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Chasys Draw IES - A new, free image editor

By on May 25, 2013 8:44:01 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Chasys Draw IES (CDIES) is as the title says, a new and free image editing suite for Windows. According to its dev it’s built on three pillars:

“Character (no Photoshop imitations here), Performance (fast, efficient and stable) and Innovation (new techniques and out-of-the-box thinking).” – J.P. Chacha

It’s made of four modules:

“Chasys Draw IES is a suite of applications including a layer-based image editor with animation, icon editing support and super-resolution via image stacking (Chasys Draw IES Artist), a multi-threaded image file converter (Chasys Draw IES Converter), a fast image viewer (Chasys Draw IES Viewer) and a RAW camera file processor (Chasys Draw IES raw-Photo). The whole suite is UAC aware and is designed to take advantage of multi-core processors, touch-screens and pen-input devices.” - http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/

It is blessed with video tutorials, plugins (and improved plugin support) and extras. It has an art gallery you can take a look at here: http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/gallery.php?dir=paintings

The modules (a full list of features, modes and tools can be found here: http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/help.php?file=feature_list.htm) :

CDIES Artist: Here one can edit images (photos or scanned images, etc.) or paint originals or layers on other images), remove blemishes. It supports layers. A nice feature is the mobility of the layers, tools etc. on the desktop. You can add animations to images or to cursors (for the CFX designers), supports stacking, noise reduction and multi-frame super resolution.

 

CDIES Converter: According to the developer The main window shows the current application status. The “threads” counter shows the number of parallel working threads; on multi-core systems, this figure will greater than one, showing that files are being converted in parallel.

CDIES Viewer: This is just an ordinary image viewer. It is however, quite fast on multicore machines. It can rotate images (or animations). A features list can be found at the above link.

CDIES RAW-Photo: If you have a camera whose output is RAW (digital negative) this module will convert it to a usable format (like jpeg) and has an “Import camera settings” section, and “Adjustment” section and a “Finalizing” section. A list of features can be found at the link above.

Download link: http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/ (gold colored “Chasys Draw IES 4.06”).

Sources:

http://www.jpchacha.com/index.php

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/chasys-draw-ies-review-photo-editor

Screenshots: From the dev’s website.

As usual, make a restore point before installing and a “snapshot” on an external drive.

I recommend giving it a shot if you’re in the market for a free, tool and feature rich image editor/art program.

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May 25, 2013 9:52:45 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

It all sounds good....I'll have to check it out...

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May 25, 2013 10:07:41 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hope it works well for you, Jafo. I think the biggest plus is that it fully utilizes multi-core processors for speed. Please give us a follow up.

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May 25, 2013 11:29:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Gonna give it a go Doc.

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May 25, 2013 3:35:19 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Here's his system requirements, took me a bit to find them:

http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/help.php?file=tech_sysreq.htm

Generally pretty forgiving, anything from a Pentium III 600mhz to "up to 32 cores"    I7 quad 2.66 recommended.  (I'm guessing it would "walk" on a Pentium III more than it would "run" )  XP/2003/Vista/Win7/2008/Win8

One thing to keep in mind is that it looks like it will read .psd's but not write them, so I guess any layered images a person creates and saves in his .cd5 format would be married to his software.  Here are his file format listings:

http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/help.php?file=files_image.htm

Thanks for the tip Doc, it does look like an interesting bit of software.

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May 25, 2013 4:51:27 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I think you're right abut the .psd file format, Dave. But, this software is pretty much for folks who don't have Ps/CS or the newest CC stuff, so I'm not sure it matters except in the case where you want to send someone a "psd".

I don't know if Adobe software can read that cd5 format or not, or if there's another file converter which would match up the file types. So, I wrote to the dev to ask him about that, Dave. If/when I get a response, I'll post it here and forward it to you in pm.

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May 25, 2013 5:05:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
and forward it to you in pm.

Thanks but there's no need to do that.  Just putting it here would be great.

I went poking around in his system requirements fully expecting it not to run on my rust-bucket, then saw his file formats and had visions of someone making some big layered images and then saying "Oops, wish I hadn't done that."

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May 25, 2013 5:08:13 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

  "With a minimum of talent", much like the cookbook recipe that starts out "Take a clean dish....." always leaves me out.

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May 25, 2013 5:54:05 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,

  "With a minimum of talent", much like the cookbook recipe that starts out "Take a clean dish....." always leaves me out.

I suppose you and I could test his definition of "minimum"

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May 25, 2013 6:33:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sounds interesting! 

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May 25, 2013 6:53:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Kinda like a combination of Gimp (floating windows for tools, layers and history), PS (layers and blur tools) and Paint.Net (floating windows go semi transparent after mouse over). I found in the folder the .exe for the portable version plus the modules and stuff. I thought the portable was a separate download.

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May 25, 2013 8:30:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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May 30, 2013 8:13:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

DaveRI:

Hi Seth,
The simple answer is no.

Native file formats (e.g. Chasys Draw's CD5, GIMP's XCF and Photoshop's
PSD) are generally unportable to other editors because they tend to be
very strongly tied to the internal structures of the editors they're
native to. The easiest way to illustrate this is to open a Photoshop PSD
file in Chasys Draw IES or the GIMP -- although the file is opened and
most attributes are maintained, some attributes will change or render
differently as a result of the differences between the editor in question
and Photoshop.

The reverse is also true. If, hypothetically, there existed a Photoshop
filter for reading CD5 files, it would have trouble handling CD5 files
with image-modes other than "composite" -- how would it present them to
Photoshop, given that there's no equivalent concept implemented there?
The user will also discover that some layers are "missing" as a result
of free-style layering (Photoshop does not render content that lies
outside the canvas, and does not handle textures as image entities).
And then there's the little matter of APPL attachments ...

I appreciate the challenge this poses, which is why I included support
for PSD (Photoshop), XCF (GIMP) and PDN (Paint.NET); however, I'm afraid
perfect portability of native files between different image editors might
not be very practical.

regards,
John Paul Chacha.



On 2013-05-25 13:49:
> Hi John,
> I was wondering about the cd5 format. Can Adobe Photoshop read this
> type of file, or convert it to PSD?
> If not, is there a common file type to convert the cd5 to preserving
> layers, etc. so that Photoshop could read it
> or convert to psd? Perhaps with some other file conversion software?

> The reason I ask is that most of the folks I know work with psds and
> exchange them at times for help/advice, etc.

> Thanks for any help you could give me with this question.

> Seth

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May 30, 2013 11:30:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks Doc.

I have to say his image viewer alone is worth having it installed to me, at least on XP.  I think the Win7 viewer has some improvements over the XP viewer, like being able to have more than one image in view at once, but for XP his is a step up.  So it remains installed if only for that, and I poke at his image editor from time to time.

Thanks again for the tip.

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May 31, 2013 12:51:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

My pleasure, Dave. 

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