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Here's another Dogwaffle update. We are
releasing PD Pro 8.2b Artist edition today,
Saturday March 9 2013!
As usual, see the html version here:
We'll keep this message very short. Just one
topic: PD Artist 8.2b
8.2b Artist is Here!
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 PD Artist, as it follows in the foot steps
of its bigger brother, PD Howler, which made
the jump last month. 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.
Painting is also faster, as it is
multithreaded. Ok, let's say it's faster if
you have a PC with many hungry cores, hungry
for number-crunching that is.
----- What's New
in PD Pro 8.2 Artist -----
This is roughly the same
list of new features as what was new in the
8.2 Howler edition, except of course for the
animation parts, since Artist doesn't do
animation. But, let's remember that there was
no 8.1 release of the Artist edition, so if
you have Artist 8.0 and want to see what all
has changed since, you'll also want to take
into consideration what was changed in 8.1.
Most definitely, if you have an earlier
version such as v7.2 or v6 and ar considering
an upgrade to v8, check what was added in v8.0
Here are a few good resources to learn more
PD Artist 8
What's new in 8.0? (Broomhead)
What's new in 8.1? (Oh Sassy!) - a
Howler release only, now also in Artist 8.2
What's new in 8.2? (Skyock's Egret)
Here are a few key elements:
Improved painting tools and speed.
Painting is now multi-threaded.
There is now support for wet-edges,
lifting, and other painting
GPU support for mega-speed
Other speed improvements. Many
filters have undergone updates for more
speed and improved usability.
Interface changes for Windows 8 and
"The quicker color picker"
Tablet adjustment to suit your pressure
New Bokeh blur feature
New noise removal feature.
Further integration of plugins.
Also, since 8.2 we've made a few more
improvements and bug fixes (which may become
part of a future update patch for PD Howler
too some day). For now, PD Artist has earned
the 'b' tag: v8.2b (let's say b stands
for better, bolstered or "ba-zing!")
- The render/plasma
filter is faster
- The transform/shift
filter is faster
- The ruler now has
some new features.
- There's a new error
console that can reveal information about
tablet devices and other things.
- Addressed an issue
with saving image sequences in PNG format.
- Fixed a bug on the
artistic/brush strokes panel.
- fixed a bug when
exiting full screen mode
Reminder: 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
great, just a little slower.
New orders of PD Pro 8 Artist are priced at
If you already have PD Pro 8 Artist (8.0),
it's a free update. In that case, you
will receive an email with notification
about your 8.2 downloadable installer. It will
be a full installer, and you should uninstall
the current v8.0 Artist prior to installing
v8.2. Check your spam box if you don't see
anything in your inbox from bmtmicro's server
within a week from this release. Contact us if
still nothing thereafter.
If you have earlier versions (v7, v6, v5,...)
you can still get a great discount for
upgrading to v8.2 Artist (or switching to
Howler, too). 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 even a total
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 Artist, please contact us.
Thanks for waffling and howling!
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