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The next generation of Vectoraster, Vectoraster 8, is now in beta testing. There is no set release date yet, but most major features are now implemented and the plan is to test and improve the new version during the summer for release sometime after that. You can check it out below and sign up for a release notification or if you want to help out beta testing.
Some of the main planned new features in Vectoraster 8:
- Animation support. Animate raster parameters and export the result to video.
- New source layers model. Sources are now more like layers in other graphics software and can be moved, scaled and rotated individually and blended together.
- Improved preview drag editing. Edit source layers, gradients, distortions or raster pattern parameters by dragging graphical handles in the preview.
- Advanced noise sources. New dynamic noise layers generating perlin or billowing noise you can then apply to any parameter across the raster.
- Secondary point transformations. You can now apply two separate dynamic scaling or rotations to raster points, for example adding randomization to a source-based value.
- Dark Mode interface support. Interface now adapts to system interface mode, and lets you switch between dark mode and light mode.
Vectoraster 8 will require macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) to run.
A new update to Vectoraster 7 has been released. This update is very much a regular maintenance update with fixes to a number of smaller issues and adds a couple small of improvements.
- Negative Point aspect values are now allowed.
- Fixed a problem with loading files that use unavailable fonts.
- Fixed a small precision problem in the diagonal spacing of alternating raster points with the same spacing option enabled.
- Improved technical diagnostic information in the support/feedback dialogue.
- Improved connection security and handling of network problems during license syncing.
Another update to Vectoraster 7 has been released. This improves support for importing a whole range of new image 3:rd party formats to be used as source images or custom points, including photoshop psd, tga, raw and more.
In addition to this there are some under the hood fixes and improvements, and you can now access more detailed license information in the About panel.
Another small update to Vectoraster 7 has been released. This updates adds access to your system Photos library via the browse dialogue (under Media in the sidebar) so you can easily use your photos as sources, and also fixes some issues with the font selection panel for Text sources.
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A small update to Vectoraster 7 has been released today. This is another small patch, this time fixing a precision problem with exporting thin strokes on small filled point shapes.
A small update to Vectoraster 7 has been released today. This update makes some minor changes and fixes a bug with the full screen preview feature.
A new update to the vector halftone app Vectoraster 7 has been released. This new update doesn't add any new exciting functionality like the previous updates, but it fixes a couple of bugs with source blur and importing high-resolution images to use as sources.
The macOS vector raster and halftone gradient app Vectoraster 7 has been updated today. The new version adds another exiting way to vary any dynamic parameter, based on the point index. In less technical terms this lets you vary things based on the order of the points, like rotating every other point in the raster. This can let you make many interesting patterns in th eraster points that you can then combine with gradient or halftone-variations on other values. Make sure to check out the new included Alternating stars sample file as an introduction.
Along with this there are also the usual batch of bug fixes and smaller interface improvements to make Vectoraster easier to use.Changes in 7.4.2
- Index-based values You can now vary parameter based on point order, for changing the color or transformation of every other point in the raster.
- Some interface fixes and adjustments.
- Improvements to mouse wheel zooming and scrolling.
- Added link to the lost code form in license code entry interface.
The vector halftone and pattern app Vectoraster 7 has been updated again today. This time it's mostly just a fix of a bug in the previous 7.4.0 update that caused point fill and stroke color controls to be disabled incorrectly in some cases. Sorry about that! This new update also updates the Sample files included along with Vectoraster 7 (you can find them in the Help menu), so if you haven't taken a look at them yet this could be a good time to do so.Changes in 7.4.1
- Fixes a bug where Point fill and stroke color wells would be disabled.
- Updates to sample files (Available from the Help menu).
The vector halftone and pattern app Vectoraster 7 has been updated today. The new version adds three new source combinations modes letting you use a combination of multiple sources to vary any raster or point parameter. For example using data from an image combined with a dynamic gradient to set the point size as shown in the example above.
Along with this there are also a bunch of bug fixes and smaller interface improvements to make Vectoraster easier to use.Changes in 7.4.0
- Adds new combined sources mode for all variable parameters, letting you control them with a combination of multiple sources.
- Adds a new toggle button to quickly enable/disable Raster pattern distortions without removing them.
- You can now zoom with mouse option-scroll wheel or trackpad pinch gestures.
- Improvements to interface and preview rendering.
- Apple application notarization (New Apple security requirements).
- Fixes a bug with undo/redo of some raster pattern distortion properties.
- Fixes a bug with linear gradient sources with small sizes.
- Fixes a bug in the Align raster to edges utility.
