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Vectoraster 8

Create custom vector halftones and animated raster effects
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Patternodes 3

Create parametric designs, vector patterns and animations
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Pretty secure passwords with patterns
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Vectoraster 6 discontinued

Since the new version Vectoraster 7 has now been out for a good while, the old version Vectoraster 6 will no longer be available for sale or download for new users. Existing users can still re-download the software from the support pages if there is ever any need.


Vectoraster updated to 6.2.6

An update to Vectoraster 6 was just released. The new version fixes some line raster rendering bugs and also improves networking security for updates and product activation.

Download the new version for free on the product page or update to the latest version from within the application.

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Vectoraster 6.2.5 update released

Another small patch to Vectoraster 6 was released today, fixing a couple of bugs with setting very small or zero values for point size or spacing.

Use the update feature in the app or click below to download the new version.

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Vectoraster 6.2.4 update

Today a small path to Vectoraster 6 was released, fixing a bug with the raster preview not updating correctly when zooming or offsetting the raster on Mac OS X 10.11.

Use the update feature in the app or click below to download the new version.

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Vectoraster 6.2.3 update

Today a small update was released for Vectoraster 6, fixing some smaller bugs and improving stability on Mac OS X 10.11.

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Vectoraster 6.2.2 update

A small update to Vectoraster 6 has been released, with the following changes:

- Changed/fixed the way document sizes are calculated based on the size of new source images.
- Added a new proxy-based unlock server to get around some network problems.

Full version history

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Vectoraster 6.2.1 update released

Today a small patch to Vectoraster 6 was released, fixing a bug with the preview rendering of line rasters when using multi-threaded rendering.

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Vectoraster 6.2.0 update released

Another free update of Vectoraster 6 was released today, with the following improvements and fixes:

Changes in version 6.2.0
  • Improved vector custom point shape importing.
  • Fixed a bug with point color adjustment options not working with line rasters.
  • Fixed a bug with applying varying point colors to bitmap custom point shapes.
  • Changed appearance of some interface elements to make them easier to see in Mac OS X 10.10.
  • Improved version checking when loading files from older versions of Vectoraster.
  • Fixed a number of bugs with the display menu Auto-regenerate toggle and added an information label shown when auto-regenerate is disabled.
  • Fixed point shape preview display for line rasters when using constant size function.

As usual existing user can update using the built-in updater feature.

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Vectoraster 6.1.6 update released

Today a new small update for Vectoraster 6 was released, fixing a couple of bugs:
  • Fixed some problems for users with non-administrator user accounts, like in schools or big companies.
  • Fixed a bug with unlocking the full version using e-mail addresses with uppercase characters.
  • Improved error messages for some network connection problems during unlocking.

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Vectoraster upgrade offer for Vectoraster 6

Are you still using Vectoraster 3 or 4? Unfortunately it seems that there are some problems with those old versions on the new Mac OS X Yosemite. So, we´ve decided to expand our old upgrade offer for Vectoraster 6 to include these old versions.

Upgrade to Vectoraster from 3, 4 or 5 to Vectoraster 6 for just $12

In other words, this is a great time to upgrade it´s you´re still using Vectoraster. You can check out the new version below, to see all the new features that have been added.

Vectoraster 6 product page

Online store for upgrade


Vectoraster 6.1.5 update released

Today a new update for Vectoraster 6 was released, fixing a couple of bugs:
  • Fixed a bug where loading a saved file with a document size manually set larger than the source image size would scale the source image incorrectly.
  • Text pasted into the Character point type field is now cleared of invisible control and line feed characters.
  • Fixed some incorrect error messages.

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Bug fix updates to Vectoraster 6 and DotPass

Over the weekend two small updates have been released:

Vectoraster 6.1.2 for Mac OS X
- Fixes a bug where source images included as backgrounds in exported rasters would be mirrored vertically.

DotPass 1.0.4 for iOS
- Fixes a bug where the screen would go black on iPod touch devices.

In both cases existing users should get the updates automatically using the internal updating systems.


Vectoraster 6.1.0 update problems

A new small update (v 6.1.0) of Vectoraster was just released a few hour ago, and sent out through the update system. However, unfortunately it seems something was wrong with the file and the updated app didn't work for some users. For now we've rolled back the version to 6.0.9, so if you're having problem with the new version you can just download the old version again.

We're now investigating what has gone wrong, and we'll re-release the version as soon as we fix the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update Oct 18: The problem should now be resolved, v6.1.0 has been re-uploaded and the new build should hopefully work better.

Update Oct 23: To avoid confusion with the bad v6.1.0 file we've now released a 6.1.1 version, this also includes some improvements to stability for Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 users.

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Vectoraster 6.0.9 update released

Today a small update to Vectoraster was released:

The update primarliy makes changes to Apple required code-signing so that the application will run on Mac OS X 10.9.5 and also includes an update to the Sparkle version checking framework, hopefully users on other version of Mac OS X should not notice any changes.

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Vectoraster 6 reviewed

If you're looking for a neutral opinion about Vectoraster 6, the website Creative Mac (and a whole bunch of affiliated Digital Media Net-sites) just published a new review of Vectoraster 6 for you to check out.

