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2018-11-28

Vectoraster 7.3.5 update

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.

More info and download


2018-11-22

Patternodes 2.1.8 update

Today another update of Patternodes has been released. The new version adds some improvements for finder previews (like icon thumbnails and sharper vector-previews for less complex graphics), and fixes some bugs. Update from within the application or download the new version and try it out free using the link below.

Version 2.1.8 changes
  • Improvements to Finder previews and thumbnails for .pnds files.
  • Fixes some problems with SVG exports.
  • Fixes a rare network full version unlocking bug.

More info and download


2018-11-02

Patternodes 2.1.7 update

A new version of the node-based vector pattern and animation design application Patternodes has been released. The new version fixes a couple of bugs and adds some minor interface tweaks, but the main change is an overhaul of the rendering back-end. This should result in better performance and stability, and a more stable foundation to build future update on.

Version 2.1.7 changes.
  • Performance improvements with new multithreaded rendering backend.
  • Improvements to preview zooming and panning.
  • You can now click/drag in animated value node graphs to change the current animation time.
  • New and updated sample files (accessed from Help menu).
  • Fixes some bugs with element clipping path rendering.
  • Fixes some bugs with group-index based generation.
  • Fixes some control clipping bugs on macOS 10.14.

More info and download


2018-10-10

Vectoraster 7.3.4 update

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.


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2018-09-19

Patternodes 2.1.6 update released

Today a new update to the graphic pattern and animation tool Patternodes 2 was released. The new version is available for download here on the site for new users, or as an update in the application for existing users.

Version 2.1.6 changes.
  • Imported SVG image elments can now be used in Image mode as well as Path mode.
  • Further improved SVG vector path importing.
  • Updates to license entry and trial-mode interfaces.

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2018-09-07

Vectoraster 7.3.3 update

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.

More info and download


2018-08-29

Patternodes 2.1.5 update released

Today a new update to the node-based vector graphics tool Patternodes 2 was released with some new features, fixes and improvements.

Version 2.1.5 changes.
  • New Repeat Mirror node that mirrors and clips elements to with one or more mirror planes.
  • Improved SVG vector path importing.
  • Exported MPEG4 animations now get the default file extesion .mp4 instead of .mepeg4.
  • Fixes some problems caused by setting a 0x0 artboard size.
  • Fixes node preview display bug with element performance caching disabled.
  • Improved diagnostics for some installation and network problems.

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2018-08-09

Vectoraster 7.3.2 update

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.

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2018-07-31

Patternodes 2 August sale, 50% off!

The node-based parametric vector pattern and animation tool Patternodes 2 is now on sale, 50% off the regular price during August. So if you're looking for something new to try out during those long (or too short) summer days, now's a great time to check it out.


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2018-06-29

Patternodes 2.1.3 update

Patternodes has now been updated to version 2.1.3. This update fixes some compatibility problems with macOS 10.11 and earlier, and fixes a bug with misalignment of selection outlines on retina macs.


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2018-06-29

Vectoraster 7.3.1 compatibility fix

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.


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2018-06-28

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.



2018-06-25

Vectoraster 7.3 update

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.

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2018-06-21

Patternodes 2.1.2 update

Today another update to Patternodes 2 was released. This update brings some additional usability improvements and bugfixes.

Version 2.1.2 changes.
  • Math node formulas now let you edit constants in formulas using the hover control sliders, steppers etc like regular values.
  • Improvements to node index selection controls.
  • Improvements to version checking and updating.
  • Improvements to purchase/unlock dialogue.
  • Added selected artboard outline.
  • Fixed a bug with Group Apply Function node element selection offsets.
  • Fixed a bug with adding clipping masks to transformed element groups.

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2018-06-07

Patternodes 2.1.1 update

Today a new smaller update to Patternodes 2 was released. This update primarily fixes a couple of bugs in the 2.1.0 release. The new version also adds a new feature that highlights elements in the preview created or modified my the currently selected node. This doesn't affect export and you can turn it off in the settings if you don't want it, but hopefully it'l make it easier for everyone to keep track of what nodes apply to what elements.


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2018-05-31

Patternodes 2.1.0 released

A new update to Patternodes 2 has now been released. This update adds a lot of new features making the dynamic elements and element index features more powerful, as well as adding a lot of other improvements along with a new Align node and some bug fixes.

Version 2.1.0 changes.
  • New Element Index node lets you access different repeater indexe values (like Row, Column etc) when using repeaters with dynamic elements enabled.
  • New Align node lets you align elements in relation to the artboard or internally in a group.
  • New Element list node allowing you to use different alternative elements in a dynamic repeater pattern.
  • Improved Value List and Color List nodes, with built in element index modes and a new index offset parameter great for animating random or index-based value sets.
  • Node connections now have drag handles at both ends by default, and there a new setting to control what ends have handles.
  • The Repeat Transform node now has an Auto spacing mode, calculating spacing based on count and total repetition area similar to the Repeat Grid node.
  • Option to skip frames in animation previews when rendering is slow.
  • Math formula parameter fields can now be edited while a preview animation is running, just like value fields.
  • Fixes a bug that could cause the value parameter hover controls to disappear in some situations.
  • Fixes a bug that could cause tinted bitmap image elements to render at low resolution.
  • Fixes a bug with pivot point adjustments for element groups.

