Painting With Light version 1.4.898 is now available for download.
This release fixes one critical bug, and includes some important work done on the core video loading and playback code, as well as a minor improvement to the finding of brushes and textures when loading a painting.
Once of the previous releases re-enabled loading of pwl files by file association under Windows. On some computers this resulted in a crash if the output window hadn’t actually opened yet.
Better Video Support
Many people use many different formats of video with Painting With Light depending on what operating system they have, what kind of hardware and software they use, what kind of workflow they want. Painting With Light aims to support as wide a range of video formats as possible to fit in with your existing processes but it has previously worked better with certain formats over others.
In this release lot of work has gone into retuning the video playback code with the aim of improving compatibility with a much wider range of video formats, and fixing issues when the videos loop back to the beginning.
New Asset Handling
When saving a painting as a PWL file, Painting With Light saves the full path to all of the brushes and textures that are used in the painting. This is fine when you’re just working on a single computer, but if you want to copy the files to a different computer, or share them over Dropbox or such like, these full paths will probably become invalid for the receiving computer.
In this release Painting With Light will first look for the brushes and textures in their original location, then it will look for them in the brushes and textures windows, and finally (and this is the new bit) it will look for the files in the same directory as the PWL file.
So, to copy a PWL file, just include all the brushes and textures in the same directory, and Painting With Light should now find them without you having to do anything.
As ever, please let me know if you are experiencing (new or old) issues with this latest release. Also, it would be nice to know if the new video playback code is working better for you all.