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  1. Motion seconded. There's a space for vector tools between sketching and full-on CAD, e.g. interior design and layout work, where first-class tools to see and specify dimensions are super, super useful.
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    Circles, Lines and Tangents

    I'll disagree. This is not difficult, it's math. Yes, the feature would require allocation of development resources, but tangent snapping comes down to mathematics and/or algorithms that are pretty well-defined, with precedents in both graphic design software and in other areas of computer graphics. Whether it's about Adobe or Affinity supporting or not supporting this feature, it all comes down to resource prioritization. This particular piece of work isn't rocket science, but does take up limited bandwidth for UX design, implementation, testing, etc. For my part, I've also had need for snapping to tangents in my work, enough that I bought Astute Graphics' plugins to support that workflow. So I'll add my +1 to support for snapping to tangency, which ultimately ends up covering snapping to path tangency and becomes a form of object collision snapping.
  3. I also need DXF/DWG support. Like some other posters, part of the Illustrator workflow I'm trying to replace is prep of flat parts for laser cutting, coming from a CAD suite (Alibre Design, in my case). There are no other vector export formats available that would bridge the gap. To elaborate a bit, my current workflow looks like this: Alibre Design (3D parametric CAD model) --> Alibre Design (2D drawing of flat part) --> Export to DWG (DXF is also available) --> Illustrator (import of DWG, preliminary path prep and layout) --> Illustrator (prep of final cutting template) --> Export to EPS for cutting service How important is this feature to me? This important: It lets me kill an Adobe CC subscription. That does have one caveat: I haven't tested Designer's EPS output with my cutting service yet, but I gather that there are users doing laser, waterjet, etc. cutting via EPS export already, so I'm optimistic here. I'll note that Affinity Designer is doing very well in preliminary testing to replace Illustrator for some important non-CAD pattern design prototyping tasks. The excellent snapping support is a big aid for that, since I tend to build templates as tessellating shapes, colored appropriately to represent a final surface design. (i.e. I basically build a big color-by-numbers template using grouped, tessellated forms which allows design space exploration before committing to a final design.)
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