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Cylekx

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Cylekx is a free graphic design program, and it proves that sometimes the best things in life aren't free. Graphic design programs typically have a steep learning curve, but Cylekx's curve is so steep that you'd better saddle your yak.

Familiarity with industry standard graphics programs suggested figuring out this program would be a breeze, but Cylekx's interface is confusing and cluttered. There's a Help menu, but nothing about this program is intuitive. Most graphics programs have common features and tools, with similar toolbars and palettes. Cylekx has a toolbox, but instead of icons, it has buttons bearing cryptic abbreviations. A full description appears when you hover the mouse over a button, but why not just use icons? We weren't sure where to start with this program, so we opened a template for a business card and tried to change the card's font. We figured out how to highlight the sample text and change it, but it took a while to find the font menu. A shortcut on the tool menu would have been much easier. This program is frustrating for experienced users, but those unfamiliar with graphics software will be face a steep climb up the learning curve.

Cylekx is free, but that's about the only good thing to say about it. The program doesn't uninstall cleanly, leaving a 34.9MB folder in the program files. That's a lot of debris to leave behind.

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    "Not great at all..."

    November 24, 2012  |   By mootrix

    Version: Cylekx 3.3

    Pros

    I don't know, the cons are too overwhelming!

    Cons

    Terrible interface...
    Confusing to use and unintuitive..
    1998 called they want their interface back

    Summary

    (Note: Reviewed by download from another site.. not CNET and reviewing version 3.4)
    Cylekx is the prefect example of what not to do when developing a program. Image editors in general have a rather well defined interface (how the user interacts with the program), but the developers of Cylekx decided to reinvent the wheel and came up with a square one! Its quite possible that Cylekx could have more features than some other freeware image editors out there, but you have to hunt for them through a terrible GUI. It's not worth it. There are so many great freeware image and animation software out there like Photofiltre, Artrage, Artweaver, Pencil,Plastic animation paper,Synfig Studio, Magix Photo Clinic,Chasys Draw, Vicmans Photo editor , LiveBrush, Paint.net and fotografix (to name just a few) that there is probably no need to ever have to download this thing. No wonder the official website is gone and the last 'Pro' version was available for free!

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