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Apr292013

First Look at ArtRage 4  

I'm a bit late in taking note of this –  ArtRage 4 released back in February. Look, ArtRage is the best value you are going for a painting program you are going to get on Windows or Mac (it runs on both). I've been recommending it for years, and ArtRage 4,0 still my top pick.

From a feature perspective there are a couple of nice improvements since ArtRage 3.5.5 but nothing major. Having said that let's look more closely.

 

The Application icon has received a minor tweak. The screenshot below is from the Windows 8 Start Screen with ArtRage Studio Pro 3.5.5 on the left and ArtRage 4 on the right. Apparently they've dropped the “Studio Pro” from the name.

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Overall Application: ArtRage Studio Pro 3.5.5

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Overall Application: ArtRage 4

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The overall interface hasn't changed. You may notice though that some icons look a bit different.

However ArtRage 4 does have a special interface activated via View > Workbench Mode

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The Workbench Mode is a minimal interface with a thin strip of tools at the top.

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You can access all the brushes by click on the crush icon.

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Clicking on color square yields special color picker.

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I was already very please with ArtRage's minimal UI and easy-to-access fullscreen mode, so this Workbench Mode isn't that interesting to me.

If you want to see it in action, there's a YouTube video available of someone walking through some more UI changes and new feature

 

http://youtu.be/VCcuOuS4enQ 

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