JDraw is a pixel oriented graphics editor designed especially
for small to medium-sized pictures used to decorate web pages.
It is completely written in Java, simple to use
and saves (animated) GIFs, ICOs and PNGs.
I started writing this tool because it took me ages to do little things
changing a couple of pixels, making a colour transparent, adjusting
some RGB values. Most graphic tools irritate with hundreds of
sexy filters but have steep learning curves or just don't care about
simple pixels. So it's high time for a good old pixel editor.
JDraw is entirely written in Java. It supports JRE 1.4, 1.5 and 6.
JDraw's latest beta version was developed and tested under Windows XP.
Features so far:
- plain, filled and gradient filled rectangles
- plain, filled and gradient filled ovals
- plain and gradient filled text
- colour picking, cropping, filling
- image scaling (since v1.2beta)
- image rotation (since v1.2.1beta)
- copying/moving clips
- rotating/flipping clips (since v1.2.2beta)
- save animated GIFs (interlaced/not interlaced)
- save PNGs (interlaced/not interlaced)
- save ICOs (true colour, 32 bit) (since v1.1.3)
- save JPEGs of configurable quality (since v1.1.4)
- read all image formats supported by Java
- colour reduction, colour replacing, colour swapping
- grayscaling (since v1.2.2beta)
- image browser (since v1.3beta)
- tolerant fill tool (since v1.3beta)
- palette operations like editing RGB colours, alpha values
- configuration of the Look&Feel to use (since v.1.1.3)
Really, it's a nice little tool. :)
Please help us to make JDraw really
robust, bug free and useful, so try it out, test it and tell us about
ideas for new features.
Configuring the Look&Feel
The environment variable "
lf" tells JDraw which Look&Feel class to use.
java -Dlf="javax.swing.plaf.metal.MetalLookAndFeel" -jar jdraw.jar
If your Look&Feel is not part of the J2SDK, copy its jar-archive into the directory
jre/lib/ext of your Java installation.
The WebStart-Link above uses the really pretty Plastic3DLookAndFeel from
If looks.jar is found on the classpath, the Plastic3DLookAndFeel is the default
look and feel (since JDraw v1.1.5).
Softpedia actually granted
JDraw with two awards. I'm so touched.
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