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  1. It might be a system feature but obviously there are different ways to work with it, otherwise this issue would affect each and every app on your computer, but instead, it's a problem of a select few apps. Most apps I use (for example: Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Ableton Live, LibreOffice) do not have this behaviour. So, this kind of makes it a developer issue, instead of an Apple issue, unless all these other developers have some sort of side deal with Apple which is not available to Serif. As for Default Folder – I have made it a rule to stay away from apps that change system behaviour.
  2. Still an issue in 2021. And it's not just "Save As…", each file action is its own little island. So if I open a file, Save As…, find the original folder, then I'm ready to Export that file and I get to do it again because it assumes I want to Export to where I exported last time. So, basically this is designed to work well with large series of images that all end up in the same places. But that's what Lightroom does for photos and Affinity is not particularly suited to that workflow. It's even more obvious when you consider Designer and Publisher. They're not factories, they're design app
  3. Really, really need this feature! My pattern recognition skills are way below what Affinity expects of me. I need names for brushes!
  4. Ok, this is what I said: ”This icon doesn’t work, it’s too small and vague.” You said: ”Look, there are other things that do its job.” I said: ”There are other apps in which this icon works.” See the difference? You don’t have to agree with me but the discussion is about the icon, not all the documentation Affinity has come up with to explain the problem away. Let’s put this into a form that’s more approachable: you design a book cover, but let’s say only 25% of the target audience can read it. The back cover does a good job explaining what the front cover is about but you still don’t exac
  5. I do admit that I have a very strong dislike of UI cramming. I like my workspace calm and spacious and tightly crammed buttons increase stress for me. I realize there are a lot of people who want everything in a tiny cluster and it’s not just a simple ”engineers vs. designers” debate, but yeah, they go too far when legibility is at stake. I’m sure that they should aim for better than that in a graphic design app. Tooltips are crutches, especially when they are just a mask for what it really is – they made the buttons too small and the icons too complex. And like I said, tooltips a
  6. Yes, that’s because Affinity also made the proximity mistake, placing the swatch buttons next to the palette selector instead of the bottom of the panel like in every other app. They’re trying to cram everything into the same tiny space but forget that information needs to have hierarchy in concept and space. I’m also not suggesting my off-the-cuff solution is the only possible one. I think the bigger issue is still that the icon is illegible for anyone without perfect eyesight and a high ppi display. Adobe has made this work, Corel has made this work, Smith Micro has made this work,
  7. To be honest, it took me a while to realize they were buttons because they are 1. Tiny 2. Sandwiched between more pronounced UI elements 3. Incredibly vague, I have no idea what the second icon is depicting… a chain maybe? Why? For an app that’s designed for graphic designers I think that’s something to complain about. Affinity needs better UI design guidelines across the board. I’ve been using all of their apps for a couple of years off and on and I still need to google basic functionality all the time. That is not good design. This thing actually takes 5 minutes to
  8. I’m happy for you, you must have excellent vision! As for tooltips, I work on a cintiq and hovering doesn’t happen by accident and it’s actually not as easy to achieve as you’d think. So do you think the icon is clearer as it is than if they used the full area for the plus sign?
  9. Sorry to necropost, but the swatches palette really needs dumbing down. I read the mammoth post above and I still didn't have a clue how to add the currently picked colour as a swatch. This is such a basic thing it should be self-evident. I tried dragging, I tried "Add Global color" from the dropdown menu, which opens another window with an identical color selector and whatever I did, I got a black swatch. That is, until I saw this icon with the 2px "+" in its lower corner. That's just insane, you're trying to represent the whole swatches palette in one 10x10px icon with all the relevant
  10. 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
  11. That's very possible, maybe an oversight would be closer to truth. Thanks, much appreciated!
  12. 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 re
  13. 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 a
  14. 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.
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