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  1. Hello! Let's say there's a vector shape consisting of multiple disconnected curves (subcurves, component curves, ... whatever they are called here), like in the letter O. Is it possible to select one of these curves with one click? Looks like it's not possible with the Move Tool, tried all combinations of modifier keys. So, with the Node Tool, I could of course select all nodes of the one curve I want to edit, but that is sometimes not easily possible. Is there a trick to select ALL nodes of a curve at once, except with lasso/rectangle/ etc.? Thanks!
  2. Thanks! That's not what I mean, though. I'm not talking about grouped curves, but 'merged curves', to use the correct term. As a quick example, create the letter O, then convert it to curves. Or, create two or more curves > select all of them > context menu Geometry > Merge Curves. Now those curves are part of one and the same object=layer (which is important if you want the inner curves to produce holes in the fill - groups cannot do this). How would you select one of those 'component' curves then? In a simple way, since the curves can be close together or overlap.
  3. You're right! Awesome, thanks!!
  4. Thanks, I know. When there's no other way, we have to fall back to workarounds - but we want to work, not work around, right? @Oval: you seem to have earned your respect around here with that many posts. However, since you repeatedly point me to the help about input field expression, which do NOT offer a solution for what I mean, I'm under the impression that you don't understand what it's about. Also, you are no Affinity representative, are you. This is a simple wish that makes sense. So I suggest to leave feature decisions to them, and to stop worrying if it comes your way or not. Trying to make myself clearer, again: True, when you enter a % value in the W or H field (thanks to expressions), it already does scale the object(s). However, this scale value is NOT remembered in the object's transform matrix (the little data package that stores pos, rot, scl, shr). The new size is 'baked' into the object's geometry, so to speak (in a 3D program, this would be an "automatic scale freeze" or something analogous - in e.g. Cinema 4D, this is a dedicated UI button). To restore an object's original size then, you would need to remember all the scales you did in the meantime, and enter the reciproke - too much hassle, although expressions would allow for it. Or use helper lines/objects. Not so nice, either. What I propose is simply that the scale value is also remembered & exposed, just like position, rotation, shear. First, because it's consistent, second, because then you can reset objects to their original scale by simply entering 100% or 1.0. (I have to correct myself here. In my post from 21.11.2016 I thought InDesign does remember the %-value - it does not.) Tried. I can't see where. Aside from that scale thing, additionally, next to this box icon in the transform panel , there should be also the choice "Transform Origin". One should be able to numerically rotate/shear/scale around that freely positionable origin, too, not only interactively.
  5. Hello! Any update on that numeric 'Scale' input field (both width & height)? It's still missing. One example case: for my architectural layout work, I often need a way to display plans in their original scale, or fractions/multiples of it. Once a plan has been scaled, how would I go back to the original size? -> see the mockup of how the transform panel could look like. And please also think about adding a switch for the Transform Origin - if it is turned on, numeric rotation/scale/shearing would take place around the Origin (not only center/corners). Thanks a lot!
  6. +1 A "reveal in explorer" would be very nice! Thanks!
  7. Hello! Any particular reason why the Resource Manager is not a regular, dockable Panel? Like in InDesign. It's non-modal, ok, but it would be handy if it would not occlude viewport space, needlessly. Thanks!
  8. Hello! AP 1.7.1.404 crashed (fast exit) when I tried to print 2 pages from a 40 page document. First page worked, second made it crash (contained text and a PNG). Reopeing and reprinting worked.
  9. Just installed all three... BRAVO for that studio link thingy!! Damn, I sound like a fanboy... =D 'cause I guess I am...!
  10. Hello! As the title says. The rotation icon respects it, so should scale. Thanks! Best regards
  11. Hello! There seems to be some inconsistent or even buggy behavior with Picture Frames. 1 - The 'regular' way to embed a picture into a frame is this: drag&drop the picture ONTO the Frame's name in the Layers panel, OR drag&drop the picture from the Exploder into the Frame in the canvas, OR select the Frame and use File > 'Place' The Picture icon then gets this tiny frame icon in the bottom left corner in the Layers panel, and when selecting the Frame on the canvas, it shows those neat transform handles for the picture content. 2 - The second way is this: Cut the picture > turn on 'Insert inside the Selection' > Paste, OR drag&drop the Picture UNDERNEATH the Frame icon (as a child) in the Layers panel. In that case the Picture does not get this tiny frame icon in the Layers panel, and there are no extra content transform handles on the canvas. Both cases have more or less the same effect - you crop a Picture with a Frame. Bit strange, but ok so far. Bug: It is possible to 'convert' method 2 into method 1 - when you drag&drop the Picture child onto the Frame name. However, I recently got a crash in doing so. I could not reproduce it, but it happened. Shouldn't, with such a central feature. Also, once method 1 was used to insert the Picture, and you 'unparent' it in the Layer panel (drag the picture back out), then use method 2 to put it back in, it always shows the tiny frame icon in the Layers panel and the Frame the extra content transform handles on the canvas. Hope it's clear what I mean. Best to fiddle around with it for testing. Thanks! Best regards
  12. Hello! The new Transform Mode of the Node Tool in AD 1.7 is a very welcome feature, thanks for that! Looks like there is the transform Center missing, though, like in the Move Tool. I'm aware that this center would be a temporary, meaning after deselecting the nodes, it will be lost. However, it should be there. Could you put this on the list, please? Thanks!!
  13. Thanks for implementing this in V 1.7! =) Best regards
  14. Hello! The arrow keys and page up/down could be put to better use in the Layer Studio (or am I missing something?). 1 - When you hover the cursor over the layer studio, arrows and page up/down could select the next/previous item in the list. Left/right arrow keys could move up/down a hierarchy. 2 - Holding some modifier key (SHIFT etc.) while pressing up/down arrows could MOVE the selected element(s) in the list (as opposed to SELECTING next/previous). For both, it should not be necessary to click-set focus on the layer studio. Just hovering should do. Thanks! Best regards
  15. Hi! Simple one, as the title says. It's strange enough (for long-time Photoshop users) that masks are obviously not simply greyscale images. For convenience, please at least don't 'hide' that conversion feature in the Layer menu, but put it also in the RMB context menu of the layer panel. Thanks!!
  16. Tupaia

