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demonlawyer

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#1

demonlawyer commented on Art Academy: Second Semester:

For the benefit of anyone who hasn't read my views on the other post...

I bought the second one before I read any reviews and was a little disappointed at the reviews it got, though the comments apply both ways to the first semester as well - basically if you have one do you need the other? After creating a lot of art which I have uploaded to Facebook I wanted more lessons, so despite the reviews I bought First Semester, just for more lessons, and to fine remember what I'd been taught, without having to re-do lessons.

Having now played all the lessons on both, I would definitely say that I felt the second one was better - the lessons are what you are really paying for, and the first semester is full of basics. I had no art skills before starting either of these, but felt that the basics were easy to pick up, the lessons in the second semester reminded you easily enough and the controls were easy to understand. The colour picker wasn't explained in the first semester either and that's really useful to know when painting your own art (my only gripe here is that it doesn't always seem to match the colours on the actual pictures too accurately). The second semester also lets you use all the features right from the start - you still start with the basics and you are quickly painting far more complex pieces with ease. It also explains blending - which isn't explained at all in the first semester, so while the features (ie being able to paint) are the same, it's the knowledge you're getting (ie HOW to paint) from both that make it a complete set.

Another advantage of having both is that with both packs downloaded I can now work on two of my own projects at any time, saving one in each semester. The big drawback I felt before was once you have moved on to another piece of work you cannot re-import your old work if you want to re-do something.

My biggest disappointment however was now finding that the game is about to be released as a fully featured game in the shops with even more lessons. There is no way I'd pay a third time for it, so I'm going to stick with what I've got and have a go at the others pictures without lessons. I think there are no extra features in the game, so in some ways by downloading the game you are getting it for cheaper than it is in the shops, and being able to save more than one project of your own at a time, though with fewer lessons than the shop game I suspect.

I do feel that by releasing the same program again the manufacturers are simply encouraging software piracy - why pay even more money to the developers yet again for a few extra things? It feels like a rip off if you have the first two semesters already, especially when there is no discount or refund from the downloaded games. I only bought First Semester a week ago, and to find out that the full game is out in less than two more weeks, I am now wondering if I should have just saved my money.

demonlawyer

#2

demonlawyer commented on Art Academy: First Semester:

I bought the second one before I read any reviews and was a little disappointed at the reviews it got, though the comments apply both ways to the first semester as well - basically if you have one do you need the other? After creating a lot of art which I have uploaded to Facebook I wanted more lessons, so despite the reviews I bought First Semester, just for more lessons, and to fine remember what I'd been taught, without having to re-do lessons.

Having now played all the lessons on both, I would definitely say that I felt the second one was better - the lessons are what you are really paying for, and the first semester is full of basics. I had no art skills before starting either of these, but felt that the basics were easy to pick up, the lessons in the second semester reminded you easily enough and the controls were easy to understand. The colour picker wasn't explained in the first semester either and that's really useful to know when painting your own art (my only gripe here is that it doesn't always seem to match the colours on the actual pictures too accurately). The second semester also lets you use all the features right from the start - you still start with the basics and you are quickly painting far more complex pieces with ease. It also explains blending - which isn't explained at all in the first semester, so while the features (ie being able to paint) are the same, it's the knowledge you're getting (ie HOW to paint) from both that make it a complete set.

Another advantage of having both is that with both packs downloaded I can now work on two of my own projects at any time, saving one in each semester. The big drawback I felt before was once you have moved on to another piece of work you cannot re-import your old work if you want to re-do something.

My biggest disappointment however was now finding that the game is about to be released as a fully featured game in the shops with even more lessons. There is no way I'd pay a third time for it, so I'm going to stick with what I've got and have a go at the others pictures without lessons. I think there are no extra features in the game, so in some ways by downloading the game you are getting it for cheaper than it is in the shops, and being able to save more than one project of your own at a time, though with fewer lessons than the shop game I suspect.

I do feel that by releasing the same program again the manufacturers are simply encouraging software piracy - why pay even more money to the developers yet again for a few extra things? It feels like a rip off if you have the first two semesters already, especially when there is no discount or refund from the downloaded games. I only bought First Semester a week ago, and to find out that the full game is out in less than two more weeks, I am now wondering if I should have just saved my money.