Corel has released version 12 of Corel Painter, one of the longest-running graphics applications for the Mac. The new release comes with a number of enhancements, including much-improved performance and a user interface that can be fully customized to fit each user’s needs. The main new feature, however, is Painter’s support for new realistic brushes, which, according to the company, reproduce the “movement and feeling of traditional art on canvas” when used with a graphics tablet. A free 30-day trial version is available. ($429 new, $229 upgrade, 297 MB)
Open Files with Finder's App Switcher
Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.
In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).
Corel Painter 12
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• New Watercolor and Wet Oil brushes, now getting the RealBristle moniker (basically even more realistic brushes of these types than were available before... you can now control such details as the direction of the wind blowing as your watercolors dry!)
• Some new flashy tools (one or two of these seem to show up with every major release):
- Kaleidoscope or Mandala Painting: "transform brushstrokes into a balanced spectrum of colourful shapes or blends from 3 to 12 planes"
- Mirror Painting: "create automatic symmetry by mirroring the plane vertically and horizontally. Mirror placement can also be moved or rotated"
(quoted from bullet points Corel’s press release).
You can see videos of the new features here: