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Frequently Asked Questions

Blurry or wrong resolution interface in ArtRage on Windows 10

If your ArtRage Lite or ArtRage 5 interface is blurry or too large, and creates a new canvas at the wrong resolution, this is usually due to the magnification option in the display settings in Windows 10. You can fix this by telling ArtRage to ignore the custom display settings.

To stop Windows 10 applying a different magnification to ArtRage and reset the interface back to normal:

  1. Go to the ArtRage.exe file
  2. Either right click on the ArtRage shortcut and choose ‘More > Open File Location’
  3. Or browse to C:\Program Files\Ambient Design\ArtRage 5/Lite)
  4. Right click on ArtRage.exe or ArtRage Lite.exe and choose Properties.
  5. Go to the ‘Compatibility‘ tab and select ‘Override high DPI scaling behaviour
  6. Make sure that ‘Scaling performed by‘ is set to ‘Application‘.

ArtRage will then ignore the magnification options and calculate interface size based only on your monitor resolution.

Note: High definition support is something we are working on, but we do not have an estimated release time for yet.

Select “Override high DPI scaling behaviour”

How to install an earlier version of ArtRage for iOS that is compatible with an older iPad 3 or other iOS device

If you are still using an older iOS version that is not supported by the latest update to the iOS app then you can still use the older versions of the app. To get the App Store to let you install an older version, you must already have the app listed as a download in your purchase history.

To install an older version for the first time try the following steps:

  • Install the app on a compatible device or iTunes on the desktop first. it will then be automatically available to your older devices.
  • Access the app from the ‘Purchased’ section of the App Store on your older device.


This should only affect users who are purchasing the app for the first time or are trying to reinstall after uninstalling the app. Anyone who already has ArtRage installed should not be affected by future updates. We do not remove older versions of ArtRage, so if you are still unable to install our app, you may need to contact Apple Support for further assistance or see their official FAQ.

If you are seeing crashes in the ArtRage Android apps, you may be able to fix this by following the steps below. Android apps can crash for many reasons, such as lack of memory or corrupted data. If your crash is caused by a bug in ArtRage, we will need to know what happened when you followed these steps, so that we can find and fix the problem.

Before doing any other troubleshooting:

  1. Check to see if there are any updates available for the app (we may have fixed the problem already!).
  2. Check how much memory is available on your device (both storage and memory usage when ArtRage is active). If you do not have enough memory left, your device will shut ArtRage down to save memory.

If ArtRage crashes randomly, while starting up, or while creating or working on paintings:

Android apps can crash for a lot of different reasons, including bugs or corrupted resources in the app, operating system bugs or conflicts, and lack of memory. You may be able to fix the problem working through these steps, but if you can’t, you will be able to narrow down the cause and help us troubleshoot more effectively.

  1. Go to Settings > Application Manager > ArtRage and delete the cache (this will delete any unsaved work, so save your painting first!)
  2. Go back and delete the Settings (this will delete the licence data and personal preferences, like your last used tools and canvas size, but will not affect your actual paintings).
  3. Reinstalling the app is also a quick way to reset everything (again, you will not lose your paintings).

If clearing out the app data doesn’t help:

  • Browse directly to the ‘/ArtRage’ folder on your device and delete or rename it (if you have any custom presets, you should rename the folder, or save them somewhere). This will clear out any corrupted resources. ArtRage will create a new folder when the app restarts.

If ArtRage only crashes when you go to the gallery:

This is usually caused by either a lack of memory or a corrupted painting. There will usually be a warning notice in the gallery itself if your gallery is too large. The fix is the same for both problems, so it doesn’t matter which one it is.

Browse directly to /ArtRagePaintings on your device and delete or rename it (this is where all your paintings are stored. You should save them somewhere or just rename the folder if you do not want to lose your files). ArtRage will create a new folder when the app restarts.

If you stop seeing any crashes, then you can copy some of your paintings back into the new /ArtRagePaintings folder to work on. If you start seeing crashes again, then either you have added too many paintings or one specific painting is causing the problem and needs to be taken back out again.

If ArtRage still crashes after doing everything else:

If you have followed all the steps above, then you probably can’t fix the problem yourself and will need to contact us.

Contact us directly via the support form. Tell us what device you are using, what operating system version, whether you have followed the steps on this page, and if you have submitted a crash report (we will need to know your device details to identify it).

If you get the option to submit a crash report after a crash, please send it. It gives us data that we can’t get otherwise. If you can spot any pattern (e.g. the crash always happens with a certain preset, painting, or action), please let us know.

Artrage 5 Incremental Updates

A history of bug fixes and new features found in the version updates for ArtRage 5. These are free incremental updates for improving your purchased software.

ArtRage Lite uses the same version number and will usually be updated at the same time as ArtRage 5, as it has the same bugs, compatibility requirements, and improvements. With the exception of features that are only found in ArtRage 5 (e.g. all the initial update for ArtRage 5 will be ArtRage 5 only until all the new features are stable), all of the updates below also apply to ArtRage Lite.

You can download the latest version from the Member Area, once you have registered your product.

2017

ArtRage 5.0.5
Released 25th July, 2017

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur in input panels generated by scripts.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Canvas Mover to lose its ‘Tear Off’ button when docked.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the wrong tool to be selected after application of a scripted warp.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the sampler cursor to get stuck when sampling off media when sampling the current layer only.
  • Fixed an artefact that could appear in non square Custom brush heads.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Light blend mode in the Emboss Layer Effect to update to match the Shadow blend mode when activated.
  • Fixed artefacts that could occur when updating a large scale Pillow Emboss Layer Effect.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Fill tool being used in Scraps.
  • Fixed a script bug that could prevent processing of some manual scripts.
  • Fixed a slowdown that would occur when merging layers in groups or structures with hidden layers.
  • Removed the Rotate entry from the Transform pane when transforming Tracing Images as they can’t rotate.
  • Fixed a potential overflow of colour values in areas of partial opacity that could lead to artefacts.
  • Scripting input panels now respect Lights Out mode properly.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the numeric values for guides to appear under the Menu Bar when changing documents.
  • Adjusted the Aspect Ratio lock option in resize panels to avoid conflicting with selected custom sizes.
  • Made sure the Show Guides button on the Layout Panel updates when adding guides after tearing the panel off.
  • Updated the Layer Effects indicator in Layer previews when cancelling the Layer Effects pane.
ArtRage Lite Only Fixes
  • Re-enabled the F5 shortcut for toggling canvas lighting in ArtRage Lite.
  • Removed the ‘New Sticker Sheet’ option from ArtRage Lite, it didn’t do anything because that feature is not available in the product.
ArtRage Lite 5.0.4 Released 20th April, 2017

ArtRage Lite has been updated from version 4.5.10 to 5.0.4. This is a free update for all existing and future owners, including users who downloaded Lite from Wacom and updates Lite to use the latest code from ArtRage 5 for better performance and operating system compatibility.

Changes
  • Improved Performance
  • Updated Interface
  • Canvas Lighting toggle
  • Canvas Positioner
  • Ink Pen Opacity
  • ArtRage 5 Discount added to Help menu
  • Paste from External Clipboard
ArtRage 5.0.4
Released 23rd Mar, 2017

Fixes

  • Adjusted transform operations in scripts to correct problems with transformed content offset on playback.
  • Cancelling layer texture edits no longer produces an erroneous ‘handled’ error popup.
  • Adjusted menu bar layout to reduce instances of overlapped items.
  • Made some changes to PSD text layer import to fix problems after changes to the internal text format of the file type.
  • Adjusted fill to correct some opacity issues and improve speed.
  • Guides are now placed correctly when playing back a script at greater than 100% size.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Recent Files after the 10th one in the list from working.
  • Adjusted tap and hold right click helpers to allow functionality in the grips of the corner roundels in Classic mode.
  • Adjusted positioning for corner panels so that they remember their last dropped location when torn off a second time.
  • Corrected some English strings in the French localisation.
ArtRage 5.0.3
Released 21st Feb, 2017

Changes

  • Adjusted custom brush brush head import to avoid stretching non square heads to fit a square bitmap.
  • The Rename option for layout sets now defaults to the current name of that set rather than ‘Untitled’.


Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when deleting guide sets.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when closing the warp panel with the Escape key during warp stroke processing.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when redoing an undone Warp stroke after applying Warp in a large canvas.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when importing a Photoshop brush to a new sticker sheet in a user defined group of Sticker Spray presets.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented correct layer duplication when playing a script and duplicating a text layer.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented paste of copied sticker layers on OS X.
  • Fixed a bug that could result in a blank transform rig when pasting a sticker layer.
  • Fixed a bug that caused loading to work incorrectly in the Custom Brush with Multithreading on if Pick Up Color is active.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent proper Unlocking of the app on Mac OS X 10.8 or earlier.
  • Invert in the Brush Designer now updates the interface when applied to the brush mask.
  • The canvas mover now updates when you switch between open documents.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent correct playback of a script with Fill in it if Escape was used to cancel the fill part way through.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the script playback controls to indicate ‘stopped’ state when playing back a script that had a painting inlined in to it.
  • Scripts now record initial Canvas Lighting state.
  • Fixed a bug that caused text in the Russian localisation to be offset upwards for sliders.
  • Adjusted the Russian localisation to improve text fit in the Pods.
  • The Save prompt will no longer become faded when closing the app and saving multiple documents with the Tool Settings panel open.
  • Sticker Opacity is now locked to 100% maximum when setting it via the right click option on the sticker layer.
  • Fixed artefacting that could occur when perspective transforming to extreme values.
  • The Canvas Mover now remembers when it was undocked next time you start the app after previously being docked.
  • The Menu Bar now updates its tool indicators properly after exiting the Warp panel.
  • The settings panel now lays itself out properly when a tool is active that has no settings.
ArtRage 5.0.2
Released 17th Feb, 2017

Fixes

  • Tooltips no longer get in the way of clicks on buttons on floating panels.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when launching the brush designer from the Tool Settings panel when it was open as a popup from the Menu Bar in Docking mode.
  • Fixed a potential issue at tool up time relating to canvas snap points.
  • The OS X cursor now updates around the edges of references to indicate rotate and scale points.
  • Clicking a reference in the Refs panel now brings its window to the front.
  • Fixed a problem with the sampler working in the lower area of a canvas that is taller than it is wide – The sampler would not process when in those areas.
  • Fixed artefacting and some repeated impression issues in the Custom Brush.
  • Classic mode Tool and Colour picker Collapse buttons now respect Lights Out mode changes.
  • Scripting now correctly records gradient fill operations.
  • Added a wait indicator to Redo operations after undoing Warp.
ArtRage 5.0.1
Released 8th Feb, 2017

Fixes

  • Quick Start Guides for Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish have been added.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when pasting Cut data from another layer.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause stickers to resize when cancelling transform after pasting or in some cases after loading a document.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented scripting of right click operations in stickers.
  • You can now paste text in to a new layer on OS X (apparently this didn’t work right back through ArtRage 4).
  • Fixed some issues when pasting stickers to empty layers.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Auto Trace indicator to appear under the Color Picker sliders when in docked mode with the Sliders Page visible.
  • Updated the Auto Trace indicator for Lights Out mode.
  • Fixed temporary artefacting that could occur on the canvas when using the ink pen with stylus tilt rotation turned on.
ArtRage 5 Released February 7th, 2017

If you can interact with the menus and buttons, but can’t make any marks on the paper, or can draw fine but can’t use the menus properly, then the problem is usually the tablet driver settings.

