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  1. Unless I am mistaken on this the “bounding box” is the smallest possible rectangle that will enclose all the data points in a drawing. If you happen to have a bezier handle that sticks out beyond the top, left, bottom or right side of a path that handle point will make the bounding box appear larger than the actual path itself. This effect can also happen, as MEB said, if an object or group of object get rotated as he pointed out. Also any stray point of object that accidentally got pasted or moved outside of the drawing area will also show up as an unusually large bounding box. Max 
  2. As the author of the vinyl cutting Mac application of the past (“SignPost”) you will need to create a path that the vinyl cutter can follow to do the job. Since vinyl cutters are only interested in a path cut with a knife the stroke width you use is irrelevant so anything will do. Using a 1 point stroke is fine so you can see where it is. Not sure what format you will need to save the path information in but I imagine PDF should work fine. Max 
  3. Hey guys, Pay their ridiculously low price from the App Store and you can have it today. Listen to the forum post and you will not hear any complaints, only some features that the team is currently working on for the next release. Just do it. You will not regret it. Max 
  4. Paperwallah, Great that you found it works. Like I said, it is not the quickest approach at the moment but it does work and is not that hard once you understand what you are actually doing by cutting the paths and how to do it. Also. Like Dave said, you can also use the same approach when starting from different predefined shapes like the Pie shape or rounded Rectangles, Stars, etc. Once they are converted to paths the exact same techniques apply equally. Glad I could help. I think the guys a Serif needed to get AD to market so they could start to get a ROI and they started with a very solid product. Up until release all the money was flowing outward. Now the tide has turned and they will be off and running. Now that they have a solid base aI think we are going to see lots of little improvements and additions that will only enhance the experience of all AD users and make graphics a lot easier too. Max 
  5. I, for one, second the motion of allowing the origin to be user reset by simply dragging a set of crosshairs from the intersection of the two rulers and releasing it at your predetermined point. You know the drill. Especially helpful for detailed architectural or machine type drawings and templates. Max 
  6. Paperwallah, Here is a process that you can use to get a perfect 1/4 circle curve with the exact radius you want. It’s a little long winded but it is still good to know. 1. Using the circle tool draw a circle of any good size holding down the shift key to keep it circular. 2. Select the “Move Tool” and highlight the circle. 3. Go to the tool bar area and select “Convert to Curves”. 4. Now grab the “Node Tool” and click on the circle to highlight it. 5. Click on the 12:00 node and select “Action: Break Curve”. 6. Repeat this process on the 3:00 node. This effectively makes the upper right quarter of the circle an independent separate arc segment. 7. Deselect the entire circle so no nodes are highlighted then click on the upper right section and you will only see two node selected. 8. With those two nodes selected and still using the node tool drag a rectangle around the entire upper right section to select both the 12:00 and the 3:00 node. 9. Now placing the node tool cursor on one the of the two highlighted nodes you can drag that section away as an individual arc without it reshaping. Now for setting the radius you want. 1. Select the “Move Tool” and highlight the arc. 2. Look in the “Transform” area at the bottom right and notice the W: (width) and the H: (height) values. 3. Simply enter into both fields the exact radius you want and you are done. You now have a perfect arc segment with an exact radius. You can duplicate it, flip it, rotate it or whatever you need to do. Although this seems like a rather complicated procedure I just timed my self doing exactly the above and did it all in 26.43 seconds. The main idea here is two fold. One to get a perfect 1/4 arc and the second to learn a little about using the “Action: Break Curve” and also to show how to move an entire object by any one node. A nice (maybe byproduct of AD) is that once you have a path selected with the node tool you can then drag a selection rectangle completely around that path and select every node on the path at one time, without it selecting any other object, but that you can also drag it by any node without modifying the shape of the path. This lets you snap a single node to any other object. Hope this is helpful if not long winded (something I am known for). Max 
  7. Team, As with all minor bugs once the problem is discovered it is usually not that hard to fix. Thanks for listening. I also do “Paper Templates” that ‘must’ be the exact size drawn so having exact output size becomes critical. If you think doubt it version 1.0 of Illustrator wasn’t even close to what you guys have put together in Affinity Designer and I have every confidence that in short order you will pass them like they are standing still. I do think the team at Adobe are shaking in their boots, and for very good reason. The next 20+ years belongs to you guys. Max 
  8. Raskolnikov, I just finished a full plan view with internal details, etc.in AD. I just set up the document so that the drawing size was in inches (US here) and made the drawing board slightly larger than the lot size. My scale was 1 inch = 1 foot. All my walls are rectangles. I create two wall segments to copy and use. each one is maybe 6 inches (6 feet) by the wall thickness I need, say, .5 inches. I set the fill to black and the stroke to none so it is accurate and set the end caps to square so that all alignments for lengths are ace upon the center lines. I also create door icons, sliders, windows, sinks, fixtures, etc. group them and save them to a single file “Fixtures”. These I can simply open in a second file, copy and paste them and/or rotate the and drag them to where they belong. Works great. If I need a wall segment 18.5 feet long I simply drag off a copy of either the vertical segment of the horizontal segment and while it is selected I enter the exact length I need it to be in the Transform field depending on whether or not I am using the vertical or horizontal segment and i have the wall segment I need in exactly the length I need it. To measure any wall simply click on it and the transform area shows you the exact size in W: and H:. If you use metrics just create the drawing document in millimeters ( my preference) and do the exact same thing. Now the accuracy is easily 1/10 of a millimeter. Max P.S. Here is my house done in Affinity Designer format.  MyHouse.afdesign
  9. MaxClass

