TheBest3D.com and Dan Ritchie announce the Release of PD Pro
San Diego and Santa Clarita, California, July 7, 2012
TheBest3D.com has announced that a new major version of
Project Dogwaffle, PD Pro 8 Howler, has been released.
"This release is the result of a tremendous amount of time and
effort spent in greatly improving and enriching the visual art
experience.", said Philip Staiger, CEO of TheBest3D.com. "We
are very grateful to the team of beta testers who have spent
countless hours testing and giving us feedback of great
"Back in version 5, we started a concerted effort to modernize
and revamp the program with new techniques, technologies and
algorithms.", added Dan Ritchie, author of Project Dogwaffle.
"Now, in version 8, we're coming full circle and getting back
to basics: let's paint and have some real serious fun! We've
updated our brush system with more speed and new features.".
- What's New in PD Pro 8
The complete list of changes made since v7.2 can be found at
Here is a short summary:
1) Many external filters and plugins have been internalized,
resulting in great speed improvements.
2) The Custom brush system is now multi-threaded, further
targeting multi-core architectures for even better performance
3) Visual FX on brush strokes added or enhanced: Gel, Gouache,
Impasto, Pigment parameter, Edge bleed, and many more, to
provide new paint effects
4) Support for more drawing tablets and modes such as brush
image spin based on pen angle (when using Wacom(R) Intuos(R)).
Tablet pressure enabled by default.
5) Clone Fill mode for quick photographic reconstruction or
elimination of unwanted details.
6) Integration of new filters, such as the 3D Designer and Twirl
filters, into the animation Timeline. Keyframes can now be moved
along the timeline and provide real-time visual preview feedback
of their changing effects.
7) Localization support: There's a new option under utilities
that saves out all the text strings from panels that are loaded
in memory The file can then be edited for translation of menu
items and put back in the same folder with Howler.
8) Enhanced Spherize tool: new bump map texture modes and
specular highlight enhancements, size control and more.
9) Enhanced 3D Lighting: new options make the 3D Lighting tool
yet another great example of integration of 3D with paint.There
are now controls for elevation extrusion depth, multiply with
original colors, specular highlights and more.
10) Last but not least: Foliage. This is a new extension to the
particle brush system (in addition to Optipustics, Bristles and
Orbicles). This rules-based system attaches a dynamically
growing plant system (trees, bushes, shrubbery, weeds,...) to
your paint brush strokes. In a single stroke you can grow and
paint fabulous types of foliage. The system employs Dogwaffle's
internal 3D engine for added realism and trickery such as alpha
coverage and Zdepth.
- Pricing and Availability -
PD Pro 8 Howler edition is available now for purchase at
PD Pro 8 Howler is priced at $139 USD. An introductory discount
is available for a few weeks from launch. A lighter, lower cost
version without support for animations and which will be named
PD Artist 8 is planned for the near future but no release date
has been announced yet.
Upgrades from earlier versions are offered through vouchers
providing generous discounts along with a full new installer, so
that former users on old computers may install on new computers.
The amount of discount varies, depending on the prior version,
and can reach 70% off the regular price. Students can enjoy a
70% educational discount too.
- About Project Dogwaffle
and TheBest3D.com -
Dan Ritchie currently lives in Santa Clarita, California, and
has been developing Project Dogwaffle digital painting and
animation software as a project of passion and love for over 15
years. TheBest3D.com is a small privately held company based in
San Diego, California that has partnered for years with Dan to
market and distribute Project Dogwaffle through its many
releases in various forms, including boxed product through
Fastrak in the UK, localized versions with NetJapan(R) and
bundling with other tools offered through GarageGames(R), tablet
manufacturers and the Cool Creative Bundle, to name a few.
- Press contacts -
To request an NFR for review or for other inquiries please
contact Philip and Dan at www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/about
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