If you are using ArtRage for iPad or ArtRage for Android, make sure that you haven’t set it to ignore touch input from your finger or use a different stylus.

If you are using Windows, then the issue is usually tablet drivers. Go to Edit > ArtRage Preferences > Input Devices.

If both Realtime Stylus and Wintab are ticked, this is almost always the problem (ArtRage tries to autodetect the one you need to use, but if the tablet driver or operating system sends the wrong signal, ArtRage can’t use it and appears to not be responding). If only one is ticked, you might need to change to the other one.

  • If you are using a separate graphics tablet to draw on (or a mouse!), turn off Realtime Stylus and restart ArtRage.
  • If you are using a touchscreen device (e.g. a Cintiq or Surface Pro), turn off Wintab and restart ArtRage.
artrage stylus input preferences

Artrage 4.5 Incremental Updates

A history of bug fixes and new features found in the version updates for ArtRage 4.5. These are free incremental updates for improving your purchased software.

ArtRage Lite uses the same version number and is updated at the same time as ArtRage 4, as it has the same bugs, compatibility requirements, and improvements. With the exception of features that are only found in ArtRage 4, all of the updates below also apply to ArtRage Lite.

You can download the latest version from the Member Area, once you have registered your product.

2017

ArtRage 5 Released February 7th, 2017

2016

ArtRage 4.5.10
Released 19th May, 2016

Updates

  • Support for AES styluses on Windows that provide stylus ID information. This allows ArtRage to recognise different AES styluses and allocate tools to them via the Stylus Manager in the application.

Fixes

  • Realtime Stylus: Fixed a potential slowdown that could occur after painting for some time using a Realtime Stylus input device.
  • Scripts: Fixed a crash that could occur when using a manually written script to trigger a file dialog.
  • Transform Shortcuts: Fixed a bug that prevented zoom shortcuts working during transform.
  • Blend Modes: Made some changes to saturation blend mode to match the approach taken by Photoshop.
  • Mac OS X: Fixed a problem that prevented the app properly leaving full screen mode if it had been entered via the + button on the window titlebar.

2015

ArtRage 4.5.9
Released 16th October, 2015

Fixes

  • Tool settings that were set to modify using the mouse wheel would reset to 0% when the application was reloaded.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the sticker spray with symmetry turned on.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ink pen settings working correctly in all symmetry segments other than the one being painted to unless those settings were modified after symmetry was activated.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented reference images and stencils being removed from the Toolbox Panel when they were removed from the canvas.
ArtRage 4.5.8
Released 15th October, 2015

Fixes

  • Mac OS X only: Changes to help work around the lag in tablet events that appeared in OS X 10.11.
ArtRage 4.5.7
Released 28th September, 2015

Fixes

  • Re-implemented 32 bit support on Mac OS X.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause colour sampling issues if running on multi-monitors with a canvas smaller than the window.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented individual panel scales being saved to preferences.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Art Pen toggle being applied when loading Felt Pen presets.

ArtRage Lite Released 2nd September, 2015

ArtRage 4.5.6
Released 28th August, 2015

Fixes

  • Fixed a colour sampling issue that could occur when ArtRage wasn’t in fullscreen mode
ArtRage 4.5.5
Released 26th August, 2015

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur on Win10 when Multithreading was turned on.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in the OS X font system when ArtRage launched on OS X.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when playing back scripts that had Swatch display modes adjusted during recording.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent brush size being properly read from scripts. The scripts contain the right data so playback of existing scripts should be improved.
ArtRage 4.5.4
Released 9th February, 2015

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem that could make the preview area in adjustment dialogues undraggable on devices that have specific combinations of Wacom drivers and Realtime Stylus input.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented canvas presets clearing Paper Patterns if they did not contain one themselves.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur if a document with a damaged reference image entry was loaded and the references panel opened.
  • Updated OS X build settings to restore 32-bit functionality to the application.


Windows 2-in-1 Support: ArtRage 4.5.4 includes support for Windows devices that include a ‘2-in-1’ switch. In general these devices are tablet devices with a docking system, or laptop devices with the ability to switch to tablet mode. ArtRage can be set to respond when compatible devices switch between desktop/tablet mode by turning on the 2-in-1 preference in the Advanced section of the Preferences Panel. When a compatible device switches to Tablet mode, ArtRage increases the scale of its user interface slightly to aid touch accessibility. This preference is turned off by default.

Important Note: Due to the way 2-in-1 switching is handled by Windows, devices that do not support it (including desktop computers) report to applications that they are always in Tablet mode. Please do not turn this preference on if you are not sure that you are using a 2-in-1 device.

2014

ArtRage 4.5.3
Released 16th September, 2014

Updates

ArtRage 4.5.2
Released 16th September, 2014

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Export Image to fail when exporting from a Layer to PNG or PSD on Mac OS X specifically.
  • Fixed a problem in the Windows 64-bit executable version manifest that could cause system log warnings and potentially crashes on some machines with specific user permission settings.
  • Fixed a problem in scripts that could cause extremely light strokes to be too heavy on playback. This change should allow some scripts that have problems with strokes being too dark to play back correctly.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause a script to go in to Stopped state incorrectly during playback.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause script playback errors when smart quotation marks were entered in a script file.
ArtRage 4.5.1
Released 13 August, 2014

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused save to fail when running ArtRage on Mac OS X in a language other than English that ArtRage supports natively (FR, DE, NL, ES, JA, RU).
  • Fixed a bug that caused the rotational component of live tilted pencils to adjust based on stroke direction on OS X, causing darker edges of tilted strokes to shift sides based on stroke angle rather than pen angle.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the app recognising 32 bit Photoshop plugins when in 32 bit mode on Windows.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented package files created on Windows from being installed on Mac OS X.
  • Fixed a bug that caused problems with Colour Adjustment when played back from a script with a non-rectangular selection active.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented right click menus in Scraps and Views processing on OS X in 64 bit mode.
  • Fixed an installer bug that prevented the desktop shortcut being installed on Windows when requested.
  • Fixed an installer bug that assigned incorrect icons to the various ArtRage file types on Windows.

ArtRage 4.5 Released 11th August, 2014

ArtRage 4.5.0 Updates
Features & Improvements:
  • 64-Bit Support: ArtRage 4.5 now supports 64 bit operating systems, which means it can use significantly more memory on your 64 bit computer. As a result the application is significantly faster and can work with much larger canvases than it could previously. See below for details.

  • Grids: The Grids button on the ArtRage menu bar lets you turn on canvas grid overlays which can be used as structural guides while you paint.

  • Live Pencil Tilt: The pencil tool now supports Stylus Tilt where available, allowing you to tilt the pencil during strokes to vary the breadth of the ‘lead’ impression on the canvas.

  • Font Picker & Text Adjustments: We’ve added a font picker panel to make font selection easier, and adjusted how text behaves. See below for details.

  • List Item Reorganisation: You can now manually reorder color samples and toolbox panel items by dragging them in their list.

  • Workbench Reorganisation: You can now manually reorder items on the pinboard, and there is a new Color Samples section to the Workbench that prevents samples from interfering with Pinboard space.

  • Multitouch on OS X: We’ve added Scale and Rotate gesture support on OS X if you’re using an input device that provides them.

  • Resource Duplicate / Move: You can now duplicate items in resource collections and move items between collections by right clicking them and selecting the appropriate option.

  • Selection sets are now saved with documents: Active selection sets will now be saved with your document so that they are available on reload.
Fixes & Changes:
  • Significantly improved the speed of transform operations on the canvas, beyond the standard speed increase in the 64 bit version.
  • Significantly improved the speed of large Undo and Redo operations, beyond the standard speed increase in the 64 bit version.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the selection tool to fail to work on in some modes on a small number of Windows 8 devices using some stylus input
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  • Fixed a bug that could cause strokes made after the eraser tip of a stylus was used during scripting to be recorded as eraser rather than the correct tool.
  • Stencil removal added to scripting.
  • Clone tool has been added to scripting.
  • Added initial selection set state to scripts that were started with the current canvas included.
  • Fixed artefacts that could occur while dragging transform areas.
  • Prevented the text tool selecting text on a hidden layer when clicking on the canvas to select a text layer.
  • Fixed a bug that caused paint stroke grain interactions to be offset from the position of the visible grain in the canvas.
  • Fixed a bug that caused pencil strokes to project slightly beyond the point at which stroke drag ended.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Save Toolbox from working if your toolbox only contained color samples.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the workbench updating if you loaded a toolbox while the workbench was open.
  • Added Shift + K as the default shortcut for the clone tool – Note that you will need to reset your keyboard shortcuts to see this.
  • Moved Global Color Samples to their own file so that resetting preferences no longer resets them as well.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the wrong preset to be highlighted as ‘active’ when you load a painting file – Only files saved in 4.5 or later will highlight the correct preset, earlier files don’t contain the information required.
  • Disabled file based editing options in the right click menu for Rulers in the Stencil Panel to prevent ‘File Not Found’ errors when those operations were attempted on the virtual ruler.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause symmetry reflected tools to use the wrong settings if switching between some specific presets with the symmetry system active.
  • Adjusted colour sampler drag to hide interface panels as the input point approaches them.
  • Prevented Manual Tracing Image Scale options being available when other tracing scale modes are active.
  • Added About and Preferences items to the standard application menu location on the OS X menu bar.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause some PSD files to import filled with black.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented custom colour pickers being deleted from their resource collection panel.
  • Improved file handling on OS X 10.9 to prevent issues where file names and paths contained / characters.
  • Adjusted sticker sheets so that the sheet vanishes temporarily as you peel a sticker off, allowing for placement beneath it on the canvas.
  • Fixed a bug that made pinboard indicators in the Toolbox incorrectly greyed out when an object was first added to the list.
  • Adjusted the error message displayed when attempting to import a non-image file in to a map slot in the sticker creator to remove the ‘success’ indicator.
  • Fixed a bug that caused multitouch panning on OS X 10.9 to work slowly.
64 Bit Version:

Mac OS X: The ArtRage installer installs a single application that works in both 32 and 64 bit modes. By default the application opens in the mode appropriate to the computer you are running on. 64 bit OS users can force the application to run in 32 bit mode by selecting the ArtRage icon in the Applications folder, select Get Info from the Finder’s File Menu and turning on the ’32 bit Mode’ checkbox. Turning that off will revert the application to 64 bit next time it launches.

