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Type of Program: Graphics generator
Supported Platforms: Win 95/98/NT/2000
Company/Authors Name: Ransen Software/Owen Ransen
Version: 3
Price: $29.95
Installed Size: 8mb


One of the joys of reviewing is that you get to try all the latest software on a regular basis. Admittedly some of it is dire to say the least but every now and then up pops a "joy to use" program. Gliftic is one of those programs and in their own words "A Windows graphics program, Gliftic is a new and easy way for you to create colorful, fresh and unique graphics designs for the WEB, company brochures, textiles and so on."

This piece of software really is, as the author claims, easy to use. You can use this to make web page backgrounds, quilts,CD Labels, photo frames, Windows wallpaper, dolls house wallpaper and textiles for real and virtual worlds amongst other things.

One click of a button and you have your first image, which is size adjustable using either presets or custom settings, and you can then experiment with by using the Form, Color and Interpretation controls which believe you me is a lot simpler than it sounds. In each one there are options to have Full Auto, Auto and Tickle and set. Full auto changes only that element i.e color, Auto retains the setting for the element you are in whilst changing the other two and tickle and set makes only subtle changes to all three which overall gives you limitless opportunities. But wait!! There is more.

Whilst you are experimenting with the different options Gliftic is quietly retaining each image in its image sequencer which you can browse and recall any image at any time, up to 200 of them!!! On top of that there is the merge facility, though it is not called merge in this program. Basically put any of the two images on the screen. One is called Mother, the other Father. Next tell them to breed after selecting the characteristics that you want from both parents and Hey Presto you have a Child!! or a new image.

This software produces some truly eye catching graphics with the greatest of ease and is a "must have" for anyone who uses graphics.

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie

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