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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 Icon

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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News

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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2020-11-06

New development feature feedback system

We get a lot of feedback and great ideas from you users. This is always very useful, as it helps us understand how the software is used and how we can make it better.

To make it easier to send feedback we've now set up a new simple system for this to help guide the future development of our applications. Basically it's just a simple list, linked from each product page, with ideas for future features. In this list you can then just click to vote on the features you think would be most useful to you.

If you're interested you can also sign up with your e-mail, and if you do we'll notify you if any of the features you've voted for are implemented.

Check out the lists here:
Vectoraster future development

Patternodes future development

SketchFighter future development




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2020-11-03

New RSS feeds for version updates

All product version history pages now have RSS feeds, so you can subscribe and get notified via your RSS reader of choice when new versions are released.

Click below to see the Vectoraster 8 version history for example.


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2020-10-26

Patternodes 2.3.6 update

A new version of the vector pattern and animation app Patternodes 2 has been released. This update expands and improves the Inside clipping functionality by adding this capability to the Group Apply function and Group Apply graphics nodes. Just like in the Transform nodes previously this lets you transform the content in clipped elements in an easy way.

Patternodes 2.3.6 changes
  • Apply Function and Apply Graphics now also have an Inside clipping option.
  • Fixes a bug where Inside clipping transform option would sometimes be hidden, even if the input graphics was clipped.
  • Fixes a bug where the Apply to mode selector would sometimes be incorrectly disabled in Group: Apply function nodes.
  • Stability improvements for changing connected node types using the Replace node menu.
  • More helpful feedback messages when entering incorrect license information.

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


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2020-10-23

Vectoraster 8.0.3 update released

Another small update to Vectoraster 8 has now been released, making it easier to copy and paste in images to use as source layers.

Vectoraster 8.0.3 changes
  • Added new Paste replace source image Edit menu item to quickly replace the selected source layer image.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for the paste source image menu items.
  • Fixed an issue with JPEG exports sometimes failing and causing problems with other exports after this.
  • Made the raster-sources display slider more responsive to quick changes.

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


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2020-10-22

SketchFighter 4000 Alpha v1.2.4 map update

A new update has now been released for SketchFighter 4000 Alpha.

The new update primarily improves the map in the pause overlay, which is now bigger and more detailed, to help you figure out where to go next and where to look for secrets and upgrades you might have missed.

Additional changes in the new version:

  • Added world map marker for the race track special area.
  • Weapon type and color change keys can now be used in menus as well.
  • Fixes a bug with unlocked doors briefly appearing on the mini-map again.
  • Performance optimization in menus.


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2020-10-01

Vectoraster 8.0.2 update released

Another small update to Vectoraster 8 has now been released. This time the focus is on a number of smaller improvements and fixes, mostly releated to working with the new animation timeline in different ways.

Vectoraster 8.0.2 changes
  • Improved editing animation keyframe values when using drag editing in the preview.
  • Fixes an issue where enabling disabled animation tracks would not refresh the preview in some cases.
  • Optimized rendering of composited source layer preview.
  • Tweaks to preview zoom adjustments when opening/closing the animation panel.
  • Fixes a 1px preview edge alignment issue at some zoom levels.

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


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2020-09-21

Vectoraster 8.0.1 update released

The launch of the big Vectoraster 8 update has been very smooth so far, so this first post-release update doesn't contain any big changes or critical fixes. But all the same, a couple of little things have been fixed and changed.

Vectoraster 8.0.1 changes
  • Setting a Gradient or Image source layer size height or width to a negative value now mirrors it.
  • The progress bar for longer generation processes is now more prominent with a point counter along with rendering percent.
  • Better handling when entering invalid math expressions in value fields.
  • Adjustments to rendering of some interface elements.
  • Correctly (don't) render Text source layers with zero size.

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


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2020-09-15

Patternodes 2.3.5 update

Another update of the vector pattern and animation app Patternodes 2 has been released. This time with some usability improvements to make it easier to work with nodes and connections, some preview bug fixes and preparations for future updates.

Patternodes 2.3.5 changes
  • Value field hover controls are now hidden while dragging connections.
  • Added new Nodes menu item to toggle node grid snap on/off.
  • Added new Display menu item to toggle selected node element outlines on/off.
  • Fixes some pixel gap issues with the finder Quick Look previews of repeating pattern .pnds files.
  • Fixes incorrect pivot location of elements after offsetting content inside of clipped element groups.
  • Added deprecation warnings to the artboard node mirroring settings that will be removed in a future update. Please use the Repeat Mirror node instead.

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


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2020-09-09

Patternodes 2.3.4 update

A new update of the vector pattern and animation app Patternodes 2 has been released. This time with some improvements making it easier to work with clipped elements, some value field improvements and some bug fixes.

Patternodes 2.3.4 changes
  • New 'Inside clipping' transform mode for Transform and Randomize nodes makes it easy to transform the content elements with a clipping mask.
  • Pressing Esc while editing value fields now reverts their value.
  • Improvements to parsing math expressions in value fields.
  • Fixed a crash when adding an unconnected Make seamless node.
  • Some under the hood improvements to the node reference help window.

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


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2020-09-01

Vectoraster 8 released!



A new major update of the macOS graphics application Vectoraster has now been released. Vectoraster is a tool for creating custom vector and halftones and raster patterns based on images or gradients. Vectoraster 8 adds new dimension with keyframe animation support, letting you animate all raster parameters and source layers.

Vectoraster is built with designers in mind, giving you detailed control over the raster pattern, point shapes and how the points vary, all while giving you a real-time view of the result as you change parameters. When you're done you just copy or export the result as vector graphics or a pixel image, or animations to video file or image file sequence.

Main new features in Vectoraster 8

  • Animation support. Animate raster parameters and export the result to video or a sequence of frame files.
  • 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.
  • Apply file raster settings. You can now quickly apply all raster settings from a different VRaster file, while retaining the sources in the current file.
  • Dark Mode interface support. Interface now adapts to system interface mode, and lets you switch between dark mode and light mode.

For the full change log with all changes and improvements, check out the
Vectoraster 8 version history.


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2020-08-27

Patternodes 2.3.3 update

A new maintenance update of the pattern creation and animation app Patternodes 2 has been released. This new version doesn't bring any big new features, but several smaller improvements and fixes.

Patternodes 2.3.3 changes
  • Improved quality for exported h264 compressed video files.
  • Some minor macOS 11 compatibility changes.
  • Added a setting controlling if a new document should be opened at startup.
  • Fixed some issues with exporting to filenames with spaces in them.
  • Fixed Little Snitch internet access policy so it now properly describes the purpose of update and license check connections.
  • Fixed incorrect error message when entering incorrect license details.
  • Improved technical info and error logs for support and bug reports.
  • Updated Sparkle updating framework.

You can find the full change log in the version history. Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-08-24

Vectoraster 7.4.10 update

A new version of Vectoraster 7 has been released. This 7.4.10 update doesn't contain any new features but should hopefully ensure compatibility with the upcoming macOS 11, along with some other small bug fixes.


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2020-07-21

SketchFighter 4000 Alpha v1.2.2 and 1.2.3 patches

Another patch update is now making its way to the app store for SketchFighter 4000 Alpha.

You can now use the fire key like enter to dismiss most dialogues and quickly save at save stations, some extra hints have been added to help new players find their way in the early parts of the volcano and the sound playing code has been optimized for better performance.

The 1.2.3 update was released the next day, fixing a problem with the super beam in 1.2.2. Can't have problems with the super beam, now can we.


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