announces the 2.1 Update for Project Dogwaffle Paint & Animation
"New 'Penny' plugin adds spline
smoothed curves even when drawing with a fast hand."
CA - May 16, 2004
- Dan Ritchie, author of the award winning paint and animation software
"Project Dogwaffle", has announced the availability of a new update
version 2.1, available for free
download to users of
Project Dogwaffle 2.0.
"The recently introduced exposure
sheet needed a few improvements for professional use and we feel that
this has been nicely accomplished", said Dan Ritchie. "Likewise, we
wanted to add Spline interpolation between keyframes on the Timeline
editor, as well as undo and the ability to stop the rendering in
progress to increase productivity. But perhaps the most significant new
feature in this update is the Penny plugin - a new rendering engine
with spline interpolation for keeping smooth curves no matter how fast
your hand is and how slow the sampling rate of your tablet."
- Introducing the
Penny Plugin - Spline-smoothed drawing
With a new rendering engine for
between recorded positions coming from the mouse or tablet, cartoonists
and illustrators will be more productive and able to sketch quickly at
their preferred pace. No more
line segments even when drawing very quickly at strong curvature.
Penny opens a copy of your
current buffer and lets you draw with a mouse or
tablet using fully anti-aliased, spline based lines in several built-in
styles like ink, watercolor, and gel. You can also
apply a paper texture and import new papers as well. The results are
super-smooth and natural.
- Introducing the
"The keyframer is new
plugin, best used in conjunction with custom or animated brushes
containing images", added Ritchie. "For example, when you have a few
frames showing a butterfly flapping its wings, then you'll want to move
the animated image sequence from the brush along a path to make it look
like it's flying around that path. It should also change orientation,
perhaps size to mimic perspective proximity, and fade in/out through
opacity changes. There's also a choice of shutter speeds and motion
features of the 2.1 update
- new Optipustics settings (fractal
particles) for a variety of preset grass, brush and shrubbery effects
which can be further customized.
- the Canvas Buffer size plugin for more options when changing the size
of your drawing area.
- an updated Exposure sheet (Mouth plugin for lipsynching against a
Wave audio track), including a velocity track, zooming in and out, stop
playback, Frame/audio lock toggle and more.
- an updated Timeline
editor, with new Spline based keyframe interpolation, Zooming in and
out on the timeline, Creating new animations straight from the
timeline, Undo, Stop Render in progress, anti-aliasing for the
transform filter, and more.
"This marks a new phase for Project Dogwaffle, going from 2.0 to 2.1.
Current users of any patched version of 2.0 (such as 2.0d) can upgrade
freely to 2.1", added Ritchie.
Details about this patch and other
This is a free patch for current
users of Dogwaffle 2.0.
2.0 is priced at US$67, with upgrades from
versions starting at $19. Site
licenses for 4 or more PCs per lab start at
Ritchie and Squirreldome.com
As a professional 3D animator, Dan
Ritchie has always had a need to
produce textures, create uv maps,
and do post work on animation
2D painting is a rewarding hobby
which he loves to explore with
In addition to enjoying well
optimized VB and C code programming,
Dan is also a writer. He recently
published his first novel, Silver
and is working on a sequel. For
more details about Dan's work, visit
the home of Silver Squirrel and Dogwaffle.
TheBest3D.com is owned and operated
by Philip Staiger of San Diego,
who also is the sales and marketing
agent for Dan Ritchie's Project
Philip has many years of working
experience in the 3D animation
Dan Ritchie: email: dan_ritchie @
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