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PD Howler 11 is here. We also call it Axehead. There was also a Summer Splash update, a Tide Pool update. and: Feeding Frenzy!
We have had several updates since the main v11.0 release. Here is some information:
v11.1 - Summer Splash:
The first v11.0:
Howler 11 - Axehead - What is it, and why call it 'Axehead'?
Axehead as in the adage about sharpening your axe, so you can work more efficiently.
Get in, create your artwork, get out. Done.
PD Howler 11 - new features (a brief summary)Hot! Summer 2017: Splish-Splash, Summer Splash v11.1 - the update is here!
now also available as PD Artist edition (without the animation/video tools)
Discover Puppy Ray on GPU
New gradient tool
- Adjustable gradients
- New gradient types
- New contour fill
Numeric entry throughout the program
When you see a slider to set some value for a parameter, in most places you can now also set the value with a numeric text box entry next to the slider. This makes it easier to re-create a desired effect that was created with specific values. Or finely adjust a specific effect when the slider is not easily giving all fine details.
Improved image scaling sampling
Improved crop tool
Callouts and vector objects
Great for comics, illustrations with narrations and stories with 'Bang' and 'Pow' annotations. But we went beyond the text bubble. We also added a few things like stars, trees and more.
New Puppy Ray for GPU(*)
A lot of work went into making the GPU version of Puppy Ray more capable, more powerful. There are also some minor changes in the CPU version, such as multiple sky presets.
- Rewritten for higher quality rendering
- Visible Sun
- Water plane with reflections and waves
- Improved sampling for better quality far and near
- Improved global illumination
- Bounce light, like indirect lighting, bright walls contribute additional lighting to dark shady areas.
- Hardware textures.
- Bump maps for more realistic surface textures
- Refraction on water plane
The media browser is where you can manage and access many types of brushes, including internal brushes, custom brushes, custom animated(!) brushes, and a variety of particle, foliage, bristle and orbicle brushes. New features:
- Save particle media directly from the media browser
- Delete directly from the media browser
- A new floating & resizeable color picker, as seen in PD Particle 9
- Pickers remember settings between instances
Improved curve and rotoscope tools
The Curve tool continues to be a surprisingly powerful tool, with ever growing new options and features. Whether you're into still image and asset creation, or need rotoscoping across an animation, you will want to play with the Curve tool. For example, if you don't have a drawing tablet but want to simulate pressure-based changes to the brush stroke's tips at start and end of of your drawn lines, take a close look. Here's what's new:
- Transformation handles
- Free transform on currently selected control points.
- Shift-select points
- Onscreen keyframes
Many new filters, most of them with support for animation. Worley noise, for example, and be used to create stormy ocean waves, or sand dunes alike.
- Julia set rendering(*)
- Water drops
- Shape bombing
- Bilateral filter
- Make a normal map
- Worley noise
- Water caustics
- Water ripples
- Larger preview
- Water drop filter
- Improved responsiveness
- Font panel arrow key and mouse wheel navigation
- GUI color pen settings
- System look option
All new "Ground up" object oriented API
It took a while to develop this new basis. Now we can produce better dogwaffles faster. And we are sharing some of what we've learned. If you are a game developer or programmer alike, you might find these video tutorials on the new API of interest.
- Much simpler to program and much more powerful
- Vector drawing in 2D/3D
- Vector and matrices
- Gradients and convolution kernel
- Color and color matrix
- Keyframes and curves
- Noise classes
- XML parsing, properties, pattern matching and stack classes
- Obj file parsing and geometry
If you are a software developer, look for the Playlist of 40+ videos here:
New Drawing Mode in Post-FX: RGB + Alpha
This is for game developers and content creators who want to create assets with transparent background.
Click here to read more
A free game to play, for when you're tired of being creative and need a diversion
We have included the plugin version of Dan's free game.
(*) GPU only implementation. Not available on CPU only.
Do you think this is hot? Then it's time to cool off, with even more great features coming
in the free Splish-Splash Summer 2017 Update
Images and Videos
Water in Puppy Ray
Move a Curve
The Slideshow has updated images and screenshots too
RefracTest - a few test renderings focused on refraction in Puppy Ray's Water Plane (YouTube video)
A Few more undocumented features
Here are a few more recent videos:
puppy renders - animations - preview renders
What's New in Howler v11.2bThe new build RC0094 is here, still aka Feeding Frenzy!
- Fixed a bug in Puppy Ray camera motion blur. Motion blur worked for camera rotation but not movement.
- Water texture on the water plane is now motion blurred.
- PuppyRay: allow Value Noise based water instead of perlin noise based as the default water type. (which is much faster but still looks good).
- The Water plane type is now selected by a drop-down menu with 3 choices: None, Value Noise and Perlin Noise.
- Camera movement and rotation tools in Puppy Ray now compensate for world position.
- Fixed a localization bug in XML loading, and a potential buffer overrun.
- Updated all dlls to Visual Studio 2017
The free Demo version has been updated to that build.