ArtRage 2.2 Full Edition has just been released! This version of ArtRage contains a large number of features and fixes, detailed below. This version of ArtRage is available free to all users of ArtRage 2 Full Edition, and can be obtained using the brand new ArtRage Updater, which is available here. This version is available in English, French, and German for Windows and OSX (PPC and Intel Universal Binary).

For those who don't want to wade through the patch notes, the highlights in 2.2 are: Photoshop Blend Modes supported, the OSX version is now a Universal Binary, improved memory management so that you can create larger documents with more layers, the new ArtRage Auto Updater that lets you update versions easily as we release them, new glitter shape options, and many tweaks to the painting tools to give better and more varied results.

Many thanks to everyone who's given us feedback on ArtRage, everyone who's purchased the product and helped us keep it in development, and everyone who's using it and having fun painting!

Full Patch Notes:

New Features.

ArtRage Auto Updater: The ArtRage Auto Updater included in version 2.2 allows quick and easy updates when a new version is released.

Mac OS X Universal Binary: ArtRage 2.2 OS X is now a Universal binary for PPC and Intel Macs.

Photoshop Blend Modes: 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.

Improved Memory Management: Memory use has been improved so that large documents with multiple layers use significantly less memory than in version 2.1.

PTG File Thumbnails: Your painting files are now given thumbnails in your OS.

Magnified Precise Cursors: There is a now an option in the Preferences Menu to magnify the Precise Cursor to make it more visible.

Glitter Shape: Glitter now has 5 options for the shape of glitter applied.

Grain Roughness Range: Paper grain roughness can now be taken to negative numbers to invert the texture pattern.

Art Pen Option: The Felt Pen now has an 'Art Pen' option that allows a denser pigment to be applied.

Color Sampler: Added options to the color sampler to sample the true paint color and from a single layer if required.

Oil Thinners: The Oil tool now allows you to thin your oils significantly. Everything over 50% thinners starts to make the paint transparent.

Reference Image Zoom: You can now zoom the contents of reference images without changing the size of the reference pinned to the canvas.

Metallic Value Control: You can now adjust the level of metallic color applied to your paint.

Tablet PC Numeric Entry: Adjusted the Tablet PC build so that using handwriting recognition to enter text in to the ArtRage numeric text entries is easier.

Progress Bar: Added a load progress bar when launching ArtRage by double clicking a file.

Show Panels Notice Fading: 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.


Bug Fixes.

Fixed a bug that was causing strokes to shoot off down and right when using a Genius tablet on OS X.

Fixed some bugs that could cause the layer stack to update incorrectly when Merge All Layers was selected, or after Undo.

Fixed a bug that was causing the color sampler to sample transparency checkers on transparent layers.

Fixed a bug that was causing checkers to be exported to the background of transparent PNGs.

Fixed a bug that could cause artifacts on the trailing end of Tablet PC strokes.

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.

Fixed a bug that was causing ArtRage popup menus to behave incorrectly when they overlapped each other.

Fixed a bug that could cause empty tool settings panels to appear if tool selection was changed while the interface was hidden.

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.

Fixed a bug that could cause the canvas to go blank when the painting was scaled down.

Fixed a rare crash bug encountered when opening some Photoshop documents.

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.

Fixed a problem that was causing spotty results in the trailing edge of an airbrush stroke when running with Mouse Mode on.

Fixed a problem with printing whereby a black box would be printed on output with some older print drivers.

Adjusted Canvas Rotation so that rotate and zoom happen around the centre of the screen.

PS. Try loading a tracing paper and using Glitter with Automatic Color Selection turned on