I stumbled upon this article on hackernews about a person’s experience with various online drawing tools, among them Penpot: Just paying Figma $15/month because nothing else f***ing works
- Its rant-y (cue title) and I guess some of the critique might be perceived as unfair.
- It uses the tools for diagrams/illustrations, not for UI design, so the usecase is at best a secondary one (I personally would probably used Affinity Designer for their usecase)
- they seem to find the self-hosting complicated. I am not a hosting/deployment/docker… expert though and can’t say a lot about this
- They criticize the marketing of Penpot as being focussed on it being open source.
- Some problems of getting fonts to render correctly and as paths (rather than as texts) so that diagrams remain the same no matter if the client/viewer has the font avaliable.
- Criticizing the svg export as relying on chromium and thus not guaranteeing a match of how-its-shown-in-editor and how-the-export-looks-like (particularly if you do not use chromium)
- Snapping works better in Figma
- More stroke settings in Figma