Worst App I’ve Ever Purchased
This application is unusable, simple as that. It’s very difficult to use, you feel like you’re fighting the software. The snap feature won’t actually let you snap an object to the edge of your document, it snaps it off the edge. The grid is very confusing, and I couldn’t manage to change it to solve the snapping problem. If you try to reorder layers in the layers panel and drop a layer between two others rather than dropping it on top of another layer, the entire layers panel freezes in a bad state and you can no longer move any layers.After trying to work with the app for about 30 minutes, the app crashed and my file was left in a corrupted, un-openable state.I’m going to pursue getting my $30 back, this is ridiculous.
The app works great. Ignore the other bad reviews; the text button works fine; everything works. For the price, especially, this can’t be beat. It seems to take inspiration from the old Freehand program (which is a huge compliment). I love the icon design and color scheme. Everything is fairly simple and intuitive, so I’m happy. It’s exactly what I needed.
don’t buy cheap app
text button is not working, i knew that cheap app is always bad quality but again I made a mistake
Here’s to the future
I’ve been playing with this vector app for about an hour. Granted, I don’t know the ins and outs of the app, and it’s fairly new. So keep that in mind as I write this review.As a user previous pointed out, the panels reset themselves when you reopen the app. That’s not too much of a biggie. It seems when changing the page setup (Letter, Legal, etc) it doesn’t actually function? You need to go to View > Drawing size & Grid, so not sure what’s up with that. I’d like to see a couple of things in the near future: Grouping of objects, perhaps a snap-mouse-to-nodes / points feature. I’m not sure if there is but I didn’t find a smoothing slider for the drawings. I’d also like it if the tools didn’t deselect after a single use, I find myself having to return to the tools over and over again. I also couldn’t figure out if I could subtract shapes / cut them out of overlapped shapes etc.Anyway, for $15 it’s okay. I’m giving it four stars because I’d like to see where it progresses. Currently using iDraw and exasperated at the rate they’re updating their software.
Draws rings around drawing apps costing far more
(Candy Apple 1.2 on OS X 10.8.5)I took a chance on Candy Apple & I'm really glad I did. I couldn't find any reviews for it anywhere online. But after weighing the options, I decided it might be worth a shot.. I'm used to professional vector drawing programs like Freehand, which, sadly, Adobe bought out & jerked off the market. I've been looking at new drawing apps ever since. Candy Apple is one of the newer Mac imaging apps that take advantage of the OS X Quartz Core Image technology. The developer has kept Candy Apple's code to a minimum, reducing risks of incompatibility & instability. Instead of lots of tools, Candy Apple's functions are minimized, giving the interface a spare, spartan look. But don't let that fool you; this app does a lot of stuff & does it well.It not only does the basic vector functions like shapes, strokes, paths, fills, gradients, textures, transparencies & shadows; converting text to paths, shapes & bitmaps; filling shapes with bitmap images, performing Boolean operations, etc., but in addition, it can also apply a long list of basic Quartz effects & blending modes to bitmap images. However, Candy Apple is not a bitmap editor & there are no bitmap selection or feathering tools. Still, this is a valuable feature that can be used on its own. And while there's also no brush tool, paths can easily be expanded, converted to outlines & shaped at will (which most vector brushes require anyway). It can open & edit SVG images, but not save to SVG yet. I haven't tried exporting to editable PDFs yet so I can't evaluate that. Candy Apple also has a few other features many vector apps lack, including auto-trace, shape-distortion, randomness & rough strokes. As with any new software, there are also a few problems, though they seem fairly minor. For instance, it doesn't remember the positions of the floating windows, palettes, inspectors, colors, etc., so you have to reposition them when you open the program. But that's just a nuisance & I'm sure it will be quickly fixed. It has control-click menu options for many functions, but it could use a lot more shortcuts. No doubt efficiency will be improved in upgrades with other improvements. There are a few other minor gripes, but all in all, it seems to be a stable, VERY useful program with a long list of features that generally work as advertised. Plus, the user manual seems quite comprehensive.The AppStore screenshots don't do the program justice. From what I've seen, Candy Apple could easily create dazzling photo-realistic images of hot cars & motorcycles like the slick graphics used to market other vector draw apps like iDraw & Sketch..Despite a few rough edges, Candy Apple can hold its own with more polished vector drawing apps & does a number of things others don't do at all. It not only draws rings around iDraw, for example, it's much easier to use. Based on my experience I would definitely recommend Candy Apple to anyone looking for a very good basic vector drawing app at a fair price. You could spend a lot more & not get comparable features.