There is a particular maxim of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s which is banded about quite a lot in Mac circles:
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
It seems that Pieter Omvlee has taken this to heart with the latest release of DrawIt, the rather excellent vector graphics editor. Version 3.6 boasts a number of improvements, particularly in terms of increased speed and decreased memory footprint. But probably of most interest is what Pieter has decided to leave out: DrawIt no longer supports the in-place editing of bitmaps, instead now passing the task seamlessly to an external editor.
While this may sound like a raw deal for existing DrawIt users, it is actually exactly the opposite. Pieter has teamed up with Gus Mueller of Flying Meat Software to offer anyone who had previously paid full price for one of the 2.x or 3.x versions of DrawIt a copy of Acorn. I think that everyone can agree that this more than makes up for the change.
DrawIt costs €29; Acorn costs $49.95.
Interesting site fact: We here at Æ use DrawIt Lite (which has just been revved to version 1.3) to do the occasional graphic, such as the Amazon logos at the top of the sidebar. Now, if a few people were to click through and buy something from one of our shops we could afford to get the full version. Just saying.