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  1. So...five years of keveching has not brought this one iota closer to inclusion in the software, as far as can be discerned from the continuing occurrences of requests/complaints, and the overwhelming silence on the part of the developers. The most obvious conclusion is that the underlying code/database is structured in such a way that the feature is impossible to implement. Let this die a natural death; those of us for whom this is a necessary part of our workflow cannot fully use AD, and must find another solution. Maybe, just maybe, when the devs rework the code to accommodate Apple's newly-stated goal of moving their entire platform to the ARM architecture (just can't wait for the joy of that transition...) they'll restructure whatever obstacles are currently impeding the feature, and, suddenly, we'll all get what we have been asking for. I, personally, have moved on to VectorStyler - still in beta, but with >very< responsive devs - and more than adequately functional. AD just might end up as a footnote.
  2. This was an interesting spurt of rage/enthusiasm. I agree that the application is useless, for my purposes, without this feature. I've long ago moved on, but follow this forum thread, just to see who survives longest, me or this thread.
  3. So...someone above suggested alternatives, one of which was VectorStyler. I downloaded the beta (it's only in beta now), and opened a PDF exported from AutoCAD. I did Select All, to rotate from portrait to landscape. VectorStyler crashed. I re-opened it, and there was a crash-report dialog. I filled it out and sent it. Almost immediately came an email, asking if I would send the offending PDF. I did so. The next morning, I got an email indicating that there was a new beta version, which should solve the problem, would I try it. Problem solved! This is how customer support is supposed to work.
  4. With regard to the remarks that Corel Draw does not have this feature, at least it has the capability to be enhanced with macros. The same cannot be said for AD.
  5. And what percentage of those new customers find themselves in the same boat as many others here - that they now have purchased a product which is unusable in many projects for which they purchased it? Increased purchases does not equal active users. This is my circumstance: I cannot use AD for many of my projects just for this missing feature. And having no commitment - or even recognition of its inclusion on the timeline - from the developers for the implementation of this (most requested) feature makes me unwilling to put in the effort to learn a new software package, when I may never be able to utilize it fully. My hope, and that of many others here, is to avoid the Adobe extortion/rental situation. Sadly, AD is not the solution to that.
  6. What robinp said. We ask our clients to provide files in a format that will reduce the amount of time spent in make-ready, but, in the end, we get what we get, and have to make it work.
  7. The example of a CAD-sourced file needing further editing is only that, an example, albeit a good example due to the many complexities CAD files bring to the table. A useable vector-drawing program needs to include the tools necessary to select and manipulate various objects in >any< file is is asked to operate on; otherwise, there is no need to use that program. And PDF has become a de facto file exchange format, (often the only format common to two drawing applications,) regardless of whether the PDF format was originally intended to be "digital paper." In today's world, PDF is what we get, and we need to be able to manipulate objects contained in that file type.
  8. Responding to JGD above, did you even get a response from Serif? I just don't see how they expect AD to be a successful product, unless they are willing to address some (most) of these shortcomings. Unless it's a Ponzi-like scheme, where they continuously try to impress and attract new users, naive to the app's lack of full functionality (I'm looking at me...) and just never get around to the things that are important in a production environment. Now, that would be a big disappointment. Thanks, JGD, for being so articulate and persistent.
  9. I will chime in here, as new to Designer, and, I am hopeful, a recovering Illustrator user. Until I had to search for - and fail to find - the "Select same <attribute>" function, I was fully committed to making Designer my only vector drawing tool - purchased the full edition, bought the book, thought I was in heaven. But now, seeing that this often-requested and >necessary< function has been on the wish list for going on five years, the bloom is off the rose. That it's not even on the time line is a deal-breaker. Devs: please consider that there is a wide variety of use cases for Designer, and each user has unique needs, but the basics >must< be included for this to be a viable product. /rant
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