I got a call from the makers of fluidmask, and they gave me a nice offer to buy version 2 (and get vs. 3 for free) for 169. Because version 2 does not work with cs3 I was not able to try it out, but version 3 does work with cs3 (so says the sales manager).
I'm wondering if any folks here have used fluidmask for masking. I do a fair amount of photography and web work where a more powerful masking tool would be helpful.
as for alienskin, I've been trying their eye candy - impact plug-in, any users here care to throw their $.02 in whether its worth the price or not.