Release Notes

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What's new in Art Text v.4.2.1

  • Changed the approach to creating an animation. Now users have to add a keyframe and then make motion or text effects changes.
  • Introduced animation preview into Templates Gallery for templates that include animation.
  • Introduced keyframe selection that allows users to edit animation.
  • The animation export dialog now has animation preview.
  • Introduced the ability to resize objects from their center by holding the Option key.
  • The background image now has a new selection with no resize handles. The background resize is possible with the document resize only.
  • Fixed the problem with video tutorials playback in the Design Gallery dialog for some users on macOS 13 Ventura.
  • Resolved the problem with Copy/Paste and Drag/Drop of several images from Finder.
  • Object will have raster/vector properties on copy/paste depending on the effects applied to it.
  • Fixed the problem with the entire document copying when no object is selected.

What's new in Art Text v.4.2

  • The new text animation feature.
  • Export animations to .mov, mp4, m4v, or GIF video formats.
  • Share animation within the Art Text document.
  • Revised the Document Size dialog and added new presets.
  • Fixed the problem with the mask rotation slider.
  • Various improvements relating to work with 2D textures.
  • Many other minor enhancements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.1.3

  • Introduced the Request Set option into the What's New dialog.
  • Fixed issues with some 2D masks.
  • Minor UI improvements.
  • Fixed the problem with some 3D templates on macOS 10.13.

What's new in Art Text v.4.1.2

  • Native color palette is now used for Light and Dark appearances.
  • Fixed the problem with the shadow cut on export for 2D text and shapes.
  • Fixed the issues with the 2D Glow effect.
  • Fixed rare issues with Gradient color dots.
  • Fixed templates set preview carousel.
  • Fixed some issues with Oval and Radial gradients.
  • Fixed the problem with the 3D text bound box not refreshing after transformation.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.1.1

  • Fixed the problem with memory leak on macOS 12 Monterey.
  • Added the Paste and Match Style option for text editor section.
  • Optimized the app launch performance.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.1

  • Vector drawing tools: Pen, Move, Convert Anchor Point, Reverse Path Direction.
  • 20 new badge and logo design templates.
  • 300 new vector icons and shapes.
  • 137 shapes for badge design.
  • Export to vector images for graphics with no raster effects.
  • Introducing Convert to Shape that lets you edit text using vector drawing tools.
  • Various other program improvements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.0.7

  • Art Text runs natively on Apple Silicon M1 chip.
  • Other minor improvements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.0.6

  • Fixed the problem with Glow feature.
  • Solved an issue with irregular text edges being cut.
  • Resolved the problem with Distortion Effects not applied to imported raster shapes.
  • Other minor improvements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.0.5

  • Added 8 new Christmas and New Year theme templates into Winter Season set.
  • Minor fixes and improvements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.0.4

  • Added support for macOS 11 Big Sur.
  • Introduced precise texture positioning using X, Y, and Angle parameters (available for Distortion Effects, 2D/3D Masks, Shading Bump Map, Distribution Map in Spray Fill).
  • Added Copy, Paste and Duplicate options for Distortion Effects via Control+click on the effect in the Distortions list.
  • Reworked gradient controls for simplicity and ease of use.
  • Introduced support for macOS 10.13.
  • Other fixes and improvements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.0.3

  • Fixed minor localization issues.

What's new in Art Text v.4.0.2

  • Introduced the new Colorize tool that adjusts the Hue, Saturation and Contrast for the entire design.
  • Improved Design Gallery and introduced Buy All option.
  • Fixed some issues with distortion effects.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.0.1

  • Fixed the UI problem with Stroke options.
  • Fixed the problem with gradient fill.
  • Fixed the problem with Height and Width values for 3D Text.
  • Fixed app crashes on import of SVG files.
  • Fixed rendering issues with 3D text on bi-resolutions.
  • Other minor fixes and stability improvements.

What's new in Art Text v.4.0


  • All new Design Gallery with 400+ design templates (free and paid).
  • 122 easy accessible style presets.
  • 110+ new masks.
  • Thanks to Apple Sidecar, Art Text extends workspace to an iPad display.
  • Dark and Light appearance supported.

