Graphic Design Studio
By Macware, Inc
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Powerfully simple graphic design software.
Quickly turn yourself into an artist as you create professional looking vector art and graphic designs for your business, or simply for fun. Graphic Design Studio packs the power of creating vector graphics into an easy-to-use app, and also gives a creative starting point to your projects by including pre-designed vector artwork, royalty free vector graphics, images and more. Use Graphic Design Studio to design web buttons, drawings, icons, logos, tattoos, banners, email and website graphics, cartoons, text art, posters, t-shirt designs, or anything else your creative mind comes up with.
Supports SVG, PDF, PNG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIFF, EPS and more. Perfect for graphic design professionals or beginners.
Includes tools the pros use:
Powerful Bézier editing tools
Boolean operations to create new shapes
Create text art and add text to any path
Full support for SVG files, including import and export
Knife tool to slice graphics on the canvas
Eraser tool to remove parts of graphics
Blend tool to create 3D tunnel effects and unique shapes
Component Library to save and reuse new graphics you create
Full layer support
Includes easy features for beginners:
100+ pre-designed vector graphics and royalty free images
100+ creative filters and effects
Solid, text and artistic strokes for added style
Automatically smooth choppy freehand drawings
Artistic color palettes and gradients
Easy access to fonts
Instant alignment tools
Detailed help guide
What's New in Version 2.1.000
NEW VERSION 2.1.000
Save as Template now saves to My Templates folder for easy viewing in Templates browser.
Fixed Component Library bug.
Fixed all reported crash bugs. PLEASE NOTE: report any new bugs to the Macware support center to have them fixed.
NEW FEATURE: Added new Graphics browser.
NEW FEATURE: Adjust or add effects to any included Raster Object in the new Graphics browser and save it as a completely new object to use in your designs.
NEW FEATURE: New Textures category in Raster Objects.
NEW FEATURE: Added new graphic design templates.
NEW FEATURE: Added new graphic design textures.
Add stroke to text: You need to first convert text to Bézier.
Adjust Bézier nodes: You need to use the Edit tool in Drawing inspector.
Badly designed program with poor technical support
While I'm not a professional graphic designer, I've been using vector-based design programs to make technical illustrations for twenty years. The developers have disregarded decades of best practices, as if they had never used a graphic design program prior to creating their own. It's very frustrating. The only thing I use it for is for the artistic brush strokes. If I need that effect, I create my illustrations in another program (EazyDraw), pull them into Graphic Design Studio to get the effect I want, then return to EazyDraw. For that functionality, the program is worth $3.
More frustratingly, I wrote to the company with an issue about their online forums and got a canned response telling me to re-download the program. How was THAT supposed to address an issue related to their online forums? Who knows. But "James N." checked off my support ticket as "closed."
Conclusion: Don't buy this program unless you have very specific needs. Don't pay more than $3. Don't expect useful tech support.
Looks great on Mac OS X 10.6.7
Wasn't sure about this app after reading earlier reviews so I decided to wait. Just saw a new version was out that says it fixed the bugs and added a bunch of new features and designs, so I decided to finally try it out...
Have been messing around with some of the templates and graphics that come with graphic design studio and they are nice enough. Have had no crashes so far.
I think this is a great addition for anyone with a creative itch. It's not easy to find a really good graphics app that does vector too for under 5 bucks. It's nice to see that they are also adding new things while fixing bugs. Definitely worth the money!
modest, but handy… unfortunately also buggy/unstable
I picked up this app after it was recommended to me by a friend, for the purpose of making quick/simple web graphics.
Yes, you can draw, and relative to the price, there are lots of options and capabilities. As long as you're not super ambitious, you can generate some professional-looking graphic art in minutes. It's a perfect app… in theory. In reality, the cons far outweigh the pros.
Here's an example of a bug that tested my patience: text boxes hide any text below a certain point. You can expand the text box into infinity, but after a certain number of lines of text (not very many), your work is invisible. Sure, you can type in the blind - hey, maybe you can also call each of your pageviews on the phone and describe what they should be seeing but aren't. Modern technology is great!
Also, as many other reviewers have noted, this app crashes *often*, and I have the most up-to-date iMac and OS X. When I work hard for ten or twenty minutes on a piece of art, and it's lost in the blink of an eye, I can't help it: it's upsetting. I can work around some of the other problems, but this is unacceptable.
- Category: Photography
- Updated: Mar 24, 2011
- Version: 2.1.000
- Size: 37.4 MB
- Languages: English, French, German
- Seller: Macware, Inc
- © 2011 Macware, Inc.
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later