Intaglio
Intaglio 3.4.2
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Drawing and illustration application.   Demo ($89.00)
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Intaglio is a traditional Mac drawing & illustration application exclusively for Mac OS X. Patterned after the original Mac drawing applications, Intaglio is intuitive to beginners and familiar to traditional Mac users. Intaglio builds on the 2D graphics, text, color, and scripting capabilities of Mac OS X to provide unprecedented power and flexibility in an inexpensive drawing program. Intaglio isn't just compatible with with Mac OS X, it was designed from the ground up to fully exploit the capabilites that make this platform ideal for graphics work. Naturally Intaglio is great for
What's New
Version 3.4.2:
  • Fixed a problem selecting the export format on Retina displays
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.3.9 or later
  • QuickTime 7.0 or later





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Intaglio User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Jefrart commented on 20 Jun 2013
To all developers to vector application, it's time to make all your means to give us a true alternative to Illustrator, regardless of your price, it will still be much less than the Adobe racket!
[Version 3.4.2]


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Pacman reviewed on 19 Sep 2012
Very impressed!
Rapid feedback, instant drawing, intuitive, does what I expect it to do. Works on PPC - awesome - I only have PPC!
I haven't used it more than just a few minutes, to realize that now I probably won't have to draw my technical drawings in Pages anymore.
You can enter the coordinates of the points manually (if you want to fine-tune the coordinates). The Align to grid feature is quite cool. One things I'm missing (it might be able to do it already), is to set the ruler origin at the middle/center of the page.
[Version 3.4.1]


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Vito reviewed on 08 Sep 2012
I've been using Intaglio to do so many things for so long that I was surprised to read some of the negative comments by those who admit they haven’t used it much at all.

First, forget about comparisons with other applications. Intaglio is one of a kind, and must be taken on its own merits. I especially wouldn't compare it to Adobe applications, which have determinedly become more Windows-like and less intuitive over the past decade. Anyhow, Intaglio is a powerful drawing app with many features that aren't immediately obvious...and therein lies its biggest weakness — its documentation. You have to know where to look, and what to look for, and even then the explanation is not always clear or complete. I often end up playing with the features to figure out how they work.

Intaglio does have some annoying quirks:

• The pattern editor desperately needs grid snap, and much better documentation. The pattern editor is hopelessly small, and creating patterns that tile seamlessly can be tricky.

• Default font settings, style, and color should be in a Preferences dialog. Why assume that I want Geneva 12 point as my default, and then force me to change it for every new document? The ability to create user-defined text styles would be very useful.

• The text ruler is non-intuitive, especially when used with tabs and bullet-point or numbered list text. I usually end up creating the bullet points or list numbers as separate text fields, and then line them up with their associated paragraphs as graphic elements.

• The gradients editor is good, but it needs additional gradient styles (for example, the circular and shape burst gradients in AppleWorks 6).

There are many, many more plusses than minuses…too many to list. I love the arrow editor, for example, and the masking functions are great. Intaglio integrates well with Freeway Pro for web design, and I use it for the vast majority of my video graphics. A few years ago I needed to make some engineering drawings and went looking for a decent CAD application, only to discover that all of the CAD tools I needed were already available in Intaglio.

For all its quirks, Intaglio is still my favorite drawing app. It looks deceptively simple on the surface, but it has a great deal of power under the hood. You won’t discover its virtues with a cursory or superficial glance. I’ve invested the time to learn how to use it, and that investment has paid big dividends.
[Version 3.4.1]


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Iliketrash reviewed on 20 Jun 2012
I agree with Cowicide—the impossibility of globally turning off the grid is really annoying. There isn't even a command-key shortcut for doing it. (I know, use System Preferences.) There are several other rough edges about this program that seem to get fixed very slowly if at all. And at $89, this should not be the case.
[Version 3.3.1]


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Cowicide reviewed on 20 Jun 2012
Not ready for primetime, but it's fast. I haven't used it very long, but long enough to make some solid observations.

1) There's no way to hide the grid universally. You have to hide the grid every time you open a document. Time consuming and annoying.

