Thanks to your feedback, hear’s what I’m hearing:
Yes, the feedback and the bug reports and feature requests are really helpful. Many people were pretty jazzed with how quickly they could map out their ideas. But the one thing that’s causing significant stress is the text tool because…well…it’s just not behaving right. It’s difficult to do things easily. It disappears if you don’t add text right away. It doesn’t manage focus intuitively.
This is not good. This is especially not good in a program that is meant to make things easy.
Moving forward, in the next version of SimpleDiagrams (1.0.12) I plan to address two things:
- Improve text tool and make interaction more natural
- Add a mechanism to download new libraries from the SimpleDiagrams server
The second item will improve the expressiveness of SimpleDiagrams. One user wrote in and said that he liked the tool but that he needed cleaner looking diagram symbols to present to his client. Another wanted shapes for a specific domain.
Adding in downloadable libraries with different topics and styles will help a lot of you map your ideas and thoughts more accurately (and let me know what domains you’re working in can start creating some libraries for you).
Once those two items are ticked off, I want to address the following features in no particular order
- Add Undo and Redo
- Implement a better multi-select
- Add in key + click combinations (e.g. shift-select)
- Implement some more features that help diagram UX flows (starting with Jakob Linowski’s sketching notation )
- Export to more formats (pdf? jpg?)
- Export to more tools and services (Facebook?)
- “Sticky” connectors
Please let me know what other features you’d find useful and which are needed ASAP!