View Full Version : Howler 9.6 released

Dan Ritchie
02-18-2015, 01:54 PM
Howler 9.6 released.


Version 9.6 of the natural media paint and animation program designed for visual effects work is now available. The new version is focused on improving the user experience on different kinds of hardware ranging from tablets to workstations, and adding new tools that are critical to visual effects.

See the new Demo Real:


Great new feature! The duplicate frame repair toolkit:

The new duplicate frame tool lets you manage video that has been damaged due to dropped frames or improper transcoding.

The tool helps you to find dropped or duplicate frames, then lets you manage them, either by deleting them, or extrapolating new in-between frames via motion prediction technology.

Other new features:

Revamped greenscreen compositing tool with color matrix adjustments.

Revamped camera stabilization/tracking and camera motion removal/restoration tool.

Revamped navigation. Zoom from pointer instead of center. Optional scrollbars for when the CTRL-Shift navigation isn't possible, such as on tablets.

New Vector Blur filter.

New easy garbage masking for video using alt and rectangle/ellipse tools.

Support for higher resolution monitors. Fewer stacked panels at the top of the screen when a 1080p or higher monitor is available.

Revamped and animatable rubber sheet tool. (4 corner perspective warp)

GUI tweaks. Menu links to free transform tools for image and alpha.

added CPU fallback for foliage ambient occlusion that was only available on GPU previously.

Howler 9.6 is a pay update to those using versions 9.2 and below. However, a special discount price is available. Those who previously upgraded to version 9.5 will receive 9.6 for free. The upgrade discount is available to users of all versions, excluding free versions. The full version is also currently on sale for $65, USD - $35 off the full price, so it's a great time to get on board.

For those who upgraded to version 9.5 via Daniel Ritchie and Squirreldome.com, you should be contacted shortly with your upgrade information. Those who ordered through Phillip Staiger and TheBest3D.com, Daz, Digibuy, or others, your upgrade process is still in the works. Thank you for your patience.

PD Artist 9.6 (Howler minus the animation tools) will also be available in the next few days.

02-19-2015, 01:05 AM
Nice work, i recall when you started dogwaffle. Nice to see all that hard work come full circle.

02-19-2015, 08:54 PM
And some pretty dang nice customer service too!

02-20-2015, 08:16 PM
I purchased 9.5 via whichever Howler vendor uses BMT, and am unclear who is responsible for sending me info on how I can download 9.6. Dan, any idea who I need to contact?


02-20-2015, 08:43 PM
Dan was all over it for me. More than helpful.