Love/hate relationship with Pixelmator and Sketch (where is Retina support for Adobe!?)

Because designing with Adobe on my retina MBP is a pain in the eyes (all those pixels, gahh!) I’m trying to replace my workflow with Pixelmator and Sketch. Unfortunately, it’s not too easy because:

(1) Designing for, say, 1144px on Pixelmator makes the canvas look as small as this: 

I’m not sure if I’m being stupid or what, but have I missed some kind of option in Pixelmator which Sketch thankfully has? 

Obviously, designing for the same size/ratio would make my job way easier than trying to squint at the pixel-accurateness of Pixelmator. 

(2) As much as I would like to do everything in Sketch because of this issue (or feature), it does NOT support PSD files as of the moment. Also, weirdly enough, despite being a vector program, I cannot copy+paste vectors from Illustrator to sketch. Or open .EPS files. There is no way to copy+paste vector files into a vector-drawing app? Whaaaat? 

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions? 

App review: Sketch

I’ve been using Sketch for high (enough) fidelity mock-ups and wireframes on the retina MBP and right now I feel that: 

  • $30 is still a bit too expensive (even on a Sale price) for the current features of this app
  • $50 (full price) is just not worth it

Although of course, I’m mostly willing to spend a little more on some apps that would look good on the Retina which is why I bought it in the first place. I still end up opening Photoshop and Illustrator to get some things done (quickly). 

Sketch is pretty much similar to how I use Adobe Fireworks because it makes grids, alignments, and resizing easier than some apps (some shortcuts were easy enough to guess). I just have a few things to complain about: 

  • ‘V’ is the shortcut key on Photoshop for the arrow so I would often press it on Sketch. On Sketch however, it’s also the same key for the Vector tool so I end up accidentally adding points on my canvas. It’s annoying to have to undo so often. 
  • There is no crop. Which is crazy inconvenient because I’d get some stock photos on the internet for an mobile app mock-up and I just…can’t crop it. Allan crops in Preview. Which for a $30 app to lack is crazy ridiculous. 

    ** I asked at their support forum and there is an alternative, which means selecting and deleting. Still, not really crop yet.  

  • It crashes. A lot. Although it saves and reloads pretty fast, it’s still a little annoying.
  • There are still some vector functionalities in Illustrator that I need, which I haven’t been able to do on Sketch such as Expand Appearance. I’m not used to the vector tool in Sketch yet either. 
I haven’t used all functionalities yet though, and maybe one of these days I can try out their CSS features and Sketch will be more useful.

At the end of the day I look at my screen and it’s not pixelized and I think it’s still a little bit worth it. 

App splurge: Sketch

I bought Sketch, which was on sale for almost $30. It’s originally $50. Can’t wait to try out CSS and Grids with this! Plus, another retina-friendly app. Not bad but oh god, that’s also Php 1.6k less money, haha. 

I seriously need to go on needs-only mode. So far I’ve successfully kept myself from shopping for new clothes and shoes for a few months now (minus HK).