Basic software for creating a word cloud.

StephenCampbell

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I'm looking for any software that would simply allow me to create text boxes with individual words in them, and manipulate their size, location and orientation on a page. I would have normally used an Apple Works drawing document for this, but that doesn't exist anymore. I just need the most elementary software, just a canvas, and moving individual words around, etc.

Thanks.
 

StephenCampbell

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Well, we want it to just be straightforward word manipulation on a canvas. Why bother with the wordle service? There must still be some software that does this. Are we going backwards?
 

onekerato

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Well, we want it to just be straightforward word manipulation on a canvas. Why bother with the wordle service? There must still be some software that does this. Are we going backwards?
The Wordify app ($4) on Mac App Store can create a PDF of words fit onto a graphic. It's pretty neat. Read the app reviews for the limitations though.

The PDF can be opened in Illustrator and you can scale the bounding box of any text to change the font size. I don't know of other apps that can open PDFs as an editable vector object.

Wordify Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wordify/id633274297?mt=12

I used Wordify to help create the cover for my ScreenFlow ebook (http://www.onekerato.com/ebooks.html)
 

StephenCampbell

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So there is no current software that allows you to have a blank page, a button that produces a text box, and then the ability to manipulate that text box like an image once you've typed in it?

Siggghhh..................... I miss 2002.
 

ChrisA

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So there is no current software that allows you to have a blank page, a button that produces a text box, and then the ability to manipulate that text box like an image once you've typed in it?

Siggghhh..................... I miss 2002.
THere are many apps that allow you to draw a box, then place test in the box. Then you combine the test and ox into a single object that you can drag around and so on.

The big one is Adobe Illustrator. It is expensive and has a steep leaning curve. and dose much more than you need. Inscape is like Illustrator except the cost is zero. Then there are many smaller drawing programs. One is Intaglio that tries to be a clone of the old "Mac Draw" it works well and is easy to use.
 

onekerato

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So there is no current software that allows you to have a blank page, a button that produces a text box, and then the ability to manipulate that text box like an image once you've typed in it?

Siggghhh..................... I miss 2002.
Use PowerPoint. Blank slide. Double click anywhere to add a text box. Use the green handle to rotate it. Scale the box using the font scaling commands CMD SHFT right arrow/left arrows.