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    Digital and traditional art enthusiast currently into hard-edge geometric abstraction. Moderately experienced using Illustrator and Xara Designer. Have an academic background in Digital Media Arts (Brighton Uni), graphic design and some DTP (but a good while ago).

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  1. I'm also still experiencing high levels of CPU activity when there should be none. I can't pin it down to one particular action other than having several files open at the same time. Hopefully it's already being investigated. I posted a thread here:
  2. Thank MEB. I must have just been lucky up until now. I had no idea the coordinates of an Artboard changed its export size.
  3. I have a slightly different example where the export size is different from the artboard size (example file attached) I have created an artboard 850x500px called 'template' I have duplicated the artboard and called it 'copy' Using File - Export and changing export Area to 'copy', the export size changes to 850x501px Edit: in the screenshot below, I think 'PDF' was also highlighted because the mouse pointer just happened to be resting there when I took the screenshot. info-box-copy.afdesign
  4. Thanks for replies. As I'm working on a laptop I tend to hibernate it rather than shutting down which probably means it stays open much longer between restarts.
  5. Just thought I'd mention that I noticed a lot of warm air blowing out of the side of my laptop today so checked Windows Task Manager. I was surprised to see such a high level of CPU activity, even when AD was minimised. The percentage of CPU activity was constantly changing whilst observing the Task manager. I had several combinations of files open during this work session but have since closed them and restarted AD (beta This has cleared the idling CPU activity to 0%. Unfortunately I can't replicate the issue again at the moment.
  6. Thanks for looking into this and the workaround for the time being.
  7. v1.6.3.103 (beta) Hi MEB, thanks for reply. I'm just going over what you suggested but now I can't seem to see any margins at all. I've checked View -> Show Margins is active and attached a screen shot of the Document settings. If you can see margins for both artboards in the attached file then presumably something's wrong my end. I've checked that I can display margins set for a document with no artboards (see screenshot immediately below). artboard_margins_not_displaying.afdesign
  8. I'm just setting up a new document that is going to have multiple artboards of the same dimensions but I only can see the document margins displayed for first artboard. Additional artboards don't appear to display them. Is this normal?
  9. Just tried this and confirm the same thing. File opens ok in Inkscape v0.92 and Illustrator CS2.
  10. Nothing lightweight about that drawing! I can almost smell the rubber and oil. Thanks for sharing your drawing methods and setup insights.
  11. Hmm, not sure i can actually help. Great looking illustrations though. I hope you found a way around or somebody else can assist.
  12. Not sure I fully understand about your background design with '+', perhaps you could post a screenshot or attach an example file. My interpretation was to make a grid using 3400 plusses '+' and copying and pasting between four A3 Artboards but couldn't induce a lag, although the CPU usage did increase somewhat! (I've got a much lower spec PC than yours). Sometimes I find grouping multiple objects together and locking (background) layers can help speed things up.
  13. Hi, just chipping in to say I read somewhere on facebook a while back about somebody who designs their cartoon characters and vector assets in AD to import into the 2D animation app, Moho. Not sure what export format though, but it definitely can be done.
  14. They [Shape guides] sound like a good idea on paper but I'm just not sure how useful they are in reality. I've had them available in another app for years and beyond a bit of experimentation, have never found a practical use for them. But then obviously that's just me...
  15. Maybe put a post in the 'Feature request' forum section for consideration, explaining exactly when, how and why etc you would use shape guides.