digital artist, 3D
Join Date: Apr 2003
I'm using Xara for many tasks, it's 2D & vector in one, and it's very fast for vector editing, plus web design. I also bought Serif Photoplus, and it does most of the things I need.
For quick painting I prefer gimp, because I don't have to do anything with masks, just load paint next.
I have old corel suite which helps on some of the more complicated stuff, and it's still incredible value for money. But I still find most of the 2D software lucking in terms of masking, not in options but in complexity, none of them intuitive. Specially when needed to be used on sequence rather the one picture.
I also bought 3D coat and other programs, depending of what I need.
Biggest problem I think is FILE FORMAT!
When I was working in mostly 3D small workshops, we would get LATEST photoshop or illustrator file and then what? You have to have the LATEST version yourself in order to read it.
But more then anything, we need revolution in how the OS works and how software works.
We need a way to work on 2D image, where I can use any or ALL THE SOFTWARE AT THE SAME TIME to work on the same picture. We need more open systems, not more closed.
Also something I still miss from AMIGA days is to be able to use ALL THE TOOLS at the same time as well. I can't do anything to a cut out until I confirm it? and nonsense like that.
I'm also aware and I've seen that many times that users don't use more then 20% of the options available, due to tools not being intuitive enough.
Thanks for reading
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VFX rule no. 387
# Just redo it!