The vector halftone and pattern app Vectoraster 7 has been updated today. The new version fixes some bugs and adds some small improvements, while also updating some under-the-hood frameworks to the latest version in preparation for the 7.4 update which is planned to bring some more substantial new features.Changes in 7.3.8
- Preferences panel reorganized.
- Fixes some bugs related to changing document artboard size.
- Fixes a bug with raster distortion strengths in imported Vectoraster 6 files.
- Parameter interface layout tweaks.
- Updates to frameworks for updates, license handling and general macOS support.
Another update to Vectoraster 7 released today. The new version fixes a couple of bugs we found after the last update and adds the support for negative shape smoothing values, letting you make new pointy shapes. While it might seem like a small change it also tweaks the way the parameter value sliders adjust their value range dynamically, which we think will be a major improvements to working with the software.Changes in 7.3.7
- The Smoothing parameter for polygon point shapes (and more) now accepts negative values, letting you make new pointy shapes.
- Improved adaptive value ranges for parameter sliders.
- New setting to toggle GPU accelerated interface rendering on/off. Default is on for retina macs.
- Fixes a bug with launching Vectoraster by double-clicking some .VRaster files.
Today another update to Vectoraster 7 has been released. The new version primarily improves performance, both in rendering rasters and interface responsiveness in general, especially on macOS 10.14 systems and retina macs. There are also som bugfixes and new options in the Multi-scale utility to let you scale stroke parameters as well.Changes in 7.3.6
- Performance improvements, especially on macOS 10.14 and retina macs.
- Multi-scale can now also scale point stroke along with pattern and point size.
- Fixes a bug with Multiscale not scaling radial raster patterns from the center.
- The disable interface animations setting now works as intended.
Today a new update to the vector halftone and gradient software Vectoraster 7 has been released. The new version includes some under the hood fixes and improvements, along with new variable point parameters for stroke and fill color opacity. So now you can vary your raster points in yet another way.Changes in 7.3.5
- New variable point fill and stroke opacity parameters.
- Improvements to display zooming.
- Improvements to Finder quicklook previews and file thumbnails.
- Fixes some interface bugs on macOS 10.14.
- Fixes a rare network full version unlocking bug.
Today a new update to the vector halftone generator Vectoraster 7 was released. The new version comes with the usual set of little fixes and tweaks, along with some more substantial new features related to how you can use gradient sources (and others) to vary different point properties with new periodic functions.Changes in 7.3.4
- New varied parameter functions: Sinus, Square wave and Sawtooth, with variable periods and offset.
- New varied parameter sources: Position X and Y, letting you easily vary any property based on position without needing to make a new Gradient Source.
- Improved Gradient source precision and performance.
- File loading performance improvements.
- Raster calculation stability improvements.
- Updates to license entry and trial-mode interfaces.
- Bug fixes to precision angle parameter inputs.
- Apple Hardened runtime security features.
The new version is now available as an update in the application, or to download and try out for free.
Another update of Vectoraster 7 has now been released, you can download the new version for free here or update from within the application.Changes in 7.3.3
- New Custom shape point Image mode and Path mode for more options with imported point graphics.
- Improved SVG rendering support for both source images and custom shapes in image mode.
- Some bug fixes.
Vectoraster 7 has now been updated to version 7.3.2, you can download the new version for free here or update from within the application.Changes in 7.3.2
- Improved custom shape SVG path parsing.
- Interface improvements for point color picking and source mixing.
- Support for upcoming macOS 10.14 mojave.
- Improved diagnostics for some installation and network problems.
Vectoraster 7.3.1 has now been released. This update fixes some compatibility problems with macOS 10.11 introduced in the last update, so now hopefully everyone should be able to access the new features in Vectoraster 7.3.
Update problems on macOS 10.10 and 10.11
We've had some reports regarding problems with the latest updates of Vectoraster 7 and Patternodes 2 on systems running macOS 10.11 or earlier.
While we're working on fixing these we've rolled back the initial download versions here on the site to the previous versions, and restricted updates to users with macOS 10.12 or later. This means the users with macOS 10.12 or later can still update and everything should work fine, but users with earlier macOS version can still use the products until the problem is fixed so they can update too.
A new update of the vector halftone generator Vectoraster 7 has been released. This update add a number of improvements to line rasters and raster pattern distortions. Primarily it adds the possibility to vary distortions strength (like the amount of randomization or offset) with a source image or gradient.
Download and try it out now or update from within the application.Changes in 7.3.0
- Raster distortions (like randomize) can now have their strength vary based on sources.
- New Offset distortion to make use of the new possibilities with source-based distortions.
