Michael Lamorte
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Minder Softworks reviewed on 08 Feb 2013
As a longtime Freehand & Illustrator user, I was really happy with Sketch for what it is. I don't do commercial design anymore, so I just needed a vector illustration app for icons and logos and other such stuff, and Sketch fit the bill pretty well. I had to export all my EPSs from Illustrator into SVG format so I could get them into Sketch, but after that the learning curve was shallow and the feature set pretty comprehensive, especially for the price. The interface was pretty clean and I picked it up pretty quick. I appreciated the lack of Adobe-esque palette overload.

I did run into a few glitches that were irritating:

1) A few times it would lock up and crash when selecting an object from an imported SVG file or re-ordering the layers.

2) It can get "too helpful" when auto-snapping things to locations, and I can't find a "turn snapping off" feature. If I want a shape or a point HERE I want it HERE not three pixels away.

3) It'd be helpful to have a keyline view and some keyboard modifiers when clicking to help me more precisely select paths and points.

4) Can't figure out how to delete a path point handle or adjust them independently of each other.

5) Documentation is lacking and more marketing than instructional. For some apps that are self-explanatory, this is okay, but for something like a graphics program that is expected to have a lot of depth, it needs some better docs.

6) I should be able to select multiple points and align or distribute them.

7) Needs a "duplicate in place" feature.

8) Transform should be "free transform", allowing me to drag any corner in any direction, or rotate the selection.

Otherwise, it's a great start to a promising app. Looking forward to seeing where the developer takes it.
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