Hi Dev team,
I have bought Artrage 1.2 a few months ago. Used it for 10 minutes and dropped it for being not usable.
I then got the Artrage 2.0 upgrade. a lot of good features that I was really missing in Sketchbook Pro. Also teh UI is fluid and very well thought out. You guys have done a tremendous job here! ...But after a day of usage I could not stand the lack of speed. There is only one workflow to drawing: REALTIME drawing.
Then recently I have made a complete switch from Windows XP to Mac OSX so I bought another copy of Artrage for Mac to see if this can grow on me. Otherwise I'd have to use Sketchbook Pro for Windows via Fusion virtualization (not fun).
The instability kills me, this thing crashes all the time. Also the lack of speed is a show-stopper.
I want to save, make new layers, merge layers, open files all in real time. Just like in sketchbook pro. I have read here that such comparison is not fair because blend models, wet paper, feature, x, feature, y, blah, blah, blah. All that extra development is useless from a user point of view if your software is not realtime.
Then I see the post about people asking for more features, more features, more features.
My suggestion to you is: keep making Artrage as a feature-fest painting-party software.
But please make also DesignRage: a software with just white paper, and one simple criteria for feature integration: It has to pass the realtime test. No feature in a DRAWING software is good enough to slowing me from the simple act of drawing. Your benchmark should be pen and paper, not photoshop+painter+illustrator. BTW, if such software needs to cost $250 instead of $25 I'll be happy to buy a few copies for my team. And I'm sure many thousands of industrial/graphic designers, architects, illustrators, etc will too.
The features priorities that I see are:
Lasso selection (to copy or transform JUST a selection from a layer)
Nice to Have:
Canvas rotation/ flip
Layer multiply modes
oil/canvas texture/rollers and all the artsy stuff
I really think that now that Autodesk is neglecting SketchbookPro you have a real chance to create a compelling product for a market that is serious about its tools and it's got teh money to pay for a software that meets a need that is not being fully resolved right now.
PS: feel free to email me if you have any questions or want me to test a de-featured version of Artrage that can let us do this.