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Project Dogwaffle Digital Painting 
By Dan Ritchie on Feb 04, 2005 09:53 PM
PD PRO Takes Digital Painting to the Next Level.
Project Dogwaffle turns 3, becomes PD Pro.

Dan Ritchie, a veteran 3d animator and developer of software tools for the computer graphics industry, announced today the release of the latest version of his popular painting Software, PD Pro. PD Pro draws from the tradition of the great Amiga video platform, while adding new, state-of-the-art features for today’s artists.

Project Dogwaffle, as it was code-named has been a labor of love since the beginning. The author made the program available for free and it quickly gained a loyal following and continues to do so as a commercial product. The name was a reference to that first waffle out of the iron – the dog’s waffle. The program has of course grown into a robust tool for digital artists, painters and traditional animators, with features like natural media, animated brushes, onion skin, exposure sheet, real-time animation playback, and a powerful keyframable timeline.

”In the latest release, I wanted to expand the programs usefulness in the video fields by adding built in support for interlaced formats, while taking the existing toolset to a new level of functionality,” Said Ritchie. “There’s also a new tool for scanning animation frames from a twain source. I’m committed to making this one of the most powerful bitmap based tools for drawn animation out there.”

The outstanding capability of the program is in its brushes. Brushes are not just static, grayscale stamps. They’re living, breathing and moving, full color entities with a life all their own. You can pick up any part of your image or even an animation and paint with it. You can modify the hue, scale or rotation of a tree to paint an entire forest, or work with a huge assortment of existing traditional media and even make your own. It’s also completely possible to apply keyframed special effect filters to an animated brush, just like you would apply effects in a video editing program. Particle brushes for realistic foliage and bristle brush simulations are just a few more tools at your disposal, and of course there’s full tablet support.

Pricing and Availability
PD Pro is available now as updates for current users, or as bundles for those who do not yet own the program, and sells for a suggested price of USD $107, with a limited-time bundle price of USD $97 or less. There is also a useful free version. For information on purchasing PD Pro, visit http://www.squirreldome.com.

About the developer.
Dan Ritchie was an animator on Star Trek Voyager, and the large format Borg Invasion and is the author of the novel Silver Squirrel. His other credits include Spiderman 2, Roughneck Chronicles, Dan Dare, and several video game titles. He has studies drawn animation and commercial art and is currently working fulltime in software development. He can be contacted at Dan_Ritchie@hotmail.com or visit http://www.squirreldome.com

Related Links:

Main Site: http://www.squirreldome.com/cyberop.htm

PD at TheBest3d: http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/index.html
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