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Corel Updates Painter

Version 8.1 brings back custom palettes, addresses bug issues By Dave Nagel
Corel today released an update to Painter 8, the company's painting and design application. The new 8.1 release addresses a number of bugs and also reintroduces custom palettes. The update is available now for Mac OS X and Windows.

Corel Painter 8 is designed to emulate traditional media tools, such as pencils, paints, charcoal and the like. It includes more than 400 new brushes in more than 30 different media categories. It also includes an interactive "Brush Creator" for users to design their own brushes in a visual environment. The new 8.1 version brings back custom palettes from version 7 and also offers about two dozen bug fixes. Some of these include fixes to systems running a Wacom Cintiq tablet in a dual-monitor configuration; interface anomalies; situations that caused crashes, such as increasing brush size with a keyboard shortcut or saving files to a directory that included a period character; CPU usage issues; pressure sensitivity and eraser issues with some tablets; and various issues arising from the Mac OS X 10.3 update.

Corel Painter 8.1 is available now as a free update for current users for Mac OS X and Windows. The full version runs $299. FOr more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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