If you just want the quick version, here's how it ends (spoilers):

There are so many different values to dive into, it will take hours of use to scratch the surface of the variations that are possible with the software. Download the software which is free to try out, and only $12 to upgrade from earlier versions. If you don't have it yet, it's still only $32, which is cheaper than most plugins for any raster or vector design software you may be currently using. - Ko Maruyama

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Vectoraster 6.0.6 and 6.0.7 patches released

Two quick updates of Vectoraster 6 have been released with some more fixes and improvements.

Changes in version 6.0.7
- Added support for source images in non-RGB bitmap formats (Such as CMYK or grayscale color models).
- Fixed a bug with quick look previews in Finder etc for .VRaster files.

Changes in version 6.0.6
- Added a new export mode to save raw point location and size data to a CSV-file.
- Fixed a bug with CMYK color channel measuring.
- A couple of typo fixes.

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Vectoraster 6 reviews

Today Vectoraster 6 was featured over at thegraphicmac.com, you can read the article here: TheGraphicMac.com: Turn your photos into cool vector pattern art with Vectoraster.

Or you can check out an older graphics.com feature here: Graphics.com: Vectoraster - Pattern and halftone creation.

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Vectoraster 6.0.5 released

A new version of Vectoraster 6 has been released with some small improvements.

Changes in version 6.0.5
- Fixed a bug where pasting in vector graphics in the source image well would result in a blank raster.
- Vector images used as source images are now instead rasterized automatically and work just like bitmap images.

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Vectoraster 6.0.4 released

A new patch of Vectoraster 6 has been released with some small fixes and adjustments.

Changes in version 6.0.4
- Fixed a bug that would sometime cause the background color box to be incorrectly scaled in exported rasters.
- Replaced the align raster button in the pattern transformation panel.
- Source image files dropped into the source image wells now get the correct file names and vector graphic files are properly rejected if dropped.
- Fixed/improved the information in some error messages.

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New Vectoraster 6 demo videos

Here are a few quick little demo videos to show off the new Vectoraster 6 interface and basic features. So if you're new to Vectoraster you can check them out here:

For more information about Vectoraster 6 and download, click the button below.

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Vectoraster 6.0.3 released

Changes in version 6.0.3
- Fixed a bug with selecting non-rgb defined spot colors in the color picker.
- Improved character point font picking interface that also fixes some problems users with third-party font managing utilities were having.
- Fixed a bug that left some graphical glitches when the right control panel was collapsed.
- Font and color picker panels are now automatically dismissed when you use another control.

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Vectoraster 6.0.2 released

Another bug-fix update was released for Vectoraster today.

- Fixes a number of bugs with rendering custom shape points, especially bitmap-based custom shapes.

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Vectoraster 6.0.1 released

Today a small bug-fix update was released for Vectoraster.

- Fixes a bug that made a progress bar appear in exported rasters for some users.
- Fixes a problem with the apple code-signing that made the application be identified incorrectly.

NOTE: Unfortunately the change in code-signing means the update will not be accepted by the internal software updating feature, so user will have to download the new version manually from the website.

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Vectoraster 6 released

Today a new version of the illustration tool Vectoraster was released. Vectoraster is a graphics utility for creating vector-based raster patterns and halftones based on bitmap images.

The raster patterns and point shapes can be freely configured to produce many different styles, with the resulting raster shown in real time as you change the parameters. The rasters can then easily be exported as vectors to EPS or PDF files, as images to JPEG, PNG or TIFF, or simply copied and pasted into most graphics software.

You can download and try Vectoraster for free, but with some limitations. To remove these limitations and get the full version you have to pay for the application. For new users the full version costs $32, but registered users of Vectoraster 5 can upgrade for just $12.

For more information, screenshots and download:

Vectoraster 6 product page

Major changes and new features in Vectoraster 6

  • New and improved single-window interface with two control panels and full screen support.
  • New multi-threaded background rendering engine with much improved performance.
  • New color adjustment controls the let you shift point color hue, saturation and brightness as well as vary these changes across the raster.
  • Much improved control of varying secondary parameters such as point rotation, outline width, aspect and contraction across the raster.
  • New Constant point size function where all points are the same size. Useful for when you want to vary other parameters instead.
  • New Sparkle-based software updating and Apple code signing for quick secure version checking and future updates.
  • New consistent document size system, letting you set the size of the raster for export.

Other changes, fixes and new features

  • Improved dynamic zooming and panning controls.
  • Tweaked arrow key value adjustment in fields to automatically take smaller steps for smaller values and fixed some bugs with value entering.
  • Varying parameters (such as size, rotation etc) can now have a max value lower than min, resulting in a reversed value gradient.
  • New raster align tool to center the middle raster point in the raster.
  • New buttons in the interface to quickly access the raster align and multi scale-tools.
  • Improved line raster rendering with cleaner line ends and removal of redundant points.
  • Exported rasters are now grouped in a clipping rectangle to make them easier to handle.
  • Improved memory management with automatic reference counting.
  • Raised raster point limit to now allow up to 10 million points in a raster.
  • Fixed scaling of secondary source images.
  • Fixed a number of bugs with raster offset.

With this release Vectoraster 4 is also discontinued.

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