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Giveaway of the day — Project Dogwaffle Howler 8.2 (Special Edition)

Project Dogwaffle Howler is a paint program like no other!
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Project Dogwaffle Howler 8.2 (Special Edition) was available as a giveaway on January 13, 2014!

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A paint program like no other. Project Dogwaffle Howler lets you paint with a large number of natural media styles as well as unique medias like particle foliage, animated brushes and more. Tablet devices are fully supported.

There are advanced painting modes such as symmetry painting. There are a large number of filters that operate in real-time and full-screen. Also provided are video and animation tools such as a timeline, keyframer, batch scanning, cleanup, exposure sheet, rotoscoping, and motion tracking.

The following filters are not provided in this Special Edition (though there are still 120 fx filters):

  • Value only contrast
  • Color curve editor
  • Color FX
  • Color/Adjust all
  • Art sharpen
  • Bokeh blur
  • Radial blur
  • Film grain
  • Soft contrast improvement
  • 3D Designer
  • Spherize
  • Woodcut
  • Lighting tool
  • Sky
  • Mandelbrot
  • Time slice by alpha
  • Camera stabilization
  • Stroke an animated curve
  • Motion prediction model

NB: look for special discount to upgrade to Howler 9 inside Howler 8.2

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8; a processor that supports SSE2 as a minimum; at least 1 GHz or higher for best operation; .Net framework 4 is suggested but not required to operate (it is required for several plugins); at least 2 gigs of memory recommended or more (3 or more for Windows 8); 96 dpi screen dots per inch highly recommended

Publisher:

Project Dogwaffle

Homepage:

http://www.thebest3d.com/howler/8/index.html

File Size:

46.9 MB

Price:

$99

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#62

I bought V9.1 for $34.71 and it installs with the same type library error. Program seems to work using basic functional tests by clicking through the 'ignore' selection on the error box.

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

#30, #59: I got this typelib error also, but I clicked 'ignore' and the program seems to work.

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

I received the following error message on my Vista PC while trying to install Howler:

Error during install : c:\windows\system32\stdole2.tlb => unable to register the type library : RegisterTypeLib failed; code 0x8002801C

Any suggestions how to correct this?

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

I just tried to use "run as" to install this from a user account on Win 7 32 bit. It wouldn't install.

Reply   |   Comment by Walter Snodgrass  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#58

Does NOT GIVE INSTALL OPTION
DL>Unzipped >Opened & Read readme.txt >ran Setup.exe >got Successfully activated & webpage 'Project Dogwaffle Howler 8.2 (Special Edition) activated - what next?' but NO INSTALL icon. I've DL many, many programs, so it's not inexperience &/or I don't know what to look for.

In fact, I've had alot of problems dl from GOTD site since the zip format - even more problems using FF w/this zip system (my default browser, been switching to IE to get some of the dl (sometimes it works like it should & times like this one, just as described above. What's the deal having to use this system - Never had such problems b4 w/the original system (since my use).

Reply   |   Comment by Z  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#57

Installed it. At least I thought I did, but can't find it in Win7 All Programs (shows Project Dogwaffle Howler Home -empty). Finding it in Program files isn't any help either since there seems to be no executable or uninstall file. Revo Uninstaller doesn't recognize it, either, so what I seem to have is a bunch of unwanted files added to my computer with no way to use or activate them or no way to uninstall them.

Perhaps a better name for this software would be "Steaming Dogpile" or "Doglog Stuck to Shoe".

Reply   |   Comment by Al Moon  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#56

I've had this on my other PC and it works perfectly, but it does not work properly on my Surface Pro. For some reason, it scales my tablet input the other way around, making it impossible to use while in landscape mode.

Other than this problem it is a very good piece of painting software, mainly due to its huge brush library.

Reply   |   Comment by Elsys St. Valencia  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#55

NEVERMIND my question above on #49. They obviously meant a graphics tablet, not an Android.

