I've just always worked with bitmap-style programs. I'm curious about vector but don't really know much about it, except for some doodling in a computer lab and reading up on the basics of what it is technically speaking.
Before I just go with what seems like the default choice - Adobe Illustrator - I just wanted to see if maybe there's anything else out there that I'm just not aware of that would be a bitter fit for me.
I HATE when vector programs over-smooth my strokes. I'd like to retain as much control over the stroke smoothness/straightening as possible; an adjustable system would be great, like with a slider or specific settings, but if that's not possible then I just want one that doesn't go crazy with it.
I also need one that works with a Cintiq 21UX since that is what I'm using.
If it had robust features for emulating textures and media, that would be just killer! I think I read a while ago that Microsoft was working on a vector-based alternative to Flash where those sort of features would be standard, but I haven't heard anything else about it since then? Of course such things aren't really what vector is for, but, just the same, if I could find something with any offerings in that general area...
And finally I just want to find one where it's not hard to tweak a drawing. Let's say I want to change the flow of the gradient in a shape to which I've applied a gradient; if there were a program where I could just tweak some parameters or drag a wee box and see immediate updates, that would be best, instead of something where I have to click spots blindly until I sort of get what I'm after.
Okay, thanks for your help guys!