Switch blade sharp ArtworksBy Chris Williams. Published: 26th Jul 2002, 16:49:48 | Permalink | Printable
Eight times as many levels of anti-aliasingIn 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.
AWSwitch and associated information on anti-aliasing
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