3 Version Updates in One!
a year ago
We’re updating you on three versions in one post after our short break! Sorry for the radio silence over the past month. We’ve been brewing up a bevy of major features and functions to update you on in our lab, and we’re thrilled to finally reveal them!
All of our new features and bug fixes are building a foundation to support your design growth along with Vectr. We built these with you in mind, so don’t be afraid to leave us feedback! This post will include all three version updates (0.20, 0.21, and 0.22) in one. We’ve got 14 important points to talk about (we’re going to keep them short), so let’s get to it.
SVG import. A monumental new feature has been shipped – import your SVG files into Vectr! Drag/drop or upload your SGVs into the workspace. You’ve all been patiently waiting for this feature, and now you can go crazy with it!
Vectr Marketplace. The ability to import SVG files is not only a big feature, but also a big step towards the development of our marketplace. We’ll be building a design assets marketplace directly inside of Vectr. In the near future, you’ll be able to sell your Vectr designs whenever you want by simply sharing through the marketplace! Users can buy designs made with Vectr by hitting the import button in the editor and searching for listed designs in the marketplace. We’re excited about this huge development, and we hope you are too!
Offline support. In this initial version of offline support, you can make up to 200 changes without internet connection! The changes made will be updated in your file once you’re connected to the internet again.
Firefox support. Firefox users rejoice! You may have felt neglected this whole time, but we were working hard behind-the-scenes to ensure Vectr’s usability on Firefox for you. It was our top priority, and we’ve finally figured out most of the bugs hindering support. Give it a try, and give us some feedback!
Close paths. Paths can be closed when two endpoints are connected! You can connect back to an endpoint while creating as well as editing. To close a path, double-click an open path (two endpoints are disconnected), and a connecting line from one endpoint will appear. Click the other endpoint to close the path. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Drag to draw curves. Illustrators will love this new function because you can draw curves just by dragging your mouse! Select the pen tool to click and drag for curves – voila!
Text with gradient backgrounds. Add gradient backgrounds to text the same way you add them to objects. Type your text and double-click it to enter editing mode. In the editor under the background filter, you’ll be able to choose either linear or radial gradients. Learn more about it in our gradients tutorial.
The text editing experience isn’t up to par – bear with us! We’re figuring out a way to edit text using SVG. It’ll take us a while to build from scratch, but it’ll be worth the wait. Check out our roadmap to see what else we have in store for you.
Toggle between boundless and bounded text. You no longer have to click and drag to make boundless text into bounded text. Our update makes toggling between text bounds a lot easier. Just right-click and select “Change text to bounded/boundless mode.”
Multiline text. At last there’s a way to enter multiline text! Type text and hit the enter key to start typing on another line. You can type as many lines as you like.
Corresponding font weight. Previously, font weights didn’t correlate with font family. Not all font families have equal font weights. The “ABeeZee” font family, for instance, only has normal and italic font weight. It was confusing to show different font weights when they weren’t even an option, so we’ve fixed this to only show available font weights.
Visible borders in geometry. Geometry is a lot easier when you can see what you’re working with. We’ve added borders to objects while you’re using geometry so that you’re not designing blindly.
Jump straight into a new file. This update opens up a new workspace whenever you click the New File button in the dashboard. We wanted to keep your momentum going without delaying your design flow for even a split second, so now you’ll go straight to where the magic happens. You can rename your file in the toolbar by selecting the File Menu icon.
Lock page width and height. Another handy function we have is the ability to lock the width and height of the page in the workspace so that it can be scaled proportionally when either the width and height is adjusted. Check the lock box found under the Page Setting section of the editor to give it a try.
Bug fixes. We’re constantly fixing bugs to enhance your experience, so here are a few key bug fixes to highlight:
- Copy/paste background. Copy/pasting image background will no longer lead to undone edits or any other problems.
- Move rounded edge selections simultaneouly. Previously, you were unable to move rounded edge selections all at the same time–this has been fixed.
- Copy/paste objects kept in same order. Before this bug fix, objects would sometimes appear in the wrong order after copying/pasting.
We tried to keep this post short and sweet. Check back here for more bi-weekly updates, but if you miss us in the interim–take a look at our tutorials or user guide to learn more about how Vectr can help your designs! Feel free to contact us anytime. We love hearing from all of our users! Until next time, stay classy Vectr Users!