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Cylekx

By cylekx Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 19, 2010

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.3

General

Release July 26, 2009
Date Added July 26, 2009
Version 3.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,993
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Cylekx is a photo editor, graphics design, web animation, pixel and vector program. It will create layers and multiframes. Uses vector, binary, paletted, gradient, and argb image types. Includes wands, cloning, quantizing, user-writable filters, true alpha support, and batch processing.