DxO Labs and REALVIZ® Join Forces to Offer Demanding Photographers Exciting Software Bundles

Award-winning imaging applications DxO Optics Pro v4.5 and REALVIZ® Stitcher® are available together for the first time and at a significant saving of up to £ 155!*
Press Release
    
DxO Optics Pro, the advanced software application for automatic digital image enhancement, and REALVIZ® Stitcher®, one of the most powerful and widely recognized image stitching applications, are now available together for a limited time at a significant saving from the online stores of REALVIZ (www.realviz.com) and DxO Labs (www.dxo.com).

“Bundling DxO Optics Pro and REALVIZ Stitcher makes it easier for photographers to create dramatic panoramic images while ensuring the best correction of optical and anamorphic distortion, vignetting, lens softness and chromatic aberrations for all the images concerned,” says Luc Marin, vice president of the Photography business at DxO Labs. “And our recent support for the popular Tokina fish-eye lens is an additional plus for Stitcher Unlimited users.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to join with DxO Labs to offer these two important digital imaging software programs that enhance the workflow of today’s busy photographers especially with such a significant saving,” said Dominique Pouliquen, REALVIZ CEO. 

To respond to the needs of dedicated amateur and professional photographers, four bundles are being offered:

DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Standard + Stitcher Express 2
DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Standard + Stitcher Unlimited 5.6
DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Elite + Stitcher Express 2
DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Elite + Stitcher Unlimited 5.6
DxO Optics Pro Starter is not included in the bundle offer.

About DxO Optics Pro
DxO Optics Pro is the award-winning digital image enhancement tool incorporating revolutionary optics, noise and exposure corrections in an easy-to-use, feature rich application for Mac and PC users. DxO Optics Pro software improves the image quality of Digital Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams. DxO Optics Pro has been chosen as 2006 “Best Photo Software” by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

About REALVIZ Stitcher Unlimited 5.6

Developed with professional panorama creators in mind, Stitcher Unlimited 5.6 facilitates the production of multiple panoramas of the highest quality and with maximum productivity. Stitcher Unlimited supports fish-eye lenses to create full spheres from a limited number of pictures. The software is particularly useful for converting panoramas for various purposes or to create complete virtual tours with hot spots. Stitcher Unlimited can be used with Java-based and Shockwave-based viewers as well as QuickTime® VR.
About REALVIZ Stitcher Express 2
Developed for digital photography hobbyists, Stitcher Express 2 incorporates an easy-to-use automatic stitching engine. Stitcher Express 2 is ideal for users interested in extending their capability and knowledge from cylindrical panoramas to full spherical ones. It can be used to construct interactive panoramas to use with QuickTime® or geo-referenced using Google(TM) Earth, and produces high-quality panoramic pictures for printing on home printers.

Special offer pricing (limited time only)

DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Standard + Stitcher Express 2 à £129 instead of £154

DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Standard + Stitcher Unlimited 5.6 à £379 instead of £429

DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Elite + Stitcher Express 2 à £199 instead of £239

DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Elite + Stitcher Unlimited 5.6 à £449 instead of £514

(Prices include 17.5% VAT)

 
    
About REALVIZ

REALVIZ is a leading developer of image based creation software headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France, with satellite sales offices in Los Angeles, London and Paris. REALVIZ develops a suite of image-based content creation solutions for the film, broadcast, gaming, digital imaging, architecture and Internet communities. Derived from years of research efforts at the renowned INRIA Lab in France, the Company’s applications enable 2D and 3D artists to easily and cost-effectively tackle complex digital imaging projects. REALVIZ’ award-winning products are used by thousands of professional photographers, as well as leading production and effects houses, web design, game development and architectural companies worldwide, including Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, The Orphanage, Inc, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts, Duran Duboi and many others.

REALVIZ technology has been used to create stunning visual effects in many recent major movies, including:  ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, ‘Blades of Glory’, ‘Zodiac’, ‘Goal!2: Living the Dream’, ‘The Host’, ‘Children of Men’, ‘Superman Returns’, ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Lord of War’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Sin City’, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’, and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.
    
