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I have long known about the Add-o-matic, but since it cost $10 and I could do it myself manually, I never felt the need to purchase the program. $10 is a lot of money to me, but not really for the program. I'm just not one to spend money on convenience items.
Graficalicus was gracious enough to RAK me with the program and I, of course, promised to do a review of the program in return (because that's what I do!).
You may purchase the add-o-matic here for $10.99.
This software takes the struggle out of installing actions, shapes, styles, plug-ins, brushes, etc. into Photoshop Elements.
I was amazed at how easily and quickly it installed files into PSE. You cannot get more simpler than dragging a file to a window and pressing "go."
However, for someone like me who is finicky about having everything organized just "so" into drop down menus and specialized icons, I still found the program to be of a great advantage. It does create the .xml files with the press of a "go" link. Therefore, it eliminates the need for manually copying .xml form files and renaming the files to match the .asl file. To tweak the installation to fit my picky need for organization is a snap. Just open the xml file to make a few corrections, rebuild the mediadatabase, and it's done. The program does half the hard work of manual installation of .xml files for you.
When installing actions, the .png files are not used in the installation as Add-o-matic does create a generic "add-o-matic" icon for all actions. Just hover the mouse over the icon to discover which icon is associated with each action. However, this is easily tweaked for personal use by overwriting these files with the .pngs normally provided with actions. In addition, as above, the .xml file is created for you and easily opened up and tweaked.
When I first clicked to run the Add-o-matic, nothing happened. So, I opened up the instructions that come with the program to read that this is a common problem. The instructions come with many options for correcting the problem, so Graficalicus is on top of the customer support issues.
I restarted my computer and the program opened up just fine.
Upon my first test, I found problems with the drop down menu not being associated with the correct styles. My "shadows" were found under another drop down menu. I restarted PSE and everything was back in place just fine.
Here is what Graficalicus said about my error:
What happened was you opened the layer styles section of the palette before the database had put everything away, so to speak. Instead of restarting Elements, you can just click into a different section and then click back (click into effects, for example, then back into layer styles). All of the pieces will be where they belong!
Here is a video so you can see for yourself how great this program works and how, even for us picky organized people, it takes half the work out of installation.
I would recommend the program to you, especially if you want to save yourself the headache of learning how to manually install all of the goodies.
However, I do want to mention once again that I do not recommend installing all of the things that this program is capable of installing. This program does install things permanently and the more things that are installed, the longer it will take PSE to open up. Brushes and shapes, for instance, can be installed temporarily by other means, rather than permanently through this program. However, styles and actions cannot be installed temporarily and those files are what make this program so useful.
I will be sharing a preview of the new Preset Viewer 2.0 next. It's perfect for installing those temporary files.
Here's the video below: