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Drawing, designing & getting creative made very easy!,
This review is from: DrawPlus X4 (PC) (DVD-ROM)
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Released in 2010, Serif's graphic design & drawing software `DrawPlus x4' was set with Serif's usual software brief - to deliver powerful software in a user-friendly and easy to learn package. The result is this impressive piece of software that really allows your every-day user to get involved with the many features it offers, and really get creative from the outset.
The installation itself is a doddle (as per usual). The software comes on one CD-ROM which automatically sets itself to the installation process. A few clicks, the odd confirmation, a wait of 5-10 mins, and you're set to go. Early on in using the software, it checks for any updates (so you'll need to be online for this to happen) and it'll download any updates/patches etc for you. It also asks you to register the software with Serif (and as such join their mailing list) but this can always be declined or postponed if you prefer.
From the start it's easy to get to grips with the usability and various basic features of the software. Just having a play around shows how straight forward and well designed the product is. All of the tools are laid out in easy to find places, with a handy `Help' section that can be quickly referred to at any given point simply by clicking to the far left of the screen (see video).
Incorporating photos and playing around with them is a piece of cake too. With no experience, background, or particular skills in `photoshoping' stuff, I easily managed to get creative with a few photos without even having to consult the help section.
The sheer variety of brushes available for `painting' with is incredible. Just scrolling down the list alone pretty much sums up the capability of this package. The various effects that can be superimposed on to your picture/photo/design are just as simple to use and offer another incredible range.
The animation application does require a little guidance from the help section, but once you've got the hang of this relatively straight forward process, you can then easily put together basic animations (say for a website or just a bit of fun).
The real strength of this package is the simplicity of it. It's not aimed at professional designers. Its market is your everyday user who wants to be a little creative. Whether it's for a website you're building, for leaflets & flyers, or just for a bit of fun, this software offers everything from a quick and easy to use drawing package, to a quite impressive piece of designing software.
The attached video pretty much sums it up really. If you're looking for a drawing & design package that you can get stuck into without hardly any guidance or experience, then this is for you.