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?
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.
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).