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Newsletter #51

 Announcing Skyock's Egret: PD Pro Howler 8.2

The age of GPU-accelerated
waffling and howling has begun.

What's New in
Version 8.1?

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including force fields

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Hello again. 

Here's another Dogwaffle update. We are releasing PD Pro 8.2 Howler today, Saturday February 16!

As usual, you will soon be able to see the html version here:
We'll keep this message very short. Just one topic:  8.2


PD Pro 8.2 Howler - Here it is!

Yes there definitely is a slant on 3D landscapes in this release: you'll see a lot of grand canyons and fantasy planets, desert vistas and scenic beauty! We've put a lot of time and effort into this one, and we couldn't have done it without our loyal base of beta testers. It was quite some team work experience!

This release marks the beginning of a new era in Howler. We've had the desire to use the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) for quite a while. It is currently used by the 3D designer for dynamic lighting, by the Mandelbrot filter, and the new Bokeh blur filter.  There's also a benchmark feature on the settings panel to compare performance.


 ----- What's New in PD Pro 8.2 Howler -----

Here is a very short summary to get you started:

  • Using the GPU for acceleration of some computations that are extremely compute intensive.
  • User Interface improvements.
  • Tested and made to run very smoothly on Windows 8. Also runs well on Windows 7, Vista and XP.
  • 3D Designer is now optimized by using a lower tessellation level during interactive previews.
  • Overhauled Custom blur, now called Bokeh blur. Also uses the GPU.
  • More filters were expanded to make them animateable, i.e. able to spread their effect on all frames of an animation.
  • The ruler is now positioned relative to the upper corner of the image.
  • Addressed gradual darkening issue with the rules based foliage brush system.

and numerous other enhancements, new capabilities and bug fixes.

Note: GPU support is implemented through the MS concurrency runtime (VC++ AMP) and as such requires Windows 7 or 8 with DirectX 11 and a graphics card or chip that supports it. On other platforms or systems such as with Windows Vista and XP, CPU code is used instead instead of GPU. It still works, just a little slower.

The complete list of changes made since v8.1 can be found at

 ----- Pricing

New orders of PD Pro 8 Howler are priced at $99 USD.

If you already have PD Pro 8 (8.0/8.1) Howler, it's a free update. In that case, you will soon receive an email with notification about your 8.2 installer. This should arrive in the coming 1-3 days. It will be a full installer, and you should uninstall the current v8 prior to installing v8.2. Check your spam box if you don't see anything in your inbox from bmtmicro in 4-5 days. Contact us if still nothing.

Those who ordered through a different channel than our BMTmicro main store (such as DAZ, Renderosity, Dan's Squirreldome or other) will be contacted directly, also in coming days.

If you have earlier versions (v7, v6, v5,...) you can still get a great discount for upgrading to v8.2 Howler. Contact us for your discount coupon if you don't have one.

Please help spread the word. If you use social media like Facebook, Google+, Twitter or forums and blogs etc, it would be awesome if you could tell a friend, or a total stranger.

If you are a student or teacher, ask for your 70% discount.

If you're with a publication or company and are interested in reviewing or evaluating PD Pro 8.2 Howler, please contact us.

Thanks for waffling and howling!


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