Repligator is a graphic software that can be used to add an innovative
edge to a quilt! It is the 1999 winner of the Best Graphic Shareware Industry
Award. Repligator is upgraded every year and each year adds new effects
including many that are very quilterly in application. Check out Repligator
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your quilts will never be the same!
Winner of the Best Graphic Shareware Industry Award
Also: Microsoft, Pick of the Week for the week
of October 10, 1999
No longer Available at Soft Expressions. Go to Ransen.com
FIRST Browse around our Repligator & Gliftic review links below. Computer
Quilters looking for out-of-the-box inspiration and design tools Repligator
& Gliftic are the perfect programs.
Shareware and demos are the best bargains available
to quilters. It provides the opportunity to try out a program before
you buy, a very nice courtesy. Please remember -- shareware is "not"
Freeware, if you like your preview, give the programmer his dues, AKA incentive
to keep sharing his programming skills by ordering your own copy.
Repligator for the Innovative Quilt? Absolutely!
Review and images by Sharla Hicks ©
No longer Available at Soft Expressions. Go to Ransen.com
Same Block manipulated 3 times in Repligator
Below is the original quilt created in another Quilt Program and then
sent to Repligator to manipulate. Read on to see how easily Repligator
changes a graphic, photo, or quilt into new and innovative ideas. More
cool examples are shown below.
knew I found a gem when I happened onto Repligator, then I downloaded
the demo and tried it out -- wow, talk about ease-of-use and exciting
new ideas to start my creative juices flowing. I was instantly sold on
the value of Repligator for innovative quilt inspirations and just had
to have it to add to my line of software tools for quilters.
Learning Curve and Operations found in Repligator:
One of Repligator's best features is the learning curve, its almost nonexistent.
What a refreshing change from the learning curve usually experienced in
the early stages of most programs. Repligator has a 2 minute, yes, that's
right a 2 minute learning curve using the very short on-line help tutorials,
tips-of-the-day and self-explanatory dialogue boxes. Simple keystrokes:
F7, F8, and F9 do all the work. It is that easy! Nothing I have
used yet compares to how fast and "easy" this little but very
powerful design aide is to LEARN and use! With a single stroke, walla,
you have instant gratification and more new quilt design ideas than can
be used in a lifetime. The best part of the simple learning curve is that
all you have to bring to the computer screen is your vision and imagination!
After getting comfortable with the keystrokes,
start using the excellent intuitive dialogue boxes that make tweaking
your current design "easy." Be sure to take the time to read
the Tip-of-the-day -- it is an extra fast mini-tour of the program with
some humor thrown in for good measure.
Repligator is truly a one-of-kind Design Aide! No wonder it was honored
in 1999 with the Best Graphic Shareware Industry
Award. This is a well deserved coupe for Repligator and
that was before the current upgrade with its new features and speedier
Menus and Toolboxes
Repligator is intuitive in the best sense of the word!! Repligator's
Menus, Toolbars, and Dialogue Boxes are very "easy" to use (there
is that word "easy" again) and follow the standard Window formatting
we are used to with the Windows operating systems.
In the example above, see the familiar open file, save file, print,
and copy file to clipboard icons. The rest are program specific for simple,
fast access to specialty features.
Bring your favorite graphic or quilt image to Repligator AKA Import
Repligator is a
small program (no hard drive space hogging here) but what power behind
the simple interface to help you with built-in manipulation for your quilts
created in Bargello Designer, Creative Impulse, Electric Quilt, PCQuilt,
Quilt-Pro, QuiltSOFT, and VQuilt. Many quilters scan photos and manipulate
them in Photo Shop or PhotoPaint or use graphic programs like Window's
Paint, Adobe Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Draw, Freehand (to name
a few) to develop their quilts. Most graphic programs have a few built-in
special effects but nothing that rivals the numbers found in Repligator
for a fraction of the cost. To add additional special effects to other,
often pricey, graphic and photo programs, you must purchase extra plug-ins.
Not with Repligator, Repligator does not use plug-ins, everything you
see you get for one very reasonable price.
simplest method and my personal favorite for bringing my favorite quilt,
photo or graphic program image into Repligator is to use Window's Clipboard
cut and paste options. Cut and paste eliminates the extra steps required
to save and open a file. NOTE: You can save a file and open them in Repligator
if you wish; see next paragraph.
If the program you are using does not support the Windows clipboard to
transfer a file, then Export or Save your file as a jpeg, targa, pcx,
bmp, or png. Repligator can open any file saved as a jpeg, targa, pcx,
bmp, or png and you are ready to go. Bargello Designer, Creative Impulse,
Electric Quilt, Quilt-Pro, QuiltSOFT and PCQuilt, VQuilt, Paint, Photo
Shop, PhotoPaint, Adobe Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Draw, Freehand
and most graphic programs have the ability to export one of the file types
accepted by Repligator.
Repligator Upgrades bring more Special Effect filters called Xforms
and added features:
Repligator's magic is done by manipulating already created images using
the Special Effects filters called Xforms. Each year Owen Ransen, the
program developer, does an upgrade and adds more Xforms and features.
The upgrade price to previous owners of Repligator is an amazingly low
5 added printing, supported more graphic file formats, added special effects
as well as other must have options.
Repligator 6, brought larger thumbnail previews, a larger cache translating
into faster file manipulation, and more special effects (shown in a list
below.) Repligator 6 has added a real bonus for quilters, a new shaded
background option can be selected for many of the Xforms. The shaded background
can be created from a light to dark version of the same color or use 2
different colors. For quilters this means even more inspiration for new
Repligator 7 brings previews to image open dialogue box and several new
mixing options for even more control over adjusting effects, and 11 New
Effects listed below.
of the Xforms (special effects) are geometric in nature and appeal to
the quilter who likes the geometric edge, cubic or pop art overlay, but
there are plenty of options for the quilter who likes organic, soft edge,
hard edge, transparency edges, brush strokes, lines, wood grain, tiling,
or color changes. There are so many special effects that it is difficult
to select a favorite, but for geometric quilt ideas, check out Futurist,
Marilyn Warhol, Mosaic, Mondrian, Blue China, Cubist and Pop Art.
Many of the new images can be used as inspiration for fabric selection,
quilt lines, or embellishment across the quilt surface. Some of the ideas
are so good you may want to print them out as fabric using Bubble
Jet Set 2000 to make the printout permanent.
I do find that the less extreme settings are better for those who want
the original image/quilt to show up clearly in the manipulation. For those
who want completely new ideas with only the structure of the image/quilt
as the underneath guide -- go for the extremes. Another angle that adds
even more fun and inspiration is manipulating your manipulations! The
possibilities are endless! Try out the
and see for yourself the inspiration unfolding before you eyes.
Initially I suggest the special
effects can be left on auto pilot allowing the program to make the choices.
This is good for the beginner wanting to see the wide range of variation
possibilities. When more control of the outcome is wanted, access the
dialogue box and tweak the image to your specifications. Quite a bit of
control and an overlay of your own hand can be achieved this way. It takes
a little practice to figure out what your tweaks will achieve, but soon
you will be buzzing right along.
Each design session can create up to 120 versions of an image; if you
are not done, then just start over with a fresh image and keep on going!
(NOTE: The demo is limited to 16 versions, has demo evaluation written
across the screen and has a some disabled menu items -- so ordering you
own copy is a good idea.)