Candy Apple updated to version 1.5

Nov21

Mac Graphic Design App Candy Apple Updated to Version 1.5

Learn more on the Mac App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/candy-apple-vector-graphic/id726792280

Learn more on the MacAppware website:
http://macappware.com/software/candy-apple/

128bit Technologies introduces version 1.5 of Candy Apple for Mac OS X, a tasty vector based graphic design and illustration app available on the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website. Also, for a limited time this new version is offered at a special Black Friday price of only $14.99 to new customers, a savings of 50%. Current Candy Apple users can simply update for free through the Updates section of the App Store application on their Mac, or through the Check for Updates option in the Candy Apple menu.

“Candy Apple is steadily growing in popularity as one of the best new vector based graphic design apps that, according to one of our more enthusiastic App Store reviewers, draws rings around iDraw and is much easier to use,” states Jason Hogrefe, President of 128bit Technologies. “We value the comments and suggestions of our Candy Apple customers, and work hard to continually provide regular bug fixes and feature enhancements to make this a best-in-class application.”

The new features add two new Grid options to the View menu: Imperial and Metric. This allows the user to easily switch grid views either using millimeters, centimeters, meters, etc. (Metric), or inches (Imperial). The new enhancement streamlines functionality, allowing you to get to work faster: drawing on the canvas will now automatically select Fill or Stroke in the Edit Inspector to quickly make adjustments. Version 1.5 also fixes a bug in the Drawing Size & Grid window that would revert new width and height values if you tabbed between fields.

Even more important to many Candy Apple customers is the addition of a new tutorial section on the MacAppware website to quickly show users how to navigate through the application. Currently there are three videos, with more to come:

* Adding Text on a Path
* Using the Draw Tools and Adjusting the Fill and Stroke
* Converting Text to a Shape and Adding Strokes, Zigzags, and Patterns

Perfect for novice or pros alike, Candy Apple lets anyone create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. You can also edit and enhance photos, or convert images to draw-able vector paths. Take a bite and treat yourself to a full featured vector drawing application packed with professional tools and dynamic effects that will make every design a polished work of art.

Candy Apple features include:

* Full vector support (including SVG import)
* Enhance pictures and add effects
* Draw illustrations and graphics
* Draw Rectangle, Oval, Round Rectangle, Round End Rectangle, Line, Polygon, Path, Freehand, Ring, Speech Balloon, and Arc
* Use what you create royalty free
* Convert text to a shape or path
* Adjust freehand drawing to create smooth looking paths
* Vectorize images to turn any photo into an editable graphic
* Add strokes (regular, arrowed, rough, zig-zag)
* Add fills (solid, gradient, pattern, zig-zag, hatch)
* Add text on a path
* Add an image to text
* Blend and mask effects
* Over 130 filters and effects
* Full layer support
* Boolean operation support to combine shapes
* Easily align multiple items on your canvas
* Rulers and guides make it easy to place items in the right location
* Snap to grid, snap to guides, or snap to other objects
* Zoom in or out to get every detail pixel perfect
* Export in fully editable vector PDF
* Export as an image (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIF)
* Supports transparent backgrounds
* Extensive help file explains Candy Apple’s tools in detail
* And more

System Requirements:
* OS X 10.6.6 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 4.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6.6 (Intel, 64-bit) and higher, including Yosemite and is available on both the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website, for a limited time discount of $14.99 (USD), a savings of 50% off the full price of $29.99.

Free Fonts – Christmas Collection updated to version 2 on the Mac App Store

Nov11

15 New Fonts Added to Free Fonts – Christmas Collection on Mac App Store

Learn more on the Mac App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-fonts-christmas-collection/id760246983

128bit Technologies has updated Free Fonts – Christmas Collection with 15 new commercial use fonts, bringing the total number of fonts to 40. This popular holiday collection of free fonts available on the Mac App Store is perfect for any personal or business project. When all you want for Christmas is some new free fonts, unwrap some beautifully inspired text styles that will make any holiday project a smash!

Free Fonts – Christmas Collection now includes 40 original fonts from some of the best font designers in the business. Each royalty free font is in OpenType font format, and can be used for any holiday design. International character support is NOT standard for every font but is available for many of them.

These fonts are different from other font collections you may have purchased or downloaded recently (Premium Fonts, Free Fonts, 1000 OpenType Fonts, Halloween Fonts) and are an excellent addition to any font collector’s library for use in graphic design, web design, holiday cards, family newsletters, party signs and invitations, banners, promotional material, advertisements, application development and more:

* 40 free fonts, with more to come
* All royalty free fonts in OpenType font format
* Commercial use license
* Cross-platform compatible
* Install and use in all applications that support fonts
* Script, cursive, Old English, handwritten, picture, and other holiday styles
* Perfect for invitations, party signs, banners, websites, advertisements, brochures, holiday cards, classrooms, and more
* Bonus: Includes a custom font preview app to see how the fonts look when applied to text, before you save and install them

System Requirements:
* OS X 10.6 or later
* 2.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Free Fonts – Christmas Collection 2.0 is Free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Download now and you will continue to receive new Christmas fonts each season!

