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In Febrary 2006 Alinea Computer took over the distribution of our
Amiga software products AmigaWriter, ArtEffect and StormC.
Please contact them for sales and support.

These webpages are remaining online to provide you with some information and support.
But please be aware that we can not answer technical or
support questions related to Amiga products any more.
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ArtEffect Packaging"Do you know Photoshop for Mac or PC ?"

ArtEffect 4.0

The new version of ArtEffect offer a lot of new functions an most parts have been reworked. The most conspicuous features are: heavily improved layers, indexed colors, improved color ranges, new filters and many optimizations.

 

Here is a complete list of the new features:

  • Enhanced memory management
    • pictures now take up to 3 times less memory
    • smart undo technology saves lots of memory and time especially when working with layers or invertable operations like flip, rotate or invert selection
    • layers needs much less memory
  • Layer functionality has been strongly enhanced
    • there is no limit to the number of layers (of course the number is still limited by memory and a bit by processor speed, although ten layers a still quite fast)
    • layers can cast an adjustable shadow which is calculated on the fly
    • layers can be moved around
    • several layers can be flattened at once
    • layers can be duplicated
  • Support for grayscale and indexed color pictures
    • floyd steinberg dithering and reduction to any number of colors from 2 to 256
    • execute simple operations (like flip, scale, rotate) on grayscale or indexed color pictures
    • most tools can be used with grayscale or indexed color pictures, although they act very limited. (no different paint modes anymore)
  • Graduates have been vastly improved
    • there are new types of graduates like: square, symmetric and asymmetric conical
    • new graduate dialog allows you to specify any number of colors with their position in the graduate; they can be simply moved around
    • you can specify the transparency for the graduate separately; this is great to create halos or lensflare effects, when used in conjunction with the radial fill
    • database for the graduates, so you know longer have to setup up them each time you need them; a simple click will be enough, if they once have been created
    • the graduate database is stored in an ASCII file, making it easy to join different databases or create graduates with simple programs
  • Enhanced brush creator dialog
    • brushes (even image brushes) can now vary in size (depending on pressure or randomly)
    • brushes have now a displacement setting, making it easy to create clouds (in conjunction with the new sizing feature) or simulate the old dpaint airbrush behavior
  • I/O modules have been improved
    • GIF can now save 1-8 bit/color pictures
    • GIF pictures can also have transparency
    • IFF/PNG can now save 8 bit colors pictures
    • JPEG can now create progressive Jpeg
  • New intelligent refresh technique
    • can speed up drawing (depending on your machine)
    • allows you to scroll or zoom the picture, before the refresh is completely finished
    • you can even draw onto the picture, although the refresh isn't finished yet
    • calculations are done on the fly (this is the main reason for the lower memory consumption); this has the disadvantage that the refresh time is mainly limited to your processor power
  • New/enhanced plugins
    • deinterlace filter
    • caricature filter is now 30% faster and has some new options
    • new gaussian, it's much faster and supports a size up to 100 pixels in 1/10 pixel steps
    • polar coordinate filter
    • edgefind has been optimized and a lineart mode has been added
  • minor enhancements, optimizations and bug fixes
    • cloner now behaves like in Photoshop lalt click selects the source the next click selects destination