What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing ShapeWorks for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software ShapeWorks

I guess the rainy season isn’t over yet here. It looks like it’s going to stay for another week. Meanwhile, we’ve finished doing taxes, closing the book for the last accounting year. So we are back to software development business. So what’s the first software title to introduce? Well, we managed to submit the first Mac software title of the month to Mac App Store several hours ago. This new software submission is called ShapeWorks.

ShapeWorks is a desktop application that lets you easily work with vector graphics. Speaking of vector graphics, you don’t play with bezier curves as far as this application is concerned. All hard work is already done. ShapeWorks is loaded with more than 100 clip art vector shapes. So you’ll just have to pick one to work with. You can apply a simple color gradation map with two colors to the selected vector shape. Or you can open the gradation editor window to create a complex gradation color map with as many as 50 color stops. What you select is a vector shape, which is size-flexible. So you can easily resize the selected shape with your mouse by grabbing one of anchor points. And you can add a stroke to the selected shape with a color of your selection and a line type.   Continue reading

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What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing justRound for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software justRound

The rainy season is almost over, hopefully. And a long summer will probably start in a week or so. July is the month when we close our accounting book and do taxes. Before we close our book, we have one more software title to introduce. We submitted a new Mac software title to Mac App Store several hours ago. This new software submission is called justRound. It should be the 7th software release of the month.

justRound is a desktop application that lets you create good-looking annotation images with rounded corners and a color border.  There are many ways by which you can make an annotation image appealing.  You can cast shadow around the background layer and the text layer seperately.  You can choose seperate colors for text layer, background layer, border layer, underlines and strikethrough lines. If a background layer with a single color is not appealing enough, open the gradation editor to create a color gradation map, which supports as many as 50 color stops.   Continue reading

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What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing SVG2Img Batch for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software SVG2Img Batch

The other day, we introduced SVG2Img. It lets you convert SVG files into images one file at a time. A new software title we submitted to Mac App Store about an hour ago is a batch process version. The sixth software title of the month is called SVG2Img Batch.

Mac OS X software SVG2Img Batch Batch   Mac OS X software SVG2Img Batch Batch

The objective of this application is to batch-convert Scalar Vector Graphics (SVG) files into images with a graphic format of your selection (BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF). Simply, drag and drop a folder containing SVG files onto the top section of the application window. Then click on the Convert toolbar button.   Continue reading

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What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing SVG2Img for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software SVG2Img

TOKYO (MacHouse) – SVG is a popular vector graphics format for creating and saving vector-based art works. Speaking of vector graphics, Adobe Illustrator is virtually the king of vector graphics software. It must be unthinkable for a lot of people to do their work without it. Yet, Adobe Illustrator can do a horrible job rendering SVG graphics, depending on the version you are using. As shown in the screenshot to the left below, Illustrator does a terribly bad job showing color gradation with SVG graphics. That Illustrator version is CS3, by the way.

Mac OS X software SVG2Img
Source: SVG file from W3C
  Mac OS X software SVG2Img

Meanwhile, a couple of months ago, I had a lot of SVG files from openclipart.org. That’s a great place to get free vector-based graphics files. They were used to develop an iOS game called Lost in Apartment. Since Illustrator does a horrible job restoring vector graphics from SVG files, I went to Mac App Store to find a cheap alternative for converting SVG graphics into PNG. Although I was willing to spend $10 to $20, I ended up downloading a freeware title called iVinci Express. This software is what I call adware or bogusware. It was merely used to advertise their full version. And the freeware version doesn’t (or didn’t at the time) let the user save SVG graphics as an image although its description indicated otherwise at the time. And that’s when I understood why less and less people buy from Mac App Store. There has been a lot of garbage there. I don’t buy anything from Mac App Store since I cannot test software. That’s why I develop everything that I need on my own. And that’s why I’ve developed SVG2Img. SVG2Img is our 5th software title of the month, which I submitted to Mac App Store about an hour ago.

SVG2Img is not a vector graphics tool. Rather, its objective is to convert SVG graphics into a common graphics format like JPEG, PNG, TIFF. Simply, drag and drop an SVG file onto the top section of the application window, naming an image file and then click on Export toolbar button. So it’ll take you just a few steps to convert SVG graphics into a popular image format.   Continue reading

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