Windows: The ArtRage installer detects the type of operating system you are using and installs the appropriate version. If you are using a 32 bit operating system only the 32 bit version is installed. If you are using a 64 bit operating system the ArtRage.exe that is installed will be 64 bit but we also install ArtRage32.exe, a 32 bit version that you can launch if you need to. Please note that the installation location of ArtRage 4.5 may be in either the Program Files (x86) folder if you had a previous version installed, or the Program Files folder – The installation location makes no difference to whether the 64 bit version will launch correctly.

Windows XP Users: Unfortunately ArtRage 4.5 is not compatible with Windows XP. Owners of ArtRage 4 purchased from our store can still download the older 4.0 version from the Member Area whenever you need it but the updated version will not work on your operating system. Owners of ArtRage 4 on Steam can opt in to the Windows XP Branch of the product by locating ArtRage in your Library, right clicking and selection Properties, then in the Beta Tab opting in to the WinXP branch. This will make sure that your version of ArtRage remains at 4.0.

Text Adjustments:

ArtRage 4.5 treats text slightly differently to the older version in order to fix some problems that could arise when selecting fonts without a text layer active. When you select a font, what happens depends upon the current active text selection you have. Here’s how it works:

  • If you have an active text selection, that text is updated to the new selected font.
  • If you have a caret active in a text layer but no selection, the new font is used when you start typing.
  • If you have no caret active but you are on a text layer, the entire layer is updated to the new font.
  • If you do not have a text layer active, the font selection remains and that font will be used next time you create a new text object.
  • The new Font Picker allows you to select fonts from a dialog list rather than a menu. It supports navigation keys for scrolling and you can start to type the name of the font you want to skip to that point in the list. Double click a font or select it then click OK to choose the new font.
Workbench & Item List Changes:
  • Items in the Color Samples panel, Toolbox panel, Workbench Color Samples area, and Pinboard can now be dragged to reposition them manually.
  • Items in the Color Samples panel can be dragged between the Global and Local sections if you want, or just rearranged inside their own section.
  • Items in the Toolbox panel can only be dragged within their own category. For example, you can’t drag a Preset in to the Stencils category.
  • The Workbench Color Samples area is a resizable area that lists all of the current Toolbox Samples if any exist – You can resize this area as you want and as samples get added they will expand downwards within that area rather than eating in to the Pinboard.
  • Items on the Pinboard when in Workbench mode can be reordered around each other as you wish.

2013

ArtRage 4.0.6
Released 28th October, 2013

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in 4.0.5 that prevented check for updates completing the check.

Note: Because the bug in 4.0.5 relates to update checking, the Steam version does not require this update.

ArtRage 4.0.5
Released 22nd Oct 2013
Tablet Support Changes

We’ve made some changes to the way ArtRage handles pressure ranges on Windows systems that use the Realtime Stylus for tablet support and have more than one digitiser device registered with the system. This should address low pressure ranges reported on the new Sony Vaio devices that were experiencing problems with light strokes. It should also allow support for correct pressure input on devices that have multiple digitisers plugged in.

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem that could cause PSD files written by some applications other than Photoshop importing with bad layer data.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause menus on OS X to become inaccessible after attempting to use Adjust Colors or other layer editing effects on a hidden layer.
ArtRage 4.0.4
Released 29th May, 2013
Fixes
  • Fixed a problem that could cause cursor behaviour issues on Windows running with a 150% magnified screen. See technical notes here.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent Package Files written in ArtRage 3 that contained Chalk presets not to install properly in ArtRage 4.
  • Fixed a memory leak that could occur on uninstalling Package Files.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in situations where the app was unable to read the contents of the Tool Presets Collection folders.
ArtRage 4.0.3
Released 3rd May, 2013

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would cause the app to become unresponsive on OS X when checking for updates in full screen mode.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed menus on OS X to be accessed while a modal panel was up.
  • Fixed a bug that caused non-compressed PSD files to appear with a black background on import.
  • Fixed a bug that caused files that had a group as their base layer to save without creating a pseudo-canvas layer when exporting to PSD.
  • Fixed a bug that caused DPI and Unit Type changes made while using the Resize panel to be lost on apply.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause script nesting errors in long scripts when rulers had been applied and removed.
  • Fixed a bug that caused DPI and Unit Type changes made while using the Resize panel to be lost on apply.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the layout of the toolbox panel to be incorrect if Show Samples With Names was toggled when no toolbox samples had been added and the toolbox panel was open.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur on OS X when using a complex selection set in a large document and triggering transform.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when using auto-repeating tools such as the airbrush or wet blenders in scraps and views.


Changes & Additions

  • Made a change to memory handling that should allow addressing of larger memory space on Windows. Previous builds were not using the full 32 bit address range.
  • Adjusted the layout of the Samples panel to reduce Herman Grid illusion problems.
  • Clicking the entry for a reference in the Reference panel now brings that reference to the top.
  • Exporting a layer will now set the default name of the exported file to the layer’s name if it has one.
  • Added tooltips to the Workbench toolbar for the Tool Picker, Tool Size, Layer Control, and Zoom Level Control.
  • Corrected an incorrect reference to the suffix of ptgback files in the manual.
  • Corrected the palette knife manual entry to indicate that paint can be applied by the knife if loading is over 0%.
ArtRage 4.0.2 Update
Available 28th February, 2013

Crash Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when importing image files in some situations, probably relating to default canvases.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur at the end of a paint stroke on Windows with some driver/hardware combinations. This could also cause modal panels such as the Preferences Panel to become unresponsive.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when running in Japanese on OS X when using sliders repeatedly


Other Fixes & Adjustments

  • Fixed a bug that caused the ArtRage window to shift downwards on the screen on OS X when starting the app if it wasn’t in full screen mode.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause stencils added to the toolbox to change type after reloading the document they were stored in.
  • Adjusted keyboard handling to speed up response to Wacom touch ring events on OS X – Events were being cached so continuing to process after the touch ring was released.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause corruption on a new layer that was created by duplicating a hidden layer that had metallic paint on it.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented file type selection being properly persisted in export dialogues on OS X.
  • Fixed some minor errors in the Russian translation.
  • Added some missing localised strings in the Japanese translation.
  • Added checkboxes back in to script playback dialogues for scripts that require user input, eg. ‘Merge Layers’ option in the Drop Shadow script.
  • Adjusted the ‘Coarse Canvas’ grain to remove some tiling artifacts.
ArtRage 4.0.1 Update
Available 15th February, 2013

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem on OS X that could cause panel positioning and window visibility problems when using ArtRage with two monitors.
  • Fixed a bug that caused presets to be installed in the wrong location by Package Files.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur if adding a group with a / in the name to the sticker collection.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause loss of input operations when right clicking during while touching the canvas during application of a transform operation. 

ArtRage 4 Released: 13th February, 2013

If you are seeing severe lag (strokes take a very long time to appear after you make them) while trying to draw on the canvas in Mac OS 10.11 using ArtRage Lite or ArtRage 4, you probably need to update your software to version 4.5.9 (or later). Earlier versions are not compatible with El Capitan.

If you aren’t sure whether this is the issue, go to Help > About ArtRage and check the version number. If it is earlier then 4.5.9, download the updated version from the member area. If it is 4.5.9 or later, then please contact us as you have a different problem.

Note: ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro users will also experience problems if you have not updated to version 3.5.12, but this is a pre-existing compatibility issue that has existed since Mac OS 10.9.

ArtRage supports the two common driver standards for Windows, WinTab and RealTime Stylus. This are the programs that ensure the tablet or touchscreen works properly with ArtRage, allowing you to draw with it.

ArtRage also supports the ‘Precise Tablet’ setting: a high resolution input mode that creates more precise strokes.

Normally, Wintab is supported by desktop-based graphics tablets like the Intuos range, and RealTime Stylus is supported by touchscreen devices. However, it is possible for a specific device to be using the other kind of driver, or to be sending bad data that tells ArtRage it supports Precise Tablet mode, or the opposite tablet driver.

If you are seeing issues with the tablet drivers (e.g. pressure issues, freezes, trouble drawing properly, lag, crashes), the first step is to change the input settings in ArtRage. Sometimes ArtRage is getting conflicting information and only a certain combination of options will work.

Open ArtRage and go to Edit > ArtRage Preferences > Input Settings.

  1. Make sure that Wintab is ON and Precise Tablet and RealTime Stylus are turned OFF.
  2. Restart ArtRage and test.
  3. If that doesn’t help, turn Wintab OFF and RealTime Stylus ON
  4. Restart ArtRage and test


We also recommend disabling the Windows Ink setting if you are seeing problems, as it can interfere with other programs.

  1. Go to Start > Wacom Tablet > Wacom Tablet Properties > Mapping tab
  2. Uncheck “Use Windows Ink” in the bottom left corner


If you are seeing strange behaviour with the menus, or can only use the menus and not draw on the canvas, or are seeing strange zooming, ‘right click’, or unexplainable behaviours, check Press & Hold for Right Click. This is a tablet and touch input setting that can conflict with tablet drivers and software in strange ways.

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Pen and Touch > Change touch input settings
  2. Disable or enable ‘press and hold’ (whichever it currently is, change it)


If you are still seeing problems after this, you should:

  • Check that your tablet drivers are up to date
  • See if the same problems appear when only using a mouse or in Safe Mode or with your tablet driver disabled (if they do, it probably isn’t the tablet driver)
  • Contact us for help troubleshooting the problem.

The release history for the ArtRage for iOS app

ArtRage for iOS is a powerful, intuitive painting package that makes it easy to produce natural looking artwork on your iPad. It is based on ArtRage 3, and includes most of the same traditional tools, and intuitive approach. The interface has been adapted to the iOS platform, and is easy to use with finger or stylus.

Paintings from the iOS app can be easily exported to the desktop version, and Scripts can be played back at increasingly large sizes in order to create larger quality files.

More information about the features can be found here: ArtRage for iOS

ArtRage for iOS can be purchased on iTunes here.artrage for ipad ambient design painting software app on iTunes

Experiencing Problems?

If you experience a problem with ArtRage let us know using the Support Page. We’re happy to work through problems with you and in most cases we can quickly resolve the issue.

Speed issues or crashing can usually be resolved quickly and easily by closing parked apps and rebooting your iPad. Please see our instructions on how to clear your parked iPad apps.

