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Here's another Dogwaffle update. We are
releasing PD Pro 8.2 Howler today, Saturday
As usual, you will soon be able to see the
html version here:
We'll keep this message very short. Just one
8.2 Howler - Here it is!
Yes there definitely is a slant on 3D
landscapes in this release: you'll see a lot
of grand canyons and fantasy planets, desert
vistas and scenic beauty! We've put a lot of
time and effort into this one, and we couldn't
have done it without our loyal base of beta
testers. It was quite some team work
This release marks the beginning of a new era
in Howler. We've had the desire to use the GPU
(Graphics Processing Unit) for quite a while.
It is currently used by the 3D designer for
dynamic lighting, by the Mandelbrot filter,
and the new Bokeh blur filter. There's
also a benchmark feature on the settings panel
to compare performance.
----- What's New
in PD Pro 8.2 Howler -----
Here is a very short
summary to get you started:
- Using the GPU for
acceleration of some computations that are
extremely compute intensive.
- User Interface
- Tested and made to
run very smoothly on Windows 8.
Also runs well on Windows 7, Vista and XP.
- 3D Designer is now
optimized by using a lower tessellation
level during interactive previews.
- Overhauled Custom
blur, now called Bokeh blur. Also uses the
- More filters were
expanded to make them animateable, i.e.
able to spread their effect on all frames
of an animation.
- The ruler is now
positioned relative to the upper corner of
- Addressed gradual
darkening issue with the rules based
foliage brush system.
and numerous other enhancements, new
capabilities and bug fixes.
Note: GPU support is implemented through the
MS concurrency runtime (VC++ AMP) and as such
requires Windows 7 or 8 with DirectX 11 and a
graphics card or chip that supports it. On
other platforms or systems such as with
Windows Vista and XP, CPU code is used instead
instead of GPU. It still works, just a little
The complete list of changes made since v8.1
can be found at http://www.TheBest3d.com/howler/8
New orders of PD Pro 8 Howler are priced at
If you already have PD Pro 8 (8.0/8.1) Howler,
it's a free update. In that case, you will
soon receive an email with notification about
your 8.2 installer. This should arrive in the
coming 1-3 days. It will be a full installer,
and you should uninstall the current v8 prior
to installing v8.2. Check your spam box if you
don't see anything in your inbox from bmtmicro
in 4-5 days. Contact us if still nothing.
Those who ordered through a different channel
than our BMTmicro main store (such as DAZ,
Renderosity, Dan's Squirreldome or other) will
be contacted directly, also in coming days.
If you have earlier versions (v7, v6, v5,...)
you can still get a great discount for
upgrading to v8.2 Howler. Contact us for your
discount coupon if you don't have one.
Please help spread the word. If you use social
media like Facebook, Google+, Twitter or
forums and blogs etc, it would be awesome if
you could tell a friend, or a total stranger.
If you are a student or teacher, ask
for your 70% discount.
If you're with a publication or company and
are interested in reviewing or evaluating PD
Pro 8.2 Howler, please contact us.
Thanks for waffling and howling!
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