Developer Daniel Holtwiesche has updated Art Text ( — a Mac OS X app for creating textual graphics, headings, logos, icons and more — to version 2.3, which introduces a built-in vector shape editor that lets you modify icons, shapes, and text objects, as well as create them from scratch.

The new version also offers iImproved program stability thanks to renewed GPC library that handles polygons. And the program now automatically checks for available updates and downloads if necessary.

The upgrade brings over 100 new templates, 19 new layer blend modes and two more special layer merge options (subtract and intersect). Also, the performance of the Layer Content panel is improved, minor bugs related to export into GIF and JPEG were fixed, the problem with resizing and rotating several layers was solved, issues with Undo were solved, and there were other technical improvements.

Art Text costs approximately US$37. Version 2.3 is a free update for registered users.