Here are the links:
* Website: https://presentify.compzets.com
* Demo: https://youtu.be/CTR1iAbGhjg
* Mac App Store: https://apps.apple.com/app/presentify/id1507246666
Please, feel free to share your feedback. It would mean a lot to me.
Is it drawing inside of the window, or is it at a fixed point on the screen? As in, if I underline text and then scroll down, does the underline scroll down with the text? What if I dragged the window to the left or right? I only watched the YouTube video and there was no scrolling (or dragging) while a drawing was visible in the demo, so guessing no?
In order for scrolling to work you'd have to do something like create a transparent window over the app you are drawing on, and scroll the application window that is below using the Accessibility API.
One suggestion: don’t use Twitter as your support/contact system. I don’t have an account with them, don’t want an account with them, and so it’s a turnoff to think I might not have a good way of providing feedback or get support if I paid for this product.
As long as there’s responsive support via standard ‘open’ channels such as email or phone, why would you care whether others can use other channels (e.g. regular mail, fax, or home visits :-) ) to get support?
‘Friendly’ how? I’m wondering how it’s better than a ticketing system or email.
couple of things:
when screen annotation off, two finger scrolling gestures don't work (though scrolling with arrow keys for example still does). Not sure if that was intentional
It would be nicer if the erase tool was a real eraser, and not just a way to clear the full screen (since turning off annotations already does that anyway
And, thanks for the compliment.
- When I draw, I can't scroll anymore.
- When I draw, I can't quit. The button to open the menu doesn't work and I see no button to exit.
I ended up with CMD + Q to close the application. I now see there's shortcuts in the menu, but I wouldn't rely on shortcuts for operations. In my opinion, shortcuts are shortcuts for buttons, not a substitute.
This solves one major technical problem: how to make the annotations move with content
> The button to open the menu doesn't work and I see no button to exit.
Do you mean the button on the menu bar doesn't work? Definitely sounds like a bug; works well for me on the macOS 10.15.4. Also, the keyboard shortcuts work for me to toggle annotation.
> ... shortcuts are shortcuts for buttons, not a substitute.
Disagree. Shortcuts are for functions of the app, like menu items. There are many menu items in many apps that don't have buttons, but they have shortcuts. I would agree that there shouldn't be shortcuts for 'hidden' functionality.
The button on the menu bar should work as only the visible screen is where the annotation takes place. If in case it doesn't work for some reason, you can always use the keyboard shortcut control+option+A to toggle annotate feature.
Hope this helps!
1. Make the color/clear buttons a little larger. The hit targets are very small at the moment when using a Pencil on iPad. It's easy to draw on the buttons by mistake when you mean to press them.
2. Add a “stop annotating screen” button to the buttons, separated by some space so it's harder to press accidentally. That way I can end the annotation session from the iPad instead of having to use the keyboard or mouse.
3. Add a “undo stroke” command and shortcut. Users of AstroPad should then be able to map this to a two-finger tap, which would give a really nice undo workflow for drawing on screen. https://astropad.com/magic-gestures/. When annotating it's pretty common to want to undo a bad mark without having to clear everything you've drawn so far.
I will be implementing the 2nd and 3rd in the next release. 1st one I can do after. I can increase the size of the pen color selectors.
May I ask why would one need a non-app store version? I thought users would trust the App Store more than other websites like gumroad, paddle, etc.
Mind you, Paddle has this problem too, but some other systems, like FastSpring, do not.
Although as an additional addendum to that—and this is probably not going to make you want to use Paddle—there is a generic keygen that works for all Paddle apps, so I don’t mind buying them because I know I have a failsafe.
Out of curiosity what is Compzets.com that's linked from the app, is it the author's company or it's just an ad?
Slack has something similar during video calls where anyone can draw on the screen and the annotation automatically fades after a few seconds. Might be a good addition to your product.
And, thanks a lot for the compliment :)
Apple's Preview app allows drawing with the touchpad without double-tapping, to sign on a PDF. Presumably someone could make an app that would switch to such a mode system-wide on a hotkey, and dialed down the sensitivity.
One suggestion for future improvement would be auto shape snapping. I assume most will use this with a mouse which can result in squiggly, unsightly lines. A number of iOS note taking apps detect a similar shape and snap to straight lines or perfect circles. Hope that helps and thanks for the app.
- the "Highlight cursor at app launch" has a "Start sdf sdfsdf" tooltip
- I can not change the keyboard shortcuts (when I click on the button to configure them, nothing happens)
- the default keyboard shortcut "Control + Option + A" presented in the menu does not work on French keyboards and requires instead to push "Control + Option + Q", which looks like a AZERTY / QWERTY configuration issue?
It seems this is currently not possible. Would also be important to me.
Its hard for us with a very mixed tech stack to realise something like this. I've started thinking about using VNC to share Autodesk Sketchbook from my Surface Pro to do presentations and splicing it together with my webcam using OBS for meetings.
If anyone has done something similar I'd love to hear it, main workstation is linux.
Also check out https://github.com/bk138/gromit-mpx
Suggestion: Make the diameter of the cursor highlight an option I can tweak.
Did you face any issues too? Any thing I can use to troubleshoot?
Or you can simply use this https://github.com/sindresorhus/LaunchAtLogin
Right now I am using `SMLoginItemSetEnabled` to set my helper app and returns `true` as the returned status. The helper even seems to launch my main app just fine if I run the helper alone. But it doesn't work after login :(
I did try running `lsregister -dump` but it returns a massive database and I have no idea how to even filter it for my app only.
i.e. if I have a power point presentation open up that I'm "drawing" on top of, would like an option to screenshot/record my screen, so I can save whatever annotations I have made.
Also would like to be able to add text boxes and type (as an addition).
- screenshots are too small and on 10.14 video preview is missing
- touchbar support
- as someone suggested, if you demo sidecar + pencil you will get featured if your app is translated to 5-6 languages
I just bought it and will be using it tomorrow AM. Works great.
"helps you give better presentations by letting you annotate any screen, highlight your cursor, and more"
The exit button is on the menu bar icon itself. One does not need to remember key shortcuts to exit. You can simply tap on the menu bar icon and then click "Stop Annotating Screen". Hope it helps.
Would love to see this on the iPad as well, know of a few corporate users looking for it. Happy to chat offline.
Looking forward to it.
The only thing I found is that the hit targets for the pen colors and clear screen button are perhaps a little small to tap with a pencil; I ended up drawing on the buttons accidentally a few times.
Switching colors with the keyboard shortcuts (1/2/3) and clearing with the c key works fine alongside the pencil, though.
I also instinctively tried to tap two fingers on the iPad as an “undo stroke” command, as that's how other iPad drawing apps often work, but that obviously does nothing in this case at the moment.
It would be useful to have an “undo stroke” shortcut in the app so users could map to the shortcut from a gesture (not sure Sidebar supports that but I think AstroPad does: https://astropad.com/magic-gestures/ ).
I just gave it a try on my iPad 7th gen and my MacBook (running macOS Catalina) and it worked great.
One thing to keep in mind though, when I connected my iPad to my mac via sidecar, many of the menu bar apps got hidden due to lack of space on my menu bar. So, I had to start the "Annotate Screen" via keyboard shortcut.
edit: I tried it w/ Astropad.... works great
The different shapes are coming in the next release to Presentify so I am not considering it for the comparison now.
(Source: my app uses a couple Carbon APIs, where I couldn’t get the newer Cocoa APIs to work reliably.)