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The Icon Bar: News and features: ArtWorks MasterWorks edition
 

ArtWorks MasterWorks edition

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 11:31, 5/6/2001 | ,
 
Martin Würthner, creator of top ArtWorks plug-ins, can now offer a full package of the original ArtWorks software plus a full set of add-on modules for only £149 (plus £7.50 for p&p).

As well as the top vector graphics package, you also get the following upgrades:

  • Multi-column text areas
  • Hatching and user-defined fill patterns
  • Native JPEG support
  • Drag 'n' drop colour bar
  • Dynamic object replication
  • Auto-save
  • Sprite/GIF export
  • Isometric and circular grids
  • Shape clipping
  • Property-based object selection

If you already have ArtWorks you can get the new Full Set Collection of modules for £80.

See the MasterWorks and modules pages of Martin's site for more details.
 

  ArtWorks MasterWorks edition
  (17:57 5/6/2001)
  Richard Goodwin (09:59 6/6/2001)
    Michael Stubbs (14:25 7/6/2001)
      Richard Goodwin (16:45 7/6/2001)
        Michael Stubbs (17:27 8/6/2001)
 
Michael Stubbs Message #88654, posted at 17:57, 5/6/2001
Unregistered user Is there anyone who has Vantage and ArtWorks with all or most of Martin's plugins installed? I would personally be very interested in comparisons and verdicts on both packages.
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Richard Goodwin Message #88655, posted at 09:59, 6/6/2001, in reply to message #88654
Unregistered user Er... actually, I do! But I'm awaiting the final version of Vantage before I say anything definite :)

I've been using ArtWorks for years and so I'm comfortable with it, and with the addition of the text area and bitmap export plug-ins it's breathed a new lease of life into it (although the bitmap export does corrupt sometimes when exporting very large images, e.g. 300dpi A5 for printing). However, Vantage should have everything that a fully upgraded ArtWorks has and more - but tends to crash on my machine, hence I'm waiting for the full release version.

I guess it comes down to whether you already have ArtWorks and want to upgrade it, or if you want to wait and stump up for a whole new program. In my own opinion I'd have to think hard about buying a new copy of ArtWorks (presuming I didn't have it already) with Vantage so close, but I can heartily recommend the modules if you already do have a copy of the main program.

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Michael Stubbs Message #88656, posted at 14:25, 7/6/2001, in reply to message #88655
Unregistered user Thanks, Rich. Quite helpful!

Is Vantage as easy as or easier to use than ArtWorks?

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Richard Goodwin Message #88657, posted at 16:45, 7/6/2001, in reply to message #88656
Unregistered user I can't really comment on which is easier to use - I've been using ArtWorks for years and have gotten used to that way of working, I'd need a month or two of heavy use to be able to say whether Vantage is easier or not. Currently it seems harder, but that's just because I'm not used to it - e.g. dragging and dropping colours currently seems like more mousework, but it might work out much better for things like graduated fills (if I can get them working ;) Plus undo/redo has only just been added, and as I can't work without those I haven't been able to use previous beta copies for more than a few minutes, but the spec sheet says the undo function is much more powerful etc. etc.
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Michael Stubbs Message #88658, posted at 17:27, 8/6/2001, in reply to message #88657
Unregistered user Vantage certainly sounds great - I hope Cerilica shove a demo on their Web site. I am currently messing with the OvationPro demo - being able to try software like this is very useful in my opinion.
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