About DxO Labs

DxO Labs offers products and solutions ensuring excellence in digital imaging. DxO Labs develops and licenses intellectual property serving the entire digital imaging chain:  licensing of optics and silicon architectures for embedded still and video image processing; image quality evaluation and measurement tools and methodologies; image quality enhancement software for consumers. The company’s key customers and partners include:

  • Consumer electronics manufacturers such as digital camera vendors and cameraphones vendors;
  • Imaging components suppliers: camera module manufacturers, sensor vendors, and processor vendors;
  • Demanding photographers, as well as photography journalists and imaging experts.

DxO Labs’ product portfolio is steadily finding a place at the heart of advanced consumer electronics and world-class industry imaging systems where “Image Science by DxO” becomes a reference for quality.
    
DxO is a registered trademark of DxO Labs. Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. DxO Labs disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.

©2007 REALVIZ®. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.

* Savings calculated based on the purchase of DxO Optics Pro Elite and Stitcher v5.6 Unlimited

New FileMaker 9 Product Line Delivers 30 Ease-of-Use Breakthroughs including Live Connections to SQL Data

Innovative new FileMaker 9 PHP Site Assistant enables non-programmers to create PHP-driven websites
Press Release

FileMaker today announced the immediate availability of FileMaker Pro 9, (http://store.filemaker.com.au) a major new version of the most award-winning desktop database for Windows and Mac OS.
 
The new FileMaker 9 product line, which the company called its most dramatic new offering in years with over 30 ease-of-use breakthroughs, is available today, and includes FileMaker Pro 9, FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced, FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced.
 
FileMaker Pro 9 includes many new features, for end users and developers, to simplify creating, automating, sharing and reporting from databases, including a new Quick Start screen for new users to be quickly productive; Conditional Formatting, which highlights data based on parameters the user sets; and the ability to email a link to other FileMaker users, which they can click to instantly access your database.
 
The new version also offers breakthrough easy-to-use tools so FileMaker users and workgroups can easily connect to the world of company and Web data residing in external SQL data sources: MySQL, Oracle SQL and Microsoft SQL Server.
 
The new Server 9 products, which enable workgroups to share databases over the network and the Web, come with a completely modernised and streamlined Admin Console, so FileMaker Pro users can easily set up and administer Server software.
 
“FileMaker is the acknowledged leader in easy-to-use database software which empowers workgroups,” said Dominique Goupil, president of FileMaker. “With FileMaker 9 we go further. We make it easier than ever for developers and users to manage information in amazingly productive and creative ways. For example, our goal is to make FileMaker Server 9 so easy that FileMaker Pro customers can install it in 20 minutes or less, and quickly share database solutions.
 
“FileMaker 9 is perfect for innovative organisations who realise the benefits of empowered self-service workgroups,” Goupil said.
 
 
Early Evaluator Customers and Developers Laud New FileMaker Pro 9
 
“Not only is FileMaker Pro 9 easier for users, but the enhanced features such as the debugger and Data Viewer also make life straightforward and trouble-free for both IT managers and developers. I’m really looking forward to showing the External SQL Data Sources (ESS) feature to my customers as this is going to massively add to the potential uses for FileMaker Pro in the marketplace.” 
Melbourne-based FileMaker developer Nicholas Orr, Goya Pty Ltd
 
“What we like most are the Conditional Formatting and Script Group functions. We can see great potential in the External SQL Data Sources (ESS) feature. This will allow us to open doors to enterprise customers. The FileMaker team has done a great job in that specific area. While few people have heard of FileMaker in Singapore, Easi-Link Systems develops all applications using this product. Customers buy the Easi-Link Systems solution because of what it does, and with FileMaker Pro 9 enhanced features we anticipate continued sales and growth.”
Singapore-based FileMaker developer M.F. Leong, Easi-Link Systems
 
“We believe the External Data Sources features are going to be pivotal in terms of opening doors to both new applications for existing clients, and helping us reach new clients. This makes integration with web and corporate SQL systems 100 times easier, and more than that, FileMaker suddenly emerges as a great front-end and reporting tool for other systems… what a brilliant way to very quickly build a content management system for a MySQL website.
 
