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Comment by 11009723
about Pencil Project Aug 2016

I like this mockup tool

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3.0 beta works well on Windows 10 64bit 1 Helpful

Comment by nikolakovaevi
about Pencil Project Jul 2016

First of all, "official website" link is wrong. I wanted to update it but there are already pending changes.

Correct link is: http://pencil.evolus.vn/

Order of events:
1. Evolus creates and updates a great tool up to version 2.0.5.
2. Development seems to stall.
3. Another chap forks and continues development using the same name and continuing version numbers: https://github.com/prikhi/pencil
4. This chap (as of this writing) hasn't updated it in 4 months.
5. Evolus introduces new version 3.0 still in beta and puts their code in github as well (link on their site)

Chap that forked should have changed the name and restarted version numbers not to confuse anyone.

I've tested 3.0 beta 2 and it works well in portable mode (installs in user local data) and doesn't need admin access. Save, open, export functionality works well even with multiple pages. You can't copy/paste out of it as it uses own XML data format. To integrate to other tools you must export (to PNG). I use it for quick sketches. When necessity calls for quality and precise drawings, I use LibreOffice Draw and GIMP.

Few bad things about 3.0 beta 2 is that install is super silent and quick because it doesn't meed permissions, so there is no uninstaller. In local user folder program/data is stored in ".pencil", "AppData\Local\Pencil" and "AppData\Roaming\Pencil". Shortcuts to be manually deleted as well.

[Edited by nikolakovaevi, July 15]

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Does pencil evolus support right to left languages?! -1 Helpful

Comment by yaziderman
about Pencil Project Dec 2014

Does pencil evolus support right to left languages?! Can we change the direction of the shapes, tables to be from right to left?!

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Pencil tip broken

Negative Comment by LexDWeb
about Pencil Project Dec 2013

Tried to install on Mavericks, it wouldn't open and just crashed. Sad

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