PRAISE: I have been fooling around with graphic applications for a while now including the all time favorite FLASH 8 and photoshopCS3...But I must say your painting software is by far superior when it comes to basic drawing and painting compositions. Easy to understand no hidden functions where you have to be physic to know what does what...and affordable.
LIMITATIONS: Only thing's missing is the ability to have basic shapes like circles squares and straight lines and a cropping tool. These are necessary items to have to draw and paint things like buildings signs greeting cards etc without having to resort to 3rd party apps . Also a text editor would be a nice feature all basic stuff. Once you have that ability the sky will be the limit.
FUTURE: I see a software utility that will have many commercial as well as personal benefits. Art rage is just that "art" in its purist graphical form. Unlike Photoshop which is mainly photo enhancing software slash graphic creating application that is also highly complex and most of the time cumbersome. I think it’s more creative to just make your graphic rather than use onboard filters and blending modes you have more control of what you want to achieve. This is what Microsoft paint should have been for the money they charge.
I see art rage becoming a formidable opponent in the graphic design community. Just think, you can actually paint an album cover for any bands CDROM box cover or any kind of covers or illustrations for business applications with basic talent and not cookie cutter graphic shortcuts.
The world does not revolve around Photoshop anymore thank god “To expensive.”
Of course once this program progresses and morphs into bigger and better things im sure pricing will reflect, a company has to be able to expand upon its features and it costs money to hire programmers. Art rage could always offer the basic painting program for one price and a big beefy commercial package for another price "hope not"...But im sure it will never exceed the $1000+ of other software giants whose egos and greed know no bounds.