- Line rasters can now be aligned top/center/bottom.
- New double linear gradient source gradient mode.
- Varied density raster patterns now let you choose source to control the denisty.
- Randomize raster distortions can now be applied with better gradual control.
- Improvements to version checking and updating.
- Improvements to purchase/unlock dialogue.
- Various small fixes and tweaks.
A new update of Vectoraster 7 has been released. This update adds a new pill point shape you can use in your rasters, with variable length and size, along with all the usual other transformations.
Download and try it out now or update from within the application.
A new update of Vectoraster 7 has been released. The new version brings some smaller bug-fixes and two improvements:
- Improved configuration or structured and random varied density raster patterns. Letting you set a separate vertical spacing for these patterns, as shown above.
- Improvements to bitmap format export (TIFF, JPG, PNG), with better print size and resolution settings that are now properly stored in the exported image files.
Today another small update to the vector graphics halftone and raster application Vectoraster 7 has been released. The new update doesn't add any big new features, but updates some things under the hood and adds some small improvements to importing of EPS and SVG custom point shapes.
Update from within Vectoraster, or download and try the new version for free if you don't have it already.
Another update to Vectoraster 7 has just been released with some more improvements and fixes.Changes in 7.2.2
- Fixes a bug where TIFF, JPEG and PNG file exports would be double resolution on systems with retina screens.
- Improved compatibility with vector point shapes exported/copied from Sketch.
A new update to the vector halftone and patterns application Vectoraster 7 has just been released. The new update is mostly a maintenance and bug-fix update, but also includes a new quick full screen preview feature.Changes in 7.2.1
- New quick full screen preview, toggle with Command-F or using the new full screen button.
- Sources visible behind the raster in Vectoraster are now also shown in the Finder file previews.
- Some bug fixes and system required updates under the hood.
- Improved support features with network diagnostics for update/unlocking problems.
Vectoraster 7 system requirement changed to macSO 10.11
While the ambition was to keep supporting macOS 10.9 and later for Vectoraster 7 it seems we haven't been able to make some of the new features added in later updates fully compatible.
We've therefore pushed the system requirements for Vectoraster 7 up to macOS 10.11 for the current version 7.2.0. For users with macOS 10.10 or 10.9 who are having problems with the software you can download an earlier version of Vectoraster 7 from the Legacy downloads page and moving forward only the last compatible version should be offered via the application updating feature.
The vector graphics half-tone and raster tool Vectoraster has just been updated to 7.2.0. The new version adds new dynamic Text sources, letting you make text-based raster effects within Vectoraster and adds a bunch of interface usability and support improvements.
If you're already a user you can just update from within the Vectoraster, if not you can download it and try it out for free using the link below. For Vectoraster 6 users there's a great upgrade offer.
Changes in 7.2.0
- New Text source type, letting you generate type source images with your choice of text, font etc to base your raster on.
- New interface icons and improved help and support tools in the Help menu.
- VRaster files now get thumbnail icons for use in Finder when saved (can be turned off in the settings).
- New setting to change the interface background color.
The vector graphics half-tone and raster tool Vectoraster has just been updated to v 7.1.7. If you're already a user you can just update from within the application, if not you can download it and try it out for free using the link below. If you're still using Vectoraster 6, this is a great time to upgrade for just $9.95.
Changes in 7.1.7
- Improved randomization algorithm to avoid artifacts and patterning in randomized rasters with a large number of of points. There's an option to use the old random generator below the random seed setting in the document information panel.
- Changed to an SVG-based default custom shape file as EPS import has caused problems on some systems.
- Fixed a problem with compression artifacts appearing near edges when blurred sources where used for varied density raster patterns.
- Multi-threading stability improvements.
Another small update patch was released today, fixing a bug where blurring non-square source images could result in a skewed output along with some other small improvements. Update or download today!
This update was originally released yesterday as 7.1.5, unfortunately this build had some stability problmes and has today been fixed and re-released as 7.1.6.
A new update to Vectoraster 7 has been released, and is now available to download for free or update from within the application.
With this update we're also cutting the price of upgrading from a previous version of Vectoraster to just $9.95. So if you're still using an earlier version of Vectoraster, this is a great time to upgrade.Changes in 7.1.4
- You can now quickly use the mouse scroll wheel to edit values in value fields.
- Fixes some problems with pasting in vector custom point shapes from Illustrator.
- Added new option to gradient sources to maintain the aspect of the rendered gradient when used in non-square raster artboards, instead of scaling it to fit.
- Fixes to make sure the source image size and document size dialogues show sizes in the correct length units.
