Stilo Fine-tip Stylus – Review

On August 13, 2015, in iPad, iPad mini, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Stilo fine-tip stylus
Manufacturer: Stilo
MSRP: $69.99
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I usually feel like I’m all thumbs when drawing on my iPad with a stylus. The tips are either soft and mushy or made of odd materials such as wire, hinged plastic, rubber, or even bristles. None are accurate enough for me. The new Stilo fine-tip stylus addresses these shortcomings.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Rebelle painting/drawing app – Review

On July 1, 2015, in Apps, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Rebelle
Developer: Escape Motions
Version 1.1.0
Download from developer’s site: $59.99
Rebelle app

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Rebelle is a painting/drawing application for the Mac and Windows. Its interface will be familiar to many users as there are repositionable, rectangular palettes for Tools, Color, and Layers. The app includes impressive media possibilities: Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastels, Pens, and Pencils.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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ArtRage 4 for OS X – Review

On October 29, 2014, in Apps, Features, iMac, Mac, Mac OS X, Review, by Suzé Gilbert

ArtRage for OSX
Company: Ambient Design, Ltd
Price: $49.90

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When I purchased my first iPad several years ago, the first art painting app I installed was ArtRage. At the time it offered, and yet continues to have, the most realistic oil painting brushes of any painting app for the iPad or iPhone. As I use it so frequently on my iPad, I was eager to use the Mac OS X version on my new iMac.

The Mac version provides a good selection of art tools but ArtRage is not as complex or as robust an art application as Corel’s Painter, nor does it have as steep a learning curve as Painter. For ArtRage 4 users, there is a free upgrade to the 4.5 version and that is the version I am reviewing. ArtRage 4.5 is 64-bit and supports Mac (Intel only) OS X 10.6 or later and Windows 7, 8, and Vista (not Windows XP). 

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About Suzé Gilbert

Photographer,painter,printmaker, iPhone app addict, proud member of Mac nation. I blog at www.suzegilbert.wordpress.com

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ArtRage 4 – Review

On May 13, 2013, in Features, Review, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

ArtRage 4
Developer: Ambient Design
Price: $49.90
ArtRage 4

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ArtRage is a Macintosh painting and drawing application that allows you to apply paint or ink to virtual paper or canvas as naturally as you would to their real counterparts. Oil paints leave textural strokes, watercolors actually spread, marker ink bleeds into the paper, pallet knives smear, pastels are genuinely chalky.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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EasyPen Slim Pen Graphics Tablet – Review

On May 10, 2013, in Macintosh, Review, by Curt Blanchard

EasyPen Slim Pen Graphics Tablet
Model: F610E
Manufacturer: Genius
MSRP: $119.99 (Internet pricing: $95.00)
EasyPen Slim Pen Tablet

Graphics tablets tend to be fairly big, heavy, and expensive but the new EasyPen Slim Pen Tablet from Genius is thin, light, and reasonably priced. Wacom tablets have held a virtual monopoly in this category for years with very little real competition. Genius is becoming a challenger in this field and their new Slim Pen Tablet is a contender.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

Genius PenSketch 12″ x 9″ Tablet
Review

On October 3, 2012, in Macintosh, Photography, Tablet, by Curt Blanchard

Genius PenSketch 12″ x 9″ Pen Tablet
Model: M912A
Manufacturer: Genius
MSRP: $279.00 (Street: $210)
PenSketch M912A Pen Tablet

Put a pressure-sensitive stylus in your hand, apply it to a graphics tablet for the first time, and magic happens. It’s a revelation that makes you wonder about all that mousing you’ve done in the past to retouch a photo. You can read all you want about what it’s like to use a tablet, but you need to actually use one to understand how amazingly precise it feels.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Nomadbrush Compose Short Tip (iOS stylus)
Review

On June 18, 2012, in Features, iPad, iPad 2, by Curt Blanchard

Nomadbrush Compose Short Tip (iOS stylus)
Manufacturer: Nomadbrush, LLC
MSRP: $26.00
Nomadbrush Compose Short Tip

Styli for iOS devices abound these days—big tips, small tips, plastic tips, metal tips, spongy tips, and even some with brushes. If you are a writer or a note taker, a fine rubber tip is probably going to be best for you. If you use a stylus mostly for casual games such as Draw Something, almost any stylus will be better than your finger.

However, if you’re an artist, the right stylus is a very personal choice. For you, it’s a tool, not a gadget. Ultimately, the best stylus is the one that suits you and your style of drawing or painting.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Wacom Inkling
Review

On December 9, 2011, in Features, Macintosh, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Inkling
Company: Wacom
Price: $199

When I first saw the Wacom Inkling my reaction was “Wow!” I also thought it was too good to be true. Well, I am happy to report, after being sent a review unit by Wacom, that it is not too good to be true and the device is awesome! As an illustrator who has scanned sketches into my computer for years and redrawn those sketches in Illustrator the Inkling is exactly what I have been looking for. Not only will it save me time and allow me to skip the scanning process it will propel me to another level where I can do a lot more artwork on my computer.

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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Doozla – Review

On February 19, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Doozla
Company: Plasq

$24.95
http://plasq.com/doozla/

There was a time when Kid Pix was the only good option for a kid’s paint program. Well, times are changing. In the past year I have had the chance to review several new options to the market, and 2008 brings another worthy choice. Doozla by Plasq (the makers of Comic Life and Skitch) is a fantastic new paint program for children.

When you open Doozla you are presented with one of four options: “Coloring In,” “Drawing,” “Draw on a Background,” and “Webcam Drawing.”

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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