I’m with AndreasE – I’ve been using TypeIt4Me for longer than I can remember (or to be more precise, since back when I could actually remember something! ). If you don’t want it to work with a particular program, you can tell it so. It works with Cocoa and Carbon – everything. Great.
Wocky – I take issue with you over your championing of Adobe’s bloatware. Since moving up to OS X, I do all my DTP in Canvas – a lean, mean program that was built up from a vector graphics program to incorporate vector graphics, raster graphics, type, DTP, Web, and presentation (with master pages).
A jack of all trades and master of none? No way!
The whole program is about as big as Adobe Illustrator but:
- It does as much or more as a vector program as Illustrator does; it has been ahead for a decade. Try
Sprite Effects, applying image filters to raster.
- It’s image/raster capability covers Photoshop up to about v.4 but with a few particular things of its own added that P’shop users would love. Apart from a handful of automatic bits, like red eye and stuff, how much more capability than P’shop 4 does the average user want? Especially when you can do stuff interactively between image and vector (P’shop has caught up with some of these things now, but it took them years).
- It is a capable DTP program (see worsleypress.com/successinstore/index.html for a book completely DTPed in Canvas, including manipulation of the cover to convert it from Australian drive-on-the-left to American drive-on-the-right, and then saving out to PDF of a standard that satisfies the notoriously picky LSI). Another Canvas user is producing a graphics-heavy 400+ page full colour book. (He also does highly detailed aircraft plans in Canvas, a number of which are incorporated in his book.) PageMaker/InDesign is better in pure DTP terms, but Canvas wins through its integrated interface.
- Provides you with the capability to build about 80 percent of websites you now see on the internet, including making your own buttons and animated gifs, then export direct to good quality HTML (see my marketing site marketnow.com.au which was built entirely in Canvas). If I have a client who wants more, I can call in specialist help.
- Does presentations, animated gifs, SWF exports, etc.
- With available extensions, is a favourite for many scientific imagers and map makers.
But most of all, in Canvas, you do EVERYTHING on the page. You work in the familiar vector graphics/DTP “page on a pasteboard” analog and do everything right there. To work on a picture, you just select it and apply the tools (there are specific tools for paint stuff, but lots of stuff that is shared). Right there, with text and vector graphics right there too.
That integrated interface is simply magic. You have no idea what a pleasure it is to work in and how fast it is.
The sad thing is that Canvas, which started on Mac back in the original day, cunningly built as a full competitor for MacDraw but set up as a Desk Accessory so that in those days of a single window open at a time, you could actually open up Canvas in front of PageMaker, do you graphic, then copy and paste it into PM, has now ended for Mac. ACD Systems (a Windows image editor developer which bought Canvas a few years ago) has dropped development of it, retaining development on Windows (Canvas went cross platform at v.5). Canvas X as it stands, left with a handful of bugs I know how to work around, will keep me going for another few years, though.
I’m waiting for soime smart Cocoa developer to come up with a full integrated Canvas replacement. In Cocoa, we are seeing lots of little image apps (how many do we need, for heaven’s sake?), a few vector apps (EazyDraw, for example, looks very neat) and some very good Word Processors, but only one full DTP program that I know of – Stone Create, although EazyDraw has some excelent DTP capabilities, it seems. But even the Stone man, who incorporates vector and DTP in one app., has not integrated image work and a number of other bits and pieces into Create. I don’t understand it.
Will there ever be a better platform for than OS X for an integrated application like Canvas? I don’t think so. Will there be a better market opportunity? I don’t think so either. Even such a conservative corporation as Quark is edging towards integrated now in an effort to hit back at Adobe. And Adobe keeps edging towards integration; it knows that with the computer power we have on our desk now, there is absolutely no excuse left for not having integration. Sorry – no technical excuse. In business terms, keeping the various apps separate so you can get a premium price for a “suite” makes a lot of sense.
When I bought Canvas 7 after escaping from Illustrator 7, Canvas with all its attributes was about two-thirds the price of Illustrator. (And that was a problem – they should have been asking about twice as much for it and using the extra income for marketing in my view – speaking as a marketer! On the other hand, general DTP, illustrators, etc. wasn’t really their target market – they had big sales, thousands of seats at a time, to corporations in the aircraft building, mining, etc. fields.)
Geoffrey Heard, Business Writer & Publisher
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