Draw tool sticky settings?



  • @Ingolf

    Sorry, I don't understand these concerns.

    Why on earth should this not be possible.
    Just for the reason of keeping a Pen-Tool pure?
    Should a user stick to program design standards rather than have creatively usable tools ?

    As Vectorstyler said, it would be an option. After that you could still use the Pen Tool
    in the way you are used to.

    For now, nothing has changed about the Pen Tool, after all.
    And we have already two Methods where you can already use the Pen Tool with a Vector Brush.

    As this Video proves (VS 1.1.049)
    (And this Methodes are build in long before.)

    The only difference would be that we could use a Vector Brush a little bit more direct with the Pen Tool.

    0_1658407864468_Pen-Tool-uses.png


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    @Subpath said in Draw tool sticky settings?:

    Just for the reason of keeping a Pen-Tool pure?

    I think the primary (and good) reason for this is to have the Pencil and Brush tools behave as in other apps, according to expectations.
    But this does not exclude the possibility to have an option (preferences) for these to work in new ways.



  • @VectorStyler said in Draw tool sticky settings?:

    @Subpath said in Draw tool sticky settings?:

    Just for the reason of keeping a Pen-Tool pure?

    I think the primary (and good) reason for this is to have the Pencil and Brush tools behave as in other apps, according to expectations.
    But this does not exclude the possibility to have an option (preferences) for these to work in new ways.

    I can live very well with such an option.



  • @VectorStyler said in Draw tool sticky settings?:

    @Subpath said in Draw tool sticky settings?:

    Just for the reason of keeping a Pen-Tool pure?

    Just for the reason of keeping things simple. Especially the user interface. VS is the most complex program in my collection - and by far - it simply can't stand any more complexity.

    There is no need to join GIMP and Inkscape like interfaces.



  • I'm sure nobody bothered to consider my idea because I didn't bother to post a mockup. πŸ‘

    There you go β€” show the Brush dropdown in the context bar when picking the Pen tool, before even placing the first node:

    0_1658410717945_Br.png



  • @Ingolf

    I don't understand that instead of weighing things
    up and conceding the other side their interests too.

    Why you create threat scenarios with Inkscape and Gimp
    and talk down the Idea this way.



  • @b77

    appreciate your Idea, but i am not really shure
    if i get it right.

    If i use the Brush Tool it looks already that way
    like in your Picture.

    And your Idea seems that the same should show up
    when we use the Pen Tool, its fine for me



  • @Subpath Conflict of ideas are inevitable because we have different priorities β€” scales with different weights.

    Time permitting, I would also like for @Ingolf to expand a bit the part about GiMP and Inkscape.
    Is it the way things are organized or just the general look of the UI (which I dislike as well)?


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    @b77 said in Draw tool sticky settings?:

    There you go β€” show the Brush dropdown in the context bar when picking the Pen tool, before even placing the first node:

    I added this to the backlog.



  • @b77

    ...Conflict of ideas are inevitable because we have different priorities
    β€” scales with different weights....

    I totally understand that and i appreciate @Ingolf Ideas
    and Knowledge about Ui Interfaces.

    But should we really stay on one point, just for the sake of a Paradigma ?
    Sometimes it makes more sense, in my eyes, to overthink Rules and Paradigmen
    or put them aside for while.

    I must say that I am very open to unusual / creative UIs.
    as long as they are useful for creativity.
    I have seen and used many programs that would make
    UI designers pull their hair out. But I appreciate all of them.



  • I have seen and used many programs that would make
    UI designers pull their hair out. But I appreciate all of them.

    Tell us which was the worst. πŸ™‚



  • @b77

    You won't believe that I never liked the Adobe Illustrator UI.
    (Well, I don't use Illustrator since version 8, that was a while ago).

    Liked Corel Draw UI from the beginning because of its configurable UI and other features.

    Kai Krause plugins back then, was nice from a creative point of view.
    But the UI was so tiny and not scalable, it was terrible.

    Corel Painter could also be mentioned - I would say
    it gets the award for the worst UI

    Paintstorm Studio gets a positive special mention
    because of his resizeable and very configurable UI
    and thats in a App for 20 $



  • @b77

    A very interesting Vector Graphics App
    ( apart from VS of course πŸ™‚ )

    Is "Cavalry" very unique UI, because of the animation capabilities.
    but you can also create still images with it.
    Kind of Mograph (Cinema 4D) for Vector Graphics.

    There is a free Version where you could render (save) your
    Result as SVG. You need to create a Account.

    Here a short but impressive Video Example:

    0_1658422566712_Cavalry-1.png

    Some of this would be doable in VS but not all πŸ™‚



  • This is seriously the worst idea in a long time.

    With the brush enabled in pencil and pen mode - How exactly would you explain the difference between

    • the pencil tool
    • the brush tool

    in the documentation? They look identical to me.

    And why mix and confuse the Pen tool with those instead of merging them and adding a bit of pen control options as well?

    UX assistance is seriously needed in this project - and more than ever. I've just had a professional one at my screen to reality check my own claims (he's an Illustrator user). Not disagreeing with me.



  • @Ingolf Just to clarify my opinion:

    I don't like the Pencil-as-a-brush idea either β€” it's confusing because these tools share the same drawing method (drawing strokes with the mouse/trackpad/stylus), so where is the differentiation then?

    However, since the Pen tool works differently than the Brush and Pencil tools, I don't see where is the problem (the confusing overlap) in being able to draw with a brush contour directly.

    It's a long thread now, so I'm re-including the context bar mockup for the Pen (not Pencil) tool, just so it's clear what I'm referring to:

    0_1658485711359_Br.png

    (The idea is to display the Brush dropdown in the context bar when picking the Pen tool, before even placing the first node, so you can choose a brush contour if you want to).


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    @Ingolf said in Draw tool sticky settings?:

    This is seriously the worst idea in a long time.
    With the brush enabled in pencil and pen mode - How exactly would you explain the difference between

    I respectfully have to disagree. I would say it is an experimental idea.
    The thing is that the VS is complex and one way to tackle complexity is customization.

    In the future there will be much better workspace management features and it will be possible to easily switch between various working modes.

    This would be a bad idea if it would be the default mode of operation, but it will not be and there will be settings to control these tools.



  • Its seems a bit absurd to me.

    As I already wrote, the Pen Tool could already be used
    with Vector Brushes long before this Discussion.
    As i show in a Video above.

    In the End I'm just arguing for easier use. So that one
    can instead of having to adjust the size of the vector brush.
    Someone could start right away with the right size.



  • @VectorStyler and @Subpath
    I'm trying to see both sides here.

    @Ingolf doesn't say it, but one possible UX glitch with the Pencil-as-a-brush idea is that if the previously selected object has a brush contour and now you want to draw in simple lines, will switching to the Pencil tool reset the contour to simple line?

    If it doesn't switch, it breaks the convention that the app draws new objects with the attributes of the previous object.

    If it does switch, most users forget that the Pencil tool is now in Brush mode (well, basically…), will draw the first line then have to go to the dropdown menu and switch to the plain line they needed in the first place.

    That's why differentiation is better between these two. IMO, of course.

    @Ingolf Do you think the same confusion can happen to the Pen tool with a direct brush contour?



  • @b77

    I must state here, that i have nowhere in this thread pleaded for the Pencil Tool.
    As can be read in my posts.
    Only for the Pen Tool.



  • @Subpath Oh… all right. Well, it's a long thread. πŸ˜…