Announcing the release of PD Pro 7.1 Howler

February 6, 2012 12:09 am

Tags: 2D, Animation, Painting, PD Howler, Project Dogwaffle, Software

New Tools for Motion Artists

Dan Ritchie, creator of Project Dogwaffle and Philip Staiger of have announced that the newest generation of Project Dogwaffle named PD Pro 7.1 Howler is now available.

PD Pro 7.1 Howler is a fast digital painting and animation program made by an artist for professionals alike. It is loaded with numerous features used in visual effects and the film industry for post work, matte painting and traditional animation.

"This release is specifically made to build upon the new multi-threaded architecture we started with 7.0.", said Ritchie, "We've focused on adding productivity tools for video FX, adding more motion graphics tools, things we've always wanted to have in PD and are now easily possible."

What's New in PD Pro 7.1 Howler?

Greatly enhanced Curve tool and animated filters:  
  • move existing points while in add mode  
  • add points anywhere along the curve (not just at the end)  
  • antialiased mode  
  • Render curve to Alpha: new Add and Subtract modes in addition to Replace  
  • Stroke the brush along an animated path of the Curve tool  
  • Fill an animated selection across all frames (guided by the path)  
  • Merge the Swap buffer against all frames using the selection
Rotoscoping with Roto tools (part of the Curve tool)  
  • Roto tools: Set Keyframe, Delete Keyframe, Clear Keyframes  
  • use curve as Alpha, Invert selection, Soften and Blur...  
  • Motion tracker assistant, to automate the curve shape tracking  
  • Open(Load) and Save the path of the curve to file  
  • toggle visibility of the curve
Image stabilization of shaky video  
  • motion smoothing or removal  
  • border replication or reconstruction  
  • reapplying the camera motion  
  • retiming after stabilization
Motion tracking  
  • part of the automation in the Curve tool to create animated mattes

Antialiasing of drawing tools (Ovals, Rectangles,...)

New Color Curve Tool for color adjusting

Animated Swap buffer:  

  • pick a dogwaffle animation file as a source of swap image sequence, used by various filters and tools that work with the swap buffer

Faster Timeline

Numerous miscellaneous improvements and a few bug fixes.  

A detailed list with examples and videos can be accessed at

Pricing and Availability

PD Pro 7.1 Howler is a free update for current users of version 7.0 Howler PD Pro 7.1 is available for purchase through the online store at -  The List price is $159, and a 20% discount is being offered through February 14, 2012.

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, based in San Diego, California, and partners with Dan Ritchie to market and support Project Dogwaffle.


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