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ARTRAGE STUDIO PRO WINS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER MAGAZINE’S “HOT ONE AWARD”

ArtRage Studio Pro 3.5 Most Realistic Tactile Experience -- Closest to Actual Painting Records & Plays Back Actual Paint Strokes, Creates Art Tutorials,

Improves Color Blending, Shares Content

January 24, 2012, San Francisco, CA – Ambient Design www.artrage.com, the leading award-winning creator of realistic art painting software for Mac, Windows, iPad, and iPhone, announced today that ArtRage Studio Pro 3.5 has won Professional Photographer magazine’s prestigious “Hot One” Award for Best New Gear, to be announced in the March issue of Professional Photographer.  ArtRage Studio Pro 3.5 lets you become a true digital artist by letting you digitally “paint,” just as you would in a traditional art studio.   ArtRage Studio Pro 3.5 and

ArtRage for iPhone and iPad will be demoed at Macworld 2012 in San Francisco this week, January 26-28.

At the Nomad Brush Booth # 455, ArtRage for iPhone and iPad will be shown with the Nomad Brush.  At the ArtRage Suite #3020 at the Intercontinental Hotel (888 Howard St.), ArtRage Studio Pro will be shown working together with ArtRage for iPhone and iPad across Mac, Windows and iOS platforms (contact Karen Thomas  kthomas@thomaspr.com for press meeting appointments).

“As one of the photo industry’s biggest and most respected equipment competitions, the Hot One Awards represent the best new gear as chosen by a panel of independent professional photographers. This year’s winners are a collection of innovative new products from a group of companies performing at the top of their game,” said Jeff Kent, Hot One Editor, Professional Photographer magazine.

ArtRage Studio Pro version 3.5 provides the experience of painting digitally on a computer canvas with oil paints that smear and blend, and with watercolors that flow together into wet gradations.  Improvements in v3.5 include the ability to record and playback paint strokes, faster speed, scripting, content sharing and enhanced color blending tools. The user interface has also been augmented to streamline workflow,” said Professional Photographer.

New ArtRage Studio Pro 3.5 Features:

Recording/Playback:  ArtRage now allows Recording and Playback of paintings and automates repetitive tasks.  It records the painting as it happens, to play back later at original or accelerated speeds with the option of changing resolutions, reproducing the actual strokes that made up the painting dynamically for the viewer.

Create Tutorials:  Record art for posterity and create tutorials with annotations explaining techniques, to share the process of painting.  Add Note Bubbles and Spotlights that draw the viewer’s attention to areas of the canvas during playback. Create tutorials to share, explaining a certain technique or tool.

Share Content:  The ArtRage Package File system makes the process of sharing custom content, like stickers, presets and stencils, easy.  The Package system lets the user gather together as many custom resources as he or she would like and compress them into an easy to use data file that can be shared with other users and installed with a double click.

  

Improved Color Blending:  Oil Paint and Watercolor blends faster and even more realistically.

Multi-Threading Speed Improvements:  Users of multiprocessor or multi-core computers will see substantial speed increases.  Multi-threading support has been added to the tools and many of the processor intensive functions for increased speed for multi-core CPUs.

Scripting & Sharing:  Scripts recorded in ArtRage can be edited manually.  The color of a single stroke or the tools used can be changed -- almost every aspect of ArtRage can be controlled via written commands, including paint strokes, transformations, settings, built-in filtering and more.  Scripts can also be shared to teach and show techniques.

ArtRage Availability & Pricing

Special MacWorld Pricing:

                                    Regular Price   Special Macworld Pricing

ArtRage Studio Pro:   $80                  $59.99

ArtRage Studio           $40                  $29.99

ArtRage for iPad       $6.99               $2.99

ArtRage for iPhone     $1.99               $.99

ArtRage Studio Pro and ArtRage Studio 3.5 for Mac and Windows are available immediately at http://www.artrage.com/artrage-store.html.  ArtRage for iPad is also available immediately from the Apple iTunes Store and ArtRage for iPhone for iPhone 4 and later phones is also available at: http://www.artrage.com/artrage-iphone.html .  See comparison chart: http://www2.ambientdesign.com/files/artrage_product_comparison.pdf.  For more information, see www.artrage.com or Facebook:  www.facebook.com/artrage.

About Professional Photographer Magazine

For more than 100 years, Professional Photographer , the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, has helped readers advance careers in the photographic industry.  Each issue contains practical yet cutting-edge lessons in the artistic, business, and technological aspects of professional photography.  No other magazine offers a more influential presentation of the people, trends, products, and photographs changing and defining the portrait, wedding and commercial photography landscape.  Info at:  http://www.ppmag.com.

About Ambient Design Ltd.

Ambient Design is a New Zealand-based global software development/publishing firm, specializing in creative applications and user interfaces for artists of all ages and levels of competency, including professionals, hobbyists and students. The principals have over 40 years experience combining complex image processing algorithms with an easily accessible user experience. Ambient Design was founded in 2000 by Andy Bearsley and Matt Fox-Wilson, formerly of MetaCreations, developer of Painter, Bryce and Kai’s Power Tools.  Ambient Design’s products are available in 12 languages, downloaded over 10 million times.  More information: www.artrage.com.  


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