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    jackamus got a reaction from LilleG in Moving curve nodes   
    I understand that but in my case sometimes the handle may be right on top of the node and If I want to move the node and click on it  then it is the handle that get selected rather than the node. This tends to happen when a straight line is involved.
     
    Using the curser keys, as MEB suggested, is OK if you want to move a group of selected nodes horizontally or vertically but to move them at an angle requires twice as much key-tapping. It would be so much easier to just drag them.
     
    Are we still reading from the same hymn-sheet?
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    jackamus got a reaction from LilleG in Moving curve nodes   
    I often need to move two or more curve nodes at the same time. What often happens is the nodes may have their adjustment handles coincident with the node so when you want to move it the pointer picks up the handle rather than the node and instead of moving the node you transform the shape.
     
    My suggestion is that AD recognizes more than two nodes being selected and makes their handles inactive. I can't conceive of a situation where you would want to adjust a handle whilst having selected two or more nodes. Am I making sense?
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    jackamus got a reaction from catlover in Aligning gradients and transparencies   
    That's encouraging I'm getting the big boys on my side!
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    jackamus got a reaction from MEB in Aligning gradients and transparencies   
    As a technical illustrator It would be useful to be able to align the gradient and transparency nodes to be perpendicular to the shape. A good example would putting in a gradient fill for moulding a thin cylinder along its length.
    If the nodes are horizontal or vertical then a guide can be used. It wouldn't be practical to create the fills by making the shape horizontal or vertical to start and then turning them because if you need to adjust the fill to suit a neighboring fill then you have the problem of editing again.
    See attached example.
    Gradient fills.afdesign
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    jackamus got a reaction from MattP in Aligning gradients and transparencies   
    As a technical illustrator It would be useful to be able to align the gradient and transparency nodes to be perpendicular to the shape. A good example would putting in a gradient fill for moulding a thin cylinder along its length.
    If the nodes are horizontal or vertical then a guide can be used. It wouldn't be practical to create the fills by making the shape horizontal or vertical to start and then turning them because if you need to adjust the fill to suit a neighboring fill then you have the problem of editing again.
    See attached example.
    Gradient fills.afdesign
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    jackamus got a reaction from LilleG in Guide lines   
    Whenever I make a suggestion its always one that I could 'use right now'.
    I wonder if anyone ever thinks up a feature that they don't need?
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in Zig-zag line   
    'A long time ago?' Mmm.
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    jackamus got a reaction from Gear maker in Gear teeth   
    Th
     
    It is said that 'confession is good for the soul.'
     
    This is why I'm glad I use this forum. Having gone on about being a technical illustrator and making all manner of suggestions to make my life easier, along comes a suggestion, just like Gear maker has made, that solves one of my biggest headaches!
     
    Regardless of what I do with an ellipse I always need to know where its centre is. That is why I was fieldlng suggestions about maintaining the ellipse's bounding box regardless of its orientation in order to know where the ellipses' centre was.
     
    Then along come Gear maker and says 'I never use ellipses without turning them into donuts and using the smallest centre hole as an aid to seeing the ellipse centre".
     
    I tried this and made a centre hole of 0.1% which you can just see. Although less than 1% doesn't show in the Hole radius box the hole can be seen. It also allows me to position a major or minor axis in the correct position and align concentric ellipses.
     
    Thanks Gear maker.
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    jackamus reacted to Ben in Gear teeth   
    Ok.  I've had a play with adding curved edges, and I've got a parameterised solution.
     
    What I can do is offer curvature based on bounds of the angular segment formed between edge tooth on the cog.  The segment forms a trapezoid, based on the angular difference between the tooth and notch.  I can then use this to project the control points of a bezier curve and interpolate them with a simple percentage.  It can curve inwards or outwards. The amount of available curvature, as I say, depends on the angular space between the tooth and the notch.  If the tooth and notch are at the same angle, the curvature is cancelled.  It seems like a solution that gives you the ability to do regular cogs, and also some other cool variations.  It is strictly limited by the geometry, however.
     
    Here's some examples:
     

     
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    jackamus got a reaction from pentool in Ellipses   
    This is an issue I touched on a long time ago.
    As a technical illustrator I use ellipses almost all the time it the nature of the discipline. When deciding on what proportion of ellipse to start with in AD one simply draws an ellipse that looks OK. It is very unlikely that the illustrator will enter a height and width. The problem is that there is no way to repeat that ellipse if you have not made a note of its minor and or major axis. If there was another box in the Transform tab that told you what degree the ellipse was then it would be easy to remember and repeat.
     
