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Tupaia

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  1. Hi! Could you please be a little more vague? Is this feature on your radar? Any plans at all?
  2. +1 for IDML export from Publisher! I would like to introduce the Affinity suite in our architectural office, which uses Adobe traditionally. It super easy to open existing InDesign booklets in Publisher, but it's a one-way-ticket. That is why I could not convince people fully. Even if the format would not guarantee 100% compatibility, it would be a tremendous help. Thanks!
  3. Hello! 'Boolean Divide' indeed works (which was a nice surprise) - but only when the objects are all closed. However, if you use it on something like this... ... it will not work but delete the lines. So either I'm missing something, or there's still need for a smart fill tool.
  4. Affinity also really needs a plugin interface. If it had, someone would have slapped on that stupid DWG/DXF importer (and exporter, too) in no time. It stinks that affinity has this somewhat hermetic attitude towards features. Saying as a user that advertises it since years, and uses it whenever possible.
  5. Hello MEB! Sorry to say, but that's a ridiculous statement! Who else if not you has a 'direct wire' to the developers/management? This is an important feature, and not too hard to implement. It's there already, actually, but the fact that after isolating an object, any click on the canvas will un-isolate it again renders it useless. Take my word for it - I work with Rhino3D each and every day, which has a good implementation of this. Would go crazy if isolate wasn't working. AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Illustrator, ... they all have this. It doesn't make a difference if it's a 2D or 3D application - same principle. The point of an isolate tool is to be able to work on one or a few objects more easily in a complex document. You see, I love to work with the Affinity products, and use them whenever I can in our architectural office, and advertise it to whomever I can, but things like this are nasty spoilers. You have heard complaints like this maybe a 1000 times because this or that hasn't been implemented yet, but this feature is really ripe for fixing at last after years. Sincere thanks!
  6. AP 1.9.0.820 beta APhoto fast exits when using the crop tool. Repro: create a document (can be empty) > Crop Tool > double click in the crop rectangle. Thanks! Edit: I just saw that it also crashes when using 'Resize Canvas' instead. There's something really broken in that release.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. I'd also opt for a simple way to drag around the bounding box corners freely, like in PShop! And non-destructively, please. Thanks!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!!
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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... =.
  16. There are plenty of unused modifier key options available to circumvent the issue, so the windows keyboard is not to blame.
  17. +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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. Yep! Requested this, too, a long while ago. No idea what's so tricky to change this.
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