New ArtWorks, AWRender planned for WakefieldBy Chris Williams. Published: 17th Apr 2006, 17:48:11 | Permalink | Printable
Plus real time graduated effectsDigital artists making use of the transparency effects in ArtWorks should soon be able to see their work in other applications. MW Software is planning to release version 2 of AWRender, which will include support for displaying transparency effects. AWRender is a module that enables third party software to handle ArtWorks files, and is used by packages such as OvationPro, EasiWriter, TechWriter, and PhotoFiler. The new version is set to arrive in time for the Wakefield show as a chargeable upgrade.
ArtWorks developer Martin Wuerthner said: "The forthcoming version 2 of the AWRender module will finally overcome this problem. AWRender 2 supports the full range of transparency effects offered by ArtWorks 2.5 and allows third-party applications to render all ArtWorks files exactly like ArtWorks itself, including files with advanced transparency effects."
In addition, ArtWorks 2.6 is expected to display graduated fills in real time: as the user drags around the arrow to control the direction and concentration of the blended fill, the software will continuously update the object as the mouse is moved. Martin explained this was now possible given the advances in RISC OS hardware since the launch of ArtWorks in the 1990s. He said: "This makes graduated fill editing much more responsive, and thus more productive."
ArtWorks 2.6 is set to be launched at the forthcoming show, with new developments being demonstrated on A9home and Iyonix hardware.
• Philip Pemberton has created a new wiki devoted to ArtWorks. This is his second attempt to run a Wiki after the previous incarnation was apparently "spammed to death". Now using different wiki software and anti-spam defences, Philip said: "I've got a couple of articles to go up soon, once I find the backup copies from the old wiki.
"What I wanted to do was create a site where Artworks users could share little hints and tutorials, and show off their work. Sort of like the many 'photoshop tutorial warehouse' type sites that seem to be all over the web these days, but aimed at Artworks."
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