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Gear maker

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  1. I agree, most of the times. Once in awhile it gets in the way and it would be great to be able to turn off the bounding box and frames. I agree most of the time I'd want the boxes showing.
  2. R C-R there is only one bounding box, but there are sometimes multiple frames shown. I believe this is what NKC is seeing.
  3. This threw me a bit. I've never tried these shortcuts before. But playing with it I have come up with what I believe is happening. To get the > you would need to press the shift and the period. So to do the Precise Bigger you need to press cmd + opt + shift + period. Usually the last character is the lower case symbol, but in this case it is the upper requiring the shift also to be pressed. At least that's how it works on my mac.
  4. I don't think anyone has actually answered this question for you. It's a vector brush because the path it takes is a vector and can be manipulated by vector tools such as the node tool. The path then controls where the pixel image of the brush is drawn. And due to it being a pixel image some vector tools do not work, such as Expand. Yes, it probably should be called something like a Hybrid brush, but that would be probably even more confusing. I hope this helps.
  5. Holding down the alt (opt) key while just clicking on a handle will delete that single handle.
  6. It depends on how you drew this. Normally there would be layers that are white with a black stroke on a blue background. In this case it's simple to just turn off the stroke leaving the white on a blue background. If this isn't the case then could you attach the affinity file so we can see how the images are drawn?
  7. There are a few ways to do this, you can select all your lines then do from the menu Layer>Geometry>Merge curves. This will as you ask combine them all into a single curve. But I would recommend just selecting all the lines then create a group by pressing cmd + G (or Menu Arrange>Group. If the group is selected then any change made to the stroke, fill, move, etc. will be done to all layers in the group. But if you want to do something else to one or more of the layers in the group they can be selected and changed or moved without affecting the rest.
  8. @mdfm28 As of yet there isn't a knife tool. Probably the easiest way, in my opinion, is to use the Expand Stroke to change the stroke into a closed shape with parallel sides. Then do a subtract. You would end up with a compound object so you would either click on Divide or Separate curves to make 2 separate objects.
  9. @skmwrpThere isn't an automatic method. But, start with the widest stroke you have. Click on one of the 2 (unit unknown) stroke width lines, then in the menu Select Same>Stroke Width, this will select all the 2 unit widths. Then in the Stroke width field append a *2 or just enter 4. All the selected will change to 4 units. Then choose a 1.3 unit stroke and repeat the process.
  10. @lb CakeSorry for the slow response, I've been doing some running around today. First I'm using a mac, so the numbers could be totally unrelated to yours. Opening AD beta in Separated Mode I am showing 285.2MB ram being used. Opening a new letter size document 349.0MB ram. Stretching the document to cover the 27" monitor shows 429.0MB ram (the blank letter document is fit to screen). Opening a large document 697.1MB. Having 3 large documents open 1022MB. My current project requires all 3 open and displayed at once. Okay I zoomed in one the main document and my usage went up to 1.07GB. Zooming in on all 3 documents 1.12GB. My RAM limit in preferences says I am limited to 12.288GB. I have 12GB of ram in my computer. I've never changed it. This is the first time I've ever actually looked at the ram used. I doubt that will help, but hope it does.
  11. @lb Cake I have seen several reports of CPU spiking in some operations. Can't say I have ever watched my activity monitor to see what it was doing. Are you seeing loading times of a few seconds with a stripped down version of your file?
  12. I have never had it do that, at least I've never noticed it. But it is doing it for me also. In a way it could be handy, lots of people ask if there is a way to change a curve back into a shape and the answer always is No, other than a undo. But this seems to do it. But, that doesn't help you. It looks like it does it to any rectangle or ellipse (and possibly other shapes). I found only one way to stop it. As long as the More says to flatten transforms, then any transform stops the conversion. If I put in a rotation or shear as small as .0001, then the conversion does not occur (.00001 didn't work). Not a perfect cure. I see that the rectangle and ellipse does not have to be converted to a curve when using this method. In fact the entire drawing can be selected and given a slight rotation (.0001) and it seems to stop all rectangles and ellipses from being converted. I don't know if this is a bug or if the svg spec calls/allows for this. I suspect that it is the latter.
  13. It's weekend and they have been very busy, so it might take a couple days.
  14. @akamii My guess is that Design Space is not liking the transform matrix in the SVG file. Go into the export and click on the More button. Try selecting the Flatten transforms. If this works make a preset with it flattened. You might also tell it to rasterize nothing while you are at it.
  15. @Dandart The main problem I had was that when I tried to click on an exact spot. I'd line up the cursor exactly where I wanted it and the process of lowering my finger to make the click caused the mouse to move the cursor just before the click. By switching away from the Magic Mouse the cursor movement is different from the click, so I don't get that jump. Maybe you are seeing something totally different. What I was seeing there would be no way for the program to compensate for the jump, because the mouse was saying there was an intentional movement when there wasn't. If the program disregarded any small movement then it would not let me do a small movement.
  16. @Ben Martin I didn't mention that this does look like a bug and should be entered in the bug reports for AD. Be sure to add the example of the icon to the report.
  17. @JarrettI was doing a project and what I had to have was one path for the entire drawing. Basically as if you couldn't shut off the laser during a move. I made a preset for exporting SVG that solved many of my problems. I don't know if it will help you but you start with the More button at the bottom of the SVG export. Maybe some of the other options will help you.
  18. I had a single crash today, that I couldn't reproduce. But maybe it will mean something to you. I was doing some playing with a shape and I held down the cmd+z to redo all the way back. Somewhere close to being all the way back boom AD was gone. One of the very first things I had done was a document setup changing the DPI from 96 to 192 with a rescale, that was the only thing that was somewhat unusual I did in the session. If you can't find it C'est La Vie. Not a problem. If I had used the navigation panel it probably wouldn't have happened, but I was being lazy and it had only been a couple dozen steps or less. Thanks guys! Crash 3-12-21.txt
  19. @Jarrett, I've never used the Glowforge laser, but when I've done designs for my Shapeoko CNC router, I always try to have just one path for each cut. I have never found any automated way of doing this. Have you checked on the internet to see if there are any optimization sites to do this? I never searched for such, but it's an idea. The few times I've tried to use a program converting jpg to a vector, like Vectorize I found that the vectors were not very clean and were confusing. They required a lot of manual work to clean up. Redrawing it was usually easier once I figured out what my machine needed. I'm assuming the laser can shut itself off to move from one point to another without cutting. Which makes the redrawing fairly easy, usually. But then it does depend on how complex your design is.
  20. @Dandart Not that I know of. When I first bought I was having the problem of moving things I didn't want to, and the only solution I found was to ditch the Magic Mouse.
  21. I know but they have been working really hard this last year, or is it decade?
  22. @Ben Martin Yes some exports, like to jpg and png seem to work. Others like to pdf, svg and eps don't. I've had little experience in having image masks. I have mostly have used vectors for masks and on those few image masks I've done in the past I couldn't tell you if they were able to be exported to pdf/printed or not. So one of the things I tried is to make the mask for the icon out of vectors, replace the image masks and then it seems to work. Otherwise I'm stumped if you've had them work before. Attached is what I came up with using a vector mask. Maybe someone else will figure this out. Sorry. Ambush modified1.afdesign
  23. @Ben Martin I see what you are saying. I'm playing with it now. I'll be back.
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