Eye Candy 7 is here!

We completely rewrote the Eye Candy user interface to make it easier to explore. The theme is less clicking and more visual browsing. Stop by to see videos that show off the new experience, or read about the features.

New to Eye Candy 7 are the Lightning, Electrify, and Cloud effects. You can see examples or head straight to our store if you just can’t wait! Owners of any version of Eye Candy or Xenofex can get the upgrade price of $99.

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  1. Chuckbo December 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Does it only work with Photoshop? Or does it still work with Fireworks, too?

    • Robert December 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Officially it only works with Photoshop. Some people have had success using it in the Windows version of Fireworks, but we will not be able to support any issues that may arise. I would recommend download the demo and trying it out first.

  2. Greg Grabowski December 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Will Eye Candy 7 integrate with Adobe Fireworks CS4?

    • Robert December 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Officially Eye Candy does not support Fireworks. If you are using Windows, you can try installing the 32bit version by performing a custom installation.

      Since it’s not supported, we will not be able to resolve any issues that may arise during its use.

  3. Gerry Genson December 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I am deeply disappointed in Eye Candy 7’s lack of support for Adobe Fireworks. I would never have purchased the upgrade if I had known. Although I have Photoshop, I use Fireworks almost exclusively over Photoshop because of my familiarity with the program. Fireworks uses the Photoshop plugin for Eye candy 5 with no issues. What is the problem with Eye Candy 7?

    • Robert December 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

      I completely understand your disappointment with the lack of Fireworks support. Due to the multiple changes made by Adobe, it has become prohibitively difficult to maintain Fireworks compatibility. For this reason we had to drop support for this program. As I have mentioned in a few other responses, if you are using Windows, you may still be able to use it in Fireworks with the 32-bit version of Eye Candy. You will need to perform a custom install of Eye Candy 7 into a custom folder as per our custom install article. Once you do this, you can point Fireworks to that directory. Just open your Fireworks preferences and choose the Plug-ins option. There you will have an option for Photoshop plug-ins.

  4. Claude Grass December 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Why is Fireworks no longer supported? Where’s the love?

    • Robert December 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Please refer to my response to Gerry Genson. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by this.

  5. Jim December 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Wow! I love the new interface and the inclusion of my favorite Xenoflex features. Thank you!

  6. Mark December 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Looks pretty sweet, Cant wait to try it.

    P.S. who the heck cares about Fireworks? Ive always used these plug ins in Photoshop and they are awesome! The Chrome plug in is worth the price alone.

  7. John December 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    How many installs of Eye candy do you get with one license. Will I be able to install on both my imac and macbook with one purchase?

    • Robert December 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Each license code is allowed to be used on 2 computers for the same person. You can install it on both Macs with the one license. If you get any activation errors, just submit a support ticket and let us know. We can get it fixed easily.

  8. Jammer123 December 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Where can I download the trial 32bit version? The trial version you have on the download page appears to be the 64 bit version.

    • Robert December 19, 2012 at 10:40 am

      The installer includes both 32 and 64 bit versions. Depending on your host program and operating system, the installation instructions may change. If you run into any problems, please submit a support ticket. There we can help you in more detail.

  9. alec chin January 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Hi, the eyecandy 7 page says that it needs 10.7. I’m running cs6 on 10.6.8, will it work or would I run into problems?

    Thanks A

    • Robert January 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      OS X 10.6 will work just fine as long as you have an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or newer.

      • Nina July 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        The requirements for Snap Art 4 say “Apple Mac users need OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or later”
        I have 10.6.8, so I just spent an hour in one of those upgrade loops… if I upgrade to get the plug-in, this old app won’t work and I’ll have to upgrade that too… I didn’t see anywhere on your website that “OS X 10.6 will work just fine as long as you have an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or newer.” If you had that on there, I wouldn’t have wasted an hour or more! Please add if it’s not there already!

  10. Brian Preble February 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I just bought the upgrade. Many thanks for the Valentine’s Day sale. One question though. Will any elements of Xenofex return (mosaic, burnt edges, etc.) or are you going strictly photographic? I have FIlter Forge, so it’s not a great loss, but it would be nice to see some of Alien Skin’s original effects return in a modernized, classic set.

    • Robert February 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

      We do not have any plans right now to bring back certain effects, but that does not mean we won’t. We will make sure to let everyone know when we decide to create new products or revive older ones.

  11. dude March 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    i have heard and read that some people have been able to get “eye candy 6” to work with Fireworks. I have “eye candy 7” and it will not. is there anywhere i can download eye candy 6 and give it a try in FW?…

    • Robert March 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Eye Candy 6 is no longer for sale. The only version currently available is Eye Candy 7. The compatibility issues are due to certain programming “stuff” still in Fireworks, which are outdated. If they ever update it, Eye Candy 7 will likely work in Fireworks again. This is also the reason why Fireworks is still a 32bit application. The best thing to do is email Adobe and request the change. I’m sure if enough people ask for it, the more likely they are to update it.

  12. C. Russell April 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Why would I not be warned that the new copy of Alien Skin Eye Candy 6 would be replaced almost immediately with 7, which does not work in Fireworks? So basically that’s just wasted money.

    Whatever the backstory, clearly there are many people who use Fireworks with Eye Candy and are now stranded. You guys really need to clear that up. We bought your soup, you started us with a spoon then switched us to to a fork and are now like, oh well too bad, blame Adobe, no more spoons, dunno what you gonna do. Unhelpful, unfair. #annoyed #bossispissed

    • Robert April 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      This is something that we are aware of. When I responded to your initial forum post on the Adobe forums, I was not 100% accurate. Eye Candy 7 does support the 32-bit Carbon API. Fireworks and Elements are both Carbon apps. However plug-in support for Fireworks is not near as good as the plug-in support for Elements. The plug-in API in Fireworks needs to be updated and improved before Fireworks will work with Eye Candy 7.

      I completely understand your frustration, and if you would like a refund, I would be more than happy to process it for you. Just email me at Support@alienskin.com. There, I can process your request. Again, I apologize for the trouble, and wish there was more we could do to resolve this issue for you. I will be posting this same response on the Adobe forum where we initially connected.

      In regards to Eye Candy 6, If you submit a support ticket as mentioned above, and I will do everything I can to get you up and running in Fireworks with Eye Candy 6.

      Question: Are you running Windows or Mac?

  13. Stuart Gilmour December 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Does Eye Candy 7 work with Photoshop CC

    • Robert December 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Yes, Eye Candy 7 is fully compatible with Photoshop CC.

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