Great program. I’ve only been using uMake for a week or so, but I’m already very impressed. I do have a question about the best usage of snapping in conjunction with groups and layers. I may have missed a setting and I’m far from being an expert (or even a fairly competent user), but I would like to be able to snap to various points on “protected” objects. I primarily intend to use uMake for woodworking projects, and once I’m satisfied with a particular component, I like to lock it somehow to prevent accidental alterations.
The problem is that when I do that, I can no longer snap to any endpoints, midpoints, etc. I can understand how this might be problematic for grouped items because the snap points might only be on the bounding box which may not even be located on a “real” curve or plane. However, I had hoped that ungrouped items on a visible but locked layer would still be snap-able. I can’t see how this would cause a problem since the individual snapping tools are easily toggled. Although I suppose people with a different method of working might see it otherwise – perhaps an additional layer property to control snapping when visible would be possible.
On the subject of snapping in general, I’ve worked through most of the tutorials (which are excellent BTW), but none so far seem to spend much time on using snap efficiently. And the current version of uMake has more snapping options than are available in the tutorials. I would really appreciate a current tutorial video explaining the various snap options.
Speaking of tutorials, I do understand that as long as you keep adding new features (which I heartily endorse), you will never be able to be completely up to date. And there will always be the question of whether to devote scarce resources to adding new features (and fixing inevitable bugs) or to developing documentation and training materials. No easy answers, but perhaps it would help if there was a master “change log / cross reference” which could ease confusion when viewing the older tutorial videos. All of the videos I’ve watched have had lots of good information and valuable tips, but it would help prevent confusion when following along if I’d had some forewarning on functions that had moved or were implemented slightly differently.
Once again, great program – and just plain fun. It is great to be able to use my iPad with touchscreen and pencil to accomplish what formerly could only be done on a much larger and less convenient system.