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microspot-team
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:52:46 GMT

Suggest features, improvements and products you would like to see. Discuss and comment with other community members what new things you would love to see.

klownshed
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:01:12 GMT

It’s quiet in here... Feature requests: Retina UI. Lo res mode looks bad! Smarter smart snap. I would like smart snaps when actually creating objects. I want to be able to draw a line and see the endpoint snap to previous objects. Numerical input of objects. I like to draw lines numerically. I know this wall is 2100mm long, why not just type to make the endpoint snap to that length? Resizing it afterwards is fiddler and more time consuming, it’s very fast to get a plan down when you can keep things focussed on what you’re drawing and not continually have to mouse over to a palette to change dimensions after the fact. Bigger dead zone. When I zoom in to an object in the corner of the canvas, I want to be able to pan that to the centre of the screen. Mac draft won,t let me move it and I stay pinned to the corner. With reference to the above; Better zooming, taking the dead zone into consideration. I.e. I wat to be able to drag the zoom area beyond the confines of the canvas. Also would like a zoom to fit command. Modernised Windows with docked palettes. Palettes are always in the way when you don’t want them and too far away when you do! ;-) i would especially like a panel with layers and object information to the side of the drawing. I’ve become used to that in various other apps and it’s superior to palettes IMVHO... Being able to select the centre point I’m the resize palette. A numerical offset tool. The current parallel line tool is fiddly. If I want to draw a 55mm offfset around a large, say 4000x 7000mm rectangle, I’d like to be able to set the offset numerically and then just click. The current methods I’ve found are far slower and more fiddly and take far more steps. A more traditional align tool. The align tools require an extra click to set the alignment reference (and is buggy, the first click is never registered). I’d like an option to be able to align with one click as per every other app I’ve ever used...

keelan_eeles
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:01:29 GMT

Hi Klownshed, Retina is coming! Regarding the numerical input, you can draw an object, a line for example, and then use the resize palette to type in the dimensions and the shape will resize accordingly. Bigger Dead Zone: I like this idea, and the ability to drag the working space around the dead-space, so you can have no dead-space on the right, and lots on the left. This is something we will look into. Zoom will be changing, we are going to have zoom change to a numerical % of the original document window, and increments of 1%. Currently we can't zoom into dead-space but again, this is something we can look into! Docked palettes will certainly be looked at. We are looking at different options here, including palettes that can be docked and undocked, a bar/ribbon at the top , or toolbars similar to illustrative apps. We're not sure what direction is best for MacDraft yet, but the palettes will be completely re-designed in future releases. These last three points you have mentioned I have noted, and again we will be looking at any and all feedback for the next v ersion of MacDraft. If you have more ideas please feel free to throw me an email, or if you want more help or specific assistance on tools please let me know. keelan.eeles@microspot.co.uk. Thanks!

klownshed
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:18:31 GMT

Hi, Thanks for your reply. I won't ask about when new releases will drop! It's good to see you have some of these features on the roadmap. I look forward to seeing them... I know about the resize palette, as I think I alluded to above but being able to directly type in a dimension as you're drawing is very quick. Going to the resize palette repeatedly isn't as fluid and can break the flow of a drawing. HighDesign does a pretty good Job of this, for example. Numerical input and smart snap whilst creating objects (as well as when moving object post creation as currently implemented) would be huge time savers. Once you've used apps with these features you really notice when they're missing... :-)

keelan_eeles
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:13:28 GMT

Hi Klownshed, My pleasure, we will certainly look into streamlining every aspect of drawing with MacDraft so if you have more suggestions or feedback, it's always welcome and highly useful!