We are pleased to announce the availability of the ArtRage 2.5 Starter Edition, which replaces the 2.2 Free Edition of the product.

The ArtRage 2.5 Starter Edition is a free download, which still allows unlimited loading, saving, and printing of your paintings, and contains 8 of the ArtRage painting tools along with some new features from ArtRage 2.5. A summary of the new features in the 2.5 Starter Edition can be found below.

Features.

Stencils & Rulers: ArtRage 2.5 Starter Edition gives you a ruler to use in your paintings. Press ĎFí to bring up the Stencil Picker, or click the Stencils button on the new Toolbox Panel to access the Ruler.

Resolution Support: In the New File or Resize panels you can now set the size of your image using pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters. You can also set the DPI resolution of your image.

Mousewheel Zoom: The Mouse wheel on a mouse, or the Zoom Strip on Wacom Intuos 3 tablets can now be used to zoom the canvas.

Recent Files List: You can access a list of recently used ArtRage files in the File Menu.

More Image Formats: ArtRage 2.5 supports more image formats for Import and Export.

Toolbox Panel: The bottom of the ArtRage window now has a Toolbox Panel, from which you can access your Ruler and Tracing Images.

Languages: ArtRage now supports English, French, and German from the same install. You can select your language from the Help menu.

OSX Application Bundle: ArtRage now contains all of its resources internally on OSX so you donít need to store a folder alongside the application, you can just install ArtRage 2.5 directly to your Applications Folder.

OSX Window Resizing: The ArtRage window can now be manually resized on OSX using a resize handle at the bottom right.

Crash Recovery: On Windows, ArtRage attempts to save out your work to a temporary file (arrestart.ptg) if the application crashes. For more information, see the ArtRage Support Forum.

Canvas Zoom Shortcut: Holding down Shift + Space and click-dragging the canvas, or holding down Shift and right click-dragging the canvas zooms it.

User Content Support Shifted: User content such as Custom Pickers, Canvas Size Presets, Stencils, Canvas Presets etc. have been shifted to the userís Application support folders. For more information, including information on how to move your ArtRage 2.2 content to ArtRage 2.5, see the ArtRage Support forums.

Improved Vista Support: ArtRage 2.5 is Windows Vista Certified and supports Tilt and Rotate when using Ink Services under Vista.

Bug Fixes.

For a list of bugs fixed in the 2.5 update to ArtRage, see this thread. All bugs in the list relevant to the ArtRage 2.2 Free Edition have been fixed in the ArtRage 2.5 Starter Edition.