ZeusDraw
ZeusDraw 1.3.4
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Fluid drawing program with textured strokes.   Demo ($90.00)
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ZeusDraw is a drawing program with a fluid, graceful interface. It has a different, more intuitive approach to paths (Bezier curves) and great brushes. Quartz and Cocoa let ZeusDraw show you what you are doing, as you do it. When you move or rotate an object, you see the object move or rotate, not its bounding box. When you draw with a brush, you see a close approximation to the final brush stroke as you draw, not a dotted line that is filled in later.

Features:
  • Both vector brushes and textured, pixel-based brushes that remain objects that can be selected, edited (path
What's New
Version 1.3.4:
  • This is a Snow Leopard compatibility release. It fixes a problem that can cause high-resolution bitmaps and pdf images to be replaced with screen resolution (or lower) bitmaps when ZeusDraw 1.3.3 or earlier is used on Snow Leopard. If you are using Snow Leopard you should update before doing any more work.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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ZeusDraw User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Still_Sparkling reviewed on 10 Aug 2009
ZeusDraw has enormous potential. Very intuitive for making quick strokes and simple shapes. The individual tools are easy to get the hang of, but the pen tool takes getting used to for longtime Illustrator users. ZD has a unique way of manipulating Bezier curves that might frustrate some users. Personally, I draw much faster with the Illustrator pen tool, but that's because I've been using Illustrator for years and I'm used to it. I think ZD's way offers many benefits over the old and dated Illustrator way and it's worth getting to learn this alternative (arguably superior) method. Additionally, ZD is stable and has a very small footprint (less than 80MB of Real Memory after several hours on my system); a welcome change from the bloated, crash-prone Adobe Illustrator.

Cons:

The menus and palettes could be better organized. ZD lacks the ability to tear off and dock frequently used palettes together like Illustrator.

GUI is way too small for large monitors and high resolutions.

GUI looks like it's stuck in OS9.

Needs proper color mixer palette. The current color palette is not intuitive to use.

Needs proper brush palette. The Brush Library palette is especially lacking -- non-adjustable size and way too small, even for the default brushes, which means you must scroll through your brushes.Ugh.

No context menu items. Boo!

No text on a path.

Email artwork only works for Mail and Entourage; no PostBox, GyazMail or any other app.

Too expensive, all things considered. A lower price would encourage wider adoption and lead to a better app in the long run.

Overall, I think ZeusDraw is a great app with enormous potential. Once it addresses the issues on my cons list, it will no doubt be a strong contender for people who are looking for an alternative to Illustrator and the late, lamented Freehand (R.I.P.).
[Version 1.3.3]


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olipower reviewed on 13 Apr 2007
I've now tested it some more, and must say I think it is a very capable and impressive vector drawing app - it sure does pack a punch.

Nice to see developers thinking outside the box. Look at the ZeusDraw website for the screencasts - Zeus can do amazing stuff.

My girlfriend and I consider purchasing it - it a lot more approachable than Illustrator.
[Version 1.1]


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+35

Amergin reviewed on 16 Nov 2006
Have only used it for a short time but it has a lovely smooth feel using my Graphire and Powerbook 1.67G4. The price, however, means that I won't even consider it. Shame, as it does do that one thing I am always searching for - realtime drawing/painting. All the other features I could do without - just leave the smooth drawing/painting and drop the price to $30 or so.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Chipotle replied on 16 Feb 2007
I understand that $90 is definitely over the "impulse buy" level, but are you serious? I can't comment directly on ZeusDraw's strengths (I'm casting about for a program to replace Fireworks, specifically, and I don't think this fills the requirements I have), but for Pete's sake, ZD's full price is less than the UPGRADE PRICE of a "big name" app from Adobe or... uh... Adobe. It's perfectly in line with the "prosumer app" price point of Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop Elements.

If there's a $30 program out there that does everything ZD does and does it as well, by all means, go for it. I don't think there is, though, and I think there's a reason there isn't.
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Blacksmith_tb replied on 09 Jul 2009
Obviously, developing a useful and interesting app takes significant time and energy. And it's great to see developers get compensated for their work. Software is like any other product - prices are what the market will bear. I buy a fair amount of shareware personally, but I couldn't justify spending nearly $100 on a snazzy drawing program. So I'd rephrase this as "you might sell many more copies at a lower price."
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BumbleB commented on 02 Nov 2006
Holy cow an optimistic pricing strategy for an app entering an already mature and healthy market, with apps such as EazyDraw, Lineform and Intaglio.

$90 - and they even state it's an introductory offer.

Discovering the price made me skip the download.
[Version 1.0]


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Downloads:14,439
Version Downloads:3,016
Type:Multimedia Design : Illustration
License:Demo
Date:09 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $90.00
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ZeusDraw is a drawing program with a fluid, graceful interface. It has a different, more intuitive approach to paths (Bezier curves) and great brushes. Quartz and Cocoa let ZeusDraw show you what you are doing, as you do it. When you move or rotate an object, you see the object move or rotate, not its bounding box. When you draw with a brush, you see a close approximation to the final brush stroke as you draw, not a dotted line that is filled in later.

Features:
  • Both vector brushes and textured, pixel-based brushes that remain objects that can be selected, edited (path and attributes), moved, scaled and rotated.
  • Easy to use path tools. Points are entered in order and can be edited at any time while the path is being created. When editing, all points are immediately editable - there is no confusing secondary selection tool.
  • Gradients can be edited live, in-place on the objects they fill.
  • Multi-Copy tool to place multiple copies along a line, an arc, a circle or a path.
  • No text boxes. ZeusDraw has in-place editing of text, even if it has been scaled sheared or rotated.
  • Construction and layout aids: Snap to Grid, Snap to Path, Snap to Point, Snap to Angle and automatic alignment guides.
  • By gesture or by the numbers. ZeusDraw allows precise setting of the size and position of objects.
  • Actual size viewing. With ZeusDraw 100% means 100%.
  • No size limits. If you're making a banner or a billboard, ZeusDraw will work for you.
  • E-mail artwork from within the program.
  • Color Picker. ZeusDraw adds a pane to the Color Picker to allow you to choose from a grid of closely related colors.


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