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Tupaia

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  1. Thanks! It's my architecture diploma. Format A3, about 70 pages, multiple kinds of raster images used (PNG, jpg fotos, APhoto files), also vector sources (PDF, ADesigner files). Sometimes many images/graphics per page, sometimes only one. Latest AP beta.
  2. Hello! A quick question without thorough research (sorry for that): I have a Publisher document with lots of linked images. The file size has grown rather big nonetheless (1,5GB as of now). The whole idea of linked resources/images is to make automatic updates possible, and to keep the file size low - which seems not to be the case, really (automatic updates work, however). Where could the huge size come from? Bug? Embedded preview images or something? Thanks!
  3. I'd also opt for a simple way to drag around the bounding box corners freely, like in PShop! And non-destructively, please. Thanks!
  4. Yes, please! Same goes for the Perspective Tool - or any other tool that transforms, bends, warps, whatever, a bitmap layer. I was (negatively) surprised recently when I learned that the Perspective Tool is destructive. That does not fit well in the picture, so to speak. Thanks!
  5. At least someone who gets the point... 😃 Thing is: people usually don't miss what they don't know. Or in other words, we tend to stick what we are used to. SHIFT inverts the selection? Aww, allright, always did... Could it be any different? If there's a situation where this does not get me what I want, I used to click around until I have it selected... so what... Believe me, guys, the moment you are used to clean selection add/subtract, you won't want to miss it anymore. A more general comment: I work both in architecture and as an illustrator. Both fields intermix in many ways, of course. My first and foremost weapon of choice is Rhino. Boy, do they do things like this right! You can 'fly' with that program, if you get what I mean. Reason is that they did their interaction basics right, where it counts - selection / being able to have a mixed selection on component and object level at the same time / snapping /easy command invoking (shortcuts, aliases, icons) / modelling logic / modelling axis / great mix of 2D and 3D / precision / a certain 'dryness' and 'directness' about working in the viewport (ok, I'm drifting...) Anyway, the way they implemented the concept of 'window' and 'crossing' selection (like AD's surround select thing), combined with reliable selection subtract (CTRL) and add (SHIFT) is close to ideal. It's supposed to work like this. Anywhere. Many Autodesk programs do it the same way. 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Revit... What do these CAD programs have to do with illustration? A lot actually. Affinity could learn from them (and vice versa)! I don't understand why the moment it gets 'artsy', software tends to get 'sloppy' in a way, in it's user interaction. Same with Adobe Illustrator, or CorelDraw. Please, developers, think also outside of your box (if you don't already) and take highly developed programs like Rhino etc. as an example for things like selections. (same goes the other way around - Rhino isn't perfect, too, of course, in areas where AD shines). Thanks!!
  6. Hello! AD beta 1.8.1.611, Windows Ink active, working with Wacom pen. Steps to reproduce: draw a few different lines, select one with the Node Tool, try to SHIFT-add-select the others. When Windows Ink is turned off in the Wacom control panel, it works as expected. Thanks!
  7. Thank you very much! Keep the good stuff coming..!
  8. Hello! Working with v1.8.0.555, and still stumbling over this... Please consider a fix, or at least give a good argument why it should be exactly like the way it is. Thank you!
  9. This is a must, on the longer run (not too long, hopefully). A benefit for all. Features like the missing DXF import/export feature could be left to motivated 3rd parties - there always is someone. The higher the pressure of need, the more likely. The question is, did Serif plan an implementation all along and just pushed it back on the roadmap, or did they make the mistake not to, so this would be problematic. I don't want to believe that Serif is short-sighted enough to block a plugin interface just for tactical business advantages only.
  10. Tip: when you have drawn the selection marquee and hold the right mouse button when releasing the left mouse button (yes, finger acrobatics), it will toggle this option. In other words, when the preference is off, and you hold RMB when releasing the LMB, it will 'intersect select' nonetheless. Windows here - don't know the Mac shortcut. Note: There would be better ways to toggle this selection behavior. In many CAD applications or 3D programs, if you draw the marquee from right to left, it selects in 'crossing'='intersect' mode, if you draw it from left to right, it selects in 'window' mode. Super handy! I wish it was the same here. At least, there should be a modifier key (like ALT) to toggle.
