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Project Dogwaffle:
 
PD Howler 2023   (v16)
(includes PD Artist too)

Fast Digital Painting, 3D landscape Rendering and tools for Video  & Animation


 new! Howler 2023(!) -  2022 | 2021  | 2020 | 2019 | Earlier versions | What's PD Howler?

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Welcome!




 


There are two 'flavors' or editions available:

What is the Howler edition?
The Howler edition has everything that you can find in PD: Project Dogwaffle essentially is PD Howler. Or you could say PD Howler is the incarnation of Project Dogwaffle. It started simply as Project Dogwaffle 20+ years ago. Some release of version 3.x became known as PD Pro. It carried that distinction through more reelases, namely v4 and v5.... Later though, around version 6 we released it as PD Howler and added a lower-cost option, the Artist edition, for those who don't do animation or video.

Read everything about
Howler here.


So what is the Artist edition?

We also have a lower cost 'Artist' edition. We make PD Howler first. PD Artist then occasionally is released too, as a subset of Howler. Artist is cheaper, but don't get me wrong: PD Howler is very affordably priced too, considering all that it offers. But there are a few things you might never need, nor want to pay for. So if you don't do animations or multi-frame rendering nor work on video clips, if you won't ever work with video - check PD Artist.
  
Compare Artist vs. Howler editions


Reminder:

Project Dogwaffle (PD) is first and foremost a digital painting program. But it also does much more.


You never heard of Project Dogwaffle before? ... nor PD Artist or PD Howler, PD Particles??

What's (arguably) not so good? (there's always one or two achilles heels, right?)

In short, if you don't have a need for complex layers or haven't used them much, you may not even notice.

Why call it Howler?
All in all, Howler is howling fast. Heavily optimized and designed on low end systems, due mostly to starving-artist budget realities, you'll likely find that runs very smoothly on your desktop or laptop Windows PC too. This software does not require high-end gaming systems, though it's nice to have a dream machine:

About AVX: if you run Windows on a very old processor such as Intel Core 2 Duo, it may not have support for AVX. But, it may hopefully have SSE2. For PD Howler, we now offer a version that that's built for such older processors, as it uses SSE2 instead of depending on the faster AVX.

More about features here and here: the Dogwaffle Main Features List

Howler vs. Artist - what are the Differences?








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Images & Videos

Images created (rendered and/or painted) with PD Howler 2023

  
Reminder: It started as a Paint program. See earlier versions for more screenshots too


New Sky Filter >>> click here for more info on the new sky filter, including sample animations


Tools for Better Painting Experiences


Gamut masking on
            color wheel

Clouds (new Sky filter with volumetric clouds that cast shadows on other clouds!)




Fractals




Textures & Patterns:




Landscape Rendering with Puppypay

(learn more about 3D Designer and Puppyray for Landscapes)




Screenshots

screenshot 03screenshot 04

Videos


Rendering in PuppyRay



Painting in Howler



Many more videos, docs, help and tutorials here




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Below are some of the new features coming to PD Howler 2022:
 

Reminder: What was new in the prior releases?

This is Howler 2023 (v16)
| Howler 2022(v15) | 2021(v14) | 2020(v13) | 2019(v12) | v11 | v10 |


 

Captain's Log - The Latest Developments, the News:

What's New in PD Howler 2023?

Here's a brief summary of the major new features and enhancements:


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

Howler 2023 requires support for AVX, shader level 6, about 700 megs of disc space, and a screen resolution of 1080 or higher for the best experience)


Below are various bits and pieces of interesting steps, developments, new features, improvements, bug fixes,... related to Howler 2023. 

We call it the Captain's Log:



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It took a while but we're now able to make new builds of the software.


Most Recent updates:
 

Gamut
          maskingOct 31 build 61+

Oct 31 build 61


Oct 29 Build 60


Oct 24


Oct 22

Oct 21

Oct 12


October 11 2023 build 59


Aug 12

Aug 4 build 53

July 31 - build 51


Aug 4 build 53


July 30


July 29 - build 50


July 28 build 49


July 22
- build 45
 

July 13 - build 44

July 7

July 3

July 2


July 1

June 30

June 28

June 26

May 31 2022

May 30 2022

May 26 2022


May 21 2022

May 20 2022

May 16 2022

May 12 2022



May 10 2022


May 7 2022







April 21 2022


A couple of notes at this point and moving into the future...

April 13 2022

April 5 2022


March 12th 2022 ...