2D Text & Effects

  • Introducing new Spray Fill feature.
  • 440+ Spray Fill objects.
  • 18 Spray Fill presets.
  • Spray Fill distribution maps.
  • Individual shadows for Spray Fill objects.
  • Light controls for Spray Fill.
  • 8 font distortion effects: Displacement, Side Displacement, Roundness, Brush, Outer Distress, Erosion, Mask and Blur.
  • 2D Shading materials receive the Bump Map option.
  • Brand-new rendering based on Apple Metal.

3D Text & Effects

  • Introducing reflection mask feature for 3D materials.
  • Bump Map technology has enhanced with inclusion of both height and normal maps.
  • 150+ Height Map masks for 3D Bump Map.
  • Export to Facebook 3D Photo.
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What's new in Art Text v3.2.6

  • The app has been successfully notarized by the Apple notary service.
  • Fixed the problem with opening a file with broken autosave.
  • Other minor improvements.

What's new in Art Text v3.2.5

  • Fixed the problem with missing custom styles, materials and shaders created in earlier versions.
  • Other minor improvements.

What's new in Art Text v3.2.4

  • Improved compatibility with documents created in Letters.
  • Minor bug fixes.

What's new in Art Text v3.2.3

  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra ready.
  • Minor fixes and improvements.

What's new in Art Text v3.2.2

  • Solved the problem with “Fit/Resize to Document” for 2D objects.
  • Fixed an issue with opening version 2 documents.
  • Improved LinkBack support.
  • Fixed the problem with Font dialog size.
  • Enhanced overall program stability.

What's new in Art Text v3.2

  • Introduced Google Fonts integration, which provides immense choice of fonts to experiment with.
  • Evolved Environment Mapping and new Panorama textures.
  • Added the ability to Copy/Paste Style.
  • Other minor improvements.
  • Added support for MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar:
    • Visually enhanced layer selection.
    • Switch between Inspector tabs without interrupting the workflow.
    • Conveniently add layer, zoom, export and share your work.

What's new in Art Text v3.1

  • Introduces Depth Gradient effect for 3D objects.
  • Tree new 3D chamfer types.
  • New 3D Shear Transformation.
  • Create isometric-style graphics with Camera Parallel Projection tool.
  • Adds Inner Shadow.
  • 20 Logo samples.
  • Expands the ability to apply masks to 3D objects.
  • Introduces custom image folder to create and fine-tune 3D Textures.
  • Ability to save user style elements as a template in Custom Templates.
  • LinkBack support.
  • Pan tool.
  • macOS Sierra support.
  • Minor fixes and improvements.

What's new in Art Text v3.0.3

  • Fixed the problem with opening documents with custom images.
  • Added the ability to select single files when importing custom shapes and textures.
  • Solved the issue with textures quality loss.
  • Improved overall program stability.

What's new in Art Text v3.0.1

  • Improved 2D Glow, the effects now works faster and its settings became familiar to PhotoShop users.
  • Added Custom Folder option for Masks and 3D textures.
  • Export to PDF and EPS formats preserves vector information, unless raster effect was applied.
  • Introduced the ability to convert imported vector graphics to 3D.
  • Resolved the problem with small document size opening by default on computers with large monitors.
  • Improved save and app stability for documents with custom images.
  • Fixed the issue with opening version 2 documents with custom images.
  • Resolved the problem of the app not launching on computers with case-sensitive filesystems.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

What's new in Art Text v.3.0


  • 20+ samples that demonstrate Art Text capabilities.
  • 70+ pre-designed templates aimed at the quick creation of word art, logos and buttons.
  • Introduced 3D rendering engine to create beautiful 3D text and logo.
  • With just one click convert 2D text or shape to 3D.
  • Added layer content preview into the Layers tree, important for hidden objects.

2D Editing Tools

  • 750+ hand drawn shapes, paint stains, watercolor blobs, spots.
  • 30+ masks give textures aged, scratched and many other effects.
  • 540+ textures with seamless tile.
  • 30+ special objects that simulate flash, flare, sparkle and light trace.
  • 100 gradient presets.
  • Oval gradient tool.

