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Vectoraster for Mac

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Vectoraster for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    Vectoraster 8.5.11 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    macOS 10.15 Catalina or later

  • User Rating

    Click to vote
  • Author / Product

    Lost Minds / External Link

  • Filename


Vectoraster for Mac is a graphics program for macOS for creating vector-based raster patterns and halftones based on images or gradients. Download and create now vector-based raster patterns in your Mac!

The raster patterns and point shapes can be changed and varied across the pattern to produce many different styles. The resulting raster is always shown, updating in real time as you change parameters. The result can then easily be exported as vectors to EPS or PDF files, as images to JPEG, PNG or TIFF, or simply copied and pasted into most graphics software. Vectoraster for macOS is Amazing tool!

Features and Highlights
  • Many different point shape types, including circles, polygons, font characters and imported custom vector shapes or images.
  • Detailed control of how you want point shape, transformation and color to vary over the raster.
  • Base how the raster points vary on source images, gradients you define live in Vectoraster, or a combination.
  • Advanced line raster mode with lines of varying width instead of points.
  • Many different raster patterns with detailed control of how the points are placed.
  • Easily rotate and offset the raster pattern, and add multiple distortions like waves and twists.
  • Copy raster output and paste it straight into most vector graphics software.
  • File export to EPS and PDF for vector output, and JPEG, PNG and TIFF for bitmap.
  • Export point data (location and size) to a CSV file for further CAD or other processing.
New in Vectoraster:
  • Parametric gradient sources. In addition to using imported images as sources for your raster you can now define linear and radial gradients you can adjust in Vecto raster.
  • More dynamic properties. Greatly increased the possibilities to have different point aspects, like shape, size and color, vary across the raster.
  • New interface. Redesigned to be more consistent, efficient and responsive.
  • Improved stroke and fill properties. Improved separate settings for point fill and stroke parameters that can be used individually or together.
  • Flexible raster distortions. You can now combine multiple distortions to your raster pattern (like waves, twists or randomizations), each with improved individual control over position and scale.
Note: In demo version, raster points will be missing at random in all exported rasters.

  • Vectoraster 8.5.11 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

Vectoraster 8.5.11
- not being able to dynamically vary optional parameters like additional point scaling and additional point rotation
- tabbing between min/max value fields for newly enabled dynamic varied parameters

Vectoraster 8.5.10
- With this update Vectoraster is now also available to purchase on the macOS Apple App Store

Vectoraster 8.5.9
- some minor macOS 14 compatibility issues
- some sandbox access restriction issues

Vectoraster 8.5.8
- Fix generation of innermost spiral raster points when generating line rasters
- New setting to automatically convert background color colorspace to match point color (for CMYK exports for example)
- Add clipping rect to exported SVGs
- Changes to export file writing and saving APIs
- Changes to file reading handling when importing source files APIs

Vectoraster 8.5.7
- Fixes an issue with the multiscale-panel not displaying correctly when opened in a loaded file in recent 8.5.5+ versions

Vectoraster 8.5.6
- Change log not available for this version

Vectoraster 8.5.5
Changes and improvements:
- Added support for CMYK and other non-rgb color models in static colors (varying dynamic point colors will still convert to RGB in rendering and exports). CMYK colors are only supported in PDF exports.
- Improved interface performance
- Improved support and handling of pasting graphics as source image layers

- Fixed bug where exporting to CSV or SVG would result in the preview going blank
- Fix issue with new source images pasted in getting the wrong initial size
- Fix issue with importing vector graphics with very large sizes causing memory issues

Vectoraster 8.5.4
Changes and improvements:
- Added new point Row, Column or Row+Column index source options, letting you base parameters on the row or column of the point
- Added support for complex multi-byte unicode characters like SF symbols and ligatures in text rasters
- Added Lost Minds Mastodon link to Help menu
- Added some more helpful information to error messages when failing to load files

- Fix issue with importing vector graphics with very large sizes causing memory issues

Vectoraster 8.5.3
- Change log not available for this version

Vectoraster 8.5.2
- Point size is now renamed Line length for simple line points
- Properly deactivate color well and close the color picker when hiding an active color parameter
- Sparkle version checking framework updated

- the preview sometimes not reverting correctly back to the current time after exporting an animation
- an issue where the source layers list would not display correctly after reordering sources
- some precision issues in applied Multiscale when using the slider instead of the scale field

