The call for feet and inches Grid has been heard! In early prototypes of our app but we took it out in order to focus on higher value tools like the Circle Edge and Measurement tools.
One user suggested that if we had our grid markers break down to 8 units per inch (or by extension 16 units per inch) that this could work very nicely. You can put the grid into "constrained zoom" mode now, which causes the zoom to increase or decrease in logical steps relative to the grid unit size.
Would adapting the grid in that way--displaying the unit labels in decimal feet, but dividing the grid area into 8 or 16 units--help you?
Hi George, thanks for the feedback! We have been working on a grid that measures using feet and inches instead of decimal feet. We're still working on getting the grid line markers to work properly.
Are you looking for measurements like 1/16th inch, 1/8th inch, 1/4 inch, etc? At larger scales, how important are yards?
Maybe you could give us an example or two of the kinds of drawings you are making so that we can make sure we get all of the units to be logical as we zoom up and down the scale?
We've updated the app to include a new "constrained zoom" mode that will cause the Grid to scale in fixed increments when you pinch to zoom.
Here are the fixed increments we've implemented:
Let us know if you would like to see a different way of changing the scale--we've kept the current app simple by allowing two modes of zooming:
1. Pinch to zoom to change the scale
2. Double-tap the scale icon in the Live Display to reset the zoom level to see the entire active drawing area
We do have support for "fixed" scales in the app which are activated from the Grid menu. Here's the help file on that feature:
When you activate the grid constraints, your pinch-to-zoom actions will step along the increments in the published scale table.
You can use the Pencil as a stylus in Arrette but we don't support that tool's eraser mode at this time. You would use Arrette's eraser tool instead.
Hi there! The Edge tool has two rotation modes:
1. Drag your finger outside the tick marks to rotate smoothly in 1 degree increments
2. Drag your finger inside the tick marks to rotate in 15 degree increments
Also, you can quickly rotate the edge to align north-south or east-west using the alignment buttons.
One last trick: single-tap the triangular Edge control to flip the tool by 90 degrees.
Right now 1 degree is the smallest increment but you can always zoom in or out of the document to refine the alignment more precisely.
Is this helpful?
Thank you Richard! We're definitely investigating the feasibility of offering an Android version. Internally, we are hopeful to see larger (> 12") models from Apple on the iPad and were disappointed that we didn't see that in the October announcement as rumored.
In terms of why you are choosing Android over Apple, what do you think are the main factors that steer you towards the Android platform? We've seen bigger and less expensive models from Android, that's an advantage. Any others that are really important to you?
Hi Richard, we're hearing this request from numerous customers. What Android devices do you use that you think would be a good fit for your work? We're considering the various form factors (screen sizes, portability, stylus compatibility, etc.) trying to figure out which ones are being used the most.
Thanks for your feedback!
Hi Edward, thanks for the feedback! We're definitely planning for annotation capabilities in future releases. To keep the application as simple as possible to use, what kinds of controls do you think you would need for typed text annotations? We're keen to make our app useful but we want to make it easy to use. Other drawing apps have superior text handling capabilities but have a pretty steep learning curve.
What do you think is the right balance?
HI Rupert, that is an interesting suggestion. One of the design goals for line weights were to have our "pens" work as simply as possible while still being flexible enough to support real work environments. In terms of line weight controls, would you be more interested in:
a) adding more pens to the jar with different line weights but those pens' weights the same throughout the document like they are today
b) using the existing pens as is but being able to override the weights limited to only a single layer
Which of these features would be most useful for your work?
Hi Rupert, thank you for the feedback! We're definitely looking into this type of functionality. We have noted some other drawing apps support libraries of pre-defined symbols. We would like to make ours as simple as possible.
If professionals could import symbols of their own, where would they want to import those from do you think? Could you give some examples of some symbols online that you would like to be able to arbitrarily import from the web, for example?
Hi Roy, we do have a locking grid feature that may do what you're looking for. In the top left corner of the screen, tap on the reveal icon to show the Live Display. If you tap on the North indicator, it will lock or unlock. Similarly, if you tap on the Scale indicator, it will lock or unlock.
Is that the functionality you're looking for?
