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Gliftic 4

Type of Program: Graphics generator
Supported Platforms: Win 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
Company Name: Ransen Software/Owen Ransen
Version: 4
Price: $34.95

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I reviewed Gliftic 3 some time ago and was mightily impressed then but Gliftic 4 is totally outstanding in the production, with consummate ease, of web page backgrounds, quilts,CD Labels, photo frames, Windows wallpaper, dolls house wallpaper and textiles for real and virtual worlds amongst other things.

Gliftic 4 has five new Forms and five new Interpretations plus these new features, Multiple Image Generation, Maximum images in a sequence increased to 250 images, Maximum size of image increased to 3500 pixels, more ready made Color Schemes. Longer image sequences (up to 200 images per sequence), Dynamic previews in the form dialog boxes, Forms can be exported as tiled or untiled PostScript files, exported forms can contain ellipses, Pixel Zoom icons on the toolbar, You can tickle the image from the keyboard (control-F7) and user forms can also be AutoCAD 14 and AutoCAD 2000 DXF files.

It is still remarkably easy to use, 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. The program will retain up to 250 images so you can scan back and select the ones you want . You can also use your own images as a colour basis so that any graphic you generate will use the colours from that image, very handy for creating matching frames etc.

This software is capable of producing stunning graphics within seconds and anyone can use it, graphics knowledge is not required and there are plenty of Tutorials both on and offline if you really feel the need. Outstanding value for the price.

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie


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