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Sketch Drawer 7.1 Giveaway
$49.99
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Giveaway of the day — Sketch Drawer 7.1

An image editor for converting photographs to pencil sketches.
$49.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 58 (89%) 7 (11%) 24 comments

Sketch Drawer 7.1 was available as a giveaway on December 5, 2019!

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Sketch Drawer is a kind of photo editing software tool intended for converting photographs to pencil sketches. This program enables users to make usual photographs into exquisite pencil-drawn pictures, both black-and-white and colored. While creating a pencil sketch, you can choose your most preferred settings and options.
There are two ways you can edit photographs with SoftOrbits: manually and by aid of ready-made presets. These presets can be used as guides by beginners.

Purchase an Unlimited personal license (with support and updates) at 70% discount!

System Requirements:

WIndows 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10

Publisher:

SoftOrbits

Homepage:

http://www.softorbits.com/photo-to-sketch-converter/

File Size:

53.2 MB

Price:

$49.99

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Load, visualize and modify the content of DWG files.
Create, manage, copy and edit custom images.
Developed by Poladroid.net
Developed by Vectorian Inc.

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#10

I apologize for being an old grump...but I just don't understand ! Every GOTD product gets many "comments" regarding their difficulty or inability to get the product to activate.

But at least 90% of these are cases where the user simply did NOT read and follow the directions in the README file.

Come on guys! Stop clogging up the comments with this silly stuff.

Reply   |   Comment by Bart  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

Sketches a photo like it says in the description. I wish this program would produce thinner sketch lines.
Good to find plenty of options.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#8

How do I download link via push notifications? Every time I click on this I get a notification on the bottom right of my computer that when I click on it ask me if I want to download a link and when I click on it nothing ever happens.

Reply   |   Comment by Racecar Tacocat  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Sketch Drawer is a bit of a throwback to the 90s, when plugins for hand drawn FX were common. Nowadays those plugins probably wouldn’t work – I tried several in current & mid-90s image editors [yeah, I still have a couple of those for some reason] – so the main alternative to Sketch Drawer would be the several similar apps in Google’s Play Store. And Sketch Drawer does do what it’s supposed to, though it might perform better using an Intel CPU – with an AMD CPU I’ve got more cores, but less performance per core, & Sketch Drawer tended to mainly use just one. So with a small, 6 MB jpg it took a while, averaging about 7% in terms of the whole CPU, 70-80% on one core, using about 1 GB of RAM.

The setup file for Sketch Drawer doesn’t contain anything extra – basically it just holds the contents of the program’s folder – and as a 1st step takes you to a page on the SoftOrbits[.]com site to fill in an email address. Once you get the email, & it took a while, it’s simply a link to verify your email address – click the link, fill in name & country, and it’ll display the key. Copy/paste the key & the installation will continue, adding the programs folder, plus desktop & start menu shortcuts. Both 32 & 64-bit versions of the app are included in the program’s folder – those shortcuts will point to the version that matches your copy of Windows, 32-bit or 64-bit. The registry just gets 2 keys, one for uninstall & one for the app, but that 2nd key has a LOT of entries – I recorded 766 total in a 32-bit copy of win7.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#6

i can't run it in win 10. where is the license key page?

Reply   |   Comment by Gerdoo57  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#5

Not able to get the license on my email!!

Reply   |   Comment by PE  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

I decided to go ahead and install this version 7.1 just to see if if John's cautionary comment would come true. The installation went off without a hitch although it's a bit of a rigmarole.
SoftOrbits did remove my previous version and there is no control over where the program gets installed, so there is no control over the removal of previous versions.
This 7.1 version of Sketch Drawer seems to be a lifetime license with promo options to purchase an unlimited license (includes support and upgrades) at 70% discount equaling $21.79 CAD. Inside the program there is a tiny red box says 'promo' to link you to the discount page.
I hadn't used Sketch Drawer for over a year and so don't have a great memory of its functions but I'm not seeing a difference btwn this version and 6.0. Maybe the color shift option wasn't there before? Not sure.
It is mildly slow to render a Detailed Sketch as opposed to Classic or Realistic and did freeze on a 375kb 1152 x 768 jpg photograph when I first tried to make a Detailed Sketch but it did fine on the second try with the same photo, after I closed the program and restarted it.

Reply   |   Comment by Elaine  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Never mind LOL It won't save my sketch as rendered. I renamed & saved but it only saved the original photo with the new name. Useless

Reply   |   Comment by Elaine  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Ignore that last comment by me. I figured it out. The RUN button was hidden because I wasn't using full screen.
I now have a saved sketch.

Reply   |   Comment by Elaine  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Elaine,

"SoftOrbits did remove my previous version and there is no control over where the program gets installed, so there is no control over the removal of previous versions."

In 32-bit Windows the default is in Program Files, & in 64-bit the default is Program Files (x86), but it gives the option to choose whatever folder you'd like. I didn't see anything in the setup file about removing the old version, though that may not mean anything -- I didn't have a copy installed already so couldn't check. That said, the registration data is stored in the registry, probably in the same keys & values as previous versions, so if you kept the old version it would probably deactivate.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Elaine, It is often normal that when a new version of a program installs over the old version it just picks up the prior installation data from the registry and uses that in the new install and does not offer you the option to set the installation location. It does not formally uninstall the previous version it just overwrites it silently.

A crude workaround is to make a backup copy of the start menu folder icons and the original installation folder location and contents. Then uninstall the previous version and then install the new version and it should offer you an installation dialog and maybe a start menu dialog which you can assign paths different from the original older version which you can restore from the backups to their original locations. Each time a new update is installed you'd also need to repeat the crude workaround on the imediately previously installed version but not the restored from backups since they are not formally installed but are just there and functional. While those previous restored versions no longer have entries in programs and features or add remove programs you will still be able to use the uninstall.exe or similar named uninstallers and their local uninstall data files to remove them in the future if you ever need to. This technique works with most programs but programs that install services or virtual drivers that may be tied to specific software versions may have problems. This program does no such complexities so would not be a problem. Hope that helps in the future.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#3

Have downloaded& installed, for some reason when requesting license key, unable to receive return email with license key

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Aldrich  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#2

And will it work on windows vista?
Because I have it and I don't want to lose it!

Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

Max,
I can't get it to work with Windows 3.1

Reply   |   Comment by bob  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#1

I already have Sketch Drawer version 5.1 from a previous giveaway. I like it, and I don't want to lose it. Am I able to update without losing both the new and old? And how do I update if I can actually do that? And tyvm Soft Orbits for your products and allowing us to check out and test your different offerings.

Reply   |   Comment by Autumn Silvermoon  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Be careful, in some old programs the license was forever, but currently the license may be limited to 3, 6, 12 months.
Not always worth updating.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

John, So, for how long is the present offer?

Hate Google captcha (a company which does not pay taxes as they should)!

Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Autumn Silvermoon,

"Am I able to update without losing both the new and old?"

You can choose the location for the today's version, so specifying another folder should work. The problem would likely be the registration or activation, since the new version would probably overwrite the key that's used for the older version. You *might* be able to export the HKCU\ Software\ softorbits\ or HKCU\ Software\ softorbits\ SketchDrawer key in Regedit, and merging that back into the registry should restore the earlier activation if you decide you don't like today's offer, but I don't think you could have both activated at the same time, though could be wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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