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  1. The specified shortcut of shift + return is inserting a new line, not a line break. Inserting from the "Text" menu is working correctly however.
  2. When I created this file https://github.com/mintcanary/file-types/tree/master/src it looked like (and exported) this Returning to it today, the globe in the first icon has some unexpected clipping:
  3. I thought I'd note this, in case it comes up again. I have a Designer file which I cannot save with a different file name. I get the error "Failed to save document: /path/to/file.afdesign Save failed because the file could not be written to."
  4. smth

    Failed to save document

    No, none of that. I wouldn't have posted here if I thought it was an OS issue. The error seems to be caused by something in the file. If all the layers are deleted it saves fine. Similarly "new file from clipboard" doesn't work either. I didn't get as far as pinpointing the problematic layer.
  5. tl;dr - I would like some reassurance that fixing bugs / improving performance of existing features is a priority. I just want to say this, because it's in the back of my mind, every time I contemplate using Affinity Designer for a new project. First off, I have/had high hopes for Affinity Designer, its ambition and feature set make it a really powerful and versatile design tool. To be frank, it feels like a potential Illustrator replacement, which is also geared towards layout. I think for a lot of us, that goes a long way towards the dream of cancelling our Adobe contracts (which I think is why everyone is desperate for the final piece of the puzzle - Affinity Publisher). Having said that, I'm starting to feel like the experience of using Affinity Designer is destined to be one of compromise, or giving up and switching to a competitor's product. There are a lot of bugs and shortcomings, some bigger than others. It's great that we have this forum to discuss them, but the responses often don't go beyond "we are aware". Workarounds are welcome in the short term, but without knowing when a bug will be fixed, or having the confidence at least that it will be within a short time frame, it's difficult to invest in Affinity as a viable option for the future. To give a little context, I guess the issues I'm thinking about here are those around vector operations - the problems with booleans, and outline stroke. I don't think there's any dispute that these things don't work well currently. I'm concerned that issues like these are considered "would be nice to fix", rather than "shit, out app is fundamentally broken". If Affinity Designer is serious about being a vector drawing tool (which I think it is), then I feel like the response should be the latter. In my opinion, these convenient ways of doing complex operations are not bells and whistles, but central to why we buy sophisticated apps for doing this stuff. Beyond these well documented problems, there have also been one of two issues that I have raised, that were dismissed as (rightly or wrongly) just me not understanding the intention of a feature, or something. This is also concerning. As an outsider, I obviously have no idea what priorities Serif has, what resources, or where they are being used. I can give my impression from this perspective however, and that is that Serif is doing a great job of delivering a range of feature rich apps across multiple platforms; but not such a great job of making at least one of those apps, live up to (my) expectations. I hope this feedback is useful, and is taken in the spirit of wanting the Affinity products to succeed.
  6. smth

    Inaccurate expand stroke

    Do we have an estimate of when this bug will be fixed? Is it safe to assume it will be prior to v2 at least?
  7. I'm a bit confused by the different SVG export presets. When I export using "for web", then reopen in AD, I see two obvious changes, neither of which are expected: There is a 0.5px transparent border along the right and bottom edges The document size has changed (I don't see where this is configured) I'm guessing these two are related - i.e resizing to a decimal size.
  8. OK, that makes sense; and explains the resulting document size too. Thanks. I had forgotten that AD defaults to 96dpi (seems a strange choice).
  9. Examples attached. file-web.svg file.afdesign
  10. When using the Add / Unify tool on two curves that share an edge, the result includes a bunch of redundant nodes, along that shared edge. Would it be possible to get a cleaner result from this tool? To see what I mean: Create a document with two overlapping curves, maybe a square and a circle. Unify them, and take note of the resulting nodes Undo that, now divide them Now unify them again. You should now see the nodes I'm talking about. I feel like 4 should give the same result as 2. Failing that, is there a way to automatically remove the redundant nodes?
  11. I don't have the file in that state any more I'm afraid. Upon retrying, the process completed, but gave unexpected results - some of the curves were being excluded. I guess this might be related. (This issue seemed to be caused by paths that had somehow ended up something like the attached. Tidying them up, resolved the issue). example.afdesign
  12. Union is hanging for me right now. Progress bar has been at 100% for a few minutes. This has happened after dividing some curves, making some adjustments, then attempting to unify them again. We're probably talking about 50 curves, nothing too complex.
  13. Those both sound like good options. Thanks @Aammppaa.
  14. A few of things about applying strokes to groups: It would be nice to have this working, i.e stroke apply to resulting object, rather than each of the children. Why does applying a stroke to a group containing a pixel layer, essentially apply a fill? When attempting 2, there seems to be a performance issue (high CPU usage).
  15. Yes, the workaround (that I currently use) is to replicate the shape of the group. I'm suggesting it would be nice if this could be done automagically Should definitely not be limited to any one shape, but be the result of all the shapes in the group, as if you had flattened it.
  16. Yes, sorry, I was using a pixel layer. Have amended the original post to reflect this.
  17. It seems the issue of AD confusing paragraph styles and character styles might be limited to the last paragraph style in the list (not sure).
  18. I just had a scenario with nothing selected in my artwork, but two paragraph styles highlighted in the Text Styles palette. Confused what this was supposed to mean, I started clicking around the styles and found that the second of the paragraph styles toggled off when selecting a *character style*. It seemed as though Affinity Designer was confused about whether it was a character or paragraph style.
  19. In Affinity Designer, how do you control what actions are repeated when you duplicate? Say for example I have a rectangle: - I resize that rectangle, - I then alt drag to duplicate it - I then want to duplicate it again, so I press cmd J The rectangle is resized and duplicated, but that's not what I wanted in this instance (I just wanted it duplicated). Aside: I would have assumed the answer was "it's only actions that happened since the alt drag", but that doesn't appear to be the case (unless it's a bug).
  20. Ah yes, unknowingly that is exactly what I was talking about. Thanks for enlightening me I can now use a method other than "candidate list" to remove the above distractions.
  21. I've been living with this for a long time now, thinking perhaps I might get used to it, but I haven't, and it still feels like it is unnecessarily slowing down my workflow. There are two issues here, but they feel related to me: Selection outline fade out when deselecting an element I either want to see a selection or I don't. Having a second in between every time I deselect something is quite frustrating. I want to work on something, see how it looks, repeat. Not working on something, wait a second, see how it looks. Outline appears after about a second of hovering over an element I'm not sure I if I need this hover feature at all, but if I do want to use it, I certainly don't want the delay. I am never going to sit with the mouse still and wait for it. I'm guessing this delay was added to prevent constant highlights, but I think holding down a key to get the highlight would be much preferable to a time delay. Additionally, I'm not sure why it fades out again almost immediately. This feature as it is just means I get shapes fading in and out every now and again, which is quite distracting. These two issues seem like things that could be configured in preferences, but I can't see a way to do so currently.
  22. Yeah, I understand the concept of paragraph and character styles; I am reporting a bug here (which occurs without ever touching character styles).
  23. I understand that (and agree it is a bit confusing), but don't see why: - there would be two paragraph styles selected at once, given that this doesn't even happen when you select two differently styled paragraphs - selecting "no [character] style" would remove one of the two selected paragraph styles
  24. Is there no option for lining figure styles in Affinity Designer? It looks like the logical place for this would be under styles > typography > figures, where there is proportional/tabular, but no oldstyle/lining. The font I'm using is Raleway, which uses oldstyle figures by default, but includes lining figures (I have used them in both InDesign and CSS).