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Press Release - for Immediate Release   

PD Pro Digital Painter v3.1a Update patch

Dan Ritchie releases new patch and update of popular paint and animation software for PC with new tools for traditional animators.

Santa Clarita, California  May 29, 2005 - Dan Ritchie, author of PD Pro Digital Painter, has released a new free update patch for users of PD Pro 3.x.

Version 3.1a contains new tools for traditional animators, a number of improvements on existing tools, a minor bug fixes. It was also rebuilt against new versions of image conversion libraries and a treeview navigation system. Batch image conversion is benefitting from this as well.

"As you know, I'm a traditional animator myself and I've created Dogwaffle as a tool for my own projects in animating Silver Squirrel", said Ritchie. "Since we recently introduced multi-page scanning it was fitting that we added additional tools to help and assist in cleaning up the scanned image sequences."

*** Non-photo Blue removal

When scanning traditional animator's sketches it is common that blue shades are used on paper which need to be removed when scanning into a paint program, so as to return to clean black on white lines only. The new "non-photo blue" removal filter takes care of this across all frames of an imported animation.

*** Edge Cleanup

Another common issue is that some lines are not clean, they bleed, and are generally not ready for color filling and shading. The new "edge cleanup" tool helps reduce the time an animator needs to manually fix imperfections in the directly scanned or file-imported image.

*** Convolution Kernel

A generalized convolution kernal was added and is documented in the exhaustive Users Guide available at

*** maXsharpen

A new sharpening tool (named maXsharpen) creates interesting color-reduction side-effects for the benefit of new cartoonish styles.

Other new features and improvements are listed at


*** Pricing & Availability

The 3.1a update is a free patch for those using PD Pro 3.0 or 3.1
It can be downloaded from


*** About Dan Ritchie and PD Pro Digital Painter

Dan Ritchie lives in Southern California and is the author of a novel,
"Silver Squirrel". He is also a 3D animator and special FX artist. PD Pro
and Project Dogwaffle are the results of several years of software development and code optimizations. It has grown into a very fast tool for painting on stills and animations, for post-production and much more.

For more details visit

*** About

Based in San Diego, California, is partnered with Dan Ritchie
to market Project Dogwaffle and PD Pro Digital Painter. It is the website
host for many resources including patches, galleries, brushes and reviews as well as the freeware version, Project Dogwaffle 1.2. Various commercial versions exist and are offered between USD $26 to $97. Tutorial collections can be found there too. Many are free.

*** Press Contact

name: Philip Staiger
email: email dogwaffle
phone:  +1-858-208-7377

Copyright Dan Ritchie 1997-2005. Project Dogwaffle, PD Pro Digital Painter and Silver Squirrel are trademarks of Dan Ritchie.  All other trademarks  are the property of their respective owners and only used for identification purposes.