Major Corel Painter 11 update released

Corel has updated Corel Painter 11, it's digital painting software and photo painting software for Mac and PC.

The update promises improvements to transformations, colour management, copy/paste, performance, and auto-painting tools reportedly requested by many Corel Painter users.

First released in February 2009, Corel Painter 11 received mixed reviews, highlighting a range of bugs and quirks that suggested the software needed more work before release. Several well respected Corel Painter communities and forums also highlighted concerns.

Corel says that Service Pack 1 offers enhancement in the following areas:

Transformations
* Improved on-screen transformations when using the Transformations tool.
* Enhanced rendering when applying transformations, which produces a better preview of the final transformed content.
* Transforming layer content that is larger than, or outside, the canvas is no longer clipped to the edge of the canvas. * Residual effect of an anti-aliased edge is no longer left on-screen after making a selection. Undoing a transformation works as expected.
* Residual artifacts do not remain on-screen.

Copying and Pasting
* Improved copying and pasting from other applications.
* Copying text into Painter works as expected.

Eraser
* Selecting the eraser, resizing it, and then switching to the original brush, maintains both the brush and the eraser size.

Colour Management
* When colour management is enabled, colours display as expected when displaying documents on a second monitor.
* User-installed colour profiles that are stored within the user folder appear as expected in the Painter colour management settings.
* Opening files without colour management, or with colour management disabled, will now appear unmodified.
* An image’s colour profile is maintained when the image is cloned.
* Painter no longer crashes when opening a JPEG with an embedded CMYK profile.

Performance
* When idling, CPU usage is reduced.
* Painter is more responsive within a Windows Vista 64-bit environment.
* When resizing a brush to a larger brush size, minimal memory errors should occur.
* The Open Document dialog box within Mac OS X 10.5 and Mac OS X 10.6 displays correctly.
* Paperselector is available. You no longer need to open a document to access it.

Auto-painting
* Smart-stroke painting system is reset when re-starting to allow multiple auto-painting attempts.
* If the smart-stroke painting system is stopped and then re-started, it starts from the beginning, instead of starting where the previous image was stopped.
* If the smart-stroke painting system is stopped and then you open a second image for painting, the new painting starts from the beginning, instead of starting where the previous image was stopped.
* Clone colour can be turned off, which allows the auto-painting to paint with its own colour.

Color Wheel/Mixer

* Resizing Colour Wheel and Mixer palettes appear within their own palettes, which will allow you to resize them separately.

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