Annotated jpegs

Discussion in 'Software' started by DavidG, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. DavidG
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    DavidG Junior Member

    I tried posting this in the software section but couldn't log on!

    Not really design but;

    Does anyone know of a simple package for adding annotation to photographs for reports, surveys etc.

    I am looking for something more repeatable than draw in Word, but not as cumbersome as Paint Shop, with a default arrow and text style and size.

    Any ideas?

    David
     
  2. Jeff
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    Jeff Moderator

    There's probably a less expensive program designed specifically for this task, but I would use CorelDraw -

    import jpeg
    type text
    draw line
    choose arrow end

    Then you can save it as a pdf or export -> jpeg.

    Corel is also now developing Designer - I can't remember who they bought it from. It's supposed to be more geared for technical illustration, though I've not used it yet.

    I should add that I'm heavily biased in favor of CorelDraw - it was the first graphics program I used starting with Version 3, so I'm more familiar with it than with Illustrator or Photshop and can move around a little faster in Corel still.
     
  3. Jeff
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    Jeff Moderator

    > I tried posting this in the software section but couldn't log on!

    Sorry about that. Let me know if you continue to get any errors.
     

  4. Mike D
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    Mike D Senior Member

    David
    All the “professional” software such as PhotoShop, CorelDraw etc is too powerful for what you want to do – like hanging wallpaper with 6 inch nails and that is reflected in the price, a few hundred dollars US depending on the bundle.

    The most used paint program is probably one that started off years ago as Shareware and worked its way up the ranks – Paint Shop Pro by JASC, you can find it at http://www.jasc.com There is currently a deal offered that is described on the site but it will still set you back US$90 or $100. It is much easier to use than the “big name” software.

    Here is a Freeware program that will do everyting you want and more http://www.hotfreeware.com/2020/2020.htm but it has the company’s advertising repeatedly popping up that is supposed to be distracting (what do you expect for free :)). However, you can download an ad-free version for US$20.

    I did a quick search in Google for
    annotate image freeware download -"smartdraw photo"
    and this is the result http://www.google.ca/search?num=100...d -"smartdraw photo"&btnG=Google Search&meta=

    Only 3,400 hits and many are sites that link to others so you can spend a long time especially as the true freeware is not as common as you’d imagine. Happy hunting.

    Michael
     
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