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Vectoraster 8

Create custom vector halftones and animated raster effects
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Patternodes 2

Create parametric graphic patterns, animations and complex repetitions
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SketchFighter 4000 Alpha

Top-down metroidvania shooter with a unique style
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Dice Bag

3D dice with nice graphics and lots of customization
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DotPass

Pretty secure passwords with patterns
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2021-04-12

Vectoraster 8.2.1 released

Today another smaller update to Vectoraster 8 has been released, 8.2.1 contains some smaller fixes and tweaks after the 8.2.0 update. Thanks again to all the users who've reported issues and sent us suggestions and ifeature requests. It really helps making our software better and more useful for everyone!

8.2.1 changes:
  • Fixed source invert filter not working after the 8.2.0 update.
  • Fix preview not updating correctly when a source layer is removed.
  • Better raster pattern preview for varied density rasters.
  • Fix text source layers not updating on the first click when changing font in the font panel.
  • Fix missing VRaster document icons on older versions of macOS.
  • Adjustment of some dark mode text label colors.

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2021-04-09

Vectoraster 8 stippling and dithering video



There's now a new feature video showing off the new stippling/dithering raster patterns introduced in Vectoraster 8.2. If you're interested in Vectoraster the rest of the Vectoraster playlist will give you a quick overview of new features and possibilities in Vectoraster 8.


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2021-03-30

Vectoraster 8.2.0 released

The Vectoraster 8.2.0 update released today brings four new dithering raster patterns, primarily useful to make stippling style designs with constant point size but varying density of the points. There are also a number of improvements to custom point shape importing, with better support especially for EPS and SVG files generated by Affinity software.

Vectoraster 8.2.0 changes
  • New dithering raster patterns. Dynamic source based Floyd-Steinberg, Stucki and Sierra error diffusion dithering patterns and new Bayer 8x8 ordered dithering pattern.
  • Improved support for imported SVG and EPS of custom point shapes exported from Affinity software.
  • Added support for even-odd fill mode in imported of custom point shapes.
  • Fixes an issue with document icons for some macOS 11 users.
  • Fixed live raster updates while dragging sliders for some source parameters.
  • Better handling of problems when importing custom vector point shapes from EPS/PDF/SVG files.
  • Removed some redundant screen printing export settings.
  • Some interface optimization.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2021-03-23

Patternodes 2.4.5 update

A new update of Patternodes 2 has been released. This time with the usual batch of fixes, but also some small additions and improvements to the Group Apply Function node, Value nodes and a refresh of the Sample files library included in the application. If you haven't checked them out in a while it might be worth a look!

Patternodes 2.4.5 changes
  • Improved Group Apply Function graph to be more responsive during animations and better show period offsets.
  • Improved Group Apply Function node, making it easier to apply exact multi-period functions.
  • Added an input socket to the basic Value node.
  • Repeater nodes now correctly show the Dynamic input settings when connected directly to Element list nodes.
  • Fixed an issue with Group Randomize nodes sometimes not loading correctly when opening older files.
  • Updated Sparkle version checking library.
  • Updated Sample files library available from Help menu.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2021-03-09

Vectoraster 8.1.3 released

The Vectoraster 8.1.3 update, released today, is another smaller update with fixes to a couple of bugs and smaller improvements.

Vectoraster 8.1.3 changes
  • Added button to re-center offset source layers.
  • The artboard size dialogue now has added presets for current image source sizes as well as original sizes.
  • Performance improvements for raster distortions and gradient source layers.
  • Clarified and corrected a number of tooltips and help messages.
  • Updates to the manual.
  • Some small macOS 11 interface adjustments.
  • Updated Sparkle version checking library.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2021-02-23

Patternodes 2.4.4 update

A new maintenance update of Patternodes 2 has been released. This fixes a couple of different issues, and will hopefully resolve some long standing issues that prevented the software from running on macOS 10.11. There aren't that many users who are still on macOS 10.11, but it's been a shame that they haven't been able to update since 2.3.0 and hopefully this will mean they get access to the latest imprevements and fixes as well.

Patternodes 2.4.4 changes
  • Fixed some stability issues drag-moving complex font character elements.
  • Restored support for legacy macOS 10.11 (a bit experimental).
  • Fixed incorrectly offset node preview of elements with offset pivot points.
  • Fixed Repeat Random node not hiding/showing some parameter fields correctly when using artboard size and no minimum spacing.
  • Apply Graphics node now has a random seed field when applyin to removal chance.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2021-02-11

Patternodes 2.4.3 update

Another update of the parametric 2d vector design app Patternodes, with a mixed bag of improvements, fixes and some new features.

