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    raptor got a reaction from thomaso in Lovcked layers and hidden objects   
    Hi, maybe these workarounds could help a bit untill this area of a program gets improved (hopefully):
    https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/51458-affdes-lockunlock-workarounds-and-tips/
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    raptor got a reaction from Alfred in Aff.Des. Lock/unlock workarounds and tips   
    Affinity Designer 1.6 (some tips also apply to Photo 1.6)
    Since Affinity (Designer) is not the best tool when it comes to locking/unlocking objects and generally managing objects I have been searching and coming up with workarounds ever since I tried the Windows beta.
    Here they are:
    1) Selecting and editing a locked object directly on canvas using Outline mode:
    + does away with endless searching in the Layers panel
    + the operation does not affect other (strategically) locked objects ... unlike Unlock All
    - doesn't work in case the object is hard/impossible to select in Outline mode (pixel image)
    - more work required if you want to quickly edit several locked objects


     

    2) Selecting and editing a locked object directly (sort of) on canvas using Unlock All, Undo and focus in Layers panel (Preferences > User Interface > "Show selection in Layers panel" must be on):
    + does away with endless searching in the Layers panel
    + the operation does not affect other (strategically) locked objects
    + works for all objects
    - is not quick or straightforward (could be improved if Designer had scripting, maybe AutoHotkey/AutoIt could be used)
    - a lot of work required if you want to quickly edit several locked objects

    ... TIP: assign a keyboard shortcut to "Unlock All" for quicker operation

    Serif Should really improve the UX of the Affinity apps as far as locking and managing of objects is concerned. These are just workarounds. There are some now ancient apps with much better UX than what we have today.
    If you have any more "lock/unlock" or "show/hide" tips or workarounds, please share them.
     
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    raptor reacted to markbowen in Zoom to spot under cursor?   
    Would it be possible to have a setting or (perhaps set it as standard) that when you zoom in and out using the Command + / Command - shortcuts to get the image to zoom in and out centred around the cursor on the screen?
    When masking a large image and needing to zoom in and out a lot to look at what you're doing it would be nice to be able to zoom back in again to the spot you need to work on quickly. As you'll already have your pen / mouse pointer in this position then it would be really easy to get back to where you want again without having to first zoom to the level you want and then scroll around the document to the position you want.
    Many thanks if you consider this.
    Best wishes,
    Mark
     
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    raptor reacted to Alex_M in Grab the sides of the crop rectangle at any point   
    It would be very helpful if we could grab the crop tool at any point on the 4 sides of the rectangle, currently, we are able to grab it by the 8 the predefined points which is not always ideal because sometimes I need to zoom in very close at a certain point of the image and the 8 predifined points are often out of view. This is already possible in Photoshop so it should also be possible in Photo IMHO.
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    raptor reacted to Jhonatan S Silva in Custom Hotkeys - please   
    hi,

    I've been using affinity designer since 1 full year, so I think it's time to place my thoughts here as professional User, for long period of work I really miss more customization by the user side, as I work with vector pieces, sometimes is really time-consuming to click on the buttons to apply some simple changes, so I think the toolbar top options should also be available to apply as hotkey, because I can't see these options as option to use in my keyboard. I think this would be very helpful during my daily work and for all users as well.

    thanks

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    raptor got a reaction from Kaze in Selecting locked layers   
    Hi, I too have requested this and other features regarding lock/unlock about year ago - https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/24994-better-lockunlock-workflow-gui-skinning-and-other-suggestions/#comment-118274 . At least we now have the Unlock All command. But it is still not enough for me because it is destructive - it doesn't retain the memory of your strategically locked items and doesn't allow you to lock the items again once you are done with editing. Serif should really add non-destructive Unlock All (= Unlock All temporarily). Xara (see the second GIF in the linked post) has had this very elegant feature for a long time (temporary Unlock All and temporary Show all). It is an essential feature for me and once you try it for a while every other layer based 2D software that doesn't have something similar seems very slow and unwieldy. Sadly Xara has some huge problems as far as vector editing and precision so I am looking more and more at Affinity Designer. I hope Serif will really start to make the user experience of the Affinity apps much better and more elegant. As far as UX Affinity apps have been really lacking a lot of smart features and thought-out ways since the launch of the project - up until several days ago we even haven't had the basic destructive "Unlock All"! I was very surprised by this when I first tried the Windows beta. I had expected the complete opposite since it was a brand new software and Serif could learn from mistakes of other 2D software makers and countless wishes of users (for example Illustrator users had requested better lock/unlock workflows for ages).
    I am going to post a new feature request regarding the "temporary Unlock all" and "temp. Show All" soon. I posted the previous thread in the beta section, it is old now and mixed with other requests. I also want to make better demo videos.
    You can try these two workarounds I discovered:
    workaround 1) Switch the "View mode" to "Outline". Outline mode allows you to select even locked object directly on the canvas. The catch: it doesn't work every time. I think bitmap images get ignored and something else might as well.
    workaround 2) Click Layers > "Unlock All". Select the desired object (let's call it "object-X") on canvas. It should get automatically selected and shown at the Layers palette. Remember its position in the Layers palette - it should be at the bottom of the visible part of the list - as the last fully visible item (if you don't have a lot of items in the list it might be higher). You can point your cursor directly at it. Now apply Undo (or Ctrl z) - "Unlock All" will get undone. The object-X will get deselected and locked (it will revert to the previous state) but now you know its position in the Layers palette and you don't have to scroll to find it at all. It is the next-to-last item in the visible part of the list (right below your cursor). So now you can simply select it via the Layers palette.
    I will probably make a short video about this.
     
