I haven't heard anything back from the administration regarding the pdf file I sent them of the material that will be included in this string. Sheesh, who screwed up and let them have a private life? After a limited amout of soul searching, I decided to go ahead and suck up more memory and present it as a forum string. This has some drawbacks, particularly with respect to the restriction on image file size, but does have the huge advantage of interactivity (assoming anyone out there is actually interested), allowing you guys and gals to ask for clarifications or add your own insights if you happen to have used the software. At such time as it gets finished, the good stuff can always be extracted from the string and put into some kind of final product. I can hear the first question already....why put in effort for an inferior piece of software when Photoshop is available? Two answers come to mind. First, although Image Forge is nowhere near the level of Photoshop as an image processor, I find it to actually be superior to all other programs out there, including Autocad, as a powerful drawing program immediately usable by a novice. Second, there is no one out there than can say Image Forge is outside their budget. This is FREEWARE, people, and it doesn't even make much of a footprint on your hard drive. So....on with the show. SO WHAT IS IMAGE FORGE? Simply putâ€¦.in my opinion, just the best freeware bitmap drawing program yet to be placed on the internet, and arguably the most useful drawing program available at any price. Image Forge is a product of Cursor Arts (www.cursorarts.com). It is available in both freeware and â€œprofessionalâ€ (read that as â€œmust be paid forâ€) versions. It is not perfect, but its foibles can be lived with, and is nothing that infinite ROM and RAM cannot cure. The purpose of this tutorial is to give a quick overview of the program. As time permits, I intend expanding it to give instruction in how I use it in paper modeling. Donâ€™t panic if you go to the webpage and can find only the professional versionâ€¦.the free version still exists, and has been upgraded to the current professional version (3.6 something). Just do a Google search for Image Forge Freeware, and you will easily get to the download. It is about a 6 Meg file, so will take a bit of time using a modem, but not obnoxiously so considering the average downloadable program nowadays. The version I am using in this tutorial is the professional version, but donâ€™t panic yet. The freeware version has full drawing functionality, and is fully capable of doing everything I will discuss in the tutorial. The main difference of the freebie from the professional version is in the image processing rather than drawing functionality of the program. The pro version has layers (which the freebie version does not), and has considerably expanded clipart and image processing plug-in capabilities. That said, I have not yet played around much with the latest freeware version, so some of what I say regarding it may no longer be strictly accurateâ€¦.but so far I have not seen any huge differences between the freebie versions 3.32 and 3.6. First, the shortcomings of the program. The single biggest pain-in-the-sitdown I have encountered is that the program is an absolute memory hog. It was originally designed and intended to be a tool for making small images. Although its current capability has far exceeded the programmerâ€™s initial vison, itâ€™s memory management is pathetic. My present machine has 256 Meg RAM, and that is marginal for working with file sizes that are in the 10s of Megabytes range. My computer at work has 512 Meg, and that does seem to make a significant improvement, but still nowhere even close to programs like Photoshop, etc. However, considering a purchase price of â€œless than $30 US,â€ should one expect it to? If I keep my image resolution to no greater than 300 dpi, it will only infrequently lock up on a full A4 sized parts pageâ€¦.although still is happier if I stick with 150 dpi page scans. Some functions seem to be much more sensitive to image size than others. Curved lines and flood fills, as examplesâ€¦.though there are some workarounds that do help speed things up when those are required. The second biggest pain is the ability (or perhaps I should say non-ability) to save a jpg file without totally futzing up the color values of the pixels. Again, this can be worked around, given infinite hard drive spaceâ€¦.just work only with bmp files, and damn the file size. Enough chit-chatâ€¦.time for a screenshot of the program.