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  1. well, colour me embarrassed! I feel like a fool. Thank you for clearing this up and teaching me something new! Apologies for wasting everybody's time. Problem solved, thank you Old Bruce! 🤗
  2. That's probably a bad title, but it's the best concise subject I could come up with. 😬 I'm running Affinity Designer 2.2.1 on a Mac Mini M1 under Sonoma 14.0. Hardware acceleration is on. I'll try to explain this as best as I can and in as much detail as possible, but have also attached screencaps to illustrate the behaviour. Here's the issue: I was drawing a design that contains some normally stroked lines and some dotted lines. When I zoomed out, it looked like my dotted lines were solid stroked lines. When I zoomed in tight, I could see that my dotted lines were indeed dotted lines, but there was another thinner line on top of my existing lines. I did some experiments, and this happens to all lines, not just dotted lines. For instance, I had an object that I had made light pink, but it looked red. I kept lightening the pink, and it didn't appear to get lighter. Turns out this rogue red line was on top of the light pink line, making it look red. SCREENCAP DESCRIPTIONS: In the attached pictures, the first one shows my document freshly opened. In the second picture, I have clicked on the red dotted line and the two rightmost black dotted lines with the move tool. (Note: I did not shift-click on the lines, I just clicked on one line and then clicked the next line without any modifiers, and the red line stays superimposed on the clicked lines. They stay like this even if I click in an empty part of the document after clicking on each line.) The third picture shows the same as the second picture, but zoomed in so you can see how the thin red line looks. Now when I hit "Z" to get my zoom tool activated so I could zoom in, I noticed the lines looked like they should again. But when I hit V to select my move tool, the errant red overlay lines appeared. I didn't test ALL the tools, but it appears this behaviour is only happening when I have the move tool selected. It's really offputting and making it hard to edit my document since I can't see the actual lines. In doing some experiments to prepare to make an accurate report here, I noticed something even odder. Any object I click on in my document gets that errant red line superimposed on it, BUT this only happens for the most recent six items that I have clicked. If I click on a seventh object, the red line on the oldest object I clicked is immediately removed, so at any given time, six items have the errant line on them. UPDATE: actually, while trying this a few times so that I could count how many objects this is affecting at one time, it seems I don't even have to click on the object for that errant red line to show up. Just moving the cursor over the object isn't enough though; if I hover over an object for about a half-second, the errant line appears. Very strange. I just did another quick test, made a new document and drew seven squares in it, tried clicking each with the move tool as mentioned above, and got the same behaviour: errant red lines on each as long as the move tool was active, and the red line disappeared from the first one as soon as I clicked the seventh square. This may have been something that has already been noticed and addressed, as I tried reproducing the behaviour in Designer Beta v2.2.1 (2075) and it behaves as expected, with no overlaid red lines. The beta works fine.
  3. Yes, I would also like to request a way to truly lock a layer/object. I did a "Select Same" on a stroke colour to get rid of unwanted objects, but was terribly surprised to see that the Select Same managed to select my locked objects (which I thought were protected from deletion by locking them.)
  4. Apologies if this is the wrong place to report this; I tested it in the current non-beta build, and this happens there too. I'm running Designer Beta 2.2.0 (1971) on an M1 Mac Mini under Ventura 13.4. In my document, I had most of my art drawn with black strokes, but there were some bits drawn in red strokes. I wanted to delete those red ones, so I clicked on one of them, then used the Select Same/Stroke Colour menu item to select all the other objects with red strokes, and hit backspace to delete them. The problem is, I also had two lines with red strokes that I was using as guides, and had locked to prevent them from being accidentally moved or deleted. I was surprised to discover that the Select Same command actually selected these locked objects, and even more surprised that they were deleted along with the unlocked objects when I hit backspace. I've always expected that once an object is locked, it can't be selected or deleted unless it is unlocked first.
  5. I agree. Ctrl-click should do the same thing as a secondary or right click.
  6. Duly noted! Will make sure I have the whole window next time. I was trying to minimize file size and follow @Hangman's example. I have a number of clipboard manager type programs running…more than I remembered! I tried turning them off one by one, and quit and restarted Designer each time. And the culprit has been found! Once I quit PurePaste, text objects copy and paste as they should. PurePaste has a feature that removes identifying references from urls you copy so that you can avoid trackers, etc. I guess it was garbling the copy and paste in Designer. So odd that it made it behave exactly as it did though, creating new Layers and grouping objects oddly. I'll continue to do some tests, but it looks like the problem may have been solved! PurePaste does have an Exclusion panel that you can add apps to, so I've put all the Affinity programs in that list in hopes it won't mess around with Designer anymore. I also sent the PurePaste developer a note detailing what we discovered. Thanks folks!
  7. And just for fun, here's the same behavior with a shape object. Now, when I did a quick test before making this screen recording, I ended up with a new Layer with the same object in it (ie, it was labelled "curve" instead of "group.") Then I remembered that the "group" behaviour was happening when I had multiple curve objects selected, so I duplicated that shape, flipped it horizontally, selected both objects, and tried to paste them into Layer2, and the result was a new Layer with one curve and one group. But as you see in the video, now that I do it with a single object, it results in a group and not an object/curve. Very odd. copypasteobject.mov
  8. Hi @Hangman Here's my attempt at doing the screen recording you requested. Let me know if I need to show more of the real estate; I was trying to make the file as small as possible. It actually did something slightly different this time—not only did it create a new layer and separate those individual lines of the text block into three groups, one for each line—it also had groups within those groups and split each line into two text objects (stripping off the initial letter of each line.) copypasteissue.mov
  9. Hi @Hangman (thanks for the tip about how to tag folks!) I'm happy to do a screen recording to show you what's happening. Bear with me; I haven't done this in a while. Back in a bit…
  10. Hi @walt.farrell, Thanks for looking into this. Apologies for using the "layer" term ambiguously. When I'm saying layer, I probably mean Layer, as in what you get when you go to the Layers panel and click the "Add Layer" button. At our place, we've always referred to these containers as layers, and anything that goes into a layer as objects. Layers within layers we've always referred to as sublayers. So yes, what I mean in this case is Layers. So my post title should probably be "copy/paste text between Layers breaks text into separate lines." And yes, it's separate lines instead of a block like the original text object, and furthermore they are collected together as a group. I've since noticed that it also happens when copying text objects (or any objects) between separate documents. They won't paste into an existing Layer;they go into a new Layer, as groups (even if they were copied as curves).
  11. Addendum to my original statement: this is happening with objects as well, where I copy an object from one layer, select another layer I wish to paste it into, and instead of going into that layer, it creates a new layer, and within that layer I find a new group, and that group contains my original object. Very odd.
  12. Hi Hangman, thanks for the reply. (Apologies if this reply isn't formatted correctly, I don't know how to tag you in this like you did for me.) I watched your video a few times to make sure I was following along exactly. What I've been doing is *slightly* different, in that I've been clicking on the text block itself and then doing a cmd-c, where I see you're actually clicking on the text block's listing in the Layers panel, and then selecting copy and paste from the popup menu instead of using the keyboard shortcuts. So I tried doing exactly what you did to see if it would behave as it does in your video, and sadly I'm still getting the behaviour I originally described (a new layer is created, which contains a group of three separate lines.) I've tried doing it by clicking on the thumbnail for the layer as you did, and also clicking the name of the layer, and I get the same behaviour each time. Thank you for your example!
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