Newbie here, trying the demo.
First let me say that I am absolutely incredulous at the general quality and capabilities of the program. Where has it been all my life? I am also afraid to say that from where I sit, as a marketing consultant and small publisher (of books -- there's no money in it folks! ) the program is pretty seriously under-priced.
I would be happy to pay more so long as it did what it is supposed to do ... on a Mac. Dual 1.25Ghz G4 MMD, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, OS X.4.9.
1) HEALING BRUSH
Fantastic. Unfortunately, I had two 300 dpi pix on an A4 page, and after half a dozen clicks, which did some remarkable healing of pimples on a young friend's face, the program reported a "serious error" and refused to do any more healing. Saved as a PL32 file, closed and opened it. Still wouldn't work, although it no longer reported an error. Quit PL32 and relaunched -- still wouldn't do any more healing. When I clicked, I got a green circle corresponding to the brush ... but no healing was going on.
I saved again as a 144 dpi JPEG, then when I opened this in PL32, the healing brush worked on this for a dozen or so clicks before I completed the example I wanted to generate. It worked fine.
What is a "serious error" -- is working in 300 dpi a problem?
Oh, I was at 200% or more magnification too.
2) RESIZING PICTURES AND ADJUSTING RESOLUTION
I cannot find out how to do a basic action of picture editing and publication production -- resize a picture and adjust its resolution so I can have the same sized picture, e.g. 4cm x 3cm, with different resolutions, 300 dpi for printing and 72 dpi for web use, after starting with an image from my camera which is 72 dpi and 115 x 86 cm.
Can I do that in PL32? If so, how? If not -- why not?
3) FONT MENU
After just about going nuts searching through the menus and palettes for a font palette/menu, I finally found myself staring at p.148 of the manual in disbelief:
"This must be some kind of a joke," I thought. "All the text manipulation stuff is here, but I can't select a font or a font size! It makes all the type functions totally useless!"7.4.16 Text/Font
Only Windows: You can open the font dialog of Windows with this
function in order to select a font.
When is this going to be fixed? This comes back to the question of the cost of the program, I suspect. If fixing this can't be done because of lack of funds, then you are not charging enough for the program. Having access to type is pretty basic for this program.
4) PDF EXPORT
PL32 PDF exports TT fonts, but not PS-1 -- is that correct? This is a problem in a professional environment -- which generally PL32 is more than good enough to operate in -- because some RIPS don't support TT fonts. Newspapers, magazines, etc. pretty much standardize on Acrobat Distiller as their PDF generator of choice -- and it converts all fonts to postscript, as I understand it. This means that one "flag" newspaper and magazine people will use to pick non-Acrobat PDFs, which they will reject out of hand without testing the goodness of them, is the presence of TT fonts. It would be preferable if PL32 complied with industry practice in this matter so that purchasers could submit PL32 PDF output to print outlets with confidence.
5) SPOT COLORS
What of spot colors? Pantone swatches and so forth? Are they available in any form? There is a clever little utility on Mac called Spot Picker which adds a spot color capability (if you have some old Adobe swatches lying around) to Cocoa programs and, the maker says, some late Carbon ones (which use the OS "Show colors" command ), but that won't work with PL32.
I have some sympathy with an earlier writer who was questioning your rather individual naming of functions/actions/tools. This does make life more difficult for the new user -- particularly people over 50! (I am over 60, which makes it even more difficult).
If you want to use different terms, how about a glossary to tell the world what they are equivalent to in other programs. Whether we like it or not, Photoshop is the standard -- even people who don't use it know the P'shop terms.