Originally Posted by gmcalpin
"Pro" or not, it's a very powerful program. I make my living drawing a comic strip (in Illustrator), and I've never used Freehand, so I'm curious:
What features did Freehand have that Illustrator lacks? (Besides stability and speed. Adobe really needs to get its shit together in that department.)
I don't think it's been stagnant, either. The Blob brush is wonderful (debuted in CS4); .....
Well, this isn't the time or place for my full list of issues. Try http://www.freefreehand.org/
for more info. Or search youtube for some comparisons. But let's just say I do more 'technical' printed work, with finished products around 35"x25". We use nearly 250 layers, 52,000 objects and some 4.4 million points. AI can copy and paste with aplomb, but bogs down with simple stuff like editing text-on-path objects. And that's with 12GB RAM! (AI CS5 is NOT 64bit) I have a friend on the beta test team for AI. He can't ever tell me the NDA stuff, but he has said that there are known bugs or workflow issues that the marketing dept of Adobe will not let the engineers fix. It's always "add a feature", instead of fix the crap that holds back those of us using it many hours a day.
But here's a 'short' list:
-being able to select objects below with a control click (like FH and sorta like InD does). CS5 is in the right direction but there's a bug that won't let you select the fill area on an object below, just the paths.
- FH: select an object, then move it by grabbing said object anywhere on the object's area and it STAYS selected. With AI, you won't get the object you had selected, you get whatever is on top. Again, with 200+ layers, this is a huge deal. AI users use the "lock object" as a poor workaround.
- AI can't collapse all layers and sublayers all at one time (think Windows Explorer's tree format) AND it still doesn't save the collapsed/open state when you save the document
- big one here: Freehand has a FAR FAR SUPERIOR Find and Replace function. AI is still poopin' in diapers compared to FH.
- two words: Paste Inside.
- three words: text on paths (FH: select both text and path/one command to put text onto path, vs. AI: cut text object/change to text on path tool buried under text tool without a default KB shortcut/place cursor on path/click/adjust both ends of text margin thingies.
- lack of consistency in coloring layers and sublayers (can't set default color, nor select then color multiple layers or sublayers across multiple layers)
- AI doesn't show you at what rotation or size an object like a placed .tiff is, compared to what it started out as, FH does so I know if a Tiff has been adjusted from original size.
- Superguides suck donkey butt. They sometimes just don't snap right when at different zooms.
FH has had a kind of 'blob' brush since around 2000, the Freeform tool. Same goes for the 'new' 3D functions. And the auto-union tool? Really? If AI had real selection abilities (like FH) you could select what you want and then click the Union button. Why add ANOTHER bloody button to DUPLICATE a function?....to get your $600 upgrade for a frakin' button?
So, what all these pro apps, FCP and Adobe 'X', need is consistency in the UI. Applying the base level concepts of UI design that makes the iPhone so effective to use.
So why is this relevant to the FCP discussion? Well, I think because there's a certain logic in the iApps that lets the user just DO, instead of look up, experiment, then sorta do. If I want to insert a transition, I don't want to worry about the little extra bits of video needed to make it happen. If I want to do something, the software should be designed to make the right tool clearly found/recognizable and then the results be what I want. Not sometimes double click here, and over here option click. (ie AI click on layer's lock and all sublayers lock, but make a layer's top lever visible and the sublayers don't automatically become fully visible if they were completely hidden....inconsistent!!! GRR)
Sorry for the OT/Parallel comparison folks...just trying to be informative about how UI can make a big difference in usability and workflow, whether you're a consumer/prosumer/pro.