Vectoraster 8.5.1
- Updates components for future compatibility, raising minimum required macOS version to 10.15
- Fixes a bug where animation exports would not correctly apply a scaled export size
- Fixes using the animation export panel size slider while the height or width field is active

Vectoraster 8.5.0
Changes and improvements:
- Multiple custom shape support use different imported point shapes based on sources, index or at random
- Improved generation/rendering with better performance, responsiveness and stability
- Source opacity point removal with a new alpha threshold parameter. Makes it easy to remove points regardless of size where the source image is transparent
- Animated GIF import support for Video source layers
- Point fill opacity can now be applied to bitmap custom shapes as well

- a bug with Multi-scale where clicking Apply button while typing in a value would not apply the scale
- an issue with quicktime video exports dropping frames if the encoder was busy
- a bug where animation export panel size fields would show the wrong values
- a bug where some settings would reset when re-opening the settings panel

Vectoraster 8.4.11
- Fixes a bug with jpg export pixel aspect
- Fixes an export dialogue bug whith bitmap format height/width would not be displayed correctly
- Clicking in the animation timeline now deselects any selected value field, so you can use spacebar to play/pause

Vectoraster 8.4.10
- Fixes a bundle validation bug that caused issues on some systems in v8.4.9
- Fixes some blocking network calls during license activation

Vectoraster 8.4.9
Changes and improvements:
- Improved SVG image mode imports/rendering (Upgrade to IJSVG 3.0 framework)
- Added an option to re-center centered source layers on document size change, making it easier to resize a document to a new source image
- Added link to user Discord channel in Help menu

- Fixed being able to select the source measurement channel parent item in the parameter sources menu and not just the items
- Removed a tooltip in the sources menu that was interfering with selecting items in submenus

Vectoraster 8.4.8
Changes and improvements:
- Optimized Randomization distortion
- Improved generation and rendering progress updates for long processes
- Updated manual and bundled sample files
- Improved conversion of legacy source measurement exponent parameters when importing Vectoraster 7 files

- a bug with dynamic distortion strength parameters in rasters with raster offset
- initial loading preview image incorrect aspect for zoomed in rasters
- source color/light filterers not being applied when the document legacy blur setting was enabled
- an issue with converting some dynamic distrortion strength settings from legacy Vectoraster 7 files
- an issue with importing legacy Vectoraster 7 files with invalid incremental step parameters
- an issue with importing use source color mix parameters from legacy Vectoraster 7 files
- an issue with converting separate Y spacing in alternating grid legacy Vectoraster 7 files

Vectoraster 8.4.7
- missing Print permission in sandbox entitlements
- drag highlight outline being shown on file areas even if the dragged file was not in a supported format
- incorrect disk write protection warning in the technical log

Vectoraster 8.4.6
- Change log not available for this version

Vectoraster 8.4.5
- three new dithering raster patterns: Burkes, Atkinson and Bayer 4x4
- support for exporting animations as animated GIFs
- new preferences setting for default in/out easing type of new added keyframes

- Fixed using trackpad pinch gestures to zoom in the preview
- Fixed some issues with the export progress bar during repeated animation exports
- Character point shape baseline pivot option is no longer turned on by default

Vectoraster 8.4.2
- Fixes an issue where exporting large rasters to SVG or CSV format failed

Vectoraster 8.4.1
- Changed preferences interface so changes are applied immediately
- Fixed an issue with exporting animations to numbered PNG or JPEG files
- Interface performance improvements
- Changed the default video export codec to H264
- Added some improved error messages for export issues

Vectoraster 8.4.0
- Video source layers allowing you to apply raster effect to video and export the animated result
- Greatly improved video export rendering performance
- The YouTube videos links now correctly lead to the Vectoraster 8 videos playlist
- Fixes the display raster / source slider opacity not updating the preview
- Fixes an issue with the export progress panel hiding when the application was inactive
- Smoother handling of remotely deployed license unlocking, not showing the trial mode notice while the license is verified

Vectoraster 8.3.3
- New macOS 11-style application icon
- Improvements to SVG custom point shape parsing
- Fixes some issues with UI panel animations
- Fixes to some dark mode UI issues
- Fixes holes still appearing in exports if exporting immediately after unlocking the full version
- Updated to Sparkle 2.0 version checking and updating library

Vectoraster 8.3.2
- New Unsharp mask sharpening filter available for all source layers
- Fixes an issue where the Export dialogue could become unresponsive on macOS 12.1 when opening it a second time
- Handle loading or setting invalid animation duration or framerate better