2) I used the pen tool to draw an object but it didn't connect the shape together when I closed the path by clicking on the first point of the path until I used the option key. Not what I expect from a drawing program's bezier tool.

3) Text is sketchy. It kind of "blinks" while I type. I'm on a fast machine (i7 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM) so it's not my computer.

Also, I tried pasting text from TextEdit and it didn't respect the boundaries of the Intaglio text box.

The worst part is when I hit the "return" key, the cursor appears stuck right underneath the text until I start typing.

Also, wish they'd allow for right-clicking on words and pulling up the Apple spellchecker that will replace it with the proper spelling like you see in most Mac apps including Safari, TextEdit, etc.

4) Interface issues. It would be nice if a move tool could be enacted by hitting the spacebar at any time (like Adobe). Instead it's hidden within the zoom tool which must be enabled first to active the hand/move tool.

5) Keyboard shortcut. Wish I could change them to better match up to Adobe's. It's confusing switching between the two otherwise.

All that said, this thing launches very fast and I love the fact I can drag and drop images into documents and easily resize them. Because of the image resizing, it would almost make a great replacement for TextEdit if it would just handle text more smoothly.

If Intaglio handled text more smoothly and preferably allowed me to export to rtf, I'd buy this as a replacement for TextEdit. It would be great if they'd offer a "lite" version that just allows for text and images (you can resize). It also would need to support tables.
[Version 3.3.1]

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Selasley replied on 15 Aug 2012
This Terminal command will disable the grid in new documents

defaults write com.PurgatoryDesign.Intaglio ShowGrid -boolean False

It works in version 3.4. I'm not sure about earlier versions
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Cowicide commented on 20 Jun 2012
I don't know about in Lion, but with 10.6.8 I had to mount the 3.3.1 dmg with Disk Utility after unzipping the dmg. If I double-click on the dmg, nothing happens otherwise.
[Version 3.3.1]


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Maclover1.1 commented on 23 Feb 2012
There's one app that is available in the AppStore.. Yeah I know.. but still quite a good vector app.. Not sure why these people don't advertise it on here.. iDraw.

http://www.indeeo.com/idraw/index.html
[Version 3.2.1]

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lemon-kun replied on 15 Aug 2012
I bought Indeeo's iDraw for the Mac after I had lots of fun with the iPad version, which is one of my top 5 apps for the iPad. The Mac version is not bad, but it feels a bit like a rough port of the iPad app – it doesn't offer much more features and the UI isn't very Mac-like. So I have it sitting somewhere on my harddisk but don't use it really. Instead I use EazyDraw and wait for Sketch to become stable… However, love the iPad version!
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H.toelle reviewed on 19 Feb 2011
This is a fine program and is able to accomplish a lot. In my humble opinion it falls down in one key area. Ease of use, and that mainly because the documentation is not geared to a wider range of user. The developer goes to great length to point out some of the programs it is replacing "MacDraw - ClarisDraw - Apple Works" There is no doubt INTAGLIO exceeds some of the their capabilities. Therefore the seasoned User will have greater success using this program. However the less seasoned user will encounter the limitations of less than adequate documentation, thereby ease of use. Which the aforementioned programs did have. I did buy this package and shall endeavour to work with it over time. In that way I shall overcome its present shortcomings. Finally, I have read in a review of this program. ( it was not worth its current price but only about 50% of that. In its present form, I would tend to agree. Unless like me one is willing to work at overcoming its short comings. Respectfully submitted. htoelle
[Version 3.1.3]


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Tareed reviewed on 06 Oct 2009
Intaglio's main strength is that it has a moderately powerful set of vector drawing features at a price that is much lower than something like Adobe Illustrator. I've found it particularly good at creating web graphics. It also seems to work just fine on Snow Leopard.

However, I've also found some strange problems. It has crashed on me a few times since I've been using it. I've lately been working with a very large document (large in terms of length and width, not file size), and the visual artifacts are awful! The little dotted blue lines that indicate when an object being dragged is lined up with another object don't get properly erased, so I end up with a bunch of them scattered all over my document. Scrolling erases them, but this is still a pain. Some of the floating palette windows also have gone white, forcing me to close them and reopen them. (While I'm on it, those windows are awfully awkward... I don't really like them at all. They take up a lot of space, there's no easy way to group them together and some of the functions don't need to take up space on screen in a window.)

