May 132012
 

Straight up! Or curved a bit, with a variable width and graduated fill!

For what may have been a first, this year’s Wakefield Show saw Martin Wuerthner demonstrating a new version of ArtWorks that wasn’t actually ready for sale – though he expected it to become available soon after.

After only a very short time, ‘soon after’ has arrived, and Martin has announced the availability of that new version.

ArtWorks 2.X2 introduces a major new feature, in the form of ‘Artistic Lines’, which presents the user with many new creative opportunities – and they are apparently fun to play with, as well!

An Artistic Line is one which is more versatile than an ordinary line, because it has additional properties. It consists of a central line, which can be edited just as an ordinary line would be, allowing the user to drag anchor points and curve control points to change its shape, etc – but there is also a ‘width profile’ that determines how the width changes as the line progresses along its path.

 

Example artistic lines; image taken from the MW Software website

Example artistic lines; image taken from the MW Software website

On top of that, Artistic Lines can have graduated fills or hatch fills applied to them, unlike ordinary lines, and you can even give them an outline colour. There are various profiles available to choose from to start off your Artistic Lines – for example, there are some that look like brush strokes, twisted ribbons or waves.

Other changes in this ArtWorks upgrade are a new option to select a page range when importing PDF files and, when importing Drawfiles, the paper size and “Show print border” option are now included.

ArtWorks 2.X2 is available for purchase now, with an upgrade from version 2.XI costing just £30 (including VAT). For details of how to order, and prices to upgrade from other versions, please refer to the MW Software price list.

As well as this new version of ArtWorks, a new version of AWViewer is available. Version 2.16 addresses a bug for transparency profile rendering, which was still not ARMv7 safe in version 2.15, and is therefore a must-have for BeagleBoard and ARMini users.