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Alpha Release Wishlist #206

Alecaddd opened this issue Sep 29, 2019 · 3 comments

Alpha Release Wishlist #206

Alecaddd opened this issue Sep 29, 2019 · 3 comments


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@Alecaddd Alecaddd commented Sep 29, 2019

Setting up expectations for an Alpha release

Here's a list of must-have features for a first release of Akira.
This list is a Work in Progress and it can change based on our availability and technical challenges.

General UI

  • All icons can be changed between regular and symbolic from Settings.
  • Hide/Show labels underneath Headerbar buttons from Settings.
  • Remember side panel sizing in gsettings.
  • Preview mode with CTRL + ..
  • Alert dialog before closing if document has been edited and not saved.


  • Default Canvas at 100K x 100K pixels.
  • Zoom action via Headerbar button and CTRL + +/CTRL + -
  • Zoom action via mouse scroll with CTRL + Scroll
  • Pan action with mouse middle click and Spacebar + click and drag.
  • Create Artboards.
  • Shapes should snap to Artboard's edges.
  • Click and drag on an empty canvas area to select multiple shapes.


  • Manage default fill and border color in Settings.
  • Add Rectangle.
  • Add Ellipse.
  • Import/Add Image.
  • Control shapes order via Headerbar buttons.
  • Control Position and sizing via Transform Panel.
  • Lock resize ratio via Transform Panel.
  • Lock resize ratio when holding CTRL on shape creation.

File format

  • Save simple file with version control in .akira format (No UI for alpha release).
  • Export Canvas and Artboards as PNG.
  • Export Canvas and Artboards as SVG.

Options Panel

  • Control fill color.
  • Control border size and color.
  • Control border radius for Rectangle shapes.
  • Control alignment relative to the Canvas or Artboard.

Layers Panel

  • Lock/Hide canvas items from layer panel.
  • Edit names of layers and artboards.
  • Delete layers and artboards.
  • Search by name.
  • Control shapes order via Layers panel.


  • Shortcuts helper panel with F1 key.
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@mirekmazel mirekmazel commented Nov 8, 2019

@Alecaddd A note about the Super key – you might want to consider a different key combo, as Super is overriden in GNOME (and possibly other DEs as well). I know Akira is elementaryOS-focused, but it'd be nice if there weren't bigger usability issues in other DEs.


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@albfan albfan commented Nov 8, 2019

Typically Ctrl+? in GNOME. Maybe we can customize that as the shortcuts localized


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@Alecaddd Alecaddd commented Dec 27, 2019

We could also consider using a function button, something like F1 might make more sense.

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