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  Jasc Webdraw

 I have to admit when I first opened the program I was a little shocked when my 17" monitor was full of palletes and had about 2 square inches of actual workspace to work with. It really looked impressive, but there was a lot of wasted space on the screen. After awhile of looking around and trying to find out what if any palletes and toolbars could be moved or closed, I was finally able to start constructing something.

At first it seemed to have just your basic vector drawing tools until I started getting deeper into it's capabilities. Once I got into the program and started playing around, I did discover some excellent features. Once I got the hang of where to find tools and settings it was actually pretty easy to keep a certain workflow happening. I would just suggest to Jasc that the default arrangement be more practical upon opening the program initially. The default way it opens up just doesn't seem practical.

WebDraw does do a fantastic job with Vector based graphics and animation in the SVG* format. All of the normal tasks one needs to do are all there and easily accessible. The images can also be exported as either .bmp or .jpg as well. Now having said that WebDraw is a Vector based tool, I find it ironic that the features that amazed me most was the bitmap parts. Although there really isn't any bitmap editing tools, you can import bitmap images into your work and apply some pretty neat premade filters. That's just the start. The best part, and I have never seen this before, is that while worling on a bitmapped photo portion of an image I could zoom in up to 700% before I started noticing any pixelization. Zooming in to 1000% which is almost unheard of, at least to me, still produced an amazingly usable image! But how do they look when scaled or transformed? Enlargements of up to 600% were amazing. Even though the program isn't geared towards this, the photo enlargement capability is worth the package alone.

All in all, this is a good program. There was definately no technical issues running the program that I was able to find and it's ease of use along with it's jump into the SVG graphic field will certainly make WebDraw a valuable web designer tool. If you do web or graphic interfaces don't thatthis program pass you by - stop by and have a look at it. You will be seeing more of it in the future.

*Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a new Web graphics format and technology based on XML. SVG allows Web designers and developers to easily integrate vector graphics and text with XML, HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create high quality, interactive user interfaces and online applications that can be delivered to any viewing device.

Review ID Number: 319
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Jasc Software, Inc.
Review Date: 2002-04-11
Rating: 8 out of 10
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