
3. Note also that the iFilmBordersDR.atn
series comes in several variations. You may have to try several
before finding one that works correctly on your version of Photoshop.
In general the iFilmBordersDR.atn file works fine on Macs and
the iFilmBordersDRV7.atn works best on Windows version of Photoshop
3a. Bwaa haa haa! More of
a joke on me, really, it turns out that I didn't change one of
the messages in the iFilmBorde35+ Actions.
It tells you
that a line of type will be written on the film margin identifying
the shot as having come from a "Coolpix" camera.
No it doesn't!
The type that appears on the image is correct and says "Canon
EOS 300D Digital Image" the way it should.
If you have
a disk that shows this errant message box, consider it a collector's
item. In fifty years it will fetch more at auction.
4. The iSO2Taste action
went missing. In fact the folder that contained it is missing
and some of those other Actions might be useful to you. Drop
me a note and I'll send you the iSORecover.atn folder.
5. Just to complicate things, Adobe--makers of Photoshop upon which all Actions run--has changed the rules with Photoshop CS2. This new version (AKA Photoshop 9.0) on all platforms strips off the ".atn" suffix, now making Windows and Mac platforms behave the same way with "Xyz.atn" files.
That's good overall, but once you load Actions that were written with the ".atn" showing in the folder's name, these will not work correctly in CS2. The fix, as outlined in item #2 above, is to use List View in the Actions Palette to add ".atn" to the name of the folders that need them.
So the generalized fix is that if a group of Actions fails to work as advertized, try adding the .atn suffix to the folder's name as a first attempted remedy. If that doesn't work, get in touch with me. I'm real curious to hear your experiences with them and fix every bug that may pop up.
When we find
any errors or confusions like these, we fix the master CD right
away and make sure that new ones are up to date.
If you are
completely confused by errors in any Actions, drop me a note
and include the serial number (printed in black on the innermost
clear area of the physical CD) and I can send you updated Actions
by return eMail.
If you ordered
over the Internet, I've got a copy so tell me the date and five-digit
If you can't
see the serial number on the CD, lay it down on a piece of white
paper. That makes the tiny black numbers stand out.