betelguese05 wrote: Andrew Scott wrote:
No criticism of the MacHeist team intended but VectorDesigner is very immature. Having just tried using it for some simple work it's clear it lacks basic features and stability. It rreally feels more like beta software. Its great to see a new product, from a team with some good ideas, get some encouragement and publicity but I hope none of its users intend to produce serious work with it.
What features do you think it's lacking? Granted I've never used Illustrator but it seems very fleshed out. It reminds me of Pixelmator.
Sorry to comment and run—been busy.
VD has some nice new features but lacks stability in the basics. For example: draw a polygon and then use the menu item Arrange/Rotate Clockwise. Then resize the shape using a corner handle. The polygon resizes within it's bounding box but looses its rotation.
Another example: create a second layer with the Layer inspector then try to create some shapes on the new layer. All new shapes seems to default to the bottom layer regardless of the position of the pencil icon or whatever layer is highlighted. After you finish dragging to create the shape it disappears leaving a bounding box. If you click on the bottom layer it appears but if you click on the canvas (deselecting it) it is deleted for good.
A couple of missing features:
- You can't deselect an object using Shift or Command. Select three objects and then try to deselect the first one. Can't do it—have to make the selection all over again.
- Can't seem to rotate an object an arbitrary amount.
Some of the developers other software looks really good (eg. LensTweaker) so I'm sure it will mature. It's promising and betrays some great ideas—I hope it does really well—but it's just not ready for release yet. It makes me wonder about the validity of the Macworld Best of Show awards.
Anyway, all that aside, congratulations to all concerned on passing the $300k mark and unlocking such a varied bundle.