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Post » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:50 am

I second Picroma Plasma. That's way more intuitive than SVGEdit IMO.
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Post » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:24 pm

Picroma Plasma seems like a really useful tool ... but my personal requirements are for a tool that matches my simple pen and paper sketching behaviour. I just want to produce simple sketch art, nothing fancy.

I may be wrong but Picroma Plasma, and a lot of vector applications, seem to involve creating 'guide lines', then tugging at handles, etc.

To me, this is not like sketching with a pen and paper.

I think there is a gap in the market for this type of simple application, just as there was a gap for wireframing applications a few years ago. In the meantime, SVG editor looks decent.

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Post » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:40 pm

Ah right. Yeah you're correct, it's mostly tugging away at handles to create a shape.

Although, you can create sketchy style stuff easily but not sure if it's what you're after.

Open Plasma
Press H (hotkey for Freehand draw mode)
In the Mesh tool palette click on the icon that's like a backwards S (next to the cube icon - this sets the stroke to open stroke mode)
And if drawing with a tablet, enable pressure width (top part of the main tool palette - where you set the stroke width - icon looks like a pen on a tablet)
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