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  1. Hi RCR, Todays update! I have found that I can open the Pages folder in the en-US.lproj folder using iCloud Drive on my iPad and and then open each page as a PDF in iBooks. So I can select topics I want to find out more about and read those specific pages in comfort using my iPad.
  2. Hi RCR, Thanks for the clarification and thanks for taking the time to respond in such detail. I agree with everything you say about the need for a digital/browser version of the Affinity Designer Help files. Hopefully the developers will find the time and see the sence in providing this. With regard to the subject of getting the Help files onto the iPad I have already tried what you have suggested. I copied the en-US.lproj folder and a Web Archive of the Help document via Dropbox and iCloud but to no avail, as you had anticipated. Anyway I can at least access the file on my Mac using the file path you gave me. Thanks again.
  3. Thanks RCR, That is very useful. Now to figure out a wayto open this file on the iPad :-) The printed Designer Guide seems very 20th century, any chance that it will be published in digital format?
  4. MEB and RCR, Thanks Unfortunately the Affinity Designer Help, in the OS X Help on my iMac running OS X Yosemite does not have the option to open in the Safari browser, unlike most other applications. This makes reading the Designer guide somewhat inconvenient for me. I have Low Vision, ‘Officially Blind’. Also I am unable to read the printed ‘official guide (hardcover book”. I suggest that Affinity make their help guides available on their web site. Affinity Designer is completely incompatible with VoiceOver which also makes learning the basic features extremely difficult. I know it is too much to ask for full VoiceOver compatibility but if the developers could, at least, make the Tool Tips and control panels VO compatible it would be a great benefit for any low vision person who would want to give it a go. This is also something to consider if Affinity Designer is ever made available on the iPad.
  5. Hi everyone, Thanks for your input and information on this subject. I now know I should have checked my terminology and added a note to my original post indicating that my reference to ‘Anchor Points’ in this post refers to the Bézier Curve end point ore, as refered to in Affinity Designer, ‘Nodes’ and not to the Bounding Box ‘Handles’. Sorry for the confusion.
  6. Hi Alfred, OK, that is good to know. Thanks. I have been unable to find a guide to Designer’s tools, panels and menus. I am surprised that a program with Designers capabilities is so ‘undocumented’. If you know of a comprehensive online guide, listing all tools, etc., with a brief description and options that is not in video format I would like to know about it.
  7. Hi RCR, We all have different ways of working and create different types of graphics. In my wife’s case her illustrative graphics often require her to move a curve by clicking on an anchor point to snap an anchor point of one curve to another anchor point on another curve without changing the shape of the curve she is moving. When selecting an object or curve with the move tool one cannot determine where the anchor points are. When selecting the same object with the node tool one can see the anchor points but one has to select them all if one wants to move the curve by dragging on an anchor point. With the Adobe Illustrator option of turning bounding box off one can simply use the standard selection/move tool to move an object by its anchor points. Also in Adobe Illustrator one gets a visual feedback from the cursor when one is snapping one anchor point over another. All of this makes building up a complicated graphic easier and in a graphic with a multitude of other objects more intuitive and less prone to accidental moves, transformations and shape changing. Before you suggest that we just stick with Illustrator that is what we are trying to get away from as our old Illustrator CS 1 requires us to boot our Mac in to Snow Leopard in order to use it. Designer appears to have everything my wife needs but it would be nice if Designer had the turn bounding box off option :-)
  8. Unlike Adobe Illustrator Affinity Designer does not appear to have a simple way of transforming and copying objects. In Illustrator one can choose to transform (scale, rotate, etc.) and make a copy in the same operation. In Designer it appears that the only way of achieving this is to duplicate first (CMD J) and then transform the copy. With regard to scaling an object I have not been able to find a Scale panel which allows one to input a scale percent for x, y or both. Also How does one scale the stroke of an object when resizing it? Am I missing something?
  9. Hi MEB, Thanks for the ‘workaround’ for selecting and moving objects by their anchor points. I have tried some simple examples and it works fine but my wife is the creative graphic artist and I am just her ‘tech support’ :-) I will have to wait until she does something creative and complicated before we can test it properly. However, I still think the Illustrator option to turn off bounding boxes is a much better solution. Having to convert objects to curves is impractical in some cases and is time consuming and a bit annoying. My wife never uses bounding boxes in Illustrator and I think the complication of the Affinity Designer workaround may discourage her from using it. Also the ability to turn off bounding boxes has a number of other advantages such as reducing visual distraction and avoids the bounding boxes getting in the way is some operations. I think the designers of Designer should give some thought to providing this option. Note to RCR: Thanks, I am aware of the suggestions you made. However, working without bounding boxes, in the Adobe Illustrator way, is much more accurate when building up complicated graphics.
  10. 1. In Adobe Illustrator it is possible to turn off bounding box from menu or by using a keyboard shortcut,. This enables one to select an object by one of its anchor points and move the entire object without changing the shape of the object. This is useful and in some cases indispensable for building complex objects or shapes by moving one object by its anchor point and snapping it to the anchor point of another object. Is there any way of achieving this in Affinity Designer? 2. A related question: Also in Illustrator it is possible to select and edit objects within a group of objects and edit the selected object without ungrouping. How can one do this in Affinity Designer?
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