The following sections are arranged by category and provide a summary of the software and other goodies you'll find on the CD. If you need help with installing the items provided on the CD, refer to the installation instructions in the preceding section.
Shareware programs are fully functional, free, trial versions of copyrighted programs. If you like particular programs, register with their authors for a nominal fee and receive licenses, enhanced versions, and technical support.
Freeware programs are free, copyrighted games, applications, and utilities. You can copy them to as many PCs as you like — for free — but they offer no technical support.
GNU software is governed by its own license, which is included inside the folder of the GNU software. There are no restrictions on distribution of GNU software. See the GNU license at the root of the CD for more details,
Trial, demo, or evaluation versions of software are usually limited either by time or functionality (such as not letting you save a project after you create it).
Manga Studio EX 3.0 from e-frontier
This is a fully featured demonstration version of Manga Studio EX that you can use for 30 days. All of the functionality of the full program is available for you to try out during the 30 days, after which you are reminded to purchase the full version (and you'll no longer be able to use the demo).
If you're using the demo version of Manga Studio, you won't be able to open all the sample files on the CD. You'll have to buy the full version to use all the sample files.
All the examples provided in this book are located in the Author directory on the CD and work with Mac and Windows 98/2000/Me/XP. The files include sample artwork created in Manga Studio, as well as 2-D images and 3-D objects you can import into the program for your own testing. The structure of the examples directory is Author/Chapter X.
V Author /Chapter 3: This folder contains a sample page file that is used during the quick-start walkthrough. It contains the digital pencil roughs, the completed inks, a folder containing the screentones used on the page, a folder containing the word balloons and dialogue, and a layer containing the panel borders. (I had removed the white gutter space from the borders in this example.)
V Author/Chapter 4: This folder contains a sample story file containing five pages from my webcomic, Chibi Cheerleaders From Outer .Space. This is to show an example of how you can place multiple pages into one story file.
V Author/Chapter 5: This folder contains a sample of a scanned pencil drawing that you can import into Manga Studio.
V Author/Chapter BC1: This folder contains a sample page file of a character roughed out on a raster layer, cleaned up on a second raster layer, and inked on a vector layer. Manga Studio Debut users can view the vector inks but can't draw on it.
V Author/Chapter BC2: This folder contains several digital photo samples that you can use to import as 2-D objects into Manga Studio.
The CD also includes three bonus chapters. Bonus Chapter 1 covers the advanced topic of using vectors; Bonus Chapter 2 describes importing 2-D and 3-D objects into Manga Studio. Bonus Chapter 3 gives you background information on manga that may help you if you intend on publishing the comics you create in Manga Studio.
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