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Gear maker

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  1. Then are you saying that in non-Separated mode the full screen is not acting correct? I know you aren't it's just that it's not useable in Separated mode. There were several other things that were awkward in Separated mode, but I've learned to live with them, because unlike loukash I still like Separated mode so much more than non-Separated mode so I stuck with it. Being able to easily go out and sample the color from something outside AD was so handy. Being able to have 3 columns of panels that went all the way to the top of the screen was handy. Resizing the canvas as needed was handy. I bet I resize the canvas area a few times every day for one reason or another. I just find non-Separated mode feels restrictive. Having it being missing from V2 will possibly stop me from going to V2.
  2. I like that. In V1 I just got used to using short names so the Curve/Curves didn't run off the screen.
  3. I am using Ventura now on a new 27" iMac. I need to update the system info on the bottom of the forum. But first I need to figure out how to do that. But I am trying to work with V2 to decide if I really want to go to V2. With V1 non-Separated mode the option green button causes the Canvas, panels and tools to move out to fill the screen. The entire canvas is visible. In Separated mode it opens the canvas up so wide it's under the toolbars and everything else. That's not useable for much of anything.
  4. The big push from Affinity and most drawing classes is to NAME THE LAYERS so you can identify them. Now AD is trying to get us to stop naming the layers so we can tell what's in them. What's up with that!? Yes V1 was much better for that.
  5. I agree this was a nuisance that we just learned to live with. Using Tab just did a much better job if you need full real estate. If you can't see what is wrong with it, compare the resulting screen with what happens in non-Separated mode.
  6. I loved Separated mode in V1. When I first bought AD, back in 2014, I wasn't sure I liked AD until I found Separated Mode after about a month of using non-Separated mode. There were some problems with it. Most issues seemed to be ignored or at least given low priority to be fixed because most people used non-Separated mode. Just like issues only showing in light mode. So we learned to live with them.
  7. I have set mine up to try your idea of using the left studio also. I've never tried it before but it looks like it might work. I need to decide on a shortcut to use so I can kill the left when I need the real estate. Thanks for the idea.
  8. Thanks loukash, that's what I am doing now, but it's really about the same work as dragging the canvas size and then the second and third Columns to position. Actually it's more mouse clicks.
  9. In V2 AD how can we tell if a layer is made up of a single curve or multiples? In the example below there is a mix. If I had hundreds/thousands of layers how would I be able to distinguish between a Curve and Curves? I always keep layers as a Curve unless there is a need to tie multiple layers together. So that if I click on an object in my drawing and make a change I know only that one piece will be affected. Other objects in a Curves might be way out of my view in my canvas. Also it gives me a clue that a layer is the result of a boolean operation. I guess all operations could be done as a compound so they are distinguishable.
  10. In AD V1 I'm used to using Separated Mode, which I can't in V2. But in V1 I'd have my panels spread out in 3 columns. this would allow me to change the canvas size to look at drawings/photos under AD. The panels all stayed in a known location. Like this: In V2, non-Separated mode, I have tried to create the same layout, but only the right column docks. If I change the size of the canvas to use part of my screen for viewing drawings/photos the other two columns do not move and cover the one docked column. Is there a way to dock all three columns so they all move when resizing the canvas? The two floating columns are docked together. Currently the only way I can do it, other than dragging the floating columns every time I resize the screen, is by creating multiple studio presets with the floating in various locations. Neither are very handy. Is there a trick I am missing?
  11. Great. This was a major complaint I had with V2. Another was the V1 Preference setting "Auto-scroll to show selection in Layer's panel" being missing. And sure enough it looks like it's there in the hamburger menu of the Layer's panel. I haven't tested it yet but it looks good. Two birds down with one stone.
  12. If I go into a complex drawing click on a few parts and do a few snips, how do I know from the layers panel that the object is made up of multiple objects? The layer name in V1 used to be showing Curves if multiple. Now it's still showing Curve. And if I have assigned a name to the object even the Curve is gone. Am I missing something in V2? Or, do I have to grab all layers in the drawing and do a separate curves? Actually if a name hasn't been assigned to the layer I find that after doing more work on the drawing, suddenly the Curve changes to Curves. Not sure what triggered it.
  13. Tom, the answer is most certainly yes, I would be honored. I may have even talked to you on one of our trips onboard the Minnehaha. The provenance of the Minnehaha is something right out of a Clive Cussler book. I'm glad you enjoyed the drawing as it allows me the ability to at least partially repay the enjoyment of riding the Minnehaha. I will PM you shortly with some information and we'll have to arrange to transfer the 122MB affinity file. Mike
  14. Sorry you are having this problem. When I run into something like this I try increasing the Miter. I have seen that if it's not high enough the zoom will reach a place where the effect stops. So I go higher, try 30 on yours. Another thing I try to do is have a closed shape. I don't know if yours is or not, but then I can set the align to be Inside. Just thoughts for you to try.
  15. If you have in the menu Window > Separated Mode selected you can have most any combination of documents visible.
  16. The subtract only operates on one layer at a time. What I believe it's trying to do is to subtract the ellipse from the first line, then the first line from the second, second from the first, etc. And it hangs. Plus subtract likes to work on closed curves. Your dashes are probably open. To close these select all dashes and do an Expand Stroke. finally to get around the first issue select all dashes and do a Merge Curves. Then you will be subtracting the ellipse from the single merged layer and it should work. If you need the dashes as separate layers you can do a Separate Curves at the end to get this.
  17. Sure, make something like this. Make sure either the black OR the white are in the exact place you want them. Then zoom in and move the two nodes close together. Move the one that's not in the exact position from above. Then when you zoom out you will have something like this.
  18. Can you be more explicit? What features did you lose? It looks like you have the adjustments.
  19. I'm just a user, and couldn't do anything with the actual file. You'll need to send it to an Affinity person. Sorry.
  20. If you copy the document to a local drive will it open? What is the size of the file?
  21. The Break Curve will quite simply open a node or selection of nodes. Because it has to operate on nodes it can't be used on a shape ex. rectangle, ellipse, etc. If you have an ellipse it must be converted to curves, which will result in 4 nodes. If one node is selected you will see no difference. But the curve goes from a closed curve to an open curve. If two nodes are selected you will end up with 2 curves. Either a 90 degree arc and a 270 degree arc, or two 180 degree arcs depending on the 2 nodes selected. These will be open curves that are created. If they need to be closed curves then you can select the curve and click on the Close Curve right next to the Break Curve. Of course you can add nodes anywhere they are needed and break the curve on these nodes as well as the 4 original nodes. That's really all there is to the Break Curve. I can't tell from your screen shots what you did to get the objects shown in the second and third images. I've never had it not react as expected. Maybe you can explain in more detail exactly what you are trying to do and the steps taken when it doesn't work for you. Also, which Affinity product are you working in?
  22. One of the issues you are running into is that you have selected a square cap which adds 1/2 the thickness of the line to the front and end of the dash. Resulting in a minimum (0) length being a square. Change it to a butt cap and you will find your 0.005 will work correctly.
  23. I'm confused, in the video you have the Gaussian Blur selected in the FX. So the blur should be changed when the slider is moved. If you select the Outer Shadow, you would have other sliders shown. Then you should be able to change the Outer Shadow.
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