  11. No question, implementing the age old DXF format in a vector graphics program that takes itself serious is a must. It's openly documented by Autodesk. The DWG format would be super nice to have, too, of course. Adobe Illustrator can open/place DWG up to version 2010. It's closed source, but can be licensed from Autodesk, or companies like the OpenDesignAlliance, which reverse engineer it regularly. They seem to charge $25000 for the full commercial version. But no wonder Adobe has a few goodies more to offer. Looked up Serif's and Adobe's saled for fun... $17mio vs. $9030mio... =.
  12. There are plenty of unused modifier key options available to circumvent the issue, so the windows keyboard is not to blame.
  13. +1! Every click combination that involves left AND right mouse button at the same time should be changed! (There are a few others, like resizing the brush in AP, moving an object by it's origin in AD, or toggling "intersect with selection marquee"). Requested this a long time ago already. Worse, when using a Wacom tablet, working the left mouse button (which is a tap with the pen tip) and right MB (can be on the rocker switch) together, becomes a fumble fest. On top of that, the sequence of which mouse button has to be released first plays a role, too! (The fact that interactive zoom is only invoked by SPACE+CTRL, not vice versa, has been criticized numerous times). I really don't understand why Affinity sticks so stubbornly to nonsense like that, bright as they are most places. Especially when it would be such a simple fix.
  14. Windows, too. I concur with the others - the dialog is not a mess visually, it looks good. Actually, it's even too 'designy'. A simple vertical design with the categories in a left column and the parameters in the next column would have been more on the spot. Thanks!
  15. My selection: - Make the preferences dialog resizable! (We are not in the era of cathode ray tube monitors anymore, with like 800x600 px resolution, where such a thing made some remote sense...) - That search field pretty much never found what I was looking for, mostly in the command list, for changing keyshorts. - Those left/right arrows in the top left work like a browser history, which in this context is pretty useless. It's too hard to remember in which category I was after more than two switches. Would be better if they just stepped through the categories regardless of what was opened last. There might be more pressing issues than this dialog, but it's worth a rework nonetheless. Experimental interfaces are fair and good, as long as they work well.
  16. Yep! Requested this, too, a long while ago. No idea what's so tricky to change this.
  17. Exact same situation here... I advertise Affinity in our architectural office to whomever wants to listen (or not... ;q ), and data exchange via DWG/DXF is a big concern. Also, it's ridiculous having to pay subscription fees for (older versions) of the Adobe suite, and buy an in many ways inferior workflow than Affinity...
  18. Hello! Here's another, hopefully simpler, example. How would you DEselect all horizontal lines, but keep the selection of the vertical lines? Not possible in one go when you can only INVERT the selection - as it is now. Thanks!
  19. Perhaps. There are countless topics the staff reacted to, however. Let's see.
  20. Hello! Here's a suggestion on how to improve the way existing object selections are expanded/reduced, especially when you want to select amidst many overlapping object. As an example, for illustrating the issue, I chose an 8x8 grid of boxes. Say I want to select objects in the corners like so: To get this, of course you could simply select 4 times with the marquee around what you need like so... However, there would be a simpler and faster way: select all... ... then subtract what you don't need. First, the middle columns... ... for which you would of course hold SHIFT when drawing the selection marquee. Then the middle rows... .. wait! That's not working... SHIFT obviously INVERTS the selection! That's not good! Here's the wish: there should be different modifier keys to reliably ADD, SUBTRACT and INVERT the selection when using the Move Tool marquee! This example is simple, but imagine a forest of overlapping lines, and you want to predictably select and/or deselect with the marquee. This can become a nightmare when you only have the option to INVERT the selection. Lines can become re-selected etc. Adobe Illustrator always had the same issue, and I hate their selection mechanism for that! Had this case recently in our architectural office, editing building facade graphics. A time consuming hassle... My proposal would be: SHIFT always ADDS to the selection, CTRL always SUBTRACTS from the selection (seems to be unused at the moment in the Move Tool), CTRL-SHIFT always INVERTS the selection. Together with the option "Select objects when intersects with selection marquee" (which by the way should be invoked with a simpler shortcut that LMB-RMB-drag!), selection mechanics would be super clean and logical! It's kind of standard in numerous CAD applications I use (Rhino, 3d Max, ...) - always made total sense. (Windows user here) Thanks!!
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