updated 11:15 pm EST, Thu December 22, 2011
Previous version also honors sale price
The venerable graphic text-manipulation app TypeStyler has made its way to the Mac App Store with new version 11, and the company is celebrating the release by putting the program on sale for its lowest-ever price ($60). The new version adds a range of "grunge" effects to the program, allowing designers to create weathered or distressed looks. Graphics can also now be posted directly onto Facebook or Twitter, and the app has new Object positioning abilities.
The program, which has been around for well over two decades, lets users manipulate and alter text as vector objects. Through the use of a materials library, it makes it easy to create highly-styled type ranging from a soft glow to cartoonish depth and curves. The program also offers a full set of typographic controls for custom kerning and finer control on weights and edges, allowing even unskilled artists to quickly make colorful and stylized graphic headlines for banners, logos, display headlines, posters/flyers and other uses.
In addition to social network options, graphics can also be shared by e-mail or into an iPhoto library, or exported into a variety of standard graphics formats. New in v11 is the ability to further crop and position photos both within text and graphic shapes, making it easier to "fill" objects with the exact portion of an image the designer wants to use. The program also sports a 3D visualizer to help designers see if labels and other packaging will fit given shapes.
For users who aren't able to buy from the Mac App Store, the company makes the previous version -- v10.75 -- available directly from its own web store. The limited time sale price on v11 of $60 will also be honored for v10.75 web store sales. Version 10.75 works with Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.8) on Intel and PPC Macs. The Mac App Store version is 10.6.x or later and Intel Macs only.