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  1. @martin_ The boolean operations have been a major issue all along - really hoping for a dramatic focus to be put on Designer in the next beta session leading up to 1.11 or 2.0. Sometimes the app force quits - other times it stalls out in the middle of the boolean operation. When it does work, especially with using divide and then add - there is a lot of excess nodes and unclean welds. Love Designer and Affinity, impatient to see things get to a point of professional usability! lol
  2. This has been requested many times over the years - but always good to keep reminding them of the things we are looking for like this! Hopefully it will be included in version 1.11, or 2.0
  3. @Sean P thanks. Love Designer for so many things - including pen tool tracing, but boolean operations feel like the achilles heel right now. The issues with getting clean merges and divides and the resulting dirty nodes and/or pieces disappearing and the lack of a boolean tool that acts the way Illustrator's "merge" tool does in pathfinder hold back Designer. I'm hoping these things are included as big improvements in vs 2.0 In regards to this situation I posted about - It may be that some part is not fully expanded, etc. If that is the case, it's not for thorough select-all and expand atte
  4. After tracing an object with the pen tool, expanding the stokes to fills and then dividing them all with the divide boolean, some parts disappear. Selecting all and expanding a second or third time does not seem to make a difference. Here is a video of the issue and I attached the file thanks lobster.afdesign
  5. Did you ever make a video about your setup for this? I'd be very interested to see
  6. Vectorstyler is still in beta and while it's not perfect, it's already got a blend tool, text and object warp, well-functioning boolean operations, 100% vector brushes, a blob tool, vector erase tool, print color separations, etc. I found out the "team" developing Vectorstyler is one person! Not a full team. Edits and improvements have been added quickly, beta testers have been acknowledged, listened to and trusted. I understand the wuhan flu affected productivity, but this was a slow pace long before the virus affected team projects. The contour tool in 1.9 was first revealed as a teaser ba
  7. I love Affinity Designer, but I cannot understand why the issues with the boolean operations persist years after they have been flagged repeatedly in the forums. Trying to expand simple strokes and divide and add together parts of these simple shapes results in a ton of errors. When I had discussed this in prior posts to the forum, it was alluded to that "dirty geometry" was the issue - because I had used the pen tool like a brush, building up multiple strokes at times to get the kind of thick to thin lines I wanted. In this case here, I'm using single pen strokes. I really want to replace I
  8. They must have recently changed it, but as of the other day, the main text at the top of the Serif Affinity page said "last major update" instead of "latest", as it does now. Whether or not it goes to 2.0 next, perhaps Affinity does not want people to stop buying the 1.9 version knowing there's another payment in a year or so, instead of getting several years out of their investment cost
  9. I appreciate you listing alternative methods to test and I will do that. I agree that what I am asking for can't be done right now, but it's a vital part of working vectors for me and I believe many others. It's also a standard operation in other vector apps. Now that we're hitting the end of the first version of Designer, I'm hoping they add this in to 2.0. There's no way to quickly fill in a negative shape in the background. No way to truly compress and flatten down for final output... these are necessities of a professional vector app. I hope Affinity is listening.
  10. @Roqoco This is an example of what i need Affinity designer to be able to do for me @Jowday explained it well. I use the Illustrator version of "merge" to quickly fill in a background color inside a negative space - like in the tiger. Sometimes I use the live paint feature in illustrator, but it's often just as easy to do what I just explained and is shown in the video. I also use the same feature to combine different expanded strokes that were overlapping. When I am inking a cartoon image like this tiger, I use the brush tool to get thin to thick lines and overlap on purpose... then I g
  11. Divide and merge are very different Boolean operations in illustrator. Divide is the same in both programs. Merge in illustrator acts like a cookie cutter. So you could cut one object out of another. Merge also compressed and flattened whatever was selected. To my knowledge, there is no equivalent way to do either task in designer. Really hoping this gets addressed soon by serif
  12. OK thank you for clearing that up for me. I guess I never considered that because the Beta allowed for the first step in the process even on El Capitan. Was the lack of being able to connect to register or confirm registration on El Capitan during the beta period a sign that it wasn't going to work and needed to be pulled? Looking forward to the day I can use the newest operating systems and Affinity 100% of the time - completely free of Adobe CS6
  13. I love the idea of being able to store assets and purchases in my Affinity account and use them on any computer of either platform or ipad so long as I bought the application for each. I logged in and downloaded all my paid assets and such for Designer on the ipad and then logged in again from the ipad version of Photo and realized I'd have to do the same thing. All of the raster based brushes and such can be used in Photo as well as in the raster side of Designer. Is there a way to not have to download them twice onto an ipad with limited space?