Patternodes 2.4.3 changes
  • Improved preview updating frequency when rendering complex output and animation previews.
  • Node value fields and formula fields now support the % modulus operator (ex: 10 % 4 will output 2).
  • Node value fields and formula fields now support the round() function (ex: round(1.9) will output 2).
  • Change nodes Selected Single apply to mode now loops around to restart at the first element if the offset is greater than the number or elements, consistent with other counted selections.
  • Fixed Change Replace node not allowing Each or Selected apply modes even though the input is a group.
  • More small interface adjustments on macOS 11.
  • Updated a number of outdated tooltips and help texts.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2021-01-06

SketchFighter 4000 Alpha v1.2.5 update

A small update has now been released for SketchFighter 4000 Alpha, fixing a couple of little issues and adding native apple silicone processor support.

Update changes:

  • Universal native Intel / Apple silicone support.
  • Added links to new future development voting and feedback page.
  • Improved super beam hit detection precision.
  • Some menu optimizations.


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2021-01-04

Patternodes 2.4.2 update

We're starting off the new year with a small update of Patternodes, this time mostly some fixes and adjustments for running on macOS 11 (Big Sur) and soem rare number formatting issues.

Patternodes 2.4.2 changes
  • Some interface fixes on macOS 11 (Big Sur).
  • Fixed some number formatting issues with value fields when using comma as a thousands separator.
  • Value fields should now correctly show comma as the decimal separator based on your system settings.
  • Made trial mode watermark a little more subtle.
  • Removed a redundant search field from the Help menu.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-12-28

Vectoraster 8.1.2 released

The Vectoraster 8.1.2 update, released today, is another smaller update with fixes to a couple of bugs and smaller improvements.

Vectoraster 8.1.2 changes
  • Improved calculation progress updates for long regeneration processes.
  • Improved handling of warnings when incompatible raster settings are selected so no raster can be rendered.
  • Fixed some number formatting issues with export size fields when using comma as a thousands separator.
  • Value fields should now correctly show comma as the decimal separator based on your system settings.
  • Fixes a double regeneration bug after changing the artboard size.
  • Removed a redundant search field from the Help menu

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-12-22

Vectoraster 8.1.1 released

Another Vectoraster 8 update, this time 8.1.1 has been released. This is just a smaller update with fixes to a couple of bugs to get you over the holidays.

Vectoraster 8.1.1 changes
  • Optimized file loading.
  • Fixes a bug with changing sizes in the export dialogue when using points or inches as the length units.
  • Fixes a bug with auto-resampling of large source images causing them to be used at the wrong size in v8.1.0.
  • Fixed a bug where images sources wouldn't properly update when toggling auto-resampling on/off.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-12-14

Vectoraster 8.1.0 released

Vectoraster 8.1.0 has been released. This update brings SVG export support that has been requested by many users, and a new simple line point shape useful for plotting, etching and stippling applications. CSV exports have been improved and now include point color information. There are also improvements to preview updating while editing source layers and a new export setting to export the raster pattern blended with the sources at a lower preview opacity. Together these changes open up even more new ways to use the designs you produce in Vectoraster.

Vectoraster 8.1.0 changes
  • SVG vector graphics export
  • New Simple line point shape, simple short line with just stroke and no fill useful for stippling, plotting and etching applications
  • Improved CSV-export that now includes point fill color RGBA components in the exported data.
  • New export option to use preview raster opacity when exporting, to let you export the raster semi-transparent on top of the sources.
  • Improved appearance of composited source layer previews while live editing source parameters.
  • Fix preview rendering when raster preview opacity was lower than source preview opacity.
  • Interface adjustments for macOS 11 (Big Sur).
  • Update to Finder preview quick look component for VRaster files.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-12-04

Patternodes 2.4.1 update

Another update to Patternodes, this time just some smaller fixes mainly around the .pnds file format.

Patternodes 2.4.1 changes
  • Preview rendering scale fixes on retina screens.
  • Changes to .pnds file format for improved future compatibility.
  • Update to Finder quick look preview component.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-11-30

Patternodes 2.4.0 update

A new version of the node based pattern and parametric design app Patternodes 2 has been released. This update brings a number of new improvements to the random repeater node, a new removal chance mode in the apply function/graphics nodes and improvemnts to SVG imports and exports. The app is now also a itel/apple silocone universal binary and of course there's a bunch of little bug fixes as well.