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

Gave me some flak during install about:

"C:\windows\system32\stdole2.tbl

Unable to register the type library: RegisterTypeLib failed: code 0x8002801c"

I told it to ignore and the rest of the install went smoothly.
(I later found this online: "That problem is caused by Vista's security system. stdole2.tlb is a file which has been protected by Vista and this file is treated as a stable file and will not change any more. To prevent this file from virus or other malwares, Vista does not allow anyone to change it.

If you have this error message, just ignore it to finish the install. The program will still work." ..good old Vista.)

Program seems to work fine, though, for me at least, it isn't intuitive - found a sharpen filter easily but have yet to find a soften filter (but 20 years with PSP has spoiled me to other software). Will take a while to explore its options before deciding if it's a "keeper", but it seems well designed. Rather odd name though.

Reply   |   Comment by JGF  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#53

Thank you so much

Reply   |   Comment by Delia Redman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#52

looking for a pencil drawing program like was on my old Axim X51V PDA. it was called pencil box deluxe. any recomendations?

Reply   |   Comment by anyone  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#51

I'M SO FREAKIN' HAPPY!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

I LOVE Dogwaffle! It was the very first painting program I tried - hell, it was the first program I tried, period, lol - when I first got a computer in 2006. That was the free DW2(?) - and from there, I purchased Particles, then V3.5, V4, and V5.1....and had also dl'd the demo for Howler 7 - which I just uninstalled to make a space for this GOTD version.

It doesn't matter how many graphics programs you have - each one has something unique, that none of the others have, and Dogwaffle even more so. So please, don't give this great program a pass, just because you have - or prefer - Photoshop. And even if you think you're no good with a paint program - Dogwaffle might change that. True, it does things a bit differently, but that's one of the good things about it :)

Only change I would suggest is - the new icons and toolbar colors...I miss the old ones. They made things pop out at you more - the way they look now is kinda dull, and they take away from the visual uniqueness the older version had....just my 3 cents :)

GOTD - it's heavenly to me that you've been offering so may graphics programs the past few weeks, like Zoner, Inpaint, and now Dogwaffle. I wish you did this more often - it's what keeps me glued to my pc....

Reply   |   Comment by hamstergirl  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#50

Damn!
Does that sum it up?

I've never heard of this program before, but I'm glad I found it.
First off, flawless installation under Win7 with no RICHTX32.OCX error. [On that note, it's almost always a bad idea to Google and download any .dll, .ocx, etc. unless you absolutely know and trust the source.]

That said, I've only had Howler up for about 5 minutes and I'm blown away by its speed and features I've discovered already. I can't wait to drive this puppy around harder.

Sure, I have PhotoShop, Gimp, PaintshopPro along with an old copy of PCPaint [which is still fun] and several others. They all offer different perspectives and do their own thing in their own way.

So far, this appears to be simply another really useful [and cool] tool to add to your graphics arsenal.

Reply   |   Comment by SpacemanSpiff  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#49

Again I shall show my ignorance in yet another form of PCs. It says you can use with tablets, but.. I'm afraid to try to install it on my 2 tablets & have it render them both unusable for anything else even. As in "ruined". I'd love to have it on both. Checked their site but see no help about that.
-- HOW does one install a Windows ap to Android??
Anyone?

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#48

I can not install most of GOTD including this one because my Pc doesn´t recognize .gcd setup files. But when there are .gcd ativation files I´m able to install. Why? Someone can help me with that problem?
Thks

Reply   |   Comment by Paulo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

WARNING...if you uninstall Dogwaffle v8.2...watch out!
AND How to Get EXTRA DISCOUNT for upgrade to the EXCELLENT v9.1

Use Revo Uninstaller to uninstall this software!
Dogwaffle uninstall is very dirty.
It leaves behind a ton of garbage after uninstallation. Lots of leftovers in Windows registry, Programs, and App Data.
Also, uninstallation slams you with warnings about deleting 'common' data files that might be shared with other programs.

It is an effort to perform a clean uninstallation...which I did before installing the wonderful Dogwaffle version 9.1.

BTW, I still recommend buying the AWESOME v9.1 at the GAOTD special price of $34.71...BUT THAT PRICE IS NOT AUTOMATIC.