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    raptor got a reaction from SrPx in Linux. Seriously now.   
    We might soon be using Affinity apps on Linux via Windows virtualization with GPU passthrough without any lag or hitches (with native-like performance). These guys are hard at work on seamless Windows virtualization under Linux desktop:
    Windows OS is running in its own window side by side with Linux applications (no host OS - guest OS switching) while using GPU passthrough.
    This would allow us to use Windows apps without any (significant) performance penalty on Linux and run it isolated from the Internet - so no telemetry/data mining/spying/lack of user control. Linux would be the base system (also for any Internet activities) and the Windows apps without any real alternative would run via this technology.
    This is something I want to try when I get a new computer. High-core-count Ryzens or new Intel CPUs should be good for this. I am glad that AMD caused high-core-count CPUs to move into mainstream and get cheaper.
    Of course it might not be as seamless as running the native Linux app but it looks pretty promising.
    I will donate at least a few dollars to the main guy working on this project.
     
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    raptor got a reaction from snaf in can i chose to selection and then image crop on picture such as PS   
    Hi Nezumi, if I understand you correctly you want to make a marquee selection on a layer and than crop it. This is my workaround:
    1. Make a marquee selection *
    2. Invert the selection
    3. Delete the selected pixels
    4. Deselect
    I have created a macro (named Crop Layer) from these steps and have it in my Library so I can quickly get to it:

    * Warning: don't resize the selection once you make it because of this bug (still not fixed ): https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/37131-aff-photo-transforming-a-selection-causes-it-to-have-soft-edges/
     
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    raptor got a reaction from paolo.limoncelli in [Photo] Macros - please remove the automatic switch to the View tool (the hand) after a macro is executed ... also make the Move tool as a default for new/opened documents   
    When you click on a macro in your Library palette A. Photo always switches to the View tool (the hand) afterwards. This is really not what I usually want. Almost every time I want to use the Move tool. So every time I use a macro I have to manually press V or click on the Move tool icon. It kind of disrupts the flow.
    Please make it customizable which tool will be activated after clicking a macro. For example, you could add support for tool switching to the Macro editor (so activating any tool would be registered as a step).
    Or make the program remember the last active tool before using a macro.
    Or at the very least change the default automatic switching from View tool to Move tool.

    Similarly I would prefer the Move tool to be activated after I have created a new document. Now it also defaults to the View tool.
    I can easily navigate the view with the Move tool but I cannot select and manipulate objects on canvas with the View tool. So the Move tool is much more useful as a default.
    Thank you.
     
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    raptor got a reaction from anon2 in A.Designer, A.Photo - Bitmap brush engine is low quality, lines are faceted   
    Hi, I am testing the 1.6.0.89 Trial of Photo and Designer right now. Unfortunately the line rendering hasn't been improved at all. There is of course the Stabilizer but this tool is no replacement for proper line rendering. It might be useful in certain cases but it is unusable for regular sketching (too much lag, lack of control over the resulting shape, only slow and deliberate movement required, you have to fight the tool if you want to sketch quickly).
    I have recorded short video demonstrations (GIFs) describing the disadvantages of using Stabilizer as a solution for faceted lines. I also added a comparison with other programs (see below).
    If someone from Affinity is reading this - please fix the line rendering. The lines should be smooth even without any stabilization. Take a look at the quality of the lines for example in Autodesk Sketchbook Free. As far as I know there is no stabilization employed yet it allows you to draw extremely fast with no lag and with total precision (the line goes where you want it to go). I suggest downloading the Free version and studying the implementation while sketching with Wacom tablet.
    I don't say that a stabilization in general is bad. But it is a separate tool (or option) and should not be used as a fix for low quality line rendering (but maybe Affinity didn't add Stabilizer to fix the line rendering and they plan on solving this issue in the future - I don't know). Even with Stabilizer on, the lines are sometimes still faceted (if you set a low Flow value).
     
