We’re pleased to welcome as our latest TidBITS sponsor, an unusual firm in the Mac market largely because they’re based in Odessa, Ukraine, giving them a leg up in those “Who traveled the furthest for Macworld Expo?” competitions. Founded in 2003, BeLight has made their name by creating clean, elegant software for graphics and publishing. But where most companies set their sights broadly, aiming to create a program that could be used for many different undertakings, BeLight has focused most of their products on a particular task.
That accounts for Live Interior 3D, which is 2D and 3D interior design software, and , a page layout program aimed at flyers, brochures, letterheads, newsletters, and other short publications., which simplifies designing and printing business cards and similar objects; , which is aimed at creating labels and covers for CDs and DVDs; , a graphics program for creating textual graphics, logos, icons, buttons, and the like; and  (formerly Mail Factory), which helps you print a wide variety of labels and envelopes. Slightly more general are
We haven’t used all of BeLight’s software, but Labels & Addresses has become a staff favorite this time of year for bringing sanity to the process of printing labels for holiday cards (see “,” 12 December 2008), and whenever we need to print new business cards, we turn to Business Card Composer (see “ ,” 3 April 2006). Plus, although our more graphically inclined staffers rightly never allow me to do anything public with graphics software, I love playing with Art Text every now and then.
Despite their far-off location in Ukraine, I had the pleasure of meeting a few of the BeLight folks at Macworld Boston in 2004; we had corresponded previously and they kindly brought me a few small presents to remember them by, including some excellent Ukrainian vodka and a tiny statue of the, a French nobleman who is considered one of the  and subsequently became Prime Minister of France. He still stands on my desk, reminding me of just how small the world has become.
Thanks to BeLight Software for their support of TidBITS and the Mac community!