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  1. Just got a crash to desktop on this version. Had been using the Contour tool, then later I was trying to use the Corner tool on a selection of anchor points (not the whole shape) and got the crash. I have been unable to repeat the crash but I believe it may have been the result of attempting to corner an unbaked contour. Is there an indicator for shapes that haven't yet been baked? Feels like a letter or two in the layer panel title of the object would do the trick. UC for unbaked corners UO for unbaked contours, matching the keyboard shortcut for the respective tools. Perhaps a bake everything selected command too? I often forget to bake things because Affinity Designer is so fast I can focus on the design. That's probably a good thing. :)
  2. Saving often and saving several files through the process MyDesignName-Stage001, MyDesignName-Stage002, MyDesignName-Stage003 and so on is a lesson everyone has to learn the hard way*. And keep backups elsewhere too. 2 is 1 and 1 is none. So have at least 3. 1 on your machine, 1 on removable storage and 1 somewhere else (secure cloud/company server/whatever). And there are higher levels of paranoid archival if you want to go down that route. *Graphite Addict learned this lesson, thankfully second hand, 3 decades ago when a copywriter lost a weeks' work ­čśĹ
  3. This explains a frustrating last hour or so. Similar grief with a Huion pen tablet. Disable Windows Ink option ASAP please. I guess I'll have to roll back to 1.7 which will mean I have to lose the vastly superior expand stroke in Affinity Designer 1.8. Can I run both versions?
  4. The ctrl method didn't work. I can see that being a useful feature though, I wish I had it on some other programs. There's only a previous build for AF and it's not one that works either. I've had a good old cull of programs I don't need on my machine in an attempt to find conflicts to no avail. I am tempted to do a clean Windows install, to see if that would remedy it, but that wouldn't identify the conflict and help you fix it for anyone else encountering it. I'm patient and I have an array of other digital art tools available, so I'm happy to try to work out what it is. I'll try the betas at a later time and report back if they work. Edit: Nope the betas crash out too. I'll hunt for conflicts when I have more time, as this is a puzzle I want to solve and I like puzzles. :D
  5. Ok I tried closing all of those in sequence, one after another. None of them fixed the issue. I suppose new conflicts can occur across builds, but all those services and programs played nicely with previous versions. It's only the last 2 or 3 updates/patches that have caused the problem. Are there earlier versions I can install in the meantime? I only just bought Affinity Photo and I've never been able to use it. :( Affinity Designer I've owned for some time and used throughout the beta.
  6. I have neither of those programs installed. I don't install codecs unless they are included with the software, as they are often more trouble than they are worth. Processes and Details files are attached.
  7. Hi Sean, Sorry for the delay in reply, Xmas and all that. OK, the Log file is completely blank as in a Zero k file with no text so cannot be attached. I've attached a copy the SystemInformation.txt if there's anything asterisked out that you need to know, let me know. I have Affinity Photo, different program I know, and that launches fine but crashes after trying to open a file. the log file for that says SystemInformationedit - Copy.txt
  8. I'm getting an Unhandled Exception Error when starting Affinity Designer. The program halts on the splash screen. I've kept up to date with the latest live build,, as well as all my Windows 10 updates. Any thoughts?
  9. Please could we have a simple Merge Node command. It is fundamental to building various shapes by hand and its absence in Affinity Designer makes little sense. I would like to be able to take two open nodes (typically from two separate curves joined with add), overlap them, select them both and merge them. The result should be a single node which inherits the respective b├ęzier properties of each side. Creating objects with the pen and pencil tool then joining them with other creations is a complete and total pain right now. I covered a related problem in some detail here http://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/26930-joining-nodes-without-losing-b├ęzier, however the problem of joining separate curves in Affinity Designer remains frustratingly counter intuitive and often produces unexpected or unintended results.
  10. Of course, I merely used a Heart shape as a simple example someone could draw to repeat the problem.
  11. Select the drawing using the Move Tool and then Divide, this will create separate Curve objects you can see in the layers panel.
  12. It's possible to do a simple distortion in Affinity Designer using Shear - with the Move tool, select the object then hover the mouse near (not over) the control handle on the middle one of the sides and you should see an up & down arrow for vertical sides and a left & right arrow for horizontal sides. However, as I discovered to my disappointment, Designer cannot yet pull in corners independently in a similar fashion to create a perspective warp. At least not as far as I could see.
  13. Is it possible to merge nodes without losing their b├ęzier setting? The task I'm trying to do is to create a design that has some symmetrical elements. I draw one half and mirror it over. The problem I find is when I come to join pieces. There doesn't seem to be a way to get nodes to merge properly. I can snap overlap them, but that is not ideal and may cause problems later. An example would be a heart shape outline. Imagine you draw the left side then mirror it right. Joining the top right and bottom right nodes to their left counterpart loses the b├ęzier on the right of the node. The nodes on the left side retain their b├ęzier, on the right they become sharp. Thanks for any help, this is driving me mad. :wacko:
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