Iliketrash
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Iliketrash reviewed on 24 Feb 2014
My brief evaluation of Sketch.app (14 day demo--thanks for that, by the way).

My comments are mostly related to importing foreign file formats of computer-generated plots, as some modifications may be required before publication.

The program does indeed have a nice interface. It is of the kind that has contextually-changing tools, which is very efficient. I can't compare it to e.g. Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator because I have never used those programs. My basis for comparison is the likes of Intaglio and OmniGraffle, and many years ago, Canvas.

On PDFs, it does import them and text is editable (not converted to outlines like some other programs) but placement of characters can be changed, for example, in a PDF generated by the plotting program PLplot, in the "Fi" in the word "Files," the F and i are too close together. This text distortion is preserved when exported back to PDF, so round-tripping will cause this distortion. I don't know how much this happens--maybe just on ligatures such as Fi.

On PDFs, single-pixel dots are not rendered at all in Sketch. Possibly they are interpretted as zero-length lines, but they are displayed correctly in PDF viewers. Thus, a plot consisting of dots will appear to be empty!

It imports multi-page PDFs. With a 28-page PDF of some plots, the program became sluggish and used 900 MB of RAM.

A PDF in the form of an IEEE technical paper was imported. The text was editable but was broken up into many small text boxes, and line lengths within a column were messed up. Math was not rendered at all, but possibly as gibberish text. Importing PDFs correctly is hard.

For a multi-page PDF, there is a "Pages" menu which lets you select a page. This menu should be more like the zoom menu right next to it by having a left-arrow and a right-arrow on the menu to allow easy navigation to the previous and next page.

In imported PDFs, rotated text is converted to non-rotated text. This mistake is preserved when exporting back to PDF, another roundtripping nightmare. Since Sketch supports rotated text, this seems easily correctable.

The Zoom menu should have more options than just 50%, 100%, and 200%. Really. And a settable arbitrary zoom. Two-finger pinching is no substitute.

On an imported SVG, 90-degree-rotated text was displayed with each character rotated 90 degrees the other way, i.e., upside down!. With unrotated text, when Ungroup was applied to it, each character is flipped upside down!

Postscript files were imported but were not editable, the Ungroup command not being available. After rotation by 90 degrees, the image was converted to a bitmap.

I wish the Macintosh had a native graphics file format like the old days. Programs like Sketch that try to deal with PDF and PS files fail miserably as a class. I've never used Adobe Illustrator but I suppose it's great. But why are there no other programs that deal with these file formats natively?
[Version 2.4.3]



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Iliketrash reviewed on 18 Feb 2014
See my comments below. This is one of those can't-do-without programs. It quicky becomes second nature and resizing and moving windows the "old" way is just too much work. Nice job.
[Version 1.5.4]



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Iliketrash commented on 14 Feb 2014
Can it export LaTeX?
[Version 1.1]



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Iliketrash commented on 12 Feb 2014
Bad download link today
[Version 1.20.1]



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Iliketrash commented on 28 Jan 2014
How does OmniOutliner 4 compare to NeO (which costs $9.99)? Aficionados in the past have complained of missing features in OmniOutliner < 4 relative to NeO. Has OO 4 closed the gap?
[Version 4.0.1]



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Iliketrash reviewed on 20 Jan 2014
This is an amazing piece of software. Works wonderfully on OS X 10.8.5. Kudos to the developers!
[Version 2.4]



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Iliketrash reviewed on 17 Jan 2014
This is awesome! I have old notes and documents that have been long lost and this is brings them back to life!
[Version 3.3.3]



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Iliketrash reviewed on 11 Jan 2014
This editor does not provide a way to direct compilation errors to a special window where they can be clicked on to take you back to the offending line in the source. Without this feature, it's just eye candy in actual use.
[Version 6.0.3]


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Iliketrash replied on 28 Feb 2014
TextMate, Komodo Edit. I would be pleased to learn of others.
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Iliketrash replied on 07 Mar 2014
Oops—I forgot TextWranger and BBedit
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Iliketrash reviewed on 30 Dec 2013
I downloaded MoneyDance and launched it. It immediately gobbled up 150 MB of RAM and for the last 20 minutes has been pinwheeling.
[Version 2014]



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Iliketrash commented on 09 Dec 2013
This 0.3.2 version of this Python IDE looks like a good start, but for one thing. The everything-in-one-window is a horrible interface concept. It forces extremely inefficient use of precious screen real estate, especially for laptops. Even if you use a large monitor, you can still see only one source file at a time. And the console, being placed at the bottom of the window, kills extra-precious vertical distance. I don't know why this one-window concept is kind of a fad now, but maybe it's an unfortunate influence of iPad programs. Whatever the case, I would never use such a program no matter how slick it is or what other features it has. There are alternatives that do not hinder the interface this way. One of the advantages that Macintoshes have had for a very long time is way they let windows overlap one another, even windows from different programs. (I can't believe I just had to explain that.) This one-window approach is like freaking Windows 1.0 all over again.
[Version 0.3.2]



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