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  1. Hi Garry, thanks very much for the help, I have just done that and I will try it on the laser cutter next time I go to the hackspace where it is . Sorry about the delay in responding - work has been very busy. I will post how I got on. Thanks
  2. Hi Callum, thanks for replying so quickly -I have attached an example drawing of the type of drawing I have the issue with where I have copy and pasted multi parts. I havent got the exact drawings that I had the problem as I was doing quite a few at the time . The same problem has happened to me before where the laser cutter will do several passes of some pieces and on the same drawing will do just one pass on a seperate area of the drawing, which is why I think it might have something to do with copy and pasting system. Thanks for having a look at this, Regards, John Drawing problem example.afdesign
  3. Hi, I would like to ask for some advice on an issue Im having - I am currently creating some drawings for use in a laser cutter. I am craeting the drawings of multiple smallish pieces in Affinity Designer and there I have to do a fair amount of copying and pasting as I place multiple items onto a size of area that works for the laser cutter. Then I export as an SVG file, save to a folder, open with Inkscape and re - size to original size made in Affinity Designer as it always opens much larger in Inkscape than what it was drawn at before export, I then save as DXF file that then can be read by the laser cutters software. All that is doable and not too much hassle ( though it would be great if Affinity Designer had a feature to export or save as a dxf file directly ?? ), the problem I have is when it is read by the laser cutters software, it reads the copy and pasted shapes as more than one layer so the laser will do each shape in 2 or 3 complete passes when I only want to do one pass. I think it is reading the copied and pasted work and then making the extra passes. Please advise on how I can clear any unwanted layers and be reduced to just one layer to solve this issue. Any advice is very welcome Thanks, John
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    Crash using Pen Tool

    Hi Alain, thats my verdict as well that the crashing is to do with the speed that user is clicking to create new nodes and / or the amount of highlighted nodes in a row and/ or close together. I dont think its your computers specs as Sean ( Moderator ) is working on a high spec computer I think and he managed to get it to crash when working fast with lots of nodes. My solution is to to not work too fast in continous rows with the Pen tool in small intricate designs and keep saving the drawing every minute or so to cut down risk of losing work. Otherwise seems a great bit of drawing software to me
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    Crash using Pen Tool

    Hi Sean, thanks for looking into the problem. interesting that yours has crashed too as that probably eliminates my computers specs being the issue as I expect your working off a high spec computer. Mostly it has just dropped out with the 'not responding' text, spinning blue circle and colours all goes dull. But it has given a crash report a few times though not since you asked for details of report forwarded to you. Sometimes closes completely and instantly. It maybe happening as I am drawing the lines and nodes close together in small intricate drawings and I am making staright lines every few millimetres and can be working fast line after line to build up the design Im working on. I did read on a previous forum thread that the software might not like too many nodes in a small area?? Maybe I could upscale the drawing by x 5 or 10 times for example and then downscale once I have finished the drawing ie . work in 10 mm increments and then downscale by 10 to get it back to the correct measurement.
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    Crash using Pen Tool

    Hi, just giving an update of the crashing problem for anyone having a simular problem : The crashing does seem to be related to the PEN TOOL in straight line mode and when making multiple joins in fairly intricate designs and snapping to the grid. I am managing to limit the crashes by limiting how fast I am clicking from point to point of straight edge lines as the crashes do seem to happen when working fast drawing multiple short lines. I also avoid letting the lines of nodes getting too long and deselect after built up over 20- 30 nodes and then carry on the line and joine curves at the end of drawing. This does seem to help though if I forget and go too fast on a drawing , it is still crashing so I am still testing. I will add any future detail on this issue when I come across
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    Crash using Pen Tool

