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Variable Stroke Width and Pressure Sensitivity

Adjust the width of a path's stroke at the control points along the path. The freehand tool can now be used with a pressure sensitive tablet to automatically vary the width of the path according to the pressure applied while drawing it. To replicate the stroke of one path on another path, you can copy the stroke width profile from a path and paste it onto other paths.

Bitmap Image To Vector Path Conversion

Trace bitmap images to produce vector paths. Bitmap adjustment controls to adjust how the image is converted, image masks to determine the portions of the image to convert and layers to divide all of this into manageable groups.

Supports the Latest Macintosh Technologies

Intaglio now uses 64-bit coordinates for maximum precision and accuracy, as well as 64-bit code to remain compatible with Apple’s latest advances. The user interface has been improved to work better with current and upcoming versions of Mac OS X, including full support for retina displays. As you work, drawings are now auto-saved, while maintaining full access to previously saved versions.


Use customizable workspaces to organize and quickly change user interface elements such as inspectors in floating palette windows and sidebars. Attach inspectors to one or more tabbed panels in floating palettes, sidebars of the drawing window, or a combination of the two. You can create several configurations for different tasks, and quickly switch between them.

Bind Text To Shapes

Any block of text can be bound to a shape defined by a path object, using either of two options. The first option sets the baseline of the text along the shape’s outline, creating text on a curve, arc or any arbitrary shape. The second option fills the shape with the text, adjusting each line to fit within the path. By using compound paths, you can create holes for graphics or even multiple columns of text.

Drawing Templates

You can create a large variety of drawing templates to use as the starting point for new drawings. These can be either blank, to completely configure the drawing as you need, or they can contain the boilerplate graphics you need to start a new drawing.

For the iPad and iPhone

Intaglio Sketchpad is a full featured drawing application designed for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, based on Intaglio. It provides a full set of drawing tools and capabilities re-imagined for the multi-touch environment.


Reuse and Share Your Work

Improvements to the drag-and-drop library make it easier than ever to reuse the graphic elements you’ve already created and share them with others. Other improvements make it easier to modify these shared elements giving you a great deal of flexibility and improving productivity.

User Forum

Our distribution partners at Softpress Systems have graciously added an Intaglio section to their user forum. This is the ideal place for Intaglio users of all kinds ask questions, request new features and share their experiences. Softpress is the publisher of the web design applications Freeway Pro and Freeway Express. Combined with Intaglio both of these applications make it easy to create graphically rich web sites.

Universal Version

Intaglio now runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel versions. The Universal version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 and QuickTime 7.0 or later for PowerPC or 10.4.7 or later for Intel.

Easy To Use Patterns

Intaglio now includes dozens of predefined patterns in two new toolbar menus. The predefined patterns are black and white, and you can easily colorize them with the new color controls in the pattern editor.


You can now use Intaglio for fullscreen slideshow presentations. This feature isn't meant to compete with dedicated presentation software like Keynote™ and PowerPoint®, but it's great for creating slides and presenting them with a single application. When importing ClarisDraw documents, any slideshow settings are now fully preserved.

Improved Bitmap Image Support

For Tiger, Intaglio now uses ImageIO for bitmap image import and export. This allows Intaglio to use new image file formats including better CMYK support and extended range images such as OpenEXR and Camera RAW. In addition, Intaglio now provides more options for PICT image export to older applications such as Microsoft Word.

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)

Intaglio can export drawings as SVG files and open basic SVG files as new drawings. This allows Intaglio to exchange graphics with other SVG enabled graphics applications such as web browsers and open source projects. SVG is a standard graphics format created by W3C, the organization that sets standards for the World Wide Web, and is being adopted by several web browsers as a way to embed scalable 2D graphics in web sites. Because SVG is a vector graphics format it is capable of providing graphics at whatever resolution the user needs.

CoreImage Effects

CoreImage is an innovative graphics technology in Mac OS X 10.4 (i.e., Tiger) to use today's advanced graphics cards for image processing. Intaglio allows you to use CoreImage to create effects limited only by your graphics hardware and your imagination. CoreImage filters can be applied to any combination of Intaglio graphics such as line illustrations, text, and bitmap images. Any effect can be constructed from multiple sources and channels providing the capability to fully exploit CoreImage. All Intaglio effects are resolution independent and scriptable, plus the elements used to compose the effects (e.g., the text and lineart) remain editable.

Spotlight & Automator

For Tiger Intaglio includes a Spotlight importer and a suite of Automator actions. This allows Spotlight to index the text within a drawing and any metadata such as document properties. The Intaglio Automator actions make it easier than ever to use Intaglio's powerful scripting capabilities.

