PD Artist 11 is digital painting software for PCs
running Microsoft Windows, powered by Project Dogwaffle.
It is priced more affordably than its
full-featured big brother, PD Howler. What
it doesn't have is the tools for working on
animations animation and video (with one
exception: you can have animated brushes). If you
don't work on animations, PD Artist may be a
smarter solution for you. Why pay money for tools
you won't use?
The biggest new
feature in v9.0 was the addition of a raytracer: Puppy Ray
In this version 11 we have added great new
features to Puppy Ray, such as the water plane
with waves, reflection and refraction.
PD Artist is a
subset of PD Howler (PD Pro Howler
edition), but without the animation
The result: a lean, mean painting machine that's
even more affordable.
Before anything else, PD Artist is made for
painting. There are a lot of brushes. And a lot
of types of brushes. This program is
brush-centric, brush-focused. Brushilicious.
Have a look here:
Artist is built on the same
super-fast core engine as the one used in PD
Howler and thus benefits from interface
improvements, multithreading, SSE2 acceleration,
speed enhancements and other optimizations found
including some tools that use the GPU
acceleration for 3D.
Most of the
features of PD Howler are intact in PD
Artist. Just the features used for working
with animations or video have been removed. A
few animation tools remain though, namely those
related to creating and managing animated
brushes. (which consist of image sequences too).
filters were removed. Some filters that had
animation options were modified to exclude the
animated portion. The Animation menu is gone.
Tools and plugins made for animations such as
the Timeline editor, the brush keyframer, the
exposure sheet and frame painter, those are
tools made for animation or post work on videos
and thus were removed from the Artist edition.
However, animated brushes are still included! You can still
load an existing AVI video clip or an image
sequence straight into the custom animated brush
system in order to then 'paint' it over your
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The goal with
PD Artist is to make the creative tools
affordably accessible to those who don't work
with video and don't create animations but just
want to paint and design still images.
doesn't do animations nor have the tools to work
on video, so therefore it is cheaper than PD
Howler. PD Artist is derived from the same code
base shared by its big brother, PD Howler. We
like to say PD Artist is a subset of Howler. Or
think of Howler as a superset, going beyond PD
If you're on
a very tight budget, PD Artist is a better way
into using and enjoying Project Dogwaffle. You
can upgrade to PD Howler later, should you
decide you want it.
If you don't
need animation tools, why pay for Howler?
PD Artist will be the right tool for you. It
does almost everything that you can do in PD
Howler except for animating things or working on
video. It does however still have animated
brushes too. You can load an image sequence or
AVI file into the brush and paint with it on the
What is NOT in Artist but is
in Howler? In
short: Animation. To be more specific: the
Animation Menu is missing. The 'Animated' category
in the Filters menu is gone too. Also, some of the
other filters have an animation option, sometime
in the form of a button named Anim or Animate.
Those buttons are either gone or disabled. The
filter will work on just the current still image,
not on a frame sequence, since there's no
animation support in Artist.
There is one exception: The animated brush. You
can still work on a sequence of images, even on
Avi file, in the sense that you can load it into
the brush and thus make it the current Custom and
Animated brush, an animbrush. You won't paint with
it over another animation like you can with
Howler. (video on video), but you can paint this
animbrush over the current image.
to Order PD Artist PD
Artist is available for purchase here
Version 11.4 - final build RC134 (released
in Fall 2018) Correction: there was one more final-final
build RC136, with SSE2 extensions expected on your
This was a release from Fall 2018, free update for
users of v11. It was likely the last and final
build of Artist 11.
If you're curious about what was new in v11.4
RC136, compare with RC134, 16 and beyond
from PD Howler. Ignore features of animation/video
editing tools, those are with Howler only.
Note: There were a few extra builds and one
release for PD Howler after this, but none for PD
Artist. Remember this if you ever hesitate between
PD Artist or PD Howler. It is usually best to use
Howler. There are more updates. And more features.
If you have downloaded a file of the same name but
notice differences in size and especially
checksums, you will want to avoid using it. It may
be corrupted or it may have been tampered with,
could contain malware.
How to Scan yours for Malware
If you have an antivirus program, get it updated
now and scan with it. It's not enough but it's a
We run our software through many checks with ESET,
Malwarebytes, AVG, Avira and a few others, and of
course Microsoft's tools too. We also see it go
through additional inspection when uploaded and
deployed to the store at BMTmicro.
Additionally, you can also have your downloaded
file analyzed by many security engines, and see
additional info here:
Installation Notes, Misc.... More coming
soon, but for now, refer to the PD Howler
information and simply ignore any
reference to animations. (except when we're
talking about animated brushes, which are
supported in PD Pro Artist too.)
Also consult the general F.A.Q.
and the general Dogwaffle Help
What's New in Version 11? ...and 11.1?
Look in the list of new
features from PD Howler 11, and ignore
anything related to animation or tools for working
on video clips.
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