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Jim Monson

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    Analyzing J.S. Bach fugues, cantatas, etc. Glad I was born "after" Bach and not "before."

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  1. That's it, PÅ¡enda. Thanks!
  2. A few years ago I mentioned this problem but cannot find that thread now so I'll mention it again. I use my own shortcuts in AD to move quickly from one tool to another (keys near my left hand). These work very well except for this below. I use the convenient "s" for the Move tool and "d" for the Node tool, the same on handle of the pen for my Wacon board. After working with the Frame Text tool I click outside the text box with my Wacom pen or mouse and immediately I can go back to the Move or the Node tool via my shortcuts. However, after working inside an Art text I must be very careful. Clicking outside the text often results in creating a new Art text,, and inside the text is the "s" or the "d" of my shortcut. Sometimes, however, the shortcut works, and I'm on my way. After many tries (going slowly or quickly, etc.) to discover what I'm doing differently each time, I find no consistent difference. Is there any thing you could do to make the transition fool proof? If not, what consistent method of getting out of the Art text mode would you suggest, short of going to the Toolbox and choosing a different tool, which is a real drag that I resist?
  3. After setting up my studio panels in a doc I sometimes accidentally close the studio by clicking next to the spot where I can move my combo of panels. Then I must go through the set up again that can take a bit to organize the panels the way I want them. Like AD allows one to save the history of ones work (great help), I see no option for saving the studio panels. The same goes for my swatch palette for a specific doc, although I can save the palette and then bring it up again in each doc. However, having many swatch palettes for many docs, this can take time to find the right one. Having the studio panels and swatch palette attached to the specific doc would be helpful. (I know there are other requests regarding the swatches and you may be working on it.)
  4. Jim Monson

    Export definition

    Sorry, MEB, I missed a cog or two by comparing apples (resolution) with oranges (required doc size). Of course, If I place a hi-res AP exported tif (17,000 x 17,000 pixels) inside an AD doc of a smaller pixel size (5120 x 5120), it is only going to export as 5120 x 5120 pixels and not my 17,000 x 17,000 pixels. I should have thought through this before writing what I have now deleted.
  5. In certain AfPhoto docs I save my history for future editing. However, my history can be quite long and finding a certain edit very difficult. It would be great to add time and date at certain places in the history panel, or perhaps a very short note that the user could enter. Thus within the hundreds of potential edits I could quickly scroll to the desired place. This would also be helpful in AfDesigner but for sure in AfPhoto.
  6. I can change a node from smooth to sharp via a modifier key but not vice versa. To change a sharp node to smooth I must go to the pen tool, drag out the handles and then go back to my other tool, albeit I change tools very quickly via my own shortcuts. However, changing tools is a much slower process than simply using a modifier key. I hope you can add this feature sometime in the future.
  7. Thanks, Dominik. Your response (above) is why I would like a modifier key since I have had to change to the Pen tool and then drag and then go back to my other work. A modifier key would solve this. I work much faster with shortcuts than going back and forth to various tools. Here's hoping. Good advice. I'll create a new post on this topic.
  8. I very much need a shortcut for converting a node from sharp to smooth. OPT/ALT converts a smooth to sharp. Why not CMD/OPT to go from sharp to smooth, or something like that. Drawing a path with the pen tool often ends up with some not-needed sharp nodes, since one does not always remember to pull out the handles. BTW, AD's wisdom in allowing the user to add nodes along a path with the node tool is great. Rather than drawing and pulling out the handles on each node as I draw, I find that creating the end nodes (in my case as smooth nodes) and adding points along the path and then adjusting the handles is often faster. The new node will be sharp or smooth according the the surrounding node.
  9. At least I didn't miss something. I think this should be an added feature.
  10. Is there a shortcut for converting a node from "sharp" to "smooth?" I often must smooth a node along a path but must first use TAB to bring up the context menu and then go up and click the smooth icon. I would be very useful to have a shortcut for this.
  11. A way globally to change a layer's property color, in all layers, as well as assigned that color to all sub-layers under the top layer, perhaps by a modifier keys. This would be very useful in identifying specific objects in a complex document, much faster than changing the color property individually on each of my hundreds of layers.
  12. I agree that it is a bit thin. I would also emphasize the importance of an obvious color indicator for layers. As I work within complex documents the ability to change layer color for more than a single layer, as well as the top layer color (to change all lower layer colors) is extremely useful. Here's hoping. No complaints. AD has released me from bondage to Adobe.
  13. Is there any way globally to change a layer's property color, either in all layers or in all of the sub-layers under the top layer (perhaps by a modifier key)? This would be very useful in identifying specific objects in my complex document, much faster than changing the color property individually on each of my hundreds of layers.
  14. Thanks, MEB, I use this all the time very deliberately to enclose a raster element inside a drawn line object, so I must be that I am clicking right on the wrong place, i.e., right on the edge of the layer above the one I'm working on. I wish it were less sensitive and one had to be deliberate about it. I'll have to watch my cursor much more carefully since i work very fast on tedious parts of map making.
  15. When I am choosing a layer sometimes the layer suddenly goes inside the layer above, and for a moment I think that I deleted it. This is very annoying when working quickly. Is this an intended feature of Designer, and if so can I turn it off. It appears that having the cursor at a certain place does this. I think that in the old Freehand this was a feature that I did not like at all. Is it now in Designer?
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