Question: Why is lightning being described as "new" in the above description? I find this a bit deceptive, because all Alien Skin has really down is REINTRODUCE Lightning, Electrify and Little Fluffy Clouds from their old Xenofex plugin, due to user interest in these old -- but still useful -- effects.
Aside from the above issue, even though I have been using Eye Candy since at least version 4, in an email discussion I held with an Alien Skin employee two years ago, they still required that I pay a $100.00 upgrade fee.
The greed of some of these software developers appalls me. They suck us for money for upgrades year after year, when what they should REALLY be doing is EXPANDING their user base in order to increase their profits, instead of milking their established users over and over again.
BTW, yes, I am also on the "Forget you, Adobe!" bandwagon with regards to their new subscription model. I have invested piles of money into Adobe Photoshop since version 5 -- no, not CS5, but 5.0. I am sick of their greed, and I refuse to bow to their latest demands.
Sorry for going off on a tangent, but I just had to vent. :)
Anyway, while a few of the Alien Skin filters are nice, there are a lot of them which I don't even use, because they are so amateurish, and/or don't fit into my design schemes.