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Art Explosion 800,000
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- 800,000 premium royalty-free graphics on 4 DVD-ROMs
- Complete professional art library; no downloading required
- Scale most images to any size; popular file formats
- 32-bit image browser software with full-color previews
- Includes DrawPlus 5, a powerful graphics editor
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If you want to find a photo, prepare to sit down and start going thru the cds. The book, which they tout as a great way to see previews of the images, includes only has a sample photo from each of the "categories" of photos - so you are NOT getting a thumbnail of all the photos in the book.
For someone who wants to quickly look up a keyword and see what images they might have to offer - this is worse than worthless because you know that on the 34 disks, there's probably something there you could use, but there's no way a normal person who probably has some time demands is going to sit and play around putting in disk after disk and browsing. So you are frustrated knowing there's probably something for you, but you just don't have the time to mess around looking.
If you need a photo of say, a senior citizen, and you have unlimited time, you're probably just as well off taking one yourself.
It wouldn't be that difficult for these folks to put together some kind of a search utility that might actually render the product useful. Perhaps an image gallery online. Hopefully they will put it together and stop wasting our money and time.
It's true that there's no online searching, but it's also true that you don't need it. I've found that other clip art publishers use searching as a crutch. You see, so many products are so poorly organized that the only way you have a hope of finding a useful image is with a sophisticated searching tool. Not true with Art Explosion. Art Explosion 800,000 is impecably well organized by category and subcategory. Absolutely everything is exactly where you'd expect to find it - and the images are listed in plain English (not the old DOS 8-dot-3 file names you still find in most other collections). So it's as easy as it gets.
No question that this product is at the top of its game for good reason. I definitely recommend it.
This collection of images, fonts, and whatnot is truly extensive. The enclosed drawing program, DrawPlus 5, I'd like to call "Illustrator Lite"; it has some functionality (you can export your work as GIFs, TIFFs, JPEGs, and such), but its usefulness will only get you so far until you'd have to upgrade to the real deal.
As far as the clipart and photos go, this is no ordinary collection. If you're a desktop publisher or graphic arts moonlighter (aspiring to full time), this is a gigantic amount of material to use for your clients. The pictures are fantastic, the clipart is comprehensive--you'd probably find just about anything you can think of, or at least have the basic building blocks to customize what you need--and the fonts are a nice extra. However, most of the fonts in this collection you'd probably already have, especially if you have MS Publisher or any Adobe product (who has the best font set in the market).
I have issues with the catalog search engine. It's useful up to a point, but I don't end up using it much. If you have Windows XP, you'll be using the Windows Explorer photo feature more than the search engine, anyway. The image book (thank gods!) that comes with this set is the size of your average Merriam-Webster dictionary, and it's ESSENTIAL for this collection. The CDs are arranged in the exact order that the images appear in in the book, so using the book, then using Windows Explorer will be a much better searching feature than the included search engine program.
For Macintosh users, there are instructions in the book as to how to use the discs. I can't attest to it, but I assume you can use the CDs in Macs as well as you can use them in a regular PC.Read more ›
Later, I wanted to add this collection to my home office and went back to the same store where the original version was bought. They had sent back all the CD editions where the image catalog was included in the box and replaced them with the DVD edition that is only 5 discs and you have to send off for the catalog for the low low price of shipping ($4.95). Whenever I go to use the DVD's, I have to wait a long time for the dics to load into memory and almost forever if I request the thumbnail versions to come up in the browser.
I would rather switch discs any day then spend my time staring at the monitor while waiting for the computer to load my information. The store involved is happy because they are using less box space on the shelf (or so the stock personnel said). I am unhappy at having to send off for the manual that says it's included on the box but isn't, the extra money for the shipping, and the awkwardness to use this 'upgraded' product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The promised reference book does not exist. Deeply disappointed.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Don't bother with this collection. As of 2016 apparently Nova is NO longer selling the printed catalog that THEY mention on the outside of the Box and also inside the box with a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Francois B.
Très bon produit, les cliparts sont classés par thèmes et facilement disponibles, de plus un moteur de recherche peremt de trouver ce qu'on veut par... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Harpblue
Lots of nice graphics. Very well put together in categories.Published 2 months ago by Alonzo Carrasco
I'm very disappointed. Having had previous Art Explosion versions, I know they're tough to use. I bought this version on the basis of the free Printed Image Catalog that was... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Just a Lutheran
Used this years ago when I was in graphic design. Bought this version hoping to use for a book I recently designed. Extremely disappointed with the lack of updated photos ... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Peggy Wells