FOR THE LOWEST UPGRADE PRICE TO v9, you must order from their webpage offering an introductory discount for v9...and then input the GAOTD Promo Code for an ADDITIONAL discount. Ordering from other avenues costs more.

To ORDER v9 for best price, go to: http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/sales/index.html#Artist

Reply   |   Comment by Preston Mitchell  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#46

REVISED OPINION: DogWaffle Version 9 is the Cat's Pajamas!

The GAOTD Special Version of old v8 showed a lot of promise. I am loving its brush sets for easily adding plants, clouds, and other 'nature' elements to image scenes...but I didn't like v8's 'bugs'. Two software lock-ups in under 2 hours is not happy!
BUT v9 is offered for $32 to GAOTD users. So, I took a chance.

Oh my gosh, VERSION 9 is a great program! A lot of bang for 32 bucks! Truly a Pro grade software for graphic artists and designers.

IN CONCLUSION, today's GOATD version of Dog Waffle is just a marketing teaser...to introduce you to the software...and encourage you to upgrade to the REALLY GREAT program...version 9!

Thanks GAOTD for introducing me to a great new tool for my Designer's toolbox.

Reply   |   Comment by Preston Mitchell  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#45

1. Cannot open 2 files at the same time.
2. I selected a part with the "lasso to alpha", cool, but what next? Cannot move the selection, cannot move/save the mask. If I want to copy/paste to another image, I have to close the work, and most certainly lose the selection. Same with the magic wand.
3. Cannot invert the selection.
4. Don't like the cursor and its persistence. Clicking outside the drawing area has an effect on the drawing area.

Well, I didn't read the manual, since there is no such manual. And yes, a documentation available only on the Internet is NOT a manual. For $99, there should exist a CHM manual. Don't know why the developers cannot create a manual since the pages already exist. And no, I don't want to be obliged to be connected to the Internet just to get help on something. Besides, the link to the documentation leads to another software's documentation.

I'll keep this GOTD anyway, but chances are it will be forgotten until I need space on my HDD.

A note for The Gimp's users. You might be interested in grabbing the scripts inside the "Dogluascripts" folder.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#44

How do you know if it is registered after you install it?

Reply   |   Comment by kim ford  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#43

Windows 7 64-bit 8g ram

Downloaded and installed with no problems.
This program has a very high learning curve, comes with about everything your creative sense needs and than a few bells and whistles thrown in to boot.
There is no way I can test each item and list it here!!
I had no slow downs or lock ups trying different air brush settings and colors.
The program does not ask if you want to save when closing.
Thumbs up from me.

Thanks GAOTD & Project Dogwaffle

Reply   |   Comment by Terflip  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#42

I have used this program for many years. I agree GIMP is much better. I like Twisted Brush better than either one of those two. TB has a free version that does a good job, but the paid version is really the best. As for the best free program GIMP is the winner IMO

Reply   |   Comment by DSMC  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#41

Tutorials:

Our tutorial channel is PDHolwer on Youtube at

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UChhWiBVGa-zLq52myfi-UlA

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#40

TY #9 For a BETTER ALTERNATIVE.
Installed DogWaffle on W7 x64 without a serious glitch.
Wow, what an immense program full of features (in spite of some features deactivated for this GOATD version).
Impossible to fully test software in only one day. Steep learning curve. Not exactly an 'intuitive' software.
Software seems to have bugs. Had the program 'freeze up' once already. (Maybe new full version 9 worked out the kinks in version 9(?).)
The Verdict is undecided.
On one hand, this program offers a lot of potential. On the other hand, it may take a lot of effort and learning to realize its potential.
Commenter #9 recommended a 'drawing' & photo enhancement program called Chasys Draw, which is FREE, that seems to be a great alternative. Just installed Chasys...and I think I like it better than DogWaffle.
Thank you DogWaffle Devos and GOATD for an interesting offering.

Reply   |   Comment by Preston Mitchell  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#39

>Is this the same version 8.2 given away in June last year?

