I can’t wait to tell you about the Patch that Corel Painter 12 released a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t gotten SP1, yet, do not delay and download it today. You will be very glad that you did. But before I start talking about the patch, I want to give you some links to developer blogs at the Corel Painter Factory site. These blogs have information that I don’t think you can find anywhere else. Here are the three blogs : SP!LOG; musings from sp!ke, a Painter user experience designer…; DAN’S PAINTER INSIGHTS; and CHRIS’ BRUSH BLOG. If you haven’t been watching these blogs, you missed some terrific information. I don’t believe there is an email subscription, but there is an RSS feed. In my video, I will refer to Dan’s blog a couple of times, but there is information on Chris’ blog about multicore options, too. And on Steve’s blog, you will find a list of all the changes made in SP-1.
The biggest change is a new feature called Multicore Usage added to Edit > Preferences > Performance. It is similar to Memory Usage. I found a number of my Painter 12 students had upgraded the patch but didn’t have a clue about the new feature. I realized I needed to do a video for the class and thought I could make it for my blog, too. I am thinking there are others out there who are not aware of the new feature. I am a little late in spreading the word. Here is the video:
“You think you are a little late? The party’s been over for a week”
“Oh Kevin don’t start. Just be glad that I am here and adding the video. I haven’t been absent from the blog for that long”
“Yes you have,” Kevin the good virus screamed.
Maybe he isn’t so good. For a long time I thought he was an imaginary friend, but I discovered that he is really a computer virus, but a good one. He likes to compare himself with Glenda, the good witch in the Wizard of Oz.
“Do you realize that you have been a way for over a month.”
“OK, so it has been a month. Big deal!”
I don’t know what his beef is about. He can visit with any visitors to the site. I think he really is mad because most folks ignore him; poor guy.
“It is a big deal and if you don’t start posting regularly, I will make you wish you had!”
“Yeah, you and who else. If I remember correctly you are a good virus. How could you hurt me?” I said that laughingly.
I heard a quick intake of his breath with that last quip and then, “I can turn into a bad virus at the snap of my finger.”
Again laughingly, “Last time I looked you didn’t have any fingers.”
Another audible gasp, the sound of little “feet” running across the floor, followed by the slam of a door. A very dramatic exit. I wonder if he could turn into a bad virus. No way…he is a good virus.
I haven’t finished my new watercolor brushes, yet. Every Time I think I am going to finish, I make three or four more variants. And if I don’t have enough to do, I have started another set, but not watercolor. This set is using opaque paint and each brush is a captured dab. To make the brushes work like Artist’s Oils or RealBristles, I am using the dryout slider in the Well brush control panel. I have already started some videos about those brushes and will post soon. I have some other great news, too, but I’ll wait for the next post to tell you about it.
I guess that’s it for this post.