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Editors' Review

Chasys Draw IES packs quite a few tools, including the ability to create your own illustrations from scratch, scan and edit images, and create GIFs. There's a learning curve, but the design and layout aim to make it as easy as possible to get started.

Pros

Miles better than Microsoft Paint: If you've dabbled with the brushes and colors to draw with Microsoft Paint, you'll be amazed by the additional ways you can customize and create drawings with the Artist feature in Chasys Draw IE. It's easy to choose the brush style and color, and we particularly liked that the onscreen options faded to grayscale and were nearly transparent when not in use.

Extras: Drawing may be the main purpose of the software, but you also can scan images or documents, initiate a video to record from your webcam, and batch process image files, just to name a few.

Getting started options: Because the software lets you do a lot, it tries to make the process as easy as possible. When you open Chasys Draw IES, you can choose to start with a blank canvas, or you can opt for a specific task, such as creating a CD or other disc label, or developing an animation sequence for an animated GIF.

Cons

Odd uninstall: In our tests, uninstalling was a bit confusing. When we chose Uninstall/Change in the Control Panel, a window popped up relating that the software was already installed, which didn't seem to make sense. The small window header still said Installing when we chose the option to change the app, and the process took more than a few minutes to complete.

Overwhelming in the beginning: If you've never used an app like this, you may be overwhelmed by the features and even some of the terminology, but a useful Help file will answer many of your questions.

Bottom Line

Chasys Draw IES offers multiple features to help you create and edit your artwork or images. It works well after you get acclimated and, unlike apps that offer the same type of features, Chasys Draw IES doesn't cost a thing.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.56.01
Version 4.56.01:
  • Highly improved image loading performance
  • Updated camera RAW file support
  • TextArt 2.10 with character spacing
  • Improved Undo engine with smaller footprint
  • Rearranged Toolbox for better discoverability
  • Improved Transparency Fill tool (replaces Magic Wand)
  • Improved Background Erase tool
  • Improved Crop tool centering
  • Improved Presets (more options and best-fit)
  • Automatic mark-up merging when flattening
  • Automatic mark-up saving
  • User-specified Favourite folders
  • Faster JPEG-2000 file loading and saving
  • Save Photoshop PSD file with editable text layers
  • Restrictions via buttons instead of keys 1 and 2
  • Several UI changes and internal updates
  • [bug fix] Unsharp mask not rendering old-style
  • [bug fix] Issues with file permissions on some systems
  • [bug fix] Incorrect brush selection in Guided Editing
General
Publisher John Paul Chacha's Lab
Publisher web site http://www.jpchacha.com
Release Date November 12, 2018
Date Added November 12, 2018
Version 4.56.01
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 24.83MB
File Name chasys_draw_ies_4_56_01.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 227,213
Downloads Last Week 20
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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