© 2011 Ugur Akinci
We’ve come a full-circle in technical illustration.
We started fifty years ago with nothing more than a blackboard and a fistful of chalk. If we had any colored chalks we considered ourselves lucky. That was my elementary school experience.
Then we went through the Photoshop + Illustrator revolution in the ’90s.
Fast forward: we’re now bored even with that! So, back to the blackboard again. The old is new.
Here we have SimpleDiagrams, a downloadable application that “draws” stick figures and similar simple shapes with the unmistakable visual style of chalk-on-blackboard graphics.
Everything is drag-and-drop. So don’t worry about really drawing anything here.
I downloaded the free version for a test drive.
This is the welcome screen:
Click New Diagram, and this is the EDITING SCREEN you get:
Everything is intuitive drag-and-drop and resize and recolor magic. Very straightforward.
Here is the “masterpiece” I created within 30 seconds:
Everything worked as advertised EXCEPT the text tool. I somehow could not type in anything. Is it because I was using the free version? No idea.
Another thing you can’t do with the free version is saving. You can’t save what you’ve created. For that you need to pay $25 and buy the real thing.
So, it’s up to you. Should you buy this, or take the pen and draw anything you want on plain paper and then scan the whole thing. Same difference. And perhaps not. You be the judge.
But overall this is a drawing editor that delivers the promise. It’s cute and smart. No negatives, except the $25 price tag. Recommended.