Corel ships Painter IX
Corel Corp. on Monday announced that it is now shipping Corel Painter IX, the latest version of the company's painting and illustration software that simulates natural media. The new version of Painter is now available in North America, the U.K. and Australia. New features include improved speed, new and enhanced Brush Control Palettes, frames-per-second control, customizable shortcut keys, the Artists' Oils Painting System, Snap-to-Path Painting, improved Digital Watercolor and Quick Clone. Also enhanced is Adobe Photoshop support and support for Wacom pen tablets; color management has been improved also. Painter IX costs US$429; upgrades from previous versions are $229, and an educational version costs $99. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or higher, G3/500MHz or greater, 128MB RAM, mouse or tablet, 24-bit color display, 1024 x 768 pixel display and CD-ROM drive.