“The additional features present fresh opportunities and will attract new clients to FileMaker. An immediate advantage is that FileMaker Pro 9 doesn’t have to use its own proprietary database engine and/or can work directly with corporate data sources. Many other favourites include Web Viewer, which adds dynamic User Interface (UI) controls making for more compelling user experiences. With data URLs now officially supported you can create a graph, display calculated results, or a warning message, with nothing more than a Web Viewer.
 
“Clients have been asking for Auto Resize, so I think that’ll be a winner with them too. It’s another feature that keeps FileMaker Pro 9 ahead of web applications. I personally like the Quick Start screen because people tend to launch the application first. So now, when users launch the application it will present a menu of databases right away. Finally, from a development perspective the big winner is the new scripting tools: these features are worth their weight in gold when developing large solutions and keeping things organised,”
New Zealand based FileMaker developer Craig Saunders, Digital Fusion
 
“FileMaker Pro 9 features that appeal to me and my team (which consists of part-time developers) are the ones that help to create the best possible user experience. They make it easier and quicker for us to develop workable applications. FileMaker Pro 9 provides easy access to resources that help us learn about the different features available. An additional consideration brought about by the disruptive environment in which development occurs, is that FileMaker Pro 9 enables you to be more productive in the small blocks of time available. However, my best pick is Conditional Formatting, which is very helpful in making the layout appear more intuitive and interactive to the user.”
Dominique Hawinkels, Security/Reception Manager, Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, New Zealand
 

“FileMaker 9 is truly a ground breaking release that extends the product’s scope significantly. External SQL Data Sources (ESS) is a significant step in the evolution of FileMaker. Top features on my list would be enhanced Web Viewer with special support for data URLs, multiple script editing windows, Conditional Formatting and finally, the ‘append to PDF’ feature greatly enriches the output produced.
 
“Along with ESS, each of the above new features opens up new possibilities and extends the reach of the product. All of these address a very specific area of need and will provide users and developers with greater control and a more consistent experience. All in all, FileMaker 9 promises to be a very exciting release.”
Melbourne-based FileMaker developer Ray Cologon, NightWing Enterprises
 
Connect to the world of data in External SQL Data Sources
Using the new one-way or two-way live connectivity to popular SQL sources, FileMaker Pro 9 users within any business or organisation can safely and securely create custom reports, add calculations and other fields, and even build relationships with existing FileMaker data – just using the easy-to-use tools of FileMaker Pro.
 
“Linking FileMaker Pro 9 solutions to the open source strengths of MySQL will greatly empower the developer and user communities of both product lines,” said Zack Urlocker, MySQL AB’s executive vice president of products
 
With the new PHP features of FileMaker Server and FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced both users and Web developers can publish information to external websites, gather information from Web visitors, and create new solutions combining a Web-based front-end with a rich, FileMaker Pro back-end.
 
Mac users of the new FileMaker products can connect to SQL sources with the Actual ODBC Pack version 2.7, now available from Actual Technologies LLC (http://www.actualtechnologies.com)

New Data Integration and Easier Database Design Features in FileMaker Pro 9
FileMaker Pro 9 (www.filemaker.com.au/products/) features many new capabilities to make databases more ‘connec
ted’ for users, as well as a suite of advanced but easy-to-use development and customisation tools for developers. New features include:

  • Connecting to a world of data, by easily creating links and integrating live MS SQL server, Oracle and MySQL data as if it were FileMaker-based data.
  • Ease of use breakthroughs, including the FileMaker Quick Start Screen, which remembers your favorites and gives you access to the new videos in the FileMaker Learning Centre, Send Link Database Sharing, a one-click feature that sends an email with a hyperlink so you share a database with other FileMaker Pro users, and Append to PDF, which allows users to consolidate multiple data reports into a single PDF file.
  • More productive database design, including script grouping and editing tools, conditional formatting, auto-resize, enhanced layout objects, enhanced tab control and an improved Web Viewer.

