I love the reference feature in Art Rage and the fact that it associates the files and placement of images to each painting!!!!
The only problem is that it's cumbersome to use. I use a lot of reference when I paint and open maybe 30 or so images as reference for each painting. It takes a really long time to go through all the menus to open each piece of reference.
PLEASE make it so you can drag and drop reference images into a painting! If you could just drag your file and hover over the "Refs" icon and when you release then the image/images open as references that would be awesome! Or even if you could just drag and drop it right onto the canvas that would be great too....I would totally be willing to sacrifice dragging a file in to create a new painting for being able to drag reference in (I only have one painting at a time, but 30 references). It would probably save me like 20 minutes per painting and I use Art Rage a lot!
Also, if you could change the shape of the reference window rather than just being able to scale it that would be great. I may have a piece of reference that is a very narrow landscape image and zoom in to see a person standing in it and it would very helpful if I could adjust the shape of the window to be portrait format so I am not taking up all the space on my canvas with the extra stuff on the sides of the person I don't want to look at.
The big green pins seem completely unnecessary also and they can get in the way when you have several pieces of reference open. I often have to move one piece of reference because the green pin is blocking part of another image. At the very least make them smaller and have them disappear when you hide the rest of your panels. As far as I can tell they serve no purpose, so you might as well get rid of them altogether though.
I would also prefer if the ref images defaulted to straight rotation rather than a random rotation. I end up having to go through each image and reset it's rotation. Sure, having to option to rotate it is great, but I don't really understand why anyone would want it to open at a random rotation.
One more thing. Like many professional digital artists I use a dual monitor setup. It would be really great if you could move your reference images out of the Art Rage space and onto the second screen so you could have the whole first screen for your canvas space (like you can do with files open in PS). My paintings are so often cluttered with reference images over the top and the other monitor is just sitting there like wasted space.
To sum it up..... I LOVE LOVE LOVE the reference feature in Art Rage, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE streamline it!