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   PD Artist 8.2c Installation

   Back up to Artist 8  

Before Installing version 8.2:

You may need the Microsoft .Net Framework 4 installed on your system, at least for some of the filters. It is likely that you already have it, but if you're not sure whether you have it, check here. If you want, you can also install the program first and launch it, then look in the Help menu where you can find an option to verify which version of .Net framework it can detect on your system.

For other pre-requisites, see here.

If you have earlier versions of PD Artist, we recommend uninstalling them. The older versions may not work anymore after installing this version. Also, don't install this new version on top of a folder that still contains the ld version. If you must keep older versions installed at the same time, install this new one in a new folder.

For additional Help and Frequently Asked Questions, see the F.A.Q. here.


If you ordered PD Artist 8 through our BMTmicro online store, you'll have downloaded a zip archive named something like this:

We recommend not opening the file directly from the linkn you saw in the email you received. Instead, save the file to a known local folder or the desktop. Then you can extract the installer and other content from the zip archive. We recommend that you use the regular Windows built-in extraction feature, rather than third-party compression/uncompression tools, which on occasion have caused problems. You should just right-click the zip file and select Extract All. That will extract the files into a new folder, such as 'Install_PDPro_Artist_8-2c'. You can then go down into (open) this folder and see the installer and a README file:

Of course, if you know what you're doing, other steps and methods may work just fine too.

Please take time to read the README file.

A note for users of Windows XP: we have tested and found that PD ARtist 8.2c works on Windows XP with SP3. If you can't make it work and you use SP2, you may need to upgrade to SP3. If you don't know which service pack you have, check the 'System' information from the Control Panel:

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If you have Windows Vista or Windows XP, you won't be able to use GPU acceleration. It should be disabled for you. However, even on some Windows 7 configurations, something may not be at the needed level to allow GPU support. In that case, you can manually disable GPU use in Dogwaffle, once it is installed.

For the best experience with GPU, use Windows 8, or Windows 7, with a great graphics chip or graphics card. Read more details about the GPU

When you're ready, launch the installer. You can usually double-click the file, or right-click it to select 'Open'.

On some systems, you may need to run it as Administrator. Use the adequate option if normal installation fails, or learn about your UAC settings and whether your antivirus is preventing part of the installation. If you have CorelDraw X or similar with license control service running on your system, it may also interfere with or prevent installation. See Howler Help for assistance, or the F.A.Q.

This will launch the setup wizard, which will guide you through the rest of installation.

Click Next to continue

Note the default installation folder. If you already have PD Artist installed, it may pick that existing folder instead. We recommend uninstalling the old version first, and not to install the new version in the same place, unless you thoroughly emptied the folder. Just uninstalling may still leave some files in it. If those are files that you created
(such as particle presets and brush media settings or extra plugins), be sure to back them up.

Click Next to continue.

The next screen shows the name you want to use for the Start Menu Folder.

Click Next to continue.

You can add shortcuts in the desktop or the QuickLaunch bar. Make your choice as you prefer. This will allow for easy access to starting PD Artist, but could interfere with other shortcuts of the same name, if any.

Choose your preferences and click Next to continue.

The installation wizard is now ready to install Project Dogwaffle Artist.

Click Install to continue

The installation will extract and install a bunch of files. This could take a minute or two on slower systems.

Wait for this installation to complete.

The next phase will offer to register the installed application for proper mode of operation, namely by running it as Administrator in the future.

This is not always needed and you can change settings later if necessary, but it is generally recommended that you click Add the registry key (the big button in the lower right corner).

If you prefer not to do this step, close the dialog window by clicking the red 'X' in the upper right corner of the window.

The installation is now complete.


Click Finish to complete the installation.

After Installation of version 8:

Note: If you have UAC (User Account Control) enabled and you did not run this installation as Administrator, the installation process may not have the necessary permissions to launch PD Artist, or specifically to create a Temp subfolder needed the first time. Don't worry if you get an error message telling you that the process needs elevation. Simply run the program from the start menu or desktop icon thereafter. If that also fails, right-click the icon and select Run As... Administrator.

Run the installed PD Artist 8.2 and verify that the version is identified correctly:

Near the upper right corner on the menu bar, find a mini icon that looks like an uppercase 'S'. It is new in 8.2. If you see it, you're running 8.2 (or later). If it is not visible, you are either not running 8.2, or the screen resolution is too low to allow for this extra icon to fit. In that case, use the next step to verify that you are running 8.2.

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To verify the exact version you are running, click on the Help menu, then select About Artist. The About splash screen should contain 8.2c and "Skyock's Egret" in the lower left corner.

While you're at it, check if GPU is enabled. Click the Window menu and select Settings. Then select the Threading and GPU option. It will show, amongst others, if GPU is enabled.

Thank you for installing and using Project Dogwaffle. Enjoy!