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  1. Tyler, FYI the pdf file doesn't even work in Apple's Preview. In the Designer file there is a Curves layer that seems to be a problem. I don't understand what is in it this layer, from the image this should be a small designer file. This looks to be a simple gradient, but Designer is acting like this layer is composed of something strange. 107.8MB with this layer and 17.4KB without. Is this image all there really is to the file? 1stsurface-1.afdesign
  2. I've seen lots of topics on Breaking curves and Joining curves and I am still having trouble. I have an elongated rounded corner rectangle. I'm trying to turn it into an elongated C. I did an Expand Stroke. Then I selected a node on the outside curve, hit Break Curve. Then selected a node on the inside curve and hit Break Curve. I can now move a node so that they look to be separate, no path between the nodes. But the fill still continues between the broken nodes. Then I try to do a join and they will not join. I used the snap to get one node from the outside curve to align right over the node from the inside curve, select them both by holding shift and drawing a box around the two nodes, hit join curves. And sure enough they are still separate. I suspect the join just isn't going to work seeing as the fill continues along that they aren't truly broken. I would guess that I couldn't have fill if I had two truly open curves. Has anyone any ideas? Has anyone tried breaking a shape following an Expand Stroke?
  3. firstdefence, thanks for this note. Please note that you have to be in version 1.7 to have the option of doing a free-hand marquee. 1.6 doesn't have the option.
  4. In AD sometimes when I read Layer it seems to refer to an object, other times a container in which to place multiple objects much like a group. Can you explain the difference between vector layers and groups as containers? Why would I use one instead of the other? Does one have certain properties and/or affects on the objects in them that the other doesn't? Any pros and cons? From reading the help I don't see really a difference. I appreciate it.
  5. Aammppaa, I had always assumed it was pixels, but pixels in the drawing. Because of that the amount of zoom didn't matter. It was only lately that I started to figure out it was pixels on the display, so zoom was critical. My main use was to average out a dithered image. I doubt in the past I've had the area large enough most of the time to get a true representation of the actual color. I'm hoping one of the devs will confirm the math so I can note the sizes covered for each of the radius settings. Also "radius" seems to be a misnomer as it would be a square area if I'm correct.
  6. I don't believe I've ever seen this question or an answer for it before. In the color picker tool there is a radius that can set to an area to be averaged for the color. If I select a 5x5 area, how big is this area? How do I know if a 5 unit square will cover the area I need and not bleed into an area not wanted? All the Help says is: Radius—Choose to sample from directly under the cursor (Point 1x1) or from differently sized square areas where the color is averaged. My guess is this is the number of screen pixels to be averaged. So if I have about 109 pixels per inch on my screen, then each pixel is about 9/1000 of an inch. So if I have selected 129x129 then everything that is in a square about 1-1/4 inch wide and high with the cursor centered in it will be averaged. Regardless of the zoom. So 5x5 would be an area about 0.046 inches (about 3/64") square. So if I zoom in on a pixelated image where each displayed pixel is maybe 0.1" square a setting of 5x5 will still only read that pixel in the image. When trying to average out a dithered image I would have to use a setting significantly larger setting or zoom way out. Is this correct?
  7. Gear maker

    Cursor is confused

    I normally only use Separated mode in designer, but in my current project I decided to use non-separated. I notice that many times when my cursor passes over the edge of the left panels it gets stuck in the shape it uses when allowing the panels to be resized (a vertical bar with a right facing arrow and a left facing arrow). It doesn't happen every time but it is frequent. Seems that the faster the cursor is moved the more frequent the issue. I've never noticed this happen in separated mode. Cursor1.mov
  8. Chris, in the node tool click on the action Join Curves. Personally I would only select 2 of the layers that "connect" then do the join (you have more control). The 2 layers should become one. Then select again 2 layers that should "connect" click Join, etc. When you have all 4 in one layer click on the Action Close Curve. That should do what you want.
  9. Are either of these more what you are looking for? If so attached is the drawing for it. Boxes.afdesign
  10. Thanks for the pictures. I've used Inkscape very very little, but I'm surprised these would be considered sharp nodes. Their definition must be different from what I have for a sharp node. To me a sharp node has only straight lines coming into and leaving the node. I don't see how it's possible to have a bezier curve between two sharp nodes. Just for my curiosity, how does one specify in Inkscape where the path is to go between the nodes? Would this be a spline curve. Again I have little experience with spline curves. Sorry I can't help you.
  11. Justyna, AD tries to match the location of the original, if it's still on the screen. No way around this. If you can zoom so the original is not on the screen, then it tries to maintain the original X or Y screen position. if neither the X or Y positions can be maintained then it will place the copy in the center of the screen. When doing something like you are suggesting the only way i have found to sort of get it to work is to place the original way off from where I want the copies, then zoom and pan to place the destination in the center of the screen. Not real accurate placement though, but a short drag to correct it.
  12. Justyna, okay maybe I haven't had enough coffee so far this morning, but I'm having trouble understanding your meaning. As shown in this image i don't see how a smooth node could be converted into a sharp node without causing re curve to change. With a sharp node there wouldn't be a curve, wouldn't it be just straight lines? Can you explain further? Maybe add a drawing.
  13. Justyna, I totally understand your issue. I wish there was a modifier key that would tell the software to disregard the handle. But there isn't. As v_kyr stated zooming in or the arrow keys are pretty much the only choices. Or if the handle is so close to the node than it probably isn't needed, so an opt click would delete that handle then the next grab would be for the node. Mike
  14. jamesholden, I believe the reference was to the pending release of the corner tool. Which did come out about that time.
  15. Gear maker

