Thanks, that’s a good point. FWIW, even though I was invited to the initial beta test of Easel, I wasn’t able to run it for want of a computer which would meet its requirements at the time. Not inclined now due to my mislike of cloud software — an evaluation only reinforced by the outage a bit ago.
I think most people just use Carbide Create and don’t have the need to comment on it — it’s simple enough for basic tasks and just works — the problem is when one wants to do anything beyond its built-in tools, a problem for any interactive tool. Really, it just needs a few more tools / options:
- it needs more reliable import for DXFs and SVGs
- for squares and regular polygons it should be possible to round the corners — it would be cool to have a path option which would do this inflex and reflexively for acute and obtuse angles for arbitrary paths
- Boolean operations should not result in polylines
- it should be possible to inset / offset paths
- Bézier curve tool needs to be more flexible — editing paths should be easier/more flexible
Okay, trying again:
A Kickstarter for a book of customizable CNC projects
- $1 (virtual) a vote for which projects are included in the book, get electronic access to the projects
- $25 (virtual) vote for projects (x25), suggest one project for voting to be created for the book, and get a PDF copy of the book
- $50 (physical) vote for projects (x50), suggest a project, get a printed book (and a PDF)
- $1100 (or more) (physical) vote for projects, suggest a project which will be added to a custom copy of the printed book (and to a PDF), receive a machine capable of making the project
Virtual reward pledges may be made on behalf of a school or non-profit, in which case the reward is doubled and both the person making the pledge, and the organization on which it is made on behalf of receive the virtual rewards — the pledges may be totaled, and if sufficient in funds, used for physical reward(s) by the recipient organization.
EDIT: at the end of the Kickstarter, all suggestions are put up on the site for voting, the highest voted projects are fully drawn up, and detailed instructions, cut lists, and b.o.m. for hardware prepared, and a professional quality book, w/ professional illustrations, proper table of contents, and professionally prepared index is made of the selected projects. As machines are shipped out, any projects which need to be created for them will be, each person/organization which receives a machine will receive a book which includes their suggested project in addition to all others.
Hopefully that’s simple enough?