I'd like to request a maybe VERY EASY TO IMPLEMENT feature but VITAL for me.
I often turn, scale, and move the paper because I have to draw VERY precisely. And your software has the BEST PENCIL RENDERING I've seen, and whereas I think I can afford to buy Artrage it lacks the indispensable shortcuts that I need to be able to draw effectively (without having to switch all the time between buttons on the canvas panel and the drawing tools etc...)
So I'd like to suggest these shortcuts (people who don't like shortcuts can simply ignore them so there's no harm to create them I think):
Note : of course, if these shortcuts were customizable that would absolutely rock!
1 - Having a key to reset the paper rotation, a key to reset the paper position and another key for the scaling... then another key for resetting all of these with one touch. (using the menu for that is a pain... I use to draw fast with a hand on the keybord and the other holding the pen so I'd like to make use of it)
2 - when keeping the CTRL button pressed the cursor becomes the paper position moving tool (and when releasing CTRL we get back to the drawing tool we were using) - think it as a TOGGLE key.
3 - When keeping the SHIFT button pressed the cursor becomes the rotating tool. Releasing it would get back to the drwing tool in use
4 - Keeping ALT pressed would toggle the scale tool
About the scale tool : there is something wonderful in photoshop : the ability to select a part of the screen to be scaled-fit to the screen. Nice for working details... and quicker than to use scale/position tools back and forth to get the layout wanted. The photoshop shortcuts are :
- keeping CTRL-SPACE pressed toggles the SCALE-IN tool. Click on the mouse (or point the pen) and you zoom.
- CTRL-ALT-SPACE toggles the SCALE-OUT tool, point the pen for de-zoom.
But these are not the reaｌ interesting feature. Here we are :
- while pressing CTRL-SPACE if you select a square area of the paper, you immediately get zoomed on the area selected. These shortcuts are used in a lot of software and besides they look complicated they are a breeze when used to.
5 - I'd like also a key to rapidly switch to the ERASER (since using the pen eraser is not so ergonomic)... what about SPACE? (As a default)
This way we can draw with a hand always over CTRL ready to rotate or whatever, another advantage is that UNDO is CTRL-Z so you really don't have to move your hand for all the essential actions
(nevertheless, the photoshop shortcuts are not very wrist-friendly I should say.... nice to have them as an option but better find better ones.... of course...)
Kudos for art rage... a soft that has the better pen rendering, a beautiful paper texture (really realistic I like very much), is a VERY SMALL software, has a GREAT design, is FAST (a requirement I think. Bye bye painter) and is CHEAP!!!! (OMG!!!!).