  14. @walt.farrell When I would use the betas for 1.9, I often got the automated box asking me to register or sign in. When I closed that box (without doing anything to register, etc), I could still bring it up by pressing the "My Account" option. Since installing the official 1.9 update, I don't ever get the automated popup registration box (just the nameplate)
  15. I just upgraded to the 1.9 update on my Mac desktop. It upgraded normally but when I went to the "my account" option under the "Affinity Designer' title, it's grayed out. Clicking on the person icon on the far right upper side of the application does not do anything either. I wondered if it was due to having the beta still installed, so I removed the beta from the machine entirely and restarted the official 1.9 Affinity Designer again. Same issue - greyed out and clicking the person icon does nothing. My Designer and Photo apps on the mac were purchased through the mac app store. I later pu
  16. Vectorstyler just released its most recent beta today. It keeps improving all the time. I'm not sure what defines their features as "Unusable". I've enjoyed the advanced features though I've not even attempted to cover everything, and they work well . My focus recently in testing the betas was encouraging smooth efficiency with brushes and pen tool and Boolean operations.
  17. This is one of the biggest holes in the Designer app so far. the need for a warp tool. High on that list are also things like efficient and smooth working boolean operations, blob tool, vector erase tool, blend function, 100% vector brushes, a merge boolean operation like Illustrator has
  18. Thanks @MattP for sharing that whole last post. It's hard being on the outside looking in and wondering as time flies by if things we feel are necessary for full switch to Affinity will ever be added. I was worried some of the issues were just going to be left as-is - ok but never great - like the boolean operations. It's good to know that is not the mentality and approach Serif is taking overall. The list you all posted in the beginning was helpful to many of us because we had an idea of the vision and direction. I understand it came with some backlash from the customers and added pressure to
  19. Designer seems to be set up currently to work in less of an artistic form and more a straightforward mathematical manner. Everything I trace with the pen tool needs to be in closed paths or else I can't switch it from a stroke to a fill easily. There's not much room for really using the brush tool freely in Designer. If I overlap parts or build up sections of lines to be thicker, the resulting expanded strokes are impossible the cleanly merge later on.
  20. proper boolean operations in Designer elude and seem to be an enduring thorn in Serif's side for years now with no end in sight. Based on posts I've made on the topic repeatedly over the last few years, I'm unsure if Serif is ever going to actually invest in making them right or just throw their hands up and call it done. I posted a few months ago how the divide and add booleans operations resulted in tons of excess nodes and issues. The response I got back was that it was just "dirty geometry" Meanwhile I could take the same combination of expanded strokes and the like and paste it inside Ill
  21. I agree Serif has every right to include or exclude features based on their plans and priorities, but they are also beholden to their customers or else they will fail to exist. Serif risks their product being viewed as an amateur alternative if universally understood expectations for professional software are not met sooner than later. Everyone feels their tool preferences are "essential" and I know not everyone agrees on what is truly necessary to make Affinity products stand on their own. I think many would agree with my perspective, that properly functioning boolean operations, true vec
  22. @postmadesign the pic I attached was from my attempts this morning in the iPad beta, but the same issues occur in the desktop 1.8 and the 1.9 beta as well. I didn't mean to post in the wrong section, but the issue is identical on both ipad and desktop versions.
  23. Was using the latest versions of designer beta on ipad and desktop and still getting crazy nodes and strange results when expanding, dividing and adding back together strokes to objects. This is such a crucial and universally needed set of functions. Anything I design in affinity designer, I need to copy over to illustrator to merge cleanly. Not a great long term solution. Blob tool and vector erase would also help. Another Boolean operation that acts the way Illustrator's merge tool does would be appreciated. The current "add" function in designer is more like the illustrator " unite" Boole
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