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2018-05-25

GDPR, privacy and data usage

As you're all probably very aware of the EU data protection directive GDPR is now in effect and puts new requirements on organizations to be transparent about their data collection and usage. Here's a short version of what we collect and use:

  • Website visits and downloads are tracked only on our own server using Matomo, no big-data/third party analytics or ads. This information is only used to track product popularity and discover problems on the website.
  • Mac product purchases are handled by Paddle and we keep and maintain a database of your license information so that we know who owns the software.
  • Mac product usage is tracked when unlocking and upgrading our mac products, we log these checks along with software and macOS versions to keep track of software usage and detect piracy attempts and problems with updates.

In all these cases IP addresses are masked and no information is sold or shared with a third party. There are now links to this information in our software and on all our web pages, you can find out more detailed information below.


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2018-05-14

Vectoraster 7.2.6 update

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.


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2018-05-07

Patternodes 2.0.5 update

Another update of the vector pattern and animation application Patternodes 2 has been released. Primarily the new version adds SVG export support, but also fixes some bugs:

Version 2.0.5 changes
  • Adds SVG format export support, including animated SVG export of animations(!).
  • Improved image quality (lower compression) in MOV and MPEG4 animation exports.
  • Fixes a bug with centering arc path elements in the Change Pivot node.
  • Fixes a bug with the Apply Function node horizontal/vertical mode used on rotated groups.

More info and download


2018-04-23

Patternodes 2.0.3 update

A new update of the vector pattern and animation application Patternodes 2 has been released with the couple of fixes and improvements:

  • Fixes a scaling bug in MOV, MPEG4 and GIF animation exports on retina macs.
  • Improved node illustrations and descriptions in the built-in node reference guide.
  • Some smaller fixes and adjustments in node interfaces.

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2018-04-19

Vectoraster 7.2.5 update

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.

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2018-04-02

Patternodes 2.0.2 patch

Today a small bug-fix update for the newly released Patternodes 2 has been published.

Version 2.0.2 changes.
  • Fixes some stability problems.
  • Fixes a bug with the Make Seamless repeater in Demo mode on retina displays.
  • Fixes a bug where pasting copied nodes from Patternodes 1 could cause problems.
  • Improved node editor scrolling when dragging close to the edge.

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2018-03-26

Patternodes 2 released


The second generation of the mac vector pattern design and animation application Patternodes has now been released. Click below for more information, or download and try it out for free now!

Main changes and new features of Patternodes 2

  • Fewer more versitile nodes. Many node types have been combined into more capable ones. This will let you do more with fewer nodes and make it easier to try new things and play around with the software without having to replace or add new nodes.
  • Improved usability. Many improvements to make the basic tasks of editing values and working with nodes and connections smoother and quicker.
  • New artboard node with layers. The old document and output nodes have been combined into a single Artboard output node with multiple output layers along with artboard size and settings.
  • Language and naming changes. Many concepts have been renamed to be more in line with industry standards and/or common language to make them easier to understand. For example, the old Transform nodes are now called Change nodes and the old Array Elements are now simply called Groups.
  • Change node apply-modes. Most of the nodes changing graphics (like changing color or transformation) now have built in support to toggle between applying their change to the group, each individual element in the group, or a selected subset of elements in the group. This replaces many array operation nodes and removes the need for a lot of splitting and combining you had to do in Patternodes 1.
  • More powerful nodes. More or less every node, for creating shapes, transforming or repeating elements have had little additions and improvements to enable new uses and improve existing functionality.
  • Improved animation exports. Support for exporting longer animations at higher resolutions in more formats.

For more details see the Version history


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2018-03-19

Vectoraster 7.2.3 update

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.


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2018-02-17

iOS Nice Dice updated

The 3d dice app Nice Dice for iPhone and iPad has been updated.

The new version fixes a problem with iPhones with 3d-touch (6S and later) where it would be hard to lock dice by tapping them. Additionally it adds the option to speak the result of the dice when they've finished rolling.


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2018-01-24

Vectoraster 7.2.2 update released

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.

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2018-01-15

Vectoraster 7.2.1 update released

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.

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2018-01-10

Patternodes 2 in development


The second generation of the macOS procedural graphics design and pattern creation tool Patternodes is now in beta testing. The new version will be an overhaul of more or less everything in the application, with new features and improvements across the board.

