If you have ever had to draw a logo from an image, you will appreciate the power and ease of using Vector Magic. Vector Magic was developed by Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and is dramatically more accurate than the tools in either Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. You can use it as an online service for one image at a time ($8/mo) or as a desktop application ($295).
The drag and drop interface is simple to understand and you can convert and save images quickly. There are useful demo videos on the Vector Magic website, so there is virtually no learning curve. Once converted, your vector illustration can be output as an EPS, SVG, PDF or PNG using the online version.
The Desktop version adds AI, DXF, EMF formats. Vector Magic can be used for more than creating logos — use it to create outlines from a photo for any type of art project.
Try it at www.vectormagic.com
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.