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  1. debraspicher

    Expand Stroke bug (not accurate)

    Yeah it's unfortunate it has taken this long to correct the feature. I'm not usually keen to complain, but Expand Stroke is such a major feature for shape-building. It's part of my "typical" workflow. I tend to keep my simpler designs for Affinity Designer and anything super complex, I do in Illustrator because I tend to run into too many bugs or limitations. I still prefer Designer as Illustrator is getting rather slow & clunky.
  2. I saw that this was reported in the iPad section, but just wanted to report here that it is in Windows version as well.
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    Beta update fails.....

    Yeah I got access is denied message as well when trying to update. Afterwards, it was half-way installed/uninstalled? It wasn't in installed programs list, but the folder was still there. When trying to remove the folder to manually reinstall, trying to delete required administrator access (I hit "continue" for that), and it came up with another dialogue, permission is required, access is denied. Only thing I can think of is to restart, but I thought I would report in here in case others run into the same problem. Probably if I change to another folder name it will take. I didn't try that yet.
  4. Small request: Could y'all possibly add a "B" or something signifying it is the beta version in your taskbar icons when it is the beta release running? I have the beta in my taskbar so I can use it when I want to try with a certain project, and as of now on the Window version, the icons are different. Obviously that won't be the case anymore when the current version is a RC/Release version, as both icons will be the same. One small change that has been very helpful.
  5. Just in case, my old specs were the following: Intel Core i5 4670K (Haswell) @ 3.40GHz 16GB of DDR3 RAM @ 1333 Mhz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Monitor 1: 4K @ 150% Monitor 2: 1080p @ 100% Wacom Intuos4, etc
  6. I just updated PC (CPU/RAM/Mobo, etc) so I might not be as helpful to make the best comparison now, but I can provide some feedback. There's no lag with just regular switch window (no new swatches added yet). The docking/un-docking speed is normal. At least on the beta I tested. However, when loading a Pantone library where there are a lot more swatches, there is a pause but not nearly as bad as before. Just a few seconds. Even sizing the window, there is some pause. So it may have to do with the amount of swatches... there is no major jump in CPU usage, it goes from 4% to 9%... woo. I can still provide video later if necessary. I'm still setting up my PC and getting some projects finished, so won't be able to do it at this moment.
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    Listen to the users... please

    I think they need more developers. The staff are quite attentive and don't seem to be hiding underneath a rock? Obviously they can't air certain things on the public side, for all we know they share similar concerns. I wish some things had been completed as well, as I'm eager to move completely away from Adobe. I will keep contributing to bug reports as long as they stay active/vocal about updates, progress, etc... I do develop as well as graphics so I know the pitfalls. There's probably a reasonable explanation for most things.
  8. I think on the main page, they can have a "curated" version, but a slimmer banner at top with "featured" work... because that's let's be honest, this is a graphics-focused program. More imagery in the forum index couldn't hurt. However, A banner that is 100% user-generated may become an eyesore depending on what comes up in the reel at any one time. Looking at the design above, it's very clearly highly curated. This isn't going to be the case with user-generated content, unfortunately. That said, on the INDEX page of the "Share your work" forum... I'm OK with user-generated content appearing up top and a banner similar to this above, then it can be a more "honest" appraisal of what is happening in the community. It will also encourage creators to 1) create moor (always a good thing), but also 2) it will encourage professionals to post their work. So that may alleviate some of the issues in the first paragraph to some degree. However, it doesn't change the fact it's still a double-edged sword and maybe this banner could easily be trolled as well. Perhaps unintentionally, as you'll have someone who suddenly appears and decides to a portfolio dump in one run. That could have unintended results. Just some ideas. As always, take it all with a grain of salt. <3 We do have design folk who favor minimalism, so they may not like some of these adjustments. I think they could be implemented with the mindset, but very carefully designed, because it's very easy to make something like this go from professional to looking sort of "amateur-esk" if real world content is not considered in its creation...
  9. The mapping issue, yes, it's resolved by disabling that setting. There's always lag when I paint, so I can't say that it improved after I disabled that. I only turned it on to see if it would help the brush feel "less lazy". AP isn't to the point where it can be used professionally for digital painting. Like artstation.com level painting, not simpler works. It's been improving for me though. I'm going to update my PC relatively soon-ish since it is just about due for my work, but I figured I would begin again updating with feedback on the brush engine after that point.
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    Introduce Yourself

    Hello, my name is Debra. I am a recovering Adobe connoisseur. I've been here a while though... I am a fine artist and web-designer/graphic designer. I'm also starting in DSLR Photography. Mainly to use in my projects or to do something creatively proactive with... I've been using Affinity Photo/Designer on Windows increasingly more for several years or so now. Here's to several years more creating beautiful delicious content...
  11. I use the beta for some of my work. I don't have many creative projects going atm. Realistically, it's the only way I can properly "test" the software and give authentic feedback. Otherwise I open it, move some objects around in my curiosity, close it again and go back to the production version. Photo I can more realistically test because I can just use it for processing TIFFs. I noticed some performance problems in both production/beta version. I think it's related to New Views, but honestly, I'm not sure if I can blame Affinity or my machine at this point. You would think I have enough hardware... one would think. It just seems to slow down as I work. The snapping in particularly, especially interacting with the grid system, seems to be slowest. Sometimes it's fine, so for me it's difficult to document where the trouble is and narrow it down to hardware or software-related. I was using production for a project I've started, but I moved to beta because it seemed more stable performance-wise on my machine. I was really having problems with snapping and moving objects on the screen was just too slow for me to work. I don't want to go back to Illustrator as I'm really enjoying Designer's options.
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    Repositioning the grid

    Was just wondering if this was possible. Glad to see it was added. Now all we need is lock guides? XD
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    How to fix this...

    Does zooming in and out worsen/improve this effect? I have noticed this on occasion. It might also help to check if your shapes are "hinted" (i.e. pixel precise) and that they're not aligned awkwardly on the artboard like say it's left corner begins at x: 45.3px / y: 940.5 (<--non whole-numbers) You can turn on pixel snapping in the future to be sure you are pixel-precise with all your shapes. Pixel-hinting: https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2014/03/the-designers-guide-to-pixel-hinting/ 4min Video: https://teamtreehouse.com/library/how-to-achieve-pixel-hinting-perfection-in-photoshop
  14. Yeah, the bug makes complete sense. Should be easy enough to resolve.