October 25, 20062:27 am
announcing PD Pro 4 - going multithreaded
By Philip Staiger | October 25, 2006 | 2:27 am or 1:27 am GMT
Press Release - for Immediate Distribution
Announcing the release of Project Dogwaffle Professional 4
Santa Clarita and San Diego, California - October 11, 2006
TheBest3D.com has announced the release of PD Pro 4, the newest
major edition of Project Dogwaffle Professional, a PC paint and
animation software developed by Hollywood special fx artist, animator
and novelist Dan Ritchie.
PD Pro version 4 is the successor to the acclaimed and award-winning
PD Pro Digital Painter 3.x, also known as Project Dogwaffle Professional.
Using PD Pro, it is possible to paint with animations over animations,
such as digital video, as well as with natural media and particle brushes.
"We developed PD Pro to enable artists to express free-thinking creativity
in a different way,", said Ritchie, "inspired by old-school traditional painting
and animation techniques. This newest release adds a great deal of
further speed improvements through code optimizations, extensive use
of system cache and a new framework to support new and future hardware
configurations through multi-threading."
PD Pro is designed from the ground up to be a realtime painting experience.
Technologies like streaming SIMD instructions and aggressive processor cache
usage make PD Pro a real screamer.
PD Pro 4 introduces a new multithreading architecture for a 10-25% speedup or
even more on the current generation of dual core processors, and much greater
speeds as new multithreaded tools and plugins become available.
*** What's new in v4
Top Improvements found in PD Pro 4.0:
* New user-centric interface makes more of PD Pro's power easier to use,
especially for first-time users, more easily accessible.
* More speed and flexibility. PD Pro is optimized with the latest
state-of-the art optimizing techniques for realtime feel and operation on
single core systems, and using multiple threads for a significant boost on
multi-core systems. (HT, Dual Core, X2,...)
* New pigment profiles are much simpler, more flexible, and powerful
than traditional color swatches, palette mixers, or other schemes used
in the past to represent the color of pigments in traditional painting medias.
Pixel profiles are fully integrated, along with newly integrated color tools
like the Color Harmony tool.
* New favorites list lets you organize and keep your favorite tools in
an easy-to-use thumbnail browser.
* Better integration of existing tools, plus dozens of optimizations,
tweaks, fixes and improvements requested by users and beta testers
"We've created several new productivity-enhancing tools", added Ritchie, "such as
opening a picture from file directly into the 'stored' state, for subsequent easy
re-use. This can be a great time-saver, for instance when a dozen of images needs
to be sequenced into a rotating banner or a quick animation."
A detailed list of changes and new features can be found at
*** Availability & Pricing
Introductory pricing for PD Pro 4.0 Upgrades start at $29, with the full version
priced at $104 instead of $119.
More sidegrades and pricing details can be found at
PD Pro is available as a download of about 19 MB
*** About Dan Ritchie and Squirreldome.com
PD Pro is the culmination of Project Dogwaffle technology, which is the
result of 9+ years of development by Dan Ritchie, a Hollywood special fx artist
who is also the author of a novel, "Silver Squirrel".
Concurrently with the release of PD Pro 4, Ritchie also has announced the
availability of his newest novel #2, "Silver Squirrel in Uneasy Pieces".
Ritchie's novels can be found at http://www.thebest3d.com/silversquirrel
and at his publisher, Authorhouse.com.
Ritchie can be contacted at http://www.squirreldome.com
*** About Philip Staiger and TheBest3D.com
Philip Staiger is the owner of TheBest3D.com where he consults with artists
on affordable tools for artistic creativity.
*** Press Contacts
For Press inquiries and NFR copies to arrange a review please contact
Philip Staiger at
Silver Squirrel, PD Pro and Project Dogwaffle are trademarks of Dan Ritchie.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners and only
used for identification purposes.