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DrawPad Graphics Editor 2.32

A useful vector draw/ paint tool

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 April 2016
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Downloads To Date: 4071
Developer: NCH Software
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DrawPad Graphics Editor
A useful vector draw/ paint tool

DrawPad Graphics Editor is a small and straightforward vector graphics editor.

The program includes Pencil and Paint tools (with multiple brushes), line and text options, and has the ability to draw simple shapes.

As these are all vector objects, they can be selected later and modified in various ways. At a minimum, you're able to click an object, move, resize and rotate it. But you can also adjust its border width, add a customisable drop shadow, a bevel/ emboss effect, maybe create a gradient fill.

A zoom slider (25% - 400%) helps you place your objects with reasonable precision.

Simple layer support can help you manage more complex designs.

A tabbed interface means you're able to have multiple projects open at the same time.

And your finished designs can be exported as JPG, PNG, BMP, SVG, PDF, or DrawPad's own internal DRP format.

Verdict:

At first glance DrawPad Graphics Editor looks a little basic. Its brush and object styles, drop shadow and fill options mean you can get quite creative, though. The layer support is welcome, SVG export was a surprise, and for a free tool requiring barely 2MB drive space it performs very well.

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