View Full Version : Free Illustration Software for Mac?

2006-12-06, 05:08 PM
Well, seeing how people draw a lot of things with those nifty illustration programs, I suppose I can give it a try (even though I can't draw well, I can get better).

However, there are a few problems before me.

1) I am a Mac user (and if you bash Mac users, I'll haunt you for the rest of your pitiful days).
2) I cannot afford any expensive software, because my parents won't let me shop online (I'm not 18 yet - doesn't that suck?).
3) Google won't help me (best search engine ever, my ass).

So, any advice?

P.S. And how do I find something purely electronic that helps me improve my drawing skills?

2006-12-06, 05:16 PM
Inkscape works, but you have to open it up in the operating system that you download from the starting disk, and it is rather annoying to do so.

2006-12-06, 05:57 PM
So, any other suggestions?

2006-12-07, 12:43 AM
Appleworks wins. Already on your Mac, just look at your Apps. :smallsmile:

2006-12-07, 04:47 AM
Funny thing is, whenever I try to open it, it defaults to Microsoft Word.

And I can't even find the folder.

2006-12-07, 09:06 AM
Yay Mac users! I'm using a Mac as well.

I don't know of too many free illustration programs for mac. I know they used to bundle photoshop elements and painter with the graphire tablets, but other than that, it's slim pickin's for us Mac users.

I think Alias, I guess Autodesk now, used to give away a free learning edition of SketchPad off their site. There's a water mark on the jammy but it works pretty well with a tablet.

2006-12-07, 10:21 PM
Funny thing is, whenever I try to open it, it defaults to Microsoft Word.

And I can't even find the folder.

Hmm, I just opened my HD, went to Applications, clicked on Appleworks (US English), then opened Appleworks 6. Worked fine. Maybe something is just wrong...

2006-12-19, 05:38 PM
Bump to get more response.

I still have no solution to my problem (except for begging my parents to buy me whatever good software is out there).

2006-12-19, 09:57 PM
Sodipodi for the win. Its a nice free illustration program. Look at mine and dispozition's avatars and you can see the potential.

Free guide to draw in sodipodi is stickied in the art's and craft section.

^ In the first page of this thread.

2006-12-20, 08:38 AM
So, is there a link where I can download it?

2006-12-20, 01:08 PM
So, is there a link where I can download it?

The guide goes through all the steps, even downloading it.

I. Getting Sodipodi
1. Go to the downloads page on Sourceforge (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=4054).

2. Pick the file for your version of Windows. At the time of writing, the latest Sodipodi release is 0.34, and so the two Windows files are Sodipodi_0_34_Win2000_XP_Setup.exe (for Windows 2000 or XP) and Sodipodi_0_34_Win9X_ME_Setup.exe (for Windows 9x or ME).

3. Download and run the file. Make note of where you installed it (probably C:\Program Files\Sodipodi\).

4. Go to the Gaim website (http://gaim.sourceforge.net/win32/index.php#wingtk) and get the GTK+ installer. This is a shared toolkit for the user interface (all the buttons and menus and whatnot). If you already have a program like Gaim or GIMP installed, you can skip this step.

5. Run that installer. Make note of where you installed it (probably C:\Program Files\Common Files\GTK\2.0\).

6. Go to where you installed GTK. Go into the "bin" folder. Copy the file libgmodule-2.0-0.dll

7. Go to where you installed Sodipodi. Paste the file. (You might want to rename the existing libgmodule-2.0-0.dll first, just in case. It shouldn't be necessary though.)

8. Make a copy of the file zlib.dll and name it zlib-1.dll

9. You're done!But then you dont have windows, so i dont know how it works that way. :smalleek:

2006-12-20, 01:10 PM
Yeah. For Windows. Not for Mac.