In other cases we can use crash logs generated on your iPad to track down the exact cause of a problem and produce a fix. Many of the fixes listed in this update came about thanks to users who had problems telling us about them, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

2017

ArtRage for iOS 2.3.2
Released 29th November 2017

Features:

Changes:

Updated For iPhone X: We’ve gone through the app and updated layouts to make sure that everything is in the right place and accessible on iPhone X.

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when importing reference images on iOS10.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when pasting content copied from a hidden layer.
  • Added ink back to painting titles in the gallery so they’re not white any more!
ArtRage for iOS 2.3.1
Released 26th October 2017

Fixes issues with exported PTG files preventing the previous update from installing on iOS11 and improved drag and drop compatibility.

ArtRage for iOS 2.3.0
Released 23rd October, 2017

Features:

  • iOS11 Files app support for ArtRage files. Note that the Gallery doesn’t allow drag/drop at this time as it maintains additional data related to files, but the Files app does list any files exported to iTunes/Files from inside ArtRage and can be used to import via the sharing system.
  • Drag / Drop Layer, Reference, and Tracing Image assignment from Files and other image applications that support drag. iOS level PTG file thumbnails and Quicklook support.
  • Updated sharing system on both iOS10 and 11 that allows import from any app that supports file sharing and export to any app or service on the device that can accept appropriate files from ArtRage including iCloud Drive. This fixes a problem that prevented the app interacting with Dropbox, Facebook, and Twitter after recent updates.


Fixes & Tweaks:

  • Added wait indicators for longer import operations.
  • Added a Pressure slider to the ink pen.
  • Adjusted the Tool Settings panel so that it can scroll on smaller devices.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the precise colour picker from functioning correctly when Tint/Tone mode was active.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the screen to slide up when editing the size of paintings in landscape mode on iPad devices that had a hardware keyboard attached – When the keyboard does not overlap the edit, it not longer slides out of the way.
ArtRage for iOS 2.2.2
Released 31st August, 2017
  • Copy and paste fixes.
  • Fixed some minor UI issues in tracing image and pop up options in the settings panel.
  • Adjusted Palette Knife pressure to match desktop behaviour.
  • Further iOS11 support tweaks.
ArtRage for iOS 2.2.1
Released 24th August, 2017
  • A fix for the layer opacity slider not updating the layer visually.
  • A fix for tool blend modes causing problems with the Tool Settings Panel.
  • A fix for the color sampler failing to trigger sample in some combinations of screen orientation / canvas size.
  • Sundry fixes for problems running on the iOS11 beta.
  • Fixes for misc issues that came in from devices with reporting turned on.

ArtRage for iOS 2.2.0 Released. 16th August, 2017

‘ArtRage for iPad’ is now a universal app for iOS devices running iOS10 and later. The old iPhone app has been discontinued, and existing iPad users can install the app on their iPhones as well for free.

ArtRage for iOS 2.2.0
Changes
  • Now a universal app for iPad and iPhone.
  • Behind the scenes improvements to the export and import options.
  • Adds 3D Touch pressure sensitivity support for iPhones.


ArtRage for iPad is now a universal iOS app with all painting tools & features on the iPhone & 3D Touch support

ArtRage for iPad 2.1.10 and 2.1.11
Released May 2, 2016
  • Added support for the Adonit Pixel stylus
  • Added support for upcoming stylus models

2016

ArtRage for iPad 2.1.7
Released 7th November, 2016
  • Fixed a crash that occurred for some users when entering the gallery on iOS8 or 9
  • Fixed a problem that could cause the save prompt on iOS8 to appear too small to hold its various buttons
  • Fixed a bug that causes Page View painting previews on iOS10 to sometimes appear with a small preview based on collection view caching
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent the restoration of backed up galleries
ArtRage for iPad 2.1.6
Released 18th October, 2016
  • Updated to the latest Adonit SDK for current stylus support
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when renaming files in the Gallery using iOS 10
  • Fixed some transition animations that weren’t working properly under iOS 10
ArtRage for iPad 2.1.5
Released 20th May, 2016
  • Added a calibration slider on the ArtRage Settings page for Apple Pencil users. This slider allows you to adjust how hard you need to press to get full pressure strokes with the Pencil. Increase the value to increase the amount of pressure required.
ArtRage for iPad 2.1.3
Released 29th January, 2016
  • Various crash fixes
ArtRage for iPad 2.1.2
Released 13th January, 2016
  • Eliminated some blobs that could occur at the start of strokes made using the Apple Pencil if ‘Tap and Hold Color Sampling’ was turned off.
  • Removed a gap between the starting input point and the start of the visible stroke when ‘Tap and Hold Color Sampling’ was turned on.
  • Fixed a problem that caused square canvases to appear at the wrong orientation in some iPad orientations.
  • Fixed a problem that allowed canvases of too large a size to be loaded on some devices.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented three finger and numeric entry tool resizing being recorded correctly in scripts.

2015

ArtRage iPad 2.1.1
Released 31st December, 2015
  • This update includes Preset Picker changes to address some problems we’ve seen reported when selecting tool presets.

ArtRage for iPad 2.1 for iPad Pro Released. 14th December, 2015

ArtRage for iPad 2.1 Updates

Updated for iPad Pro with larger canvases and tools, added iOS9 Split screen support, and hooked up the Apple Pencil’s Tilt and Pressure features to further enhance the realism of our virtual painting tools. 2.1 also includes a large number of performance and memory enhancements along with fixes and other new general features.

iPad Pro & Apple Pencil Support:
  • Added Pressure and Tilt support for Apple Pencil and enhanced various tools to simulate the angle of the virtual brush head.
  • Increased maximum canvas size on iPad Pro to 4096 x 4096 and added presets for 4k resolution.
  • Increased the maximum size of various tools on iPad Pro for the new canvas sizes.
Features:
  • Added support for Split Screen functionality to the app.
  • Added Paint Loading to the Palette Knife tool in Flat and Edge modes.
  • Added the option to rotate the canvas, along with an optional toggle to limit rotation to 15 degree increments.
  • Added the option to have popup panels (Layers, Settings etc.) auto dismiss when you start painting.
  • Added non-uniform scaling to Layer Transform. Use the menu in the Transform view to turn on Stretch then scaling from the edges of the object will scale on that axis only. Scale from the corners when in this mode to scale uniformly.
  • Added the ability to ‘Hide Upper Layers’ in the Transform view.
  • Added a recovery button when the toolbar is hidden.
  • Added a visual selector for Wacom Stylus hand angles.
  • Improved stylus support across the board to remove erroneous gestures, add touch rejection, and support the latest iteration of SDKs including coalesced input point values.
Fixes & Improvements:
  • Swept through the app hunting memory leaks and killed a number that may have caused crashes.
  • Fixed a number of problems that could cause Undo to stop working when partial strokes were processed.
  • Completely replaced the canvas and gesture handlers to improve reliability and increase functionality.
  • Made some adjustments to the trigger point of background save on leaving the app to help avoid situations where a user closing the app by double tapping home and swiping it up would prevent save.
  • Added an optional warning on restart to prompt if the app was closed before save completed.
  • Added a warning when memory is low.
  • Fixed a bug that caused changes in the color picker to reset Metallic back to 0%.
  • Fixed a rare bug that could cause the toolbar interface to load twice in some launch situations.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Pastel presets from updating the Wax/Chalk value.
  • Ensured that the toolbar is always displayed when returning to the app from the background.
ArtRage iPad 2.0.2
Released 28th October, 2015


Fixes & Improvements:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented import from Photos or the Camera when using ArtRage in languages other than English.
  • Prevented renaming a file in the gallery using the name of an existing file.
  • Improved Pogo stylus handling to make gestures easier.
  • Fixed Ink Pen rotation, which wasn’t working.
  • Fixed Ink Pen rotation, which wasn’t working.
  • Made sure files with ‘JPEG’ suffixes can be imported.
  • Made sure the sampler preview rotates correctly for the canvas.
  • Implemented performance and memory tweaks for background saving, preset pickers, and colour picker operation.
ArtRage iPad 2.0.1
Released 16th October, 2015


Fixes & Improvements:

  • Fixed Pogo stylus crashes on starting the app in iOS9.
  • Fixed Adonit Jot Touch 4 styluses not creating strokes.
  • Fixed erroneous zoom events that could occur when using an Adonit Pixelpoint stylus.
  • Fixed an issue with gallery folders that used file dividers in their names.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when selecting a preset.
  • Re-added missing Canvas Lighting toggle in the Layers menu.
  • Fixed an interface crash that could occur in the gallery after finishing a file import on iOS9.
  • Fixed Tool settings sliders not correctly applying changes made using the numeric entry.

ArtRage for iPad 2.0 Released. 6th October, 2015

ArtRage for iPad 2.0.0 Updates

New Tools:
  • Glitter Tube: Sprinkles particles of various shapes.
  • Gloop Pen: Creates expanding wet strokes with a variety of properties.
New File-Sharing Support:
  • Support added for Adobe Creative Cloud, Dropbox, DeviantArt Sta.sh.
  • Upload / Download files using available services.
  • Import and export Layers using available services.
  • Load Tracing Images and Reference Images from available services.
  • Load ArtRage and Image files from Mail, Photos, iTunes File Sharing.
  • iOS support for Facebook and Twitter added.
  • Supports iOS Copy/Paste.
Canvas:
  • Transparency support added.
  • Custom canvas presets can now be created.
  • Custom canvas size presets can now be created.
Interface:
  • Redesigned and rebuilt for current iOS.
  • Significantly improved the speed of panel responses.
  • Significantly improved the speed of layer transformations.
  • New three finger tool size gesture preview for accuracy.
  • Tap / Drag / Release gestures for tool sizing and color picking added.
  • Color Sample Lens functionality added.
  • Precise color picker added with numeric selection of color values (HLS/RGB).
  • Added quick access to New and Export functionality from the canvas view without needing to go to the Gallery.
  • Preferences shifted i the application.
Gallery:
  • Paintings can now be sorted in to folders with folder management tools available.
  • Gallery layout changed to a grid layout with page view optional.
Resource Pickers:
  • Custom resources can be sorted in to categories in the picker.
  • New Size presets allow easy recovery of favorite canvas sizes.
  • Custom canvas presets can now be stored.
Bluetooth Stylus Support:
  • Updated all stylus support to current standards.
  • Added support for Adobe Ink.
  • Added support for current Adonit models.
  • Improved support for current Wacom models.
  • Improved support for Pogo Styluses.
General:
  • 64 bit support.
  • Improved memory handling and stability.
  • Improved background task processing for long operations such as file sharing.