Today a new small update to Vectoraster has been released and is available for free download or update from within the app.
The update fixes some stability issues, fixes some issues for first-time users and adds the new feedback dialogue recently added to PatterNodes. So now getting in touch with suggestions, praise, complaints or bugreports will hopefully be a smoother process.
Another small update has been released for Vectoraster 7 with a couple of bugfixes and improvements. Just update from within the application or click below to download the latest version.Changes in 7.1.2
- Improved handling of source images with transparency.
- Fixes a bug where using pdf or eps files as your source image could cause a crash.
- Some convenience improvements when dragging or pasting source images or custom point shapes into Vectoraster.
- A new user setting that when enabled removes the source image blur filter when a new source image is imported, to avoid confusion.
Today small update was released for Vectoraster 7 with a couple of fixes to hopefully make your Vectoraster experience even smoother.Fixes in 7.1.1
- Stroke rendering of line rasters now properly uses the stroke color instead of fill color.
- Fixed some bugs with basing raster point colors on a source image with an applied blur effect.
- Some interface bug-fixes related to replacing the image of an existing raster source image.
Today new more substantial update for Vectoraster 7 was released. It is available to download and try for free, or you can update from within the application if you already use it.New features and improvements in 7.1.0
- You can now dynamically blur source images you base your rasters on with a nondestructive blur parameter.
- Improved multi-scale tool with new options to scale only points or pattern parameters, and to scale the raster pattern from the center to maintain symmetry.
- New raster pattern align tool to quickly align the offset and spacing of the raster to line up the points exactly with the edges or center. Available in the Raster Utilities menu.
- You can now show sources behind the raster in the preview or exports with an opacity parameter for blending.
- Updated Sparkle update code.
Today another update for Vectoraster 7 was released. It is available to download and try for free, or you can update from within the application if you already use it.
The new version adds some new text raster improvements and fixes some problems related to mac OS 10.12 Sierra. This will hopefully also solve the problems some new users on Sierra were having with unlocking the full version.Changes in 7.0.9
- New Text baseline pivot option in the Transformation panel, letting you make nicer text rasters with character point shapes aligned on the baseline.
- Fixes some mac OS 10.12.x (Sierra) problems
Today a new free update patch for the vector halftone and raster pattern tool Vectoraster 7 was released. It is available to download for free or you can update from within the application.
The new version adds some new functionality to the raster distortions, including greater randomization control shown above, and fixes some bugs.Changes in 7.0.8
- The Randomize distortion now has a single direction mode, where you can randomize the points in a single direction specified by angle instead.
- The Wave distortion now has an angle parameter, letting you set an angle for the waves separate to the raster rotation.
- Some improved diagnostics and error checking code.
- Improved stability on mac OS 10.9.x
Today a small update of Vectoraster was released with a couple of changes and improvements.
- Improvements to custom vector shape parsing, including basic SVG support.
- Manual and sample files are now embedded in the application bundle, accessible via the Help menu, instead of being placed in the application folder.
- Some minor interface and stability improvements.
A new small update to Vectoraster 7 was released today. It's a free update and the new version adds two new options to flip or invert the exported raster, useful when creating printing screens. It also fixes a bug where importing raster files from Vectoraster 5 or earlier would get the wrong raster size.
Download packages updated
We've now updated the new signed download .dmg packages a little to resolve some problems and provide a smoother installation process.
If you were having problems downloading the Vectoraster 7.0.5 update the last few days, sorry about that and please try again now.
Today a new free update to the vector raster graphics and pattern application Vectoraster 7 was released.Changes in version 7.0.5
- The new 'Intersecting lines' raster pattern replaces the previous 'Random lines' one, letting you make line raster grids with crossing lines as well as adding controlled randomization of the lines. This also fixes some bugs with offsetting the old random lines pattern.
- New 'Spiral' raster pattern, similar to the radial raster, but with the points in a single spiraling line. Great for line rasters.
- Further improvements to parsing custom vector point shapes.
- Smaller .VRaster file sizes by compressing large embedded source images.
Today another small update of Vectoraster 7 was released, with some more fixes and improvements based on user feedback:
- There is now a new Random seed parameter for each document that can be found in the document info panel. Changing this changes all random values in the raster to new ones if you want to try a different randomization.
- Changed random varied density raster pattern slightly to avoid pattern striping in rasters with a lot of points.
- The point removal size limit parameter is now scaled along with the other size parameters when using the Multi-scale tool.
- Notification center message when file export completes, click it to show the new file in Finder.
