dotTech Exclusive: Free Vectorian Giotto ($89.95 value)! [24-hours only]

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Ever wanted to create a Flash (SWF) video but didn’t know how? Maybe you do not speak the Flash language, or maybe you did not want to shell out hundreds of dollars to purchase a Flash creator from Adobe. Well Giotto from Vectorian may be the solution you have been looking for. Giotto is a Flash animator; but it isn’t just any animator. As put by the people at Vectorian themselves, “Giotto is made for you to design, not to code. ”

Here are short descriptions of the main features of Giotto (as per the developer):

  • User interface very similar to Adobe® Flash®

Switching from one software to another can be hard. We hate learning to use completely new software as much as you do. That’s why we created Giotto’s user interface very similar to Adobe® Flash® and simplified it further in order to enable designers to achieve results easier and faster.

Everything is where you think it should be – tools, context menus, object properties… so you will have the sense of familiarity and ease of use from the very first moment you open it.

We have added some new elements like natural color palette editor, effects generator, and other tools that create stunning effects without ever touching the ActionScript.

  • We created Giotto for designers, not coders

Giotto is made for you to design, not to code. With Giotto you can relax and focus your imagination on creative concepts, integrating stunning graphics and music into masterpieces of design.
The latest versions of Adobe® Flash® are moving away from designers. They are becoming more and more oriented towards coders. With the introduction of ActionScript 3, creating a simple action such as button click now requires ten times more coding than before.

Giotto has full support for ActionScript 2, but we made built-in effect generators that will help you create outstanding effects without any scripting at all. This software is made for you, designers.

  • Vector drawing, animations, sounds, filters…

Create complex vector illustrations in Giotto, anything from simple shapes to custom ones like polygon, star, or rounded rectangle. Transform vector objects in any imaginable way. Use bitmap filters like blur, drop shadow, glow, and all blend modes.

Organize all objects in the Library, create symbols like MovieClips and Buttons for multiple use. Add text fields, with font kerning and paragraph alignment.

Animate objects with motion tweens and shape tweens. Add sound to movies and create advanced interactivity.

  • Powerful animated effects without any scripting at all

Giotto comes packed with more than 50 great effects that can be applied to both shapes and text. All effects are fully and easily customizable through the effect editor, and the results are immediately visible on the screen for you to play and explore.

There are more than 100 effect presets, to show the new user the different ways the effects can be adjusted.

These effects are based on ActionScript, but you don’t need to know the code behind them. Creating a perfect banner has never been easier!

  • Color palette editor that you can actually use

One of the main advantages of Giotto is its built-in editor for color palettes. Most color palette editors out there are quite useless, but we made Giotto’s very applicable in real life.

The Color palette editor uses special algorithms based on human perception of colors, rather then traditional mathematics models which produce poor results.

Once you select the base color of your project, you would have countless options to create palettes using many various matching algorithms. This makes the start of your new project quite easy!

A more detailed list of features can be found at Giotto’s features page.

Normally Giotto would cost $89.95 to purchase. However, for a limited time dotTechies can get Giotto for free! To add icing to the cake, the developer has generously offered to provide free updates to all participants of this giveaway. That, of course, means you can install/reinstall the program whenever you want, as long as you keep the registration PIN code – which you will receive via e-mail – safe.

To get Giotto for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v2.3

Free updates: Yes

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 8 MB

Special note: This giveaway is active for 24-hours only. It begins Friday August 20, 2010 00:00 PST and ends on Saturday August 21, 2010 00:00 PST. After these 24-hours are over, you will no longer be able to grab the registration PIN code for free.

  • Visit the dotTech exclusive Giotto registration page and fill out the short form:

Note: This promotion is available to everyone – everyone may get it for free. However, this is a promotion. Please do not directly link to, copy, paste, or reprint the link to the registration page anywhere else including private or public forums, blogs, file hosting services, etc. If you want to spread information about this offer, you may link to this article by providing a permalink (alternative permalink) to your audience. If you respect our wishes, we will be able to continue to bring you great freebies. If you don’t, we have no incentive to continue our promotions and they may stop.

