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  1. I'm creating simple Bezier line drawings in Designer and exporting them as SVG files. When I import them into Carbide Create, a CAM app for running a CNC machine, the scaling is too small, generally by a factor of about 5.6. I can't just scale up for two reasons. The lines get choppy and the scale factor is not always exactly the same. I've tried a number of parameter changes to no avail. I have tried this process with iDraw and Inkscape, both export with proper scaling. When I import a Designer created SVG into either Inkscape or iDraw, I also must rescale the image although not necessarily with the same factor as Carbide Create. So, I suspect this is more an issue of how Designer is handling the SVGs.
  2. bpedit

    SVG Export Scale Issue

    Thanks, I gave it a try. But I seem to have the opposite result with Carbide Create (CC). I changed the dpi [from 300] to 96, as you suggested, but that made the CC import too small by a factor of 24 instead of the 5.6 I was getting. Since it seems to be an inverse relationship, I tried raising the dpi to 1000. This produced a CC import that was almost half-size. Seemingly on the right track, I tried a dpi of 2000 but it made no difference from 1000. I guess Designer has a limit. Very curious why Designer would relate vector scale to dpi, of what use is dictating a size in that case.
  3. Wow! Affinity Designer looks very good from the git-go. It's fast, well organized and pleasant to use. The text handling has some excellent features already. Scrolling through the font menu and watching selected text change live, quite a treat. The main addition it needs for me to replace AI is arrowheads. I don't need a lot of useless style options such as Adobe offers, just filled triangles that have some adjustment options. • placeable on beziers as well as straight lines • auto scale to line thickness • user adjustable scale acting on default size (+% and -%, i.e.) • user adjustable head angle (again, maybe relative to default) And maybe, if not too much trouble: • an option to have arrowhead extend line OR have the line shorten to place the arrow tip at the end of the original segment. Thanks for listening, Byrne [edit] P.S. Another discussion of arrowheads suggests ability to round corners. Not strictly necessary for me but nice. Acts on all three corners, maybe adjustable as a proportion of the arrowhead's size.
  4. Please, keep the ability to edit PDFs! This is currently my only use for Publisher (now that I've retired from form other uses).
  5. Is there a way, with AD, to paint vector circles? That is, moving the brush would leave a path of small circles with spaces between them. The purpose would be to create a stippling like effect. This is a common facet of pixel paint brushes but I need vectors to feed into a CAD program.
  6. Thanks! Good kludge. I'll have to test whether I can "convert to curves" in order to move some of them around a bit to produce a pattern more like a stipple. Edit: This will not work. When the text is converted to curves, the resulting "circles" are composed of two concentric circles. I need simple, single line circles. Thanks for giving it a shot.
  7. How about a way to permanently reset (make orthagonal) the selection box. Maybe double clicking on the responsible button?
  8. This make no sense to me, at least for my use. "Correctly" must be in the eye of the beholder. The reset boundry box still fits "exactly around the shape" unless you're speaking to the simple case of rotating a rectangle versus a vector drawing. Even then the fit is exact although not orthagonal.
  9. How convenient! Why wouldn't a permanent rotation be the default? Edit: One issue with this method is that it appears to close open lines!
  10. bpedit

    SVG Export Scale Issue

    Bingo! Thanks, I didn't read the fine print. But I still get the wrong scaling in Carbide Create. My 50.0 mm test frame imports at 8.954 mm, still the same ~5.6 scale-up needed as in my other imports.
  11. bpedit

