DR Draw is from Digital Research, the author of CP/M, so the quality of this graphics package is assured from the start. You'd be right in thinking, though, that the price, pedigree and presentation of the package does not recommend itself to the mere dabbler. Dr Draw is rather for the business person wishing to make a sober presentation.
This is not to say that it is in any way less flexible. The building block with which your pictures will be built is the 'element': thus, a circle is an element which may be added to a square, also an element. This combination now becomes a third element.
Elements may be shrunk or magnified, moved around the screen, copied, filled - anything you like.
To help your design, grids of various sizes can be drawn on-screen (though rather slowly) and line-ends, box-corners and so on 'snapped', if required, to the nearest grid point. Free-hand drawing is hardly possible, unless the user has the patience to use very short lines to build up a free-looking picture. Several text fonts are supplied with the disc, and up to three at a time can be used in a picture.
The manual is a delight to see, and is an object lesson to others, leading the user slowly and carefully from basic techniques to a deeper look at each function: there's also comprehensive set of instructions for the Amstrad user. Once the picture is finished, it may be printed on printer or plotter, or prepared for camera if presentation slides are prepared.
This last sentence should indicate that this is a package for the serious business user - as such it is excellent.
Tony Bridge, PopularComputingWeekly860306