    By degree I mean the angle that a circle makes with the horizontal plane. e.g. a circle viewed on its edge ( a straight line) would be 0deg and when viewed full face  (a circle) would be 90deg, a circle tilted 45deg would a 45deg ellipse and so on.. As you increase either the height or width the 'new' degree box would show its angle.
     
    Deciding to start with say a 35deg ellipse is much easier than trying to remember a width and height for a given proportion. The width and height boxes come into their own in specifying either major or minor axis.
    I have attached a drawing which I have submitted before and think it won't do any harm to resurrect it again. 
     
    I would suggest that the degree of an ellipse would simply be calculated by AD using the tangent of the minor axis divided by the major axis or the smaller size divided by the larger size size as height and width boxes would be interchangeable.
     
    Since more people are now using AD than when I last mentioned this suggestion I would be most interested in how many 'Likes' it gets.
     
    Ellipse proportions.afdesign
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    jackamus got a reaction from karim in Ellipses   
    This is an issue I touched on a long time ago.
    As a technical illustrator I use ellipses almost all the time it the nature of the discipline. When deciding on what proportion of ellipse to start with in AD one simply draws an ellipse that looks OK. It is very unlikely that the illustrator will enter a height and width. The problem is that there is no way to repeat that ellipse if you have not made a note of its minor and or major axis. If there was another box in the Transform tab that told you what degree the ellipse was then it would be easy to remember and repeat.
     
    By degree I mean the angle that a circle makes with the horizontal plane. e.g. a circle viewed on its edge ( a straight line) would be 0deg and when viewed full face  (a circle) would be 90deg, a circle tilted 45deg would a 45deg ellipse and so on.. As you increase either the height or width the 'new' degree box would show its angle.
     
    Deciding to start with say a 35deg ellipse is much easier than trying to remember a width and height for a given proportion. The width and height boxes come into their own in specifying either major or minor axis.
    I have attached a drawing which I have submitted before and think it won't do any harm to resurrect it again. 
     
    I would suggest that the degree of an ellipse would simply be calculated by AD using the tangent of the minor axis divided by the major axis or the smaller size divided by the larger size size as height and width boxes would be interchangeable.
     
    Since more people are now using AD than when I last mentioned this suggestion I would be most interested in how many 'Likes' it gets.
     
    Ellipse proportions.afdesign
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in Ellipses   
    This is an issue I touched on a long time ago.
    As a technical illustrator I use ellipses almost all the time it the nature of the discipline. When deciding on what proportion of ellipse to start with in AD one simply draws an ellipse that looks OK. It is very unlikely that the illustrator will enter a height and width. The problem is that there is no way to repeat that ellipse if you have not made a note of its minor and or major axis. If there was another box in the Transform tab that told you what degree the ellipse was then it would be easy to remember and repeat.
     
    By degree I mean the angle that a circle makes with the horizontal plane. e.g. a circle viewed on its edge ( a straight line) would be 0deg and when viewed full face  (a circle) would be 90deg, a circle tilted 45deg would a 45deg ellipse and so on.. As you increase either the height or width the 'new' degree box would show its angle.
     
    Deciding to start with say a 35deg ellipse is much easier than trying to remember a width and height for a given proportion. The width and height boxes come into their own in specifying either major or minor axis.
    I have attached a drawing which I have submitted before and think it won't do any harm to resurrect it again. 
     
    I would suggest that the degree of an ellipse would simply be calculated by AD using the tangent of the minor axis divided by the major axis or the smaller size divided by the larger size size as height and width boxes would be interchangeable.
     
    Since more people are now using AD than when I last mentioned this suggestion I would be most interested in how many 'Likes' it gets.
     
    Ellipse proportions.afdesign
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    jackamus got a reaction from Oval in Ellipses   
    This is an issue I touched on a long time ago.
    As a technical illustrator I use ellipses almost all the time it the nature of the discipline. When deciding on what proportion of ellipse to start with in AD one simply draws an ellipse that looks OK. It is very unlikely that the illustrator will enter a height and width. The problem is that there is no way to repeat that ellipse if you have not made a note of its minor and or major axis. If there was another box in the Transform tab that told you what degree the ellipse was then it would be easy to remember and repeat.
     