Patternodes 2.4.0 changes
  • Improved Random repeater node with new radial mode and option to set a minimum distance between repeated elements.
  • Gradual removal. Apply Function and Apply Graphics nodes can now be used to apply a gradual removal chance to elements.
  • Improved SVG exports with greatly reduced file-size using svg-symbols for images and embedding of imported SVG elements.
  • Improved SVG path importing, with support for matrix() group transforms often used by Affinity Designer.
  • Apple Silicon native support.
  • Fixes a bug where the little pivot point markers would not show correctly in the Change Pivot node previews.
  • Fixes a bug with some invalid connections not being removed after replacing nodes.
  • Fixes a bug where replacing a change nodes with group nodes could lead to an invalid apply-to mode in the group node.
  • Update to Sparkle updating library.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-11-25

Purchase processing problems

Due to technical problems at our payment handling provider paddle.com it's currently not possible to purchase licenses for Vectoraster or Patternodes.

Paddle has acknowleged the problems and are saying that they are working on a solution, you can follow the status of this at their status page. Or you can simply come back a little later here and see if the purchase links have started working again. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope this will be resolved swiftly.

Update: The problems have now been resolved and purchasing should work as usual again.



2020-11-19

Vectoraster 8.0.5 update released

Another Vectoraster 8 has been released. This time with another set of smaller improvements across the app, from interface tweaks to performance and SVG importing. The new version is also built as a universal binary so it should run natively on both existing Intel macs and the new Apple Silicone macs.

Vectoraster 8.0.5 changes
  • Apple Silicon native support.
  • Improved performance when updating and compositing source layers.
  • Improved SVG path importing, with support for matrix() group transforms often used by Affinity Designer.
  • New presets menu in the artboard size change dialogue to quickly change to a preset or source image size.
  • Fixes some interface panel animation glitches when enabling/disabling the Use source color fill/stroke settings.
  • Exporting without changing any document export settings no longer marks the document as needing to be saved.
  • Update to Sparkle updating library.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-11-15

DotPass passwords and Dice Bag apps now free!

From today on, and effective for at least a couple of months, both our password app DotPass (iOS and macOS) and the dice roller app Dice Bag (iOS) will be available for free on the app store.

The reason for this is simply that they've both been around for a while now, ad we're hoping this will let new users find them and try them out. Depending on how the interest for the apps develops during the period they may then become paid apps again, or they might remain free. There are no plans in either case to make them freemium in any sense with additional in-app purchases or add ads or information collecting in them to generate revenue.

So, if you're looking for a new way to deal with your passwords (you know you should) or you sometimes want to roll dice, this is good news!

DotPass - Pretty secure passwords with patterns

Dice Bag - iOS 3D Dice roller



2020-11-13

Patternodes 2.3.7 update

A new version of the pattern and motion design app Patternodes 2 has been released. This update brings improvements to the export dialogues, primarily making it easier to export to a different size than the current artboard or preview size, along with a number of other little fixes and improvements.

Patternodes 2.3.7 changes
  • New export size settings lets you easily export animations or graphics at a different size than the current artboard.
  • Added item in Help menu for the new system for feedback and voting on future development.
  • Fixes a bug with some export settings not being properly saved per document.
  • Fixes a bug with the Group Select node preview sometimes not showing the mask element when it should.
  • Fixes a bug where disconnected nodes didn't properly update their previews.
  • The node replace/add context menus now include the node type level for clarity even if there's only one possible type.
  • Added a new warning message to completely disconnected nodes explaining they won't do anything.
  • New method for logging technical warnings without relying on system log.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-11-12

Vectoraster 7 discontinued

Since Vectoraster 8 has now been live for a bit more than 2 months we're now discontinuing Vectoraster 7.

Existing users will still be able to get support and re-download the old version from Support: Legacy downloads, but it will no longer be available for download or purchase for new users.



2020-11-11

Vectoraster 8.0.4 update released

Another small update to Vectoraster 8 has now been released, with some more fixes and little improvements.

Vectoraster 8.0.4 changes
  • Fixes a bug where trying to add a new Bulge pattern distortion would instead add a Randomize distortion.
  • Some layout changes to the raster spacing controls when using separate X/Y spacing.
  • Added item in Help menu for the new system for feedback and voting on future development.
  • More helpful error messages when entering incorrect license information.
  • New method for logging technical warnings without relying on system log.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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