2014

ArtRage iPad 1.6.5
Released 5th September, 2014
ArtRage iPad 1.6.4
Released 21st June, 2014
  • Fixed a problem that prevented Korean characters being displayed on iOS7
ArtRage iPad 1.6.3
Released 13th March, 2014
  • This update should resolve a problem that caused crashing when using the airbrush tool on iOS 7.1.
  • Supports iOS 6 or later

2013

ArtRage for iPad 1.6.2 
Released 24th September, 2013
  • Bluetooth stylus support was preventing the app from launching on iOS4.
  • Some text items in the interface were not visible on iOS7 when using a Retina display.
ArtRage for iPad 1.6.1
Released 12th September, 2013

This build resolves a problem with the colour sampler that could cause the interface to become unresponsive after sampling with Tap and Hold sampling was turned off.

ArtRage for iPad 1.6.0
Released 2nd September, 2013

Update Note: If you are updating to 1.6 from 1.4 or earlier, please shut down ArtRage fully and restart your iPad before using it the first time. This helps to avoid speed problems in first time setup that could cause ArtRage to shut down before fully opening the first time you launch it, and makes sure application preferences are clean for the new version.

New Features:

  • Enhanced Stylus Support: ArtRage now supports the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus and TenOne Pogo Connect Stylus in addition to the original model Adonit Jot Touch. For detailed information on how to use these three stylus types with ArtRage please see this FAQ: Pressure sensitive styluses for ArtRage iPad.
  • Optional Tap and hold color sampling: Due to requests from users we’ve made the tap and hold color sampling system optional. By default this is turned OFF. If you would like tap and hold to trigger the color sampler open the Settings app on your iPad and turn the preference on in the ArtRage section.


Fixes:

  • Airbrush Stroke Issues: We have replicated and fixed a problem that could cause odd brush stroke behavior or harsh edged non-undoable strokes to be generated if changing color or accessing other interface elements rapidly after completing an airbrush stroke. This problem was most visible when the airbrush was in Autoflow mode. Thanks to the users who put in the time to help us track this one down!
  • Changes to Save: We’ve made some changes to the save system to improve save speed. This may also assist in the rare cases we’ve seen reported where a file has failed to save properly.
  • Import Popover Dismissal: We’ve fixed a problem that could cause the Import from Photos or Camera popup to remain visible in the Gallery when accessing other menu items without completing the import operation.
  • Landscape Mode Drag: We have made some changes to stroke handling to fix a problem that could cause interface panels such as the tool picker and color picker not to get out of the way when you paint close to them.
  • Color Sampler Hiding: Fixed a rare situation that could result in the color sampler being hidden during a sample operation if you dragged quickly enough up and over it.
ArtRage for iPad 1.5.1
Released 7th August, 2013

New Features:

  • Added touch and hold color sampler access. Tap and hold still on the canvas to trigger color sampling. Once the color sampler curve appears above your finger you can drag around to sample color from the canvas. Release the drag and the tool you had previously selected is restored.
  • Adjusted panel behavior to prevent rogue paint dabs: To close a panel such as settings or samples just tap on the canvas. No paint event is processed until you do a second tap and drag.


Fixes:

  • Fixed a problem that could cause landscape paintings not to fit screen dimensions by default when created.
  • Adjusted gesture handling during stroke completion to prevent rogue gestures and paint strokes being generated if entered while a previous stroke is being processed.
  • Fixed a problem that caused script export not to be available in the Export menu when running in Korean.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause the canvas preview to be incorrectly positioned when first opening the New Painting dialog.
  • 1.5.1: Fixed a problem that prevented presets being visible for users who updated from a previous version of ArtRage.
  • 1.5.1: Fixed a problem that prevent Layer Blend Mode and Edit buttons being visible on the relevant panels for non-Retina iPad users.

2012

ArtRage for iPad 1.4
Released 20th March, 2012

iOS 3 Note: ArtRage for iPad 1.4 works on iOS 4 or later. Due to a problem uploading the original 1.3.2 update, some iOS3 users may have been able to download it and found that it did not work. We are currently testing potential fixes that will allow us to do a final update for iOS3 to resolve it, after which time we will unfortunately be dropping iOS3 support.

Changes:

  • Added full resolution interface for Retina iPad users, everything should be crisp and clear now.
  • Fixed a problem that caused text entry boxes to have black text against a dark background when entering percentage values for sliders.
  • Fixed a problem that could prevent cancellation of an attempt to link to a dropbox account when uploading to Dropbox.
  • Adjusted help system buttons to allow dynamic sizing to fit contents when localized strings were too long to fit their original length.
  • Prevented downloads on iOS3 while we work on a final iOS3 compatible build.
iPad 1.3.1
Released 5th January, 2012
  • Adds French, German, Japanese, and Korean localisations to the product.
  • Fixes a bug that prevented Layer Opacity changes from being recorded by scripts.

2011

ArtRage for iPhone 1.0 Released. 9th December, 2011

ArtRage for iPad 1.3
Released 6th October, 2011

New Features: 

  • Upload to deviantART Stash: Upload your images directly to your deviantART account using the new sta.sh system. Details on sta.sh can be found here: Sta.sh – Enhanced Publishing Platform
  • Upload to Facebook: Upload your images directly to your Facebook Photo Album.
  • Upload to Dropbox: Upload painting files to your Dropbox account.
  • New Export Options: Export PNG or JPG to the iTunes shared file space, PNG, JPG or native PTG via Email.
  • Canvas Rotation: Added canvas rotation to the gallery so you can adjust the orientation of your paintings if you find you’ve been painting upside down…
  • Gallery Interface: Simplified the Gallery Interface to collect all export functions in to a single menu and clarify general operation.
  • Canvas Settings Interface: Adjusted the Canvas Settings interface to make it clearer. 


Fixes & Improvements:

  • Increased the hit area of the Sampler toggle to make it easier to tap. 
  • Menus should no longer resize when entering a sub menu, unless they need to expand.
  • Removed script recording for orientation changes and UI show/hide to improve the appearance of playback of scripts on desktop machines.
  • Fixed a potential crash when importing multiple paintings to the Photos app in quick succession.
  • Added layer transparency changes and three finger swipe undo operations to scripted recording.
  • Improved feedback for large export operations so that you know when you’re about to upload huge files online or send by email.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause panels to lock partially transparent but inactive if you select an option from them quickly while they are fading (eg. select a preset then quickly select a second preset before the panel has finished vanishing).
ArtRage for iPad 1.2
Released 10th August, 2011

New Features:

  • ArtRage Script Recorder. With 1.2 you can record your paintings and play them back at higher resolution on a desktop machine using the Script Recorder. You can turn the Recorder on when creating a new file, and every stroke you paint will be recorded to a script file. Script files can be exported via iTunes or sent directly by email to play back in a desktop version of ArtRage.
  • So why is playing back a script at higher resolution better than scaling up the whole painting? When you scale up a finished image the quality will generally be reduced because the app that’s scaling it doesn’t know what detail goes in between the pixels that make up the original. When you play back a script however, the entire painting is recreated stroke by stroke at a larger size, so the individual paint strokes retain their original quality. It’s as if you were painting it again from scratch, having chosen a larger tool and canvas.
  • ArtRage Script Files exported from ArtRage for iPad are compatible with ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro.
  • PNG Export: As well as emailing and saving copies of your paintings to the Photos app you can now export PNG copies direct to the shared file space in iTunes.


Improvements & Fixes:

  • Updated the Help section on ‘Files’ to cover scripts and improve explanations of how to handle files in ArtRage.
  • Added troubleshooting tips to the Help section for users who experience speed problems: Many speed problems can be solved very simply by following a couple of easy steps. See the Speed & Memory section in the help files!
  • Adjusted Import Image to Layer to scale to fit the current canvas on import.
  • Fixed a problem importing images larger than 1440 x 1440 to layers and references. All forms of image import should now correctly handle images of any available size.
ArtRage for iPad 1.1.6
Released 7th June, 2011

Fixes:

  • iOS 3.2 users can now use reference images, tracing images, and imported photos again.
  • Imported photos on iPad 2 should no longer crop themselves incorrectly in the new canvas.


New Features:

  • iPad 1 & 2: The ArtRage Painting File format (PTG) has been registered to allow you to load paintings in to ArtRage from other applications on your iPad that support file opening (Mail, for example).
  • iPad 2: Camera support has been added to Importing Images, Importing to Layer, load Reference Images, and Tracing Images.
  • iPad 2:  Maximum image size has been increased to 2048 x 2048.


Adjustments: 

  • Adjusted the Back to Gallery button menu options. You can now save and save a duplicate directly from that menu, or return to the Gallery (which will prompt you if you need to save changes).
  • Changed how the painting orientation system works, to ensure that the painting is upright if its aspect matches your device orientation, and at a reasonable angle if it doesn’t.
  • Added a color sample under the finger when selecting colors in the color picker so you can see the resulting color more easily.
  • Turned of Smoothing on the Inking Pen and Precise Pencil by default to prevent pauses when calculating strokes.


Fixes: 

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Wet mode Palette Knife blender to be slower on iPad 2.
  • Fixed a problem that could have caused a crash during save in some situations.
  • Paintings should no longer flip upside down when resetting scale/position with a two finger tap.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause paintings imported from the desktop version to require a tool selected before they could be painted on.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause folders imported to the gallery to display as invalid paintings.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause issues zooming to the corners in landscape oriented paintings.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause grey to be introduced in to blended results when using the wet blender near the edges of a stroke against a transparent background.
ArtRage for iPad 1.0.5
Released 28th February, 2011

Enhancements:

  • Significantly enhanced the speed of canvas zoom and pan.
  • Memory Warning: ArtRage uses a lot of memory to track properties of your paint such as its texture on the canvas, how wet it is, and other properties of physical media. This means it can sometimes be easy to run low on memory. A warning prompt now pops up on the ArtRage toolbar when your iPad detects memory is low, and the Help guide built in to the app gives you some steps you can take to help in these situations. Users who have experienced crashes are probably seeing the app shut down by the OS when memory runs out, this warning will help you spot when there might be a problem, and save your work if you want to restart.
  • ‘Show Toolbar’ toggle button that appears when the toolbar is hidden. Some users reported that they lost their toolbar, this is probably due to accidentally tapping with three fingers (the toolbar show/hide shortcut). The new toggle makes sure that if you have hidden the toolbar you know how to get it back.
  • Save Prompt (turned on/off via your iPad’s Settings app) – If on, a quick Save button pops up on the toolbar every 10 minutes if the painting contains unsaved changes, so that you can quickly save your work.
  • Improved painting orientation detection to avoid the painting appearing in the wrong orientation when opened.


Other Changes:

  • Fixed a problem that prevented Flip Horizontal working correctly in layer transformations.
  • Improved painting placement in the gallery to reduce instances of paintings appearing in the wrong position.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented ArtRage saving color samples when closed from the multitasking bar.

