Fixel Contrastica 3 - Installation Guide

How to Install Fixel Contrastica 3

Fixel Contrastica 3 Product and File Structure

What Is Fixel Contrastica 3?
Fixel Contrastica 3 is a Simple, Smart & Effective Local & Global Contrast Intensifier Plug In for Adobe Photoshop. It has special features, like Local Contrast enhancement proprietary algorithm, Edge Preserving Engine and amazing and intuitive HTML UI. No other sharpener is both effective and intuitive as Fixel Contrastica 3.
Product Download File Structure
When a user downloads the product it downloads a ZIP file which contain the following structure:
  • Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion>.<MinorVersion>.<BuildNumber>.zip - The ZIP File container.
    • Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion>.<MinorVersion>.<BuildNumber> - Windows Installer.exe - Windows Installer.
    • Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion>.<MinorVersion>.<BuildNumber> - macOS Installer.dmg - macOS Installer.
    • Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion> - Product Page.url - Link to Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion> Product Page.
    • Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion> - User Guide.url - Link to Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion> User Guide.
    • Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion> - Installation Guide.url - Link to Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion> Installation Guide.
    • Manual Installation Assets - Folder with Manual Installation assets.
      • Fixel Contrastica <MajorVersion>.8bf - Windows Plug In.
      • Fixel Contrastica <MajorVersion>.plugin - macOS Plug In.
      • com.fixelalgorithms.contrastica<MajorVersion> - HTML Panel Folder.

Fixel Contrastica - Automatic & Manual Installation

Automatic Installation
Automatic installation is done by:
  1. Ensure Photoshop is closed.
  2. Extract the ZIP file on the local hard drive.
  3. Launch the installer:
    • Windows - Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion>.<MinorVersion>.<BuildNumber> - Windows Installer.exe.
    • macOS - Fixel Contrastica <MajorVerion>.<MinorVersion>.<BuildNumber> - macOS Installer.dmg.
  4. Follow installer instructions.
  5. Start Photoshop.
  6. Launch the Plug In (Panel) by clicking Windows -> Extensions -> Fixel Contrastica 3.
Manual Installation
If the automatic installer fails for some reason one should manually install the Plug In. Manual Installation is robust and fail proof if done correctly. The assets for manual installation are in the Manual Installation Assets folder within the product ZIP file. Fixel Contrastica is composed of 2 main components: HTML5 UI Panel and Photoshop Plug In. The installation steps are just about copying the 2 components into the respective folders (Depends on OS). The installation must be done while Photoshop is closed.
Installing the HTML Panel:
  1. Ensure Photoshop is closed.
  2. Extract the ZIP file on the local hard drive.
  3. Copy the HTML5 UI Panel Folder com.fixelalgorithms.contrastica<MajorVersion> from Manual Installation Assets to:
    • Windows - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\.
    • macOS - /Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/.
    Copying might require Administrator Privileges.

Installing the Photoshop Plug In:
  1. Ensure Photoshop is closed.
  2. Extract the ZIP file on the local hard drive.
  3. Copy the Plug In File (Windows - Fixel Contrastica <MajorVersion>.8bf, macOS - Fixel Contrastica <MajorVersion>.plugin) from Manual Installation Assets to:
    • Windows - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-ins\CC\Fixel Algorithms\.
    • macOS - /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Plug-ins/CC/Fixel Algorithms/.
    Create the folder Fixel Algorithms if it does not exist. Copying might require Administrator Privileges.
Once done installing both, launch Adobe Photoshop and start using Fixel Contrastica 3 by clicking Windows -> Extensions -> Fixel Contrastica 3.

Fixel Contrastica 3 - Installation & First Use Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How to Launch the Fixel Contrastica 3 UI?
Launching the UI is done like launching any HTML Panel in Photoshop: Window -> Extensions -> Fixel Contrastica 3.

Launching Fixel Contrastica UI
How to Launch Fixel Contrastica 3 on Adobe Photoshop CC (All Versions)

If you can't find it there, it means the UI wasn't installed properly.
What Is Fixel Algorithms -> Fixel Contrastica x.x.xxx Under the Filter Menu?
As written above, Fixel Contrastica use an in house developed innovative algorithm. The filter Fixel Contrastica in the Filter Menu is used by Fixel Contrastica to apply the algorithm on the user image. Since no such algorithm is available in Photoshop we had to develop and implement the algorithm by ourselves. It is good it is there as it means the Plug In installation is successful. Yet the user shouldn't use it directly (Only use it through th UI).
Does the Plug In and the Installer Work on macOS 10.15 Catalina?
Yes. The installer is properly signed and notarized and the Plug In is signed.
Why Does a User Account Control (UAC) Warning Appear When Installing on Windows?
Most of the EXE files downloaded form the Internet trigger this alerts on Windows (Which is good, people should be careful with pirated software on the Internet).
If you downloaded the product form us, you have nothing to be worried about. Users may use the MD5 table below to verify the file downloaded matches our file.

Fixel Contrastica 3 - Installers MD5 Hash Table

Why Are You Publishing This?
The idea is enabling our customers verify the have the file we intended them to have. It is important in our days with many Malwares distributed using pirated software.
The way to use it is after downloading the product you bought check its MD5 value. One could do that using WinMd5Free on Windows or md5sum on Mac OS X | check MD5 hashes on macOS.
Basically it verifies the digital signature of the file and ensures it is valid and its content is intact.
Fixel Contrastica 3.0.001
  • File Name - Fixel Contrastica 3.0.001.zip.
  • Creation Date - 08/01/2020.
  • MD5 - bbc4c37d25958b322353b3384675fa8c.
Fixel Contrastica 3.0.000
  • File Name - Fixel Contrastica 3.0.000.zip.
  • Creation Date - 06/01/2020.
  • MD5 - e70958a9cd7a9d84444129f02cd9d6b9.

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