CNET Editors' review
Many applications used to create diagrams and graphics are costly, especially for small businesses and individuals. Shapes for Mac's basic features leave much to be desired, but could work for some basic uses.
The program's free trial version restricts the ability to save created diagrams. To unlock the full version, a payment of $4.99 is required. While Shapes for Mac states it supports product updates, it does not appear that there is active technical support. Instructions were not available and would have been welcome, but some users will probably be able to work with the menus as designed. Users can create the desired diagrams by clicking on shape and line menus along the program's left side and dragging them into the main window. Digital photographs can also be placed into diagrams through a drag-and-drop option. These can be altered for shading and other basic changes, but there is no support for advanced editing. Unfortunately, the basic shape and line options lag behind other, more advanced drawing applications. During our testing, the program did function well and there did not appear to be any glitches or program bugs.
While functional, Shapes for Mac lacks many of the features of more advanced and useful drawing programs.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Shapes for Mac 3.2.2.
From Todd Ditchendorf:
Shapes is a simple, elegant Diagramming app for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Shapes gives you all of the most important features you need in a Diagramming tool without all the extra cruft, and without breaking the bank. Shapes is great for Programmers and Web Designers looking for a simple tool for quickly designing Charts, laying out Wireframes, or visualizing Model Relationships. Shapes lets you get to work quickly by giving you just the basic tools you need in a slick, single-window, thoroughly Mac-native UI. Bonus: Shapes also offers Full-Screen Mode.
What's new in this version:
- NEW: Long-requested "Default Font" setting now available in Preferences > General.
- NEW: Change the font of multiple objects simultaneously by simply selecting them and picking a font in the Font Panel. Previously, you had to double click the object (to begin editing its text), select some run of text, and then pick a font in the Font Panel. Now you can do either. The new behavior is very convenient, but can be tricky. Undo is your friend.
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