2010

ArtRage for iPad 1.0.4
Released 3rd December, 2010

New to 1.0.4:

  • Support for printing from iOS4.2.
  • Support for iOS4.2 Multitasking: ArtRage will now park itself in the background when switched away from, and return when re-launched. The splash screen may appear briefly while the interface reconstructs.
ArtRage for iPad 1.0.3
Released 9th November, 2010
  • Quick access color sampling via a tool toggle.
  • User definable canvas sizing when creating new files (1440 x 1440 max).
  • Zoom level indicating during zooming.
  • Background color customisation.
  • Feedback improvements on a number of user interface items including current active preset highlights.
  • Significant enhancements to the stability of the product and memory handling.
  • Improvements to Multitouch gesture handling after Save & Continue, fixing a problem that prevented gestures happening in certain areas of the screen.
  • Corrected a problem that could cause crashes when using the Tint/Tone picker.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause the name of a painting to change after editing canvas settings.
ArtRage for iPad 1.0.1
Released 5th October 2010
  • The 1.0.1 update improves the stability of the product for users who were experiencing crashes, particularly around the gallery and canvas panes. 
  • Corrects a blending problem with the oil brush at 0% loading, and adds the ability to save your work without leaving the canvas.

 ArtRage for iPad Released: 28th September, 2010

My Lines Looked Wobbly and Broken When I Draw in ArtRage 4.5

If you are seeing wobbly, erratic or broken lines as you draw in ArtRage 4.5 then it’s possible that you have left the Snap To Grid feature on. This can remain active even when the Grid is hidden.

Are You Seeing Something Like This?

Snap To Grid can make your lines look wobbly and erratic

Snap To Grid can make your lines look wobbly and erratic

Turn Snap To Grid Off

To check whether this is the problem, open to the Grid menu from the top menu bar and see if “Snap To Grid” is checked in the pop up box.

You can open the Grid menu either by:

1. Looking for the shortcut on the menu bar along the top

Find the Grid shortcut in the menu bar

Find the Grid shortcut in the menu bar

This will open the pop up menu.

The Snap To Grid option is found at the top of the Grid menu.

The Snap To Grid option is found at the top of the Grid menu.

2. Find the Grid options under View > Grids

Find the Grids under the View menu

Find the Grids under the View menu

If you need some help navigating the Grids feature, see this guide: Grids in ArtRage 4.5

How can I rescue a PTG painting that won’t open in ArtRage?

If you receive an error message and are unable to open a PTG file, then it probably means that your ArtRage painting was were corrupted at some point. Damaged PTG files usually result from interrupted saves (for example, if the computer shuts down or ArtRage crashes). We will do our best to help troubleshoot the source of ArtRage errors, but usually cannot fix corrupted or partial files.

However, if you can see the image thumbnail then that means that the PNG preview image is intact. If you use File > Import Image File to open the damaged files, then it will import the PNG thumbnail.

This PNG file is the full size of your painting and high quality. It won’t rescue your layers or other paint information, but it will give you something to work with.

Backup Save Files

If crashes happen frequently for any reason, or you are working on an important painting, we recommend turning on the Store Backup Files option. You can find it by going to Edit > ArtRage Preferences > Advanced > Store Backup Files.

Adjust the slider to the number of backups you would like to keep.

Important: This function does not save a duplicate file. Instead, it keeps a history of previous saved versions.

Every time you save, it will delete the oldest backup file, and save the latest changes as a separate file, so if you have made important changes, save twice to update the older back up and the file you are actually working on.

Mac OS X – Crash Issue

We have seen a few instances of a crash when attempting to save a file for the first time on OS X when the save file dialog tries to open, and may occur in other situations where a file dialog is trying to open.

Cause:

In many cases this crash appears to be caused by a bad file in the system. This file is called ‘SCFinderPlugin’ and is located in the Library folder. The crash is actually happening outside ArtRage in an OS system so we don’t know exactly why that file is causing it but it has been known to cause crashes in multiple different applications.

Checking the Crash Log to confirm the problem:

Note: This is optional, you can skip straight to the solution if you like.

You can do a quick check yourself in the crash log to see if this specific crash is the problem you are experiencing. To do this:

  1. When the application crashes, select the Report button. A window with a crash log appears.
  2. Near the top of the crash log text, look for a line that starts with: ‘Crashed Thread:’.
  3. This line tells you which system thread crashed (a number) but also indicates the function the crash occurred in. You can ignore the number.
  4. If the line contains this text, the crash is probably the one described in this FAQ answer: Dispatch queue: TFSVolumeInfo::GetSyncGCDQueue


Solution:

Removing the file should resolve the crash. You need to locate it and move it out of the library. It may be installed in more than one library location so follow the steps below to locate and remove it.

  1. In the Finder, open the Go menu. If you see a ‘Library’ entry, click it. If you don’t see a Library entry, hold down Option on your keyboard and it should appear, then click it.
  2. In the Library folder, open the ‘Contextual Menu Items’ folder.
  3. If you see it, drag the SCFinderPlugin.plugin file out of that folder to your desktop.
  4. Now open the Macintosh HD, the place you see your Applications folder. There should be a ‘Library’ folder in there too. Open that.
  5. Repeat step 2 and 3 (you may want to put folders on the desktop to contain the duplicate files).
  6. Reboot and try the operation that crashed again.


You should be able to delete the files at this point. As noted above, the file and the crash it causes aren’t part of ArtRage so we don’t know exactly why this is happening, but you may find other applications also becoming more stable after its removal.

If you still have problems: Please send an email to support@artrage.com letting us know, and include a copy of the Crash Log generated when the application crashed. To include that, click the Report button when the crash occurs, copy the crash log text from the crash log window and paste that text in to the email you send us. We will need the crash log before we can help resolve the problem.

iOS Device Tips

ArtRage is a processor intensive app that does a lot of work behind the scenes to generate realistic paint effects. This means that it is sensitive to situations where your iPad is using processor time on other tasks. In addition, if the OS detects that memory is low when you are using an app it may shut that app down without warning.

If you are experiencing any speed issues or crashing when using ArtRage for iPad or iPhone, it may help to clear out any parked applications and reboot your device (all versions).

How To Close Parked Apps:

Applications that you have run previously will not be automatically closed when you quit them, instead they are ‘parked’ in the background. Rebooting your device does not close these apps for you. While most apps should sit in the background without using too many system resources, it can help to close them if you are experiencing speed or crashing issues.

Here’s how you do it:

iOS 7

iOS7 Parked apps

1. Double tap the Home button on the iPad/iPhone. This brings up the list of parked applications which scrolls from right to left.

ios7 multitasking

2. To close an application, tap and drag upwards on its screen preview to drag the screen off the top. When the screen vanishes off the top, the app has been closed.

ios7 multitasking

3. Repeat this process to close all applications then tap the small ‘home screen’ preview to return to the home screen.

iOS 6 and earlier

ipad multitask

1. Double tap the Home button on the iPad/iPhone. This brings up the Parked Apps bar with all of the currently ‘parked’ apps listed.

ipad multitask 2

2. Press and hold down on one of the apps in the bar until ‘Close’ buttons appear on all of them.

ipad multitask 3

3. Tap the close button of each app in the bar to close it. Close ArtRage as well if it’s open.

4. Press the Home button twice to return to the normal home screen.

Rebooting the iPad/iPhone

  1. Press and hold down the Home and Power buttons.
  2. Keep holding them until the device shuts down (ignore the Power Off slider and keep holding the buttons, the device will shut down a couple of seconds later).
    Note: Release the Home button as soon as the device powers down, as holding down the home button during reboot if you have a USB cable plugged in to your iPad causes it to go in to recovery mode.
  3. Press and hold the Power button until the device starts to reboot.


This clears out the device memory and gives applications a more stable base to run from.

The Memory Warning icon has been included to help with users who have experienced crashes in the application. After testing and collaboration with beta users, it appears that most of the crashes that have been experienced since 1.0.3 are due to the iPad running out of memory and closing the application as a result.

ipad memory warning artrage The memory warning icon indicates that the OS has detected memory is low. That does not necessarily mean that the app is about to be shut down, rather it indicates that the OS is trying to clear up memory to let the app continue operating. If you see the memory warning appear on the toolbar, you can also quick save your painting if you are concerned about crashes.

Clear the memory warning icon and if it appears again shortly (especially directly after doing something that uses a lot of memory such as adding reference images or tracing images, or duplicating layers that have lots of paint in) we would suggest closing all parked applications and rebooting your iPad.

A timeline of version updates to ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro

ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro are the two versions of ArtRage 3. We no longer sell either edition, but they are still available as bundled software from third parties.

We brought out an important update in 2013 to make ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro compatible with Mavericks. If you purchased ArtRage as bundled software on CD or pre-installed, then you may not have this update.

You can download the latest update directly from our Member Area, or, if you purchased ArtRage on Steam, the updates will be downloaded automatically.

2013

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.11 & 3.5.12

Released 4th November, 2013
  • Fixed a bug that prevented canvas and window updates during painting on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Check for Updates working on OS X Mavericks. Check for Updates now works via our website rather than internal to the application.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.10

Released 1st November, 2013
  • Fixed a bug that prevented canvas and window updates during painting on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Check for Updates working on OS X Mavericks. Check for Updates now works via our website rather than internal to the application.

ArtRage 4 Released 13th February, 2013

2012

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.9

Released 18th October, 2012
  • Fixes a problem that appeared in 3.5.8 that could cause the application to check for updates whenever launched and not remember when the update check flag had been turned off. This update is for versions of Studio and Studio Pro purchased directly from us or received with a hardware bundle, applications downloaded via Steam do not require this fix.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.8

Released 10th October, 2012
  • A reworking of tablet support to allow systems that have multiple registered tablet devices such as the new Sony Vaio to correctly report the pressure range for their input systems.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.5

Released 25th July, 2012
  • For Mac OS X 10.8: Added developer certification support to allow the app to run when Gatekeeper is active. For more information, see this thread.
  • Added translations for Spanish and Japanese.

