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RPMiller
08-19-2008, 10:41 AM
If anyone is interested, Giveaway of the Day is giving away Edraw Max today.

GotD stuff can only be installed during the 24 hour period it is available. Typically this means that if you lose it later you'll need to buy it. I like it because it gives you a chance to really try out software for a much longer period than most trial downloads and the software is complete with nothing deactivated like trial versions. If you are interested you can check it out here:

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/edraw-max/


Edraw Max is a versatile graphics software, with features that make it perfect not only for professional-looking flowcharts, org charts, network diagrams and business charts, but also building plans, mind maps, workflows, fashion designs, UML diagrams, electrical engineering diagrams, directional maps, program structures, database diagrams… and that’s just the beginning!

With more than 4600 built-in vector symbols, drawing couldn’t be easier! Create a wide variety of business charts and presentations based on templates and examples while working in an intuitive and familiar office-style environment.

Steel General
08-19-2008, 05:07 PM
Thanks... I'll download it and give it a whirl.

Ascension
08-19-2008, 05:10 PM
Never knew this existed, cool. Reminds me of an old fraternity saying we had, "What's your favorite beer?....."Free beer!"

Turgenev
08-20-2008, 02:31 AM
Very nice! Thanks for the head's up. I was able to download and install with 35 minutes to spare. ;)

RPMiller
08-20-2008, 11:46 AM
You bet and thanks for the rep! I posted about Font Manager a couple weeks ago and didn't get many responses so I wasn't sure if this one would be of interest. I'm glad a couple of you found it useful.

RobA
08-20-2008, 03:35 PM
The only caution with the GOTD items is that they can't be upgraded and they can't be reinstalled after that day (i.e. on a new or different computer).

-Rob A>

RPMiller
08-20-2008, 04:03 PM
Correct. There have been some that have been able to though. Typically if they have a trial version for download you can grab that version and then use the reg.dat from the readme that you get from GotD. It doesn't always work, but sometimes it does.

As I mentioned I use GotD for evaluating software. Typically if I find it worth keeping on my machine I'll just buy it to get all the support as well.

Turgenev
08-20-2008, 05:44 PM
You bet and thanks for the rep! I posted about Font Manager a couple weeks ago and didn't get many responses so I wasn't sure if this one would be of interest. I'm glad a couple of you found it useful.

I missed the font manager post. Oh well. I was able to download/install Edraw on my computer and my laptop. I can see this program being useful for drawing up building plans for my rpg games (not counting official office use of course).

RobA
08-20-2008, 08:58 PM
I missed the font manager post. Oh well. I was able to download/install Edraw on my computer and my laptop. I can see this program being useful for drawing up building plans for my rpg games (not counting official office use of course).

Here is a thread on font managers:

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1111

I still recommend "The Font Thing" (check the mentioned thread or just google) at a good performing, free font manager for windows.

-Rob A>

Turgenev
08-20-2008, 10:24 PM
Thanks for the link, RobA. I have a ton of fonts so something like this will be perfect.

RPMiller
09-28-2008, 12:28 PM
Another interesting looking Giveaway of the Day - PD Particles

You have 14 hours and 30 minutes to grab it.

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pd-particles/

Gamerprinter
09-28-2008, 01:33 PM
I already have PD Particles - which is a very cool little proggie! I created a tutorial for PD Particles, around this time last year (August 07), its located in the Software Discussion Forum.

If its free, you must get it! PD Particles can be used like a Paint program, with good tools for sky, sea and long landscapes. The app is great at create plantlife too! Seaweeds, bushes, top down trees, evergreens or leafy trees. Some of its brushes are kind of weird - Jeremiah Tree for example.

Best way to describe PD Particles, is that it paints using a particle physics where your brush establishes where "seed" is planted and an alogrithmic formula that carries your seed to followup effect and direction. Its difficult to describe, you have to try it and see what I mean.

I find altering color, shadow, highlights is not very intuitive, as well as how to change particle parameters. Other modifiers allow you to change direction - required to make plant objects become top downs instead horizontal views.

You can export PD files as transparent PNGs from the app itself.

If you use 3D apps to create landscape walk-throughs, PD Particles can create 2D sprites of trees and flowers that appear as 3D objects in your environment - a way to place plants in your scene that isn't too heavy with pologon count.

I paid $19.95 for it and thought it a worthwhile application - for free its something you need to try out now. :!:

One last point, if you got kids, they will love how this proggie works, its fun to watch while you're painting.

GP

PS: heres a few plant map objects I created using PD Particles... 2 trees and some kelp seaweed... (all transparent PNG files).

delgondahntelius
09-28-2008, 04:58 PM
Excellent!! great heads up RP

RPMiller
01-06-2009, 10:53 AM
For those that may have missed this the first time, version 4.3 is now up and available for today only.

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/edraw-max-43/