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  1. The more complex your file gets in terms of layers overlapping one another, the more the ipad version has issues with selecting the right shape or stroke. This is a real problem in my mind. Here is a video I posted as unlisted on youtube showing the problem. Note I say I'm using an 2nd get ipad in the video, I meant to say 2nd Gen iPad Pro as I have the 2017 model. https://youtu.be/9VQzNWa5kaY I love nearly everything else about the app so far, but this is a deal breaker for me on anything but the most simple illustrations.
  2. Sure thing! Thanks for considering taking a look. I'm really enjoying most other aspects, just this is driving me crazy so any fixes or work arounds are much appreciated. So close to being not chained to my computer so much thanks to AD on iPad...so close!
  3. I'm wanting to use gradients and other features in Affinity to generate displacement maps for shoe tooling (bottom of shoe etc.) and such, but upon export I'm getting dithering. I have my settings set to not dither gradients though. The image shows what gradients look like in affinity, and then what they look like on export (this happens to be an 32bit exr but it's happening on all images). If I have just one gradient layer, no transparency or blend modes- then it exports correctly. If I have two layers though and any transparency or blending modes enabled, I get dithering. I was really excited about the higher bit depth in affinity for gradients just for this use, so it's a bit of a bummer to find this issue. Hopefully it can either be fixed OR I have to check some other setting to get it working right.
  4. gidkid

    Gradients still dithered on export

    Ha, I'll test it soon once I get through some work instead of being lazy and relying on you.
  5. I'm having this problem too. I go to move nodes and end up moving the control handles on the node instead. The closer the handles are to the node, the worse the problem is and the closer I have to zoom in to change them. Really breaks up the work flow in an unfortunate way. I almost wish there was an option to enable "edit node handles only with finger hold" or something, where if you use a single finger or the pencil it only moves the node, not it's control handles, but if you add a finger held down on the screen, it now moves the handles. Something similar to that might be nice for the ipad work flow.
  6. gidkid

    Gradients still dithered on export

    Thanks for the work around Owner. I'll put this to use. Hopefully this can be fixed so we don't need the work around, but it's nice to have all the same. Do you know if it works for symbols too? If you put a symbol in a group, then add the filter does it work?
  7. Over all this is a great first (for iPad at least) release. Well done! I'm experiencing only one major issue so far, and that is selecting shapes. If you just have a few on your screen, it all works fine, but as soon as you have a few overlapping and many layers, Affinity has a really hard time deciding what shape you're trying to select, even if you're zoomed in fairly close and using a pencil OR finger. I'm not talking about shapes that are really close together either, and the pencil should be REALLY accurate at selecting IMHO. This is the only thing I've encountered so far that is VERY frustrating. A much smaller issue is with using brushes and the apple pencil. Often the first contact with the screen produces a blob before the stroke. This makes some sense given that the first tap of a pencil is often not very light. Maybe consider somehow to not take in input for pressure at the very, very beginning of a stroke? Might want to consider canvas rotation on by default too given this is a table version. Thanks and keep up the good work!
  8. I like some of the touch and drag options for sizing things. This should probably be taken further if it can be for some options. For instance, it would be really nice if we could touch then drag on the duplicate option to create more duplicates. So as you drag, more are created. This could be really powerful for things like power transforms.
  9. gidkid