2011

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.4

Released 22nd October, 2011
  • Problems relating to the Color Adjustment and Blur panels have been resolved. Using the panels should no longer cause problems when applying subsequent paint strokes.
  • We resolved a problem with script playback that could cause stencils that were scaling and moving during the script to fail to do either  if the script was played back more than once in a given session.
  • We’ve adjusted the Multitouch system to prevent instances of single touch paint strokes turning in to multitouch gestures during the stroke. This is primarily useful for users of optical multitouch devices where other things touching the screen (or a brush head splitting and being detected as two touches) could cause problems during painting.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.3

Released 5th September, 2011
  • Corrected a problem that could cause double strokes when the ink pen applied smoothing after the eraser had been used by inverting a tablet stylus.
  • Adjusted script import so that double clicking a script to launch ArtRage cannot cause problems with other model prompts such as update checks.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented layers with imported images scaling properly in scripts imported from the iPad.
  • Fixed a possible crash that could occur if scripts were played back below 50% of their original size.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.2

Released 23rd August, 2011

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem related to panel positions and contents on OS X. The problem could cause panels to hide themselves during painting without the cursor entering their precise area. Also fixed a problem that could prevent the window redrawing on OS X after switching to Full Screen mode from the menu bar.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause the app to pause for a long time before prompting for image import when an image was dragged on to the app window. Double clicking script files on Windows should now open them in ArtRage.
  • Fixed a problem in the OS X thumbnail viewer that was preventing it generating thumbnails for some files.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause white layers to darken on merge when the Tint layer blend mode was active.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.1

Released 26th July, 2011

Scripting Issues

  • Dropping an ARScript file on to the ArtRage window should now trigger script loading.
  • Corrected the Script File icon on OS X.
  • Fixed a problem with ‘Wait (rVariable)’ in manual script files.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented the sampler tool being manually scripted in stroke events.
  • Added SampleColour(x, y) to the script language to allow manual sampling of colour at a point.
  • Fixed a problem that could prevent script playback scaling the paper texture correctly when playing back a script at a different resolution.


Other Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when open the Grain Picker and closing it without selecting a grain.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur on app startup for OS X 10.4 users.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause some panels on OS X 10.7 to appear in the wrong location when opening, or be too small or devoid of contents. This fix also ensures panels will only vanish during painting if you paint in to their region.

ArtRage Studio/Studio Pro 3.5 Released 8th July, 2011

ArtRage 3.5 updates

Major Changes
  • Multithreading: Supports multicore processors, spawning multiple threads while it works to speed up tools and many other processes in the application.
  • Scripting: Allows users to record the process of painting for playback on other machines.
    • Play back scripts at standard or accelerated speed to see the painting constructed live.
    • Play back scripts at different resolutions, recreating your artwork at other sizes.
    • (Studio Pro) Record whole or partial paintings in a Script File that can be shared with other users.
    • (Studio Pro) Annotate scripts as you record with Note Bubbles and Spotlights that draw the viewer’s attention to areas of the canvas during playback.
    • (Studio Pro) Scripts are saved with the painting as you work, allowing you to come back to a session and continue recording later.
    • Supports a full, function based scripting language that provides support for variable manipulation and user interaction. Script authors can create branching process scripts that can automate and control most of the functionality of the application.
  • Package Files: Gather together sets of custom content such as stickers, presets, stencils and more in to a single, easy to use file that can be shared with other users.
    • Package Files can be installed with a double click. ArtRage extracts and installs the contents automatically to the user content folders.
    • Installed Packages save a receipt which allows easy uninstallation or repair at a later date.
    • (Studio Pro) Create Package Files with author notes and a preview image to personalize it before distribution.
    • (Studio Pro) Save out partially completed Package Files to a Template so that you can work on them over multiple sessions.
  • (Studio Pro) Real Color Blending: A rewritten Real Color Blending system provides better real-world color results, and improves speed.
  • Content Management: ArtRage now includes easier management of custom content from within the application. Right click custom content items such as Stickers, Stencils, and Presets to rename or Delete them from within the application.
Other Features & Improvements
  • Palette Knife Loading: The Blade and Edge Palette Knives can now be loaded with paint before use, allowing you to create smooth flat strokes of paint on the canvas.
    • (Studio Pro) Loaded Palette Knives have additional control over angle during painting.
  • Soft Media Adjustment: Chalks, Crayons, and Pencils have been softened to improve their interaction with the canvas texture.
  • (Studio Pro) Aibrush Controls: Controls for stroke hardness and spatter have been added to the airbrush.
  • Precise Color Picker: The Precise Color Picker can now be left open while you work.
  • Invert Selection: An Invert Selection button has been added to the Selection Settings panel.
  • Interface Adjustments: The interface has been given a clean up to compact some shadows and improve control consistency.
  • PTG Preview Transparency: Added support for transparency masks in the flattened preview in PTG files. This allows ArtRage to import a PTG with Transparency to a layer, and other applications that read PTG to see the painting without its canvas background if the canvas has been made transparent.
  • The Preset Pane now remembers which Preset Group you were in between sessions.
  • The Canvas Positioner can now be toggled using its button on the menu and its keyboard shortcut, rather than just being shown.
  • Large aspect canvases can now have their target position set when you resize the canvas.
  • Added a right click menu to the top and bottom blocks of Group entries in the Layer Panel.
  • Realtime Stylus Support: Tablet support for Windows has been rewritten to support Realtime Stylus, which covers a larger range of stylus and touch based input devices.
  • Added a French Manual to the application.
  • Adjusted Zoom Level handling after Resizing the Canvas to ensure that the resulting canvas fits properly in the window after the resize operation.
  • Improved right click handling on the canvas to make it easier to hide the UI without moving the canvas.
  • Improved user feedback when attempting to delete a preset file that no longer exists on disk.
  • Improved user feedback when attempting to import a non-image file as a Reference Image.
  • Adding a new group in the New Preset Panel, where a group of that name already exists, now selects that Group in the Group List rather than not doing anything.
Fixes & Tweaks
  • Improved Palette Knife blending to prevent paint going darker when using the Knife to blend at the edge of a painted area over transparency.
  • Corrected a problem that could cause the app to slow down after hiding or showing a layer.
  • Addressed a number of situations that could cause square artifacts in a Watercolor stroke after using a dry brush, or in some blending situations where strokes interact.
  • Fixed artifacts that could occur in Ink Pen strokes when painting while zoomed in.
  • Corrected a problem that could cause Text Selections not to update visually while editing text.
  • Fixed artifacts that could occur in some cases painting over partially transparent Stencils.
  • Fixed a number of situations that could cause the app to become unresponsive in some cases on OS X when double clicking buttons or the grain preview in the Canvas Panel, or right clicking on sliders.
  • Corrected some issues with layer merging that could cause paint to dry, and paint texture to be removed or damaged.
  • Fixed artifacts that could occur when Groups that used the Pass Through blend mode were merged to a single layer.
  • Torn off Tool and Color Panels are now visible after restarting the app.
  • Sticker sheet panels have been resized vertically to ensure their contents are fully visible.
  • Corrected a problem that could occur when opening a sticker sheet below a certain size.
  • The Color Sample Name Edit is not longer offset when the Color Samples panel is scaled to a size other than 100%.
  • Removed Scaling support from Tooltips to ensure they always display at legible sizes.
  • The brush head proxy for the Wet Blender is now visible when scaling using Shift-Drag on the canvas.
  • Stickers that have been flipped will no longer un-flip when their tint is adjusted.
  • Sticker Opacity can now be correctly set from the Sticker Menu button in the Layer Panel.
  • Corner roundels no longer appear in the wrong position after changing global UI scale with UI hidden.
  • Corrected a number of minor translation errors in the non English versions.
  • The Presets Panel no longer resets to the default Preset Group when you changed tool settings while the panel was closed.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when setting the Filters system to scan the Library folder on OS X.
  • The Refs Pod now updates the number of loaded References when the list is cleared.
  • Tablet Preference changes now prompt for restart if made via a keyboard shortcut.
  • The default name for new groups added to Resource Collections is not longer ‘Add Group’.
  • The number of presets listed in the presets pod now updates correctly after removing a preset.
  • The Transform Rig now reappears after moving the transformed area using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
  • Removed ‘All Files’ type options from Windows Save dialogs.


Please Note: Due to some of the new feature requirements we have had to drop support for OS X 10.3 and PPC Macs. The OS X version of 3.5 runs on 10.4 or later Intel macs only.

2010

ArtRage Studio/Studio Pro 3.0.8

Released 29th October, 2010

Features

  • Cursor Opacity: At the request of a number of screencasting or video painting users, the Precise Cursor now has an Opacity slider so you can make it completely invisible. OS Arrow cursors etc. will still be visible.

  • Sticker Shadows: Sticker sheets now have a Shadow toggle that can be used to turn off the shadow on stickers you place individually by peeling from the sheet. When sticker sheets are created they can have the Shadow toggle set OFF, when the sheet is opened for use the toggle reflects the original sheet’s preference.

  • Wintab Toggle: Added a ‘Use Wintab’ toggle to the Input Preferences panel on Windows. Users who have problems due to the interaction of Wintab and Ink Services can now tell ArtRage to ignore Wintab in cases where it causes an issue. Previously, users could only ignore Ink Services.

  • Ink Pen Tapering: Added Tapering to the Inking Pen. The tapering option allows you to automatically replace the pressure curve of the ink pen with a smooth tapered result when auto-correction happens at the end of the stroke. This feature comes to you courtesy of the ArtRage for iPad development process.

  • Clear: The Edit Menu now has a ‘Clear’ option that is active when there is a selection set, it clears the contents of the selection. Feel free to assign Delete to it in the shortcuts panel, or reset your shortcuts to default and it will be auto-assigned.

  • Presets: ArtRage tracks the current selected preset and no longer deactivates its highlight when you change brush size. This means that the preset you selected will remain lit up until you make a change to the general settings of the tool.

  • OS X QuickView: After installing the new version application and opening it once, PTG files will be previewable using the Quick View option in OS X.


Fixes

  • Fixed a colour blending bug that could introduce blue in to greyscale blending with the oil and other tools.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented layers properly saving their Use Canvas Texture flag.
  • Ensured that if a preset has been selected for a tool, when opening the presets panel for that tool it will be visible in the list.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented resource panel tile highlights going brighter to display the text over them if the UI tint was too low in luminance.
  • Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to prevent OS X shutdown if it was open and no changes had been made to the painting.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the ‘type’ of certain tools being highlighted in the settings panel when the UI tint was grey (eg. type of selection shape and construction mode).
  • Corrected a problem in the manual’s description of the Transform tool.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause layer group duplication or incorrect layer stack placement after undoing then redoing adding a layer group.
  • Fixed a crash that would occur when launching ArtRage by double clicking a PTG file that had the Polygonal Selection tool selected when saved.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when deleting a custom picker from disk when it was visible in the picker collection, then clicking it in the collection again.
  • Fixed a bug that caused problems with the Width/Height values in the Crop/Resize panel when adjusting the Percentage size of an image in Print Mode.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Color Picker to lose Saturation value after closing and reopening when 0 luminance colours were selected.
  • Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to fail to save its preferences on OSX if the app closed due to an OS reboot rather than the user manually quitting.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Dutch being selected automatically when automatic language selection is on and Dutch is the OS language.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.0.7

Released 17th June 2010
Re-release including an Italian translation and manual.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.0.7

Released 17th May 2010

Important.

Windows users who upgrade from a previous version may need to re-enter their Serial Number the first time they run 3.0.7. Your Serial Number will be displayed on the download page before you can download the new version, please copy it so that it can be easily entered when you launch the new version (if you copy it to your clipboard it should appear automatically in the product when it starts). This is due to a change in the security manifest included in the software.