Candy Apple updated to version 1.4

Oct01

Mac Graphic Design App Candy Apple Updated to Version 1.4

Learn more on the Mac App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/candy-apple-vector-graphic/id726792280

Learn more on the MacAppware website:
http://macappware.com/software/candy-apple/

128bit Technologies introduces Candy Apple 1.4, an update to their sweet vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS. Perfect for novice or pros alike, Candy Apple lets anyone create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. Users can easily edit and enhance photos, or even convert images to draw-able vector paths. Version 1.4 adds new features and enhancements, and fixes a reported bug.

128bit Technologies announces version 1.4 of Candy Apple for Mac OS X, a tasty vector based graphic design and illustration app available on the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website. Also, for a limited time this new version is offered at 50% off to new customers. Current Candy Apple users can simply update for free through the Updates section of the App Store application on their Mac, or through the Check for Updates option in the Candy Apple menu.

“Candy Apple is a popular new vector based graphic design app that, according to one of our more enthusiastic App Store reviewers, draws rings around iDraw and is much easier to use,” states Jason Hogrefe, President of 128bit Technologies. “We value the comments and suggestions of our Candy Apple customers, and work hard to continually provide regular bug fixes and feature enhancements to make this a best-in-class application.”

The new features include adding support for finer width strokes; keyboard shortcuts for Zoom In, Zoom Out, Actual Size and Zoom to Fit; and quicker text creation. Version 1.4 also fixes a saved state bug that shows a saved file as unsaved.

Perfect for novice or pros alike, Candy Apple lets anyone create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. You can also edit and enhance photos, or convert images to draw-able vector paths. Take a bite and treat yourself to a full featured vector drawing application packed with professional tools and dynamic effects that will make every design a polished work of art.

Candy Apple features include:

* Full vector support (including SVG import)
* Enhance pictures and add effects
* Draw illustrations and graphics
* Draw Rectangle, Oval, Round Rectangle, Round End Rectangle, Line, Polygon, Path, Freehand, Ring, Speech Balloon, and Arc
* Use what you create royalty free
* Convert text to a shape or path
* Adjust freehand drawing to create smooth looking paths
* Vectorize images to turn any photo into an editable graphic
* Add strokes (regular, arrowed, rough, zig-zag)
* Add fills (solid, gradient, pattern, zig-zag, hatch)
* Add text on a path
* Add an image to text
* Blend and mask effects
* Over 130 filters and effects
* Full layer support
* Boolean operation support to combine shapes
* Easily align multiple items on your canvas
* Rulers and guides make it easy to place items in the right location
* Snap to grid, snap to guides, or snap to other objects
* Zoom in or out to get every detail pixel perfect
* Export in fully editable vector PDF
* Export as an image (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIF)
* Supports transparent backgrounds
* Extensive help file explains Candy Apple’s tools in detail
* And more

System Requirements:
* OS X 10.6.6 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 4.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Candy Apple 1.4 is supported on Mac OS X 10.6.6 (Intel, 64-bit) and higher, including Mavericks and is now available on both the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website, for a limited time discount of $14.99 (USD), a savings of 50% off the full price of $29.99.

Free Star Wars Fonts

Sep18

If you are a big fan of Star Wars, and an avid collector of fonts, head on over to the TemplateMonster blog to get your fix of free Star Wars themed fonts! They even put together some of the more memorable quotes from the Star Wars movies with awesome graphics using the fonts you can download. Enjoy the new fonts, and MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU:

http://blog.templatemonster.com/2014/08/26/15-free-killing-star-wars-fonts/

Why design new fonts?

Jun20

Why design new fonts?

As a leader in font design (and several large collections of commercial use fonts), we occasionally ask ourselves why we keep making new fonts. The answer is simple: new fonts can give your design a fresh identity. A fresh identity in today’s saturated digital media world is essential to getting people to notice you, a new (or old) face in the crowd.

Look at logos, music albums, online and retail stores, billboards, restaurants, greeting cards, anything packaged. Everything you see around you uses unique, or sometimes recognizable fonts to grab your attention – establish a brand identity – evoke a feeling – or spark a memory of another time or place. Sure, there are tens of thousands of fonts in the world today but, like people, there is always room for more as long as everyone in the world does not go blind!

Candy Apple Review v1.2

May01

A customer posted a glowing, informative review on our new Candy Apple application (graphic design and vector illustration for Mac):

Draws rings around drawing apps costing far more (5 stars out of 5)

by Igoncat (Candy Apple 1.2 on OS X 10.8.5)

I took a chance on Candy Apple and I’m really glad I did.

