Lineform
Lineform 1.5.3
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2D vector-based illustration.   Shareware ($79.95)
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Lineform (formerly Inform) is a completely new drawing program. Winner of a 2006 Apple Design Award, it is the ideal tool for vector based diagrams and illustrations. Powerful features combine with a simple interface to create an intuitive artistic process.
  • Universal OS X native app
  • Great 2D illustration
  • Launches in under a second
  • Powerful Bezier editing tools
  • Boolean operations
  • Expert typesetting
  • Artistic strokes
  • SVG for full document import/export
  • Core Image support for real-time, nondestructive filters and effects
  • and much more...
What's New
Version 1.5.3:
  • 10.6 (Snow Leopard) compatibility
  • Open/save operations under Snow Leopard work as expected
  • 10.6-related crashes fixed
  • Copy/paste of shapes copies outline color properly
  • Selection marquee no longer glitches text display
  • Layers work properly when running under French localization
  • New document border display improved
  • Combining paths improved
Version 1.5.3:
  • 10.6 (Snow Leopard) compatibility
  • Open/save operations under Snow Leopard work as expected
  • 10.6-related crashes fixed
  • Copy/paste of shapes copies outline color properly
  • Selection marquee no longer glitches text display
  • Layers work properly when running under French localization
  • more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Lineform User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Niewiesznic reviewed on 11 Dec 2010
This software is DEAD. Read the forums. No support, no upgrades, no bugfixes. DEAD. DON'T BUY IT !!!
[Version 1.5.3]


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+108
Chriswan commented on 30 Jul 2009
It's great to see they released 2 maintenance updates in such a short time

Thanks a bunch
[Version 1.5.2]


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+6

+25
nighthawk090 commented on 06 Jun 2009
What are the Lineform developers doing? January 7, 2009, I wrote about a bug that will not allow you to undo (in v 1.5). Their response was:

"We have fixed this in the new update that will be released shortly, but in the meanwhile you can use the following as a workaround.

First, create a new blank document and save, then quit Lineform and reopen by double clicking the new blank document."

On April 7, 2009, while expressing my frustration with the "undo" still not being fixed (v 1.5) to the company in a support email, I received the following:

"To regain your undo function create a new blank document and save it. Quit Lineform and reopen it by double clicking on the newly created blank document. This will be fixed in the latest update."

Now, it is June 6, 2009, we are still using version 1.5, with the same bug, and no update to fix it that was due shortly in January, 2009.

Very frustrating, buyer beware......are they still developing the program?
[Version 1.5]


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+4

+6

Real Men Ride SingleSpeeds reviewed on 02 Mar 2009
I bought the product a couple of months ago as it seemed, from my brief trial, and the well written documentation to be just what I needed - a competitively priced vector drawing tool. It has a good range of tools but isn't the most intuitive piece of software I've used. Be warned there are bugs and if you look at the company's forum users are expressing their concern regarding ongoing development. If you are in the market for a vector tool check out Zeus Draw. It's more expensive, but it is a stable, robust and being developed and is far more intuitive.
[Version 1.5]

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nighthawk090 replied on 19 Mar 2009
I would second this....initially thought was a good piece of software, and is to a great extent, but the company has been aware for some time of a bug that causes "undo" to not work. They promised a fix in 1.5.1, quite some time ago. Major bug, no intermediate fix. No response to email stating (appropriate) frustration with lack of attention to getting the product with a major flaw like that addressed. Quit using the program, and moved on to something else. I wouldn't venture here unless the company expresses an interest in fixing issues as needed in an appropriate timeframe and commits to development/improvement.
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+3

+1

simonm reviewed on 11 May 2008
Lineform handles svg importing quite well, but it's useability and intuitiveness are quite poor in my opinion. Particularly working with layers, the symbolisation in the layers window, isolation mode etc are all quite confusing. Selecting a layer doesn't select it in the editor. Also, there is no way to specify a canvas size in pixels. I wish the speed and SVG capability could marry with the useability, layout and intuitiveness of DrawIt...Unfortunately there is no lite vector editor that fulfills all these at the moment...
[Version 1.5]


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+6

jteam reviewed on 08 Aug 2007
With Canvas now orphaned on OS X, I have been testing Intaglio and Lineform to use with Pages as a substitute.

So far, Intaglio is the clear winner, particularly in its ability to deal with imported pdfs (critical as this is the way I need to get old Canvas data out). Lineform chokes on mine (causing both cores to run to 100% for minutes before I give up), whereas Intaglio brings them in, lets you ungroup and get on your way.

I really, really want to like Lineform because the interface is nice but until their parsing pdf routines become more robust, I am going to have to pass.

Maybe in the next version.
[Version 1.3.2]


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Freeverse Software (developer) commented on 23 Feb 2007
If your demo period of Lineform has run out, please contact us at support@freeverse.com for a quick fix!

We'll be changing things around in the near future to alleviate the demo time issue. =)
[Version 1.3]

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Pedrotaquelim replied on 18 Apr 2007
I've send you 2 emails asking for a way to try the trial of Lineform,...no reply... I have an older linform in my disk that I have'n got the chance to try it...

A new update is out (1.3.1) Great! I'vedownloaded...same warning: "Your trial periodo is over..."

