As mentioned recently, I installed the latest IrfanView and plugins for it.
I think it will run all my plugins that I usually load in Paint Shop Pro 9.
And MORE, actually.
Some plugins crash in Paint Shop Pro.
One I was always curious about was Filter Factory Gallery Q Liquid Metal.
I tried running it in IrfanView and it works.
IrfanView has two ways to load Filter Factory plugins, BOTH require them to be converted to *.8bf format. I thought perhaps one of them would load the *.ffl format, but that is not the case.
Also, I tried two of my favorite plugins, MuRa Clouds and MuRa Perspective, and they work in IrfanView also.
Though with a few limitations.
No custom Foreground/Background colors, no transparency.
Although, you can probably work around that easy enough by exploring what options IrfanView does have.
For example, maybe colorizing the clouds after you make them.
This means that anybody out there can create some very nice images in a matter of minutes for FREE with minimum installation software.
Irfanview + MuRa = endless fun and creativity inspiration.
(Get the MuRa Copies plugin/filter also.)