Scarab Darkroom has gotten numerous updates over the past few months. Several problems have been ironed out, and also a batch of new cameras are supported. Image quality issues have been resolved with Canon files, colour adjustments are much faster with large images, and much more... The premium (paid) version of the program is on the horizon, which will include good noise filtering and other features.
In other news: Jeremiah Hall wrote a nice review of the After Effects star filter plug-in on doddleme.com.
Since then I have reduced the price of the plug-in to $49. Toolfarm Inc. is now an official reseller, but I encourage you to buy it through this site (- you support the author more + get instant download link, which I think they only give you with a delay for this plug-in).