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By Chris Williams. Published: 26th Jul 2002, 16:49:48 | Permalink | Printable

Eight times as many levels of anti-aliasing

In an announcement sent to drobe.co.uk this warm summer afternoon, Artworks module developer MW Software proudly announced the release of AWSwitch, a tool that increases the amount of anti-aliasing done by the popular vector graphics package Artworks. Artworks uses anti-aliasing to smooth lines and edges to produce a high quality and pleasing display.

"Normally, ArtWorks files are rendered using 16 levels of anti-aliasing", explains Martin of MW Software. "For most applications, in particular for on-screen viewing, this is quite adequate. However, for high-quality bitmap output, this is not quite enough.
"...I have developed improved versions of the main ArtWorks rendering modules that use 128 levels of anti-aliasing instead of 16."

Around October last year, drobe.co.uk helped beta test Martin Wuerthner's new anti-aliasing system and was suitably impressed.
"After a long time of thinking about how these updated modules can be released", continues Martin, "I have finally written AWSwitch - a utility that sits on your icon bar and allows you to switch between 16, 64 and 128 levels of anti aliasing."

This utility is available for free to Artworks users. MW Software does admit that increasing the anti-aliasing level forces the Artworks engine to suffer a slight slowdown. However, you can use the 16 levels while editting and building up your drawing and then easily switch to 128 levels when it comes to rendering images for final output.

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MW-Software AWSwitch and associated information on anti-aliasing

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You seem to have forgotten/missed out that Martin also mentioned on the mailing list some new sprites for the artworks toolbar designed by a user. Lovely they are too! I think they are on the mw-software website.

 is a RISC OS Userjmc on 26/7/02 7:38PM
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Yes, there are some new toolsprites for Artworks and they are indeed very cool. However, the announcement was made on a mailing list for MW Software customers so i guess you'll have to buy something from MW to find out ;)

When i clear this with Martin, I'll try to make articles out of his other announcements.

Chris @ drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/7/02 7:51PM
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Actually Chris, anyone can join the mailing list. I have. I recommend anyone who has ArtWorks to do the same, even if they don't have any MW products, as extras such as this can be used on "unwerthner" (I should patent that ;) versions.

 is a RISC OS Userian on 27/7/02 12:26AM
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Indeed, rich pickings for all! Although I am scraping my pennies together in the hope of purchasing some of Martins' additions. Besides, the list is an artworks users list, however it just so happens that Martin is king on said list ;o)

 is a RISC OS Userjmc on 27/7/02 12:42AM
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ian: oh fair enough. you learn something everyday. Nice to know I'm on the ball about these things.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/7/02 1:12PM
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Can you (as the article suggests) switch anti-alias levels while !Artworks is running, or does it require a restart?

 is a RISC OS UserHertzsprung on 1/8/02 12:03PM
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No, if you download it and try you'll see. It's a separate application that sits on the iconbar and when you click on it, it changes the level of AA and Artworks is forced to redraw at the new level. It's very magic.

Chris @ drobe

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 1/8/02 1:19PM
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