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    Technical drawing tools

    I would be more than happy for there to be a separate 2D CAD Affinity app. There's a gaping hole in the market for something like this, a Mac-Like drafting app that doesn't have it's roots in AutoCAD would be top of my shopping list. I've been searching for something like a more streamlined, less bloated 2D version of Vectorworks (that doesn't cost 4 figures!) for years now. I understand it would be a fairly limited market compared to Designer, but an in-app purchase of CAD tools or a simplified version of Designer with CAD features wold be something I'd buy in an instant. Even if it were quite a bit more expensive than AD!
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    Mac UI "conventions"

    Thanks for your reply :-) I didn't see that preference despite looking for it! Affinity is obviously a complicated app and many years of using competing apps can get in the way of learning new tricks (I'm a bit of an old dog theses days!).
  3. Hi The more I use Designer, the more I run in to some inconsistencies compared to most other Mac graphics apps and also with Designer itself. I would like the following options pretty please with a cherry on top: 1. The shift key is used to constrain ratio for drawing objects, but to ignore the ratio when resizing a photo or text (for example). I know it makes a certain sense the way you have implemented it but it gets me every time I resize a photo or text and I'd like an option for it to always mean constrain ratio instead. 2. Option to make only the arrow tool edit selected objects: Say I'm drawing a chess board. I'd like to draw square 1 then start drawing square 2 at the corner of square 1, using the corner as a snap point. However, if I do that even though I have the rectangle tool selected it just edits square 1 instead. I'd like an option to turn this off and just allow editing using the arrow tool. I'd rather hit a key command or hold down a modifier to go to the arrow tool. 3. An option to switch the draw from centre modifer from command to option purely because of muscle memory. I'm an old dog and can't learn new tricks! Nothing to do with conventions or inconsistencies, but whilst I'm here: ;-) 4. Pixelmator has a fantastic guide feature that shows when you have equal distance between objects. That'd be fantastic to 'borrow'. ;-) 5. An option to have bigger tool icons 6. An option (or change default) so that when you use the boolean operators they remain editable as standard via double clicking rather than having to hold down the option key. I'd prefer to keep them editable as standard and use 'convert to curves' or something similar to flatten if required. 7. An option to hide all other objects when editing an object inside a group (i.e. hide everything outside of the group). Useful for complicated drawings. That's it for now. Great app and I'm still thankful for 'Paste Inside' almost every time I use Designer! :-)
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    Tabs for text.

    A better (useable!) interface for setting tabs please.
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    Basic CAD tools

    +1 Basic 2D tools would be great. Scales, Units, Dimensions and click-click drawing would be great. Tool wise I'd be happy with mostly annotation and dimensioning tools in addition to what we have.
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    Dimensions and scale

    +1 iDraw (and TouchDraw) has a fair old stab at this, but if scale and dimensions are ever included, they need to be a little more CAD like IMHO; Click-click drawing option (rather than click drag) and dimensions with leader lines for a start. Affinity Deisgn could be the 2D CAD app of choice on the Mac if they wanted to be. The entry level (<£1000+ for VectorWorks) market is ripe for exploiting, although I'm not sure of the numbers. The only app I can find that's half decent for less than VectorWorks is HighDesign and that's so clunky compare to AD, it's not even funny. Other apps such as MacDraft are really showing their age. A few CAD like features (comparable to the cad tools plug-in available for Illustrator, only good) would mop up the technical drawing requirements for people like me that don't need AutoCAD and VectorWorks has become far too expensive. The 'personas' aspect of AD could keep the tools out of the way until needed so as not to clutter up things for 'normal' use. I'd also be happy to have CAD tools as an in-app purchase. And besides, if iDraw/TouchDraw can do it (albeit not quite well enough for CAD)... ;-)
  7. It's great to know you have Freehand import on your radar. I think there's a big pent-up demand from Freehand users for a replacement. A lot of the people I know that used FH used it as a combination of illustration and DTP app. I used it a lot like that; for forms, brochures and leaflets, etc. so have lots of text-heavy documents in FH format. It was the perfect app at the time for short layout heavy documents. I'm loving finally having 'paste inside' back and can't wait for AD to evolve and for some much used and much missed FH features to finally be available again! I know this isn't the right thread, but whilst I'm on the topic of text, some kind of simple text ruler showing tabs and indents would be great. I've been trying to re-do an old form and it used lots of hanging indents which I can't find a way to edit properly with the paragraph settings window. PS. Paste Inside. THANK YOU :-)
  8. I've now tried dozens of different files and no text at all is ever imported. Not a word! Is this a bug or is AD not attempting to import text yet? PS: I've also tried the latest Beta and get no joy with it either.
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    New Logo Please!

    Here's what I've been using as a replacement icon, as there weren't enough blue circles in my dock ;-) Not suggesting it should be a replacement icon for AD by any means in fact it almost certainly shouldn't... But I did make it in AD :-)
  10. It's a nice app off to a great start, but boy is the logo ugly! I'm sure your designers can use the app to make a nice clean and simple one! Please?
  11. Thanks. I've got a lot of old FH files hanging about. I used to use FH for all of our companies paperwork. A lot of it I've redone in Pages (!) as they were mainly tables and forms. But whatever I open in AD has no text at all, as I mentioned, not even converted to paths text. I can understand stuff like text on a path not being converted, as AD doesn't seem to support that (unless I've missed something) but nothing I open has any text in it at all, and I'm sure that all of the text blocks in my FH files are firmly in the page. It's not a deal breaker, I never expected anything new to come along and open FH files in any case, but it would have been nice to re-visit some old stuff that was never saved as PDF or re-done in other apps. As I said above, I'm looking forward to the multi-page stuff in AD to be able to use an AD in a similar way to the way I used to use FH.
  12. I've just purchased the app, partly due to the Freehand import capabilities. I've searched through the forums and can find no mention of how the importer deals with text. So far, all the FH files I've tried to import have no text in them at all. Is AD supposed to be able to import text? None of the FH docs I've opened in AD have any text blocks in them at all. So far AD is looking promising as a FH replacement and I'm particularly looking forward to the multi-page features that have been mentioned...
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