What is PD
PD Artist is a digital painting program powered by Project Dogwaffle.
It is priced more affordably than its full-featured big brother, PD
Howler. What it doesn't have is the tools for working on animations
animation and video (with one exception: you can have animated brushes).
If you don't work on animations, PD Artist may be a smarter solution
for you. Why pay money for tools you won't use?
The biggest new feature in v9.0 is the addition of
a raytracer: Puppy
There were several free updates after the 9.0 release, all the way to
v9.2. Later, a major release 9.5 was created, followed by 9.6, another
free update (to 9.5).
PD Artist is a
subset of PD Howler (PD Pro Howler
edition), specifically version 9,
but without the animation or video tools. The result: a
lean, mean painting machine that's even more
Artist 9 is built on the same
super-fast core engine as the one used in PD Pro
9 and thus benefits from interface
improvements, multithreading, SSE2 acceleration,
speed enhancements and other optimizations found
Most of the
features of PD Pro 9 are intact. Just the
features used for animation / video work have
been removed. A few animation tools remain
though, namely those related to creating and
managing animated brushes. (which consist of
image sequences too).
filters were removed. Some filters that had
animation options were modified to exclude the
animated portion. The Animation menu is gone.
Tools and plugins made for animations such as
the Timeline editor, the brush keyframer, the
exposure sheet and frame painter, those are
tools made for animation or post work on videos
and thus were removed from the Artist edition.
However, animated brushes are still included! You can still
load an existing AVI video clip or an image
sequence straight into the custom animated brush
system in order to then 'paint' it over your
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PD Artist 9?
with PD Artist is to make the creative tools affordably accessible to
those who don't work with video and don't create animations but just
want to paint and design still images.
doesn't do animations nor have the tools to work
on video, so therefore it is cheaper than PD
Howler. PD Artist is derived from the same codebase shared by its big
brother, PD Hwoler. We like to say PD Artist is a subset of Howler. Or
think of Howler as a superset, going beyond PD Artist.
If you're on a very tight budget,
PD Artist is a better way into using and enjoying Project Dogwaffle.
You can upgrade to PD Howler later, should you decide you want it.
If you don't
need animation tools, why pay for Howler?
PD Artist will be the
right tool for you. It does almost everything
that you can do in PD Howler except for animating things or working on
video. It does however still have animated brushes too. You can load an
image sequence or AVI file into the brush and paint with it on the still
What is NOT in Artist but is in Howler? In
short: Animation. To be more specific: the Animation Menu is missing.
The 'Animated' category in the Filters menu is gone too. Also, some of
the other filters have an animation option, sometime in the form of a
button named Anim or Animate. Those buttons are either gone or disabled.
The filter will work on just the current still image, not on a frame
sequence, since there's no animation support in Artist.
There is one exception: The animated brush. You can still work on a
sequence of images, even on Avi file, in the sense that you can load it
into the brush and thus make it the current Custom and Animated brush,
an animbrush. You won't paint with it over another animation like you
can with Howler. (video on video), but you can paint this animbrush over
the current image.
to Order PD Artist
is available for purchase here
Installation Notes, Misc....
soon, but for now, refer to the PD Howler
information and simply ignore any
reference to animations. (except when we're
talking about animated brushes, which are
supported in PD Pro Artist too.)
Also consult the general F.A.Q.
and the general Dogwaffle Help