 
Advanced Database Design Even Easier with FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced
New features in FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced (www.filemaker.com.au/products/) that are focused on giving users faster and easier ways to create advanced and customised database solutions include:

  • Enhanced Database Design Report and File Maintenance tools, making it even easier to modify and maintain databases.
  • Improved Script Debugger and Data Viewer, for identifying and correcting script errors earlier in the design process.
  • PHP Site Assistant Link, providing a one-click launch of the PHP Site Assistant included in FileMaker Server 9.

 
FileMaker Server 9 Products Feature Most Significant Upgrade in its History
FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced feature one-click integration with the Web using PHP, a simple 20-minute or less install time for basic installations, plus the most significant redesign of the server interface ever. With FileMaker Server 9, users can generate a fully working PHP website using FileMaker data without writing code in just minutes.
 
Other major new features include PHP Custom Web Publishing for creating dynamic data-driven websites, shared access to live data from external SQL sources, and a web-delivered server console.

Pricing and Availability in Australia
All FileMaker 9 products are immediately available. New users may purchase FileMaker Pro 9 for AU$499 inc. GST (Suggested list price (SLP)) and FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced for AU$799 inc. GST (SLP). Existing users of FileMaker Pro 7, 8 and 8.5 may upgrade to FileMaker Pro 9 for AU$299 inc. GST (SLP). Existing users of FileMaker Developer 7, FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced and 8.5 Advanced, and FileMaker Pro 7, 8, 8.5 and 9 may upgrade to FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced for AU$495 inc. GST (SLP).
 
FileMaker Server 9 is AU$1,645 inc. GST (SLP) and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced is AU$4,175 inc. GST (SLP). Existing users of FileMaker Server 7 and 8 may upgrade to FileMaker Server 9 for AU$990 inc. GST (SLP). Existing users of FileMaker Server 7 Advanced and 8 Advanced may upgrade to FileMaker Server 9 Advanced for AU$2,495 inc. GST (SLP).  FileMaker offers licence discounts for volume purchasers as well as for education and non-profit organisations.
 
Special FileMaker Pro 9 Limited Time Offers
Two limited-time offers mark the launch of the new products:
 
Buy FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced and get a free 1-year FileMaker Technical Network membership, valued at AU$149. Available until 21 September, 2007 (more details at www.filemaker.com.au/pr/technet).
 
The FileMaker 9 VLA Workgroup Bundle (10 FileMaker Pro 9 licences, one FileMaker Server 9 licence and one FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced licence) lets corporate, education and government customers save more than AU$ 1,100 off regular prices, and is available until 28 September, 2007 (more details at www.filemaker.com.au/pr/bundle).

About FileMaker, Inc.
FileMaker develops award winning database software for Windows, Mac, and the Web.  FileMaker products combine legendary ease of use with the power to grow from individuals to large workgroups.  Millions of people in business, education, non-profit, and government organisations around the world, rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyse, and share information.  FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc.

FileMaker Pro 8 – The Missing Manual

FileMaker is one of the most useful programs to all sorts of computer users. It is just off most people’s radar. This book should help to make it more accessible.
Filemaker book review

FileMaker Pro 8
The Missing Manual
By Geoff Coffey & Susan Prosser
O’Reilly Media, 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00579-2

So many of us need to track information in one way or another. Many of us do this on scraps of paper, some use card files or electronic equivalents, some their word processor or others Excel. But many of us do not think about using a database.

FileMaker is one of the two, big database products for desktop computers. The other is Access. However, while Access is a Windows only program, FileMaker is a cross platform application, running on both Mac and Windows. In addition many of us believe it is easier to use than Access.

This book sets out to take you from the very beginning with what is a database up to making serious applications using FileMaker. Chapters include:
*    Your First Database
*    Organizing and Editing Records
*    Building a New Database
*    Layout Basics
*    Creating Layouts
*    Advanced Layouts and Reports
*    Multiple Tables and Relationships
*    Advanced Relationship Techniques
*    Introduction to Calculations
*    Calculations and Data Types
*    Advanced Calculations
*    Extending Calculations
*    Scripting Basics
*    Script Steps
*    Advanced Scripting
*    Security
*    Exporting and Importing
*    Sharing Your Database
*    Developer Utilities

This book achieves all it sets out to do. The chapters gradually build your knowledge from what is a database to how to use FileMaker to the more advanced topics. It does this in a logical and excellent way, never leaving you struggling for understanding. You can dive into particular chapters or work through the whole book, doing the exercises yourself. The best way to use this book is to read some of it and then go to the computer and try what has been discussed.

