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  1. Sorry, that was sloppy of me, fixed now. That is awesome, thanks! I knew some of these must be "one checkbox syndrome".
  2. Thanks very much, that's one down! Yes, that is true and I was aware of that, but worded my post carelessly. My point was that creating multiple separate gradients is significantly slower than swiping five times in a single layer. It seems like a small thing but multiply this by a few hundred times per day and it gets way bigger. Snark aside, the app contains DAUB brushes by well renowned digital painter and brush wizard Paolo Limoncelli, it is obviously also aimed at digital painters just as "Photo"shop is also aimed at digital painters. It's just a name. That sounds promising!
  3. I got a developer response from Affinity to my App Store review directing me to post here, so I'm going to list things that have hurt my productivity with Designer. If there is something I have misunderstood, I welcome suggestions for workarounds. I will add stuff as it comes up but let's start with a few obvious ones: 1. Selecting a placed image will randomly not give you options to replace the image until you switch personas. This seems like a bug. 2. Replacing the placed image will not update its preview until you close and reopen the project. This is also an obvious bug and a serious time waster. 3. Resizing proportionally sometimes requires holding SHIFT, but mostly it's done without SHIFT. These are in different scenarios but it's a half-baked change. I will add specifics when I encounter them again. Alfred is my new hero. 4. You can't select objects that are inside groups directly, you have to use the layers panel. The problem with this is that Affinity doesn't have folders. If you have a couple dozen objects, you need a way to lump some together to make the layers panel workable but if you do, you lose direct selectability, so either way, you're losing a lot of time.
  4. I got a developer response from Affinity to my App Store review directing me to post here, so I'm going to list things that have hurt my productivity with Photo. If there is something I have misunderstood, I welcome suggestions for workarounds. I will add stuff as it comes up but let's start with a few obvious ones: 1. Masks. Creating a multiple gradient mask is not possible, only a single gradient per mask. This slows my workflow so much it's faster to switch to photoshop for masking. 1b. The gradient tool: a single gradient per layer is in my opinion a misunderstanding of the function of the gradient tool. This might be ok for photo editing but for drawing and painting this is a tool for experimenting and quick adjustments, emphasis on "quick" – it's supposed to be quicker than painting a gradient in with a soft brush. But in painting, it's never just one gradient, it's multiple gradients interlocking and affecting one another. One gradient per layer is turning this relationship between brush and gradient on its head: now the gradient is the slow and measured approach and the brush is the one you can experiment with. It just slows you down because in effect, the quicker option is off the table. 2. Snapping manager. To turn snapping on or off, I need to open a huge panel that covers a quarter of my work area. I only use the one checkbox 90% of the time but it's not resizable. The menu option in PS is perfect for this because it's something that isn't common enough to warrant learning a keyboard shortcut but common enough to become a nuisance if you need to go to a menu, open a panel, click a checkbox and close the panel. I use dozens of keyboard shortcuts for multiple apps, so adding a new one is not a simple task, and has to be common enough to be used at least every two-three days to stay active. Solution found, thank you, awesome people! 3. The crashing. By far the most annoying thing is the unreliability. It just crashed while I've been writing this when I was placing an image (crash report attached). But this is a constant threat and it doesn't always recover gracefully, although I am happy to see recovery as a feature. Aff Photo-crash report.doc
  5. To be honest, one would expect "replace document" to purge the cache immediately. It shouldn't take minutes for a document with seven images and a couple text fields. The only way to reliably refresh the preview images for me is to quit the app and reopen.
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