- Most of the features fom Wizard->Pro are more kind of added construction functions. They aren't disturbing, but i don't need them, too. I don't know where vectric wants to go to but i'll use vcarve as a toolpath generator, not as a CAD/drawing program.
- Vcarve basically uses inches, the user can change it only project by project. But hell, if i prefer to work in metrics, why do i have to tell it each single project? It is a setting concerning all things the program does, therefore i'd like to tell it only one time.
The tool "offset vectors" lacks units. What is meant? Inches, percent, millimeters? I've found it out, but that's still a missing information.
Multiple selection: Try to work with a mix of different applications and go crazy! Some prefer the shift-, someone else the ctrl- key, some prefer only graphic selection - although defined guidelines for unique GUIs exist. OK, You could mention that everyone does it his own way, that's true, but if i could preselect the behaviour in "my way", i'd be pleased.
Right mouse button: Sometimes i think the right mouse button died with OS/2. If i select two closed outlines, what the heck could i do with it? Yes, we know, but vcarve actually doesn't tell me. Some years ago i've worked on efficiency studies and the object/property/action- model incredibly raised the workflow for the users who accepted to use the right button. Somehow people forgot ..
Photo/STL- Integration: What is the difference between VCarve and VCPhoto? Simply the data source (bitmap/vector; yes, and many things more the user doesn't see - should he?). If i want to combine a photo and vector graphics, what shall i do? A lot of work has to be done twice - why? VCPhoto should be a plugin, and STL Carving, too. Yes, somewhere in this forum i've found a solution, but is it really convincing? One workbench, different plugins - that's the way others go and i don't think that's stupid.
BrianM wrote: . Our original intention was to provide a world class toolpath generator
BrianM wrote:This is why we have improved the drawing tools and we will enhance them further in future releases.
BrianM wrote:I'm not sure what is happening here. I use mm all the time and rarely use inches. The program should remember the last units you used and use that as the default for a new job.
BrianM wrote:The offset tool works in whatever the current units are. If you are working in mm the offset distance is in mm, if working in inches the offset distance is in inches. We will add a label to the field showing the current units if people are getting confused.
BrianM wrote:... Corel Draw's convention as this seems to be the most popular package with our users. ... if you cant be sure on how something as basic as selection has been configured.
BrianM wrote:As you say 'Somehow people forgot ..'. The problem with the right mouse button is that people often don't discover that functionality exists. The 'action first' model is simpler for people who are new to the package, allowing them to explore functionality as they can press the icon for an action such as offset or create toolpath. We do use the right mouse button extensively for vector editing (inserting nodes, deleting spans, converting lines to beziers etc) where moving the mouse back to the editing tab would be very inefficient.
BrianM wrote:There are very substantial differences between VCarve and PhotoVCarve and we have many customers who only want and require the functionality of PhotoVCarve. If it had been a module of VCarve Pro this would have made the price prohibitive and made the operation considerably more complex. Again for Cut3D we already have customers who just want to do 3D machining, embedding the functionality, even as a plugin, would have made the operation of the program more complex and again pushed up the price considerably. The 'ideal' solution would be to offer both options, but this would involve considerably more development time which would in turn have to be reflected in the cost of the product. By producing separate programs which can be sold individually we are able to maximise the potential market and hence keep the cost down. Using the output from PhotoVCarve with VCarve Pro is fairly simple and we have a number of examples of this here on the forum.
The simple answer to this is that we plan to go where our customers want us to .
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One thing that I find so true about Vectric and the guys I just mentioned is they work extremly hard at insuring all of us as end users have the most effective product for our money that is possible not to mention the best customer support I have found in any trade related software title in a long long time.
lpcsales wrote:Why spend time trying to duplicate the capabilities of seasoned vector drawing packages, like Corel or Illustrator for example, when these packages are already there, inexpensive and well learned by thousands of people. [...] Let Corel and whoever else do their thing and let Tony & Brian bring us great toolpath generators at an affordable price. Creating in your favorite program and importing into Vector is not a big deal and goes fast.
lpcsales wrote:The only thing I think would be of interest to me would be for Vectric to make VCarve a plugin for Corel or Illustrator., ie. design in what your accutomed to and then cut. But even if that never happens, it wouldn't bother me a bit.
lpcsales wrote:Good work Tony and Brian. You're doing it right!
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