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  1. It would be very useful to have functions to select the same: Color fill stroke (color / width) Appearance To quickly select all your outlines, or background element in 1 color. Speed is everything. :)
  2. Read that you were working on more/ changeable shortcuts. Nice! :) I think shortcuts and the ability to change them have a big influence on your overall software experience. The less you have to navigate to menus and panels, the faster you can draw. What I think would benefit the Affinity Designer experience: Adjustable shortcuts Save your under your own name and be able to change them all. Shortcuts for everything I understand that the developers might not want to add a shortcut to every program "action", but as a user if there is something that I do a lot in my illustrating process, I want to reach it superfast through a shortcut. If it's under a dropdown, menu or even submenu that takes too much time. I want to shorten that time. The "everything" part is about the clickable icons and sliders that don't have a (default) shortcut. (New layer, lock layer, increase line width) Giving the user the freedom to edit those. Changing the location of your shortcut file. So you can put it in your Dropbox, or on a part of your Mac you wont format when doing a clean install. It could be a window during install like the one asking where it can install. "Where would you like us to save your keyboard shortcuts (for easy backup if you do a clean install later)" Default shortcut sets Based on different other (vector) software. This would make it easier for a person coming from Adobe illustrator, Coreldraw, Sketch or Manga Studio to jump in and use the shortcuts he's been using for years. I imagine a window after first start asking the user: If you tell us which software you used most before finding Affinity Designer, we will make sure (most of) the shortcuts are in the same place. Kind of like the browsers do after install, trying to get your bookmarks and stuff from other browsers to increase the chance you never go back to your old browser. ;) Live editing Being able to edit the shortcut of an icon by (cmd?) clicking on it and having it open a small window with the current (if there is one) short cut and the option to add your new one. Now there are just too many steps to edit a shortcut. 1. Remember what the function is called (i.e lock layer / increase line width) 2. Find the shortcuts menu. 3 Search for the function. 4. Edit it. 5. Save it. 6. Close the shortcuts menu. Being able to do that on the fly could reduce the actions by half. I think shortcuts with the options stated above would translate to (super) speed & focus. Compare it to wanting the interface to be as calm and subtle as possible so you "see" it less and focus on your drawing. Being able to add a shortcut to everything allows you use the interface less and focus even more.
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    symbols!

    It's been more then a year since they were first requested... ;)
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    symbols!

    Nice! Looking forward to symbols. Do they have layers like in Flash? :)
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    Stroke Width

    Any new thoughts on this? Are you buying up Astute Graphics to get all their cool plugins straight into AD? :ph34r: I thought some more about the line/ stroke width tool in AD as it is. What makes it "not work" for me is that it takes way too many steps/ actions before I can get going. And once you've started, if you want to do another line you have to go through all the same steps again. In AI Steps needed. Shift + W shortcut Edit any point / width on any line You get direct feedback to what you're doing, while not needing to move to any menu bar and open multiple things. You stay "in the creating zone". Steps needed to continue editing other lines. None :rolleyes:Once you entered the line width mode with the shift + W shortcut you're good to go. You've entered the realm of uninterrupted In AD Steps needed. Select the line you want to adjust Click the linewidth bar on the top of the screen Click the pressure bar in the next popup Select/ add a point on the pressure curve Then it's looking at the curve and then looking at your line, what is my action giving me as a result. Steps needed to continue editing other lines. Select the line you want to adjust Click the linewidth bar on the top of the screen Click the pressure bar in the next popup Select/ add a point on the pressure curve That's a lot of moving/ clicking / time difference. Especially when you use the function a lot. I think as a user you want to see / click through as less interface as possible, staying with / on / in your art environment. Might be insightful to have 2 people in your office make a illustration based on an example with a lot of different lines (sizes/ lengths / positions). One in Ai and one in AD, have them sit next to each other and film / watch every move they make. :)
  6. Lifetime license (including updates) for 50$ would be kind of insane! ;)
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    symbols!

    Thanks! Good to know.
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    symbols!