    SVG Export Scale Issue

    Hey Sean, thanks for running this; Indeed, your 10mm opens about 9mm in Carbide Create (CC). This is much different than my experience. I have done several manipulations like greatly enlarging the document and object size but still see the huge size reduction. In fact, I've just made my own 10mm circle which measures 1.79 mm in CC. (There it is again, the 5.6X factor.) An apparently knowledgeable source on the Carbide 3D forum states that the DPI should have nothing to do with this. This makes sense considering SVGs are vectors. So I'm wondering what gets you closer to 1:1 I'm working in mm, sounds like you are too. But even if I can replicate your results, it's not good enough for my use where inlays must match pockets and engraving must fit precisly on the inlay. I.e., multiple toolpaths executed from multiple SVGs at multiple times needing to coincide. My workflow right now is to use Designer to create the art then copy the image and paste it into Graphic (iDraw). Then I use Graphic to create the SVG which sizes perfectly in CC. One other advantage of Graphic over Designer is that Graphic allows creation of SVGs from a layer or selected objects. Designer seems to export everything including hidden layers meaning I have to save a copy for each layer I want to export and delete the remaining layers from that copy. More files, more confusion, especially if I want to modify. Here's my 10 mm circle from AD: 10mmCircle_2.svg PS: Strange that AD opens its own creation at a different size!
  12. Has this issue been resolved? I'm having a similar issue exporting SVGs to a CNC program, Carbide Create. Unlike the OP here, my issues prevails regardless of DPI setting. The imported image needs to be scaled up about 5.6 times to approximate actual size. I've tried tests exporting from iDraw and results are spot on so I think this is an Affinity issue.
  13. JET_Affinity I haven't use AI since my original post, I think CS2 or 3 was as high as I used because of an updated OS and a refusal to suport Adobe's subscription menatality. So I can't attest to the arrowhead tool in the current AI. I know I didn't like the arrowhead tool they had in the versions I used, it seemed compromised by being part of a general end-of-lines tool. So, you absolutely feel the the arrowhead functionality I envision would be uncompromised by being lumped in with general end-of-line stuff even though the adjustable parameters I'd like to see for arrowheads only make sense in the context of arrowheads? All I'm asking is that if these adjustable parameters would not be implemented as part of a general end-of-line stuff tool, make arrowheads a separate tool. I can't imagine why you seem to take extreme umbrage with this.
  14. So how do you picture the ability to, say, adjust the angle of the arrowhead fitting in with your "modern related features"? I worry this ability, and a corner rounding parameter, wouldn't be germain to your other applications and would be left out of the feature set. If you are compromising the arrowhead feature set to make it a generic tool, I think it should be a separate tool. I don't argue against your needs or wishes; I'm unclear on why you would wish to potentially compromise mine. You did read the initial post? At least as far as my experience goes with AI, Freehand, Canvas, etc., I'm asking for something a bit more robust than "ordinary old fashioned arrowheads".
  15. OP checking in. I see I've been hijacked! While I appreciate the wishes of others, I sure hope all this digression from arrowheads doesn't compromise the utility of, well, arrowheads. Many of the "add-ons" being requested here would not, in any meaningful way, be enhanced by the kind of controllable parameters as I envision a robust arrowhead utility. The idea of lumping arrowheads into just another option to put stuff on the ends of lines is worrysome, I'd rather this be thought of as an independant request. Lumping arrowheads into a generic stuff-on-lines not only threatens dilution of their utility but likely delays implementation even longer.
  16. I notice the arrowhead cursor selects the area under its approximate geometric center. Is there a way to adjust it such that it selects what is under the tip of the arrowhead?
  17. Thank you, that does show the issue. If there is no other object beneath the cursor it will behave as you observed. But, as in firstdefence's example, try selecting a rectangle in a row other than the bottom. The issue only occurs when there is another object, other than the one desired for selection, immediately adjacent and occupying the bulk of the area under the cursor. It feel as if the cursor selects the object occupying the greatest area under its entire graphical outline.
  18. I'm working at about 100%. My current page is a bead loom pattern, many small rectangles forming a rectilinear matrix. Each rectangle abuts its neighbors with no space in between and no overlap except for the 0.1 point lines defining the borders. I am constantly selecting these rectangles in order to color the beads.
  19. That sounds good, I will give it a try. Thanks!
  20. Is there a way, in Designer, to efficiently color (fill) an unselected object with the current color in the Color manager by just clicking on it? Imagine a matrix of rectangles representing a beading pattern. Choose a bead color, then click the rectangles which you want of that color. I've tried various tools in various ways but all methods seem rather burdensome for this application. I would imagine the Fill Tool would do this but it only act as the Color Picker Tool on an unselected object.
  21. Thanks all for the help. I think the best solution for now is to move the Swatch palette close to my grid and drag colors onto the rectangles. It's slower that what I envisioned but has the advantage of filling in a column at a time, regardless of color.
  22. This is only a small portion, the pattern extends 10 inches. Also, imagine 25 rows, versus the 7 shown here, with more intricate designs.. Marque selection is out. I can't imagine how layers will help.
  23. Thanks. This is currently the manner in which I am forced to work but is inferior to what I would like to do. As you choose successive objects it gets dicer to accurately select the next one, having to carefully place the cursor to avoid other operations such as rotating the previous selection. These rectangles form a dense matrix, abutting edge to edge. Too, it's difficult to accurately gauge which rectangles have been selected. It also lacks the visual feedback of successively building the design. Finally, it adds the extra operations involved in selecting the color after the fact of selecting the objects.
  24. Arrowheads may be among the "least elegant" but are for me and others among the most useful tools. Personally, I've never found a use for placing clubs, spades,hearts or even circles at the ends of lines, especially with enough frequency to need a tool. I don't mind these features eventually being provided for those with a need but I'd hate to see arrowheads held hostage to await this capability.
  25. I suspect this is probably more generic to Designer but this is where it's bugging me the most. Suppose you have a line of text with particular character attributes such as size and baseline set. Now you select a particular subset of characters and change those attributes with the intent of the changes only applying to the selecion. Designer now retains those changes when you enter new text and you have to re-enter your "default" parameters again. Am I missing something? It would seem the behavior should be that when particular text is selected and changes should only apply to that text then revert to the former settings when the text is de-selected.

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