I couldn’t find any reviews for it anywhere online. But after weighing the options, I decided it might be worth a shot…

I’m used to professional vector drawing programs like Freehand, which, sadly, Adobe bought out & jerked off the market. I’ve been looking at new drawing apps ever since. Candy Apple is one of the newer Mac imaging apps that take advantage of the OS X Quartz Core Image technology.

The developer has kept Candy Apple’s code to a minimum, reducing risks of incompatibility & instability. Instead of lots of tools, Candy Apple’s functions are minimized, giving the interface a spare, spartan look.

But don’t let that fool you; this app does a lot of stuff & does it well.

It not only does the basic vector functions like shapes, strokes, paths, fills, gradients, textures, transparencies & shadows; converting text to paths, shapes & bitmaps; filling shapes with bitmap images, performing Boolean operations, etc., but in addition, it can also apply a long list of basic Quartz effects & blending modes to bitmap images. However, Candy Apple is not a bitmap editor & there are no bitmap selection or feathering tools. Still, this is a valuable feature that can be used on its own. And while there’s also no brush tool, paths can easily be expanded, converted to outlines & shaped at will (which most vector brushes require anyway). It can open & edit SVG images, but not save to SVG yet. I haven’t tried exporting to editable PDFs yet so I can’t evaluate that.

Candy Apple also has a few other features many vector apps lack, including auto-trace, shape-distortion, randomness & rough strokes.

As with any new software, there are also a few problems, though they seem fairly minor. For instance, it doesn’t remember the positions of the floating windows, palettes, inspectors, colors, etc., so you have to re-position them when you open the program. But that’s just a nuisance & I’m sure it will be quickly fixed. It has control-click menu options for many functions, but it could use a lot more shortcuts. No doubt efficiency will be improved in upgrades with other improvements.

There are a few other minor gripes, but all in all, it seems to be a stable, VERY useful program with a long list of features that generally work as advertised. Plus, the user manual seems quite comprehensive.

The App Store screenshots don’t do the program justice. From what I’ve seen, Candy Apple could easily create dazzling photo-realistic images of hot cars & motorcycles like the slick graphics used to market other vector draw apps like iDraw & Sketch.

Despite a few rough edges, Candy Apple can hold its own with more polished vector drawing apps & does a number of things others don’t do at all. It not only draws rings around iDraw, for example, it’s much easier to use.

Based on my experience I would definitely recommend Candy Apple to anyone looking for a very good basic vector drawing app at a fair price. You could spend a lot more & not get comparable features.

Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle is back!

Apr24

New Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle!

Get MacX Mobile Video Converter, PDF Converter Pro, and Projects in iOS (online video course) for as little as $1. Or, beat the average price to get all 9 award-winning Mac apps plus iOS Dev Course: RapidWeaver 5, TuneUp, DiskDrill Pro 2.0, CrossOver 13 for Mac, Voila, Snapheal Pro, mSecure for Mac, MacX Mobile Video Converter, PDF Converter Pro, and Projects in iOS (online video course):

https://deals.macappware.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-5-0

Candy Apple now available – graphic design for Mac

Apr22

Need an alternative to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator?

Candy Apple (MSRP $29.99) is a sweet new vector design and illustration app for Mac that allows any novice or pro to create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. You can also edit and enhance photos, or convert images to drawable vector paths.

This powerful Mac graphic design application supports importing fully editable SVG graphics, or simply drag and drop SVG graphics directly onto the canvas to begin working with.

Check out some of its best features:

  • NEW! Added support for SVG format
  • Full vector support
  • Enhance pictures and add effects
  • Draw illustrations and graphics
  • Draw Rectangle, Oval, Round Rectangle, Round End Rectangle, Line, Polygon, Path, Freehand, Ring, Speech Balloon, and Arc
  • Use what you create royalty free
  • Convert text to a shape or path
  • Adjust freehand drawing to create smooth looking paths
  • Vectorize images to turn any photo into an editable graphic
  • Add strokes (regular, arrowed, rough, zig-zag)
  • Add fills (solid, gradient, pattern, zig-zag, hatch)
  • Add text on a path
  • Add an image to text
  • Blend and mask effects
  • Over 130 filters and effects
  • Full layer support
  • Boolean operation support to combine shapes
  • Easily align multiple items on your canvas
  • Rulers and guides make it easy to place items in the right location
  • Snap to grid, snap to guides, or snap to other objects
  • Zoom in or out to get every detail pixel perfect
  • Import SVG graphics and edit their vector paths
  • Export in fully editable vector PDF
  • Export as an image (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIF)
  • Supports transparent backgrounds
  • Extensive help file explains Candy Apple’s tools in detail
  • And more

Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher (including Mavericks) and is available on the Mac App Store or the MacAppware website.

Click here to view on the MacAppware website.
Click here to view on the Mac App Store.

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