3D Effects

  • 140+ 3D materials.
  • Introduced Colorize feature makes it possible to change 3D material color while preserving texture pattern.
  • 3D materials support rough surfaces, choose from 140+ supplied bump maps.
  • Glow controls will let you adjust luminosity of 3D materials.
  • Advanced 3D material properties include ambient, diffuse and specular colors, and glossiness.
  • 23 adjustable transformation shapes specific for 3D objects.
  • Focal length allows to partially blur 3D text with perspective view.
  • 80+ environment textures.
  • Lighting tool helps to create the light model — group of light sources with various parameters.
  • 3D objects have ability to cast soft-edged shadows.

What's new in Art Text v2.5

  • Ready for OS X 10.11 El Captain.
  • Other minor improvements.

What's new in Art Text v2.4.9

  • Improved OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility.
  • Fixed minor issues in Full Screen mode.

What's new in Art Text v2.4.8

  • Enhanced for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Introduced Share option to post graphics to Facebook, Twitter, attach to email and more.
  • Fixed the problem with incorrect windows positioning on program start.

What's new in Art Text v2.4.7

  • Grid was added to shape editor.
  • Fixed the problem with glow effect on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Improved object fill with shading materials.

What's new in Art Text v2.4.6

  • Resolved the problem with files not opening through the Open Recent Files menu.

What's new in Art Text v2.4.5

  • Added OS X 10.9 compatibility.
  • Added 25 new icon templates.
  • Improved editing for complex shapes.
  • Fixed the problem with scrolling in the Assistant.
  • Improved overall performance and fixed some minor issues.

What's new in Art Text v2.4.4

  • Now enhanced for the MacBook Pro with Retina display.
  • Improved the Material Editor dialog.
  • Changing text size in the Layer Content panel has beed fixed.
  • Solved the problem that caused occasional crashing when saving documents.
  • Fixed the problem with choosing measurement units in the Set Size dialog.
  • Fixed the crash when performing Undo after using a spline transformation.
  • Setting position and size for multiple layers has been improved.

What's new in Art Text v2.4.3

  • Improved assistant dialog UI.
  • Fixed the problem with program crash when opening corrupt document.
  • Fixed texture tiling for Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8).

What's new in Art Text v2.4.2

  • Improved program performance and stability.
  • Enhanced for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  • 64-bit mode is now fully supported.
  • Enhanced for the new MackBook Pro with Retina display.
  • Implemented Sandboxing support.
  • Improved scrolling in Template Gallery.
  • Fixed the program crash while deleting custom icons.
  • Fixed Subtract and Intersect merge layer options.
  • Various other bug fixes.

What's new in Art Text v2.4.1

  • Solved the problem that sometimes caused the program to crash during Save, Export and Print on Mac OS 10.7.
  • Layer lock state now saved for the document.
  • Versions feature now works for large program window and small screen resolution on Mac OS 10.7.
  • Fixed the problem with image disappearing after auto-save on Mac OS 10.7.
  • Pixels vs Inches issue fixed in German localization.

What's new in Art Text v2.4

  • OS X 10.7 Lion and its features, such as full-screen mode and versions, are now supported.
  • 60+ new templates and shading materials.
  • Introduced the ability to split or edit shapes consisting of combined layers.
  • Added two new transformation types.
  • Improved shading materials.
  • Improved user experience in Edit as Shape dialog.
  • Several assistant issues fixed.
  • Solved the issue with Revert button in Custom shape editor dialog.
  • Several issues of Layers Panel dialog has been resolved.
  • Fixed the problem with tiled texture fill when an object is rotated.

What's new in Art Text v2.3.2

  • Solved the problem that converted custom shapes into rectangles after applying Union/Join.
  • Fixed the problem with localized Help files not being able to launch on Mac OX 10.5.
  • Fixed the bug that prevented PDF files being opened in Layer Content on Mac OS 10.6.
  • Improved Japanese localization.
  • Various interface changes.

What's new in Art Text v2.3.1

  • Art Text documents can now be previewed thanks to Quick Look support.
  • Added rulers and smart guides in vector shape editor.
  • Added the ability to lock layers, which helps to work with multiple layers.
  • Minor bug fixes.

