Licence: Commercial with demo
Version 2.5 | Release Date: 2007-07-23 | Download

July 24, 2007 - ArtRage 2.5 Released!

Ambient Design is proud to announce a major update to their natural painting application - ArtRage 2.5. This upgrade is a free update to existing purchasers of ArtRage 2. It is available for Windows, and as a Universal Binary for MacOSX.

ArtRage 2.5 is a significant upgrade to the product. It adds many important new features in a way that retains the unique look and feel of ArtRage. Among the new features in ArtRage 2.5 are the following:

Stencils and Rulers: Mask out areas of your canvas as you paint and constrain your tools to straight lines and curves. Stencils and rulers are easy to use real-world tools that look and work the way traditional-media artists expect.
Layer content transformations: Move, scale and rotate the content of your layers - in groups or individually.
Import images to layers, and copy/paste layers: You can now import an image as a separate layer, then precisely position using the transformation tools. Or paste directly from the clipboard into a new layer. This allows ArtRage to work more seamlessly with other graphics applications.
Printing resolution support (DPI): Painting files support creation and measurements in Inches, Centimetres and Millimetres, with control over printer Dots Per Inch settings. This is also retained in PSD import and export.
Smooth Blender and Precise Pencil: Two new tool modes have been added for users after a more precise look to their work. The Precise Pencil works more like a mechanical pencil for a precise clean line. The Smooth Blender gives soft-edge subtle blending.
Import and export more image formats: ArtRage 2.5 adds additional image formats for importing and exporting images. Support for Photoshop PSD layer groups and layer names has also been added.
Cleaner simpler UI: Even with the addition of many new features the User Interface has been made even easier-to-use and less intrusive than previous versions of ArtRage.
Many other features and enhancements! The complete list of new features and enhancements is available on the website.

Version 2.2 | Release Date: 2006-10-11 | Download

<p><strong>New Features.</strong></p>
<li><strong>ArtRage Auto Updater:</strong> The ArtRage Auto Updater included in version 2.2 allows quick and easy updates when a new version is released.</li>
<li><strong>Mac OS X Universal Binary:</strong> ArtRage 2.2 OS X is now a Universal binary for PPC and Intel Macs.</li>
<li><strong>Photoshop Blend Modes:</strong> ArtRage 2.2 supports all of the blend modes in Photoshop CS2. You can access these from the Layer Blending menu in the Layers Panel. Blend modes are imported and exported with PSD format documents.</li>
<li><strong>Improved Memory Management:</strong> Memory use has been improved so that large documents with multiple layers use significantly less memory than in version 2.1.</li>
<li><strong>PTG File Thumbnails:</strong> Your painting files are now given thumbnails in your OS.</li>
<li><strong>Magnified Precise Cursors:</strong> There is a now an option in the Preferences Menu to magnify the Precise Cursor to make it more visible.</li>
<li><strong>Glitter Shape:</strong> Glitter now has 5 options for the shape of glitter applied.</li>
<li><strong>Grain Roughness Range:</strong> Paper grain roughness can now be taken to negative numbers to invert the texture pattern.</li>
<li><strong>Art Pen Option:</strong> The Felt Pen now has an 'Art Pen' option that allows a denser pigment to be applied.</li>
<li><strong>Color Sampler:</strong> Added options to the color sampler to sample the true paint color and from a single layer if required.</li>
<li><strong>Oil Thinners:</strong> The Oil tool now allows you to thin your oils significantly. Everything over 50% thinners starts to make the paint transparent.</li>
<li><strong>Reference Image Zoom:</strong> You can now zoom the contents of reference images without changing the size of the reference pinned to the canvas.</li>
<li><strong>Metallic Value Control:</strong> You can now adjust the level of metallic color applied to your paint.</li>
<li><strong></strong><strong>Tablet PC Numeric Entry:</strong> Adjusted the Tablet PC build so that using handwriting recognition to enter text in to the ArtRage numeric text entries is easier.</li>
<li><strong>Progress Bar:</strong> Added a load progress bar when launching ArtRage by double clicking a file.</li>
<li><strong>Show Panels Notice Fading:</strong> When you right click or press Enter to hide the panels, the notice telling you how to bring them back now fades out after a few seconds.</li>

<p><strong>Bug Fixes.</strong></p>
<li>Fixed a bug that was causing strokes to shoot off down and right when using a Genius tablet on OS X.</li>
<li>Fixed some bugs that could cause the layer stack to update incorrectly when Merge All Layers was selected, or after Undo.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that was causing the color sampler to sample transparency checkers on transparent layers.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that was causing checkers to be exported to the background of transparent PNGs.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that could cause artifacts on the trailing end of Tablet PC strokes.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that was causing metallics to be lost when merging layers with papers that had metallic values and were at less than 100% Opacity.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that was causing ArtRage popup menus to behave incorrectly when they overlapped each other.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that could cause empty tool settings panels to appear if tool selection was changed while the interface was hidden.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that was causing the 'Remove All Colors' option to be available in the color swatches menu when there were no swatches to remove.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that could cause the canvas to go blank when the painting was scaled down.</li>
<li>Fixed a rare crash bug encountered when opening some Photoshop documents.</li>
<li>Fixed a bug that was causing the alpha value of the feathered edges of the airbrush to be lost when when exporting to a layered PSD file.</li>
<li>Fixed a problem that was causing spotty results in the trailing edge of an airbrush stroke when running with Mouse Mode on.</li>
<li>Fixed a problem with printing whereby a black box would be printed on output with some older print drivers.</li>
<li>Adjusted Canvas Rotation so that rotate and zoom happen around the centre of the screen.</li>

Version 2.1.1 | Release Date: 2006-07-16 | Download
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