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Price when rated: Rick Sammon Edition (12 filters), $80; Standard Edition (19 filters), $100; Select Edition (45 filters), $160; Complete Edition (75 filters), $230.

Pros

  • Flexible pricing
  • Wide variety of filters
  • Professional results

Cons

  • Unclear how to choose one of the four differently priced sets
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Price when rated: $99

Pros

  • Large variety of unique effects
  • 16-bit output
  • Helpful presets
  • Easy-to-use interface

Cons

  • Some effects don’t look realistic
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Price when rated: home version, $69; business version, $78

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Helpful user manual
  • Excellent detail and sharpening results

Cons

  • Poor tech support
  • Can’t save settings
  • No zoom
  • Preview is not resizable
  • Can’t enter numerical values
  • Questionable value for Photoshop CS and Photoshop Eleh ments 3.0 users
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