Please note to take advantage of this freebie, you must “agree to receive periodical e-mail newsletters from Vectorian”. However, to ensure dotTechies will not be spammed, I received the following guarantees from Vectorian:

  • At the most the newsletters will be one per month. Never will users get more than one newsletter per month.
  • Once the newsletters start – and they are planned to start in a few months – users will have the ability to unsubscribe if they wish to do so.
  • Check the inbox of the e-mail address you registered with. There should be an e-mail from Vectorian Inc. <> with the subject of Your Free Vectorian Giotto Pin code. In the e-mail you will find your free PIN code which you will use to register the software:

  • Download and install Giotto.
  • Run Giotto and register it using the PIN code you got via e-mail:

After you have entered the PIN code and hit “Confirm PIN” take note that there is no “confirmation” message that you have properly registered the program, nor does it say anything under “Help” -> “About”. You can confirm that you have properly registered the program by one of two ways:

  • Close Giotto and reopen it. If you are no longer prompted with the “Trial Version” message, then the program has been registered properly.
  • Try to save a project. If you can save a project then Giotto has been registered properly.
  • Play around with the program.
  • In order to help Vectorian improve Giotto, please provide feedback to them in the comments below. You can provide whatever type of feedback you like, but feedback such as what you like about the program, what you dislike, any bugs, any areas of improvement, what you will use the program for, etc. is always greatly appreciated!
  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting Giotto for free, post below and me or other dotTechies will try to help.

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  • Suze

    FYI – for those who missed this generous exclusive, Giveaway of the Day is giving Vectorian Giotto v2.3.1 away today, 10-8-10.  Of course, there are no updates included, and maybe that’s why it costs $44.95 on GotD, instead of $89.95 here.

  • Matjas

    As previous poster (Pascal) said – this is version 2.0. There is no v2.3. Here is another thing: every installer on the internet advertised as v2.3 is actually v2.0. Very, very strange…
    So Ashraf I expect a rerun of this giveaway with v2.3 installer and apology from Vectorian.
    You must clear this thing about different versions.

  • Pascal

    It is advertised as being version 2.3.
    But downloaded version is 2.0 with many bugs.
    I’ve looked on the Vectorian website and no way to find a modern version.
    Where do they hide the 2.3 ?
    From the Vectorian blog :
    June 29, 2010
    Vectorian Giotto just got updated to version 2.3 There’s bunch of small “under the hood” improvements, few bug are solved, but there’s one major thing for you! Giotto now comes bundled with over 50 flash banner templates. All previous licensed users are also able to upgrade their version of Giotto for free and enjoy brand new templates!

  • moe-chan

    Assalamualaikum, Ashraf!
    I was looking a way to obtain Vectorian Giotto a few days ago and very delighted to find that dottech is able to arrange giveaway for all of its readers. It might be late since being said when the giveaway is over but I still would like to thank you very much!
    Jazakumullahu Khairan!

  • pach
  • pach


    Yes, i think so?

  • @ pach 34
    @ Ashraf #35

    This is part of a comment I posted on Heads up: Free Avanquest Fix-It Utilities 10 Essentials starting Friday (August 20, 2010) [48-hours only] page yesterday:
    Some people have a worldclock or a timeconversion utility running. I guess many (just like me, because I have no constant use for it) don’t. I usually go to (time zones, conversion tools – home page) or (list of time zone abbreviations and conversion base UCT). Perhaps this may be useful to some?

    I hope this is useful?


  • Ashraf

    @pach: I am not sure what you mean. If the giveaway ends at midnight PST that means it send at 3 AM EST (4 AM? I am not sure the time different currently).

  • pach

    Hi there:

    Really appreciate your website.  I have a question.  If your Giotto giveaway expires at midnight pst, is it still available for est people?

    Thanks for everything,

    PS: Please answer by email if possible.

  • Ian

    Ashraf:  re edit post issue someone else mentioned

  • Conn09

    Damn Missed it, Unfortunately i didn’t find out until too late and then with my goldfish memory, forgot about it -_-
    Oh well, looked good too. I guess i wouldn’t have used it anyway.

  • Jenny

    Sounds like a great offer, and thanks for making it available Ashraf.
    … sadly my RSS reader didn’t update until after the offer closed :(

  • Thanks a lot!! Looks great! Got pin in under a minute – but was automatically put under ‘Unwanted’ due to my security settings, so it took an extra minute to figure that one out and had a good laugh on myself for that ;-)

    It actually took a bit longer to download the install file for future use than it took to install and register the program.

    On running it for a second time the the ‘trial/buy’-options window didn’t show.

    And now in for some reading (Quick start guide, tutorials, FAQ’s…) before the real fun can begin…

    BTW, the tutorials are ‘visual training method’, i.e. each step is well illustrated. I like this better than the ‘tutorial movies’ approach. IMHO definitely an asset and an addition to the help-files (which are equally well illustrated). As I haven’t read all of them yet, I have no idea about the degree of overlap (while some overlap is not nescessarily a bad thing and sometimes even unavoidable).

    And of course the promise of free updates and the possibility to reinstall is an exeptional extra – thanks Vectorian!
    My first impressions: I’m impressed already by the (list of) features available and I have a definite feel good feeling from what I have seen so far.