The only change is that you can now reduce the amount of panels that are displayed at startup, and the splash screen can be made to dissapear automatically after 5 seconds.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#38

@NoName...
>>How is it better than GIMP.

Hi NoName. Our focus is on realtime interaction (of filters for example) because we feel like anything you can see happening in real-time is going to help you and and artist. Also we put a lot into having robust artist media, and of course animation support.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#37

>>Can,t install. Run-time error 339. Component 'RICHTX32.OCX' not correctly registered: file is missing or invalid.

Usually means your virus checker is blocking the file. It's a valid system file, if very old.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#36

>old DOS’ “D-paint”

Batsdude, I think you will find that Howler shares a number of concepts and even keyboard shortcuts with D-Paint.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#35

PhilK. In Windows 8.1, the installer should be run as administrator because installers no longer receive administrative rights even when they request them in 8.1.
If this is not possible with the GOTD installer, you can run the program as adminstrator after it is installed. It is an active X server, and needs to run once as administrator to self register.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#34

Karl, there are several things that can cause the program to act like it is not responding. The biggest culprit is having the caps lock key down, as it switches the painting colors around (left and right colors) and can really confuse you if you don't know it's on.

2, its possible to make a very small or empty selection, which will have the effect of no visible painting operations happening. Clearing the selection will clear it up.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#33

Just had a dabble, and managed to produce something that is vaguely artistic, using these magic particle brushes. I think with the tutorials there is a chance I could do something to be proud of. I use Gimp and PS elements, but this seems to be good software for art creation rather than photo retouching/manipulation. Installation was fine on XP. I recommend trying this out before its gone. Would've been nice to see what we are missing with the excluded plugins, but even without them, I think this is a keeper

Reply   |   Comment by benny cake  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#32

@ Lilien

"it’s the very same version."

So why is the install file up from 35MB to 49MB? What else is in there? Is it worth a re-install?

??

Reply   |   Comment by David B  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#31

How is this version different than the one given away on June 24, 2013? It also said version 8.2 special edution.

Reply   |   Comment by tp3000  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#30

My firewall (Commodo free version) did not like the installation but once I ran as administrator it installed perfectly - this may be the reason others are having problems with the setup as the ocx files were sandboxed by default

Reply   |   Comment by Carys  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#29

Please help: While installing (as Admin), I kep getting this error message:C\:Windows\system\stdole2.tlb
unable to register the type library: registerTypeLib failed; code 0x8002801C.
Error accessing OLE reigustry. Click retry....
clicking retry did not help.

Will appreciate your help!

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#28

#10: "However artists and creative muddlers like me will agree that more program options is more options to get a wanted effect/look of what you wanna achieve. Can’t believe the vote as of now is 44/56, i would have expected to see something like 75/25 but that is GOTD voting for ya (probabaly will go into the negatives with this post as well)"

Yes, there will be negative votes regardless, but in this case at least some of it is just personal preference. When you get into anything creative the way software looks & "feels" matters to some people a lot more than otherwise -- look at the different GUIs with music creation software, particularly plug-ins, and you'll see just what I'm talking about. But it's a double edged sword. Add a feel that many folks will appreciate, & you'll alienate some others. It kind of leads to a love or hate sort of thing, with fewer folks in the middle. Hopefully there won't be any [or too much] ill will between the extremes.

* * *

#15: "... I can’t explain why PSD support is limited (to one channel I think) but if you ask on the GOTD Forums, bet you can get a great answer and maybe even a workaround idea or two..."

Practically speaking I'm not sure why you'd want or need completely full psd support, assuming Adobe allowed it. The only advantage to psd that I'm aware of is saving your layer setups in a project, which can get quite involved, but that data's *usually* useless, or at the least of limited usefulness outside P/Shop. Without getting too far off in the weeds so-to-speak, the example that comes to mind is Sony's DVDA, where instead of exporting individual layers from P/Shop you can jump through hoops to use a psd file instead -- the end result's the same, to me exporting layers is not just simpler but faster considering the hoop jumping, & the individual files give you more flexibility.

