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    "Sophisticated yet easy to use"

    July 04, 2011   |   By skaizun

    Version: NeoPaint 4.7c


    Lots of features/functions; fairly easy to use (with caveat).


    May not be intuitive for some people.


    I use their old, free, DOS version of NeoPaint, but, since the advent of Windows 95, with variable length file/directory names, improved graphics, etc, it is something of a dinosaur, so I tried this new version, and was pleasantly pleased at how much had improved.

    Yet, some functions were, mysteriously, taken away, or made more complicated. For example, the brush size used to be a simple click to 3 "common" sizes, or you could click "other" to set it yourself. That has been changed to a sliding scale (or enter a numeric width), but, the presets were far more convenient. Also, there used to be a way to select a color, and then click on the corresponding pallete color to change it (i.e., copy/paste a different color, or modify the color by hand via an RGB scale or number entry); there doesn't seem to be a way to do that, now.

    Having said all that, the user interface, graphics, and functions are a wonder, lending both relative ease-of-use (though, perhaps, not intuitive for those not familiar with paint programs) with extraordinary functions and capabilities that many other such programs lack or aren't fully-fleshed out or are too sophisticated. For example, the "flexible" polygon/shape/lines allow you to set (or remove) "points" anywhere within a Neopaint polygon/shape/line, so that you can make it as detailed as you want; most other similar software I've used forces you to enter only the points they give you or as-you-go, with no way to change them (n.b., in all cases, as soon as you "finish" the polygon/shape/line, you cannot see/edit those points, again, but, that seems to be a common functionality (or lack thereof!) in all paint/CAD programs I've used.

    Is it worth the $45? Considering that the DOS version was free, perhaps not. But, comparing it with some of the other software I have tried (but not, necessarily, reviewed), most of which cost beyond the $100 mark or even the freebies you get with some computers/printers/scanners, I'd have to say that it could be superior to those and well worth it.

    In case you're wondering, I don't buy software except in extraordinary circumstances, especially when there are alternatives available (even lesser ones!), so I did not buy this.

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