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Tim Gummer

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  1. Thanks for the quick reply A_B_C, and going to the trouble of making a video.

    I'm definitely not choosing the the Vector Brush tool - I'm selecting the Artboard tool. The second from top tool on the tools palette.

    I may be getting vector brush behaviour but the tool i select IS the Artboard tool.  I'm a very experienced (and passionate) user of AD - from it's earliest releases (coming from a Freehand background). I know what the vector brush tool is but i'm not choosing it. And currently i'm using 1.6 and 1.7 concurrently so i have a clear picture of the differences.

    Something fundamental is wrong here.  I could make another video but i hope the above makes this clear.

    What next?


  2. So those 'by design' behaviours are new ? But unannounced?

    The tools are behaving very differently from alpha, and the option-drag behaviour is different from (I think) all my other apps.

    As to the problem selecting i mentioned - that is almost certainly a bug, and again different from the release version.

    I've videoed the issue at https://www.dropbox.com/s/yahaw6czy9l3qu1/Affinity designer Beta artboard select bug.mov?dl=0

    I's mostly in outline mode to see what is actually going on - the artboard tool cannot select artboards. And it can't creat them - instead it draws an arc.

    Methinks something is rotten in Denmark…




  3. I should add - it's also sometimes impossible to even select an existing artboard for editing, wth the artboard tool or in the layers palette :(.

    Also that with the regular select tool, drag copy can be done IF the option key is pressed before any slecting.  Though for Artboard drag/copy is completely broken, every time


  4. Two quite bad issues that seem related.

    I can't move or drag to copy with option using the the Artboard field. The tool insists on creating a new artboard over the original artboard.

    And with the general selector tool i can move but can't option/drag to copy.

    These issues are specific to the current beta.  I've searched but can't find anyone else with the issue. AM running MacOS 10.13.6


    I would be very glad of a solution as I er… have a real project running using beta, with no way back.








  5. If i copy text - either as a block OR within the block as text - and try to paste it to another app - i get nothing.


    This is very frustrating as sometimes i creat copy for say a flyer .. in the app, and then i can't reuse it.


    Also kind of unbelievable. Copying between apps was one of the Mac's claims to fame, back with it came out  in the eighties. 


    Note i do have Alfred 2.0  running with multiple clipboard pastes - works for everything else.



  6. No this is not an alt/option drag - i do that intentionally a lot but in these cases i don't have the modifier down - given how common this issue is i'm really careful to avoid that but it still keeps happening, (when i say 'keeps' i mean randomly).




    [Sorry to be late back on this - not getting notifications on replies] 

  7. I'm having a resurgence of a historic issue that i thought had largely gone away. 


    Affinity is creating extra copies - sometimes 3 or 4 of them, overlaying the existing ones.  I still don't know what triggers this as i only find them later., though it may be to do with subtle drag motions (without a modifier).


     This is EXTREMELY ANNOYING.  I remember posting on it previously but can't find it sorry.  But I'm sure I'm not the only one suffering from this

  8. I share the frustration in having to hunt through layers to unlock, but also value being unable to select, so i can get to the main action easily. 


    Surely the the solution is obvious? Have a modifier key to overide lock to allow selection.  Whether that merely exposes the object in the layers panel pending unlocking OR allows editing (until... what...?) is relatively moot - but some user option to select on the canvas rather than the layers panel just makes sense.  I think even ai does this - which normally disqualifies an idea from the 'makes sense' label, but there are exceptions....  

  9. Just a little thing really but  - currently, as soon as artboards are cloned they appear in the layers panel under the same name, and it's difficult to know which is which without clicking around the place. Of course they will eventually get proper names, but it would be lovely if they just named themselves Artboard 1, Artboard 2 etc when cloned.


    That is all. 

  10. It seems that control-enter is actually…


    the soft return key combo.


    At the point of this posting after eons of frustration using the usual shift-return I only just thought to try some wild and crazy key combos, and stumbled on control-enter.


    Dearest AD peeps…




    Why Why Why… not a normal, intuitive, standard key combination for this?


    But at least now I have something that is better than my workaround: quite literally that was breaking text boxes into two and nudging them vertically… such was my desperation with the line height issues I was getting via shift-return.

  11. late back to this  - I meant to say  - oh wow - yes of course… that actually happened.  Apologies - this eydropper implementation is quite wonderful. I kept waiting for it work like ai, but sure… this is (of course) better.

     And for anyone curious 

    explains very well.



    Hmm … I wonder what you mean by “a usable eyedropper” … is the new eyedropper tool, introduced in v1.5, impractical for you?  :unsure:

  12. I'm certain of being highly unoriginal here - I would KILL for a useable eyedropper.  Not one cleverer than illy, sketch etc… just a USEABLE tool. Praps if this was classified as a bug fix and not a feature  it could work it's way into the next release?


    Similarly graphic object styles that can be updated  - similarly this would just be 'proper behavior', rather than a new feature.


    But rock on folks… hard to believe there was a lost decade where vector apps simply didn't progress at all, and the only one worth using (Freehand  IMO) was stuck without so much as a maintenance update.  Thanks for all the good work. It IS appreciated.

  13. I'm always big on batch processing and an efficient export workflow.  I've spent quite a bit of time trying to get the most out of AD 1.5 exporting - but i'm still mystified at what Batch Builder actually does.


    No help on it.  No google returns outside of the feature list saying: Batch Builder for multi-slice imagesets (Xcode asset JSON)



    And it seems to be very oriented around touch icons - is there scope for more?



    Please affinity, let us in on the secret?


  14. Thanks rsi.studio - cmd j and then constrain is a decent workaround WHILE THIS FINALLY GETS FIXED.


    i'm still cleaning up gunked up files - with LOTs of  10x clones.


    For the devs - I have noticed this appears to happen sometimes if the rendering is slow and I'm just moving elements.


    Its a very circular issue cos the rendering is sometimes slow because of hundreds of unwanted clones.


    But if for whatever reason… sometimes the rendering is v slow, cloning can occur.  IN my case I think it's mostly the main bug, but somtimes a move that renders very slow - will create a clone.

  15. That's really helpful to know Andy - and yes, like Ronny this is driving me  / has driven me around the bend.  Its the biggest productivity killer I know. Even more than social media! Please do make it a priority - it's well past time it was fixed.


  16. Truth is - that I just can't find any pattern.  Sorry to be so late following up but I have been looking for cause > effect and not finding colleration!  So no single reproducable set of steps to recreate this issue - though its very common for me, and as i understand also happens for others.  


    The only common element is it tends to be in relatively complex layups with a lot of layers generally.  I don't believe I'm inadvertantly applying modifier keys - I do use shift quote a bit to constrain  / unconstrain.  I use option a lot when i'm intentionally cloning.  that's it.


    But it really does drive me crazy: I'll be about to output a pdf and see badly aliased text - then find that's because it's cloned 3-4 times, then the filled curve behind is cloned a dozen times.  This is No way to work and it's plaguing my most important projects.


    What to do next?

  17. I'm working in a Sketch shop and have to supply sketch files as deliverables - or at least for archive purposes.


    Copy/Paste from AD appears true visually so that's great.


    problem is that my careful organisation and labelling of elements in AD is lost.


    Given that Affinity is making a big play for UI use in 1.5, I think tidying up this part of the realworld workflow that many of us in this area have to deal with, is essential.


    Sketch has such a grip on this area, we need to be able to deliver editable files that are organized ande make sense to Sketch users.  Obviously it's impractical to relabel everything on export, then do it again (once would be beyond practical) on the next export.


    Hoping this isn't a big ask - given the structure is there already - its just the labelling that's getting lost (I think)