    Not asking for a date, but any news on symbols? :rolleyes:
  9. When changing the opacity to 0% in the effects panel, after adding a stroke, the opacity of shapes that have been set before don't change with the rest. See attachment for details.
  10. Any news on this? I'm making a design with confetti and need to be able to select and change a lot of colors at once, but can't. Going back to illustrator for this, but would rather not... :rolleyes:
  11. I'm glad I found this topic, thought there was no skew on the object itself... I would expect the "handle" drag point for that to be in the center between a side point and the middle point of a shape. That would be good for the other nodes too, there's nothing in the way there. Now that I know where it is, I can find it. But the rollover /button areas are really small even with tool size UI pref turned to largest. You really have to make an effort to hover above that small area and use the skew function (or rotate).
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    New Logo Please!

    I'd put the logo on the "later list" and keep pumping out updates and tweaks.
  13. Yeah! Link that to the i button and you're done. :)
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    symbols!

    Is there an ETA on symbols? The lack of symbols still has me closing down AD and opening Flash at times. ;)
  15. Almost made a new topic for this one. Really hope this will become possible, and rather sooner than later. :) Thought of this again because the export to eps wasn't working and I thought it was the stroke width variations, so I was going to convert them all to shapes / expand. Found out that I had to click them all, one by one, was looking for a major time saver like: Select all: Stroke / color / etc. This and the way you edit the strokes is pretty high on my list...
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    Exported PDF and EPS files are raster?

    Hi, I just had this too, thought I'd use my AD drawing in printwork for new sticker cards. But it spits out blurry / raster things...
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    Stroke Width

    Yeahh! That looks nothing short of amazing. Also to show how important it is and how intuitive those on - your - line options are. As long as it also still has the option to adjust single width points. It would be awesome if you guys incorporated some (or all...) of those features. :D
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    Some of illustrator's better features

    I still find myself pressing i all the time. To pick a color or linewidth and start drawing something new, or with something selected and wanting to pick the color / line properties of another object... :rolleyes:
  19. Hi! I had this idea. When you make a websites the best way to see how people use the interface is actually seeing them use it, perform tasks. The real users, people who have not seen the wireframes, and are not in the website biz. A lot of the time this points out things like: UI elements you thought were clear, no-brainers are not People use the UI / site in different ways than you had thought of Where people "get lost" Where people expect things to be What elements people love Watching people use your UI can be a real eye opener sometimes. So why not do this for AD? While it would be nice to fly in people from all over the world it might be more efficient to have people record a drawing / AD session. This would be most effective if people had a microfone, to explain what they were doing, what they were expecting to happen. I'm sure this would deliver a ton of insight. // Edit: And if you had the same person do/ draw something similar in Ai, you could compare that, see what they love & use there...
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    Stroke Width

    I think this would work much faster. Would save me a lot of clicks. But I still think this would be even better. Like I said before, having the controls ON the line you want to edit, not in some panel/ window somewhere... Where being able to bring out these "width control points" with a keyboard shortcut while hovering over the line would be nothing short of a an illustrating superpower. :ph34r:
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    UI icons

    Yes! And make the icon / function that is active stand out more. For me it makes the whole interface easier on the eyes, and it tells me this is the function you're using, and these are it's settings / buttons.
  22. It might be more user friendly to display it in minutes, so you don't have to go and divide by 60 to get that. :)
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    symbols!

    I really like how symbols work in Flash. Why? They have layers (The lack of that in AI makes them useless for me...) When you double click you edit them in place When you edit in place the rest of the stage fades, making clear: You're working on the items in this movieclip now, the rest matters less but is still visible. The option to switch between the view modes (View / preview / antialias / full).
  24. Just bought it, and this quote below describes why. (Besides the excellent pricing and software... ) Good software is just part of the deal, earning trust, respect and responding to your users & clients is the complete package (for me...). Just keep communicating with us, making it even better and I can see myself un-installing illustrator in the near future! Congrats to the whole AD team! :)
  25. I deleted it first, just to be safe...
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