Express 9.0 is a subscription based offering that includes continuous upgrades to Express, clip art and fonts. As other A&L products are released, Express 9.0 subscribers will receive, as a bonus, access to special versions of those releases.
The core product, Express, provides professional illustration tools and features. It includes an auto-update system that handles the delivery of new features without you having to manage downloads. Also included will be a new font manager “Son of the Boss” scheduled for release this Fall. Express users will receive approximately 2,000 fonts and an updated management system to access and control their fonts. New clip art releases will start January 2017, with Express subscribers benefiting from more award winning art.
Express 9.0 is perfect for business and education users as it provides a continuous upgrade to every new feature without having to wait months for a new product release. Express 9.0 also helps by providing a fixed cost and that is perfect for planning your budget.
With Express 9.0, you get it all…except the hassle of having to keep up with upgrades.
Posted by John Franks on 11th Jan 2017
I have been an Arts & Letters user since the first version came out for Windows. Prior to that I used Diagraph and Picture Perfect. Many of the clip art symbols in the A&L catalog datel back to Diagraph and I wish that A&L could open old Diagraph and PP files, but ...
As to use, it's still the easiest and most complete package out there for my applications. I just finished writing a white paper that used clip art, imported JPG files, and scientific charts that were made with A&L. I then exported all of these to the document in Word format and later converted the entire document to a PDF file. Setting up the the graphics for the paper would have been impossible using any other single application. With A&L Express 9.0 I was able to do it all. I do wish the subscription were a little different, such as a single annual fee. In the middle of the project, my subscription ran out because I had changed credit cards, but not the details for my A&L account, so i had the nuisance of having to update in the middle of the project. Otherwise, I am still a satisfied user.
My primary input for doing illustrations is the touch pad, followed by the touch screen, and then a tablet. Were I an illustrator, I'd probably rely wholly upon the tablet.
Posted by Lucas van de paer on 28th Dec 2016
Still a very good graphic design program. I have used it for decades.
Posted by John Franks on 4th Nov 2016
I have been an A&L user since its introduction as a Windows 3.1 product and before that I used Diagraph and Picture Perfect. All that is missing from this new version of A&L is the scientific graphing ability of Picture Perfect, but I have been working around that for years. I used this version of A&L to develop sketches of new technology that later will be translated to files for use with 3D printers. I will be using A&L to generate both illustrations and charts for a new text book chapter in 2017. I am not a commercial artist, but A&L allows me to produce illustrations that are on part with technical illustrations often found in text books in both hard copy and e-format.
Posted by Dan on 2nd Sep 2016
I've used this program (and it's earlier versions) for over 20 years. It provides great flexibility and can help make complex images and charts.
Posted by Jerry Schwartz on 6th May 2016
Even though I'm only a casual user, I've relied on Composer (and its predecessors) for so long I can't remember. I've used it for designing logos and creating posters and flyers. The huge assortment of clip art is a very big plus.
Posted by Mike Birosak on 4th May 2016
As a retired casual user, I have found Arts & Letters the easiest program to use for my projects. Does not require a long learning curve to produce professional results.
Posted by Jim Stepanek on 16th Sep 2015
I started with Diagraph decades ago and have gone every upgrade offered. This is my first time with a subscription an only time will tell if I'll like it.
Posted by Dalton Domingos Vieira on 13th Aug 2015
ALWAYS USED THE ART & LETTERS. SINCE THE DECADE OF 90 THINK YOU EXCEPTIONAL!
Posted by Antti-Jussin Salmenlinna on 25th Apr 2014
Drawing schemes and principle drawings made easy.