ArtRage 2.1 has been released, including a French version. This update fixes bugs and adds some new functionality for users of ArtRage 2.
The update is available for free for users of the full version of ArtRage. An updated 2.1 version of ArtRage Free Edition will be available later this week. Get the patch on the download page.
Thanks to everyone for your comments and suggestions, they've been invaluable to us as we've worked on this update. Below you can see the list of changes for 2.1
Reworked the Palette Knife to improve smearing and blending quality.
Added a 'Dry Brush' function. When you take the Oil Brush Loading to 0% the brush applies no paint, you can use it to blend existing paint as if it was clean.
Added a 'Quick Mirror' function that allows you to do a quick 'mirror check' of your painting. Holding down the H key flips your painting horizontally, holding down the V key flips it vertically. When you release the key, the painting returns to its normal orientation. This function is for people who like to be able to do mirror checks of their work to check for structural problems.
You can now change the background colour used by ArtRage. If your canvas is smaller than the ArtRage window, select the colour you want and Alt/Option-Click the background. The default colour is white.
Added the name of your current painting to the titlebar of the ArtRage window.
The Spacebar can now be used to move the canvas. Hold the spacebar down and left click/drag to move the canvas. When you release the spacebar, your selected tool will work again. To rotate the canvas, hold down the spacebar then the Alt/Option key and left click/drag the canvas.
Changed how ArtRage stores its registration and user preference information so that multiple user accounts on one machine will have easier access to the application.
Added the ability to 'oversize' tools. When you single click the tool size preview you are prompted to enter a percentage value for the tool size. You can now manually enter sizes up to 500%. You can stil only use the standard size preview slide functionality to reach 100%, but some users had requested larger tools. Please note, you may experience some unusual behaviour in tools over 100%, we do not suggest using this feature unless you are working on extremely large documents.
Tweaks & Bug Fixes.
Removed the painting's file name from printed output.
Adjusted the felt pen to make it cut in to bump when you use it with moderate to high pressure.
Adjusted the flow rate of the airbrush to improve its look when used with the mouse.
Increased the base size of the roller so that it can get larger.
Fixed some bugs with the PSD import/export system, generally related to empty or 0 size layers.
Fixed a bug that was preventing changing paper settings prompting the user to save the document at appropriate times.
Fixed a bug that prevented the bottom layer being dragged up in the layer stack.
Fixed a bug that was causing the wrong canvas grain to appear in the canvas grain sample when creating a new document.
Fixed a bug that was causing incorrect updates in the canvas grain sample of the new file dialog when loading a custom grain.
Fixed a bug that prevented users right click/dragging the canvas to move it on OS X.
Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to fail to load (with a file not found message) on OS X when launched from an account that did not 'own' the application in terms of permissions.
Fixed a bug that caused artifacting when moving a canvas that had been rotated 90 degrees.
Fixed a bug in the right click and hold tools (Airbrush and Glitter) that caused problems for Tablet PC users.
Fixed some smearing/smudging problems with glitter relating to when the paint was considered wet.
Fixed a bug that caused paintings created at unusual aspect ratios to appear off centre when displayed for the first time.
Fixed a bug that was causing opaque paper above layer 1 to be removed when merging.
Fixed a bug that was causing the felt pen to behave incorrectly when used with high Wetness on layers with transparent backgrounds. Blending should work properly now.
Fixed a bug that caused multiple transparent layers stacked on top of each other to produce halos around dark strokes.
Fixed a bug that caused custom paper grains that had colour to be loaded incorrectly when converting to greyscale.
Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to close after trying to load an invalid file.
Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to lock when double clicking an invalid painting file to load it.
Fixed a bug that would prevent overwriting canvas presets from the New File dialog even after being prompted to confirm the action.
Corrected some errors in the shortcut keys listed in the manual.