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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.16-32bit.summary
From: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun)
Subject: Silhouette 1.25/Graphics/commercial
Posted-By: xx004 (aa400 - John J. Lehett)
Reply-To: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun)
Edited-By: xx004 (aa400 - John J. Lehett)
Date: Wed Dec 11 19:51:23 1991


Taken from: Z*Net online magazine, issue #9149 (November 22, 1991):

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| =======================================================================
| * SILHOUETTE 1.25                                         Press Release
| =======================================================================
|
|
| Silhouette Version 1.25 debuting at Chicago-Fest
| Low Priced Power - $94.95!
|
| New Features:  Improved auto-tracing, advanced duplicaton methods, grid/
| ruler, new GEM display, full documentation, 68881 and TT support,
| Postscript output.
|
| Maxwell Computer Products Unlimited will debut Silhouette Version 1.25
| at the Chicago Atari Computer-Fest.  Silhouette is a bit-image and
| vector graphics drawing program with auto-tracing function.  Version
| 1.25 enhancements include new drawing functions, improved interface and
| advanced auto-tracing function.
|
| In keeping with Atari's motto of 'Power without the Price', Maxwell has
| advanced the drawing capabilities of Silhouette while maintaining a
| modest price.  While Atari users can now pay $200 or much more for
| german software, Silhouette is being offered for just <$94.95>.
|
| Silhouette offers a formidable array of drawing features; some you will
| find nowhere else.  The program's GEM interface has been improved by
| placing the toolbox permanently to the left of the screen.  The dropdown
| menus and tools are presented in a no-nonsense GEM display.
|
| Silhouette Features:
|
| ADVANCED AUTO-TRACING FEATURE:
| Load bit-images and automatically convert them to vector graphics (which
| offer higher quality and more editability).  The auto-tracing function
| has been advanced beyond V.1.0 and much closer to auto-tracing functions
| which cost hundreds more.  Further details below.
|
| DRAWING TOOLS:
| ~ LINES.  Depress the CONTROL key for horizontal/vertical lines or ALT
|   key for multiple lines (star pattern).
|
| ~ POLYLINES convertible to/from multi-point beziers, standard 4 pt.
|   beziers or to b-splines.
|
| ~ Multi-point BEZIERS or standard 4 point bezier curves and B-SPLINES
|   curves.
|
| ~ FREEHAND PENCIL which can also draw with the B-spline smoothing on.
|
| ~ Sizable bit-image ERASER and SPRAYCAN, FLOODFILL.
|
| ~ ROUND EDGE BOX. Each corner independently adjustable.
|
| ~ RECTANGLE.  Begin rectangle from left corner or from center and/or
|   restrict to a perfect square.
|
| ~ ELLIPTICAL/CIRCULAR ARCS.  Hitting the SPACE-BAR will shift the mouse
|   pointer amongst the three defining pts.  (center, 2 angles).
|
| ~ ELLIPSES/CIRCLES.  Ellipses and circles are convertible to BEZIER
|   curves (allowing warping).
|
| ~ STARS.  Create multi-point stars (up to 99 points).  While defining
|   size and location, also define the inner diameter of the star and the
|   number of points with the ARROW KEYS.
|
| ~ POLYGONS.  Create polygons with up to 99 sides adjustable while you
|   size and locate.
|
| ~ PARABOLAS.  A conic section (ellipses, circles, hyperbolas) common to
|   optics and a great addition to the drawing family.
|
| ~ SPIRALS.  Employed by the nautilus, the DNA structure and now
|   available in a ST/TT drawing program.  As you draw, adjust the number
|   of windings, the steepness of the wind or unravel the spiral.
|
| ~ TEXT. Type with GDOS fonts. Includes FSM-GDOS support - skewing and
|   rotation to 1/10th degree.
|
| ~ Also in the TOOLBOX is a scrollable array of FILL PATTERNS.
|
| ~ WILD CARD TOOL ICON.  Select a favorite drop-down menu option and
|   declare the icon as its controller.
|
| THREE WINDOWS are available.  One offers bit-image drawing, the second
| vector graphics and the third, pixel editing.  Vector Graphics can be
| magnified up to 16 times, giving the equivalent drawing resolution of
| 3200 DPI.
|
| AUTO-TRACING:
| Auto-tracing is a form of artificial intelligence.  The Silhouette auto-
| tracing function is presented a clip-area and with its special rules
| searches the complete image area for image outline.  The outline is
| saved as polylines and optionally the image's outline is purged of un-
| needed points and the curves are smoothed by b-splines or beziers.
|
| As vector graphics, images can be more easily edited and without losing
| image quality.  Furthermore vector images are usually smaller files and
| processed by printers more quickly.
|
| COMPATIBILITY:
| Silhouette runs on all ST and TT computers in High ST resolution, or in
| TT high resolution and on big screen monitors.  It supports the MATH
| COPROCESSOR with the ST and also is offered in a special TT version
| which takesa advantage of the 32 bit architecture of the TT (upcoming
| update will support the 68881/68882 in the TT).  Silhouette requires
| just 1 Mbyte.  Silhouette has been recompiled in an advanced compiler
| offering greater efficiency and compact code.
|
| LOOK FOR US AT THE CHICAGO-FEST SHOW.
|
| Purchase Silhouette directly from its U.S. developer:
| $94.95 + handling (call for shipping choice, overseas shipping at
| reasonable cost)
|
| Maxwell C.P.U.
| 2124 W. Centennial Dr.
| Louisville, CO 80027
| (303)666-7754,  Mon-Sat, 8-5PM MDT.
| VISA, MASTERCARD, personal check, COD
|




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