You could draw, modify and group graphical and text objects with a click of the mouse. Create was well suited to basic layouts and business graphics, offering features that make precision placement of objects a snap. Two text styles, Super and Paragraph, support draw-type effects, kerning or formatting features you'd expect only from a word processor.
Creates inspectors simplifed editing of each object's characteristics, allowing access to all PostScript parameters. Built-in special effects - neon, skew, multiple, shadow, fill and patterns - let you achieve stunning results in minutes. Create's unique User PostScript environment let users view, edit and execute the PostScript code of any image created in or imported into Create.
Create exploited the power of NeXTStep with extensive interapplication connectivity: draft and drop. Object Links to and from Create and export to TIFF, EPS and PS formats.
Create allowed simple creation of 2.5 dimensional text and objects, plus all the features you would expect in a high end drawing program while taking full advantage of the NeXT's display postscript environment. You could use Create to combine text, graphic shapes, and TIFF and EPS images to generate your designs and line art.
Tools: Create provided you with an extensive tool palette that gave you the ability to create a wide variety of objects (circles, ovals, rectangles, splines, poly lines, spline lines, freehand objects, and NeXT boxes), including a Super Text object to which you could add effects and a Paragraph Text object which you could format as you would with any word processor. The images and shapes with which you work, including text, were treated as individual objects which could be moved, resized, modified and combined with other objects.
Object Characteristics Editing: All objects in Create had a set of associated Inspectors which allowed you to edit the characteristics of the objects you created or imported into Create. The Inspectors provided the user with a visual and intuitive interface for controlling line characteristics (including neon effects), fill colors and patterns, scaling, rotation, object location, fill colors and directions, skew, shadows, object radii, and object alignment. You could also create multiple copies of text or graphic objects and control the range of colors in these multiple objects. Create also provided you with all the powerful text effects that have made TextArt popular including the rose, circle, upper arc and lower arc text paths, kerning and font controls.
Layout Tools: Create provided you with a number of layout tools that make precise layout easier including grid and ruler controls (in picas, points, inches or centimeters), multiple zoom views, object grouping, locking and alignment controls, nudging, layering, and redraw controls.
User Postscript: Advanced Create users who wanted to customize effects and objects could view and edit the PostScript code associated with documents and objects, allowing them to manipulate characteristics of objects that are not accessible through the Create user interface. Service bureaus, for example, could use this feature to modify graphics for imagesetting and transfer to other platforms.
Interapplication Connectivity: Create could read EPS, TIFF, TextArt, and Adobe Illustrator images. Documents and individual images generated in Create could be saved and stored as EPS or TIFF graphics which could be shared with other NeXT applications. Create could also work together with DataPhile (also by Stone Design) to create a compact database for graphics. Images designed in Create could be pasted into a picture field in DataPhile and later pasted back into a Create document for further editing.
- 5 Effects which apply to any object:
Outline: Neon effect to create 3-d outlines
Blended Fill: Select directions and blend methods
Multiple: Each object can be rendered any number of times
Skew: Apply shear [skew] transforms to objects
Shadow: Add a shadow to any object
- Super Text: All the power and ease of TextArt is embedded in Create
Set text along circles, semi-circles, rose or rotated baselines. Apply any combination of the above effects to text
- Paragraph Text: Rich Text supported for laying out paragraphs. Set the align, text color, sub and super script, font and font size of individual words and characters in a text block. Spell checker.
- Other Tools:
Rounded Rectangles [set your own radius]
Box Graphic [create NeXT Interfakes]
- Precision Alignment tools:
Alignment to any side of object
Distribute objects evenly
User defined grid and grid color
Nudge inspector for precise resize and movement of objects
- Set attributes: miter limit, flatness of curves, line cap, line join, arrows
- Drag and drop colors
- Built-In Expert PostScript Hacking environment
- Rotate and scale objects, text, TIFFS and EPS
- Rulers with Inches, Points, Picas and Centimeters
- Unlimited Zoom
- Horizontal and Vertical Flip
- Arbitrary Masking of objects and groups
- "Box Group"
- On line hypertext help with built-in examples
- On line gallery of included artwork and example
- Spline features: Make rectangles, lines, ovals, round boxes into splines, add and delete handles, join paths, split paths, tense, loosen and collapse points
- IMPORT: EPS, TIFF, PS, Adobe Illustrator, TextArt Images and Documents
- EXPORT: EPS, TIFF, Create Images and Create Documents
- Services: Grab text, rich text, EPS and TIFF from other apps instantly
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