Almost every business needs to create brochures, Web pages, slide shows, newsletters, or other materials that call for compelling graphics. If you want your graphics to be unique and some of the best around, break out of the clip art and stock photo mold with Artville's breathtaking illustrations and photos.
Artville's Business Characters, for example, will make your newsletter look like you have an artist on staff; artist Susan LeVan created all the CD-ROM's highly stylized, angular drawings that depict business realities. Barton Stabler's Roundhead Families fill another CD-ROM with an opposite aesthetic, where softness and recreation rule a world of happy, faceless, round-headed families.
Artville's themed object photos are refreshingly unique in their narrow focus. If you've been unable to use more than about 5 percent of the theme photos offered by other companies, it's probably because their themes are too broad. Artville's intense focus is available on CDs of art tools, glamour tools, musical instruments and more.
The company offers a choice of image sizes within a single CD, but note that one large, high-resolution image can be from 2MB to 16MB, so the requirements for 5-plus MB of hard-drive space--and the 5-plus MB RAM--are conservative. The smaller images are approximately 500K. Request a catalog or visit the Artville Web site, where you can download free zipped files containing thumbnails of the images and the Kudos image viewer to see them.
List price: $289.95
List price: $149.95
Requires: Macintosh System 7.0 or Windows 3.1, 95 or NT; 5-plus MB RAM; 5-plus MB hard-drive space; a 256-color display; and CD-ROM.