    Drawn with Wacom Intuos 2 A5:





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    raptor got a reaction from Alfred in Aff.Des. Lock/unlock workarounds and tips   
    Affinity Designer 1.6 (some tips also apply to Photo 1.6)
    Since Affinity (Designer) is not the best tool when it comes to locking/unlocking objects and generally managing objects I have been searching and coming up with workarounds ever since I tried the Windows beta.
    Here they are:
    1) Selecting and editing a locked object directly on canvas using Outline mode:
    + does away with endless searching in the Layers panel
    + the operation does not affect other (strategically) locked objects ... unlike Unlock All
    - doesn't work in case the object is hard/impossible to select in Outline mode (pixel image)
    - more work required if you want to quickly edit several locked objects


     

    2) Selecting and editing a locked object directly (sort of) on canvas using Unlock All, Undo and focus in Layers panel (Preferences > User Interface > "Show selection in Layers panel" must be on):
    + does away with endless searching in the Layers panel
    + the operation does not affect other (strategically) locked objects
    + works for all objects
    - is not quick or straightforward (could be improved if Designer had scripting, maybe AutoHotkey/AutoIt could be used)
    - a lot of work required if you want to quickly edit several locked objects

    ... TIP: assign a keyboard shortcut to "Unlock All" for quicker operation

    Serif Should really improve the UX of the Affinity apps as far as locking and managing of objects is concerned. These are just workarounds. There are some now ancient apps with much better UX than what we have today.
    If you have any more "lock/unlock" or "show/hide" tips or workarounds, please share them.
     
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    raptor got a reaction from SrPx in A.Designer, A.Photo - Bitmap brush engine is low quality, lines are faceted   
    Affinity Designer Trial 1.5.3.69, Affinity Photo Trial 1.5.2.69
    The bitmap brush engine in both programs renders hand drawn lines with very low quality - lines are not smooth, they end up faceted/broken no matter the drawing style or brush settings.
    Sadly this is not adequate even for basic sketching. I am sorry to say that but this is the worst I have seen.
    The last picture is from OpenCanvas - line rendering in OC is very good. This is how it should be done at the very least. Even Photoshop (an all around app not specialized in sketching) has always done an adequate job in this regard.
    One of the best rendered lines I have seen were in Autodesk Sketchbook (and of course Studio Tools/Alias). But since even inexpensive Sketchbook went rental-only I have lost interest in the software.
    Sorry if this has already been talked about and put on the roadmap. I did a quick search and didn't see any thread mentioning this issue. With high quality bitmap brush engine Affinity apps would become much more versatile.

     
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    raptor reacted to Chris J in Windows handling ...   
    Hi both,
     
    In the next beta:
     
    The borders have been increased to 5 (the left border bug is already fixed).
    A grab handle has been added to the bottom-right corner of floating documents.
    Dock, Dock All, Float and Float All has been introduced to the window menu.
    The hit test area for docking/undocking has beeen improved.
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    raptor got a reaction from Chris J in Windows handling ...   
    Hi Chris, thanks for the info, that sounds great. It's good that Serif team also improves the apps in those areas. Maybe it doesn't make headlines but it is very important for comfortable flow of work.
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    raptor got a reaction from MattP in Better brushstrokes   
    Hi Matt, thanks a lot. It is good to know it has the attention of the developers. I wasn't aware of your posts regarding this issue.
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    raptor reacted to WeiPhotoArts in Please Add Visible Names to Brushes   
    This topic must have been brought up many times, because many of us AP Desktop users want this rather simple addition: Add visible names to Brushes. Yes, we know one can hover the brushes to get the note name. But what if the one you want is 12 down from a list of 20? Not many of us enjoy hovering 12 times before finding the brush we want. And that's after we've separated the brushes into categories.
    Can we have the feature soon?
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    raptor got a reaction from SrPx in Linux. Seriously now.   
    We might soon be using Affinity apps on Linux via Windows virtualization with GPU passthrough without any lag or hitches (with native-like performance). These guys are hard at work on seamless Windows virtualization under Linux desktop:
    Windows OS is running in its own window side by side with Linux applications (no host OS - guest OS switching) while using GPU passthrough.
    This would allow us to use Windows apps without any (significant) performance penalty on Linux and run it isolated from the Internet - so no telemetry/data mining/spying/lack of user control. Linux would be the base system (also for any Internet activities) and the Windows apps without any real alternative would run via this technology.
    This is something I want to try when I get a new computer. High-core-count Ryzens or new Intel CPUs should be good for this. I am glad that AMD caused high-core-count CPUs to move into mainstream and get cheaper.
    Of course it might not be as seamless as running the native Linux app but it looks pretty promising.
    I will donate at least a few dollars to the main guy working on this project.
     
