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Project Dogwaffle team releases Howler 2021.1

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 | Posted by Jim Thacker

The developers of hard-to-classify digital painting, animation and video processing tool Howler have released Howler 2021, the latest version of the software.

The update makes it possible to create much larger brushes, makes the user interface more tablet-friendly, and improves support for multi-monitor set-ups.

An idiosyncratic low-cost natural media paint package with a lot of unexpected features
Originally released two decades ago, Howler – originally Project Dogwaffle – is an idiosyncratic sub-$100 digital painting and content creation tool.

Its core strength is natural media painting, but it throws in a number of unexpected feature sets, ranging from terrain generation and particle sculpting to video repair and rotoscoping.

New in Howler 2021: support for larger brushes, better workflow on tablets and multi-monitor setups
Howler 2021 isn’t as radical an update, although that perhaps isn’t surprising, since it comes just two months after the previous release, developer Dan Ritchie having switched to a system of incremental releases.

The changes are primarily workflow improvements, including the option to create much larger brushes, with the size of airbrushes and the AA pen now set in relative units rather than as absolute pixel values.

Users also get new options to flip and rotate custom brushes.

The Size and Opacity sliders have been redesigned to make them “more tablet-friendly”; and multi-monitor support has been improved, with the software now automatically remembering the last montitor used.


Updated 23 September 2020: Howler 2021.1 is out. The update streamlines the interface of Puppyray, the software’s built in renderer, and adds the option to save settings and keyframes for Puppyray projects.

In addition, the eyedropper tool can now pick on-screen colours as well as those from document layers. You can find a full list of changes via the link below.

Pricing and availability
Howler 2021.1 is available for Windows only. It has an MSRP of $76.99, although the software is usually available at a discount.

Read a full list of new features in Howler 2021

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