PD Artist was available as a giveaway on October 9, 2008!
PD Artist is an entry-level digital drawing and paint software program for PC running Windows. It's a great companion to your existing other, popular paint shop or photo editing tools and image editors, free image viewers, and of course also for 3D tools.
While PD Artist isn't as full-featured as PD Pro, it still has a tremendous number of features and tools. The interface is fully customizeable. There's also a little bit of animation capability, but the main focus is on digital painting and making it fun and as fast as realtime. But you can certainly combine the two uses: matte painting on image sequences, for example.
Windows 98/2000/XP; At least 128 MB RAM available (256 MB recommended); 20 MB free disk space; video card set to 1024x768 or higher resolution, and 24-bit or better (truecolor) depth. No 3D acceleration needed; MMX-enabled Intel Pentium 2/3/4 type or AMD equivalent, 1 GHz speed recommended
Going well beyond the digital painting, PD Pro includes advanced animationtools with onion skins, brush keyframer and stroke player. Filters can be applied across video clips with keyframed values through the timeline editor. Lua scripting lets you make your own filters. PD Pro includes particle brshes and custom image based animated brushes. You can paint with video on video, and carry video across the particle trails. Insanity turns into art!