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Any drawing program with a Freehand-style line-shaping tool?
Posted by: what4
Date: July 02, 2019 03:17PM
The old Aldus Freehand had a drawing tool that let you grab a drawn line and reshape it by just pushing or pulling or dragging it. You didn't have to go through Illustrator-type point geometry to change the line.

I found that tool (Flash also had it) to be a much more intuitive way to draw online that the Illustrator tool.

Freehand, bought way back by Adobe and sidelined in favor of Illustrator, has not been supported since several Mac OS's ago.

There's no use trying to talk me into the virtues of the Illustrator method that involves point geometry.

If I have overlooked a source for this tool, please point me to it.
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Re: Any drawing program with a Freehand-style line-shaping tool?
Posted by: jdc
Date: July 02, 2019 04:01PM
Ai does that now... but you would have to pay for the CC memnbership.

Perhaps affinity designer... [affinity.serif.com]



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Re: Any drawing program with a Freehand-style line-shaping tool?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: July 02, 2019 07:37PM
IIRC, Libre Office has something similar.



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Re: Any drawing program with a Freehand-style line-shaping tool?
Posted by: Marc Anthony
Date: July 02, 2019 09:28PM
Even very old versions of Illustrator have a freehand pencil tool in addition to the more precise pen geometry. You can change an existing line simply by drawing another line over or near the endpoints. You can also specify the tolerances to make it more or less smooth.



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Re: Any drawing program with a Freehand-style line-shaping tool?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: July 02, 2019 11:43PM
I discovered by accident that Illustrator does the good old Bend-o-matic thing as well. Use the Direct Selection tool to select one of the points at either end of a curve, and you can then push the curve directly.

What I still haven't found a proper replacement for is Freehand's connector points that could be drawn with only one Bezier handle extended. Illy lets you tuck one handle back into the point, but you can't draw them that way.
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Re: Any drawing program with a Freehand-style line-shaping tool?
Posted by: jdc
Date: July 03, 2019 01:45AM
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Mr Downtown
What I still haven't found a proper replacement for is Freehand's connector points that could be drawn with only one Bezier handle extended. Illy lets you tuck one handle back into the point, but you can't draw them that way.

Not sure if this the same, but I can pull the handle in like this. Just goes away. Now only one handle.





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Re: Any drawing program with a Freehand-style line-shaping tool?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: July 03, 2019 12:16PM
Right; that's what I meant by "tuck[ing] one handle back into the point." But is there any way to draw the point that way as you go, using the pen tool?
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