2.7 out of 5 with 3 ratings

Pencil Project Reviews

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  • It is capable of most things that other software like XD or Figma can do
  • It is open source
  • It can be extended with collections and such
  • It lets you edit things like images on the fly using whatever program you want, and it works well


  • The difference in polish between it and other solutions are beyond astronomical
    • you can't measure distances
    • snap lines (midpoints and such) only show when dragging and dropping, not when using the keyboard
    • things like shadows or round corners are only available through either plugins or code
    • almost everything else needs either a plugin (or part of a collection) or to be coded
  • At the time of writing this, the project's last commit was in october, it's been almost 6 months since their last commit
  • Adding to the commits issue, the software itself needs a ton of love and and even more work to make it abstract enough for people who want to do something other than program their designs.

TLDR; the program is nice if you like spending hours coding shadows and round corners onto your rectangles.


Pencil tip broken

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


Be persistant with Debian

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apt-get install iceweasel first.
Then install the deb with dpkg -i package.deb

[Edited by thesavo, January 16]


This seems more like a comment that an actual review, maybe a mod can move it over.