AppleWorks 6, ClarisDraw, MacDraw Pro, & MacDraw II File Conversion

Intaglio converts most AppleWorks 6, ClarisDraw, MacDraw Pro and MacDraw II files to native Intaglio graphics. This finally provides a native Mac OS X solution for people who have a large collection of AppleWorks, ClarisDraw or MacDraw drawings. Since Intaglio adopts a similar user interface philosophy to traditional drawing applications like ClarisDraw, it's also easy for old AppleWorks, ClarisDraw and MacDraw users to get started right away. Intaglio doesn't currently support ClarisDraw's "connector" lines or exotic text flow options. However it does convert QuickDraw PICT files to native Quartz graphics, providing another alternative for old drawings from just about any classic Macintosh drawing application.

Graphic Styles

Word processors frequently allow a user to define several "styles" in a document to define the appearance of the text in that style. By changing a style, the user can change the appearance of all the text using that style in a single step. Intaglio brings this same concept to graphics with the addition of graphic styles to documents. Any change to a style in an Intaglio document, will also change all of the graphics using that style.

PDF Conversion

Intaglio converts most PDF images into native Intaglio graphics for editing (requires Mac OS X 10.3). Since PDF is the standard vector graphics exchange format for Mac OS X, this allows Intaglio to edit graphics received from many other applications. Conversion of text is currently limited to PDF fonts encoded as standard Latin or Unicode and PDF color spaces must conform to those supported by Intaglio (i.e., RGB, CMYK, and Gray).


Effects are vector and bitmap operations that produce the appearance of things like shadows, glows, and 3D lighting (requires Mac OS X 10.3). They're great for adding impact to an otherwise "flat" drawing.

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Intaglio Version History

Version 3.9.5

Add support for macOS High Sierra.

Version 3.9

Variable stroke width.
Pressure sensitive freehand tool.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.8

Offset a path, creating a parallel path.
Reshape existing graphics with their original tools.
Convert bitmap images to vector paths (with a free plugin).
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.7

Adds features to ease the creation of precise bitmap images for web design, user interfaces, etc.
Align and snap graphics to pixel boundaries at the selected bitmap export resolution.
Preview drawings as bitmap images.
Control antialiasing for individual graphics.
Specify the style sheet and ruler to be used when creating dimension lines.
Customize the text labels, font, scale and appearance of individual dimension lines.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.6.3

Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.6

Add the ability to smooth and simplify paths.
Add a mensuration inspector to calculate the area and perimeter of graphics.
Add a basic geometry information bar at the top of the drawing window (requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later).
Add the option to use multiple tabs within inspector panels (requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later).
Add the option to attach inspectors to sidebars of the drawing window (requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later).
Add customizable workspaces to organize and change user interface elements.
Add an automatic check and download for version updates.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.5.6

Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.5.5

Improved text line spacing control.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.5

64-bit code optimized for (and requires) Mac OS X 10.8 and later.
64-bit precision in vector coordinates.
Full retina display support.
Updated user interface optimized for the current Mac OS X.
Full-screen user interface support.
Improved text engine.
Updated AppleScript engine.
Autosave and multiple file versions.
Create multiple templates for new drawings.
Flow text into arbitrary shapes including multiple columns.
Improved support for superscripts and subscripts.
Direct menu access for text ligatures and writing direction.
Allows fractions to be entered for dimensions.
Optional interactive geometric feedback tracks mouse.
Portuguese (Brazilian) localization.
Improved Adobe Illustrator import.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.4.4

Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 3.4

Add high resolution drawing for Retina displays.
Improve SVG import and export.
Improve import of some AppleWorks drawings.
Fix crash when drawing transparent patterns.
Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 3.3.1

Fix crash in Scale window.
Fix crash importing some SVG files.
Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 3.3

Add style, blend and opacity options to layers.
Add direct import and export for Intaglio Sketchpad files.
Improve SVG import and export.
Code signed for use with GateKeeper on Mac OS X 10.8.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.2.1

Fix tool palette icons that disappeared in Mac OS X 10.7.3.
Improve SVG import and export.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.2

Add AppleWorks 6 drawing file import.
Fix occasional crash when using CMYK sliders in the Apple color picker.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.1.3

Improve SVG import.
Add a German localization of help documents.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.1.2

Improve file sharing.
Restore controls lost in previous version.

Version 3.1.1

Fix a crash after editing text on some computers.