I don't know, but it seems to me that is very difficult to try out and buy your product...
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Freeverse Software (developer) replied on 18 Apr 2007
I assure you that if you had contacted us about resetting your trial period, we would have gladly provided you with a method, as we have had methods available to our users for some time now for resetting the demo period.

Make sure you're contacting: support@freeverse.com.

And we'll of course be happy to troubleshoot your current situation!
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sfpno commented on 23 Feb 2007
Re: the time limit. Me too.
Now that PDF editing has been added, I want to check in again with the Lineform, but cannot.
[Version 1.3]


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+15
umijin commented on 23 Feb 2007
I second the complaint about the demo version's time limit.

I've waivered on buying this app, because when I first installed it - I only used it once then forgot about it. Then when I had a need to try it - the demo period had ended. All subsequence demo's don't reset the clock, and using AppZapper to unistall doesn't either.

Another reason I hesitated to purchase it was that the only time I did use it, I wanted to import/convert .emf vector graphics files. Lineform was unable to import my emf files (even though it was stated as a feature). This feature alone might push me over the brink to purchase the app. But I can't test any current or future versions ability to import .emf, because of the time limit.

Please rethink your demo strategy.
[Version 1.3]


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Santiago Lema reviewed on 19 Feb 2007
I think lineform is really excellent. It looks like nothing when you first open it but it supports many of the features you would need for decent vector editing. Like many of Apple's own apps it shines by its simplicity. For anyone on an intel machine it's a must for vector editing. By the time you have launched Illustrator CS2 under Rosetta you would have finished your work in LineForm... I haven't used it during months so my review is about after two hours of use. I might have missed some bugs or on the other hand other great features. So far I am pretty enthusiastic.

For designing logos or vector icons it just looks perfect. Ultra-quick to launch, intuitive interface (the one-line help on top is quite precious, I'd like to see in other apps). If you want to import photos - directly from iPhoto, through a very apple-like media browser - and create more complex documents it can handle them pretty well. You can even apply CoreImage filters to your vectors (or imported bitmaps). In order to get decent speed you can chose at which resolution the filters are rendered. Fusion modes (à la photoshop) can be set for each layer. Good stuff.

You can easily create the equivalent of Illustrator masks by just using a picture from iPhoto as the fill type for your vector object. It's actually simpler. This also works with text. Just pick up a text object, set the fill mode to text and draw the object around it. The text will flow inside the vector object. You also get all the features you got used to from more expensive packages such as text following a path, aligning, layers, boolean operations and manually entering coordinates in an inspector.

You can export from Illustrator or other programs to SVG which this program can save and open correctly. It did at least for the documents I tried (logos) not sure how it fares with complex documents. And if you need to give the file to some printshop it can export to EPS and PDF. I could not try saving SVG documents but I assume that it if can load foreign SVG documents correctly it will save them correctly as well.

On the minus side, I think converting text to outline (quite a common task when creating logos) is not very intuitive. If you right-click on a text object and select Convert To Bézier it seems nothing happens? You have to use the menu and use Convert to Outlines. This also took me a while because the french translation uses 'relief' instead of 'tracé' to translate 'outline'. When using lots of effects things can get a bit slow but nothing unbearable.

After playing with it for a while my media browser didn't display anything anymore. But relaunching was so fast I quickly forgot about this bug.


On the 'very negative' side, I would say the complete blocking of the application after 30 days is not a very smart business decision. It takes time for people to find a pair of hours to evaluate a product they might not be using everyday. Like many people on this thread, I installed it when I saw it mentioned on some website, thinking I would evaluate it some day later. For some reason (no vector work to do) I didn't try extensively it until some weeks later and the tryout time was over! So basically I had to buy it to try it. In the end, I had to erase some 'secret' files in order to reset the trial period. It's absolutely stupid that I have to resort to 'cracking' abilities, just to play with the app and see if I liked it.

I think freeverse should just disable saving (completely) in the free version, and let people try it as long as they want. I only hurts the author, because after I got the time to play with it the only thing I want to do, is buy it (as soon as I can find out how to pay with paypal). I was very close to giving up. As an additional developer advice, I would price this app more like 49$ or less in order to get more customers first and then increase the price once you get more followers. 79$ seems a bit high given the current user base. It's high not for the feature set, but to get used to the idea of using some unknown program users need an incentive.

Wow, that was a lot of text. Short said: great app.
[Version 1.2.5]


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Fromage-Head had trouble on 06 Mar 2007
I don't have parse pdf in french version...
[Version 1.3]



Krindy rated on 25 Nov 2013

[Version 1.5.3]


Downloads:24,824
Version Downloads:4,385
Type:Multimedia Design : Illustration
License:Shareware
Date:23 Oct 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $79.95
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Lineform (formerly Inform) is a completely new drawing program. Winner of a 2006 Apple Design Award, it is the ideal tool for vector based diagrams and illustrations. Powerful features combine with a simple interface to create an intuitive artistic process.
  • Universal OS X native app
  • Great 2D illustration
  • Launches in under a second
  • Powerful Bezier editing tools
  • Boolean operations
  • Expert typesetting
  • Artistic strokes
  • SVG for full document import/export
  • Core Image support for real-time, nondestructive filters and effects
  • and much more...


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