ArtRage 4 for OS X – Review

On October 29, 2014, in Apps, Features, iMac, Mac, Mac OS X, Review, by Suzé Gilbert

ArtRage for OSX
Company: Ambient Design, Ltd
Price: $49.90

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When I purchased my first iPad several years ago, the first art painting app I installed was ArtRage. At the time it offered, and yet continues to have, the most realistic oil painting brushes of any painting app for the iPad or iPhone. As I use it so frequently on my iPad, I was eager to use the Mac OS X version on my new iMac.

The Mac version provides a good selection of art tools but ArtRage is not as complex or as robust an art application as Corel’s Painter, nor does it have as steep a learning curve as Painter. For ArtRage 4 users, there is a free upgrade to the 4.5 version and that is the version I am reviewing. ArtRage 4.5 is 64-bit and supports Mac (Intel only) OS X 10.6 or later and Windows 7, 8, and Vista (not Windows XP). 

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ArtRage 4 – Review

On May 13, 2013, in Features, Review, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

ArtRage 4
Developer: Ambient Design
Price: $49.90
ArtRage 4

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ArtRage is a Macintosh painting and drawing application that allows you to apply paint or ink to virtual paper or canvas as naturally as you would to their real counterparts. Oil paints leave textural strokes, watercolors actually spread, marker ink bleeds into the paper, pallet knives smear, pastels are genuinely chalky.

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EasyPen Slim Pen Graphics Tablet – Review

On May 10, 2013, in Macintosh, Review, by Curt Blanchard

EasyPen Slim Pen Graphics Tablet
Model: F610E
Manufacturer: Genius
MSRP: $119.99 (Internet pricing: $95.00)
EasyPen Slim Pen Tablet

Graphics tablets tend to be fairly big, heavy, and expensive but the new EasyPen Slim Pen Tablet from Genius is thin, light, and reasonably priced. Wacom tablets have held a virtual monopoly in this category for years with very little real competition. Genius is becoming a challenger in this field and their new Slim Pen Tablet is a contender.

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Genius PenSketch 12″ x 9″ Tablet
Review

On October 3, 2012, in Macintosh, Photography, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

Genius PenSketch 12″ x 9″ Pen Tablet
Model: M912A
Manufacturer: Genius
MSRP: $279.00 (Street: $210)
PenSketch M912A Pen Tablet

Put a pressure-sensitive stylus in your hand, apply it to a graphics tablet for the first time, and magic happens. It’s a revelation that makes you wonder about all that mousing you’ve done in the past to retouch a photo. You can read all you want about what it’s like to use a tablet, but you need to actually use one to understand how amazingly precise it feels.

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Nomadbrush Compose Short Tip (iOS stylus)
Review

On June 18, 2012, in Features, iPad, iPad 2, by Curt Blanchard

Nomadbrush Compose Short Tip (iOS stylus)
Manufacturer: Nomadbrush, LLC
MSRP: $26.00
Nomadbrush Compose Short Tip

Styli for iOS devices abound these days—big tips, small tips, plastic tips, metal tips, spongy tips, and even some with brushes. If you are a writer or a note taker, a fine rubber tip is probably going to be best for you. If you use a stylus mostly for casual games such as Draw Something, almost any stylus will be better than your finger.

However, if you’re an artist, the right stylus is a very personal choice. For you, it’s a tool, not a gadget. Ultimately, the best stylus is the one that suits you and your style of drawing or painting.

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