Vectoraster 8.3.1
- Added support for drag and drop importing new source image layers
- Updated sample files

- preview drag editing of position for distortions in rotated and offset rasters
- the animation keyframe value field not updating the raster after changes
- undo/redo of editing animation duration, framerate and loop settings
- animation framerate setting not loading correctly from saved files
- bug where raster would stop drawing after turning both point fill and storke off, even if they were turned on again

Vectoraster 8.3.0
- New source-based text modes. Pick point text characters dynamically based on source layers. Paint by numbers or ASCII-art!
- New word text modes. Use a set of words instead of just characters as point shapes. Make word clouds or generate data-driven labels!
- Some changes for more consistent handling of fonts for text raster points and text source layers
- Fix a bug where changing the document random seed wouldn't update the seed for all random properties
- Fix a bug where the document random seed wouldn't be properly loaded from saved files
- Performance improvements

Vectoraster 8.2.5
- You can now edit animation keyframes while the animation is running
- You can now quickly revert values being edited by pressing Esc
- Disabling a parameter that has an active animation track now also disables the animation track and adds a warning icon to it
- Removing a source layer or pattern distortion that has animated parameters now also properly removes these animation tracks
- Fixed a bug where removing the last source layer could leave an orphaned source settings panel
- Fixed couple of issues in v8.2.3 and 8.2.4 with using source layer color for point stroke or fill
- Changes to visibility toggle buttons for source layers and animation tracks to reduce interface clutter

Vectoraster 8.2.4
- an issue with opening files with raster distortions in v 8.2.3
- some interface button alignments on macOS 11

Vectoraster 8.2.3
- Adding a new source image layer now opens a browse dialogue right away
- Added a new Import source image menu item to quickly create a new source image layer
- Improvemed handling of imported source image sizes when replacing a layer image
- Added a new separate scale source layers option when changing the document artboard size
- Improvements to tabbing between value fields and opening/closing interface panels
- Document window size and position is now saved in VRaster files
- Improved labels and tooltips to help make isometric raster patterns using the same spacing toggle
- Improved interface panel animation performace

Vectoraster 8.2.2
- Improved performance and stability during animation exports
- Better previews of the animation during the animation export process
- Better raster pattern panel previews when using large artboard sizes
- Source layer actions button now show on hover as well as selection of the layer
- Fix missing VRaster document icons on older versions of macOS (again)

Vectoraster 8.2.1
- Fixed source invert filter not working after the 8.2.0 update
- Fix preview not updating correctly when a source layer is removed
- Better raster pattern preview for varied density rasters
- Fix text source layers not updating on the first click when changing font in the font panel
- Fix missing VRaster document icons on older versions of macOS
- Adjustment of some dark mode text label colors

Vectoraster 8.2.0
- New dithering raster patterns. Dynamic source based Floyd-Steinberg, Stucki and Sierra error diffusion dithering patterns and new Bayer 8x8 ordered dithering pattern.
- Improved support for imported SVG and EPS of custom point shapes exported from Affinity software
- Added support for even-odd fill mode in imported of custom point shapes
- Fixes an issue with document icons for some macOS 11 users
- Fixed live raster updates while dragging sliders for some source parameters
- Better handling of problems when importing custom vector point shapes from EPS/PDF/SVG files
- Removed some redundant screen printing export settings
- Some interface optimization

Vectoraster 8.1.3
- Added button to re-center offset source layers
- The artboard size dialogue now has added presets for current image source sizes as well as original sizes
- Performance improvements for raster distortions and gradient source layers
- Clarified and corrected a number of tooltips and help messages
- Updates to the manual
- Some small macOS 11 interface adjustments
- Updated Sparkle version checking library

Vectoraster 8.1.2
- Improved calculation progress updates for long regeneration processes
- Improved handling of warnings when incompatible raster settings are selected so no raster can be rendered
- Fixed some number formatting issues with export size fields when using comma as a thousands separator
- Value fields should now correctly show comma as the decimal separator based on your system settings
- Fixes a double regeneration bug after changing the artboard size
- Removed a redundant search field from the Help menu

Vectoraster 8.1.1
- Optimized file loading
- Fixes a bug with changing sizes in the export dialogue when using points or inches as the length units
- Fixes a bug with auto-resampling of large source images causing them to be used at the wrong size in v8.1.0
- Fixed a bug where images sources wouldn't properly update when toggling auto-resampling on/off