    Scripting

    Python, please! Done my share of scripting in JScript (for Softimage back then), and lately Python (Cinema 4D, Rhino Grasshopper). It's readability and clutter-free syntax (among other things) make it much more convenient. It's also the de facto standard in practically all DCC applications. Forget about Apple Script... we need to think outside of our box! (Windows user here) Thanks!
  17. Tupaia

    bug in transform each

    I vote for a resizing in absolute values for each selected object, too. Just makes sense, and would be consistent.
  18. Hello! A few suggestions to make the Isolate mode actually usable: - It should be possible to isolate multiple separate objects(=layers) at once. As of now, if multiple layers are selected, ALT-clicking one of the selected layers isolates only this layer, not all of them! Workaround: Group the objects, then isolate. This is not really practical, however. Better than ALT-clicking: a separate command with assignable keyboard shortcut for 'Isolate'! - Also, a better way to leave isolate mode than clicking empty space would be good! Why? What if I have multiple objects(=layers) isolated and then want to select parts of them, to group, arrange, cut, or isolate further, ... not possible because the moment you click somewhere, you fall out of isolate mode. -> There should be a separate command with assignable keyshort for 'Unisolate'. An clean Isolate mode with this functionality is very important to master complex scenes, and in the meantime it is supported by practically all CAD, 3d, or 2d vector programs (Rhino, Cinema4d, 3ds max, Softimage, Maya, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, ...), for good reasons! Thanks for considering! Best regards Eugen
  19. FYI, here's a screenshot of how sub-objects of a spline/curve in 3ds Max are selected. As one of only a few applications, it knows the sub-objects Points, Segments (the curve pieces between points), and Splines (everything connected, e.g. letters in a word). It's super handy being able to select segments, too. They can be transformed, deleted, whatnot. Since this ain't possible in AD, at least a simple way of deleting points by breaking the curve would be super nice! Thanks!
  20. Hello! Has been discussed, I know, but scattered all over the place. With the Node Tool, it should be possible to delete nodes in these variants: - Without adapting the neighbouring tangents - that's the existing behavior. Shortcut could be: left-doubleclick (besides DEL) - With adapting the neighbouring tangets, so that the curvature is preserved as good as possible (CorelDraw can do this). Possible shortcut: CTRL-left-doubleclick - With also deleting the neighbouring curve segments. Possible shortcut: CTRL-ALT-left-doubleclick. Regarding shortcuts: Choose any combination of mouse pointer and modifier keys you like for node editing, but avoid having to use DEL or other keys wich are harder to reach. Thanks for considering!! Best regards
  21. Yep, I'm in a similar position, working in an architectural office. I already heavily advertised the Affinity suite to my boss, but missing features like this prevent it from gaining foothold in that business.
  22. Well well well... any news on this one?
  23. Hello! 1) Could you please add a movable 'center' icon for the Move tool, so it is possible to rotate/scale/shear about an arbitrary location? I assume you know what I mean - just like it is in e.g. Photoshop or Illustrator. In Photoshop, the "Free Transform" tool has a center that can be dragged freely. In Illustrator, you can place the center for the rotation or scale tool with a double click. CorelDraw has it too (but only for rotation, however). The Center icon should support snapping, too, of course. 2) In the Transform panel, Rotation, Size and Shear values are displayed - could you please add the 'Scale' values, too? (in percent, or as scalar values) Obviously you store a transformation matrix per object, so this should be no problem. 3) The Center icon should be stored, too, then. If you tweak the rotation/scale values in the Transform panel (or via Move tool), one would expect the Centre stay where it was, not to reset to the objects' bounding box center after deselecting / selecting. Thanks! Best regards Eugen
  24. Hello! Right, thanks! However, this needs re-selecting the (end-)nodes after breaking the curve, before deleting. Can we agree that this is a too-many-clicks-operation, and that there could be a simpler way, like CTRL-DEL, or something?
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