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Old 04-26-2006, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Inexpensive drawing program (Mac)

WouldjaDraw is a tiny little ($30) drawing program that includes a Bezier curve tool (unlike most of the other little programs I have seen).

I have not played with the downloadable demo, so have no idea if it supports templates or other advanced features. It makes gradients, and seems to use PDF as its standard format (but also outputs to png, tiff, jpeg, and gif).

It doesn’t appear to be as wonderful as good old LightningDraw (from Lari Software during the Mac’s too brief GX period), but no sense dwelling on the glories of 1995!

Anyway, WouldjaDraw may be adequate for those who do not need tons of drawing power, and the price is right. (Especially for the demo, which is free.)

   
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Old 04-27-2006, 05:20 AM   #2
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Default Drawing Programs vs. Paint Shop Pro

Does a drawing program do something more than what Paint Shop Pro 8 will do?

I carefully avoided asking if I could do more in a drawing program than I can do in PSP, because I can't do very much drawing with PSP, but that is a different issue entirely.
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Does a drawing program do something more than what Paint Shop Pro 8 will do?
It is not a bitmap or painting program. But I know nothing at all about Paint Shop Pro — and do know that some software tackles both vector and bitmap. So the short answer is that I do not know.

But this is not a bitmap editor. It works with lines and curves, which allows one to make easily resizable art, as it is converted to bitmaps when it hits the screen. It has no inherent resolution, in other words.

   
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It is not a bitmap or painting program. But I know nothing at all about Paint Shop Pro — and do know that some software tackles both vector and bitmap. So the short answer is that I do not know.
PSP does support vectors as well as bitmaps. Vector layer groups combined with bitmap layers and adjustment layers and all. And it supports PSD format as well.

As far as I know, there really isn't much PSP cannot do that PS can - and it can do some things PS cannot do or does them a lot better.

   
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Old 04-27-2006, 08:26 AM   #5
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PSP does support vectors as well as bitmaps. Vector layer groups combined with bitmap layers and adjustment layers and all. And it supports PSD format as well.

As far as I know, there really isn't much PSP cannot do that PS can - and it can do some things PS cannot do or does them a lot better.
Guess he doesn’t need to worry about this simple little program (that will not run on his computer in any event) — it is a one-string fiddle.

Sometimes that is the right tool, but it is clearly not in PSP’s league.

   
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No Win version I see...Looks like the Mac equiv of Xara. Mind you, I have seen that Xara is readying Mac AND Linux versions of itself.
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It's good to hear from someone else who's used LightningDraw! It's a great little program, which does a few things that OSX apps can't.

Wouldjadraw is OK, but for me, Inform (www.tribarsw.net) is a better replacement for LightningDraw. It has a full range of features; an excellent pen tool, Intersection (similar to Illustrator's Pathfinder filters), text on a path, 'Artistic' brush strokes, soft drop shadows, transparency, radial gradients and more. It's a decent replacement for LightningDraw, but it doesn't support perspective transformations and GX and MM Variations fonts, useful features, both of which are in LightningDraw.

Intaglio (www.PurgatoryDesign.com/Intaglio) is another possible replacement. It's similar to Inform, but with more features. The latest version of Intaglio has combine/exclude tools and Core Image support. It also supports GX and MM Variations fonts, which I like.

Apps like Intaglio that support Variations also get three extra controls; Space Before Characters, Space After Characters and Shift Text Baseline. The controls (sliders) appear in the Typography Panel after the font features and they provide letterspacing and baseline shift to all installed fonts, including Type 1. Space Before and Space After do more or less the same thing; they both add space between letters. Shift Text Baseline moves the text up or down, both as a unit and between lines, so it can be used as a Leading control. Do you know anything about this feature, Kathleen?
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Inform (www.tribarsw.net) is a better replacement for LightningDraw. . . .

Intaglio (www.PurgatoryDesign.com/Intaglio) is another possible replacement. It's similar to Inform, but with more features. The latest version of Intaglio has combine/exclude tools and Core Image support. It also supports GX and MM Variations fonts, which I like.

Apps like Intaglio that support Variations also get three extra controls . . . Do you know anything about this feature, Kathleen?
I had never heard of either program, let alone their special features! <g>

QuickDraw GX font support? My word! I still have them all safely stowed away, including lovely Skia.

   
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QuickDraw GX fonts work perfectly in all OSX apps.

Install the fonts and set some text in Text Edit. Select the Action menu (the 'Gear' icon at the bottom-left-hand side of the Font Pallette) and click 'Typography'. The font features, that appear in separate sub-menus, enable any special characters that are in the font (ligatures, automatic swashes, old Style Figures, etc) to be accessed.

OSX fonts such as Zapfino also have lots of special features.

Some OpenType features can also be accessed in this way.
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QuickDraw GX fonts work perfectly in all OSX apps.
Thank you! I really haven’t been paying attention.

   
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