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Art Text for Mac

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Art Text is a narrow-purpose graphics and text-styling tool that's easy--and even fun--to use. This program is primarily intended for creating stylized buttons, logos, and blocks of text that you can then export (in a variety of file formats) to another program for creating a final product, whether a brochure or a Web page.

Art Text gives you an intuitive interface with a toolbar, preview area, and multilayer support that should be familiar to anyone who works with graphics programs, and the most recent version can also handle multitouch trackpad gestures. In addition to basic editing tools like flipping, blending, and rotation, you get a whole host of other effects including color and texture fill, linear and radial gradients, and shadow, glow, and metallic and materials options. You also get access to a ton of predefined templates, styles, textures, and vector icons and shapes. Art Text may be limited in its capabilities, but it offers a lot of different features to support its primary purpose.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "April 3 2013 release is in fact version 2.4.4 not 5.1.6"

    April 3, 2013  |   By BradMacPro

    Version: Art Text 5.1.6

    Pros

    Cool program to have.

    Cons

    About the only con I could think of is, it's not free, but I wouldn't expect it to be.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast with nice effects, for the web and for the press"

    July 28, 2010  |   By serpamac

    Version: Art Text 2.3.1

    Pros

    Incredible choice of effects, textures and color gradients including a huge selection of pre-installed icons and graphic arts ready to be transformed. Best steel & metallic effects I have seen yet, and so easy to apply or customize.

    Cons

    Not much to criticize because it covers it all: fast, easy, customizable, accurate.

    Summary

    I have been a user of Art Text since version 1.

    Three main points: web & press - adding your own graphics - full customization

    Art Text delivers texts & graphics with very nice and effective effects like many other software, but you can choose to use it for the web (probably its first intent) AND press-printed documents, just by selecting your size and output resolution in various formats (tif, jpg, etc).

    Besides the numerous graphic arts included, you can add to the library your own graphics and transformed them completely with the software.

    All effects proposed can be customized by varying colors, gradient angle, number of gradients, lighting, size, resolution, textures, fonts... and save your modifications as a new style repeatable on other graphics later.
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    I have used the software for both web and press projects: buttons, headlines, page decoration, etc. You can learn the basic working in a few minutes but the more you use it the more you discover all its possibilities.

    Automatic rendering makes you edit any changes fast and precisely. The GUI is user-friendly, and it shows you right away what the effect does. No rendering time spent and undo is available.Without leaving your original art, you can walk through one effect after the other before making your final choice.

    To make it short, it is a superb piece of software which can meet a lot of graphic effect challenges which would have taken you a long time to get via Photoshop or similar software. And the price is low!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Bang for the buck worthy"

    January 20, 2010  |   By Minorhero

    Version: Art Text 2.2.2

    Pros

    A good feature set for $40

    Cons

    A bit slow to boot and set up palettes

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  • 2.0 stars

    "problem with 2.2"

    July 2, 2009  |   By Pieter-Opie

    Version: Art Text 2.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I love this software but I am having a big problem getting the disk image of the downloaded update (2.2) to mount. I get a warning not to open it. Tried twice now to download from two sources and the problem persists. HEEEELP!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Against the current..."

    December 31, 2008  |  

    Version: Art Text 2.0.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Amidst all the rave reviews, I have to say that unless you're just going to do some basic modifications based on the templates provided, this is probably one of the more difficult-to-use products I have encountered in nearly 25 years of Macsperience.

    Aside from my project-specific complaint of not being able to combine more than two layers (cannot combine three text elements into a single layer), text formatting is extremely un-Mac-like (you never know what size you're dealing with).

    Help describes procedures that are different from what you actually have to do.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "BEST SOFTWARE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    October 11, 2008  |   By Dx491

    Version: Art Text 2.0.1

    Pros

    Everything is just great!!

    Cons

    NONE!!!!!!!

    Summary

    This is the best product for web-button creating. It's AWESOME!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Better if there wasn't a watermark"

    October 9, 2008  |   By Cody Becker-Pollack

    Version: Art Text 2.0.1

    Pros

    I loved everything.

    Cons

    Except... the watermark.

    Summary

    Without the watermark, it would be a 5 star program.

    Shame...

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I just love this thing. It's fantastic!!!"

    September 30, 2008  |   By Pieter-Opie

    Version: Art Text 2.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The very first version was great and it just gets better. It's hard to produce something that looks bad with a little effort. Version 2 is a whole new ball-game allowing for much creative flexiblity I had hoped would come one day. That day has arrived. Bravo. Good price too.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product!"

    September 29, 2008  |   By mccoytest

    Version: Art Text 2.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I am really happy with my upgrade to 2.0. The new features, including the new layers, transparency enhancements, and other features are too cool. This was a great product and price for 1.2.5. The 2.0 version is a fabulous upgrade; well worth the upgrade price. I have had a few graphical problems on my G-5 2x2ghz PPC that are being worked on now; the developer has been very responsive. I would encourage anyone to buy this, but I would be less than honest not to mention that, until the next version, there are minor problems where work in progress may be lost - after time. Make sure you get new upgrades when available. Finish your ArtText tasks and save them as soon as possible.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "You won't believe your eyes!"

    September 22, 2008  |   By Fariborz Amirshahi

    Version: Art Text 2.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The new version 2.0 contains so many enhancements that it's simply impossible to resist buying it. I upgraded to it only after a few minutes of trying it. Art Text 2 has now a more intuitive interface that allows faster access to its tools and in my opinion has a quicker rendering as well. If you are a graphic designer, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)

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