Today I am going to review a cool drawing software from a company called Ambient Design Ltd which is a New Zealand-based global software development and publishing firm, specializing in creative applications and user interfaces for artists of all ages and all levels of competency, including professionals, hobbyists and students.The UI is very unique and looks very nice for being able to draw on your desktop or iPad the software costs is available immediately, priced at $49.90 for the desktop version and iPad and iPhone are available, priced at $4.99 and $1.99 from the Apple iTunes Store. So not bad for the price but how does it perform? That’s what this review intends to show you, so read on….
Product Name: ArtRage 4
Provider: Ambient Design Ltd
Price: Priced at $49.90 for the desktop version and iPad and iPhone are available, priced at $4.99 and $1.99 from the Apple iTunes Store
- Paint Symmetry: Automatically mirrors strokes across the canvas as they are made by reflecting or rotating the path of the tool around a customizable center point.
- Toolbox Panel: Make a single interface panel to gather colors, presets, and other items that are relevant to the current painting.
- Floating Views: Floating windows that display viewports in to part or all of the canvas during painting.
- Scraps: Paint on independent, floating scraps of canvas that can be used like mixing palettes or test sheets.
- Workbench Toolbar: Collapse the entire interface into a single toolbar with customizable space for tools required for the current painting.
- Front End Redesign: The interface has been restructured and tweaked to improve workflow and clarity.
- Clone Tool: Clone paint tool with all of its properties across the canvas.
- Pattern & Gradient Fills: New Fill Tool allows the creation of gradations and tiled pattern fills.
- Wacom Stylus Property Support: Take advantage of Pressure, Tilt, Barrel Rotation, and the Airbrush Wheel available on some Wacom Styluses. ArtRage also recognizes individual styluses, allowing tools to be assigned to them for quick selection when they are brought back to the tablet.
- Backup File System: Automatically saves backups of earlier generations of paintings to prevent destructive edits deleting old work.
- Optimized for Windows 8: Takes full advantage of the new Windows 8 multi-touch tablets, laptops, and computers.
If you like to draw or are into graphic design, then you know there’s so many graphic and
art software out there for iPad and your desktop which to choose. You could just go out
and get Photoshop (an industry standard) or you could get something that feels more like
a typical paint canvas. So what is it? Well it’s called ArtRage 4 and it offers unique touch-
friendly workflow advantages optimized for pen tablet users. The art creation app takes
full advantage of the new Windows 8 multi-touch tablets, laptops, and desktops. ArtRage
4 not only allows rotation, scale, and movement of the canvas with two fingers, but it can
even use simple multi-touch gestures with layers, selections, rulers, stencils, stickers and
One thing I really liked about this software is the experience of actually “painting”
digitally on a computer canvas with oil paints that smear and blend, and watercolors that
flow together to create soft, wet gradations, just as they would in a traditional art studio,
no matter if you used a pen, brush, drawing tablet, mouse or even a finger. Something I
noticed, is the iPad version seemed easier for me to draw than the desktop, but I think if
you have Pen Tablet on your desktop or laptop, you will find the same experience as I had
on the iPad version. Overall for the price of $49.90 for this app for both iPad/iPhone and
Desktop, I think it’s well worth it. Even with most other graphic software, like Photoshop,
you will pay way over the $49 price tag and not even get nearly as much of the features
you get with this software. Now by now, you might be thinking “I’m not an artist,” well
not to worry. You don’t have to be one to enjoy this cool software creativity that comes
in all forms. If you want to test drive the desktop version, you can here. If you need some
inspiration, I would recommend you check out their Youtube channel. They have a lot of
neat videos to help you get some ideas on getting started on the right foot to making some
The final score averages out to be a 10 out of 10 and is great for almost anyone who likes