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Offline amigakit

A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« on: November 27, 2014, 03:34:28 PM »
A-EON Technology is pleased to announce that it has taken over the development of Personal Paint from Cloanto.  The two companies had already started to cooperate in 2014 which resulted in the release of Personal Paint 7.2 and 7.3 These are the first new versions for several years, with the latest native versions available now on AMIStore for both AmigaOS 4.1 and AmigaOS 3.x.

As part of the agreement A-EON will exclusively develop and own all future AmigaOS versions of Personal Paint (including possible MorphOS and AROS ports). Additionally, A-EON and Cloanto will share joint ownership of Classic Amiga versions up to version 7.2, while Cloanto may continue to work on future non-Amiga versions.

Matthew Leaman, A-EON Managing Director, said, "A-EON Technology is proud to conclude this agreement with Cloanto. Personal Paint always had a strong following with Classic Amiga users and we are excited to drive it's future." Trevor Dickinson, A-EON’s co-founder added, "I've been an avid user of Personal Paint for many years. It became the leading easy-to-use Amiga program for bitmapped graphics and animation and was one of the first to support AGA and RTG graphics. These advanced features allowed Personal Paint to replace Deluxe Paint in Commodore's Amiga computer software bundles."

Personal Paint was the first commercial Amiga graphics program to break the 2Mb chip RAM barrier and to support PowerPC CPUs. However, it also included numerous other unique features which made it a favourite with many Classic Amiga owners. These included: professional colour reduction and merge, multiple brushes, filters, animation, file format plugins and stereograms together with PostScript and 24-bit printing. The constant reinvention of the possible applications of animated GIFs (also thanks to the expiration of related patents) helped drive continued demand for Personal Paint's exceptional support for palette based modes and optimised GIF code.

Cloanto's Michael C. Battilana commented on the transfer, "I am delighted to see future Amiga Personal Paint development efforts in the hands of an extremely motivated and talented team. I would also like to pay special thanks to Trevor. Without his generous commitment, the Amiga community wouldn't be as alive and kicking as it still is today."

PDF Press Release

The new Personal Paint 7.3 Classic (and PPC) version has the following features:-

● Works with the Classic AmigaOS and AmigaOS4.1 and and emulation under WinUAE and Amiga Forever
● Totally integrated with the AmigaOS Workbench
● Supports AmigaOS screen dragging
● Smoother interaction with the OS4 screen dragging system
● True colour animation frame thumbs in the StoryBoard window
● High resolution gadget imagery and thin borders style GUI option for a more modern look
● 9 new built in brush shapes
● 100 new Custom Brushes
● Pressure sensitive drawing
● Dithered transparency
● New Airbrush Linemode
● Extended paint functionality with image processing tool

The older 7.1c archive will be available to download from the official PPaint website:

http://ppaint.amistore.net

This domain is still in the process of propogating with DNS servers around the world so it wont be available everywhere until during the next 24-48 hours
« Last Edit: November 28, 2014, 04:39:47 PM by amigakit »
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Offline amoskodare

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2014, 04:07:21 PM »
Thumbs up!
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Offline yssing

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2014, 04:10:19 PM »
Awesome!
 

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Offline amiman99

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2014, 04:42:17 PM »
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A-EON takes over Personal Paint development, full version removed from Aminet
Is that mean Personal Paint can not be distributed with "Classic WB Packs" ?
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Offline F1Lupo

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2014, 05:07:41 PM »
great news!:pint:
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Offline IanP

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2014, 05:09:49 PM »
A-EON seem to have their fingers in a lot of pies, hardware development, Amiga community websites and now application development. I wonder if they'll be contracting out future software development or doing it in-house, I suspect the former.
 

Offline Yasu

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2014, 05:19:15 PM »
Sign me up for a MorphOS version!

Offline Ral-Clan

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2014, 05:44:33 PM »
Where can I find out more information about the the 7.3 version of Personal Paint for the Classic OS?

I searched online and could find no feature list, nor anywhere that sold it.  The Amistore software linked to on the A-EON site above can only be installed on OS4.
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Offline XDelusion

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2014, 08:19:16 PM »
Kind of strange to remove it from Aminet. Why not just add so many features to the next version that no one would want to use the older free version anymore?

Anyhow, I second the notion for a MorphOS update! Would like to see a little X86 AROS love too.
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Offline Matt_H

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2014, 09:35:10 PM »
Got to admit I'm getting a little concerned about just how much A-Eon has been acquiring lately...
 

Offline Kernel

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2014, 09:37:44 PM »
Why concerned?
 

Offline ddniUK

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2014, 09:52:49 PM »
No concerns about acquisitions. I would much rather have someone take ownership and resume development of abandoned software.

Not so sure about removing it from Aminet though.
 

Offline Gulliver

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2014, 10:01:14 PM »
It was probably removed from Aminet because v7.1  was competing with the forthcoming v7.3

To make it short: v7.3 has probably no remarkable new feature to make it viable as a product having its former version free. Most likely just a PPC port with minor fixes.

Even v7.1 was not the best in its day, I fail to see how could a "remastered" version be better, but cultist will adore and praise and others will just be dissapointed.
 

Offline amigakit

Re: A-EON Technology Acquires Personal Paint
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2014, 10:04:27 PM »
@Gulliver

I think you missed the press release above:

The new Personal Paint 7.3 Classic (and PPC) version has the following features:-

● Works with the Classic AmigaOS and AmigaOS4.1 and and emulation under WinUAE and Amiga Forever
● Totally integrated with the AmigaOS Workbench
● Supports AmigaOS screen dragging
● Smoother interaction with the OS4 screen dragging system
● True colour animation frame thumbs in the StoryBoard window
● High resolution gadget imagery and thin borders style GUI option for a more modern look
● 9 new built in brush shapes
● 100 new Custom Brushes
● Pressure sensitive drawing
● Dithered transparency
● New Airbrush Linemode
● Extended paint functionality with image processing tool
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