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Software Review:SPG ColorWorks:Web

A Graphic tool designed around the Web! See Figure 2
ColorWorks:Web's Image Spider
Figure 2: ColorWorks:Web's Web Image Spider
You are able to specify the number of pages the spider will drill down, the maximum number of images it will download, the amount of data (size in KB), the time to take, etc. This is a slick tool! As you're looking at the images in this review, take a note of the image size (in KB). As I was taking screen shots, I saved the images in JPEG format. Once they were saved, I used the ColorWorks:Web Web Saver to scale the image size so they wouldn't take so long to download. The Spider image above first weighed in at 70K as a JPEG...and is a whole 6K as a GIF--with no apparent loss of quality! What would an image tool that's supposedly designed for the Web be without an animation tool? No need to fear, ColorWorks:Web does indeed have such a utility, and it features the same drag-and-drop functionality as the rest. Drag your animated gif from the image browser (or open it conventionally using the Animator menu) and start editing, or add your images one by one to the Animator until you get the effect you're after. The ColorWorks:Web Animator also can import AVIs and turn them into animated GIFs.
This article first appeared in May, 1998.


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