ArtWorks 2 News
- 26-Apr-10: ArtWorks 2.X, the successor to ArtWorks 2.9 was released at the
Wakefield Show and is available
for purchase now.
- 05-Oct-09: A brief test revealed ArtWorks 2 and the free ArtWorks Viewer to start up
on the Cortex-A8 based Beagleboard. Various features cause crashes though, so ArtWorks is not
officially supported on the Beagleboard yet. The ArtWorks Viewer mostly works but cannot
render all types of bitmaps in ArtWorks files.
- 01-May-09: ArtWorks 2.9 released and
available for purchase.
- 29-Apr-08: Pre-release of ArtWorks 2.8 with PDF import
(more details) available
- 11-Apr-08: ArtWorks 2.8 announced featuring PDF import supporting multiple pages, CMYK colours,
clipping and transparency (Details).
- 31-Dec-07: ArtWorks 2 was voted
Best commercial software of 2007 by Drobe readers.
- 10-Aug-07: ArtWorks 2.75 upgrade released (ArtWorks 2.7 users only:
- 05-Jul-07: AWViewer/AWRender 2.10 released with multi-page and full screen support
- 15-May-07: ArtWorks 2.7
(more details) released and available
- 10-May-07: AWRender 2 available as a free
download for everyone. It enables third-party applications to display ArtWorks files with
- 05-Jan-07: ArtWorks 2.63 upgrade released (ArtWorks 2.6 users only:
- 02-Aug-06: ArtWorks 2.62 upgrade released.
- 11-May-06: ArtWorks 2.6
(more details) released and available
- 11-May-06:AWRender 2 released.
It enables third-party applications to display ArtWorks files with transparency!
- 08-May-06: AWViewer 1.80 released.
- 06-Feb-06: ArtWorks 2.57 released (ArtWorks 2.5 users only:
- 04-Nov-05: ArtWorks 2.52 released (ArtWorks 2.5 users only:
- 20-Oct-05: ArtWorks 2.5 released and available
- 06-Jun-05: AWViewer 1.76 released
- 19-May-05: ArtWorks 2.41 released with over 40 improvements.
- 24-Feb-05: ArtWorks 2.34 released (ArtWorks 2.3 users only:
- 18-Jan-05: ArtWorks 2.33 released.
- 29-Nov-04: ArtWorks 2.32 released.
- 18-Oct-04: ArtWorks 2.3 available for purchase.
- 30-Sep-04: Various bug fixes released for all ArtWorks 2 users, see the
ArtWorks 2 Support Area).
- 23-Sep-04: ArtWorks 2.3 announced, featuring graduated transparency and CMYK ink simulation.
See the feature list.
- 27-Jul-04: Graduated transparency with graduation profiles announced.
- 01-Jun-04: AWViewer 1.74 released
- 24-May-04: ArtWorks 2.22 released (ArtWorks 2.2 users only:
- 11-May-04: ArtWorks 2.2 released! It features ClipView - dynamic clipping for
all object types.
- 11-May-04: AWViewer 1.71 with
ClipView support released.
- 16-Jan-04: The Christmas offer has ended.
- 15-Dec-03: Check the ArtWorks 2 Christmas offer
- 16-Oct-03: ArtWorks 2.10 released.
- 14-Oct-03: ArtWorks 2.09 released.
- 04-Sep-03: ArtWorks 2.07 released.
- 21-Jul-03: ArtWorks 2.06 released.
- 19-Jun-03: ArtWorks 2.05 released.
- 19-May-03: Credit card ordering available for
ArtWorks 2 via Co-Comp and SWREG.
- 13-May-03: Credit card ordering available for
- 10-May-03: ArtWorks 2 released at the Wakefield Show.
- 08-May-03: ArtWorks 2 CD duplication started.
- 07-May-03: ArtWorks 2 coding completed.
- 22-Apr-03: Discussion of ArtWorks 2 feature suggestions on the
- 07-Apr-03: ArtWorks 2 on the Iyonix renders the AP June 2002 cover (as shown on the left) more
than FIVE times faster than a StrongARM RiscPC+ViewFinder and more
than 3 times faster than ArtWorks 1.7 run on the Iyonix under Aemulor 2.10. You can find some
details and a clarification here.
- 25-Mar-03: First successful test run of the 32-bit ArtWorks on the Iyonix.
- 11-Mar-03: First fully functional ArtWorks kernel built from ArtWorks source code.
- 16-Jan-03: Download the 32-bit safe
AWViewer release containing
AWRender Plus with support for deep sprites and text areas.
A first benchmark shows a stunning speed-up when running ArtWorks 2 on the Iyonix, in particular in
conjunction with Crystal and demanding tasks. Rendering Henk Huinen's famous "raindrop" illustration,
featuring as the cover of the June 2002 issue of Acorn Publisher at highest WYSIWYG level and 65% scaling
(1280x1024 pixels screen mode):
- Iyonix/ArtWorks 2 (16M colours): 31 sec.
- Iyonix/ArtWorks 1.7 using Aemulor (16M colours): 1 min 45 sec.
- StrongARM RiscPC/ViewFinder (16M colours): 2 min 40 sec.
- StrongARM RiscPC without ViewFinder (256 colours): 2 min 37 sec.
Thus, ArtWorks 2 running natively on the Iyonix renders the illustration three times faster than
the emulated ArtWorks 1.7 and most importantly, it renders more than 5 times faster than a StrongARM
RiscPC can manage at that resolution.
Please note that this overproportional speed-up does not mean that the Iyonix is
five times faster than a StrongARM RiscPC. The surprising extra speed-up is caused by the way
Crystal works: Due to the fact that Crystal updates the screen at configurable fixed time intervals while
rendering complex illustrations, a higher proportion of time is spent updating the screen on a slower
machine than on a faster machine. Therefore, these figures cannot serve as a general machine benchmark.
For the record: For the above benchmarks, the screen update interval of Crystal was set to 2 seconds (the
If you think that publishing the 5 times speed-up is cheating, then please note that I am not comparing
a RiscPC to an Iyonix here. I am comparing a real-world task in two graphics design setups. As far as the
end user (i.e., the graphics designer) is concerned, the important thing is productivity. When working on
Henk's illustration a graphics designer using ArtWorks 2 on the Iyonix can enjoy the same quality of service
(rendering to a 1280x1024x16M screen with a 2 seconds update interval) while getting control back 5 times
faster than someone using a standard RiscPC based setup, which means that the ArtWorks 2/Iyonix setup provides
the basis for a significantly higher productivity.