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Those in creative fields (such as graphic design and marketing) may be searching for work-from-home collaboration tools designed to share more than text. Drawphile (featured in the 09-28-2018 Scout Report) provides just that: a collaborative image-editing platform. In February 2020 Drawphile released an updated version, correcting a few previous bugs. Drawpile is a network-enabled drawing program that allows multiple users to simultaneously edit the same image. In the servers section, users can find a list of active public sessions and may create their own drawing sessions (either fully open or password protected) on the public Drawpile server. The Drawpile application also includes a built-in server that can host collaborative drawing sessions that are accessible to other users on the same network. A number of functions for managing sessions are provided (for example, kicking/banning problematic users); the full list is described in Collaboration and User Management in the About section of Drawpile's website. Drawpile can also create animations, either by recording a whole drawing session as a video file or by using image layers as frames. Images are exported in OpenRaster format, which can be imported by applications like MyPaint, Krita, or GIMP. Drawpile executables can be downloaded for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Drawpile is free software, distributed under the GNU General Public License version 3, with source code available on GitHub.
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Date of Scout Publication
April 17th, 2020
Date Of Record Creation
September 26th, 2018 at 10:18am
Date Of Record Release
September 26th, 2018 at 3:56pm
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