    By degree I mean the angle that a circle makes with the horizontal plane. e.g. a circle viewed on its edge ( a straight line) would be 0deg and when viewed full face  (a circle) would be 90deg, a circle tilted 45deg would a 45deg ellipse and so on.. As you increase either the height or width the 'new' degree box would show its angle.
     
    Deciding to start with say a 35deg ellipse is much easier than trying to remember a width and height for a given proportion. The width and height boxes come into their own in specifying either major or minor axis.
    I have attached a drawing which I have submitted before and think it won't do any harm to resurrect it again. 
     
    I would suggest that the degree of an ellipse would simply be calculated by AD using the tangent of the minor axis divided by the major axis or the smaller size divided by the larger size size as height and width boxes would be interchangeable.
     
    Since more people are now using AD than when I last mentioned this suggestion I would be most interested in how many 'Likes' it gets.
     
    Ellipse proportions.afdesign
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    jackamus reacted to Andy Somerfield in [Fixed] Crashing   
    Thanks for your help with this bug. We have now resolved the problem and will make the fix available in the next release.
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in Pen tool   
    That's interesting! I have never used those Pen tool modes before. I have only ever used the 'Line mode'. How come I've been getting away with it for so long?
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    jackamus got a reaction from Paul Bravery in Defaulting to zoom   
    OK I'll check it out again.
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    jackamus got a reaction from Paul Bravery in Not easy to read   
    I have raised this issue once before but why do the developers insist on using GREY type on a black background instead of WHITE? It is not easy to read the small type for people with less that 20-20 eyesight. Why not make it an interface editing option?
     
    I will submit this to the wish list again.
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    jackamus got a reaction from anon1 in Opening a file   
    That is more useful! Thanks.
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    jackamus got a reaction from Gear maker in Nodes and node handles   
    The attached object was created using Expand stroke. I now want to extend its length without changing the shape of the rounded ends. I would normally do this by selecting all the rounded end nodes and then dragging one of them in the direction for increasing the length.
    The problem is that because the nodes are so close together and their handles look the same as a their nodes I have to greatly enlarge to see a node rather than a handle, Most confusing!
     
    Why not make the handles/nodes either a different shape or colour so that it is easier choosing a node or that the node handles only appear if chosen?
     
     
    Node handles.afdesign
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    jackamus got a reaction from LilleG in Nodes and node handles   
    The attached object was created using Expand stroke. I now want to extend its length without changing the shape of the rounded ends. I would normally do this by selecting all the rounded end nodes and then dragging one of them in the direction for increasing the length.
    The problem is that because the nodes are so close together and their handles look the same as a their nodes I have to greatly enlarge to see a node rather than a handle, Most confusing!
     
    Why not make the handles/nodes either a different shape or colour so that it is easier choosing a node or that the node handles only appear if chosen?
     
     
    Node handles.afdesign
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    jackamus reacted to A_B_C in Continuing problems with choosing clours   
    Hi Jack – I am so glad that we were able to sort this out …  :)
     
    Well, I must confess that I have never used DrawPlus, so perhaps I am not in the best position to answer your further questions … maybe one of the developers or Miguel (MEB) can help you with that …
     
    But I would subscribe to your point that we should get exactly the same colour, no matter, if we are sampling from a shape on the canvas or if we are sampling from the fill / stroke selectors (the large circles left to the eyedropper symbol) while the same shape is activated and sends its fill /stroke information to the selectors. This does not seem to be the case, and perhaps this should be considered a bug. Maybe the developers can shed some light on that issue.
     
    See you, and all the best,
    Alex  :)
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in Rotating a line   
    Got it! Many thanks.
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in Ellipse orientation   
    Ok Alex I didn't know what the 'Reset Selection Box' was for. This has opened up a great deal for me. Thanks.
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    jackamus got a reaction from anon1 in Rotation again!   
    A was rotated from 0deg to 25deg using the rotation handle which is OK.
     
    B was rotated by entering 25deg in the transform box and it went off centre.
     
    Why?
    Rotation 2.afdesign
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    jackamus got a reaction from roryobryan in Gradients   
    Is it likely that Affinity will produce a linear gradient that can follow a path? What I'm thinking of in particular is using a gradient to shade a curved tube or rod/wire.
     
    How do you adjust a gradient applied to a line?
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