Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Astute Graphics - DrawScribe

Dear ladies and gentlemen of Astute Graphics. Thank you for DrawScribe. I love it. It has immediately become my favorite plugin. Drawing is so much quicker and more fun now. I especially like:

  • Pressure sensitive path strokes (been wanting this feature forever - the calligraphic brush just doesn't do the job)
  • The ability to draw the same path over and over and having the computer calculate the average (pure genius)
  • Easy deletion of paths at intersections (such a time saver)
  • Having paths connect after deleting the parts where they intersect and adjusting the stroke width correctly (sweeet)
  • The possibility to delete anchor points without the path changing as little as necessary (heaven sent)

That being said, there are still a few issues I have, correcting which would make this DrawScribe the perfect drawing tool for me.

1) Please make path deletion possible with the stylus’ eraser. The squiggle-approach is fine for deleting paths every now and then, but I prefer to draw all my lines and then clean them up all at once. Also: It happens quite often that my squiggle isn’t recognized as a deletion attempt, especially with shorter lines.

2) Please add the option that only the selected paths and their intersections with each other are considered for deletion. Otherwise I need to group them and enter isolation mode (or manually delete the remaining bits), and that adds  a lot of time. 

3) Please include a path cutting tool that respects the path’s dynamic stroke width. Illustrator’s native tool applies the complete stroke width data of the original path to both resulting paths. We need a tool that cuts the stroke width as well.

4) Please include a tool to reduce the number of path width markers. After drawing a path with DrawScribe I sometimes want to tweak its width. This can be tedious, since DrawScribe usually places quite a few width markers. A way to smoothen out the width by removing superfluous and quasi-superfluous markers would be greatly appreciated.

I hope this feedback is helpful. Please keep up the good work! I’m looking forward to more excellent plugins of your company.

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