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Pik80 reviewed on 18 Feb 2014
Below is a letter I sent to iDraw's developers. The letter contains just about everything I would put into a review so I am posting it here as well.


I've really enjoyed trying out your app, it works much more intuitively to me then illustrator. I was a big fan of FreeHand and I find that I can move through your program just about as easily as FreeHand.

The most important additions to me would be to add the file management options menu (that menu that comes down when you click on the title bar in programs like Pages, Preview, Sketch, etc. It has options like rename, move, duplicate.) I love that menu since it is so much easier to work with files that way then having to deal with them in the Finder.

Most of the improvements could be done with the layers panel. It would be helpful to have a layer filter tool like Sketch. It's nice how you can hit Command-F and get a search box come up. Layer filtering by object attribute may help as well. I have a hard time seeing the layer previews so increasing the size of those would help a lot. A way to group the layers together would also be important.

Having a rotate view tool would be very helpful to those working on a Wacom tablet. It is easier to rotate the view on the screen then it is to change the angle of your arm to awkward positions.

Thanks for the great work,

PS I really really hope you never sell iDraw to Adobe. There needs to be more innovation with graphics software that can only come if the playing field has enough competition.
[Version 2.3.1]

Pik80 commented on 07 Feb 2014
Nice app but the developer doesn't update it as much as he updates Houdahspot. For that reason I use Houdahspot more.
[Version 1.7.7]


Pik80 reviewed on 04 Feb 2014
Yeah! Now when you open a new tab it shows you a preview of all your recently visited sites! It used to only show you a preview of a couple of sites but now they all show up!!

Now FF needs to integrate their tagging mavericks tags so that the OS tags will match up with the browser tags!
[Version 27.0]

Pik80 commented on 22 Jan 2014
I am having a weird issue with a new Blu-ray I rented called Animation Express. The disc contains a lot of short clips but it won't play them one after the other. I have to go to the title menu to select each chapter one at a time. I am not sure why this is happening, very annoying.

Pik80 commented on 05 Dec 2013
I have never liked illustrator much. Always thought FreeHand was way better. I don't think it is realistic to revive FreeHand due to how long ago it has been killed off.

Bohemian Coding's Sketch looks really interesting and not bloated. I will be keeping a really close eye on that app. It does not make sense for Adobe to be charging this much for software this bad.
[Version 17.0.0]

Pik80 commented on 20 Nov 2013
Can someone please tell me the upgrade price of this software? I couldn't find that info on their website.
[Version 5.0]

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Pik80 replied on 20 Nov 2013
Pik80 commented on 10 Oct 2013
Can the developer explain to me how to set up an index folder so I can avoid having to import files? I am not familiar with what that is.

Also does iDocument read both Openmeta and Mavericks tags?
[Version 2.0.5]

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Pik80 replied on 22 Oct 2013
Yes, please add support for Mavericks tags. Openmeta has some problems so getting a first party solution from Apple is very important especially since Mavericks has just been released today. I will look into the index folder information you sent. Thanks

Pik80 reviewed on 02 Oct 2013
Awesome update! I would say that version 6 is way better then version 5 which was already a very good product. The different ways to view the dates of your entries are outstanding, the ability to mark your entry by your mood is a nice touch, more space is now set aside for writing in, the icon for each entry is helpful, etc.

If you read some of the negative reviews they will talk about how loading your journal online is a problem. I haven't tried this myself but I think this is ok, in fact I prefer for it not to work. I heard an interview with Oprah where she said she didn't want to load any of her journals online since there would always be people smarter then her who knew how to break into them. I think this was a wise thing to say. I keep a journal since there are things I want to keep private and I don't want anyone to read. The more difficult for those people to break into my journal the better. If blogging is so important to the people who gave this product one star maybe they just need to look around at other software that is really designed for blogging rather then trying to use a journal app to blog. I wish I could write a 5 star review to go up against the people on the MAS that gave it one star.

That being said here are a few little tweaks I would love to see in version 7.

- Make tagging easier, that little tagging box is way to small I can only see about 2-3 tags at a time. Perhaps tagging should work with Mavericks tags but the tags would somehow have to disappear when I lock the journal. Hmm, maybe that wouldn't be possible?

- The ability to browse versions of journals over time would be nice (similar to how it is done in Pages.) It looks like MJ has a feature kind of like this but it doesn't seem to work as well as it does in Pages.

- Background images - It is quite difficult to determine how a background image is going to look once you import it. If you have a photo that is high res it will only show you a small portion of the image since MJ always displays the photo in 100% view. This is a problem since most my photos are high res. Don't make me have to resize a photo every time I want to use it, there should be a more elegant solution then that.

So all in all a great update. I rated the features for this app 4.5 out of 5. Just a few little tweaks and things will be working really well.
[Version 6.0.9]

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Pik80 replied on 02 Oct 2013
oh, one more thing. I would also like a larger selection of entries icons. MJ only gives you about 11 choices I can see how a large selection would be very helpful be being able to visually differentiate between the entries and sort through them later on with smart folders.
Pik80 commented on 04 Sep 2013
Do I have to import documents into iDocument to make it work? Does that mean that it won't allow me to search with other file navigation software if I do choose?
[Version 2.0.0]

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Pik80 replied on 06 Sep 2013
Can you explain to me a little more how the index folder works? I am not familiar with what that is.

Does iDocument read both Openmeta and Mavericks tags?
Pik80 commented on 06 Aug 2013
Still no bookmark tagging? Back to Firefox.
[Version 6.0.5]

Pik80 had trouble on 17 Aug 2011
I can no longer open the application. Any ideas on why that is?
[Version 1.7.4]

Pik80 had trouble on 03 May 2011
HoudahSpot doesn't seem to be able to filter InDesign files. When I do a search nothing shows up.
[Version 3.3]

Pik80 had trouble on 06 Apr 2011
I am not able to bring up any emails when I do a search only one email shows up (and I know that this particular person has sent me hundreds if not thousands of messages) Doing a search for every other kind of file seems to work just fine.
[Version 3.2]

Pik80 had trouble on 05 Apr 2011
Punakea doesn't seem to detect InDesign Book files most of the time. Frustrating. Spotlight can detect the same file within seconds.

Pik80 had trouble on 11 Mar 2011
Cut, Copy, and Paste are always grayed out for me. Does anyone know why that is?

Pik80 had trouble on 24 Feb 2011
I went to rebuild the messages and came back the next day and postbox was still working away. I know I have a lot of messages but I don't think it should take this long.
[Version 1.0.1]

Pik80 had trouble on 09 Dec 2010
I can't even get the program to launch. I double click and it gives me the opening animation but the program doesn't open. I am on a PowerMac G5 using 10.5.8
[Version 2.1]

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Pik80 replied on 07 Jan 2011
Tech support help me figure this out. When on a G5 you have to run in 32-bit mode. You get to 32-bit mode by clicking the application icon and going to the get info window.
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