I am pretty excited about this update, since I was able to fix many issues for users who use their tablet's Mouse Mode! You will now be able to get the same nice fade-out line endings when using position and pressure smoothing! Also note that sample interpolation is no longer needed for this to work, making performance a lot better.
Interpolation will now mainly be used to smooth out pressure gradients when drawing fast strokes. You may not need it at all if your tablet sample rate is high enough.
Mouse Mode is now automatically detected, which will help users avoid getting the dreaded pen-offset problem. This is actually pretty cool, because you can now use Lazy Nezumi Pro to make applications work in Mouse Mode, where they previously had the same offset problem!
In my opinion though, Wacom should have never added Mouse Mode, since it is much less precise, and adds so many problems. I really recommend that you work in Pen Mode instead.
This update also adds some basic size and opacity animations to the UI, making it look a bit more polished.
I've also slightly tweaked the Pressure Speed Scaling to make it more flexible, and added pressure and speed feedback labels to help you tune your settings.
Many other little changes and bugfixes, which you can see in the change log.
This will probably be the last update for 2013. But don't worry, I have many more things planned for 2014! :)
I was going to wait until I had more changes to release an update, but it looks like the other stuff is going to take a bit longer to test properly. Also, some users were a bit panicked about the new Hide Real Cursor setting being enabled by default.
So this setting is now disabled by default. Also, this and the other guide/cursor related settings are now per-preset! This gives users more flexibility, and also has the nice bonus of allowing a different guide color for each preset! I've gone ahead and set some default colors for the stock presets.
This was a great idea from one of my early beta testers. Thanks Nick!
I've also improved the performance of the OpenGL guide line rendering, and added some basic anti-aliasing so that it doesn't look so pixelated.
I didn't think I would have another update out so soon after yesterday's, but a couple users found some bugs that I was able to fix. Thanks Choi and Bruna for reporting these!
I've fixed an offset bug with the guide lines when the window rulers are active in PhotoShop.
I've also fixed another bug that was causing problems for users who had another admin user perform the install. If you tried the software in an office environment and it didn't work, this was probably the cause, so please try the new version and let me know!
In other news, Lazy Nezumi Pro was featured on Advanced Photoshop Magazine's Facebook page today! That was totally awesome, thank you so much guys! :)
Today's update will make many users happy, as I've finally added support for guide line and circle rendering in OpenGL windows! This means that you can now have the guides in PhotoShop if you use its Use Graphics Processor performance setting.
There's now also an option to hide your application's cursor while drawing. This can be useful when doing precision work with small brushes.
I've also added the possibility to make small adjustments with the UI sliders by holding the control key. Thanks Sakaa for the idea!
Have you ever wanted to invert your pressure control to draw thinner lines when pressing harder? Well now you can, with the new Invert option in the Pressure Curve stage! Thanks Rolant for the idea!
And last but not least, I fixed a bug that was causing weird behavior with the lasso tool in PhotoShop. Thanks Funshark for spotting this, and all the other awesome help and feedback!
Today's update adds some performance optimizations and bug fixes.
If you've been having strange behaviour or crashes in your art program, make sure you install this update! Many thanks to Hong and Shopi for helping me track down this issue!
As you can see by the latest entry in the change log, I've been busy!
I have fixed a bunch of issues, notably hooking problems in 64bit Win8, and problems for international users.
The installer is now capable of finding non-english Photoshop plugin directories, and installs the plugin for Photoshop Elements if it finds it installed.
One change I am very happy about is for the Sample Interpolation feature: if you now use interpolation with position and pressure smoothing, your lines will finish in a nice fade-out to the position where you lifted your pen! Before this update, the lines would just end whenever you lifted your pen, which would cause them to be shorter if you used a lot of smoothing. Please note that this only works in some applications, including Photoshop.
I had to change a lot of code to make this work, so it's possible that I broke support for some applications (although I really tried not to). Please let me know if you find any problems!
Today's update adds pen orientation (tilt and rotation) smoothing, for people who have pen tablets that support these features.
I have so far only tested this with an Intuos3 Art Pen, so please let me know how this works for you if you have a different pen.
I received some nice feedback about the Mini Mode UI (thanks Cristiano!), so I've changed it a little so that the user can now always see which preset is currently selected, and if it is enabled or not.
The other major change is the addition of a Fast Speed control for the speed pressure scaling processing stage. This control sets the pen speed at which the Fast Gain setting will be applied.
Today's update adds a very cool new feature: speed based pressure scaling. I've added a new preset called speed pressure that shows it off.
