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...
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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... :-)
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!
I hope Retina support is coming soon. I'm hoping to transition to MacDraft soon from my previous CAD app, but lack of high resolution mode is holding me back! I know it's a little bit trivial as it doesn't stop the app working, but it just feels weird and blurry and I'd be happier making the switch knowing Retina support was relatively imminent. In the meantime I've been playing around a bit and can work around many of the differences and 'missing' features I’ve got used to using in my 'current CAD app. However, other than retina, I am really missing Smart snap during object creating (being able to snap to multiple objects and intersections by mousing over the points I'd like to snap to whilst drawing) and numerical input. Typing the value into the resize palette after drawing is definitely less efficient than being able to type during construction. I.e. Draw a line 5000mm long by clicking, typing "5000" then clicking the end point. You don't need to move the mouse from the end point which makes creating the next line much, much quicker. Another feature I've used a l ot that would be nice is a dedicated annotation tool. It's very convent to have the line and text bubble all as one object, especially as it greatly helps keep a drawing consistent. so I'm basically looking forward to hearing news of the next update :-)
Our next major MacDraft version will certainly include feature improvements and additions such as this, not to mention Retina support. We are not able to click our fingers for a brand new MacDraft, no matter how many elves we have working on it! Our next big MacDraft is going to be a big push, and we can't rush it, but it is in the pipeline, we are always working to improve and update our software. As for the annotation tool, there is a very fast workaround for this, you can create a MacDraft library and draw a line and bubble, group them, and add them as an annotation bubble to your library that you can just drag into your drawings (you could draw a few variants of this). Also.. for annotation, you might be interested in something we have been working on.. [Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 15](//muut.com/u/microspot/s1/:microspot:6FFT:screenshot20171218at15.19.43.png.jpg)
Feature request: Sheets (or sub-layers) I'd like to be able to draw things on multiple layers and have those layers all selectable together. For example if it was a house, I'd want to be able to draw the different floors on different layers, using the layer below as snappable points. I'd then like to be able to select the whole plan view at once, across multiple layers, to be able to copy, move, etc the whole thing. As it is in MacDraft today, I can't do that. Layers work in isolation and I can't even have dimensions on a separate layer (good for hiding dimensions as you're working for example) as I can't select things across layers. Sheets would effectively work as grouping of layers with the same scale. Each sheet would have it's own scale, so I'd be able to snap and select anything within a sheet.
Hi Klownshed, as always, thanks for getting in touch with your suggestions and feedback. We really do appreciate it. This is another feature that we have discussed and certainly will look at in future, the more support we have behind a feature, the higher it goes on our list, so keep them coming!
Hi Klownshed, I just wanted to let you know that your comments are being discussed today as we decide the future direction of MacDraft. If you have more comments or suggestions, please send them our way. Thanks.