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 Press Release - for Immediate Distribution

 Announcing the release of Project Dogwaffle Professional 4

 Santa Clarita and San Diego, California - October 11, 2006 has announced the release of PD Pro 4, the newest
 major edition of Project Dogwaffle Professional, a PC paint and
 animation software developed by Hollywood special fx artist, animator
 and novelist Dan Ritchie.
 PD Pro version 4 is the successor to the acclaimed and award-winning
 PD Pro Digital Painter 3.x, also known as Project Dogwaffle Professional.
 Using PD Pro, it is possible to paint with animations over animations,
 such as digital video, as well as with natural media and particle brushes.

 "We developed PD Pro to enable artists to express free-thinking creativity
 in a different way,", said Ritchie, "inspired by old-school traditional painting
 and animation techniques. This newest release adds a great deal of
 further speed improvements through code optimizations, extensive use
 of system cache and a new framework to support new and future hardware
 configurations through multi-threading."
 PD Pro is designed from the ground up to be a realtime painting experience.
 Technologies like streaming SIMD instructions and aggressive processor cache
 usage make PD Pro a real screamer. 

 PD Pro 4 introduces a new multithreading architecture for a 10-25% speedup or
 even more on the current generation of dual core processors, and much greater
 speeds as new multithreaded tools and plugins become available.

*** What's new in v4
Top Improvements found in PD Pro 4.0:

    * New user-centric interface makes more of PD Pro's power easier to use,
       especially for first-time users, more easily accessible.

    * More speed and flexibility.  PD Pro is optimized with the latest
       state-of-the art optimizing techniques for realtime feel and operation on
       single core systems, and using multiple threads for a significant boost on
       multi-core systems. (HT, Dual Core, X2,...)

    * New pigment profiles are much simpler, more flexible, and powerful
       than traditional color swatches, palette mixers, or other schemes used
       in the past to represent the color of pigments in traditional painting medias.
       Pixel profiles are fully integrated, along with newly integrated color tools
       like the Color Harmony tool.

    * New favorites list lets you organize and keep your favorite tools in
       an easy-to-use thumbnail browser.

    * Better integration of existing tools, plus dozens of optimizations,
       tweaks, fixes and improvements requested by users and beta testers

 "We've created several new productivity-enhancing tools", added Ritchie, "such as
 opening a picture from file directly into the 'stored' state, for subsequent easy
 re-use. This can be a great time-saver, for instance when a dozen of images needs
 to be sequenced into a rotating banner or a quick animation."

 A detailed list of changes and new features can be found at

*** Availability & Pricing

 Introductory pricing for PD Pro 4.0 Upgrades start at $29, with the full version
 priced at $104 instead of $119.

 More sidegrades and pricing details can be found at

 PD Pro is available as a download of about 19 MB


*** About Dan Ritchie and

PD Pro is the culmination of Project Dogwaffle technology, which is the
result of 9+ years of development by Dan Ritchie, a Hollywood special fx artist
who is also the author of a novel, "Silver Squirrel".

Concurrently with the release of PD Pro 4, Ritchie also has announced the
availability of his newest novel #2, "Silver Squirrel in Uneasy Pieces".
Ritchie's novels can be found at
and at his publisher,

Ritchie can be contacted at

*** About Philip Staiger and

Philip Staiger is the owner of where he consults  with artists
on affordable tools for artistic creativity.


*** Press Contacts

For Press inquiries and NFR copies to arrange a review please contact
Philip Staiger at 

email:  admin-AT-thebest3d-DOT-com
Skype: staigermanus
Phone: +1-858-208-7377

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


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