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  1. I wouldn't hold your breath, we've been promised an offset tool for around 5 years - zilch, other than an awful stroke expansion thang :-(( I come back and do a forum search every 6 months or so to see if anything has happened (not sure why I bother really) - but sadly, no, the endless subs to Adobe have to keep going.
  2. LOL, I come back to the Designer forum every few months to see where this wonderful tool is that is to arrive 'one day soon' and here we are in late 2019 - 5 years later - and the 'contour tool' (AKA Offset Tool) is nowhere to be seen. Buying Designer for both platforms has literally been a waste of money for me for this very reason - I should have put the funds to good use and put them to a subscription to Illustrator for yet another year What's even more annoying is that there is no mention of it in any future release either (AFAICS ?) - real shame, I had really wanted to ditch the adob
  3. That was in 2017, it's now 2019 + - I've pretty much dropped the notion that AD will ever produce a working offset tool (and I _don't_ mean the mess that is expand-a-stroke). For that reason, I've just had to move on and assume that the money I spent buying AD for both platforms has been wasted - REALLY sad about that, not the money loss, but the fact that nothing has moved on this front :-(((
  4. I came back after a long layoff (still using AI ) to AD to see if anything had moved on the offset/contour tool front (something that completely stops me from using AD) - here's the quote from 2014 ... Five years is a loooong time to be waiting for a basic major feature to be incorporated. I really thought that AD was going to be pro-active on this front, but it seems that 'bells and whistles' rather than core features seem to be the order of the day. Maybe in another five years when I've fully retired ... /rant
  5. I bought AD (both platforms) in the hope that one of my absolutely-must-have (and promised) features (an offset tool) would be incorporated. After 4 yrs, nothing - contrary to the promises - I'm quite sad about that as I had hoped to move away from $$$ Adobe $$$ products :-((( I see lots of completely impractical (for me at least) bells and whistles added, but not quality basic features fully available in illustrator or even coreldraw. I keep coming back at regular intervals to see any improvements, but I suppose that you get what you pay for. There must be thousands of laser/c
  6. LOL, except for snapping while rotating All of the above offer truly accurate rotation, but not the precision of snapping to previously drawn parts that I require. At least I gained a few nice things from this post - every day is a earning day some say - thanks all that provided the info, it's appreciated Talking of cars, I see they are changing to driving on the right hand side of the road here in Scotland - probably something to do with brexit, it's to be done over the whole of next weekend. On Saturday after 1:00pm, all commercial and public transport will move over to the
  7. Yes, but my whole point is that it shouldn't :-))) If you want custom values, then simply typing in the transform panel would suffice for now in lieu of a custom panel, this is not the 'norm' - that's why I couldn't understand how it was 'working' - I do now tho' - I think "someone" once said that 'it's good to be different' :-) It's a bit like moving the clutch to the brake position - they'll still do their same job, but we've moved them (maybe not, that's probably a tad extreme, but you get my drift :-) It's not as if I haven't been doing it this way (wrongly?) since 1984 :-))
  8. @firstdefenceHi, yes, I understand that we can snap the rectangle to the poly nodes, the issue is rotation constraint operation - normal mode is to constrain to the currently selected angle - whatever that might be, not to the cartesian position. So, if your rotated rectangle is currently at 27deg, it WONT (shouldn't :-) constrain to an orthogonal position, only to currentAngle+ (or -) constraintAngle ??? it should never get to an orthogonal position. You can try this in say AI/inkscape/ or just about any other graphics/CAD application - that's the way it will work. I'm not saying that th
  9. I had to look at your GIF over and over to see how that worked - what I couldn't understand was how the rectangle could possibly be shift constrained to go to 90deg ! In any other app, if the rectangle starts at say 23 deg off the horizontal, then shift constraining rotation would take you to 68deg (assuming constraints are set at 45deg :-) ie, 45 deg from the starting position - which is what you want, not how AD does it by snapping to the perpinzontal and horpendicular :-))And you're right, this really needs to be a feature request and they need to fix that constraint 'feature' :-) Chee
  10. @gdenby - yes, you're right, so I'm not alone then :-) I need to take a step back from it all and take a second look rather than just expecting tools to work the way that AI does. However, tools really should be completely intuitive and NOT require a half hour delving through forum posts to find out where you are going wrong - the whole 'node tool' snapping scenario is a case in point. Different doesn't make better. The 'rotation centre' (called a 'fulcrum' back in the 20th century - and probably further - why change it to two words :-) ) can actually be snapped to a guide - only using t
  11. Sometimes I just find Designer infuriating in the way that things (don't :-) work. I have a process where I drag in a scanned pdf plan in the background as a drawing guide. Occasionally, it's not orthogonal to the drawing limits due to some scan misalignment - whatever. The issue is that in Illustrator (my daily tool of choice unfortunately), the process is simply clicking on the scan, hit R to rotate, click a point to rotate by then pick a point on the scan to snap to that horizontal guide you created - simples, done - lock it and your ready to go. I can't find ANY way to rota
  12. Yes, another +1 for this extremely important feature - from R12 thru to the latest 2018 would be nice
  13. Yet another laser user and a +1 to this, an offset path tool/process is an absolute must for me too - EVERY job requires to be offset :-) The new light interface on AD Beta has absolutely transformed the app for me - I'd easily pay double for this (if I could get offset and snapping with some decent inferencing that is LOL :-)
  14. Thanks for that - an RTFM bug then :-)
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