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08-19-2014, 12:11 AM
After fierce combat with this program I decided to change the painting software.
There are several reasons but three are the most important ...

1 ArtRage has not yet solved its great deficiency which is magnify. In painting is unacceptable to not be able to work on the details. And in ArtRage you can not work on the detail of the image. This is due to the fact that the magnification is associated with the smoothing. This diametrical problem should be removed in the first versions.

2 ArtRage is so slow that work with tools larger than the 100 it becomes practically impossible (unless you have super-fast computer).

3 Because I am a strong supporter of Windiows XP, any further upgrades are beyond me. So even if something has changed for the better I will not be able to benefit from this. It's a shame that the company so quickly turned from the owners of XP. But surely they have an interest.

Thank you all for your kind evaluation.
Greetings to all and I wish you the beautiful images.

08-19-2014, 12:35 AM
This is a maximum magnify in ArtRage:


... and maximum in Paint Tool SAI:


Clearly, ArtRage in image magnification lost all the details so the artist does not have control over them.

08-19-2014, 01:22 AM
What are the dpi and canvas dimensions of the .ptg file you have shown there?
If you want lots of fine detail then you will need a higher canvas dpi.
The dimensions of the canvas also matter if you want to paint very small objects.

Here are some pictures of a pomegranate.
It's just a small part of a painting on an A3 sized canvas @300dpi.
If it was in the real world the pomegranate on this canvas would be 60mm across.
If I zoom in to 800% magnification I can now see ⅛mm devisions on the ruler.
Is this not detailed enough?

08-19-2014, 02:23 AM
So ... this is a larger format at 300 dpi in AR4:


... And it's the same in Paint Tool SAI:


The difference can be seen immediately. I think you agree with me.

08-19-2014, 05:52 AM
I draw at 18 inches by 24 inches at 600 ppi routinely and I never have problems. I think you're unjustly putting AR down. My standard canvas is 6000 x 4800 (10x8) at 600 ppi. It's not fair to condemn AR because your system can't keep up.

Henry Stahle
08-19-2014, 07:39 AM
Here is an answer:

08-19-2014, 10:03 AM
petrnita...Your condemnation of ArtRage on the 3 points you listed is completely unfounded.

1. With regard to magnification and "working on details", if you are getting the kind of pixelation you are showing here the fault lies with the settings you have chosen, not the software. I have had no problem zooming in to significant magnification and working on detailed portions and I have never heard of anyone else here having such a problem

2. With regard to slow performance, if your computer is slowing down to the point the program is unusable with tools larger than 100, then that is a reflection of the hardware you have, not the software you are trying to run on it. If you are unable to afford a newer computer I can certainly relate but that is not the fault of ArtRage.

3. With regard to support for Windows XP, I believe there is a version of ArtRage that the developers have kept available specifically for XP users, something they really were under no obligation to do. I believe it is available in the downloads section of the members area. Someone can correct me if I am wrong. You can choose to be "a committed supporter of Windows XP" but that is your choice and the result is that you will be left behind when it comes to both hardware and software advances. That is the nature of technology. There were many people who were strong supporters of the horse and wagon but most of them eventually saw the advantages of motorized transport and when they were able, made the change.

I run ArtRage on a mac. It is a phenomenal program and I am sorry you are having difficulty getting the results you want. I would encourage you to make contact here with the issues you are having and I have no doubt that you will get the help you need to get as much from the program, given your hardware and operating constraints, as possible.

08-19-2014, 10:59 AM
We specifically didn't do pixel zooming in ArtRage because we wanted to pull away from the process of tweaking at a pixel level and stick with a more direct expressive approach that better suits the nature of the tools we developed.

Oddly enough, that feature (and the complete lack of zoom in ArtRage 1) generated some fantastic feedback from professors teaching art in universities - It was the strangest email I remember receiving, thanking us for not allowing their students to zoom in and tweak. As soon as you can, you feel obliged to, and in their case it was preferable to move away from that and encourage their students to work with the imperfections. Obviously that's not right for everyone's needs and we're not making any value judgements on either approach, but our choice was to focus on the macro level of interaction and we believe it has made this particular product stronger. We don't have any plans to remove the sampling on zoom.

