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    AD Unhandled exception Error on launch

    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
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    AD Unhandled exception Error on launch

    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.
  3. Graphite Addict

    AD Unhandled exception Error on launch

    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.
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    AD Unhandled exception Error on launch

    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
  5. 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?
  6. 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 bézier 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-bézier, however the problem of joining separate curves in Affinity Designer remains frustratingly counter intuitive and often produces unexpected or unintended results.
  7. Of course, I merely used a Heart shape as a simple example someone could draw to repeat the problem.
  8. Ok, MEB thanks for that. Further info is I'm using the AD Windows Beta.
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    How to separate vectors

    Select the drawing using the Move Tool and then Divide, this will create separate Curve objects you can see in the layers panel.
  10. 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.
  11. Is it possible to merge nodes without losing their bézier 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 bézier on the right of the node. The nodes on the left side retain their bézier, on the right they become sharp. Thanks for any help, this is driving me mad. :wacko:
  12. This is going to save me time. :)
  13. A great tutorial :) Easy to follow with the subtitles. Any beginner could quickly accomplish impressive results and build confidence to experiment with layers and effects.
  14. As annoying as it is to have to cater for Illustrator, a straightforward export to .AI would be useful if it is possible. I guess a good PDF export, which I can see from other posts you are trying to improve, would be enough most of the time. I die a little inside everytime I have to use Adobe's cryptic Illustrator UI but it is currently and regrettably part of my workflow. Even though I hate it with the passion, sometimes I have to use it. :angry:
  15. I am looking forward to using Affinity Designer on Windows, it cannot come soon enough. I have tried Affinity on a Mac and it feels way more intuitive and artistic than its obvious competitor, Illustrator. Honestly I've seen how quick I can get things done in Affinity, it's almost as quick and friendly as my mark I creativity tool, pencil and paper. ;) The productivity gains Affinity would give me at certain stages of creation will make it an essential part of my toolkit when it becomes available on Windows. Unfortunately the excessive TCO of Apple hardware (compared to the commodity X86 boxes I can maintain & build myself and upgrade incrementally) means your great software is off the table for the time being. :( Anyway, as soon as there's Windows Beta version, sign me up! As a side note: It will be interesting to come full circle back to Serif. I started out in this hobby 20 years ago using the Serif Pageplus logo tool to make designs for T-Shirts. :D