    Layers not Showing

    Bri-Toon, FYI I am not having this happen on my system. I have tried all sorts of mixtures of expanding and collapsing layers. I hope I'm understanding the issue and it's layers in the layer panel that are showing empty sometimes. But not for me. I'm running Mac Sierra using the most current beta. By the way the comic looks great and should be interesting. Mike
  16. evtronic3, take a look at:
  17. The beta of Designer has this capability using the Appearance panel. But it's not in the released version. Word of warning anything saved in the beta can not be later loaded into the currently released version 1.6.... because its an older version.
  18. jdomainer, the beta version has the capability to enlarge the layer icons. It can be downloaded from the Affinity Beta Software portion of the forum. I believe there is no way to change tool sizes.
  19. I just started using and had drawn a base I liked. And I needed almost the same for a top, so I drew it again. As in Test2. Then I wanted to copy the gradients from one to the other so I did a cmd C on layer "1" after selecting it in the layer panel then selected layer "A", again in the layer panel, and did a shift cmd V. All looked good. Test2.afdesign I then I did a cmd C on layer "2" after selecting it in the layer panel then selected layer "B", again in the layer panel, and did a shift cmd V. The color looked good but the gradient symbol was not showing. After zooming back I found it an inch or so above the canvas. Copying "3" to "C" also put the symbol above the canvas. Like wise did "4" to "D". Why the offset in the location of the symbol? I tried zooming in to the letter named layers but that didn't change the position. I've tried this several times and A is always correct while B and C are always moved. Any idea why? I see we still have the funny gradient symbol that we had in I take it that imparts some skew on the gradient when adjusted. Or I can just click on a corner to delete the dashed portion.
  20. Gabriel, Oh I see. I should have noticed that. How simple. Thank you.
  21. Howdy Gabriel, When I just tried it again using I thought it didn't do it. But then I found that I had to be in the Fill tool. Then I got the following when doing a Paste Style in layer "B" that was copied from layer "2" while in the Fill tool. See how the Gradient symbol is off the canvas. It looks like the symbol has moved twice the actual distance as the space between layer "2" and layer "B". Toggling between the Fill tool and the Move tool results in the following video. Can you try it again in the Fill tool? Thanks. Mike Toggle.mov
  22. I really love being able to turn on the Use ⇧ modifier to cycle tools, it used to be so awkward to hit a hotkey for a tool only to find you were already in that tool and now are no longer there because you were switched to the previous tool used. But the cure has just shifted the problem. I just hit a G when I happened to already be in the Fill tool. So now instead of switching my tool selection to the previous used it searched out the layer that had a name starting with a G and selected it instead. So now I changed the gradient in the wrong layer. Okay so now how do we stop AD from searching out a field with the name starting with the hotkey that is disregarded by the tool cycle? The only workaround I can think of is to start every layer name with some character that doesn't cause a tool cycle like maybe a tilde. Or just don't name layers, which is really a poor solution. I didn't even know AD would search out layer names starting with a character pressed until this happened.
  23. MEB, sorry for the late response. I was out of the state for a couple weeks. I just loaded which over wrote, so I tried it in 08. I just created Test4.afdesign and made a few layers giving them random names that start with hotkey letters. Yes all of them cause this problem. So far it seems to work incorrectly on every .07 & 08 file I've created.
  24. Alberto, that sounds good, but what if I want to stop at 103? With a stop at 100 I probably wouldn't be able to get to 103. You can already hit cmd 1 to get 100%, cmd 2 to get 200%, etc. Seeing as zooms can go to a few million % that could make quite a few stops. Just a thought.