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  1. Command-clicking on a document window's title text should show the filesystem path to the document in a drop-down menu (see attached). Choosing any location from the menu should open that location in the Finder, for quick access to other files in that location. This has been a system-wide Mac OS convention since the early '90s. You'll find it on just about every app that deals with documents, with the notable and disappointing exception of Affinity Designer. Apple documents the expected behavior here: https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/WinPanel/T
  2. @Herbert123 Thanks for the detailed response and explanation. I think that both modes are useful. In web and UI design, it is often important to see the surrounding design context when working in isolation on a particular group, so I greatly prefer "in-place" isolation mode as I described it above, editing in the same window with other objects grayed-out but still visible. I can also see the use case to edit nested objects (of a group, symbol, or embedded/smart object) in a separate window. I think that both modes should be available via contextual menu. However, I use in-place is
  3. @Herbert123 It appears that multiple designers in this thread conside isolation mode not only useful but essential. That's "a dose of reality" for you. Why are you double-clicking objects in Illustrator (or Affinity Designer) if you don't intend to enter isolation mode? What are you thinking should happen when you double-click? How is "entering groups with two clicks" different from double-clicking? When you try to single click an object inside a group but accidentally click outside it, then you exit isolation mode? With accidental stray clicks being a fairly common occurrence, how
  4. Isolation mode should also work on symbols. In other words, symbols should be treated as groups for the purposes of isolation mode. This fits well with how symbols are shown as similar to groups in the Layers panel. (EDIT: I just noticed that symbols behave as groups only if the symbol is created from an actual group. I also noticed that when selecting multiple ungrouped objects, then clicking Create from the Symbols panel, it will create a separate symbol for each object, instead of one grouped symbol. This seems like a bug, at least unexpected behavior compared to how symbols work in
  5. Isolation mode is very important. Layers and cmd-shift-click are poor substitutes, and frankly, the lack of isolation mode makes it difficult for me to take Affinity Designer seriously. Several design programs (Freehand, Canvas, IntelliDraw, and others) have had this since the '90s. Here's how it should work: 1. Double-click the group to enter isolation on its objects. All other objects on the page should be redrawn with their opacity multiplied by 50%, and the corresponding rows for those objects in the Layers panel should also be drawn at 50% opacity, to indicate that those objects a
  6. Escape key closes the About box in Finder, Preview, and Safari, which are arguably the three most fundamental apps in macOS. It also works in Calendar, Color Picker, Terminal, Disk Utility, Keychain Access, and Script Editor, and probably a bunch of other Apple utilities that I didn't test just now. It also works in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and probably all of the Adobe apps. It also works in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. It also works in Sublime Text, not that it has anything to do with anything, except to show how pervasive this UX standard is. :)
  7. +1 for grid presets that could be transferred to other documents.
  8. It should be possible to only have one axis in a grid, for columnar layouts common in web and print design. Those use cases don't really need a second axis, and all the unnecessary horizontal grid lines are distracting in that context.
  9. +1 I have the same use case as lordgiotto. Would love to specify an offset for the start of the grid. Or alternatively: top, bottom, left, and right margins. So you could have a triangular grid, inside of a bounding rectangle, with margins along the edges. The main reason for this, of course, is to see what our web page and print layouts will look like with surrounding whitespace, as they will have in the finished product.
  10. Affinity Designer 1.5.1 Minor nit: Pressing the Escape key should close the About box.
  11. Affinity Designer 1.5.1 Steps: 1. Select an object. 2. Hold Option key and drag the object to create a duplicate. 3. Choose the Undo command (or Cmd-Z). 4. The duplicate object appears to delete, but it has really just moved back to the same location as the original. Bug: The duplicate operation is not undone. The duplicate object still exists, and worse, it's not even obvious that it's still there, because it's directly on top of the original. Expected Behavior: The duplicate object should be removed when choosing Undo after making a duplicate. As a software engineer myse
  12. The object was a placed document, so that explains the behavior I'm seeing. Thanks. When will a trial version of 1.5 be available?
  13. I have 1.4.3 trial version. Shift key does *nothing* when I resize an object. Option key constrains. This does not match your description of how Designer should work.
  14. Did you read my reply above? You keep saying that Shift controls proportional resize in Affinity, and I'm telling you that it's not working.
  15. I placed an AI file in my document, and it does not resize proportionally whether I hold Shift or not. It only resizes proportionally when holding Option, which is definitely the wrong key for resize, even going by what you posted. This is in Designer Trial 1.4.3. Was this fixed in 1.5?
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