Review of Project Dogwaffle 3.7

August 8, 2006 1:41 am

I was lucky enough to be given the chance to review this wonderful paint program!

What is Project Dogwaffle?

This program was started in 1997, by Dan Ritchie, as a work around to the shortcomings of the established "big guns" tools used in the professional community. Dogwaffle has powerful user-defined custom and animated brushes, full tablet support, layers, artist guides, powerful color gradients, fractal particle brushes, and great text tools. It also has special FX for sky, snow, wet paint, and even effects used commonly in 3D CG such as lens flares, as well as full Alpha support with direct painting on Alpha.

This program is perfect for the hobbyist who likes to explore colors and shapes, and equally useful for web artists, game content creators, cartoonists, and designers, as well as in digital photography and traditional animation. It is loaded with fast, or realtime filters, for color enhancing in digital photos and animations, special effects, and many built-in natural media brushes. Project Dogwaffle almost lets you paint the natural way, without the mess.

What is new in 3.7?

from www.thebest3d.com:

  • Menu and GUI changes for better clarity.
  • The Buffer menu is now renamed the Image menu, with additional tweaks throughout the program.
  • New Feature:  enhanced store image (formerly store buffer) plugin: a new checkbox was added to put the stored image into a color-picker mode. This allows for easy selection of colors from a reference picture by simply clicking or dragging in that stored image's thumbnail (which is fully resizeable).
  • The sunset and fog filter are faster and now have option panels.
  • The wave displace filter is updated, much(!) faster.
  • Brush smear mode is calculated internally at a higher prescision to help avoid buildup of integer rounding errors. 
  • Using the + key can no longer exceed the max size of an internal brush.
  • Filters that had an 'Apply' button have been made more consistent with other filters.
  • Faster Fisheye Filter.
  • Updated Spherize, Isometric, Weave plugins.
  • Fixed: Items on the Image menu (formerly Buffer menu) didn't refresh the filmstrip properly when applied to an animation.

  • Fixed: The Browser could not load thumbnails for images containing spaces in the filename.

Minor changes to:

  • buffer paste from clipboard plugin
  • Image size and crop panels.
  • Prefs panel in File menu renamed (now named Settings).

This program amazed me at the ease of use. Along with the AVI tutorials, it was easy to understand what the tools did and how to use them. I am just a beginner as far as doing this kind of art. I am used to using Poser and Bryce to create my art, as I am all thumbs when it comes to painting by hand (I just can't seem to get my hands to move as they should, or my mind to work with my hands, lol). However, using the tutorials that are available in AVI format, I was able to produce the small painting below. It isn't artist quality, but for a beginner I don't think I did too bad.

 

 

Then I continued on to create this vine brush, which was easy to make following the tutorial.

 

 

From there, I did a short animation which was also easy after watching the tutorial on how to create it.

Sandy Dogwaffle Animation (mpeg)

All in all, I would have to give a "Thumbs Up" on this program as one of the easiest to learn for a beginner. It is very reasonably priced and has many great features and tutorials. There is also a community forum on their site for sharing brushes and such. I would highly recommend this to beginners and professionals alike.

Please visit their website for more information.

Be sure to check out Dogwaffle in the Renderosity Marketplace!


 

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Article Comments


miashadows ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 August 2006

I HAVE BEEN USING PROJECT DOGWAFFLE FOR A WHILE NOW,THE LONGER I USE IT THE MORE I DISCOVER.I HAVE TRIED COUNTLESS SOFTWARE PROGRAMS AND I PREFER THIS PROGRAM.DOGWAFFLE IS ONE OF THE PROGRAMS I USE IN ALL MY WORK

Marque ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 August 2006

How do I get my update? Thanks, Marque

nickcharles ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 August 2006

Hi Marque- If you have a legitimate, working PD Pro v3.x installation, you can get your free update here: http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/patches/index.html#v3

nickcharles ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 August 2006

Excellent review, Sandy!

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 August 2006

Thank you Nick and I was glad I got a chance to check out this program.I really enjoyed learning with this program.

Marque ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 August 2006

Thanks, ended up finding it. I had gone to the original website and they only had the 2.1 update but I bought 3.0 at Daz. Thanks for reminding me what a fun program it is. Marque


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