Lo­go­ist 2.5

Un­leash your in­ner artist

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Alex Thomas

£21.99 De­vel­oper Synium Soft­ware, syni­um­soft­ware.com

Re­quires OS X 10.9 or higher

When com­pared head-to-head with apps such as Adobe Illustrator, Lo­go­ist’s lack of op­tions and sim­plis­tic ap­proach may make high-end users bris­tle. It cer­tainly isn’t as com­plete as Adobe’s app or other, so­phis­ti­cated al­ter­na­tives such as the ex­cel­lent Affin­ity Designer (see page 44). But what Lo­go­ist does of­fer is a fun and en­joy­able way to cre­ate vec­tor images, us­ing the fea­tures it has in an in­ter­est­ing and dif­fer­ent way.

All on show

With its three-col­umn lay­out, ev­ery­thing is on show in Lo­go­ist. Your lay­ers pal­ette sits on the left, prop­er­ties on the right, with the im­age in the cen­tre.

This can be an­noy­ing, since you lose space for your art­work, and familiar el­e­ments such as colour se­lec­tion are hid­den away in pan­els (re­placed with pre­sets and sug­ges­tions). But when you get your head around this new way of work­ing, the func­tions on show are ac­tu­ally han­dled in a pretty use­ful, al­beit sim­plis­tic, way. In Lay­ers, for ex­am­ple, each shape and path is given its own layer (even when grouped), so items can be moved around and found within large nests eas­ily. In the prop­er­ties in­spec­tors you can use the colour pre­sets to build up lay­ers of ef­fects from fills to gra­di­ents to shad­ows (and so on) on your paths and shapes and see them in a stack. That means you can then edit or delete them as you work.

The main pri­or­ity for any vec­tor app is paths and in­deed Lo­go­ist has a smart and sim­ple set of path tools. Its use of nice big colour-coded an­chor points makes them easy to use, although the way some of the edit­ing op­tions are han­dled (com­bined with some un­fa­mil­iar key­board short­cuts) can ap­pear con­fus­ing ini­tially for those familiar with Adobe apps.

An em­pha­sis on pre­sets cer­tainly helps Lo­go­ist ap­peal to a more be­gin­ner-friendly au­di­ence

An em­pha­sis on pre­sets cer­tainly helps Lo­go­ist ap­peal to a more be­gin­ner-friendly au­di­ence. Added to this new 2.5 ver­sion are sev­eral new pieces of pre-cre­ated art­work and lo­gos, so you can start tin­ker­ing with ex­ist­ing images rather than be­ing con­fronted with a blank can­vas and load of con­fus­ing tools.

Yosemite makeover

This new it­er­a­tion also fea­tures a smart OS X Yosemite makeover, a new colour scheme se­lec­tor (which lets you cre­ate a pal­ette of com­ple­men­tary colours for your work) and some smart snap­ping and grid op­tions.

Although th­ese im­prove­ments aren’t as sig­nif­i­cant as the leap from ver­sion 1 to 2, this lat­est veri­son helps bring more func­tion­al­ity to what is a thor­oughly en­joy­able app.

Good value for money

Use tools in in­ter­est­ing ways

Small workspace for art­work

Adobe users will need to adapt

A cheap, en­joy­able and be­gin­ner­friendly, al­beit some­what limited, way to cre­ate smart vec­tor art­work.

A good vec­tor app needs paths and Lo­go­ist has a sim­ple but smart set of them.

Lo­go­ist 2.5 lets you cre­ate a pal­ette of com­ple­men­tary colours for your art­work.

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