Feature Requests for easier UX

Hello, I’ve been using the free version and just got my pro on, and I had some thoughts that would really help streamline things. My background is in graphic design and UX, and I’m very familiar with adobe interfaces, for some context. I’m still learning your tools, so I may be missing some functionality.

  1. Select tools. Please, some kind of lasso tool that allows you to quickly select multiple items. maybe use a finger or two on the pad while drawing the selection path, to switch between “all items intersecting the drawn path” and “all items contained within the path.” A visual cue with icon/color, either near the pen tip or at a fixed place in the interface would indicate the current state of the tool.

1a) if I tap and hold an object with the pen, I can select the whole object… what if I held it longer… and it selected the group the item belongs to, and every .5s thereafter selecting one group parent level up? jumping to the group menu every time I want to select multiple items is a high-friction occurrence.

1b) Please please please, a “reselect” tool for those errant taps that make us lose our selections.

  1. Align tools. in 2D drawing mode, I would reference adobe illustrator’s align tools, giving control over which face of which object to align to (select objects, then highlight the “anchor” object and align to X or Y axis). Let the user move the control point that gets aligned, and snap it to points on the object. Similarly it would be nice to have a “bring together” tool that would allow you to select two points on different objects and reposition them so those points are in the exact same point in space.

  2. Image Textures - I’ve seen this request before I just want to reiterate it. One thing I’ve been using shapr3D for is making accurate scale models of my friends renovation projects, and using it to help plan construction as well as choosing surface finishes and colors. I understand not wanting to make texturing too complicated, but color+transparency is very limited. We have the ability to bring in images, so why not be able to project and either stretch or tile them to cover a surface? I have manually tiled images placed in front of surfaces to mock up things, and it’s a bit frustrating.

  3. Carving/Texture tools. imagine being able to draw lines, shapes or patterns on a surface, and then carve all those lines into the face. Full control over the profile, shape and depth of the gouge, or use it to create an embossed or raised surface.

Let’s leave it at that for now, happy to flesh out these ideas if needed.

Hey, all good points, selection improvements are definitely needed. Did you know that deselect all is undoable?

2 Likes