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    MaryAnne got a reaction from biteything in iPad Pro 11" vs 12" - Tool Icon Size   
    Is it just me, or are the tool icons on the iPad smaller and/or harder to see with the latest update to Designer?  
    Is there a way to resize the icons on the iPad (I haven't been able to find it!)?
    I may be desperate enough to get the 12" iPad, if the icons were proportionately larger.  Does anyone know if the icons would be larger, or would the drawing space just be larger?  Anybody?
    Thanks in advance!
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    MaryAnne got a reaction from biteything in iPad Pro 11" vs 12" - Tool Icon Size   
    Is it just me, or are the tool icons on the iPad smaller and/or harder to see with the latest update to Designer?  
    Is there a way to resize the icons on the iPad (I haven't been able to find it!)?
    I may be desperate enough to get the 12" iPad, if the icons were proportionately larger.  Does anyone know if the icons would be larger, or would the drawing space just be larger?  Anybody?
    Thanks in advance!
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    MaryAnne got a reaction from Ulysses in To all illustrators: Can you do it all with Designer?   
    Hi Royk -  I've used Adobe Illustrator for over 20 years for basic graphic design layout.  My last Illustrator upgrade was the release of CS6, so I'm not familiar with any of the *new* features of anything past that.  My preferred method for working with Illustrator is a 28" monitor, a keyboard, and a small Wacom tablet.  
    I've recently purchased Affinity Designer and would say that it will do everything I've ever done with Illustrator.  I have it on a Surface Pro 6 AND on an iPad Pro.  Not the 12", but the next size down.  In general:
    Surface Pro:  you can use keyboard shortcuts!  Of course if you take the keyboard off the Surface Pro, that's gone      If you want, you can hook up the Surface Pro to a larger monitor.  The drawing space is pretty good sized, and you can hide all the tools and just draw.  But then, you either have to call up all the tools again to change colors, or have a keyboard (there's the keyboard again!) shortcut to make a particular tool reappear.  And this is why I've got my Surface Pro hooked up to a larger monitor and a keyboard.  The new Surface Pro 6 pen is really nice to draw with.  It has a nice feel against the glass (I've since purchased a second one for my Surface Pro 3).  
    iPad:  the drawing area is quite large because of the icon-based tools.  And there is a *?* at the lower right hand corner of the screen that, when pressed, will display a small description of ALL the tools.  Very handy.  Many of the drawing options rely on hand gestures.  For example, two fingers down and, using the pen, click on something.  That's great if you've got the iPad sitting on something.  If you've got it on your lap and are holding it with one hand, all of a sudden you've got a balancing act going on.  The iPad pen is also really nice to draw with.  It feels good against the surface.  There are differences between the two platforms, and it can be a bit fussy when moving between the two.  Since the 1.7 upgrade, it seems the icons have gotten smaller and darker.  Maybe its just me?
    Since I'm retired now and don't have reason to "finish" anything for a client, I don't know what sort of capabilities there are for exporting/printing, etc. a file from Designer.  I do know that the current file system for the iPad would drive me to the madhouse is a short period of time.  I think if you do need to go back and forth between the two that OneDrive would be your best bet.  Easy to access from a Windows machine, and the iPad's very limited filing system.  The newest OS from Apple is supposed to address an improved file system in the future.  We can only hope.
    Personally, if I had to run my business solely using an iPad Pro, I'd have to think twice.  It is a powerful little tablet, but I think the screen size would eventually wear on me.  I'm a happy camper with dual 4K monitors, so you may wish to take my comment with a grain of salt    
    However, the iPad is a whole lot of fun to draw with; I'm having fun with it.  And it is lightweight.  
    And now that I've completely confused the issue, I'll sign off . . . 
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    MaryAnne got a reaction from Royk in To all illustrators: Can you do it all with Designer?   
    I completely understand!  Grab that iPad and get outside!  Its not a romantic notion at all; it will be a great way to get away from your desk. 