    "Stick" Fonts

    swissfreek, Okay, I understand your problem. Many years ago I produced the Mac program “SignPost” for vinyl graphic cutting direct from Adobe Illustrator files and we had the same problem when trying to send text outlines to small engraving machine. The fonts all worked perfectly for cutters but not for engravers because of the very problem your describing. I was also able to export AI files in “dxf” format for import into some very large Laser cutters that cut out 3 dimensional font letters like you might see on the front of a Bank, or architectural fonts cut out of aluminum or plexiglass, etc. One of the main problems we found was that dxf files did not have bezier curve entities so they all had to be exported as a series of very small line segments instead of bezier. I never did work with g-code but understand its basics. The fonts on the links you posted looked more like bitmaps on the curves. Again probably because of no bezier support in g-code. AD may not like the design of the “Stick Fonts” because they lack certain aspects that “font” are supposed to have. Never the less they are still fonts and should work but may take some time and tweaking to get them to work. It could also be because of some aspects of the fonts as designed by the font designers that were not properly set up and may be missing something “good” fonts are supposed to have. I would try to contact the actual font designers and give them the specifics of what you need and the equipment that depends upon them. Maybe then can tweak them internally to fix them. I know this is not much help but I do understand your need. Max 
  10. Laurie, Try exporting a Corel file as PDF and again as an EPS and Affinity Designer will open them. You can then choose which option works best for you. I have had much success opening file a friend who uses Canvas has sent me. Some things may come in a little odd but all paths should be fine. Max 
  11. Affinity Team, After an untold number of attempts to simply create a 5" rectangle and get it to print out within AD at exactly 5 inches on paper with Document settings @ 300 dpi I have given up. The measurements are exact according to the “Transform” fields. The only way I have been able to print out an accurate, on paper, sizing is to export the drawing as a PDF, open it with “Preview” and print it from there. Are RedHotFuzz and I the only ones out there with this problem? Max 
  12. MaxClass

    "Stick" Fonts

    swissfreek, Would you have to export your graphics as EPS in order to send your graphics to your engraving machine? Do you have software that will convert EPS graphics into HP/GL for your engraver? Is there any reason why you can not use fonts like Helvetica, or Helvetica Neue Ultra Light which is pretty narrow? Max 
  13. I actually had a bunch of very old AI-v6 files that I opened in v6 and saved as EPS and was then able to put them onto a thumb drive, bring that to my current Mac and open them directly into AD then save them in AD format. No loss of data at all. Only problem was that all text was brought in a individual outlines characters which I easily replaced using AD’s text tools. Max 
  14. MaxClass

    Complete Beginner

    bikerladykaz, Oops, didn’t think the first post went through. Max 
  15. MaxClass

    Complete Beginner

    bikerladykax, I would set some time aside, launch Affinity Designer and spend an hour or whatever it takes starting with the “Help” menu and go through each item on the left side. When you are done you will know more about what you can do and what tools you have at your disposal than the other 80% of AD users who have probably never been there. Creating something is always made much easier when you know exactly what tool you need to accomplish the job. The “Help” menu will show you the exact tool for each type of job and exactly how to use it to get the effects you need. Max 
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