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Newsletter 87 - September 13

Howler 9.5 is Purely Ballistic



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Hello, here is another very quick update with the Dogwaffler of the Moment newsletter.

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Purely Ballistic - Howler 9.5

Howler 9.5 has been released! Learn more here:

What's new in Howler 9.5?

Many new features were added, and a few bugs were fixed too.

Here is a short list of very cool new features:

Many features were designed for and around 3D Designer:

- Erosion
- Sediments and sediment coloring
- real-time raytraced soft shadows from light source #1
- Ambient occlusion
- improved lighting with higher range
- height- and slope-dependent texturing
- Clouds
- export of terrain mesh as Wavefront OBJ
- storing of various map resources (height, Z-depth, erosion, lighting, shadows, coloring,...)

Other new features include:

- Particle modeler to create and animate clouds
- Local contrast filter to simulate HDRI-style effects
- An adjustable lightable with more frames of onion skinning as well as color keying
- Ambient occlusion and self-shading of foliage brushes
- new presets for foliage brushes

A good summary of new features, with many images, videos and tutorials, can now be seen in the features page:

A short slideshow of sample artwork created with Howler 9.5 can be seen here:


How to order Howler 9.5

If you don't have an earlier version, you can get Howler 9.5 with an automatic $10 discount for $79 instead of $89 for just another 2 weeks.

If you have an earlier version, such as v9.2, 8.2, 7.2 or earlier, use your discount coupon. Enter it on the order form and click 'Recalculate'. Users of v5 and before can get 36% off. Users of more recent versions save even more. For example, as a user of Howler 9.0-9.2, you get a 72% discount. Contact us if you want your coupon.

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Here's a summary of discounts available when upgrading from earlier versions:

(discount shown is off the regular price of $89)

- from PD v1.x, v2, v3, v4, v5, v6 or PD Particles:
37% off
- from PD Pro 7 (Howler or Artist edition):
43% off
- from PD Pro 8 (Howler or Artist edition):  
51% off 
- from PD Pro 9-9.2 (Howler edition only): 72% off
- from PD Artist 9 to Howler 9.5:  66% off

If you don't have your discount coupon, please contact us, indicating which version you have and where you got it, even if it's a free version from Trialpay or other sources. We want you to go purely ballistic, with Howler 9.5

To put it in perspective, if you upgrade from Howler 9.2 to 9.5 with the 72% discount, your cost is around $24-$25.
If you upgrade from v8, it's about $44

Dan's Tutorials: Howler and Lightwave 3D

Dan Ritchie, the author of Howler, also is an avid Lightwave 3D user. He's posted a few new tutorials on working with shaders. Here is a tutorial that shows using Howler together with Lightwave.

tutorial:  Instances in Eroded Landscape
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For more tutorials on Lightwave 3D, visit our Youtube channel's Playlist:


That's it for now. We sincerely hope that you'll like the new features as much as we enjoy them. If you do, please don't keep it a secret - tell your friends on Facebook and other forums.

Thanks again for waffling and howling with Project Dogwaffle!

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