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    Should I Buy ArtRage?

    Hi! I am a digital designer and admit to loving to buy all kinds of nifty programs. :lol: I tried out ArtRage and had a lot of fun, but it was of course limited since it was just the trial. I thought for $20, it wouldn't hurt to buy it. But would it be too redundant to purchase it in addition to what I have? I currently use Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, and Corel Painter X.5. I have brushes, styles, and actions that I use to make glitter. Though I do like the way the glitter goes down in ArtRage. So would it be silly for me to buy ArtRage as well?

    Thanks!
    Tracy

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    In my workshop downstairs I have a $200 cordless power drill that has screwdriver attachments. I also have two ratchet screwdrivers with different bits. Additionally I have at least 6 non-ratchet screwdrivers that have fixed bits for slotted or phillips-head screws. Their shafts are different lengths.
    I also have some small screwdrivers I specifically use for rewiring electrical equipment.
    And there is a boxed set of jewellers screwdrivers as I often tinker with very fine equipment.
    Also, my powered dremel (I love my dremel!) has a specific screwdriver for the screw that holds the small cutting disks in place.


    ArtRage is a great tool. It does what it does very well. It is unlikely to replace your other tools, but it will definitely complement them.
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    I got photoshop, but I rarely use it for painting. I 've not used corel before, and the way ArtRage is developing, I dont think I will need to.

    I use ArtRage, because I dont have to think about buttons, menus, and the such.

    I use it because, I paint without thinking.

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    Thanks for responding, y'all. Andy, your post made me laugh out loud and I had to share it with my husband. :lol: He, of course, totally agreed with you. Hey, its something my kidlets would for sure love to use too, so, yeah, maybe I should just get it. Now, If I could just remember where I wrote down the coupon code . . . .

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    I want to see the artwork Andy has produced with his screwdrivers :shock:
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    Quote Originally Posted by joules
    I want to see the artwork Andy has produced with his screwdrivers :shock:
    Don't be daft man. Andy uses the screwdrivers to do his programming.

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    Mostly it's hammers I think, judging by the sounds from his space =)
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    @decemberroses: The short answer is: Yes.

    The long answer is: Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes.

    =]

    Seriously. All those applications you mentioned are very powerful, and they will continue to have very prominent places in your arsenal. But in my experience, to get the most out of them, I have to sit down with a goal and use the bits of the application I need to accomplish that goal. With ArtRage, I think about 98% of the time, I have no goal. Using ArtRage is cathartic. It's like an artistic iso-flex ball thingy. I start it up to play. (Mind you, I'm not implying it's a toy; it's very powerful, it's just so easy on the eyes and easy to use that it could easily be mistaken for a toy.) In fact, I start ArtRage up to digitally doodle while I'm on Skype just as I pick up a pencil/pen and some paper to doodle when I'm on the (non-VOIP) phone.

    Your purchase of ArtRage is one you'll not regret.

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    ArtRage2 is a different type of program to graphics packages like photoshop.

    I find working with PhotoShop et al, I'm looking at what IT can do. I find learning how to use the bevy of tools, plus working out which of the hundreds of ways to achieve a task is best takes up a big chunk of time.

    With ArtRage I am looking at what I can do. All the tools are easy to get to grips with using, which means you can concentrate on improving your skills and playing with creative ways to use the intuitive tools.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyRage
    Also, my powered dremel (I love my dremel!) has a specific screwdriver for the screw that holds the small cutting disks in place.
    Yay, another Dremel anorak

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    Hiya Decemberrose...

    Short answer:
    Yes!

    Slightly longer answer:
    $20? You kidding?? Of COURSE yes!

    Longer answer still:
    I have Painter 9.5. I have Sketchbook Pro. They're NOT on my launch bar, bottom right, next to the start button. I don't even REMEMBER when last I opened them. They're seriously wasted money and disk space for me. ArtRage blew my mind. And continues to do so. It's the most fruitful $20 I've ever spent. (And no... it doesn't replace Photoshop or Illustrator. But they have specific uses that ArtRage doesn't deal with, and vice versa.)

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