By This is Lovely! SPRL
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Create beautiful diagrams (flowcharts, sitemaps, org. charts, etc.) in minutes.
Using simple and natural gestures, you can literally draw diagrams as naturally as if you were sketching on paper.
Check it in action here: http://vimeo.com/lovelycharts/ipad
- Draw shapes to add objects
- Draw a "Z" to delete objects
- Use one finger to select, move, resize
- Use two fingers to connect existing symbols together, or create new symbols (eg, "next step")
- Use 2 fingers to pan the canvas, and/or pinch to zoom in and out
- Touch & Hold to replace, duplicate or delete objects and links
- Double tap to edit labels
- Triple tap to fit on screen
- Swipe up near the top to enter "Focus mode": no navigation or status bars
- Swipe down near the top to recover navigation and status bars.
- Text formatting: set text font, color, size, attributes (bold/italic)
- Drop shadows
- Create custom styles presets
- Double tap on a style preset to apply to entire diagram
- Carefully curated color options, to quickly make gorgeous & consistent diagrams
- Straight, angled and curved links
- (Very) simple stroke options: arrows, line style (continuous, dashed, dotted)
- Limited (for now) symbols set: rectangle, circle, diamond, rounded rectangle, input/output, document. More to come.
- Simple export options: send via email, as image (png), vector PDF, or as editable diagram (.lcml), or save to Photos.
For any issue, question, feature request or comment, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a tweet to @jeromecordiez, and I'll do my best to help you out asap. Thank you!
What's New in Version 1.3.3
Support for the new iPad's Retina Display
A lesson learned and my new found caution for indie developers
Talk about disappointment. I followed the early days of this app and quickly bought into the pretty screenshots and videos.
In retrospect, it seems like the developer was never quite sure how to make an iOS app and only developed features that he was sure would look good in a demo video. One you start using the LovelyCharts, the novelty wears off and you realize you were sold a $5 dollar app with a pretty shell. What's worse is that the developer's promises for frequent updates (written on his blog) were also untrue.
I am not saying the developer is a crook. It just seems like he took on a very ambitious project with tunnel vision. He was much too focused on aesthetics (given his 'Lovely' brand) and not on the features. But without accountability (which the app store does not have much of), it is quite easy to fizzle out and disappear. I am guessing he lost motivation.
At least for me, this is a warning for to be cautious about one-man shows. I knew this app was overpriced for its feature set at the time, but I thought the $5 price point would serve as an investment to help him take this app to great places. Here we are after 5 months with no bug fixes for what is already a limited app. Back to iThoughts, which has 1000% more feature and reliability (I am being very literal there).
Needs work but has potential
*update. Looks like developer has abandoned this app. Until changes or updates are made, I would save your money and look elsewhere. I'm deleting and no longer recommending.
I was on the fence over this or iDesk, but decided on this for the symbols library which more closely works for programming flow charting. Maybe when iDesk gets a library of symbols it will become more usable, but for now Lovelycharts is better in this respect.
Things that make this good:
-able to create quickly
-text on join lines
-Simple UI *see below
-potential for improvement
Things that need fixing:
-drag and zoom can be buggy. Tends to drop items off screen which I didn't realize until I zoomed out
-selectable page sizes
-two finger to join can be hit or miss. Tends to copy instead, though the ability to quickly change a symbol slightly balances this
-better control on cropping on jpg export
-while simple UI is good, it's almost too simple. Maybe option to hide/show formatting bar
-More symbols! I can almost do without free form (would be nice) but a larger variety if symbols would give this 4 stars
-maybe pre-formatted starters with appropriate symbols. I would like to use this for database design but don't see a way to denote 1> symbols above symbols.
Be prepared to lose your chart
Love the simplicity. It's now the 3rd time where my almost finished work gets all scrambled up and all boxes disappear. Make sure to email yourself the editable version every few minutes so you don't have to start from start. Web version is 100 times better.