- Hue adjustments parameters for fill and stroke color are now in degrees in a +/-360 range instead of +/-1.
As always with big releases some little bugs make it through the testing. Today a small update to Vectoraster 7 was released fixing a couple of small such problems. Mainly with printing directly from Vectoraster not working and some interface layout scaling issues.
Happy rastering, have a nice weekend and stay tuned for future more feature-rich updates based on all the wonderful feedback and ideas we've got from you all after the release of Vectoraster 7.
New signed downloads to fix macOS 10.12 problems
Due to some users having problems with the little known new App Translocation security feature of macOS 10.12 we're now offering our downloads for PatterNodes and Vectoraster 7 as signed disk images instead of plain zip-archives.
To simplify it a little macOS10.12 basically doesn't trust software downloaded away from the AppStore, and when you launch such software it secretly moves the application to a random read-only location where it then runs from. This means it can't update (so you'll get errors about being on a read-only volume if you try to look for new versions) and it can't find included Sample files, as those are not moved along with it. So if you're having these problems on 10.12, App Translocation is probably the culprit.
Depending on your setup, the new signed downloads should be considered trusted by the system and not subjected to this quarantine. So downloading again and installing from the disk image should fix the problem.
If you don't want to re-download or it still doesn't fix the problem another work-around seems to be to simply drag the downloaded application (not the entire folder) to your Applications folder (or any other folder on your mac) and launch it from there. This seems to take the application out of quarantine and tell the system you trust this software to run where it is.
Vectoraster 7, the new generation of the mac graphics app has now been released with new features and improvements in almost every part of the application.
Click below to find out more and try it out for free!
Main changes and new features in Vectoraster 7
- Parametric gradient sources. In addition to using imported images as sources for your raster you can now define linear and radial gradients you can adjust in Vectoraster.
- More dynamic properties. Greatly increased the possibilities to have different point aspects, like shape, size and color, vary across the raster.
- New interface. Redesigned to be more consistent, efficient and responsive.
- Improved stroke and fill properties. Improved separate settings for point fill and stroke parameters that can be used individually or together.
- Flexible raster distortions. You can now combine multiple distortions to your raster pattern (like waves, twists or randomizations), each with improved individual control over position and scale.
More new features and changes
- Improved memory management. Using less memory for rasters with few points while also in practical terms removing the limit on allowed number of points in a raster.
- Quick copy/paste/drop integration. Quickly paste or drag and drop in images or vector graphics to use as a source image or point shape.
- Better performance. Faster multi-threaded preview rendering with less artifacts.
- Improved updating and version checking. Updates are downloaded via HTTPS for increased security, keeps sample files up to date, and give you the option to automatically download new versions.
- More help and information. Updated full manual as well as integrated tool-tips, sample files and an all new "Quick tips" panel in the application to help you get started.
- New file format. New more flexible format for saved VRaster files, with support for opening legacy .VRaster files saved with previous versions.
Changes and new features:
- Added a raster information panel showing information like raster size, dpi and number of points, accessed by clicking the little info-button in the bottom right of the raster window.
- Length unit consistency. All length values (like point size, point spacing etc) are now in millimeters, the option of using other length units when exporting has been removed.
- Made the embedded message in exported rasters for unregistered users clearer.
- Hiding the application using the Hide menu item now works properly.
- Fixed some problems with unlocking Vectoraster, and made the error messages for invalid registration codes more helpful.
- Fixed a bug that sometimes caused holes in exported rasters for registered users on Mac OS X 10.6.8.
- The raster rotation setting now accepts negative values, making it easier to make text rasters with lines pointing upwards.
- Fixed a bug that would sometimes reset the text raster text string when the text raster mode was changed.
- The preset images are now replaced in the preset image folder if they are removed for some reason.
- Change of the default value of the display slider to only show the raster from the start for new rasters.
Basic halftones demo
Advanced halftones demo
Text halftones demo
Line halftones demo
- New raster pattern: Random lines. (Try it in a line raster or text raster!)
- Improved bitmap export panel with mm size and dpi calculation.
- Max values of the point size sliders are now adjusted with raster spacing for better precision.
- Tweaked Multi Scale tool interface.
- Fixed a bug in line raster rendering that would incorrectly bridge some gaps in lines.
- Fixed a bug where setting a point color without any source image color mixing would always result in the color black.
If you are unfamiliar with Vectoraster can get a quick introduction here:
- Added a Vary point rotation-option that varies the rotation of each point with the point weight, allowing for some interesting pattern effects in gradients.
- Fixed rendering problems with display setups where retina and normal displays were used together.