    And since the new device isn't going to be your main device, I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend the iPad.  I'm sure some of my friends are dropping dead right now as that news spreads through the universe.  The iPad is my first non-Windows computer (device?), so it was a bit different to get used to, but I was surprised how easy it was to figure out; most questions answered via a quick Google search and a YouTube video or two.  The file system still does have me baffled.  As you had mentioned, OneDrive seems the best way to transfer files back and forth.  There is a fun-factor to the iPad that the Surface Pro just doesn't have.  Maybe its the fact that the iPad is so completely different from my "work" machine?
    A Cintiq 27 . . . how cool is that?!  How do you like it?  I've never had the opportunity to try one. I've read where some of the Cintiqs have fan noise that can be a bid loud.  Do you find that the case?   How about the GTX1070 . . . is it very noisy?  As you can see, I'm sensitive to a noisy machine. 
    Happy drawing!
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    MaryAnne got a reaction from Ulysses in To all illustrators: Can you do it all with Designer?   
    Hi Royk -  I've used Adobe Illustrator for over 20 years for basic graphic design layout.  My last Illustrator upgrade was the release of CS6, so I'm not familiar with any of the *new* features of anything past that.  My preferred method for working with Illustrator is a 28" monitor, a keyboard, and a small Wacom tablet.  
    I've recently purchased Affinity Designer and would say that it will do everything I've ever done with Illustrator.  I have it on a Surface Pro 6 AND on an iPad Pro.  Not the 12", but the next size down.  In general:
    Surface Pro:  you can use keyboard shortcuts!  Of course if you take the keyboard off the Surface Pro, that's gone      If you want, you can hook up the Surface Pro to a larger monitor.  The drawing space is pretty good sized, and you can hide all the tools and just draw.  But then, you either have to call up all the tools again to change colors, or have a keyboard (there's the keyboard again!) shortcut to make a particular tool reappear.  And this is why I've got my Surface Pro hooked up to a larger monitor and a keyboard.  The new Surface Pro 6 pen is really nice to draw with.  It has a nice feel against the glass (I've since purchased a second one for my Surface Pro 3).  
    iPad:  the drawing area is quite large because of the icon-based tools.  And there is a *?* at the lower right hand corner of the screen that, when pressed, will display a small description of ALL the tools.  Very handy.  Many of the drawing options rely on hand gestures.  For example, two fingers down and, using the pen, click on something.  That's great if you've got the iPad sitting on something.  If you've got it on your lap and are holding it with one hand, all of a sudden you've got a balancing act going on.  The iPad pen is also really nice to draw with.  It feels good against the surface.  There are differences between the two platforms, and it can be a bit fussy when moving between the two.  Since the 1.7 upgrade, it seems the icons have gotten smaller and darker.  Maybe its just me?
    Since I'm retired now and don't have reason to "finish" anything for a client, I don't know what sort of capabilities there are for exporting/printing, etc. a file from Designer.  I do know that the current file system for the iPad would drive me to the madhouse is a short period of time.  I think if you do need to go back and forth between the two that OneDrive would be your best bet.  Easy to access from a Windows machine, and the iPad's very limited filing system.  The newest OS from Apple is supposed to address an improved file system in the future.  We can only hope.
    Personally, if I had to run my business solely using an iPad Pro, I'd have to think twice.  It is a powerful little tablet, but I think the screen size would eventually wear on me.  I'm a happy camper with dual 4K monitors, so you may wish to take my comment with a grain of salt    
    However, the iPad is a whole lot of fun to draw with; I'm having fun with it.  And it is lightweight.  
    And now that I've completely confused the issue, I'll sign off . . . 
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    MaryAnne got a reaction from Aammppaa in Color Wheel Disappears Behind Art Board   
    Well, oh my goodness, Aammppaa, you are pretty much genius material!  Works perfectly.  Thank you so much!      yippy skippy!
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