Standout Features of DrawPlus
It's hard to get across the sheer range of features you get with DrawPlus X5, but trust me, your every need has been catered to. I'd be surprised if there was anything you needed to do that this software couldn't handle. Some of the standout features, though, are:
Easy vector conversion - You can convert a pretty lousy bitmap into a vector logo using the trace and zoom in tools, which gives pretty good results on its own. There are then a host of other tools you can utilize to sharpen the image up. If you click on the image to the right, you can compare the original to the scalable vector graphic.
Incorporated PhotoLab - Not only does having a great photo editing suite included in DrawPlus mean that you don't have to purchase any separate software, it also means a lot less hassle, as all your imaging can be done within the one program without switching from one to another. There are some complex tools to give you greater control, or you can use some of the presets such as applying effects, color control, red-eye reduction, etc.
Graphics tablet compatible - No separate installations were needed in order for my graphics tablet to work immediately with DrawPlus, and the ability to use one makes such a difference. Using a mouse works for most technical aspects, but for true artistic freedom when creating cartoons or illustrations, using a tablet comes into its own and the pressure sensitive settings in DrawPlus work so well -- it really does make you feel like a true artist.
You can use a mouse to do these things, but the effect isn't the same. This isn't a drawback of the software, it's just asking a lot of your mouse to be able to know how hard you want to press your pencil to the surface. Investing in a graphics tablet is definitely worthwhile for detailed artwork. Look at this way: adding together the cost of this software with a mid-range tablet is still going to leave you stacks of dollars better off than buying some of the other graphics software apps available.
Animation Creation - You can go for complex storyboards and create your own cartoon, or you can design some really eye-catching web banners. Either way, the creation software is ridiculously easy to use, with plenty of features under your control too. You can turn the simplest drawings into animations with ease by following the step-by-step process from creation, cleaning up and refining your image, adding backgrounds etc., right through to exporting your file as an Adobe Flash animation.