I have been working with Forever Artisan 5 for three months now and boy, am I having a blast! This software has truly jump-started my creativity. It is just now beginning to feel like second nature using the software. It wasn’t always that way. I struggled with Artisan 5 at first. It was familiar, but not second nature. I was so accustomed to blazing through my pages quickly with Artisan 4, but using Artisan 5 sometimes required me to stop and think about what I was doing. There were also bugs being discovered, and it took time to realize it was actually a bug. The bugs were being fixed rather quickly and there is still a small list of bugs left to be fixed. This undoubtedly slowed me down. That could be frustrating, but for me it was empowering. I knew I had to learn the ins and outs of the software so I could help our p2P members and others who were transitioning to Artisan 5. This was the same for my other team members.
If you haven’t heard, pixels2Pages has created a Facebook Group called Artisan 5: Good2Know. We created this group because we knew so many of you were transitioning as well. The “move” can be a little scary and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.
What I have noticed:
- People are afraid of the unknown, and thus are hesitant to make the switch to Artisan 5.
- People are expecting everything to work exactly as it did in Artisan 4.
- People are frustrated due to bugs in the software.
- People get overwhelmed by the learning curve.
- People love the software.
What I have learned:
- You have to dive in. That is the only way to get familiar with the software. Continuing to use Artisan 4 when you have Artisan 5 is only going to delay the inevitable.
- In order to improve on an already great product, things have to change. I know that some things had us in a nice little comfort zone, but we need to step out of that comfort zone.
- No new software is perfect in the beginning. During the time that the p2P team beta-tested the software, we discovered a large amount of bugs and made suggestions to keep the familiar feel of Artisan 4 within Artisan 5. We couldn’t catch all of the bugs because everyone creates differently. Sometimes fixing one bug created another bug. For those who took the plunge and dove right in the Artisan 5, you are very valuable because you provided a larger audience to work with the software. You discovered a few more bugs and provided your feedback. Forever has been taking that feedback and updating the software to improve the functionality. You’ve got to admit, they put out the first 3 updates rather quickly.
- Just do it. The more you use it, the easier it gets. Don’t over think it. Ask for help. Join the Artisan 5: Good2Know Facebook Group. Get a p2P Membership. We are there to help.
Artisan 4 and Artisan 5 are truly amazing software programs. You can run both on your 64 bit computer, but once you make that transition to Artisan 5 stick with it. The entire pixels2Pages team were where many of you are now, but we committed to learning Artisan 5. As long as you keep a back up of your projects, finish them in Artisan 5. Don’t wait to finish the project in Artisan 4. Utilize all of the advances that Artisan 5 has to offer.
The most important piece of advice I have to offer you is “JUST HAVE FUN!”
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Here are a few pages that I created in Artisan 5 that originated in an Artisan 4 project. I may not have used any major bells and whistles of Artisan, but the fact that I was able to work on two pages at once without the need to constantly save, was a biggie for me.