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Hands On: OmniGraffle 6 (OS X, iOS)

03/01, 4:39pm

First-class drawing tool for people who aren't first-class artists

Admit it: whether you're in the market for a drawing application or not, you're reading this in part because you hope to find out what a graffle is, and why you might one to be omni. We can't help you with the word, but we can say that OmniGraffle 6 for Mac is a superb tool for creating presentation graphics, design wireframes, and really just anything that you can draw more easily than you can write.

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Hands On: Quick Paint image creation (OS X)

12/29, 6:48pm

Simple MS Paint-like app provides the basics for drawing and image editing

It doesn't seem to matter just how many drawing apps come around -- because sometimes, you still just want to have a really basic one that looks familiar right away. What ends up being deemed "familiar" can take many forms, of course, but in this instance we refer to the glory days (okay, maybe that is a tad hyperbolic) of MS Paint, which first appeared in Windows 1.0 and remains something of a cult favorite for "pixel art" and basic usage. Today, we are taking a hands-on look at a contemporary OS X equivalent, available for $5 on the Mac App Store: Quick Paint.

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Microsoft updates Skype for Windows Phone, adds drawing tool

10/20, 2:49pm

Doodles can be added to photos and shared with friends, sign in improvements

Microsoft has announced the new 2.24 update for Skype for Windows Phone today, bringing some small improvements to the application. In addition to the tweaks, the program had a significant feature appended to it. Users now have the ability to create drawings, or doodle on pictures to share with friends and family members.

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Briefly: Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated, Renegade iPhone 6 case

10/10, 3:37pm

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated for iOS

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile has released an update to its iOS app, offering a thorough overhaul from its previous versions. A professional-grade painting and drawing app, SketchBook v3.0.1 features pencil and brush tools that aim to deliver a realistic drawing experience. Its redesigned user interface and improved "paint engine" allow users to apply the same workflow to devices with a range of screen sizes, thereby eliminating separate tablet and phone editions of the app. The app's interface is fully customizable to fit the user's working preferences.

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Wacom ships Intuos Manga drawing tablet, Manga Studio bundle

10/22, 12:27pm

Multi-touch drawing tablet includes four ExpressKeys

Wacom has introduced a new drawing tablet package for Windows and Mac that is designed to appeal to artists and cartoonists. The Intuos Manga Pen and Touch tablet follows on from similar earlier bundles from the tablet producer, combining one of its refreshed entry-level tablets with drawing applications from Smith Micro.

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Fiftythree unveils Paper sketching app for iPad

03/29, 1:00am

Emulates different pens for finger or stylus

A new drawing app exclusively for the iPad debuted at midnight Thursday called Paper, intended for iPad owners who want to create and share sketches, hand-drawn diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings. Thought not explicitly required, users of styluses will have more natural control, as the app enables the stylus to function as a pencil, pen, marker and coloring tool. The emulated tool's sensitivity works in conjunction with user movement to create different strokes without adjusting settings.

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Upgraded G-Pen writing tablet arrives in North America

08/09, 1:00am

Slim 6x10-inch tablet for under $100

Computer peripheral maker Genius has launched an upgraded version of its G-Pen F610 Writing Graphic Tablet in North America, offering the slim, 6x10-inch tablet for just under $100. The tablet, which is positioned as both a replacement for a conventional mouse and a budget option for drawing and graphic design, works with both Mac (OS X 10.2.8 and higher) and Windows (XP or later).

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EazyDraw 2.7 adds text-management capabilities

09/28, 2:40pm

EazyDraw 2.7 updated

EazyDraw has released EazyDraw 2.7, an update to its drawing software that adds new text capabilities. The software now allows text to flow around graphics with live typesetting, and can add text flows inside graphics. It also adds text linking, text rotation and an enhanced spell check with grammar support. A tabs palette is new, supporting position, spacing and alignment, and CMYK color conversion has also been enhanced. Version 2.7 also features 17 documented bug fixes and adds a 300-page French language user manual.

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Intaglio v3.0 improves features, adds tools

08/05, 6:20pm

Intaglio v3.0 adds tools

Purgatory Design has released Intaglio v3.0, featuring new capabilities and tools to the Mac drawing application. The new v3.0 features an improved drag-and-drop library for streamlined use of common drawing elements. It also adds editing within a group without destroying the group, scaling elements when resizing graphics and a Quick Look plug-in for use with Mac OS X 10.5. The new update adds a star/flower tool, paint textures and background colors for text blocks. It also now supports graphics hardware acceleration for Leopard users. The software costs $90 and works on Mac OS X 10.2 and higher, with some features requiring Mac OS X 10.3 and above.

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First Look: Animation-ish, animation creation

06/05, 12:05am

Animation-ish

It is a common fact the Mac is great for creating and working with graphics, but for too many people, the idea of drawing anything, especially on the computer, is too intimidating. Even worse, most graphics programs for the Mac assume you’re already an experienced graphics artist who won’t mind spending $400 or more for a high-end program loaded with every possible feature. Fortunately for aspiring artists, Toon Boom Studios has teamed up with artist Peter H. Reynolds (author of the books “The Dot” and the “Judy Moody” series) to create Animation-ish.

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Doozla drawing app for Mac OS X released

04/16, 8:05pm

Doozla

plasq has announced the release full screen children's drawing application -- dubbed Doozla -- featuring simple free-hand drawing and color tools, webcam and tablet support, entertaining color-in templates and background images. The tool has four creativity modes: drawing - free-hand drawing on a background, coloring in -- add color and lines to the character templates provided, draw on background -- draw characters and objects into the provided background scenes and Webcam Drawing - use your webcam to capture a picture and draw on top of it. Doozla contains a pro-level drawing 'vector' engine underneath a child-accessible interface.

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HighDesign 1.8 reads AutoCAD files, more

02/21, 11:45am

HighDesign 1.8 update

Ilexsoft today unveiled HighDesign 1.8, a major update to its professional CAD application, featuring over 50 new features and improvements. HighDesign Professional supports the AutoCAD DWG and DXB file formats, from v9.x to 2008, while both Standard and Professional versions support DXF from v12.x to 2006. The Professional version can export projects as high-quality TIFF images. HighDesign 1.8 Standard sells for $150, while the Professional version is available for $350.

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