Update: Downloads are working again from the Member Area. Sorry for the delay!

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro 3.5, a free update for current users of the 3.0.8 versions of the product.

Existing owners can download the latest update directly from our Member Area. For instructions, see this thread: http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...d.php?p=362923

The new version is currently available for users of English, French, German, Dutch, Russian, and Italian versions of the product. Other translations will be made available shortly.

System Requirements: ArtRage Studio and Studio 3.5 support Windows XP, Vista, and 7 (32 & 64 bit), and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher on Intel Macs only. Please note that due to new features and additional requirements, we have had to remove support for PPC macs and OS X prior to 10.4. We will continue to provide 3.0.8 downloads for users of systems that have already purchased and have an older Mac.

ArtRage 3.5 in our Online Store: Store systems are currently updating and we expect 3.5 to be available for purchase later today. In the meantime, anyone who purchased 3.0.8 from the online store can register their Serial Number in the Member Area to download the 3.5 version immediately, without having to download 3.0.8 first.


What's New in 3.5:

ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro 3.5 contain a number of major new features and a host of improvements and tweaks. A full list can be found in this thread: http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...d.php?p=362924

The highlights of the latest version are:


Multithreading.

3.5 Studio and Studio Pro take advantage of multi-processor or multi-core processor systems to accelerate its tools and many of the time critical processes throughout the product.


Package Files.

Package Files allow you to gather together sets of custom resources such as stickers, presets, stencils and more in to a single data file that can be installed by other users with a double click. Package files make sharing content easy.

ArtRage Studio users can install package files, Studio Pro users can create their own. We will be releasing Package Files with new content over time.


Scripting.

ArtRage 3.5 sports a scripting system that allows you to record the process of your paintings for playback later either on your own system, or on another. Scripts can be played back at different resolutions, repainting the original image at a new size to avoid the artifacts that are generated by bitmap scaling. Scripts can also be annotated with notes and highlights, allowing the author to point out techniques and explain what's going on as the painting develops on the viewer's canvas.

ArtRage Studio users can play back scripts, ArtRage Studio Pro users can record and annotate their own.

The Scripting system also includes a full scripting language that can be used by advanced users to create procedural scripts that include variable manipulation and user input prompts to control most of the functions of the application.


Artistic Enhancements.

3.5 contains a number of enhancements to existing tools in Studio and Studio Pro:

  1. The Real Color Blending system in ArtRage Studio Pro has been rewritten to improve blend results and speed.
  2. Hard tipped tools such as chalk, crayon, and pencil have been softened slightly to allow for more expression via pressure and improve interaction with the canvas texture.
  3. The Palette Knife can now be loaded with paint before use.
  4. Studio Pro's Airbrush has controls for edge falloff and dripping.


There have been many more changes and improvements to the application, please see the detailed thread linked above for a full list.