You're gonna get destroyed on here.
That said, yeah, I've been unable to use Sketch professionally because it crashed constantly on me compared to the competition, but that's anecdotal.
You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become Photoshop.
This may seem like hyperbole, but when you rely so heavily on an application for your livelihood, these kinds of missteps are unacceptable. Deadlines need to be met. Assets need to be delivered. And right now Sketch is more of a hinderance than a help.
Come on, that's nothing but hyperbole. Even with Sketch's missteps and errors, it's clear that you are extremely overstating how much they are happening to you for it to be "more of a hinderance than a help".
Yes it has issues. Issues that bohemian recognise and are trying to fix, but I don't see how you came to that conclusion.
As for beta testing, it's from my knowledge permanently available on their website, I used 3.4 extensively prior to its release along with a lot of other people.
Sketch is great! It's an amazing tool that's made my job far more enjoyable. And yes, they've done a fantastic job of acknowledging the problems, apologizing, and communicating how they're fixing them.
But they're not infallible, and this version was not ready for public release. I have important files I can't open and hangups/crashes that are setting back projects . My investment in Sketch is exactly why my disappointment is so pointed.
Also, I didn't know they posted beta releases, thanks! I'll definitely be checking that out in the future.
Yeah I'm not at all saying they are infallible either, they've absolutely screwed up a few things but my main issue is with the far too overdramatic post about it. I would suggest that if you are having such major issues that you might need to look at your workflow or equipment as it would appear you are struggling more that the majority.
I also think Sketch has only ever been acknowledged as the best alternative rather than a perfect bit of software, so it might be worth checking the competitors again, Photoshop has improved, so has Affinity and ofc Project Comet isn't far off.
out of interest what sort of hardware are you on, would be good for you to compare against other people who have issues.
I can see where it comes off as overdramatic, but unfortunately this is my reality right now. 3.4.2 wouldn't let me open 100MB+ files... Sketch suggested I downgrade to 3.4.1 which seems to have done the trick.
I hear you on workflow/equipment, but the only way to resolve this kind of problem would be duplicate workstreams in different environments, which isn't really ideal.
For reference, here's my setup: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qmsi6j548k63e2a/Screenshot%202015-11-17%2009.09.07.png?dl=0
Here we go. Another masturbatory article on Medium on why you shouldn't be using x.
Let people use what they're efficient with and jog on.
I never said you shouldn't be using Sketch. I love Sketch.
Then you and whoever wrote the title of the article should get together for a beer and compare notes.
Seems like a few people understood this as general bashing in Sketch's direction and didn't get that this article covers one single release and the fact that this release (for me, too) was absolutely broken and unusable. Sketch is still great, but releasing something that doesn't work for a big subset of users (and yes, you may have not noticed any problems, good for you!) is something we should talk about.
Even the headline makes sense. Until now, I updated Sketch every time there was an update. That's the Savior part, I didn't think about it clearly and didn't compare my experience with Sketch to my experience with every other piece of software. From now on, I'll wait until I change all my files to only be opened by the latest (possibly broken) version of Sketch.
Bugs happen, Bohemian Coding, as great as they are, are not much different than any other software company. Building a product is hard, QA is hard, too and we all should acknowledge that. But we also need to be able to talk about the problems software has.
To compare notes with the OP, what sort of hardware are you on? It seems that people are either absolutely fine with it or having an awful time, no middle ground.
This is the system I work with: http://d.pr/i/13r3M Everything is fine since 4.3.2, but it was unusable with 4.3 and 4.3.1.
I use it every day, been Adobe free for almost a year and pretty happy about it. Not sure I can expand this experience into a hot take Medium post though.
I didn't notice anything wrong with it. Crashes every once in a long while, that's about it.
It doesn't look like it's happening for everybody, only a subset of users.
They've had one really bad release that should have never seen the light of day, but Adobe's had a lot more. I'm good with Sketch and Affinity Designer for now.