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  1. I own and download every version of Affinity Designer hoping that arrowheads will have been added. The low priority given to this feature request -- and the fact that arrow shapes are thought to be a suitable workaround in "certain situations" demonstrates just how low a priority technical illustration is for AD. The fact is, AD is essentially useless for technical illustration without arrowheads. A shame, really... With arrowheads and more robust scaling/dimensioning options could be such a marvelous program and nearly complete replacement for Illustrator. We're not asking for Autocad here, folks. Cheap vector graphics programs 1/10th as capable and a fraction of the size of AD have arrowheads! Just give us the ability to place arrows on the ends of lines and curves, please. Seriously, how hard can this be?
  2. A terrifically useful feature of Canvas is Find by object attribute or properties. This allows you to select all objects with like properties and change them en masse rather than the tedious job of changing them individually. Thus, you can change all objects of one color to a different color, or select all polygons with the same color, line width, but different fills and then change the just the line width. This functionality is improved even more if one can "grab" all the properties of an existing object and then you can select all like objects.
  3. Putting AD to work while preparing a Apple Keynote presentation: I copy a group of vector objects in AD and paste them into Keynote. Only a low resolution raster image appears in Keynote (essentially a .png screen grab). Other Mac graphics programs like iDraw, Intaglio, etc. copy vectors as pdf so they maintain their resolution upon pasting into and rescaling in programs like Keynote, Pages, etc. Needless to say, this saves a lot of work over putting different parts of the graphic into different layers, turning off the layers you don't want, saving as pdf, and then inserting the pdf into Keynote. I realize that copy and pasting graphics in legacy programs like PowerPoint and Word is more problematical.
  4. Cool! It also allows you to enter 0.5*w. I get the impression that AD is full of hidden gems like this!
  5. rallx

    Vector paint bucket

    I would second that!
  6. It would be great to click in an area enclosed by several different vector objects and have the program fill the white space with a vector object. It would work just like a raster paint bucket except that the fill would be a vector.
  7. Great news! I didn't see scaling listed explicitly in the Affinity Designer feature roadmap post, but maybe I didn't look closely enough. I'm really enthused about the direction that AD is going.
  8. For those of us who might use designer for technical illustration, various scaling options would be useful: 1. Set document scale — so that inches or points can be converted different dimensions. One can imagine a carpentry project where 1 inch = 2 ft for example. In my case here would be the most convenient workflow: open a raster image of a map with a scale bar, drag the mouse along the scale bar (or any feature of known length) and then type in the distance represented on the map (e.g., 100 m, 10 km, etc.). The scale would be set automatically. [as an aside, length and area calculations, in the scale/using the units specified would be nice] 2. Scale object — I mentioned this briefly in a post on a different topic but thought it would be more useful in a dedicated post on scaling. One should be able to specify the change in size (or shape) of an object in a dialog box where you specify the horizontal and vertical scaling factors (either proportional or non-proportional) by either percent or by entering a ratio. 3. Set document origin — this is less important to me, but still useful. The ability to place the (0,0) at any point within the document. Also the ability to specify geographic/engineering coordinates (positive to the right and positive up) or the usual screen coordinates (positive to the right and positive down). One can likewise imagine two different types of rotation: counterclockwise positive from the right (engineering convention) or clockwise from the top (compass convention)
  9. Cool, thanks Dave and Matt. I just found Matt's suggestion in the online help. Is there also a users manual? That can sometimes be a bit friendlier than the online help.
  10. Wonderful start on the program! I'm glad to see that arrowheads and dashes on strokes are planned for the near future. These are essential for technical illustration. Four requests for this: 1. That the arrow head on the stroke follows the curve. Right now, Intaglio is the only program I know that does this (haven't used them all). A picture is attached. 2. User defined shapes evenly distributed along the curve. Again, a picture attached. Think of making weather maps, for example. 3. Dedicated arc tool -- the pie shape can be used in a pinch for this but for technical illustration, the arc tool that functions like that in Intaglio or iDraw (which can have arrowheads) is extremely useful. 4. A scale object command -- Again, necessary for technical illustration. It would be useful if it were scale by percent or scale by ratio. 5. (okay, I lied -- five requests!) A select within group tool or key combination -- so one doesn't have to ungroup first to manipulate a member of a group. The program is incredibly mature and usable for a 1.0 release. Congratulations! Rallx
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