* * *

#21: "Great as a free program, but I really prefer Photoshop"

Problem is unless you pay for a subscription you can't have it anymore. Sooner or later the older versions they sold outright won't work, or work that well. CS6 still works fine, but I've been trying to train myself to use something else since they made the move to their subscription only biz model.

* * *

#25: "I like testing graphic programms, but this one is highly unintuitive. I hve completely no idea how to get transparent layer (with alpha channel) here. Even changing modes on different white layers do not seem to do anything – it’s like different pages of paper stocked one on another. Strange."

Yes, if you're expecting something like the usual image editing app, it is a bit strange seeming. And compared to some painting apps Dogwaffle is almost staid. These sorts of apps almost require a bit of *play* time to figure things out, & then to me anyway the fun part is figuring out new ways to use the capabilities that are included. Shane recommended chasys_draw_ies, which was listed on Ashraf's site as the best, free, image editing app. It's a different soft of program altogether, but it's the same in not fitting with what we've maybe been trained to expect. Maybe once the re-runs are over the GOTD crew might manage to strike a deal with the devs behind Pixeluvo? For those looking for an intuitive, fit the mold image editor, that might just fit the bill.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#27

I love Howler, have been with the program since it was free in version 1.1! All of my non colored pencil art in my gallery is done with Howler, As mentioned above it is much more like Carrerra paint than GIMP or Photoshop. The developer is very responsive to problems with the interface or program, there is a dedicated group on Yahoo called dogwaffle (the original name of the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Tiffanie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#26

I like testing graphic programms, but this one is highly unintuitive. I hve completely no idea how to get transparent layer (with alpha channel) here. Even changing modes on different white layers do not seem to do anything - it's like different pages of paper stocked one on another. Strange.

Reply   |   Comment by Lag  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#25

I can't understand why people keep mentioning Gimp when GAOTD offer these kind of programs. Even it's great price, free, doesn't compensate for the user unfriendly experience.

Reply   |   Comment by etienne  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#24

#15: "And this is why I asked – how this is better than GIMP? $99 (or 89) is a lot of money. Even painttoolSai is cheaper – so what excatly I will pay for?"

There's are all sorts of graphics software out there, and you can always use some sort of pen or touchpad instead of a mouse, but when you open & look at today's GOTD what makes Dogwaffle Howler different is its focus on painting. Autodesk has something similar in its Sketchbook -- Sketchbook Pro was the cheaper, reduced feature version, though I didn't see the more expensive version on their site just now, so maybe they folded the tech into something else? Amazon US ran it for a couple of days during the holidays for around $20. Corel of course has the Painter apps, which have been around for years & years, though the full version is a lot more expensive than Dogwaffle Howler. There are several cut down versions of Painter that Corel's come out with in recent years, sometimes as a free, value-added offer bundled with something else, sometimes as more of an app that people might actually buy. I 've got Painter Essentials & Painter Photo Essentials that came bundled with something else, & Painter Lite which I paid less than $10 for last fall. None of those 3 come close to Painter or Dogwaffle Howler really. If you browse the dogwaffle site however you'll see that if you upgrade to the latest full version you'll also get some video, animation, & 3D capabilities -- stuff you will not see in your average image editor.

As far as the GIMP goes, you can certainly draw & paint there, but while I'm no GIMP expert by any means, AFAIK it doesn't provide the same drawing friendly environment as say Corel Photo Paint or to a slightly lesser extent P/Shop. Software that's more about image editing rather than painting might let you use the full capabilities of a Wacom tablet, with things like tilt in addition to the standard pressure & velocity you get with cheaper tablets. You might also be able to set the painting surface as well, so it mimics drawing on textured paper or painting on canvas. But with something more tailored to image editing you usually don't get stuff like the more involved brush modeling. That said, here's a neat example of what you can do with the basic Microsoft Paint http://youtu.be/v2g5qbvb7F4

Drawing tablets themselves have faded quite a bit in popularity -- unless you buy Wacom pretty much all you'll see are smaller versions, though there are loads of those. And along with that lapse in popularity there have been fewer apps with a focus on painting -- the popularity of tablets & touchscreens however might be reversing that trend. Head over to Google Play & do a couple of separate searches for drawing & sketching and you'll see loads & loads of apps. I would guess that many of them will find their way to the Windows store if you don't mind win8.1, Intel has demoed new hardware that runs Android alongside Windows, laptops & such that dual boot Windows & Android are coming, and AMD is putting more resources behind BlueStacks, which lets you run Android apps on the desktop http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlueStacks .

