I think it's a form of designers' snobbery. I guess their whole career is about making things look good, so many would struggle with an interface that doesnt have that as a priority.
Agreed as well. I can find much delight in a well-designed (read: easy to navigate, not necessarily pretty
) interface myself. I totally appreciate that the guy had trouble adjusting to a new interface, we all do, and it's especially frustrating when the successful navigation of said software interface affects the success of one's livelihood, as would be the case with a professional designer/architect/artist/musician/etc.
I dont know how long it takes to adjust to new software, probably it depends how many years you've been using your old software ;-)
That certainly depends on how much effort has been put into the usability of the software. Even if everything is totally backwards from what you're used to, if the functions are easily discovered or intuitive, the change should be rather painless. Recently, I tried and failed again to seriously work with gEDA
; never again, even if the EvilMadScientist.com
guys are all over it
. I can get to a certain point in the workflow, and suddenly I have no idea what to do to move to the next step, and myriads of Google searches and Reading The Free Manual haven't yielded a sufficient answer. Bad form, gentlemen.
Compared with the ease of working with Eagle
quirks), it's akin to catching mice by holding a rattlesnake; gets the job done, but you're just as likely to be bitten as the mouse.
On the other hand, I've tried my hand at AutoCAD
more than a few times when I had access to it, and despite it being industry standard, I found a much easier time with DoubleCAD
or even the open-source 'community' edition of QCAD
Hopefully, with so many former and current freehand users contributing to the success of Expressive, it'll be a viable alternative to both the commercial and open-source current vector editing offerings.
Now, if only I had 25 euros...