It was a very exciting time to be at The Foundry’s central London headquarters last night. With a portfolio featuring the likes of expert VFX software such as Mari, Modo, and Nuke, the software company now seems to be going mainstream with the acquisition of Mischief. The digital painting app that will now become the flagship product in a new subsidiary named Made with Mischief.
Mischief, which was co-developed by former professor and Disney Research consultant, Sarah Frisken, is powered by a revolutionary patented shape representation known as Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields (ADFs). Co-invented by Firsken herself, ADFs allow for high-quality stroke rendering, result in small file sizes, are amenable to hardware-based rendering so drawing is extremely responsive; and can even be scaled without introducing pixelation artifacts.
The Mischief canvas also has a zoom ration of 50 trillion to one, meaning you can zoom in on any drawings infinitely as well as scroll through an infinite canvas as you draw.
In terms of Mischief being a potential competitor to Photoshop, the whole team emphasised that this was clearly not the case. Mischief is currently a tool with a perfectly streamlined, clean interface featuring only the essentials like a full colour panel and layers, customisable brushes and Hotkeys, and a selection of background papers and colours, all on Mischief’s infinite canvas.
Users can purchase the full version of Mischief on the Mac App Store & the Mischief online store for $25.00 USD.