Announcing the release of PD Howler 1.0

June 6, 2011 1:55 am

Tags: 2D, Project Dogwaffle

The next generation of Project Dogwaffle digital painting and animation

Dan Ritchie, creator of Project Dogwaffle and Philip Staiger of have announced that the next generation of Project Dogwaffle named PD Howler is now available. PD Howler is a fast digital painting and animation program made by an artist for professionals alike. It is loaded with numerous features used in VFX and the film industry for post work, matte painting and traditional animation.

"We run great on Windows 7 now,” said Ritchie, “and we've paid special attention to re-designing and optimizing our low level libraries, expanding our multi-threading support and making use of new techniques and technologies. The overall result is just stunning."


What's New in PD Howler?

The need for speed: we're kind of obsessive about that stuff...

In this version of Project Dogwaffle, there are a number of improvements, including changes that radically improve memory throughput in a number of cases. Floating point operations now use SSE2 registers. Add to that optimizations for better cache usage whenever possible, plus some new algorithms for a number of functions, and the results are filters that are often fast enough to operate in real-time, not just over a small preview version of your image, but on the whole image.

Here are a few key elements that have been added or improved:

  • GUI Improvements: more modern visually compatible with Windows 7
  • Lighting Tool: images are interpreted as elevation maps and come to life in 3D
  • Improved Bristle Brushes
  • New Symmetry, Mirror and & Kaleidoscope modes
  • Color FX
  • Improved Stroke Player (re-use your saved brush strokes)
  • New Layer Modes
  • Loading video and Spritesheets directly to animated brushes
  • Convert all frames from the undo buffer to an animation
  • New media player and updated sound recorder
  • For developers, API changes with additions for 3D
  • Color gradients: improved sweep editor
  • Real-time blur tools
  • Mandelbrot fractals

For a complete list, including illustrations, examples, animations and video tutorials explaining these and many more features, visit the official website of PD Howler at

Pricing and Availability

PD Howler is available for online purchase through for an MSRP of $159 USD. Introductory special pricing is offered for a short time, and owners of earlier versions of Project Dogwaffle, such as PD Pro, PD Artist and PD Particles are offered additional discounts for upgrading to PD Howler.

A save-disabled demo version is available for free download.

About and Project Dogwaffle

Dan Ritchie is the creator of Project Dogwaffle and PD Pro Digital Painter. He has been known amongst the 3D community for making plugins for 3D tools, working as a 3D animator at Foundation Imaging and other production studios on projects like Star Trek Voyager, Starship Troopers, and other exciting sci-fi productions involving 3D animations and special effects.

Philip Staiger is the founder of, an authorized reseller of Project Dogwaffle, PD Artist, PD Particles and PD Pro Digital Painter and the all new PD Howler. Philip partners with Dan on many facets of developing, promoting and marketing Project Dogwaffle.


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