ArtRage iPad painting program update irons out bugs

ArtRage, a new iPad app that lets users digitally create realistic-looking oil- and watercolor-style paintings, has been updated with some minor bug fixes.

The app from New Zealand’s Ambient Design was released in late September. It includes digital versions of tools like pencils, chalks, paints and palette knives. Photos can be imported into the app for conversion into paint-style images, or used as reference for the user’s own original artwork. Ambient announced Thursday that version 1.0.2 solves problems that arose when using color samples with those reference images, and more generally when the iPad was in portrait mode.

The iPad app lacks some of the tools available on the pricier desktop versions of ArtRage, which include stencils, rulers, stickers, sticker spray, and glitter. But ArtRage users who own the desktop program will be able to transfer iPad creations to their computers and back via iTunes’s file sharing feature.

ArtRage is $7 and runs on iPads using iOS 3.2 or later.

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