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  1. 1 minute ago, Sponsi said:

    I found here it's not possible to make it a global setting.

    Not sure what you mean by "global setting" but from the help topic:


    Object defaults are stored separately for stroke and fill attributes, artistic text attributes, and frame text attributes.

    Are you reading any of these help topics or just experimenting & hoping to figure out how everything works from doing that? If the latter, you could probably save yourself a lot of time & frustration if you spent some time exploring the help system & at least a few of the tutorials.

  2. 2 minutes ago, Sponsi said:

    Normally it works that you click - you drag and read a color, you disengage LMB and the object that you are editing the color for gets the color.

    That is how the Color Picker Tool works with the "Apply to Selection" option enabled. The color picker in the Color & Swatches panels (& in the Color Chooser window among other places) as I said lets you set a third color to use when setting stroke or fill colors, so if you want to do that, use the tool & option designed to do that.

    Also, maybe read through the https://affinity.help/designer2/en-US.lproj/pages/Clr/samplingClr.html topic for more about the differences between the two pickers.

  3. 42 minutes ago, Sponsi said:

    What 3 colors?

    The up to 3 that can appear in the circular color selector 'wells' in the Colors panel. This way you could have for example a red & a blue in the 2 large wells plus a picked yellow in the small one. Then, with an object selected clicking on any of the 3 will set the stroke or fill color of vector objects, depending on which of the large wells is selected (frontmost).

    If you want a 'one click' tool, I suggest you give the Color Picker Tool a try.

  4. 6 minutes ago, v_kyr said:

    However, the macOS aquire image feature works too here for me out of Affinity V1 apps and El Capitan.

    You probably already know this but from what I can tell Canon does not offer driver support for the MX870 for any macOS version newer than OSX 10.11 El Capitan. So if you upgraded the OS or bought a new Mac you would either have to buy Vuescan or a new scanner.

  5. 9 hours ago, GarryP said:

    The best we can do is to use a ‘space’ or ‘flexible space’ divider between icons that we consider to be related.

    That applies to the Toolbar but I think the OP is asking about grouping tools on the Tools panel.

    For that panel, other than the ones Affinity already groups together on the same icon (like for quick shapes) we can't make our own custom groups but we can add dividers & also use multiple columns to group tools in various ways. For example, this is how I have set up the Tools panel for the Designer persona in AD V2 on my Mac:


  6. 1 hour ago, v_kyr said:

    That's right, though from out of APh that doesn't always work on newer macOS versions.

    As I (probably imperfectly) understand it, it isn't so much about what AP supports as what the software drivers provided by the makers of the scanners support, since they have a habit of not updating that for newer macOS versions to support old (& sometimes not so old) scanner models. That's why Vuescan is still popular after all these years.

    For instance, the only scanner I have is the one built into my ancient "all in one" Canon MP620 printer, first released in 2008. Canon only offers drivers for it for OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or earlier so apps like AP or Apple's Image Capture can't use it on any newer macOS version without 3rd party help like with Vuescan.

    Vuescan supports this model but since I rarely do any scanning & on the rare instances I do I can use 'sneaker-net' to scan to a USB stick (or one of the ancient memory cards I have left over from an old camera), I do that to avoid having to buy Vuescan. If I did more scanning I might buy it but I would be more likely to buy a scanner with better macOS support.

  7. 4 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

    I'm curious what it means to quit the app and keep the windows. What good do they do without the app running?

    I think it means that any open windows will be 'kept' (reopened) on the next startup of the app but I am not certain of that or how relevant it is for the Affinity apps since, at least on Macs if not also Windows, there is the Preferences/Settings > Reopen document(s) on startup item.

  8. @lepr, thanks for clearing up the mystery about why I get Keep instead of Close All. Still seems a bit weirdly worded but I guess that is macOS thing, not anything Serif can do anything about.

    Regarding the decision not to implement alt/option for the Layer > New Layer menu item, since it has been implemented for the New > New from Last Preset... menu item, it does seem an oddly inconsistent design choice. Maybe they will rethink it in the future?

  9. 19 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

    For this discussion, Affinity is what's important. Sorry to be unclear.

    I guess I was not clear either. What I mean is there does not seem to be any technical reason why this can't be implemented in the Affinity apps, or at least the Mac versions. So I still wonder if this was just an omission or what.

    EDIT: I just did a quick check & there are at least two places in V2 where alt/option changes a menu item. One is in the File menu: with Option held down New... changes to New From Last Preset...

    The other is in the Mac Affinity Designer 2 or other V2 app menu Quit changes to Quit and Keep Windows. I'm not really sure what that is for, though.

    For both, the keyboard shortcuts displayed in the menu dynamically changes to include ⌥ (the Mac symbol for the Alt/Option key), so it seems not only is it technically possible to make this work with Layer > New Layer, it could work dynamically like the others.

  10. 54 minutes ago, lepr said:

    I have Layer > New Layer on my Mac with UK English. opt/alt key has no effect on that.

    There is also New Layer in the context menu of any item in Layers panel. It is affected by opt/alt in the same way as the button at bottom of Layers panel.

    I am seeing the same behavior, which makes me think the Layer > New Layer menu item does not take into account if Alt/Option is pressed or not. But I don't know if this is a bug or by design.

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