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Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Issues in last beta
on: February 10, 2019, 11:16:46 AM
Thanks for the new beta!

Unfortunatly, i can not get the multitouch features to work as described. I tried pen only mode, and pen and finger mode: in pen only mode nothing happens when i put a finger on the canvas. In pen and finger mode, the shape or line freezes when putting a finger on the canvas, but without snapping to an angle or ratio.

In the transform tool, gestures only move the canvas, but not the selection. Basically nothing happens, in neither drawing mode.  :-\

The new expand function does not seem to work. Whenever i set a pixel value other than zero, the fill tool does not do anything.

I like the color bar in drawing mode, the switch is quite ingenious and works well. What i find confusing in the drawing mode is the position of the brush and color editor. It would make more sense to me, when the brush editor window would pop up when clicking on the tool icon at the top. The color icon could perhaps be at the top of of the bar at the left (size and opacity) above the switcher and permanently visible. This would clean up the UI. The switch between pen only or pen/finger mode could be in preferences, as i don‘t believe you would switch between these modes frequently. What i miss is the „...more“ menu from the normal UI, which i use mostly for switching drawing mode or brush blend mode.

I have some more UI ideas, but i will post these in another thread.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Beta 2.1 Build 246
on: February 01, 2019, 03:41:24 PM
Thanks so much for the new beta. The rate of development of this app is phenomenal!

The bugs from the previous beta with text and drawing modes are resolved. The new smoothing mode is much better, far less mechanical to draw with, much more fun to draw! By adding the erase blend mode to the quick menu this is much easier to switch, which is great.

I did not expect reference layers to be implemented this quickly. I tried it with the fill tool and it works very well. I only missed an easier way to make a layer a reference layer. The only way in found it was via the top menu layer > lock/reference > reference. I think it also should be accessible from the layers popup, in the same place where you set masking etc.

The addition of the erase and behind blend mode to the fill tool is nice. The behind blend mode works best when the tool is not set to contiguous. One bug I found though is these only work when "all layers" is selected. When I set it to "current layer" it fills with the selected color normally.

One bug I found is that the three finger gesture did not work, neither the 3-finger swipe nor the 3-finger tap.
I did find myself accidentally triggering an iOS zoom window mode which I did not know exists?  I suspected some conflict with accessibility settings, and indeed, when I disabled the zoom option, the gesture worked as before. I do not remember ever changing anything to the accessibility settings, so I am not sure why this is a problem now?

All in all fantastic work, thanks so much!!

I noticed that in the latest beta the drawing modes Ellipse, Rectangle and Polygon do not work with the brushes. It in polygon and rectangle it only makes the first stroke, not the rest. In ellipse mode there only is one brush stamp on the canvas. Other drawing modes work as expected. Perhaps this has to do with the new freeform and line drawing mode you added?

I encountered the issue that text becomes invisible after I created it. It is still in the layers stack but is not on the canvas. After I edited the text and click "done", it just disappears...


I would like to see a change to the brushes pop-up in ASP. What I find a bit frustrating is that the brush editor and the brushes list is in the same window. When I have the brush editor opened the brushes are still sort of visible at the bottom, but not really useable. When I want to select a brush I have to click out of the editor, which sometimes takes two clicks.

I think it would be easier if I had two buttons: one for brush selection only, and one for brush editing. If you don't want to add a button, perhaps the "more..." menu could also be used to access the brush settings. It seems more logical this way for me, as these already carry some of the brush specific options.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Request: hide UI on desktop
on: January 22, 2019, 03:15:20 AM
I would like to be able to hide the UI, as most other art apps like photoshop do, by hitting tab. Perhaps it could be like the minimal UI on iOS with only some colors, and a brush and color popup window?

This would allow for a more immersive painting experience, and also would work well with having a split screen on the side with a refernce image for instance

I would like to see sliders in the desktop version of ASP for size, flow and opacity. I think it would be easier and faster to set a value this way than with the little arrows. Basically the same as the iOS version.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Gradient map bug on mac os
on: January 18, 2019, 03:16:07 PM
I have trouble using the gradient map feature in the mac version of artstudio pro. The window to edit the gradient is somehow faulty, and only displays a very small part of the graph, which makes it unusable, unfortunately. See the screenshot to know what I mean.

On iOS everything works fine.

I would like to see kind of snapping to angles when using the line option on a brush. Either by setting it to a specific angle like 15 %, or by constraining it using a modifier key. In the ipad version this could be another finger on the canvas.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Request: rescaling by percentage
on: January 11, 2019, 08:22:51 AM
I think it would be useful to have the option to scale with a percentage value. This way I can easily make things exactly half or a third the size. Now I can only manipulate the pixel value, but then I have to calculate the value myself, which is not very practical.

I really love Artstudio Pro, especially on the ipad. There is one particular thing that I think can and should be improved: the brush management. The first thing that is annoying is that I have multiple brush sets installed, but switching from one set to another takes a few seconds every time, and longer if the group is large. Almost everything in the app is fast (drawing, pinch zoom and rotate etc) but this really breaks the flow. I hope this can somehow be sped up, to be more like it is in procreate.

I could work around this first part though if I could easily make smaller sets with all the necessary brushes, but this brings me to the second problem: trying to reorganise the brushes, by putting brushes from different sets in one of my own is really slow and difficult to do. The only way I found is to copy the brush I have selected, open the new group and paste it in there. I can only do it one by one, so I have to keep switching sets, which takes a few seconds to load each time, select a brush, copy, switch sets again, paste...
I was working on putting a set together on my mac yesterday, which took me quite a long time, then I just wanted to rename the set — but pushed the button just below it, which deletes it!? There was no confirmation message, all the work I had just done was gone  :(

As you can see this is not a great workflow. And as ArtStudio is primarily a drawing and painting app, I think this is pretty crucial to improve this.

There could be different ways in which this could be improved:
- Most intuitive would be drag and drop between sets, if this can be done fast, and preferably with multiple items.
- A "preset" manager like photoshop where I can organize my brush sets
- An option to in the brush dropdown menu to copy a brush to a particular set (I don't know if iOS supports this, I have seen things like this on mac

Whichever way you choose: I sincerely hope you can put this issue on the priority list, as it is the greatest annoyance in an app that is really top class.

Thank you

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / additional drawing mode: curve
on: January 07, 2019, 03:40:31 AM
I would like to see the addition of a curve drawing mode: it would work similar to the line mode, but after establishing start and end point, it allows the curve to be created by dragging.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / switch to previous color / brush
on: January 07, 2019, 03:24:53 AM
I would like to see the option to switch between the previous and the last color. This would be bit like switching between foreground and background color in PS. A color history could be useful too, perhaps at the top of the swatches.

For brushes I image this could be useful as well, but I am not sure how to implement it


I really like Artstudio Pro for iPad, so I also got hold of the Mac version, so I can take my illustrations on the desktop seamlessly. Of course the workflow is different on the desktop, and I tend to use a lot of keyboard shortcuts. At the moment I can not customize these or add my own. Will you add this in the future, as I think it really helps the workflow?

Some other little things that annoy me somewhat are the fact that the color pop up window (and the brushes popup) has to be actively closed after I use it. On the ipad the windows close automatically and I would expect the mac version to do the same. Also what I find a bit annoying is that I can not have the brushes panel AND the swatches open at the same time, or even have the color box permanently opened (except as a popup which takes up more space) I hope you can work on these things, as I like the app, but the ipad app seems more stable and more logical that the mac version.

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