Microsoft Paints A New Graphic Design Tool

    June 13, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Codenamed Acrylic, Microsoft has made available its new professional graphics software for beta testing.

Don’t try and go there today if you’re on dial-up, though. Microsoft’s latest software will be a 77MB download for those who want to test it.

Windows XP SP2 will be required, and Microsoft recommends a Pentium 4 processor with 512MB of RAM and 1024×768 monitor resolution with 24-bit color. 500MB of disc space and a graphics tablet supporting WinTab have been recommended.

Reaction to Acrylic on Microsoft’s public forum on the product has been mixed. But Microsoft has called this a beta product, and warns before download that it may have some optimization issues.

Microsoft purchased a Hong Kong company which made Acrylic’s predecessor, Expression. Microsoft touts Acrylic as combining pixel-based painting with vector graphic capabilities.

The Acrylic beta will time-expire on October 1, 2005. Comments and criticisms may be viewed at its dedicated forum online.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.