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TabletDraw Update: Moosoftware.com has expired

UPDATE Monday 7:12 AM  CDT- Moosoftware.com is back.

I was working with TabletDraw by Moosoftware last night, and turned it off around 11:30pm. The next morning it kept crashing upon startup. It would open, hang, and then crash. It took me a while to figure it out, but Tabletdraw is set to automatically update by default and would go belly up as soon as it tried to reach the Moosoftware website. Evidently, sometime right around midnight the domain name expired.

The solution?
1. Temporarily disable your internet
2. Launch Tabletdraw
3. Turn off the auto-update.

But you might want to start saving your Tabletdraw docs to TIFF until they pop back up on the scene.

IN case you missed our review of TabletDraw:

“TABLETDRAW® a simple drawing program that uses the pressure sensitivity of the various Wacom tablets to allow you to draw freely. It’s a sketching and drawing program with the look of pencil, pen, or felt marker.”

http://digitalapplejuice.com/tablet-draw-by-moosoftware/

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The Pixelmator Challenge: Alicia Vogel

I really love Pixelmator as a painting program.  It has Photoshop-like brushes and a Painter feel.  I popped a sketch I had started in Painter in and was able to fully block it out and have a decent detail pass in a matter of hours.  For me, its simplicity is a big plus. With Photoshop and Painter,  I get dazzled by all the options and end up forever tweaking all the tools. 

In the future I’m going to do all my pre-painting in Pixelmator and then tweak either in Photoshop or Painter.  I’ll see how December’s Al works with it.

It does lack the gazillion brushes that either program has, so I did have to rehash some old tricks back when Photoshop was 3.0.  But it’s just plain fun to work in.

I would say this piece took me around five hours, and it’s more than decent groundwork. I did a similiar type piece using a combination of Painter and Photoshop, and it took twice as long.  The traits that Pixelmator has in common with Photoshop and Painter combined with it’s simplicity makes it a joy to use and keeps me concentrated on the actual painting instead of being all fidgety with the brushes and options.  I also realized yesterday as I was putting some refining moves on it that the final results look like my non-digital acrylic paintings.

On the negative side, I really missed my palette knife tool.  And I couldn’t find a use for Pixelmator’s "starry" brush.