Regarding speed - That's probably a direct result of the older 4.0 engine that was only 32-bit and the fact that ArtRage manages much more data than just colour in order to simulate paint interactions across the board. This ties in to our need to drop XP support in 4.5. The ability to develop modern applications that fully support current operating systems is severely hampered by attempts to support XP. The development tools available now do not readily support the older OS and make it almost impossible to take advantage of modern systems if you try. We tried and it was just too much work.

If we had maintained support for XP we may well not have been able to produce the 64 bit version and we would not have been able to take advantage of a number of newer OS features that we are using to improve the product. It was a simple, if frustrating choice. We chose to continue expanding and improving the product for the majority of the user base, which unfortunately necessitated dropping XP support in the process. It was not a quick or easy decision and certainly not a quick turnaround given the age of the operating system - We could have done it back with 4.0 but we chose to keep going at that point.

I hope that helps explain our position!

08-19-2014, 11:48 AM
As you can see in my post, I'm not saying that ArtRage is a bad program. I'm just saying it does not fit my requirements. But this is my personal problem and therefore looking for themselves another.
As for magnification, not very convincing to me your arguments. The paint should be fairly flexible to different needs of users. I even have a book that I bought the year before, in which the author one course digital painting in ArtRage doing a sketch and the rest of the work ends in Painter ... says it is the inability to refine the details in ArtRage.
But it's probably a matter of taste and not for me to judge whether it is good or not.

As far as the speed is Pain Tool SAI works without a problem and at the largest sizes of tools so it's probably not really fault my computer.

And on Windows XP, it is in the world 33% of computers have XP system and for now there are very few programs that have abandoned entirely the XP system. And if it is, at least they are doing upgrades to XP. I would not be surprised if ArtRage 5 was only for Win7 / 8, but the upgrade from version 4? Unfortunately I can not see what's so great about the new upgrade but unless advised to deal with my computer it is probably some big changes :)

Do not be angry for my observations. I do not say this in the wrong. I am only sorry that I have to (at least for now) to part of the program that the first steps in a digital painting I loved it. But more and more deficiencies prevents me grow and learn painting. This is my own opinion and do not impose it to anyone. Yours :)

Sorry for my English.

08-19-2014, 12:33 PM
I'm certainly not angry at your post, I can understand your point of view - I hope also that can you see from my previous post that we understand that not everybody wants to work the way we provide and as I said we simply believe that for ArtRage specifically and the nature of the tools we developed we have chosen the best approach. We are not a pixel editor and our tools are not appropriate for pixel editing. We are also very happy for people to use other applications to complete paintings started in ArtRage, every product has its strengths and weaknesses - We provide a low cost solution partially so that people can easily pick up our product to work with alongside others and partially so that anyone can afford to get in to it.

I haven't used SAI myself but I believe it's a flat colour painting application, it applies colour to the canvas only. ArtRage manages additional data such as the volume of paint on the canvas and brush, how wet it is, how reflective it is, and other properties as part of the paint simulation. As a result, we're pushing around anywhere up to five times as much data so tools may well go slower, especially in the 32 bit version that was built before the latest build tools became available.

The free 4.5 upgrade's main feature is 64-bit which gives us a huge speed increase over 4.0 and the potential to work on much larger canvases. That change is also the change that led us to dropping XP support. I believe the 33% figure may include embedded XP systems, and the standard 24% figure for XP coverage quoted for desktop systems includes business systems which are outside our market base anyway. That aside, as I said previously, we did not make the choice because we wanted to, we made it because it was the only way to provide the significant performance improvements that we were able to provide in 4.5. The development tools provided by the OS vendor simply do not allow us to maintain support for the older OS without significant additional overhead that we are just not big enough to provide.

