Download version 2.1.2 here. This is mostly a bug fix release, unless you are using it to generate PDF, in which case you should definitely switch to this 2.1.2 version.
Indeed, those of you who use the PDF export feature, will be glad to see improvements in the bleed and crop mark handling. For instance, imagine you work on a document measuring 100mmx100mm, with a 20mm area outside of the page. When you export to PDF, you specify a bleed of, say, 3mm.
The crop marks will be automatically placed just 1mm outside of the bleed box. And as you can see above, the document has some objects which protrude outside of the page. The part which exceeds the bleed box will be clipped. Here is the resulting PDF, as rendered by Acrobat:
The PDF file now also includes meta information, such as the title and the creation date.
The secret is that Creative Docs does not use GDI+ at all. Indeed, GDI+ is so crippled that I would not have been able to build such an application on top of it.
If you are a C# developer, you might consider switching to WPF, which has a decent rendering engine and is the future where Microsoft wants us to go.
If you are not afraid of doing lots of trips between managed and unmanaged code, you might consider walking the same path as me, using AGG as the graphic engine, rendering everything into a buffer and then simply BLTing the result using either GDI or DirectX.
I cannot, however, tell you if/when I'll be able to release the source code of Creative Docs .NET. I'd love to do it, but there are a lots of constraints which are beyond my reach for now.
thanks for the quick reply.
I agree with you that GDI+ is crippled
infact thats the reason i wouldn't mind using unmanaged code.
i am not looking at the CreativeDocs Source code. I am only looking at the wrappers for AGG.
you had previously released the same for version 1.5 somtime in 2005. Will it be possible for you to share with me the updated version for that?
Hey there, great piece of software! I've been using Inkscape for vector graphics, but I really like this app. The only thing keeping it from replacing Inkscape (for me) is SVG support. Any chance this is planned?
Hi Erryn, I am glad you like Creative Docs. I must, however, disappoint you: neither do I nor my colleague Daniel have currently time to work on an SVG export tool.
I'd love to have SVG import and export support built in, but this would require quite some work. If someone would volunteer to help, this could be a good argument for making Creative Docs .NET open source ...