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  1. Well… that's true, Apple promotes it heavily, but it was very limited for a long time. The semi-transparent file system is a fairly new addition. As I don't use Documents by Readdle (Documents by Savysoda uses the share icon), I struggled to think of a second app that uses "Save" as a way to export to a cloud, but then I opened Clip Studio Paint today, and it has just in the latest update moved its export function to "save as". The other apps I use are Procreate (share), LumaFusion (share/export), Nanostudio 2 (export), Pixelmator (share icon -> send a copy), Stop Motion Studio (Share icon -> Export), Audioshare (share icon). I don't know if there's a paradigm shift going on, there might well be, but judging from my perspective, it hasn't really even started yet. There's the majority that uses the share/export language and then the couple outliers that use save, of which I think Affinity's use of it is the least transparent. I guess if the pendulum swings more into the "save" territory, this will become a non-issue. It doesn't take much, so I guess I'll hope for that. Affinity's apps kind of follow the same UI scheme as all my other apps except for that one thing, so it's easy to get fooled. I had a hard time finding the feature twice, so I judged it an issue, but no one has chimed in, so it's probably more my issue than Affinity's.
  2. That's very possible, maybe an oversight would be closer to truth. Thanks, much appreciated!
  3. Oh, I don't mean arguing in a bad way, I mean it in the neutral sense – we have differing opinions and present arguments in favour of those. But I would argue, that "save" is not among the first words you would try when you want to export something from iPadOS to a desktop. It's just a different way of thinking about it. Save on iOS and iPadOS has traditionally meant local saves, "Save a copy" is a macOS concept that isn't something native to the iOSes and hasn't even become very common on macOS outside Apple's own app suite. But to be honest, I'm not going to start a separate feature request thread, there is close to zero chance of success and it would just be the same as this thread. But don't get me wrong, people have been helpful and argued thoughtfully. I'm just not in the majority, apparently
  4. Well, I wouldn't call that exactly simples, there are a whole bunch of unnecessary steps but that's not the issue. The issue is that Affinity is doing this differently from every other app on iPadOS and that makes the export / transfer feature very difficult to find for someone who doesn't do this every day. The normal UI spot for this feature is either in the document selector screen or the export menu item or both. This is practically a standard. If you do it differently, you had better have a very good reason and I don't see one. Sure, I'll probably remember it now that I've spent time arguing about it here, but that doesn't help the next guy who also has to google it and find the right keywords. It's not trivial.
  5. I'm sorry but you lost me there. What do you mean by this resulting in two or more versions being saved to each cloud? How would that happen with a simple export. Again, we're talking about an existing feature, that is difficult to find, not new functionality.
  6. If I create two artboards A and B and add artboard column guides to B, those guides do not show up when I drag in an object from artboard A to B until I deselect the dragged object and then reselect it. This makes placing the object accurately more difficult and is an unnecessary step that you have to repeat every time you drag in objects, which is a lot. Ideally, the guides should show up immediately when you drag an object into the artboard's space. MacOS 10.11.6, Mac Pro 3.1, Cintiq 21"UX, Affinity Designer 1.8.3 If there's a setting for this (I can't see a reason why there would be, but I've been wrong before), I will be very greatful for pointers. AFguidesBUG.afdesign
  7. I'm not actually looking for simultaneous access to the same document, I'm talking about exporting a specific state of the document in the Affinity format. The functionality is there, it's just very hard to find. As Cecil pointed out, once you actually find it and if your cloud services work as expected, it shouldn't be too difficult to achieve this. The problem is discoverability. This is a core feature and it should be obvious even to a new user without scouring the forum for the answer. I'm not a new user, I've been using Affinity Designer as my main design tool for over a year, but I couldn't find this feature. A big part of it was the apparent misfire of the "save a copy" screen the first time. I don't know why it didn't give me the option to save at a different location. I have actually done this before, but it was some time ago and I had forgotten how to do it. I had to google it the first time too. If I was up against a deadline, having to use an hour to search for the answer to a simple task would have been catastrophic. As it is, it's merely an annoyance. The other issue, that's a bit of a tangent, is that reliability of cloud services varies wildly from one geographical location to another. Where I live, Apple's servers are on the other side of the ocean. They are slow and prone to mistakes. For example, restoring a 16GB iPhone from an iCloud backup takes two days and most apps never restore completely. iCloud Drive doesn't work on my home computer because it's old. Dropbox probably has its servers closer because they work faster and are more reliable. For me, it's quicker to dig out an old USB stick and a CCK than to battle with the cloud. For you, Cecil, it's probably the other way around. That's great, I'm happy for you.
  8. I'm trying to export it in the Affinity format, to continue working on the desktop. Share doesn't have that option. Finally got it to work by connecting a USB stick. Physical works best.
  9. I've been trying to get my design from the iPad to the desktop for an hour now and it's just incredibly obscure. Finally, I hit the right keywords and found this thread, but Save a Copy doesn't show new save locations every time, it's hit and miss for me. Saving to Dropbox fails. I don't use iCloud Drive because it's so unreliable and doesn't even work on my home desktop. It should be dead simple to jump between the iPad and desktop versions. This is a crucial step in the workflow, I can't understand why it has been basically ignored in development. This is so different from other apps on iPadOS that it's almost impossible to find this feature without finding this thread. The Export dialogue or an option in the project selector screen would be a better fit for this functionality and more in line with other apps.
  10. Sorry, that was sloppy of me, fixed now. That is awesome, thanks! I knew some of these must be "one checkbox syndrome".
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
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