    @Locutus #1: This is one of those few instances in which I do not object to having to sign up for a newsletter (which you can always opt out of!). Lets just hold the developer to his no-spam-reassurance and hope that the newsletter will contain lots of useful information.

    Thanks to Ashraf and Vectorian again for this exeptional freebie!

    Nice weekend to all!

  • Ashraf

    @Tortuga and @mukhi: Can you please send me (e-mail me) a screenshot of the problem? Use to share them.

  • Grr

    Thanks Ashraf.

    They r sending same code to all. Tried with 2 different emails.

    Thanks, Grr

  • mukhi

    meh, same prob here!!!

  • Tortuga

    Dear Ash :*)
    Many Thanks.
    Looks like an excellent program!
    And quite different from the type of Promos we see everywhere!!
    Bravo to you!!

    PS: Could anybody that already used the program confirm its x64 compatible?
    PS Ash: Can you please look into a problem I’m having? Could hardly write this post, as the box is now to the right of “Leave a Reply” and is truncated.
    •• ONLY a third of the box is visible/accessible!!
    VERY VERY Hard to write a post 3 words at a time… :(
    Had to go w the old copy/paste method. I’m on FF3.6x

  • IT3

    Awesome! Thanks Ashraf!!!

  • thanks for GiveAway

  • Mags

    Finally got the PIN

  • Rob

    thank you Ashraf. this will come in very handy.great giveaway!

  • Ian

    Here’s what I found.   I also had the problem where it seemed not to have installed.  I ran the install again, but was not prompted for a code.  It started, because I clicked to run the program, but when I look for the program in the start menu, it cannot be found, either under G or V. 

    As I had chosen NOT to put a desktop item, I will have to manually add the item to the start menu.  Maybe that’s what others are experiencing.  I am running Win 7/64 bit.  Perhaps the company can look into this issue.

  • Doru

    Many thank for this soft.Is working for another country than U.S.A.

  • Mags

    I’m having problems getting the PIN
    I’ve tried twice with one email addy without any luck in getting an email with the PIN sent to me.
    Tried another email addy, but get a message saying it seems invalid however, both email addys are correct.
    Are they not allowing non US residents to get this offer?

  • Ande

    Thanks, Ashraf.  Another reason why I come here first each and every day.

  • EE

    Can you download to more than one computer with the same PIN?

  • Dr Nitin

    Many thanks for this gift
    Dr Nitin

  • Guy


    Bedankt voor dit fantastisch softwareprogramma, het werkt prima.

    Beste groeten uit Kapellen (Belgium).


  • thanks Ashraf and Vectorian!
    first feedback after a quick look:
    No way to import SWF or other flash software source files
    Help is online only and isn’t searchable (and opened in IE instead or default browser)

  • Looks very nice, Thanks
    2 things,
    Quick Colour Toolbar doent reflect current pen/brush settings
    Shame you cant export as a bmp/png etc as the vector graphics drawing tools are much more straight forward than the likes of inkscape

  • Lawwe

    Danke für diese nützliche Software

  • Aoa Ashraf,
    What a great FreeBie today!!!!…
    It is really an alternative to Adobe Flash :).
    Although, it has some limitations, like I can’t import vector graphics such as .eps, .emf and not even .swf.
    However, to a great extent with its Effects library, it is a good tool.
    Thanks a bunch Janab :)

  • chinaguy

    Thanks Ashraf! I know this will be useful.

  • stockel1949

    Thanks Ashraf for this good software !!

  • KHan

    a full fledged adobe flash alternative? PLEASE DO! thanks ashraf for an amazing giveaway!!!!!

  • Ashraf

    @Wheezer: You are welcome!

    @Denis Hands: You are welcome!

    @Greg: I am afraid I don’t know why it is not working properly for you. I was able to register it just fine. Maybe try restarting your computer and registering again.

  • Jason Carver

    Right click and select run as administrator

  • Jason Carver

    Good software. Def less bloated in file size then the gimp

  • Greg

    Hello Ashraf,
     Thanks for the free download. I have one problem though. I have registered and received my free pin, but every time I enter it and hit the confrim button (it acts like it has received it), close the program and re-open it, it’s back to showing the “square” with the different options. You know, try it for free, enter your own pin number, buy a pin, etc… Is there something I have missed or are there others having this problem?  Thanks for your time and help.  Greg

  • Denis Hands

    U read my mind i was just about to download something like this.
    Thanks Ashraf!

  • Wheezer

    L: Don’t worry, be happy! :-)
    Ashraf: Thanks, looks like a good one.

  • I hate that it requires you to sign up for a newsletter. Instead, I recommend you sign up with Mailinator and forward a copy to yourself.