Version 3.1

Add support for compressed SVG files (.svgz) and allow bitmap images to be embedded in exported SVG files.
Add peer to peer file sharing for drawings over the local network with other copies of Intaglio and Intaglio Sketchpad.
Add “Paste and Match Style” to paste new text while retaining the existing text style.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.0

Improve the drag-and-drop Library for easier reuse and sharing of drawing elements.
Improve arrows.
Add a star/flower creation tool.
Add the ability to edit within a group without destroying the group.
Add texture paint objects for graphic fills and effect sources.
Add background color to text blocks.
Add the ability to scale stroke widths and effects when resizing graphics.
Add the ability to print the grid.
Add the ability to specify the stroke width in millimeters.
Add a QuickLook plug-in for use with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
Add support for graphics hardware acceleration under Leopard.
Add a German localization.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.9

Patterns are now much easier to use, new toolbar menus include dozens of predefined patterns.
Add simple foreground and background color controls to the pattern editor.
Add basic slideshow presentation capability (integrated with ClarisDraw import).
Add support for CMYK and extended dynamic range images (requires Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger).
Add new bitmap image import formats including OpenEXR and Camera RAW (requires Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger).
Add new bitmap image export formats including GIF and OpenEXR (requires Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger).
Improve PICT image export for QuickDraw based applications (e.g., Microsoft Word).
Improve graphics caching for better performance.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.8

Add several “Arrange” options (Bring Forward, Send Backward, et al.).
Add a basic Bézier Curve Polygon tool (similar to that found in AppleWorks, ClarisDraw, etc.).
Add Intensity mask option for groups.
Add MacDraw Pro file import.
Add user defined conversion table for importing Classic fonts (e.g., from ClarisWorks and MacDraw).
Allow the drawing scale to be exported with graphics, and graphics to scale to the drawing on import.
Allow clipping files to adopt the default graphic style of the drawing on import.
Accommodate bug fixes in Mac OS X 10.4.7 (highly recommended for Intel users).
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.7

Add “Smart” guides.
Add reflection effect.
Add option to turn off anti-aliasing.
Add MacDraw II file import.
Add EPS export.
Add ability to export paths directly to a forthcoming version of Cheetah3D via the clipboard.
Add option to display the page margins.
Improve ability to use custom page sizes.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.6

Improve CoreImage resolution independence.
Improve the editing of arbitrary path shapes.
Add Scissors tool to break or add path anchor points at arbitrary locations.
Add the path combination operations Unite, Intersect, Exclude, and Subtract.
Add calligraphy style stroke brushes (requires Mac OS X 10.3, Panther).
Add conversion of path stroke outline to fill outline (requires Mac OS X 10.3).
Add conversion of path arcs to curves.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.5

Add SVG export and import of basic files.
Improve the editing of colors, gradients, and patterns.
Allow gradients as stroke colors.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.4

Add CoreImage effects (requires Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger).
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.3

Improve compatibility with Mac OS X 10.4.
Add Spotlight importer (requires Mac OS X 10.4).
Add Automator actions (requires Mac OS X 10.4).
Add blend modes to graphics (requires Mac OS X 10.4).
Add mask colors to images (requires Mac OS X 10.4).
Add LinkBack server capability.
Improve zoom and scroll options.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.2

Improve interoperability with Apple iWork.
Add a text ruler to control margin, tab stops, etc.
Add document properties metadata for Mac OS X 10.4 Spotlight searches.
Add a toolbar to document windows.
Add contextual menus.
Add "Save Selection As" command.
Add support for gradients when importing ClarisDraw files.
Improve the creation of named styles.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.1

Add ClarisDraw file conversion.
Add Freehand tool.
Update file format to prepare for Spotlight searches in upcoming Tiger OS release.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.0

Improve the user interface.
Improve performance with large drawings.
Add document-wide styles to graphics.
Allow text to be stroked and/or filled with a pattern or gradient without converting it to a path.
Add "mask under" mode to groups.
Improve AppleScript capability.
Improve control over graphic location and size.
Add control of font substitution from a menu.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 1.9

Add the ability to convert most PDF images into editable graphics.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 1.8.1

Italian language localization of user interface.
Fix pattern clipping files.
Fix printing and PDF export of gradients.

Version 1.8

Add effects.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 1.7

Improve drag and drop features.
Add clipping library samples.
Add "Paste Style" command.
Add "Align To Grid" command.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 1.6.1

Improve multi-lingual spell checking.
Add non-modal Color palette.
Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 1.6

Improve compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3.
Add image export resolution user interface.
Add group composite mode (requires Mac OS X 10.3).
Add PDF opacity control (requires Mac OS X 10.3).
Add EPS to PDF conversion (requires Mac OS X 10.3).
Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 1.5

Add ability to bind text to a path.
Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 1.4.1

Add magnification controls to document window.
Improve performance of large imported images.
French language localization of user interface.
Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 1.4

Improve graphic alignment controls.
Add the image mask when exporting bitmap images.
Show optional page breaks in multi-page drawings.
Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 1.3

Add multiple on-screen rulers.
Add automatic dimensioning.
Improve unit display and editing.
Improve grid creation and use.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 1.2

Add support for multiple layers in drawings.
Add horizontal and vertical guides.
Add Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) import ability.
Add measurement (i.e., ruler) tool.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.

Version 1.1

Add the ability to convert vector PICT images into editable graphics.
Add the ability to automatically detect vector and bitmap PICT formats.
Improve pattern handling.
Improve performance when selecting many graphics.
Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 1.0

Initial release.