As far as needing a tablet goes, there's something to be said about actually physically holding a pencil or pen, especially as compared to using a mouse. Some people value the feel of pen on paper enough that they scan their work rather than draw digitally, & companies continue to develop different sorts of pens that let you draw on paper but digitize everything at the same time -- the latest I've seen written up uses ultrasound if I remember correctly. And then there's Samsung continuing to develop their tablet models that let you use a much more accurate stylus vs. the cheap things you can use with any touchscreen. Not all of that is because there's a bunch of old timers around who can't quite master using something like a mouse accurately. OTOH if you're not one of the folks who likes holding a pen, or if you just don't want to bother, for most purposes a mouse works just fine. Many [myself included] use a higher rez, more accurate gaming mouse for 99% of everything -- the only thing I haven't figured out is how to manage a sort of dabbing/stroking move I use touching up faces & such, so that's when I move the coffee cup out of the way & plug in the tablet. It's not that I mind using a tablet -- it's just less convenient, taking up more space than a mouse... and I have to clear off space somewhere for my coffee cup. :)

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)
#23

Program opens internet explorer to one of their pages everytime it starts. This can get old after a short while.

Reply   |   Comment by Kersaw  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#22

Hi, whilst this Program offers so much both in Editing pictures (photos), or creating something artistic from scratch - it's unfortunately massively 'over bloated' with tutorials upon tutorials while lacking most simplistic Help File! - one anybody can have at hand within a Program (links to help Files on Internet don't work either, not in last Giveaway, that is v.8)
You might as well 'forget' searching for simple (yes, simple!) answers in Manual about Features this Program offers, like explaining all it's Filters for instance, so difficult to list them all (somewhere among this.. 'traffic' on Howler pages)? Provide search 'window' in Help Section where one could tap a word or phrase to find a Reference to?

Program doesn't offer usual basic Functions we are (by now) familiar with: 'repeat last action', 'reverse to original'..should you got stuck or fed up with what you created, AND! - Not all plugins/filters are reversible using 'undo' button!

God knows why, but when working on particular photo and 'marvelling' over decent sharpening/noise removal features and after applying other Effects - I decided to try and see what else I could do artistically with that picture.., and here is where I came to rather unpleasant bump! In Filter drop-down window called 'Render' I came upon one called 'Europa' in it's List.. No 'undo' worked (repeated few times), no 'fade away', no 'clear' in case it was some mask I accidently put over - nothing, zilch, could bring my picture back to last result I was happy with, needless to say there is no 'history' window to get rid of it either! Ah yes, and NO Reference in any Help Files I could find on Howler pages. Very, I mean very, confusing experience!!

Makes me wonder whether to go for today's Version, or even to keep the old one. Perhaps one bad experience should make me more determined to learn more, or simply stay away from Programs such as this one? Don't get me wrong, I do have artistic apetite (and experience), but hate walking through fog! It could be that Howler has it's 'army' of Supporters (no offence), 'Howlers', a.s.o, but for that asking price I risk saying - it's quite underdeveloped!!?
Reminds me of old Corel PhotoPaint (not even PSP)..with no doubt much more 'ambition' to create something unique adding buckets of other possibilities, but it's concept falls flat on wanting to like it and learn it. Sorry if I'm wrong, or simply tired of 'old and quirky'..