Changes

  • ArtRage now remembers the image format you used to export images of various kinds. Wherever the application allows you to select an image format for export, it will now remember the last format used for that operation.
  • You can now drop image files of any type on to the ArtRage application icon to open the application and prompt with standard import options.
  • The units displayed on the second edge of a ruler can now be changed via right click on the ruler.
  • You can now drag a ruler off the stencils panel the same way you can drag standard stencils.
  • Windows file association has been adjusted in the installer to allow you to move around installed files and not have the installer attempt to ‘repair’ ArtRage when you double click a PTG. Windows users should now be able to shift around shortcuts and rename or remove stencils that were installed with the product.
  • The Windows installer now prompts for a folder name for the start menu shortcut if selected.


Fixes

  • Resetting the rotation of a reference image correctly resets its preview in the reference panel now.
  • The water glass pod will no longer be visible on starting the app if the tool does not call for it to be visible.
  • The presets panel now updates to display the group a new preset was added to, even if that group was created in the Add Preset panel.
  • Mousing over a reference image now brings up the zoom/pan controls for only that reference image.
  • Shift + Tab cycles backwards through stickers that have transformation focus.
  • Save will no longer overwrite the arrestart.ptg if it was loaded automatically on startup. Saving a recovered painting will always prompt for file name.
  • Fixed a crash related to font lists that could occur on OSX when starting the application.
  • Adjusted  the ArtRage manifest file to fix Side by Side errors encountered on Windows both on installation and in the event log.
  • Fixed a bug that caused problems redoing after undoing the addition of an unfixed sticker. This could lead to redo stack corruption.
  • The default canvas type is now applied to the canvas when you Import an image.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause the Auto tag to appear on the colour picker pod when no tracing image was loaded.
  • The default canvas is no longer made transparent after importing an image.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in very rare situations where there was a hole in a layer of a specific size that could cause a compression problem.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.0.6

Released 15th February, 2010

The original upload of 3.0.6 had a small problem that prevented correct operation for French, German, and Dutch users. We have uploaded a new version that will work correctly for all users. If you are using ArtRage Studio or Studio Pro in any language other than English and have already downloaded 3.0.6, please download it again.

Windows users will need to uninstall the previous installation of 3.0.6 before installing the new one. OS X users can just install the new one over the old one.

Changes

  • Pod Hiding: Unwanted pods can now be hidden using the Pods menu in the View Menu. Tool, Menu and Colour pods can’t be hidden but all others can.

  • Photoshop Brush Head Import: Using the menu on the Presets Panel when the Sticker Spray is selected you can now import brushes from most Photoshop ‘.abr’ files. When you select the Import Photoshop Brush option you are given the option of selecting an ‘.abr’ file to import from. When you have selected the file you are presented with a list of available brushes. Select brush heads from the list (Shift-click to multiselect blocks, Ctrl/Cmd click to select single additional items, Ctrl/Cmd-A to select all, Ctrl/Cmd-D to deselect all). When you click OK, a preset is generated for each brush head in the current category of sticker spray presets. You can the edit the variants as you need to create the desired effect.
  • Please note: Some abr files use procedural brush heads that we are currently unable to read.
  • Non-Paintable Warning: When you attempt to use a tool on a layer that cannot support (eg. knife tool on a text layer) a warning icon appears.

  • JPEG Export Quality: The export quality used by the app for JPEGs can now be set in the Export settings of the Preferences panel. Future implementations should allow it to be set on each export but this is a reasonable first step.

  • Right Clicking Pods: Right clicking a pod now triggers the same event as Click and Hold, which allows people who have Click and Hold -> Right Click helpers to use the pods properly.

  • Photoshop Filter Support: Thanks to assistance from users having problems with specific filter sets, and support from the authors of those filters, we have improved general support for Photoshop Filters and the application should now work with a wider range.


Fixes

  • Corner roundels now position themselves correctly when they reappear if they are hidden by Clear Canvas when the window resizes.
  • Removed the ‘Register’ option from the Help Menu in the Studio Pro demo.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent layer stack updates when the transform tool was used to select a layer.
  • Fixed a bug that caused spaces to appear after accented characters in a text layer after the file had been saved and reloaded.
  • Prevented the palette knife tool generating a new layer when used on a text layer.
  • Fixed a bug that caused file extensions to capitalise on OSX during export.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Ink Services toggle to always appear ON when accessing the settings panel, even if it was actually turned off.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Page Up and Page Down from persisting in keyboard shortcuts.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Okaying the Preferences Panel to prompt for restart even when nothing had been changed.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause odd behaviours when double clicking using a stylus double click rocker button on OSX. The previous system could make it look as if the application had locked up due to multiple dialogs attempting to open.
  • Fixed a bug that could crash ArtRage when duplicating a group that contained text layers.
  • Fixed the HLS variants of the Hair Brush sticker spray preset.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the canvas updating when importing an image while the text tool is selected.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur on closing the sticker sheet creator with 0 selected for columns and rows.
  • Removed *.* file type from Save As dialogues. As part of this, fixed a crash that could occur when saving a file as *.* in the Save dialog.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening the Edit Menu when filters that had certain characters in their name (< and > for example) had been added to the list of filters to scan.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause ArtRage to crash when running certain filters twice.
  • Fixed an update bug that caused the Presets, Settings and Tool Picker panels to display the wrong settings if the current tool was changed via a shortcut key while in Clear Canvas mode.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented NikSoftware Viviza Photoshop Plugins working (many thanks to NikSoftware for their fantastic feedback and assistance!). The fixes we applied should also work for a range of other filters.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when undoing and redoing the hiding of a group in the layer stack.
  • Improved support for Wacom Bamboo Touch gesture operations on OS X and are working with Wacom to ensure that their next driver update contains additional information that will improve gesture processing on both platforms.
  • Fixed a problem that could sometimes cause panels to appear off-screen in OS X 10.4.

2009

ArtRage Studio/Studio Pro 3.0.5

Released 24th December, 2009

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented strokes being completed on mouse up on some Tablet PC devices with older drivers or specific hardware configurations.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching off ink-services in the ArtRage preferences panel for some hardware configurations.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause a dark blob of paint at the start of each paint stroke for some users with specific tablet configurations.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented layers above 0 being selected on G4/G5 Macs.
  • Fixed a crash bug that would occur after holding down H or V for some time doing a quick mirror.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented pasting data from external applications on OSX 10.6 and in some cases 10.5.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the default shortcuts for Select Next Layer (Ctrl Up) and Select Previous Layer (Ctrl Down) working.
  • Fixed a bug in JPEG compression quality settings on Windows that caused JPEG files to be overcompressed on export.
  • Fixed a bug that could transparency on base layers to be lost when exporting to PSD.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented pressure adjustment through keyboard shortcuts (Up/Down keys) updating the brush size proxy in the tool picker.
  • Fixed a bug that caused clicking in the titlebar of the settings panel to deselect the currently selected preset if there was one.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the palette knife storing Drip Spread and Falloff values in its presets.


Changes

  • The ArtRage Window now titles itself based on the painting name.
  • Shift + Character shortcuts now work on OSX.
  • Added all Snap Art 2 filters to the Photoshop filter exclusion list.


Shortcut Key Changes

Note: See all ArtRage Studio/Studio Pro shortcut keys

The shortcut keys for changing tool size and current tool pressure values have been shifted to the customisable shortcuts system.

The old keys were:

  • Tool Size: Left/Right arrow for -/+1% size, Shift + Left/Right arrow for -/+10% size.
  • Tool Pressure: Up/Down arrow for +/-1% pressure, Shift + Up/Down arrow for +/-10% pressure.


These keys can now be customised in the Tools section of the shortcut panel. Because the old keys have been removed you will either need to reset your shortcuts to default or add those keys in manually using the shortcuts panel from the Edit menu.

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro Released 14 December, 2009

iPad App Problems

Almost all problems in the iPad app are caused by low memory. If you are seeing strange behaviour, crashes, error messages, problems exporting, problems drawing, and other difficulties on the iPad App, then you should first try closing all your parked apps.

If you do not know how to do this, then there are instructions here for the different iOS versions: How to clear out your parked apps

I’m getting strange behavior / no pressure support when using my graphics tablet with ArtRage

If you’re using ArtRage on Windows and see strange behaviour when using a graphics tablet, try the following: Check that you have the latest version of ArtRage ( Help -> Check for updates online ). If not, download the latest version of ArtRage from our Member Area. Download and install the latest version of tablet software from your tablet manufacturer’s website. If you still have problems, please contact us via the support page so that we can help.

I get a ‘gdiplus.dll’ error when I try to start ArtRage on Windows 2000. How can I fix this?

If you get an error message which refers to gdiplus.dll when you try to launch ArtRage on Windows 2000, you can download the related file here from Microsoft’s site:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6A63AB9C-DF12-4D41-933C-BE590FEAA05A

When you’ve downloaded the file, run it and it will create two folders, ‘asms’ and ‘idw’. The folder you want is: asms/10/msft/windows/gdiplus

From that gdiplus folder, copy ‘gdiplus.dll’ in to your ArtRage program folder (usually in C:Program FilesAmbient DesignArtRage 2, or C:Program FilesAmbient DesignArtRage Studio Pro etc.). Just make sure that the gdiplus.dll file is in the same location as your ArtRage.exe file (or ArtRage Studio Pro.exe file if you’re using Studio Pro etc.).

The application should now launch normally.

Problems drawing with Mavericks (Mac OS 10.9) or Yosemite (Mac OS 10.10)

If you are using ArtRage Studio or Studio Pro on Mavericks or Yosemite and you are seeing the cursor vanishing when you move it over the canvas, or strokes not appearing, or showing significant lag, then you need to download the latest version from our Member Area. This is quite common if you bought a slightly older version of ArtRage through a third party or have not updated recently.

The latest version of ArtRage 3 is 3.5.12. This version includes fixes specifically for Mavericks.

But it says I’m up-to-date?

The update check is also buggy in Mavericks. This was fixed in versions 3.5.10 – 3.5.12. Check your version number instead, by going to Help > About ArtRage.

So how do I get the update again?

You can download the latest version anytime you like, as long as you have registered the serial number in our member area.

If you have never registered your copy of ArtRage in the Member Area, it is quite straightforward.

  • Find your serial number (You should be able to find your serial in ArtRage by going to Help > Change serial number )
  • Go to our Member Area
  • Click ‘create account’ and follow the instructions if you haven’t done so before
  • Log in, click ‘register’, then enter your serial number and click ‘save’


You should now see your serial number listed with a download button beneath. Click this button to download the latest Windows or OS X version of your software.

If you still have problems, please submit a support request.

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