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Betsy Boynton <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 5 Sep 2006 12:47:37 -0400
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We have occasionally had to use Canvas on files that come to us in that
format, and have found it very user-hostile. From what I have seen, it is
trying to be Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign all in one program.
Fortunately for me, most of my experience has been watching my colleague's
battle, but I wouldn't recommend it. It didn't play well with Adobe
products, either. To be fair, it has been a couple of years since we used
it. If you can't spend much money on an illustration program, which I agree
sounds like what you need, I recommend CorelDraw, or Freehand (although I am
so used to Illustrator that I didn't give it a fair try).


On 9/5/06 11:29 AM, "Britt Griswold" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> You might give Canvas X a try. This was originally a competitor to
> Illustrator and Freehand. But never gained market share because of a
> bad reputation in dealing with Postscript. However that was a decade
> ago. They seem to be nitch marketing to a technical and science
> market now. But they have a free trial version. Cost about the same
> as Illustrator, but is suppose to be an all-in-one tool.
> I have not used it.
> Britt
>> I'm getting to the point where I need some software with which I can
>> quickly design, resize individual components, add components, and
>> join these various conveniently, without having to print and use
>> manual overlays.  While most of my work has been very detailed, and
>> basically overgrown scientific illustrations with a background,
>> these are all rather large paintings where the design process was
>> more in my head than on paper.  Tracing paper and Photoshop were my
>> tools.  But now I'm involved in three ongoing projects, each
>> requiring multiple pieces of work.  And as you might imagine, I've
>> discovered slow and cumbersome is just that.  Slow and cumbersome.
>> Illustrator seems the most likely candidate, but I'm not sure I'd
>> need anything other than the basics of that program, and I couldn't
>> find anything but the latest CS version on the Adobe website.  I
>> don't want to buy pirated material, but just need a basic design and
>> illustration program.  Are there others available?  Am I kidding
>> myself about CS?
>> Suggestions please, even if it's just a paper/inkjet printer combo
>> that would give me tight printed lines on a paper I can draw on.
>> Thanks much,
>> Bruce
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