I’ve used this book myself in building a complete database system to manage my web hosting clients and their hosting accounts and domain names. The key and area to concentrate on with this book is understanding just what a database is, how they are structured, table relationships and such. Once you have this worked out, the rest flows pretty easily.

So why might a reader of The Digital ImageMaker want to play with database software? Well, what about keeping track of your sales of artwork, your wedding photography clients, commercial photography clients, web site work or publication history of your images? If you are in business in any way in the image making area there are probably many ways that you can use a database. Filemaker is a great way to do this and this book will help you to do it.

PhotoTessel is a Photohop/Element/Corel plug-in that enables you to create all kind of symmetries

PhotoTessel is a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop 7/CS/CS2 and CS3 on Mac OS X or Windows 2000/XP/Vista, it works also inside Elements, Corel PhotoPaint or PaintShop, Microsoft, ULead and more.
Press Release

PhotoTessel is a very powerful filter plug-in for PhotoShop/Elements or any application that supports Photoshop plug-ins. With PhotoTessel you will do professional pattern design. PhotoTessel is easy, very fast and extremely powerful. You simply select one of your image and you will get amazing new patterns, that remain fully editable and can be saved in a library to be used with other images.

PhotoTessel Creation of any pattern is fast, easy and fun.

– PhotoTessel supports all the 17 symmetry types
– Interlock design elements is possible
– Create a Photoshop pattern in a snap
– Kaleidoscopes creation in a snap
– Unlimited adjustments and modifications possible
– Easy mode that put user up to speed in a couple of clicks
– Advanced mode that enables you to layer multiple pattern and combine them for stunning visual effects
– As a filter plug-in works with any raster image that Photoshop can open
– Save and add your own to the library.
– PhotoTessel is a filter plug-in. The pattern simulation is combined to the current image.

PhotoTessel is shipping with more than 100 pattern generic effect that can be applied on any kind of image. There is no limit to the number of new patterns you can achieve :

PhotoTessel is available for download now for $129.95 from
www.humansoftware.biz

Product Page
http://www.humansoftware.biz/pages1200/PhotoTessel/HSptess11.html

Photoshop CS2 in easy steps

A good reference book for beside the computer while working in Photoshop
Photoshop CS2 in easy steps
By Robert ShuffleBotham
Computer Step, 2005
ISBN: 1 84078 300 1

There are so many books on Photoshop. Most are good. And many people still report getting so far and then being overwhelmed by the complexity of the program. This book sets out to avoid that by proving coverage of Photoshop in easy, bit-sized pieces.

Photoshop CS2 in easy steps

Don’t expect to find a lot of big images in this book. You won’t find them. The layout of the book has one third of each page devoted to tips and trip up points. This puts a premium on space in what is a fairly small book for such a big program. Frankly I do not know if this is an issue or not. Personally I like inspiration with my reading and tend to feel that others do too. However, I know others who prefer not to see too much of other people’s work when they are focused on their own work and development. So, you see, that is why I am not sure.

The book comes to grips with Photoshop though the following chapters:
*    Basic Theory
*    The Working Environment
*    Opening and Saving Files
*    Image and Color Basics
*    The Painting Tools
*    The Editing Tools
*    Making Selections
*    Layers
*    Working with Type
*    Paths
*    Channels and Masks
*    Color Correction Techniques
*    Filters
*    Web and Multimedia Images
*    Working with ImageReady
*    Animations and Rollovers
*    Slicing and Image Maps

Everything you need as an explanation of Photoshop features is there. There just is not a lot of application or on how or why you would apply it. As such this is a classic software walkthrough book, you will need to find your inspiration elsewhere. That said, this is quite a good book for the Photoshop beginner.

