22 Part I: Tools, Planning, and Content Two such bitmap programs are: Mayura Draw is a shareware vector drawing program for Windows, at $39.00 per license. Used mostly by scientists and engineers for technical illustrations, Mayura Draw can be an invaluable and inexpensive tool in your design toolbox (see Figure 1-17). Sketch is a freely distributed open source drawing program for Linux, with a Windows port version called Skencil. Figure 1-17: Using Mayura Draw for vector-based design. tip Web designers and developers using Linux platform and open source software for designing graphics should check out LinuxArtist.Org, at www.linuxartist.org/2d.php. For additional free vector drawing software resources, see http:// bourbon.usc.edu:8001/tgif/vector.html. Secret #10: Web Animation Utilities Outside of animation for advertising, GIF animations have somewhat fallen out of favor for use on professional Web sites except for those instances where very subtle effects are desired. Of course, much of this has to do with the proliferation of Macromedia Flash (which has also influenced Web advertising). Nevertheless, GIF animations are sill desired in some cases, so make sure you have one on hand.
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