    Hi Sean, thanks for having a look at that. When it crashes it seems always to be be when I am using the Pen tool and am making multiple small 3 - 6mm staright lines and snapping to the grid. Mostly I didnt have a message up with a crash reference and mostly said ' not responding ' and after awhile advised me to shut software down. Several times the software closed down without any notice or warning. Next time it does it I will take a snapshot and forward it. It might be my laptop maybe as it is a few years old now. im working on a HP laptop with Intel core i3-5010U CPU @ 2.10 GHz 8 GB RAM 64 BIT OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS 8.1 When working at home , I use a 21 inch approx monitor. Thanks John
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    Crash using Pen Tool

    Hi Sean, i have tested the affinity designer with panels switched to transform and styles, to test results and I have also been reducing the length of lines in a drawing by deselecting the pen tool lines and then starting a new line of nodes. But still crashing regularly ?? any ideas ??
  9. Hi Alfred, This attachment of example drawing that software been crashing on Thanks DRAWING EXAMPLE.afdesign
  10. Thanks for the reply Alfred. New to these forums so bear with me please! Im working on a HP laptop with Intel core i3-5010U CPU @ 2.10 GHz 8 GB RAM 64 BIT OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS 8.1 I had already made another post earlier under PEN TOOL CRASHING and this is my reply to Sean who answered and Iv attached the example drwaing to this post as well Hi Sean, thanks for your reply, i have posted again on the forum before I saw this reply. I am saving more regularly through pain learning due to losing drawings but is difficult to remember all time when concentrating on technical design aspects. And I used serif drawplus for years and it never crashed on me so didnt need to save every few minutes in case the software crashed. I have attached a basic drawing example of the system of drawing my current project needs which is a lot of small straight line, modular with a lot of nodes . I will take your advice on keep transform and styles panels open instead of layers and hopefully this could be the cause of the crashing - I will try out. I have to have the nodes quite close to each other for the style of drawing but I think I have found that if I get to a certain amout of nodes in a line and then deselect and start a fresh line then this seems to stop the snapping timed out function occurring. Regards, John
  11. Hi, Yes is the same but id not seen the reply from Sean to earlier message and iv replied to him now. Im just wriyting up a reply to Alfred who replied to this one. Im new to these Forums so getting used to how they work. Thanks
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    Crash using Pen Tool

    Hi Sean, thanks for your reply, i have posted again on the forum before I saw this reply. I am saving more regularly through pain learning due to losing drawings but is difficult to remember all time when concentrating on technical design aspects. And I used serif drawplus for years and it never crashed on me so didnt need to save every few minutes in case the software crashed. I have attached a basic drawing example of the system of drawing my current project needs which is a lot of small straight line, modular with a lot of nodes . I will take your advice on keep transform and styles panels open instead of layers and hopefully this could be the cause of the crashing - I will try out. I have to have the nodes quite close to each other for the style of drawing but I think I have found that if I get to a certain amout of nodes in a line and then deselect and start a fresh line then this seems to stop the snapping timed out function occurring. Regards, John DRAWING EXAMPLE.afdesign
  13. This crashing is driving me nuts!!! has anyone had much experience with Adobe Illustrator- does that crash as well sometimes? Im not that skilled with drawing software but I used to use Serif draw plus for years and never had a problem with it crashing. I like useing this AD software but I cant keep losing drawings and going to have to switch to some other software if I cant solve Any help to stop it please!!
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    Crash using Pen Tool

    hi, i am using AF 1.6.0.89 and am getting crashes which seem to be after a a few hours when working on a drawing with a lot of actions using the Pen straight tool in various colour. im making the drawings in a .af file and the drawings are about 300 KB in size i have upped the Ram usage limit and also the undo actions limit in preferences but it has still crashed since. i have reduced file recovery interval to 30 seconds to try to limit damage but on last crash lost approx an hours work. trying to get in habit of saving regularly but not always easy to remember when focused on getting a drawing right. I have also had a drawing which after a couple of hours of a lot of moves, started to process the pen tool moves very slow and a text box started flashing up saying ' snapping timed out ' - i upped the snapping candidate amount to see if helped and seemed to speed up the actions. any advice on how to stop crashes and stop losing drawings will be very welcome
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    JOHNWOOD

    thank you for your advice
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