I tried to contact the developer, using the support e-mail address provided on their web site, and after 5 days it bounced back, with the error from qmail saying that it had "been in the queue too long."
[Version 3.0.1]


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Dremwkr reviewed on 11 Aug 2008
Overall, the program does well in basic drawing functions, easy to use, and does most things well, however, it is a bubble off for top marks, exactly for the problems identified by previous users, and I agree 100% with the last reviewer, he is on the mark.

In regards to pricing: For a basic drawing program 39 USD is about right, and for this program that is about right. Its current pricing is for a Prosumer level program, and it just doesn't make it there. I already paid for the program once for v2.97, and it says upgrade price is $39 more, but there is no upgrade option in the online store. Just full price. To me that sounds like bait and switch at worst, and bad site design in the least.

I suggest the developer has some explaining to do. This review site would be a good start.
[Version 3.0.1]

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the valrus replied on 11 Aug 2008
The site says it's $39 if you bought the app as part of a bundle, free if you have a standard license. It wasn't that hard to find: second paragraph on the "Purchase" page. Does that answer your question?
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the valrus replied on 11 Aug 2008
Never mind, I see what you mean. You should probably email the company.
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Dylan-Mc replied on 11 Aug 2008
I agree with what you say here. As an owner of Lineform and Illustrator (pre-CS), I found having this "around" to be handy, but not essential. At this upgrade price, I'm going to shine it on, and delete the app from my harddrive.
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Purgatory Design (developer) replied on 21 Aug 2008
Version 3 is free for those who bought a standard license (just download it and go). For those who bought and registered it as part of a software bundle there's a $39 upgrade fee that's presented when you launch version 3.
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GianMarco-Tavazzani had trouble on 24 Oct 2012
'The page size is 19,72 x 27,62 inches (see "Page Setup")
Inches!!!! Bah...
[Version 3.4.1]



Paddy57 rated on 02 Dec 2012

[Version 3.4.1]



Bogoria rated on 02 Jun 2011

[Version 3.2]



Bedo. rated on 22 Mar 2011

[Version 3.1.3]



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Martin J rated on 23 Feb 2011

[Version 3.1.3]



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M-Rick rated on 06 Jan 2011

[Version 3.1.2]



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Jonassh rated on 01 Dec 2010

[Version 3.1.2]


Downloads:75,640
Version Downloads:7,902
Type:Multimedia Design : Illustration
License:Demo
Date:19 Dec 2012
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $89.00
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Intaglio is a traditional Mac drawing & illustration application exclusively for Mac OS X. Patterned after the original Mac drawing applications, Intaglio is intuitive to beginners and familiar to traditional Mac users. Intaglio builds on the 2D graphics, text, color, and scripting capabilities of Mac OS X to provide unprecedented power and flexibility in an inexpensive drawing program. Intaglio isn't just compatible with with Mac OS X, it was designed from the ground up to fully exploit the capabilites that make this platform ideal for graphics work. Naturally Intaglio is great for casual users, but it is also an ideal tool for experienced graphics experts who need special features or want a simpler experience than what is provided by the usual multi-platform graphic franchises. You can download and try Intaglio in demo mode before you purchase it.

Intaglio works with yesterday's software as well as today's. Intaglio will convert old drawings from ClarisDraw and MacDraw II to Quartz graphics so you can continue to use your old work. You can also convert PICT images saved by any classic QuickDraw application. Of course Intaglio also supports the popular image formats today including PDF, EPS, SVG, and many bitmap file formats such as JPEG, PNG, and TIFF. You can drag graphics out of Intaglio and drop them directly into most modern applications such as Apple's iWork suite. Because Intaglio also converts modern formats such as PDF and SVG, you can frequently drag another application's graphics into Intaglio for editing and drag the modified graphics back to the original application.

For more information, please visit the Intaglio website.


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