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Do programs ever grow up?
- Created: 07 October 2014
Like children, sometimes they do, and parents are proud, if they go out in the world and do big things.
At the end of September 2014, we have dropped the "beta" label from the new ArahPaint5.
This means that we think it is good enough for production use.
ArahPaint5 was more than three years in the making; it was supposed to be small evolution from ArahPaint4.
Technically speaking, we have just ported it from Qt3 to Qt4 toolkit (programming library which helps us make buttons, menus, draw points on screen).
In doing so, we eliminated the dependency on X Window graphics toolkit, so that program could be ported to other platforms than Linux/Unix.
Sound wonderful. But we have almost thrown away the baby with the bathwater.
The careful speed optimizations, which worked only on Linux, had to be eliminated and replaced with generic toolkit code. The once snappy program became dog slow. What is the big change from the previous beta versions?
ArahPaint5 can now handle big images well. Before ArahPaint 5.0.445, the bigger the image, the slower the drawing. It worked nicely on 1000x1000, slower on 3000x3000, while at 100000x10000 resolution, the drawing speed was reduced to useless crawl.
You could literally see the mouse pointer not being able to follow your movements.
This problem was especially painful, as ArahPaint4 did not have this issue. So existing users, used to fast work, did not want to use ArahPaint5 at all.
Which was a pity, as ArahPaint5 comes with many nice new features:
- SVG/PDF import
- system wide cut & paste (from/to browser, mail, text editor, scanning application)
- pen size preview while drawing on the image
- platform specific file selection box with choice of file format
- completely redesigned resize dialog, which nicely handles conversion between size in mm/inches/pixels and threads/cm/inches.
This is such an important milestone, that we should look back and thank all the people who made it happen:
Simon Weilguny for writing the first ArahPaint 2.x using Motif toolkit in C on UnixWare and later on Linux.
Matjaž Gutenberger for rewriting the program as ArahPaint4 using Qt toolkit in C++ on Linux.
Nedeljko Stefanović for:
- recently used files with icons
- ellipse selection
- layout options in text tools
- crosshair cursor
- bezier curves
- antialiased view
Nebojša Obradović and Milan Miletić for:
- port to Qt4 toolkit and making Windows and Mac OSX version possible
- making build scripts for all platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac OSX)
- adding support for SVG and PDF import
- implementing redesign of resize dialog
- adding initial version of cut and paste
Peter Kovář for fixing the ruler.
Zoran Pavlović for finding and managing programers in Belgrade, and for providing cosy work environment during meetings.
Anton Gregorčič for writing the manuals and bug testing
Ana Bertoncelj for bug testing, for design of shortcuts list, design of program icon and front page of manual, manual layout, Fast Pattern tutorials
Guido Fumagalli and Patrizia Bertolli of FGF Labels and for help in redesign of image resize dialog
Staubli/CSS for financially sponsoring the port to Windows
Bert Pols of Staubli/CSS for Dutch translation and numerous precise bug descriptions and feature suggestions
Peak Ding for Chinese translation
Antti Alalami for Finnish translation
Vincent Masurel for French translation
Katarzyna Jaworska for corrections in Polish translation
Jaime Vives Piqueres for Spanish translation
Vichai Tantikunakonrat for Thai translation
Sabri Sever for Turkish translation
If we missed somebody or if someone's contribution was misrepresented, send us a note and we will correct it.
So is ArahPaint now a big program? It is not an intergalactic success like Photoshop or Gimp. But it does serve its niche of textile design.It is used by thousands of designers every day. It is available on all major operating systems, translated in 13 languages, It has survived the test of time, and got several facelifts to stay attractive. So please download it, is is free, and if you like it, recommend it to friends.
Here is a little gallery of ArahPaint's evolution.