What's new in Art Text v2.3

  • Introduced a built-in vector shape editor that lets you modify icons, shapes, and text objects, as well as create them from scratch.
  • Improved program stability thanks to renewed GPC library that handles polygons.
  • The program can now automatically check for available updates and download if necessary.
  • Solved the problem that caused the program to crash when working with combined shapes (those created using Union, Join, Subtract or Intersect).
  • Fixed the problem with some Assistant templates not being able to open.
  • Vector graphics in PDF format that are dragged and dropped to the program canvas are now saved in the Custom library.
  • Zoom settings are now remembered, so the newly opened document has the same zoom value as set for the previous document.

What's new in Art Text v2.2.2

  • Added “Split into Letters” functionality that sends all of the letters of a word to different layers.
  • Added “Extract a Letter(s)” functionality that allows you to select any portion of a word and extract it to a new layer.
  • Solved the problem with GMA video cards that affected MacBooks and Mac Minis manufactured before 2009.
  • Fixed specific Snow Leopard (Mac OS 10.6) performance issues.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

What's new in Art Text v2.2.1

  • Added support for Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6).
  • Other minor improvements.

What's new in Art Text v2.2

  • The collection of templates was reviewed and over 100 new ones added.
  • Merge layers functionality has improved, and two additional layer merge options were added (Subtract and Intersect).
  • 19 new layer blend modes were added.
  • The performance of Layer Content panel improved.
  • Minor bugs related to export into GIF and JPEG fixed.
  • The problem with resizing and rotating several layers was solved.
  • Issues with Undo were solved.
  • Japanese localization added.
  • Various other technical improvements.

What's new in Art Text v2.1

  • The ability to select several layers and edit them simultaneously was added.
  • Multi-Touch trackpad gestures supported.
  • Diverse interface improvements..
  • Option to add a layer by Drag&drop files, images or text into the canvas or layers panel becomes available.
  • Object resize option becomes available for Spline transformations in Geometry tab.
  • Text layers can be altered using shortcuts (Cmd+B, Cmd+I, etc.) or via fonts dialog.
  • Various program improvements and fixes.

What's new in Art Text v2.0.3

  • Object handles were reviewed, which improves object resize and rotation capabilities.
  • Set Size dialog got an ability to automatically set document size that bounds all objects.
  • Source panel improvements.
  • Spanish localization added.
  • Launching localized Help files fixed.
  • Standard window title features added (double-click on the title to minimizes window, Ctrl-click on the title shows file route, etc).
  • International number formats supported in localized versions.
  • Layer panel bug fixes.
  • Problem with applying spline transformation for rotated objects solved.
  • Other minor improvements.

What's new in Art Text v2.0.2

  • Option to drag&drop color from Color Palettes to Stroke color table and visa verse.
  • Some issues with LinkBack usage solved.
  • Export to TIFF fixed for the graphic with transparent layers.
  • Layers panel improved.
  • Problem with launching Help file for the wrong version solved.
  • Program stability improved for PPC.
  • Other minor program improvements.

What's new in Art Text v2.0.1

  • Origin settings added to the Layers Panel.
  • It is now possible to select files, including Adobe Illustrator files from Layer Content dialog.
  • Layers Panel can now work with different measurement units in addition to pixels.
  • Window menu now shows all the documents you work with.
  • Problem with no templates showing in the Gallery for Case-Sensitiv OS solved.
  • French localization added.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

What's new in Art Text v.2


  • Redesigned program interface.
  • Layers support added, each layer has its own properties.
  • Merge layers using one of the 11 blend modes.
  • Ability to print the created artwork.
  • Multi document support.


  • Template Gallery with 200+ editable button, heading, icon and logo templates becomes available.
  • 120 new vector icons added.
  • Library of Shading materials grew to 245 surface materials in total.
  • Texture library with over 190 supplied textures added.


  • Two gradient fill options become available, Linear and Radial.
  • Adjustable gradient intensity.
  • Option to add mid-color for the gradient added.
  • Control Stroke properties for every single outline.
  • Concave surface option added for Shading materials.
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