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Splatman
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I have Painter 8, but was curious if the upgrade was worth the price...

Anyone here use 8 then 9? Opinion?

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Scotty Arsenault
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I bought Painter 8 about a month before 9 came out... I was pretty cheesed they wouldn't give customers a little advance notice.

As it was, I had been using 'found' versions of Painter from 5 on up, until I figured I ought to get the real deal.
Not much of the things I often use had improved from 5 to 8, and the interface is still as clumsy as ever.

Neh... I'll wait a few more versions before upgrading, I think.

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Ravenshoe
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I hate when companies do that - sell old stock when an upgrade is coming out shortly. In the interest of customer relations, there should be a free upgrade, or at least a discount.

We bought a car a couple of years ago with a 3 year Bumper-to-bumper warranty. The next month, as a sales promotion, they upgraded the car to a 7 year warranty. Same car but they wouldn't upgrade ours.

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SquarejawHero
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I rather like it. Glad I bought it, but it was on offer.

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Splatman
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Thanks for the input folks!

@SquarejawHero:were you using 8 prior to 9?

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SquarejawHero
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I must've done... but my brains rather frazzled after thumbnailing all day. There's certain things I really liked over Painter 8 because I DID use it for a while, but the specifics I really don't remember...

... sorry!

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Splatman
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No worries!

I just read MacAddicts review... It said that the new oils, and performance boost make it worth the money...even from 8 to 9.

So if I can squeeze some new life outta the old G4 box, I'll be happy!

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2d4ever
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Is there a test version one can try?
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talos72
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If you are a frequent or avid Painter user, the upgrade is worth it. Plus, the upgrade price is not that high (as compared to say Photoshop). I personally prefer Painter brushes to Photoshop's any day of the week. Painter brushes (though sometimes slow) are far more advanced than Photoshops and I remember few years back folks at Adobe were poking around Painter forums trying to find out more about Painter's brush technology.

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-FP-
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Free natural-media paint program links below. I haven't used any of them, except DEEP PAINT, which is pretty cool for free.

DEEP PAINT:
http://www.download.com/Deep-Paint/3640-2191_4-10398243.html
DOGWAFFLE:
http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/free/index.html
GIMP:
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
ARTWEAVER:
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/win/46614

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Olve
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Painter 9 is absolutely worth it.
I used Painter 6 until 9 came out - simply because I didn't like 7 and 8 (their water color solutions being one major reason).
But with 9 they threw all the best bits from every version together.
So I really recommend it.

Trial can be downloaded here.

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Splatman
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All good input!

Thanks everyone!

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SquarejawHero
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This is a bit of an odd question seeing as I have it... is the mac version on the same disc?

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Splatman
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Hmmmm. Not sure about that...I don't have the disks in my sweaty little rodent hands at this very second... [abducted]

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Lee Crowe
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I'd like to hear more specifics from y'all about how you use Painter in animation...?

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gergley
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quote:
I'd like to hear more specifics from y'all about how you use Painter in animation...?
I'm curious about that, too.

To take a guess, painting backgrounds is likely the primary use for most workflows. Though it would be cool to know if that isn't the only way that people use the program.

There is an animation component to Painter. At first glance, the features seem rudimentary. And, since I haven't used the latest two versions, I'm unsure if the features have been upgraded or enhanced. Though, the features (as late as Version 7) do offer a lot of possibilities beyond the flipbook aspect of component. Quite a lot, actually.

So, I'm curious if anyone has done animation in Painter. In any way, shape or form....

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Just for the sake of more info:

There's a nice little 2D animation program called MIRAGE that features some natural media tools. I used it briefly way back when it was called AURA. Weird interface, but useful, and some Photoshop plugins worked with it. I've heard the program is more capable now. It is grotesquely overpriced.

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