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  1. j.king

    Designer hangs and freezes on "union"

    I can't say it has never ever happened with any other app as long as I've had this machine. All machines freeze sometimes and need a reboot. But at the moment, yes, this only happens with AD. And it's not all the time. It is an inconsistent and unpredictable issue. You never know when it's gonna bite ya.
  2. j.king

    Designer hangs and freezes on "union"

    Nope. Once AD locks up, the entire machine locks up (perpetual pinwheel of doom). On a mac, force quit app (command+option+esc) is the normal means of escape. For some reason, it will not work when AD gets stuck. Only option, at least on my machine, is holding down the power button to force reboot.
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    Designer hangs and freezes on "union"

    Yes please!!! A Cancel button or active ESC key really is a must. Having to force shut down my entire machine when it happens is ridiculous, not at all good for the mood. Even if I could just force quit AD it would be better.
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    Designer hangs and freezes on "union"

    Quite possibly
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    Designer hangs and freezes on "union"

    Right on, Carter! This issue drives me mad! Hopefully AD will address and resolve. I opened a graphic recently I had auto-traced in another software (since AD cannot do that). It was a combined graphic when I opened it. I broke it apart to delete some unwanted elements, then couldn't combine it again. Ended up having to re-open the graphic, leave it combined and remove elements by deleting nodes. Much more time-consuming and annoying.
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    Designer hangs and freezes on "union"

    I've had this issue since probably week one using AD. I'm on 1.6.1 now and it still does it. I use combine a lot and ya never know when it's going to hang. I tried to combine a word with some minor distressing marks in it (chips & scratches). The small voids in each letter varied in quantity from 6 to 15... not a lot of pieces. The entire word would not combine so I tried a letter at a time. I get about halfway done and it hangs trying to combine one letter with a few voids in it. No rhyme or reason. This creates the need to force quit each time. There have been times it froze my entire system and I had to force shutdown machine with power button. It is maddening and I hope a fix will be found. There are ways around the issue, but not when you are creating a one-color shirt design where you need the shirt color(s) to show through all of the voids.
  7. Yeah I don't typically keep a lot of programs open. Sometimes Affinity Photo is also active but not often. Mail or Safari is about it. Thank you for the suggestion! I'll give it a shot.
  8. Screens attached of system specs and of activity monitor with AD open. Activity monitor is a new one on me; the info there is changing constantly so not sure what to look for.
  9. I use an older iMac running Yosemite (OS 10.10.5). Affinity Designer for the most part has been great, but every now and then it will lock up my entire system. The only way to get back to work is to force shutdown my machine. Very frustrating as I've not been able to pinpoint a cause. It has bitten me several times so I save often. Anyone else had this issue and is there a fix? I will add... I use a trackball with a scroll wheel and I use the wheel for quickly zooming in & out. More than a few times the freeze has occurred as I scroll to zoom into a document. However, that has NOT been the only times it has locked up. Hopefully someone can help.
  10. When applying an outside stroke, there appears to be a sliver of separation between the stroke and fill. Is it a bug? Can it be fixed? Screenshots attached.
  11. I was afraid of that. My first clue should have been exporting as raster (PNG). Thanks for the info and the screenshot MEB! Very helpful to see how much tweaking can be done in the pressure graph. Looking forward to the vector brush engine improvements.
  12. I apologize if I have missed this info. Is there a way to create a new brush stroke that is actually a vector that I can then expand and further edit? I'm trying to create a brush stroke that has the appearance of a hand-drawn line with varying thicknesses. See attached example. I created this stroke by first drawing a relatively long bumpy line, then exporting as PNG with the white shape over black background. This is the instruction I found for creating "vector" brushes, but the stroke remains an image file and will not expand to become a vector shape. What am I missing?
  13. Thanks guys. Next chance I get I will retrace my steps in creating that PDF and post details. I may have started with the PDF (for Export) preset and tweaked from there. Most likely I increased dpi to 400 as I was not liking the appearance of the elements being rasterized. What about the "don't export hidden layers" option, best to leave that un-ticked?
  14. I've been working in AI for around 15 years. I no longer have AI at home so I jumped in with Affinity Designer a bit over a month ago. Love it so far. Though it's different than AI, it still feels very familiar. Intuitive. Just recently I used Affinity for an actual print project. The piece was a postcard with a transparent B/W image as background, a logo with white outer glow(s), some small-ish clipped elements with gradients, and some copy of course. I exported as PDF and sent to the guy who in turn uploaded it to a print site. The print site then posts a proof. I had viewed the PDF in Reader before sending and was not crazy about the way it looked zoomed in super close, but figured it should be fine when printed and viewed in hand. However, the guy uploading to the print site said the proof did not look the same as other files he'd worked with and noted that it behaved differently than any other PDF he had uploaded. It seemed to load in steps and was significantly slower. The PDF from Affinity was only around 1mb (actually a tad under). I sent the PDF to my Mac at work and opened it in AI. I then saved as PDF from AI and sent that file instead. For some reason, the PDF from AI is around 3mb. It also appeared to be better quality and it behaved as normal when uploaded to the print site. First question, why is there a difference between the two PDFs? Second, is a PDF from Affinity going to be problematic for print shops? I was hoping a PDF is a PDF is a PDF. Lastly, in Affinity's PDF dialog, is it better to tick or un-tick the "don't export layers hidden by Export persona"? Advice and/or suggestions greatly appreciated!
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