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):

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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.

Mac Freebie Bundle 3.0 ($119 value)

Mar30

Introducing the Mac Freebie Bundle 3.0. Download 7 top Mac Apps for $0 (total value is $119, save 100%):

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Save money and live life better with our latest bundle of free apps!

THE BUNDLE INCLUDES

  • X-Mirage – Mirror everything from your iOS devices to your Mac
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  • cf/x Mosaic – Seamlessly turn your photos and pictures into tile art
  • Vidiary Video Journal App – Drop the pen and paper and tell your story through video
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TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • This bundle is free
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Adobe CS6 Training Bundle only $99

Mar04

Save 88% on over 1000 online lessons in the Adobe CS6 Training Bundle. Get unlimited online access for only $99:

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Over 100 hours of training covering more than 1,000 lessons!

If you have been wanting to learn how to master Adobe CS6 software then look no further. You will receive 9 action-packed courses, more than 100 hours of training, and more than 1,000 lessons to whip those design skills into shape. By the time you are done with the courses you will have everything you need to start designing your own world. Save $742 before it’s too late!

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • No refunds
  • Get unlimited online access to these course FOREVER
  • Upon purchase follow the redemption instructions (located in your account) to subscribe to your courses
  • View your online courses right on your iPhone, iPad, or PC
  • These courses are licensed on a per-user basis
  • They may not be sold, redistributed, or given away in any shape or form

Name Your Own Price Learn to Code Bundle

Feb20

Get access to complete online courses in the first ever Name Your Price Learn to Code Bundle (beat the average to get all 8 or just pay what you want to get Programming Java for Beginnings and PSD to HTML5/CSS3). Also, 10% of total proceeds go to charity of your choice! Click the following link to view the bundle:

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WHAT IT IS

We’ve partnered with 8 influential instructors to bring you the first-ever NYOP Learn To Code Bundle. You pay what you want for Programming Java for Beginnings and PSD to HTML5/CSS3, and if you pay more than the average price, you’ll receive all the courses in the bundle.

Support Non-Profits Making a Global Impact

We’ve chosen three charities, Child’s Play, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons, that we believe make a significant positive impact across the globe. 10% of your entire purchase will go to help one of three charities of your choice.

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In this bundle you’ll get lifetime access to 8 actionable online courses, 826 total lectures, and more than 80 hours of content that will have you coding like a pro in no time. It’s the perfect tool to brush up on old skills or learn to code from scratch.

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  • Become a Web Developer from Scratch!
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  • Limit two (2) per customer
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Over 355 New Free Fonts

Feb14

413 Free Fonts for Commercial Use

It’s been a while since we added some new fonts to our Free Fonts collection, so we decided to go BIG! We made arrangements with some of the top font designers in the industry and they agreed to offer their fonts through MacAppware absolutely free, including a commercial use license for each font! We have the first release from these font designers ready and have added the completed fonts to our current set of 56 Free Fonts collection, bringing the new total to 413 commercial use fonts. You can view samples of many of the fonts, and download the latest collection here:

http://macappware.com/software/free-fonts/

Who needs LinkedIn?

Feb07

It’s a simple question: why do you even need to use LinkedIn?

With so many social media platforms clamoring for your attention, why do people still flock to LinkedIn? A simple question brings a simple answer: it’s THE professional social media platform. The LinkedIn community is rich with career bending experience, advice, connections, referrals and recommendations that you won’t find on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Pinterest. Using LinkedIn you can:

  • Build a profile as a dynamic, living resume.
  • Research and follow companies, people and organizations you want to work for or work with.
  • Gain valuable insight into new industries.
  • Discover the latest trends on professional roles.
  • Contribute to topical discussions.
  • Join groups you share interests with.

So, tell me: why are you on LinkedIn (or, why aren’t you!?) Feel free to add anything I missed, or expand on what was mentioned…

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