PD Pro 5.1b is a digital painting and animation special FX tool for Windows. Use it to draw and paint anything from simple stick-figure animations and sketches to awesome textures and animated post-work effects.
* New interface
In version 4, we started with a new layout for panels that was more friendly and used less screen real estate. Now we are continuing what we started in version 4, moving away from a panels interface, to a sleeker sidebar. Tools are better organized and there are considerably less panels to wade through. More features are available on the context strip across the top of the interface.
* Improved workflow
There are numerous improvements to speed workflow. There are now "quick buttons" to clear all settings on the fill panel and bush settings panels, as an example. Features that previously were accessed through a file dialog box now have dropdown menus for quicker access. All gradients are now selectable from a dropdown list at one time, for example. Features that were previously hidden, "secret" features are now out in the open, such as interactive undo.
* Improved algorithms
Quality was one of our primary concerned in this update. There are improved algorithms for gradients, image scaling, and even the lightning tool.
* Improved media browser
You can now quicly select any of your media categories from a list on the side of your media browser.
* Batch browser
In the past, you could batch convert images with the batch converter. Now there's a browser that lets you visually batch convert and rename images with just a few clicks.
* Soft contrast improvement
We don't usually tout filters that can "improve" an image, but this one was kind of an accidental discovery that seems to make just about anything we throw at it look a little nicer.
* Gradient editor
There's a new gradient editor with support for cubic curves, and the HSV color model, if desired. It creates some really nice stuff, and it can be used along side our classic gradient (sweep) editor (which is just so peculiar, we decided to keep it too).
* Animation features
This didn't start out as an animation update, but it veered that way. There's a new category of animated filters. There's a filter that lets you fly through a star field. Options include flares. Another filter lets you emulate the effect of "color timing" in film, by time shifting the R, G, and B channels independently.
More details, features, tutorials and examples at http://www.thebest3d.com/pdpro5