Summary

Make WordArt

reviewed by Jesse van Meel

09/11/2017

The Good:

It mimics the interface of the classic MS Word app. It is toned down to only use the Word Art functions. It uses familiar MS Word gimmicks like the 'helping paperclip'. It has a range of 15 classic word art designs that you can apply, turn and scale. The website is responsive to smaller devices. It changes interface when used on a smaller device (tested on iPhone SE). The sharing options also change to fit the used device, such as: share on Facebook & Twitter.

The Bad:

The app is fairly limited in choice. Its not possible to change anything about the appearance of the pre-existing templates. When 'exporting' your creation, the app gives you no options in resolution or file extension. The output is a low resolution image. It lends itself well for copy pasting it in for example iMessage, but it would've been nice to have more options.

The Bottomline:

The Word Art tool is a fun website to visit if you want to go back in time to revisit the trills of Word Art beauty in the good old Windows 95 interface. As for design however, it does not get further than being an cynical visual gag.

Overall Rating:

2

Specifications

The official website of the tool is

https://makewordart.com/

The tool is made by

Michael 'Mike' McMillan, https://mcchill.in/

You can find the official doccumentation on:

https://makewordart.com/about uses references from following projects: https://github.com/smore-inc/clippy.js https://github.com/arizzitano/css3wordart http://www.jegsworks.com/lessons/words/autotools/step-wordart.html

Is there a user forum/ bug tracker/ issue tracker and if so where?

Not found.

I reviewed version Current version (11 sept 2017), no documentation of versions found. of the Software

The interface:

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  • what is it : online tool
  • what is it for ? image processing
  • this tool functions : online
  • this tool is available for : ALL
  • this tool is : Free Beer
  • does this tool have a paid version available? no
  • Review

    The user interface:

    The interface is familiar, as it lends the interface from classic windows 95 and MS word. The program mimics the interface from the tool bar above to the explorer bar in the bottom.

    Tutorials / Instructions:

  • useful / helpful : 3 *
  • clear : 5 *
  • quick and easy to understand : 5 *

    What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)

    Tool is quick and easy to understand, so there is no need for instructions. Rating is based on the information the site gives.

    Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)

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    What would/could a designer use this tool for?

    No, there is not much 'designing' going on. It could be used as visual gag in a project, but it mimics an aesthetic that can be found elsewhere.

    Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?

    It is free in the sense of free to use. It does not push any advertising on you. The program is made by an interaction designer and is probably created as a 'funny idea'. Its not free in the sense of editing, because there is no insight to the code. The program is fairly simple and does what it is supposed to do so it might not be super necessary.

    Please add any additional comments below:

    n/a

    *As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*

    Jesse, 09/11/2017

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    Testing the tool

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