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#21

Didn't get to the animation stuff, I usually don't do that, but I much prefer Photoshop. If you need a photo editor this will do, but the toolbar on the left is kinda small for old eyes, and the directions are a bit scant. Great as a free program, but I really prefer Photoshop

Reply   |   Comment by Dhubhgaill  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#20

Installed and ran okay on Win 8 64bit. Guess I need to go a little further on the learning curve. Played with editing a .bmp , but when time to exit choosing "close" from file menu had no effect edited image just sat on screen. Quit just asks "OK" or "Cancel", no offer/reminder to save the unsaved changes or abandon. The "show less on start up" checkbox seems to have no effect as all later starts have same popup.
For some reason the program seeks out IE and starts web sessions with the company's website. I only found these parked IE windows by accident as I use FF. Thanks for the chance to checkout the program.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#19

@Lag I am sorry, my comment was in general, not so much a reaction to your comment. It's just that I see those comments pass by with thiese types of software everytime and I think it's not similar to say maintenance software where you won't need or even want multiple programs.

Reply   |   Comment by NoName  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#18

Is this the same version 8.2 given away in June last year?
Or is there a benefit in installing the today giveaway?

Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Lilien  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

@ Lilien

it's the very same version.

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)
#17

@NoName, GotD gives as programms, but wants to get comments about a product in return, right? Information is a value. And this is why I asked - how this is better than GIMP? $99 (or 89) is a lot of money. Even painttoolSai is cheaper - so what excatly I will pay for?

Reply   |   Comment by Lag  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-22)
#16

Hubby first stumbled across PD Particles many years ago. It's a standalone VERY addictive brush package from Project Dogwaffle that's been included in Howler Pro since I think v7. Particles was given away once via GOTD, but now that it's bundled in Howler and Howler's been given away here twice in just the past half year, OMG this gets an unqualified thumbs up from both of us.

Don't claim that another package is "all you need" because that's just dumb, and don't ask if how it's different from something else because these packages all bring treats and different options to your canvas. Also dumb are the clowns giving thumbs down to #4 or anyone else praising this software, IMHO. It IS one of the best programs I've ever had the pleasure to use.

Only negative is that this is crippleware but beggars can't be choosers. I see one person wrote that they'd never heard of Project Dogwaffle so this type of advertising works for both the vendor and us users since it generates feedback they need to improve. E.G. - their web site has always been a confusing mess, but don't let that fool you, the software is awesome. I am not a pro so I can't explain why PSD support is limited (to one channel I think) but if you ask on the GOTD Forums, bet you can get a great answer and maybe even a workaround idea or two.

Although GIMP is a powerful free art package that should be in every artist's digital repertoir if only because it offers a free and compatible workarounds for alpha channels and virtual world viewers, I honestly don't know much about using GIMP as I have Photoshop plus Howler (thank you GOTD) plus Twisted Brush, all with steep learning curves but tons of jaw-dropping features you may only discover by viewing tutorials and video tuts on the software vendor's sites, YouTube and the many other art sites where people share their discoveries and techniques.
For example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEYvD2tM1iY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sD_NSvcZ_k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llgV4hpxy9o

Warning, if you have a predisposition to addictions, avoid Howler, Particles and Twisted Brush at all costs because I've lost a good half year of my life just playing with the options! :)) The addition of Orbicles to Particles (and Howler Pro) just adds to the fun.

Reply   |   Comment by GreeneyedNewbie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+54)
#15

Seems ok, but time will tell. I've yet to come across a program as easy to use as the old DOS' "D-paint" though. It was about my fave for simplicity and effects.

Reply   |   Comment by batsdude  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)
#14

on a side note about the price. It's advertised here for $99 however the site says $89 (for version 9, version 8.2 is only $39,-), till february second there is a discount running lowering it to $62,30, using the code in the program it goes down to $34,71 (or 27,59 Euro/22,84 Pound Sterling)

Reply   |   Comment by NoName  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#13

Gimp using the gps-gimp-paint-studio http://code.google.com/p/gps-gimp-paint-studio/
and Gimp gimp animation package http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Using_GAP/
the best

Reply   |   Comment by Milovanović Siniša  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
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