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  1. Using the past inside method, you can convert the shape to curves, then select the node tool and then select all nodes of your shape by hitting Command + A, then you can grab a single node and move your entire shape without affecting the image.  The shape and the image can be adjusted independently.  If you want to resize the shape, you need to select the node tool and all the nodes and then you can use the transform tool in lower right to change the size of the shape.  You can make sure the aspect stays the same by clicking on the aspect icon on the right that looks like an 8.  It would be nice if you could use the mouse scroll to change the shape size like you can with a font size.

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  2. I got on a sign cutting forum the other day were people were talking about Windows 7, Adobe, and their cutting software.  Most everyone agreed that they did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 because they are finally happy with how seldom there software crashes under Windows 7.  There computers were only crashing a few times a day now.  LOL.    I can't believe anyone would be happy with that.   I for one am extremely happy that Affinity Designer is Mac only. 

  3. That's understandable. You could add the colour palette as an Application Palette on both machines while I investigate further - this seems to work OK.

     

    Which OS are you using?

    10.3.3 Yosemite.  Yes, I can confirm that it seems to work when set as an Application Palette but not as a system palette.  I can't ask for more than that.  I'm happy that at least I can re-import my palette as an application palette and it will work. That was the difference between the two computers even though the snapshots don't show it.  Thanks for your help!

  4. I'm getting the same result as your 2008 MBP. Which ever System Palette I use, it doesn't reflect the colour of the currently selected object. However, If I use an Application or Document palette, the correct colour is selected.

     

    Did you import the colour palette directly into AD on both machines? Perhaps you could reset AD on your 2013 MBP to see if it stops working ;)

    Yes, color palette was directly imported.  I'm a little afraid to reset the newer MBP since it's working on that one.  It does work on the native palettes on both machines but I find it odd that it doesn't work on imported palettes on one of my machines.

  5. I have 2008 15" MBP and a 2015 13" MBP.  Both running same OS and same version of AD.

     

    When I click on an object in my document, one laptop will highlight it's color in the color palette but the other one will not.  The color does show up in the small color wheel next to the color picker icon on both. Do I have a setting turned off somewhere?

     

    I have reset the 2008 MBP using Control key upon startup.

     

     

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  6. If you are using the Beta version, you can go to the Export persona Export Options panel, select an SVG preset, switch on Export text as curves, then click on the menu in the top-right corner and Create Preset. This preset should then be available in File > Export, and it should remember which preset you last used.

    Thank you!  Your team has thought of everything. :-)

  7. I'm having issues with the art text tool not allowing text input.  It appears that something has changed with this latest beta. 

     

    I can replicate this by doing the following.

     

    Start out with a blank document

    Select art text tool and click somewhere on the document and drag to see a preview of letter size.

    Press escape key - (the behavior of doing this is different then the MAS version which would completely remove vertical text input line)

    now try to use the art text tool again somewhere else on the document.

     

    It will not allow you to input any text anywhere.  Even if you do something different like draw a square and then come back to the art text tool, I still can't seem to use it.  

     

     

  8. When Exporting to SVG, I need to turn on the option to "Export text to curves for font independence".  This is the only way I can export/import into my sign cutting software.

     

    Is there a way to have this set as a default without me having to click the checkbox every time I export one of my documents or can AD remember the last export options?

  9. If you have AD 1.2.1 installed and you want to use the betas, make sure you download the most current one.  That will fix this issue.  If you don't want to download the latest beta, make sure that you delete all betas from your system.

    Go to finder and right click on any affinity designer file.  Click on get info and make sure that AD 1.2.1 is set as the default program to open with.

     

    Open Terminal and type the following:

    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

     

    This may take a few minutes.  Just wait until you get a command prompt again.

     

    This will rebuild the LaunchServices Database and point Finder to the correct version of AD to open the document and thumbnail preview with.

  10. I'm having an issue with compound objects and I use this feature a lot.  It's easy to replicate.

     

    Create a document 7" x 10" (size is immaterial)

     

    Create a rounded rectangle to fill the document size and give it an absolute corner radius of .5 inches

    Create another rounded rectangle inside the first one with an absolute corner radius of .35 inches.

     

    Compound the shapes and use the subtract operation

     

    Change the document size to 10" x 14" and make sure that you rescale your objects.

     

    zoom in to a corner and select the rectangles in your layers panel. 

     

    As you can see, the corner shows that it was rescaled but the display does not reflect this.  Also, if you export the image, it gets exported incorrectly as well.

     

    If you deselect the compound from the layer panel and then re-select it, the corner gets corrected.

     

    This is a problem for me because I have to deselect my compound shapes and turn them back on every time that I resize an image.

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  11. The above selection works but it's nearly impossible to make sure that your curves are the same when doing it that way.  I have a different approach for you.

     

    1. Grab the trapezoid tool and draw your shape.  

    2. Convert it to curves.  

    3. With the node tool, grab on ONE of the vertical walls and curve it to your desired shape.  

    4. Now, duplicate the entire thing using command J and flip it horizontally.  

    5. Select both shapes and then click on the intersect boolean.

     

    This approach will ensure that both horizontal curves are the same. 

  12. I've had issues with the divide boolean function as well.  It used to work in earlier versions but I've had to change the way I do things.  

     

    Try this:  Select your left and right leaf and then click on the intersect boolean.  Copy that new shape to your clipboard using Command C.  Next, undo the intersect boolean using the history feature or simply by pressing Command Z.  Next, select all your objects and add them.  This will give you your shape without any of those lines or gaps.  Next past your clipboard object into your document using Command V.  Now you can subtract that shape from your main object and you will have the desired look that your after.  

  13. command + is zoom in and command - is zoom out.  Always has been when using any Mac app.  I wouldn't want this behavior to change.  Why change the default Mac behavior?  If someone is used to the way Illustrator works then use illustrator!  I would want the Affinity UI to match the default UI behavior to keep things in sync.

     

    -1 vote to switch between documents using command +.  Control tab works just fine in either windowed or full screen mode.  Don't complicate things just for the benefit of the AI users out there. 

  14. I already posted this under questions here but I thought that this should actually be posted under bugs.  

     

    For the life of me, I can't figure out how to change ambient or light source color using 3D effects.  I thought you just clicked on the color boxes.  At least that is what the help file shows but it's not working.  MAS v1.2. 

     

    Edit:  Just noticed that none of the color boxes work in Effects panel.

     

    Edit:  I had to reset settings using command option on startup.  Colors are now working.

  15. For the life of me, I can't figure out how to change ambient or light source color using 3D effects.  I thought you just clicked on the color boxes.  At least that is what the help file shows but it's not working.  MAS v1.2. 

     

    Edit:  Just noticed that none of the color boxes work in Effects panel.

     

    Edit:  I had to reset settings using command option on startup.  Colors are now working.

  16. Sounds like you are going to want to create a document with a transparent background and then learn how to create a compound object.  You will want the shapes to be subtracted from the compound.  There is a good video here that will explain how to do it.  You can then export that as a PNG file and the overlay will do what you want.  It's real easy once you do it and I use this ALL the time.

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