This feature gives a more natural feel when drawing, and can add a lot of character to your lines! I've had a lot of fun testing it and I hope you will enjoy using it!
The UI was starting to get crowded so I also redesigned it. Each processing stage can now be enabled via a checkbox, and its details can be shown or hidden via a tool button.
A couple keyboard shortcut related bugs were also fixed.
I took some time to polish the website a little, after getting some very useful feedback from some designer friends (many thanks James). I hope you like the new look.
Last week was absolutely crazy, someone very well connected posted about Lazy Nezumi Pro on Facebook and the site received tons of traffic. Whoever you are, thank you! :)
The last couple of releases have mainly been bug-fix releases, but some new features are coming soon! I am currently working on speed based pressure scaling, which is very fun. I also ordered a Wacom Art Pen so I can start working on tilt and rotation processing. Stay tuned!
A new version is available! All the changes in this update are UI related.
The major change is the addition of a Mini Mode (in the settings menu) that will hide most elements from the window when the mouse isn't over it. When the mouse comes over it, all presets will be shown as buttons. This allows the user to quickly select a preset by using only one click.
I think you will like this mode if you don't like to (or can't) use keyboard shortcuts to select your presets. Many thanks to my friend Choi for helping me test this!
Please see the change log for details.
I also created a Facebook page, where I'll be posting updates and art from users who use Lazy Nezumi Pro. So send me some art if you would like it to be posted! You can visit the page here. Feel free to like it and share it with your friends!
This version adds a new setting to check for updates at startup. You can enable this so you'll be notified as soon as a new version is available!
I've also added a quick tutorial that should help first time users figure out how to use the software.
Many of you have provided some great feedback and ideas, keep it coming! :)
Here are some of the things I plan on working on next:
I've added Amazon Payments as a payment option! This will give an other option for those of you who would like to buy a license but can't or won't use PayPal.
Well since so many people asked about this feature, I've brought back the guide line and circle! You can now enable these by going into the Settings/Guides menu.
Since most operations in Lazy Nezumi Pro introduce some lag, these can help you see where your pen actually is. However, please note that this feature is experimental and that it will not work in all applications!
This version also fixes a couple minor bugs. Please see the change log for details.
The trial period bug is now fixed (thanks Noaru)! If you were having this issue, please download the new version so you can get a full 30 day trial of the software.
The new version also adds better support in the Twisted Brush art software.
I have one user who contacted me saying that after installing Lazy Nezumi Pro, it told him his 30 day trial period was already up.
This is a strange issue and I'm currently working with him to resolve it.
I hope that not many users are affected by this problem, but if you are, my apologies. I will have it fixed as soon as possible!
In other news, Lazy Nezumi Pro was featured on graphics.com, which is really cool of them!
Some users asked for Lazy Nezumi Pro to minimize to the notification area (system tray) to save taskbar space. This update adds this feature!
Here's the complete change list:
As always, you can download the updated version on the main page or here. You don't need to uninstall the previous version when upgrading, but make sure to close PhotoShop first!
A very diligent user (thanks Jill!) spotted a bug that was sometimes causing lines not to be drawn. I managed to track it down and fix it, along with some minor UI bugs.
I also decided to change the way line endings are detected in SAI so that the behaviour is more consistent with PhotoShop. If you have pressure averaging, the line will now stop when you lift the pen, instead of going on until the output average reaches zero.
You can download the updated version on the main page or here.
Also I would like to remind you, please don't hesitate to contact me if you encounter a problem with Lazy Nezumi Pro. I will try my best to fix any bugs you find, or to get it working correctly with your art software!
After many months of hard work, I am proud to announce that Lazy Nezumi Pro is officially released!
This version is a complete rewrite of the old (2009) Lazy Nezumi. It has a nice dynamic Qt UI, and tons of new features, including pressure smoothing and user presets.
If you are a PhotoShop user, you'll be happy to hear that it comes with a PhotoShop compatible plugin. With it, you don't have to worry about hooking any windows. The plugin also knows which tool you are using, and you can easily configure it to disable itself when you are using tools with which you never need smoothing (for example pan, zoom, color picker, etc.).
But if you use other software, worry not, because Lazy Nezumi Pro is ready to hook into almost any software to bring you the ultimate mouse and pen smoothing experience!
Lazy Nezumi Pro comes with a 15 day, fully functional trial period, after which some features are disabled until you purchase a license.
You can purchase a license securely using PayPal. I will be adding support for other payment methods in the future.
So head on over to the Home page and download it. I hope you find it useful and that it helps you create awesome art!
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