  18. Like
    raptor got a reaction from Kaze in Selecting locked layers   
    Hi, I too have requested this and other features regarding lock/unlock about year ago - https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/24994-better-lockunlock-workflow-gui-skinning-and-other-suggestions/#comment-118274 . At least we now have the Unlock All command. But it is still not enough for me because it is destructive - it doesn't retain the memory of your strategically locked items and doesn't allow you to lock the items again once you are done with editing. Serif should really add non-destructive Unlock All (= Unlock All temporarily). Xara (see the second GIF in the linked post) has had this very elegant feature for a long time (temporary Unlock All and temporary Show all). It is an essential feature for me and once you try it for a while every other layer based 2D software that doesn't have something similar seems very slow and unwieldy. Sadly Xara has some huge problems as far as vector editing and precision so I am looking more and more at Affinity Designer. I hope Serif will really start to make the user experience of the Affinity apps much better and more elegant. As far as UX Affinity apps have been really lacking a lot of smart features and thought-out ways since the launch of the project - up until several days ago we even haven't had the basic destructive "Unlock All"! I was very surprised by this when I first tried the Windows beta. I had expected the complete opposite since it was a brand new software and Serif could learn from mistakes of other 2D software makers and countless wishes of users (for example Illustrator users had requested better lock/unlock workflows for ages).
    I am going to post a new feature request regarding the "temporary Unlock all" and "temp. Show All" soon. I posted the previous thread in the beta section, it is old now and mixed with other requests. I also want to make better demo videos.
    You can try these two workarounds I discovered:
    workaround 1) Switch the "View mode" to "Outline". Outline mode allows you to select even locked object directly on the canvas. The catch: it doesn't work every time. I think bitmap images get ignored and something else might as well.
    workaround 2) Click Layers > "Unlock All". Select the desired object (let's call it "object-X") on canvas. It should get automatically selected and shown at the Layers palette. Remember its position in the Layers palette - it should be at the bottom of the visible part of the list - as the last fully visible item (if you don't have a lot of items in the list it might be higher). You can point your cursor directly at it. Now apply Undo (or Ctrl z) - "Unlock All" will get undone. The object-X will get deselected and locked (it will revert to the previous state) but now you know its position in the Layers palette and you don't have to scroll to find it at all. It is the next-to-last item in the visible part of the list (right below your cursor). So now you can simply select it via the Layers palette.
    I will probably make a short video about this.
     
  19. Like
    raptor got a reaction from anon2 in A.Designer, A.Photo - Bitmap brush engine is low quality, lines are faceted   
    Hi, I am testing the 1.6.0.89 Trial of Photo and Designer right now. Unfortunately the line rendering hasn't been improved at all. There is of course the Stabilizer but this tool is no replacement for proper line rendering. It might be useful in certain cases but it is unusable for regular sketching (too much lag, lack of control over the resulting shape, only slow and deliberate movement required, you have to fight the tool if you want to sketch quickly).
    I have recorded short video demonstrations (GIFs) describing the disadvantages of using Stabilizer as a solution for faceted lines. I also added a comparison with other programs (see below).
    If someone from Affinity is reading this - please fix the line rendering. The lines should be smooth even without any stabilization. Take a look at the quality of the lines for example in Autodesk Sketchbook Free. As far as I know there is no stabilization employed yet it allows you to draw extremely fast with no lag and with total precision (the line goes where you want it to go). I suggest downloading the Free version and studying the implementation while sketching with Wacom tablet.
    I don't say that a stabilization in general is bad. But it is a separate tool (or option) and should not be used as a fix for low quality line rendering (but maybe Affinity didn't add Stabilizer to fix the line rendering and they plan on solving this issue in the future - I don't know). Even with Stabilizer on, the lines are sometimes still faceted (if you set a low Flow value).
     
    Drawn with Wacom Intuos 2 A5:





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    raptor reacted to dutchshader in A.Designer, A.Photo - Bitmap brush engine is low quality, lines are faceted   
    it will be better in the 1.6 version.
    made with designer 1.6.0.81

     
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