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Exactly.

I was hoping for something like /r/place.

It's just a demonstration of the impressive but ultimately rather useless "drawing -> shape classification" machine learning application.

It would be massively better if I could just choose from the shape classes and place them myself. That would allow at least for some amount of creativity. Of course then they don't get to show off their gimmick AI...




But it's someone else's vision, why does it have to conform to yours ? Also, the classification is super useful for technical flowcharts and designs that can be doodled easily. That's at least one use case.


> But it's someone else's vision, why does it have to conform to yours ?

I didn't say it does. I'm giving an opinion.

> Also, the classification is super useful for technical flowcharts and designs that can be doodled easily. That's at least one use

I disagree. Classic user interfaces are superior here as well. Just pick the tool you want instead of convincing some shape recognition system that whatever you just scribbled is some class of basic shape. You could just pick that shape from a shelf of tools.


I'd say the shape recognition model is the classic one: it was used in Sketchpad (1962) and Grail (1968), at the very early stages of computer GUIs.


By the way, here's a video of Alan Kay presenting Grail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQhVQ1UG6aM


I find choosing shapes from a toolbox to be a pain. I can focus on my train of thoughts and links to pieces when I am drawing freely and not having to context switch to moving and selecting using a cursor. I can also use this interface on a tablet. Many people are wired differently to your preferences, it's worth trying new approaches to old tools.


> I can focus on my train of thoughts and links to pieces when I am drawing freely and not having to context switch to moving and selecting using a cursor.

Do you really know that for a fact or do you just assume that? What program with a scribbly interface are you actually using on a regular basis?

> I can also use this interface on a tablet.

You can also use toolshelfs (and many other interface elements) on a tablet.

> Many people are wired differently to your preferences, it's worth trying new approaches to old tools.

This is not a new approach, this is a very old approach that has been summarily rejected as a good way of going about things.




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