Freeform drawing and text application

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Decrepit, May 19, 2008.

  1. Decrepit macrumors 65816

    Decrepit

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    Hi there,

    What application would you recommend for somebody with no drawing ability at all...

    I ordered a Wacom Bamboo pad and would like to be able to use it to take notes with little designs that I draw. I don't have the dexterity to make a mouse do what I want it to.

    Basically, an application that lets me click somewhere and draw something, and then click somewhere else and type, etc. I guess I'm looking for the equivalent of a sheet of paper and a pencil, but on my Mac.

    I use too much paper when I'm drawing notes or jotting down ideas. I'm trying to take it digital.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. But cheap/free application recommendations are even better. :)

    PS: Bonus points if somebody has a recommendation for a Windows application as well. The Wacom will stay plugged into my Mini full time, but if I am using my work PC, it might be nice to move it over once in a while.

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. Decrepit thread starter macrumors 65816

    Decrepit

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    My tablet should be here by the end of the week and I'll test this application first.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  4. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    Well Windows is fairly easy. You have a couple of options, vista (atleast ultimate does, might be in some versions of xp) has a program called journal which is basically a notepad which works with tablet features etc. You also have one note which is a bit like a copy board plus notes/annotation approach, this links in with ms pda's too.

    Theres also the likes of gimp.

    Don't forget if you bought the bamboo fun you get some software too.
     
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Not free or even cheap but IMO very good "Corel Painter" ... :) (tablet essential, obviously)
     
  6. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    I prefered alias sketchbook pro, not that I'm a huge digital 'artist', but thats not readily updated anymore now :(
     
  7. Decrepit thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Woof. That looks like it's great for artists. I am more of the cave paintings variety. :)

    Actually, my note taking could probably be mistaken for some form of modern art.

    Thanks for the tip. I will still probably download their 15 day trial when my tablet arrives.
     
  8. Decrepit thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That one's expensive as well. But I will download their trial to see how it feels.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  9. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    iirc the mac version isn't universal so painter classic/essentials may be a better option. Also check to see if the wacom you bought gives you any discounts, I got painter something or other (the cut down one) with my intuos but was given a discount code I think for the full version.
     
  10. Kwill macrumors 68000

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    For less than 50 bucks, ArtRage is a poor man's Painter.
     
  11. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    It looks like its only $25 if you download it, thats not exactly a lot even if it isn't any good.
     
  12. Decrepit thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My tablet arrived, and I used Art Rage first (since it came first alphabetically in my downloads folder...)

    And it's pretty cool software. The trial edition leaves out a lot of features, but it's pretty neat.

    I will play with the other applications and see what happens. But so far, so good.
     

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