Project Dogwaffle team releases Howler 2019
The Project Dogwaffle team has released Howler 2019, the latest update to its digital painting software, adding a brush stroke preview, a visual recently used documents list, and rewriting the text tool.
The release also marks a change in version numbering – under the previous scheme, it would have been Howler 12 – and a change of marketing slogan.
Describing Howler’s unusual combination of natural media painting, image-processing, 2D animation and rotoscoping tools, the feature set is now described as: ‘Paint – Animation – 3D’.
Workflow improvements, plus updates to the 3D engine
The changes in Howler 2019 itself are primarily GUI and workflow improvements, including thumbnail previews of images in the recently used documents list, as shown in the video above.
Brush strokes also now get their own thumbnail preview images in the left-hand sidebar.
The text tool has also been reworked and is now transparent so that the underlying image can be seen behind it. It can be sized from any side, and also has + and – buttons for incremental changes to the font.
The update also introduces mipmap-based scaling of images in the GUI.
Puppy Ray, Howler’s built-in ray tracing renderer, aimed primarily at generating procedural landscapes, has also been expanded, adding the option to save frame sequences from animations.
The change is part of ongoing work to the 3D engine, which also now features work-in-progress tools for viewing OBJ files.
Pricing and availability
Howler 2019 is available for Windows only. The MSRP is $49.99, although it is usually available at a discount.
The developers say that, as part of the change of branding, they now aim to do a “smaller initial update [each year plus] several updates during the year”.
Read a full list of new features in Howler