• Adrien Maston, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I can't help but wondering if it is a valid reason : Can a company keep shipping buggy beyond usable software version after version because it's young ?

    That said, I don't really use Sketch but every piece of review that I read describes it as brilliant in concept but so buggy in execution that it gets hard to use.

    If true : B.C. managed to build a very dedicated community around Sketch, it would be a shame that even early loyal users start leaving because of bugs. Plus it is certainly holding potential new users back from adopting it. Given the target market of Sketch, you could assume that current users would perfectly understand and even welcome a bug squashing centered release of Sketch, without the "new features" marketing.

    6 points
    • Satyajit SahooSatyajit Sahoo, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      It has bugs, true, but certainly not beyond usable. I use Sketch and I rarely have to face the bugs.

      I think the reviews you're talking about are about old versions. Current versions have improved a lot since then.

      6 points
      • Adrien Maston, over 7 years ago

        Recent versions as well. Could also be a reputation that sticks to it. Time to try and switch from potential new user to regular user then.

        0 points
      • Fri RasyidiFri Rasyidi, over 7 years ago

        Well, you should consider yourself really lucky then. I used it everyday and always have to face bugs here and there.

        One of the most frustrating is that the latest update this Oct makes all my plugins not working. Worse, saved documents from the latest version is not compatible with earlier versions, so I can't just roll back to earlier version even if it's possible and my coworkers are forced to update as well.

        I'm (and my coworkers are) really looking forward for Adobe Comet now.

        4 points
    • Erik ShawErik Shaw, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      This company and app are hardly young. Sketch was born circa 2011 under the name Drawit, a simple drawing and image manipulation application. The core of Sketch is still based on Drawit, and utilizes many of the initial features. Sketch is often believed to be an app made specifically for interface design, when in reality it's only marketed as such. They saw a need from the design community and changed their target market and sales approach to meet the demand. Problem is, a number of these bugs have been around since day one, and new ones arrive after every update.

      This makes me, unfortunately, question the knowledge and ability of the developers. You certainly don't see this crap with Affinity and other newish design apps.

      3 points
      • Adrien Maston, over 7 years ago

        I hope 2011 is not that old ;)

        That said, what you mention is what emerges from comments and reviews, I could summarize as :

        years later there is still a lot of bugs remaining from day one. Some of the unresolved bugs (old and new) are blocking ones, making some features really unusable or messing the whole file.

        Is it an inherited and undeserved sticky reputation ? Like Firefox is a memory hog.

        This doesn't seem to happen with Affinity and Adobe (in my own experience, it has very rarely).

        On Adobe : far from perfect but with "ginormous decades old pieces of legacy code barely held together by cheap glue" (illustrator dates back to the mid 80's and they were not always a hundred-of-engineers company), Adobe seems to be able to deliver relatively stable software. They keep installing crap scattered all over your hard drive but the software does work.

        For some practical reasons I've found myself working last week with the latest versions of Photoshop and Illustrator on my good old 2007 iMac, and it runs OK. It's certainly not the fastest/confortable setup, it doesn't support the fancy GPU accelerated thingies, but it's perfectly usable with relatively large files (psds with hundred of vector/smart/bitmap layers with effects) and got me through a few days of work. Not too shabby.

        2 points