Hi Roy, thank you for both of your comments here on our Uservoice forum. We're definitely working on some specific improvements to the Straight Edge that make it work more like a tee-square. For example, we're working on a gesture that will make the Edge flip 90 degrees from its current position. Other designs are considering variations on true tee-square functionality.
Have you seen a tee-square tool in another drawing app that you really liked? We will take a look at it for ideas.
Hi Roy, thanks for the feedback! We're definitely working on some enhancements to the edge tool that make it possible to rotate it easily orthogonally with respect to the screen or true north in your document. Have you tried repositioning the Straight Line edge by dragging on the triangle handle bars to move the line to a new precise position parallel with the current location? We're working on some improvements to make positing the edge more precise.
Could you elaborate a bit on what kinds of positioning features you're looking for?
Hi Wayne, right now we're definitely focusing our resources on mobile devices, but our vision calls for a companion application to work on Macs and PCs (including Surface hybrids).
If Arrette were available on both tablets and desktop devices, would you use both together, or just use the application on desktop devices? What are your favorite features in Arrette that you don't see in other apps you are using? We'd love to make sure we enhance those features and bring them to all devices customers are using in their workflow.
Hi Rebekah, thanks for your feedback. We're investigating Android support. There are a multitude of devices and form factors to consider. What Android devices are you using?
Hi David, thanks for the feedback! One of our design goals with the software is to keep it as simple as possible while still being useful in a professional setting. We've used some of the other exceptional iPad drawing apps out there, with literally thousands of features, but have found them to be very difficult to learn and constraining compared to a desktop experience.
For manipulating objects, some users have asked if it would be possible to rotate and reposition drawing layers. Would being able to move entire layers around arbitrarily in space suit your needs?
Also, we too like the idea of having more drawing templates, to complement our Circle and Straight Edge tools with french curves and other shapes. We're trying to preserve hand drawing and drafting techniques without necessarily becoming a full on replacement for more complex illustration tools.
What kinds of shapes did you have in mind?
We're looking at a feature that would let you remove the icons from the shared documents you don't want or even drop in your own. Stay tuned for future updates!
Thanks for the feedback! The north arrow is there for architectural and urban design work, I can see how it is not particularly useful if there is no true north in your drawing. The logo is there to help us make more customers aware of the product, of course, though for our paid pro customers I think we could definitely consider making that optional.
Were you finding it intuitive how to set the Title of your document, or how to zoom it to the right perspective you wanted for sharing? Other options you can play with are the visibility of the grid lines as well as the ability to have multiple base images in your document that you can freely switch between (assuming they are all the same scale!).
Thanks again for the feedback!
Thanks for the feedback! We're definitely looking into these suggestions. One of the things about our application that makes it different from other iPad drawing apps, is the behavior of the pens. Once you choose a pen of a certain size and color, all of the lines you draw with that pen remain the same size and color at every scale. You can presently resize the line weights of all lines in the document but not each of the pens individually.
We are looking at a few ways we can preserve this behavior but still give you the flexibility you're looking for. For example, we could let you have a "jar" of pens. If you don't like the pens we have chosen, you can add new ones. Each new pen might have its own shape and color, but like the other pens, the lines you draw with your own pens are always the same color and size throughout the document at any scale.
In terms of adjusting the imported base image fade level, that one is pretty easy. We're looking at slipping that in to a future update.
In the current app, the layer you are drawing on is always the topmost visible layer. You can toggle each layer on or off without deleting it by clicking the "eye" icon next to the layer in the Layers menu.
The layer you are drawing on is indicated by a yellow rectangle.
Would it be easier for you if the Layer + / - buttons in the right hand toolbar simply changed which layer was the active layer, by moving up and down the stack? We have seen other users wish for something similar.
Thanks for your feedback!AdminAllen Hammock (Chief Technology Officer, Arrette, Inc.) shared this idea ·
Working out this problem with Steven, we have found a bug in the way that PDFs get scaled to raster graphics on Retina display iPads. This does not seem to affect the iPad 2 or the iPad Mini models but does affect the iPad Air, iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad Mini Retina.
We are working on a fix for this. Thank you Steven for helping us find this issue. We'll report back on this post when we have a bug fix ready for Apple's approval in the App Store.