A book for the student who needs a reference by the side of their computer to guide them, the hobbyist progressing from some other software and intimidated by Photoshop or the darkroom worker moving to the digital domain. Be sure to supplement it with inspiration from somewhere else.

From Back Bedroom to Country Mansion

Xara celebrates its 25th Anniversary
Press Release
 
Xara Software Picture
 
From a bedroom in a small English country village, in 1981, little did Charles Moir know that he was creating a software product – Wordwise, that would take the BBC Micro market by storm. From those little Acorns, his company grew vigorously to become one of the leading graphics software companies in the world. And now, the Xara Group is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
 
In the 1980’s, trading as Computer Concepts, it became the largest developer of software for the BBC, Acorn, Atari and Archimedes computers. It was from the rewards of those early days that Charles Moir bought the historic country mansion, Gaddesden Place, which now houses the Xara offices.
 
Over the years Xara has developed a wide range of products covering the whole realm of publishing software. It has pioneered many technologies taken for granted nowadays – from the world’s first check-as-you-type spell checker in the early 80’s, to award winning desktop publishing software in the nineties, to today’s most advanced graphics technology. Xara continues to innovate and develop leading edge technical solutions to this day.
Xara has been involved in the Internet from the very beginning. Xara Networks, a subsidiary of the Xara Group, was a pioneer Corporate Internet provider in the mid 1990s (this business was successfully sold). Xara does most of its business via the Internet and has millions of online customers, worldwide.

Xara’s first Windows graphics software, Xara Studio, was licensed to Corel and distributed for many years as CorelXARA. Now back under Xara control this product has been enhanced and was relaunched as Xara X and recently developed to become Xara Xtreme.

The latest, and perhaps most ambitious plan, is to take on Adobe and Microsoft in an attempt to create a new industry standard in the graphics and publishing tool market.  Xara Xtreme is evolving from a relatively niche graphics product for Windows only, into a general purpose graphics and publishing tool for Mac and Linux. Xara has recently open-sourced their product as part of this plan to establish it as an industry standard on Linux. This is territory neither Microsoft nor Adobe dare to tread.

” I could have retired many, many years ago but I’m on a mission to create the best graphics and publishing tools the world has ever seen.”, says Charles Moir. “I want to create a new industry standard. I’m sure that many people will think I’m mad, but I’m used to that. In the eighties they said we couldn’t compete against Acorn – we came to dominate that market. In the nineties they said we couldn’t compete with Corel – we were such a threat to them they tried to buy us out.
 
Now Xara is making waves again and people are starting to talk about us as a threat to Adobe, So that’s our challenge – to compete with Adobe and Microsoft. And we have something that they do not – an absolute passion for what we do, better technology and product and soon a product on all three platforms including open-source Linux. So lets see what this decade brings!” concludes Charles Moir in fighting mood.
 
Meanwhile, on 1st August, as part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations Xara is going mad for a day with a Once Only, One Day Only Offer – half price on all of our products. So everyone can share in our celebrations. www.xara.com/offers/25years/
 

Extensis Release Updates for Portfolio

Updates with awaited features are now out for Extensis Portfolio, the digital asset management software.
Extensis has released two updates that will be important for many users.

One is a RAW filter update, which adds support for over 20 recent digital camera releases, including the Canon 5D and the Nikon D50 and D200. This release is for both Mac and Windows.

The second is the MS Office for Windows filter, which adds additional support for cataloging Word and Excel files, including the optional ability to keyword the text within a document. Unfortunately this release is currently for Windows only. But for Windows users this is a great help.

A full review of Portfolio 8 will be posted soon.

The updates are available now.

Illustrator Brushes

Graphicxtras.com release new sets of brushes / swatches / symbols for use in Illustrator
Graphicxtras.com have just released a new set of brushes (brushes pack 2 – 600 royalty-free brushes) for Adobe (r) Illustrator (r). The brush set is download from http://www.graphicxtras.com/products/aibrush_more2.htm and costs $7. The brushes include a wide range of new unique brush designs for use throughout Illustrator.

Also released within the last few weeks, new sets of mixed symbols as well as a 7600+ gradient swatches collection

http://www.graphicxtras.com
Plug-ins / presets / symbols and more