So - We're sorry that we are unable to support your system, but unfortunately in our situation we had no choice but to drop support for XP in this update. We do however still provide the 4.0 version for you to download if required or if you do not believe that 4.5 has any updates you need.

08-19-2014, 03:03 PM
I haven't read all the other comments in detail, but I'll say my bit anyway.

Microsoft XP support was discontinued this year. So even if you (petrnita) wanted something special to happen with XP itself, let alone a program like ArtRage running on XP, it won't happen. I have an XP desktop and a Vista laptop. XP has been around forever (it seems :)) and it was always my favourite OS and I dug my heels in changing over. You can't even buy Vista or Win7 in a shop now, unless it's a specialist place. These things happen.

One day your XP will konk out and then where will you be? If you love your computing that much, you will definitely upgrade. That's how things go in the tech world. You may like to think you won't but you will. We move on. I faced all that so I know what I'm talking about and I understand where you're coming from as well.

Not every program can be everything to everyone. Programs are specialised, especially graphic editing programs. It just depends what you want to do. If you want to do pixel art, Photoshop and PhotoImpact are great programs.

08-19-2014, 10:53 PM
You're probably aware of this already, but even Microsoft itself advised users of Windows XP to upgrade because they stopped supporting it last spring.
Hence there'll be no more updates and fixes for security issues that might arise.

09-04-2014, 07:12 AM
interesting thread.

@Matt--SAI is the same as Manga Studio--in Manga Studio you have the option of changing the image you are working on into a vector image and that gives you a great way to work in detail.


I say this because---Artrage is my go to painting program---when i need to I will port my artrage image over to Manga Studio, Photoshop or Mischief (this is a new software) and then I take care of what I need--this is an accepted way of working on images just like in modeling I usually will start with blender and maybe move to max or maya. Mischief, by the way, is all vector all the time and boast unlimited resolution--while that may sound like the Holy Grail---I will point out that working with your image magnified to achieve a great depth of detail is not always the wisest thing to do as its very possible to lose your objectivity not to mention just getting caught up in noodling about with one area. Best to work all areas at once, IMHO, in order to maintain a greater visual balance.

The software you choose really depends on the situation.

Bottomline---if I had painter, I would still use artrage--I have photoshop--I still use artrage. I think its not wise to get hooked on just one program--companies would like you too of course but most serious artists are out there using multiple painting platforms.

Matt, I have never really looked because its kind of a nonissue with me but if Artrage does not have the ability to convert and then work in vector graphics it might be a great new feature to add.

I say this mainly because i work modeling in blender and its possible to take a vector image, convert it in blender, extrude it and create from that image a three dimensional object.

'Nuff said--I'm going to go post my actual question in the general forum now.

Happy drawing!

Henry Stahle
09-05-2014, 01:12 AM
--SAI is the same as Manga Studio--

SAI is not the same as MangaStudio. SAI is made by the japanese software company SYSTEMAX. MangaStudio, is the same as ClipStudio, and is made by the japanese Celsys Inc. And ArtRage is made by Ambient Design..:)

09-05-2014, 07:20 AM
You know what, Henry--you are absolutely right--I get the two mixed up--thank you for the correction--I own Manga Studio 5 EX and you would think I would have caught that.

Please accept my sheepish apologies.

09-09-2014, 10:05 AM
As far the magnification thing goes.. Your probably just not working big enough. I've never had any complaint about the magnification in Artrage. If your working on a picture with lots of small detail you should always work bigger... A lot bigger.

Also you cannot condemn a company for your hardware lacking power. Artrage really isnt that intensive and I imagine we wouldnt have a lot of the features available in Artrage if they made ancient hardware one of their primary concerns. Also really large brushes tend to lag in almost all paint programs. Unless you just have a monster computer.

As far as the windows XP thing.. do yourself a favor and upgrade to windows 7.. its better in pretty much every way. And will perform much better as well. If you dont like the look.. you can make windows 7 look like XP. And you wont have that pesky compatibility issue anymore. Stay away from Windows 8 though.. that thing is a mess that was designed for mobile devices.