I have spent more time with the program and here are some things I see. Some of this stuff may have already been addressed, but I am a new user just working basically with default settings. If anyone had any suggestions for the frustrations I am having, feel free to comment.
Program randomly creates point that all commands originate from, like a snap point that you canít work around. Had to close the program in order to get it to go away. Happens from time to time. Last time I did it, it happened while I was using the extend command.
Escape to get out of a command does not work on many commands.
Wish List Items:
When drafting with most commands, I would like to just enter a dimension with out having to tab several times in order to get a distance I want. (i.e. Autocad and Sketcup) I personally have never drawn from one main origin point in a drawing. When I move, copy, stretch, etc. it is always from the origin point of the object I am editing.
Having to move an origin point every time I move an object is a step that is very tedious. Would much rather have a move command more akin to Autocad, that would allow me snap to the point I want to move from then snap to the point to move to.
I love being able to select a group of objects and quickly edit them, so the dynamic editing stuff is a step in the right direction. Love the simplicity of the rotate command. Something I think that would make your dynamic editing even more powerful is if the corner drag handles scaled an object or group of objects and the center drag handles did a stretch command. Maybe you could include a shift+drag that constrains the proportions.
Why two copy commands? For me copy is worthless, and vector copy is all I will ever use. The copy command is at least one thing that Autocad got close to right, and Sketchup nailed. I would love to see a dynamic edit that worked like Sketchup. You can select an object, snap to a point on that object to move it, press control to copy it, and enter x + a number to create an array. Gets rid of several steps.
Let me just first thank you for creating an affordable program for 2D drafting. I think there is an enormous market potential for this software. If I could offer one suggestion it would be this: emulate the Sketchup model of software development rather than the Autodesk one. By that I mean create a software with itís own identity, simplicity, and is much less convoluted that Autocad. I think you are doing that to a point, but I would like to see it go further.
It seems to me that every new version of Autocad I have used tends to add more and more extraneous features I donít ever use,. They have so many years of baggage that have made it into version after version of the software for fear angering long time users. Autocad did not make any significant improvements to the program from version 14 to Acad 2006 IMO. It was the same program with more ďflareĒ.
Sketchup on the other hand has created a very basic set of powerful tools that anyone can quickly learn, and for the most part had added features that improve the day to day usability of the software. Since the first week I used SU I have longed for a 2D drafting program that was as easy to use. Powerful doesnít have to be complicated.
Congratulations on a great piece of software, I am excited to see where it goes.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery