ArtWorks 2.01 official releaseBy Chris Williams. Published: 16th May 2003, 10:49:48 | Permalink | Printable
Features and the futureAfter a successful show launch, MW Software has officially this morning sent word of the release of ArtWorks 2. ArtWorks is the established vector graphics package originally developed by Computer Concepts and now under the wing of MW Software.
"Released at this year's Wakefield Show, ArtWorks 2 is the first complete version of ArtWorks to be produced and published by MW Software", said Martin Wuerthner of MW Software today. "It is also the first version to run natively on Castle's XScale-powered Iyonix computer."
Billing their package as "the latest version of the most popular advanced vector graphics application for RISC OS", we're told today by Martin that the 32 bit compatible ArtWorks 2 features everything from ArtWorks 1.7 and the MasterWorks edition plus new features including !Draw-style selection boxes, the ability to quickly switch back to the previously used tool, various user interface updates and improved Drawfile import.
MW Software have rolled previously released modules and upgrades, once available separately, into a single package and of course, added the aforementioned new features to enhance the software further. ArtWorks 2 therefore possesses, amongst other expected features, three types of transparency, multi-column text areas, user definable pattern fills, bit map and SVG export. An example illustration, made using components in Artworks 2, can be found here, courtesy of Henk Huinen.
MW Software secured a licence to fully develop ArtWorks back in November last year, promising "drastic changes". Firstly, we see this wrapping up of all previous modules into one application as a simplification of the upgrade path for users. Secondly, we observe that the integration of said modules into what is now ArtWorks 2 represents a solid, singular application. Up and 'til they secured a licence to develop Artworks, MW Software worked mainly on developing these plugin modules, although now they are free to work on the ArtWorks "kernel" core.
This control over the ArtWorks core allows them to steer ArtWorks 2 in their own direction, specifically laying out the roadmap to Artworks 2.1. We're likely to see things like a skew tool, page rulers, improve graduated fill control appearing in the 2.1 release, scheduled for a mid-2003 release. Current ArtWorks 2 users are promised a free upgrade to version 2.1, when it's finished.
But is RISC OS still suitable for graphic designers? If there was ever an hourglass with its trickling sand counting down the time until our platform could no longer support its digital artists, the Iyonix and ArtWorks 2 combination has most probably over turned this metaphorical sand timer. Going by the show queues, is there renewed faith in graphic design on RISC OS?
Artworks 2 website (features, pricing, ordering etc.)
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