Re: Recommendations on Drawing Programs?

Subject: Re: Recommendations on Drawing Programs?
From: dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:44:37 -0700

I use Inkscape. It's open source, handles files natively in SVG, and does most of what tools like Adobe Illustrator do (enough that we do all of our book covers using Inkscape, with occasional assists from Gimp and Acrobat Pro).

You can import your screenshot into a layer, then add text and graphics. You can export .png, which for screen shots might be better (unless youâve got photos), but thatâs easily converted to .jpg if you need it.

The only downside is that Inkscapeâs more complex than some alternatives. That said, Iâve found it pretty intuitive for tasks like this.

Best regards,
Richard Hamilton

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> On Sep 12, 2016, at 4:29 PM, Jim <jameswitkin -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
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> Hello, I'm writing a user guide for a software program. Most of the
> graphics are screen captures of the software interface. I need to add
> simple graphics to the screen captures like numbers and arrows. The numbers
> will correspond to the number of the step in the instructions. The arrows
> will point to button or other drop down list referenced in the instruction.
> I'm using Microsoft Word (ugh) to create the document. I know Word has some
> basic graphics capabilities but I want each image to be a single jpeg which
> includes the screen capture, numbers and arrows. This way I know the screen
> image, numbers, arrows will always stay together in case the pagination
> changes and I can copy these images to use in other docs and presentations.
> Any suggestions on a good, simple drawing program that would work?
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