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I'm a Draw power user.
Obviously :-)

Tools besides Layer
Your approach to Draw is clearly the vector drawing features as kind of an
alternative to Inkscape. But what if most people understand it (or want it
to evolve into) rather as a tool for pixel manipulation? Or if the majority
does not care about those features at all?
And depending on how people see the tool it has to offer the right tooling
features. Your examples are good ideas to improve UX when it develops as a
vectoring tool. So I'd drop those questions from the current survey. But
I'm open to more opinions.

Import and export
Added for both vector as well as raster graphics

Good idea, added.

target medium
Sounds interesting but does it reveal any actionable outcome?

another application
Should we ask freely or give some options like Inkscape, Gimp, Krita, Adobe
Foo and Bar? Would it be good to ask for "graphics manipulation tools" or
do we split the question into raster and vector graphics?

outlines, wireframes, flowchart
How about just the free question "For what purpose do you apply Draw"? Is
the average user able to answer it?

Thanks a lot for your comments. Survey begins to take off.


2016-02-02 18:58 GMT+01:00 Regina Henschel <>:

Hallo Heiko,

some aspects are missing:

* Tools besides Layer. They are essential for me. E.g.: Duplicate, Point
manipulation, interactive gradient, various kind of transparency,
3D-Scenes, several snap features, alignment, position&size,
transformations, 3000% zoom, text along path, raster to vector converter,
master page elements.

* Import and export, e.g. I use Draw for export to svg and to import svg
and do not use Inkscape.

* What size of drawings are used?

* What is the target medium? usual (home-) printer, print on large paper
(Din A0) or to plotter, making postcards, prepare for external book
printing, produce ebooks, prepare drawings for websites,...

* How often does the user need help to perform a task; where does he get

* What does the user miss in Draw? (e.g. real CMKY, full featured text
incl. Math formula, easier handling of ...)

* Does the user use another application similar to Draw instead of Draw?

In the current questions there are some terms, which I think should be

"Simple outlines": The word "outline" is used for "document structure" in
Writer and is confusing here.

"wireframes" and "form controls" do not fit together, so the question is

"Flowchart": I would add "organigram" and delete "hierarchical".

"Freeform curves": That is only a very special kind of curve and not the
most important one. Important are paths and Bezier curves.

I would enumerate the questions in kind k/n (k-th question of n questions

I'm a Draw power user.

Kind regards

Heiko Tietze schrieb:

Hi folks,

some time ago we talked about dogfooding. Unfortunately it never comes to
publication but we realized that Draw is kind of a strange beast.

To understand how users understand the tool and what they expect in the
future I prepared a blog post and a survey. And I'd ask you to check both.
Is there anything to improve? Do you have any other question that fit into
the current topic (not too detailed stuff)?

The draft for the text can be found at
and the survey running in test mode (data will not be counted for the
result) here

Would be great when we can decide on Friday about the publication.


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