Free Application + Tablet PC = Artist’s Dream
As you can see, we already had a bit of fun playing around with Ambient Design’s “ArtRage”, a free application from a now well-known developer in New Zealand. Applications such as this truly open doors to illustrate (no pun intended) the possibilities that the Tablet PC offers with its unique pen-input interface. Both professional artists and amature “doodlers” can thoroughly enjoy this free application on either there standard PC (with mouse), and especially on a Tablet PC. Ambient Design’s website makes a specific reference to use of ArtRage with the Tablet stating that “ArtRage on a TabletPC takes advantage of the unique interaction of pen and screen to produce a realistic painting feel”. Today Scoop has featured a story explaining more about ArtRage…
AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 09 July 2004 – In just over two months, Ambient Design, a New Zealand-based software development company, has had more than 65,000 downloads of its new ArtRage application, a free painting package designed to provide a realistic simulation of using paint on a canvas. ArtRage painters can use electronic pens, oils, pencils, crayons, and other tools for original works or they can load photographs and use the trace functionality to create their masterpieces.
Matthew Fox-Wilson of Ambient Design says the idea and technology for ArtRage has been in development for more than six years but it was the release of the Tablet PC that provided the ideal platform and catalyst to finish the application.
“We contacted Microsoft as soon as the Tablet PC came out,” said Fox-Wilson. “It matched what we wanted to do and answered the ‘if only we had a device that could do this and that’ dilemma. The application certainly works on other PCs and devices but the Tablet PC is the perfect marriage for the application.”