March 11th 2022 build 53


March 9th 2022 build 52


March 4th, 2022






Feb 11th, 2022 - Note: this was the last and final build released for Howler 2022

Build 48

 


 

 






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the Free Demo / Trial version of PD Howler 2023

Ready to try it for free? download and install this free demo version:
 
We now have a free demo version of build 44 - download it from the link below:


Name:        Howler_2023_0044_Demo.exe
 
Be sure to verify the integrity of your downloaded file - Compare the checksums here!










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Docs & Help - the Documentation - and Tutorials



As a 1-man show, resources are a bit, shall we say, limited... there is not a tremendous amount of time available to do thorough documentation, keeping it updated with the many changes and new features, the user guides, reference manuals, etc... and we rely more on video tutorials on youtube.

But, there are also various guides, and with the help of some supporters we also are happy to show some translations. Here are English, French and Spanish documentation, and a few other options, to learn more about using Dogwaffle.

If you can write in German, Italian, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, ... any other language, please help spread the word and joys of waffling.


We have 1000+ free tutorial videos at youtube. (pdhowler channel and also the older staigerman channel).

We have a bunch of testimonials in the Dogwaffler of the moment (DOTM) and some with tutorials.

We still offer an old tutorial CD for getting started with Dogwaffle. It is a bit old but will bring back memories and joys of discovery. But of course, the best way to learn is to dive in and try things, and watch the many free videos on our Youube channel.

Start here:
https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/help

French:
https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/help/French

Spanish:
https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/help/Spanish

English:
https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/help/PDHelp


FAQ:
https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/faq


Tutorials:
https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/tuts


YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/pdhowler

Some Recent Tutorials:

The New Sky Filter - part 1
https://youtu.be/zPjLp5Gd3qM











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Latest versions - Checksums



Got it? downloaded it? Please take the time to verify that your download is authentic and complete. Make sure it's legit and hasn't been tampered with.

Simply Right-click the icon of the downloaded  .exe program (the installer file), and find CRC SHA256 or similar information to compare with these shown below:


Below you see the expected checksums. If you see a different value on your copy of the file, your copy is corrupted or may have been tampered with. (perhaps containing a virus)


Checksums of the free trial demo version:

Name:        Howler_2023_0044_Demo.exe
Exact Size: 127,275,490 bytes (about 121 MB)
Checksums:
CRC32: B6D6D6DE
CRC64: 0A5F94AFD07E4FC6
SHA256: F63D1DC5716FF427ED11AFCB6A7E68D1856BEF4CA801E2192BAC236ADC1EBD1E
SHA1: 485CB25DD22D0A33F44D09811781A1A5C50F69D1
BLAKE2sp: E25058FEA50C400B4FB12CDCF315076C9EFA5F87935D27D61DC0E60D0E03FF0D




Checksums of the full versions, most recent releases of PD Howler and PD Artist:

PD Howler 2023 build 44

Name: Howler_2023_0044.exe
Size: 127,304,016 bytes (~121 MB)
CRC32: 411CF7DE
CRC64: 9700D8BD4E086442
SHA256: 2E3A738BBE2FEB4BD76F12A1CB031E68E589AD32470E49C860F9F8A9C0170B07
SHA1: 9890EE10E11199F3B84546361DC17C4242EFAD39
BLAKE2sp: 43B640E62188249A3CE5C5950D91FF80BEA41F42D676C303D81B4363574B6ABC



PD Artist 2023 build 44

Name: Artist_2023_0044.exe
Size: 127,283,914 bytes (~121 MB)
CRC32: C04E7D17
CRC64: 239D1C3E0489FE11
SHA256: F1ED41D6E263D93BEFD9B1BB791B855BC11FB06BEC72A9E2D449AB1C24DCA8A5
SHA1: A60A015F8D01A8044AC078F45CD03DD60DC83036
BLAKE2sp: 0936DF78AA911B3CB42937599456AD6FA2A56745621595382423832F82CF279E




   Slightly Older releases:

        Build 18 of PD Howler:
Name: Howler_2023_0018.exe
Size: 127298086 bytes (121 MiB)
CRC32: 130F67D1
CRC64: 10B2A5576D7F224B
SHA256: D799D3506B51FAC7ECA0409C8D7D0FAA96C791A5F8327219B0B0369E6630DFB5
SHA1: 4AE9D4582EF993174C8B8B28D78972728D7D6497
BLAKE2sp: 0BB2789C70C46B4FFAD822190A0EF6CAA356A316FB2232886D2859531838412F













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Testimonials

 
People are usually silent or very vocal ;-)

See a few examples of what they do with PD Howler and even lesser versions of Dogwaffle or early PD Pro -  https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/dotm
- Dogwafflers of the Moment











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Newsletters - the coverage of Howler 2023 in our Newsletters HERE