Wacom, the leading manufacturer of pen tablets and interactive pen
displays, today announces an update to the entry-level Volito2 pen
ArtRage2 is designed to provide a realistic and fun simulation of using
paint on a canvas, along with pens, pencils, crayons, and other tools.
In combination with the Volito2 pen tablet the user can take full
advantage of the pressure sensitivity support of these drawing tools to
create a realistic painting feel. The Volito2 pen has 512 levels of
pressure sensitivity, offering a natural experience when working with
the painting tools.
In order to make the software available as soon as possible, Wacom is
offering an online software update for all new Volito2 consumers from
October 2006. ArtRage2 can be downloaded via the bonus software
programme by entering the code provided with the product.
ArtRage2 – new features and functionality
ArtRage2 offers several new tools, but still retains its easy-to-use,
intuitive menu interface. With this version, the number of realistic
tools has almost doubled and consists of, for example, the eraser,
pencil, oil paint, crayon, chalk, felt pen and palette knife.
Additional tools provided include:
- Airbrush - enables the user to spray smooth strokes on to
the canvas, allows the paint to build up in one spot or creates dagger
stroke tapering lines.
- Glitter gun – thousands of tiny sparkles can be
sprinkled with this new metallic paint option.
- Paint roller – users can lay down smooth, solid
bands of colour with thick or thin paint.
- Paint tube – a never-ending tube of oil paint
that can be squeezed out onto the canvas into a large blob, which can
then be smeared for effect.
- Colour sampler – enables the user to sample
colour directly from the canvas or reference images.
Providing a more advanced touch, ArtRage2 now enables images to be
created with the use of layers. Multiple, transparent layers can be
added and each layer is separate from the last so that the paint will
not blend when applied. The texture of the paint strokes however, will
still show through. Each layer has its own paper properties and can be
moved and merged with others.
There is also now a tracing images feature, which enables the user to
load an image such as a photograph and overlay it on the canvas as a
guide for painting. If required, ArtRage2 will automatically choose the
colour to use as paint. The software can also be used to load an image
and pin it to the canvas as a painting reference. These images can then
be moved, scaled and rotated in any way required.
A final example of a new feature of ArtRage2 is Metallic Paint, which
makes every tool apply metal to the canvas including gold leaf and
sparkly metal glitter. This can also be smeared and blended with
non-metallic paint, providing a new sheen. The canvas can easily be
turned into tin foil too.
Availability and pricing
Volito2 is available now from Computers Unlimited priced at
£39.99 including VAT.