Vectoraster 8.1.0
- SVG vector graphics export
- New Simple line point shape, simple short line with just stroke and no fill useful for stippling, plotting and etching applications
- Improved CSV-export that now includes point fill color RGBA components in the exported data
- New export option to use preview raster opacity when exporting, to let you export the raster semi-transparent on top of the sources
- Improved appearance of composited source layer previews while live editing source parameters
- Fix preview rendering when raster preview opacity was lower than source preview opacity
- Interface adjustments for macOS 11 (Big Sur)
- Update to Finder preview quick look component for VRaster files

Vectoraster 8.0.5
- Apple Silicon native support
- Improved performance when updating and compositing source layers
- Improved SVG path importing, with support for matrix() group transforms often used by Affinity Designer
- New presets menu in the artboard size change dialogue to quickly change to a preset or source image size
- Fixes some interface panel animation glitches when enabling/disabling the Use source color fill/stroke settings
- Exporting without changing any document export settings no longer marks the document as needing to be saved
- Update to Sparkle updating library

Vectoraster 8.0.4
- Fixes a bug where trying to add a new Bulge pattern distortion would instead add a Randomize distortion
- Some layout changes to the raster spacing controls when using separate X/Y spacing
- Added item in Help menu for the new system for feedback and voting on future development
- More helpful error messages when entering incorrect license information
- New method for logging technical warnings without relying on system log

Vectoraster 8.0.3
- Added new 'Paste replace source image' Edit menu item to quickly replace the selected source layer image
- Added keyboard shortcuts for the paste source image menu items
- Fixed an issue with JPEG exports sometimes failing and causing problems with other exports after this
- Made the raster-sources display slider more responsive to quick changes

Vectoraster 8.0.2
- Improved editing animation keyframe values when using drag editing in the preview
- Fixes an issue where enabling disabled animation tracks would not refresh the preview in some cases
- Optimized rendering of composited source layer preview
- Tweaks to preview zoom adjustments when opening/closing the animation panel
- Fixes a 1px preview edge alignment issue at some zoom levels

Vectoraster 8.0.1
- Setting a Gradient or Image source layer size height or width to a negative value now mirrors it
- The progress bar for longer generation processes is now more prominent with a point counter along with rendering percent
- Better handling when entering invalid math expressions in value fields
- Adjustments to rendering of some interface elements
- Correctly (don't) render Text source layers with zero size

Vectoraster 8.0.0
Main changes and new features:
- Animation support. Animate raster and source parameters and export the result to video or a sequence of frame files
- New source layers model. Sources are now more like layers in other graphics software and can be moved, scaled and rotated individually and blended together
- Apply file raster settings. You can now quickly apply all raster settings from a different VRaster file, while retaining the sources in the current file
- Improved preview drag editing. Edit source layers, gradients, distortions or raster pattern parameters by dragging graphical handles in the preview
- Advanced noise sources. New dynamic noise layers generating perlin or billowing noise you can then apply to any parameter across the raster
- Secondary point transformations. You can now apply two separate dynamic scaling or rotations to raster points, for example adding randomization to a source-based value
- Dark Mode interface support. Interface now adapts to system interface mode, and lets you switch between dark mode and light mode

Additional changes and improvements:
- Many improvements and changes to the interface to make it more compact and responsive
- Measure mode (Darkness, Alpha or RGB/CMYK channels) is now set per parameter instead of per source, so different parameters can measure different channels from the same source
- New shortcut in the parameter function menu to quickly swap min/max values, inverting any dynamic parameter
- New simplified way of quickly setting point fill or stroke color based on sources
- Sources - Raster display slider. Easily change preview display to show your sources, raster or both depending on what you're working with
- New settings for default new document size and source layer
- Improved source layer filtering, with blur, brightness, contrast and saturation adjustment for each source
- New helpful warning messages explaining why certain combinations of parameter settings result in nothing being drawn
- Moved and clarified settings for removing raster points based on size and/or variable chance
- You can now use middle mouse button to drag and pan when zoomed in, including when drag editing other parameters
- Export settings are now saved per file, so you can quickly reuse the settings you used last in a file
- Separate vertical spacing is now more consistently used in different raster patterns
- Offset and rotation of the random raster pattern is now consistent with offset and rotation of the other raster patterns
- Variable raster pattern distortions can now be point index based as well as source based
- Smoother new document handling, and a new setting not to open a new document at startup
- CSV export now includes point rotation data and uses the user set length units
- Improved memory management

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