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Manipulating bitmaps

"Trying to use Microsoft Paint to manipulate bitmaps is a joke, but that's what most programmers have to do."
-from a joel article ( )

What are the alternatives incase of a self financed (read low cost alternatives) development effort? Am trying Paint Shop Pro but somehow feel its not the best fit for the job. Am trying to create "screenshots" of a not yet developed application.
amol Send private email
Thursday, September 09, 2004

Seems to be quite a few alternatives (and free ones as well).
Ray Send private email
Thursday, September 09, 2004
If the goal is to easily mock up Windows forms that look a lot like the real thing, and you don't have Visual Studio or a standalone Visual Basic, you may be able to do what you want with the nominally free Visual Basic Express beta from MS, here:

Caveats: I've never tried any of the Express products myself, and you will have to install the .NET framework
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Decide which RAD /IDE you will use, prototype the forms in that, populate the fields as required then hit <alt><prntScrn> to save in bitmaps for the proposal docco. The IDE may offer a better way.

Most of the standard GUI widgets look much the same, so you could even use any freebie from MS or Borland to mock up screenshots but you get the best yardage taking your prototypes into development. That's the whole point!
Friday, September 10, 2004
I quite like using Visio to mock up screens. It contains lots of "shapes" that look like Windows controls, like listboxes, checkboxs, buttons, toolbars, etc.

The good thing about this is that it looks quite convincing, but "not quite right", so anyone looking at it will know it is fake, i,e, just a mock-up.

The last thing you want is for it to look too good, then they'll just assume the app is already written and that they can have it in a week.

Of course, in this scenario, if you tell them it is a mockup, they won't believe you and they'll just assume the app is already written and that they can have it in a week.

I think Paint Shop Pro is a good product (as a basic PhotoShop rip-off), but it is hard to manipulate little areas (which would be your controls), unless you get to grips with layers.
Friday, September 10, 2004
Oh, like we don't all have photoshop warez
Friday, September 10, 2004
The Gimp should fit. Photoshop it ain't, but a great app nonetheless.

You can find it at
David Send private email
Wednesday, September 15, 2004

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