You can read more about Patternodes 2 by clicking below. And if you like what you read you can sign up to be notified when it's released.


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2018-01-05

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.



2017-12-04

Vectoraster 7.2 released

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.


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2017-11-30

iOS Nice Dice updated

The iOS 3d dice rolling app Nice Dice has been updated and the new version is now available via the appstore.

The new version fixes some graphical glitches for iOS 9 users that the previous updates introduced and adds new ways of customizing the app. You can now in a more consistent way turn on and off different interface components (like buttons, result displays etc) and configure what happens when you tap the board, when you tap dice, shake the device etc. So more of you can set up the app to work the way you want it.


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2017-10-11

Vectoraster 7 updated

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.


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2017-10-06

Nice Dice iOS app updated

The iOS 3d dice rolling app Nice Dice has been updated and the new version is now available via the appstore.

The new version brings a couple of new features that lets you configure the interface and how you want to use the app. For example by introducing a new way of rolling dice by pressing a separate roll button instead of just tapping anywhere, and letting you hide more controls you many not be using in the rolling interface.

The update also tweaks and improves some aspects of locking and moving dice, as well as the dice collisions sounds and handling device gravity with changing device orientation.


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2017-09-20

Dotpass iOS app updated

The iOS and macOS password app Dotpass has been updated, and the new version is available on the appstore. The update fixes some small inconsistencies and keeps the app up to date under the hood.

Dotpass is a security solution for generating and keeping track of unique good passwords for all your accounts, without anything stored or transferred that can be hacked or lost.


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2017-08-18

PatterNodes review at CreativePro

A nice and comprehensive review of PatterNodes has been published over at CreatevePro.com.

Could be especially interesting to hear the reasoning on trying the software as a new user, interested in creating graphical patterns but unfamiliar with the node-based procedural approach.


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2017-07-29

Vectoraster 7.1.6 update released

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.


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2017-07-12

Vectoraster 7 updated to 7.1.4, upgrade price cut to $9.95

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.

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2017-06-22

iOS Nice Dice updated

Seems like the physics simulation in the last version of the iOS dice rolling app Nice Dice was a little too realistic, in the sense that the dice could fly off the table if you shook your device too much.

The new version hopefully fixes this, and also adds a new interface setting letting you lock the interface to portrait mode on the iPhone version (or not).


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2017-06-16

Vectoraster 7.1.3 patch released

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.


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2017-06-15

PatterNodes 1.8.4 update and PatterNodes 2 beta testing

Today a new update patch to the parametric pattern creation software Patternodes has been released, you can download it for free or use the update feature in the application to update.

Changes in version 1.8.4

  • Fixes a bug where exported animated GIFs would not loop properly in some browsers.
  • Fixes some problems with resizing of preview and note nodes.
  • Improved feedback and bug-reporting dialogue for users not using the Apple Mail client.
  • Added links to lostminds.com support and Patternodes 2 beta testing information to the Help menu.

This will likely be the last update of Patternodes 1.x.x, as the next big update Patternodes 2 is now in development.
If you want to help beta test the new version or find out more, you can do so at lostminds.com/patternodes/beta_testing.php.

EDIT: This update was initially released as 1.8.3, but that build had some problems so it was rolled back fixed and re-released as 1.8.4.


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2017-06-02

Vectoraster 7.1.2 update released

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.

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2017-05-30

Website updated

The lostminds.com website has now been given a bit of an overhaul. Most of the work has been under the hood, but the front end has also been updated a little to work better on mobile and be quicker to navigate.

Most things should still be in the same place, and old links should still work or be re-directed automatically. But there are sure to be a couple of little quirks and broken links left in that we'll fix in the coming days. So if you run into something like that, please be patient.



2017-05-10

Vectoraster 7.1.1 patch released

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.

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2017-05-02

Vectoraster 7.1 released

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.

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2017-03-30

Nice Dice iOS app updated



The dice roller app Nice Dice has just been updated and the new version is available for iPhone and iPad on the Apple app store. The new version adds the ability to roll dice of two materials at the same time, with separate totals calculated for each. It also improves the dice picker and presents interfaces, that now also show the current dice materials.

To celebrate the new release the app will be free to download, with all content, for a limited time. So check it out now!


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2017-03-23

Vectoraster 7.0.9 released

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

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2017-03-16

Vectoraster 7 unlocking problems

It seems that something got broken in the recent 7.0.7 update, causing problems for some new users to unlock the full version after purchase. If you're having this problem with a "Null" error message, use the "Send feedback/bug report"-item in the Help menu to contact support and get help unlocking.

The problem only seems to affect some users who are trying to unlock the full version for the first time on 7.0.7 or 7.0.8, existing registered users can safely go ahead to update. Sorry for the inconvenience, hopefully we'll get a new update out soon fixing the problem.



2017-03-15

Vectoraster 7.0.8 released

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

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