    Gradients still dithered on export

    Thanks Chris!
  10. +1 there are a lot of ways to do this in Illustrator, and some are very easy. I was actually a bit shocked to find this wasn't in affinity designer given how many pattern designers and such use vector programs.
  11. I searched and it seems there is no unlock all command yet in designer? Ideally we'd have this, and maybe the ability to right click on a layer and say "unlock all" and "lock all". I also miss the ability to click hold and mouse up and down on many items visibility/lock columns like I do in Illustrator and MODO (my main 3D app). That also speeds up locking/unlocking as well as hide/unhide greatly.
  12. I'd love the ability to have an easy way to see/find a selected layer in the layer list like you're describing. In the 3D app I use (MODO) you can hover over the list view of items, and press the f key to "focus" on selected items. I'm sure there are even better ways, but it would be great to have something similar or better in Affinity.
  13. That's all fine but how do you do it when you have lots of groups? I've only been able to get it to work on items in the group or the main layer level. How do you select everything that's nested and locked too in one go? And it's not one click if all the layers are selected- thats at least three- one to select the start of the list, one to select the end of the list, one to unlock yeah? ;-) Or is there a command to select all layers, even locked an in groups? Illustrator it's 1 keyboard shortcut and you're done. BTW- I'm really happy using Affinity Designer over all, just noticing a few things I use day to day/want/need from Illustrator that would make good additions.
  14. What's the best way to un-embed a file in Affinity Designer? Right now I'm clicking on the layer, going to edit the embedded file, selecting and copying all, and then exiting back out and pasting in a new layer. I keep looking for an un-embed command or something but must be missing it.
  15. Granted, I have a dense iso grid over a large canvas, but it really slows down performance esp. when it comes to panning and zooming around the document. Is this a known issue? I'm not use to grids causing performance issues in other applications so I'm curious as to why this causes issues for AD? I do REALLY appreciate the grid options in AD though- so kudos for those. Thanks!
  16. So, I think I've tracked it down, though it's not reliable to reproduce every time. If you are holding down alt- and moving an object say 1" away from the first object, and then back-track slight to 3/4" (or what ever), it sometimes either A) duplicates that last little move when you use ctrl-J OR B) seems to maybe add the first move- and then the second move, and apply it in the last direction. So in this case instead of the object duplicating every 3/4", it would get duplicated, in the opposite direction, 1 3/4". I tried to record a video of it (re-did it with nasal audio): https://www.dropbox.com/s/7rflvzexbdyckru/Duplicate%20with%20Audio.mp4?dl=0
  17. I am not sure if it's the isometric grid or what, but when I go to duplicate an object, about 1/3 of the time it duplicates WAY away from where I last duplicated an item- sometimes in the opposite direction of the previous duplicate. Has anyone else seen this or has it been reported?
  18. No, that's exactly what I expected coming from Illustrator (there it's ctrl-D), the problem is the transform is way off what I did. So say I copy moved an item .5" in X- When I duplicate it it then puts the copy at -4 in X!? BTW- I was only calling it duplicate because that's what it's called in the drop down menu. Maybe it should be called "Power Duplicate there"?
  19. I don't know. I have used a bunch of 3D apps- and none of them do EVERYTHING or do it well. Zbrush, Maya, C4D, MODO, Houdini, blender- all great apps, but each has it's focus and user base. Yes, each does the basics, but beyond that they diverge and specialize, which is a good thing, else what's the point! ;-) On the 3D side- Affinity is MUCH, MUCH better for the average 3D user wanting to composite and work with higher range images etc. It's an area that PS totally lacks in. As Rayek said- anyone remotely serious about 3D is going to download/use a dedicated 3D application. Maybe there is a workflow that is different than I'm use to, but I have yet to see a good day to day use of either PS or Illustrator's 3D tools (which are horrible). Of the retouch people I know, they like affinity, but say it doesn't have all the tools they need yet. For all the people that seem to only need some PS features, but need higher bit depth editing etc. then Affinity is a better fit- and they love it. Affinity needs to stick out of the pack, not just be a me-too app. I'd say so far, with the price and differentiating features it's doing that well. I haven't seen a product line like the Affinity set actually give Adobe users an honest second look in probably 20 years. Even if it doesn't live up to expectations, just the fact it IS viewed as an alternative says they're doing the right thing development wise.
  20. +1 I use the "select same" options and more often the magic wand (with tolerance set to 0) in illustrator constantly. Common usage for me is updating colors in older designs when a color guide changes, or when a client changes their mind about an often used color or stroke in the document (or I do) and need to update it. Magic Wand with a tolerance of 0 makes it easy to do in Illustrator. Quarkexpress looks even more powerful than these Illustrator features- so I wouldn't cry if we had something more powerful than illustrator, but it at least needs to be as powerful as illustrator.
  21. I'm just starting out with AD after a long time with AI. I really like a lot of the AD tools so far, but seemingly little things like this eye dropper color change issue that I constantly use in AI but are absent in AD are a bit of a downer. Some features seem hidden in cmd keys, which is fine, but some are just not there. Another is the magic wand tool in AI. I can't seem to find a replacement for it in AD. It's one of those tools that seems so stupid to have in Illustrator, until you use it the "wrong" way. I use it all the time to select the same colored or gradient objects, all the lines of a same width etc. in a doc and either alter them by dropping the tolerance to zero. Really nice for when your document gets 80 layers of junk in the trunk going. I also use the magic wand to break out art work handed to me that is collapsed and not in layers. Select same as would at least be a start, but that's not as quick to use. Again, not trying to say AD isn't great- or that many of the features it does have don't blow AI out of the water, just that there are a few, all be it boring, but much needed/loved things that seem to be missing, and will drive me back to using AI for the time being. I'll probably buy AD just to support the cause anyway- I'm not happy with Adobe and their lack of progress. AI hasn't budged much until recently in terms of development, and that budging is only because Affinity and Astute exist IMHO. Sorry if I'm coming off as another one of the crusty old Illustrator users that I am- honestly like a lot about AD so far and want it to destroy AI.
  22. I am a windows/mac user. I mainly work on my windows box because in additon to doing vector work, I do 3D work as well. These are my primary sources of graphics income. We can argue a lot about how many users are on which platform etc. but it's my experience that many graphic DESIGNERS are on OSX, and quite a few illustrators too. The bias is slightly less amongst illustrators, and I'd say for 3D, the bias is still on the winbox side. Affinity probably has chosen a good place to start, as working on more than one platform can be costly. The costs and issues depend on a lot though, but AFAIK, it costs more to do two platforms at once. That said, I looke forward to when Affinity is also on the winbox. Either way I hope they make in-roads into the illustrator user base. Illustrator is kind of behind the curve (pun intended) in many ways still. If plugin makers like astute graphics didn't exist they'd still be even further behind. BTW- I look forward to the day when, once again there is a designation between designers and illustrators in the general conciousness. I am not a designer, and I look forward to having a vector application suited to my needs. Designers can do just fine thankyou with Illustrator or even Indesign.
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