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  1. Thanks @Aammppaa you a solid tropical fish! I just tried it and I can confirm the Isometric Artboard... Crazy!
  2. Is anyone from Serif getting this behavior?
  3. Hi, I am having issues with grid snapping in isometric view with a second artboard Create a new document Type: Web, Page Preset WXGA (1280 x 800, 16:10), Create Artboard Checked. Enable Snapping, choose only Snap to Grid. In Isometric studio, click Modify Grid... Choose Preset: Isometric 64x32 Pixel Isometric (with Planes) In Isometric Studio, Current plane choose Top With the rectangle tool draw a rectangle. the rectangle snaps to the isometric gridlines, as expected. If Front or Side plane is chosen, and a rectangle is drawn, snap to those grids also works as expected. Choose the Artboard tool and click on Insert Artboard in the context menu. On the new artboard, repeat steps #3 to #6, except the drawn rectangle does not snap to the gridlines anymore. I have attached a sample file (see below the images) with the issue, created with the above steps. Can anyone confirm they are getting the same behaviour? Second Artboard Iso Grid Snap.afdesign
  4. @valcoholic Nice little gem I did not know about. Thanks for the tip! Serif, perhaps this tip should be included at the very bottom left of the AD window, with all the other bolded tool instructions? I noticed it was not there.
  5. Dave Vector

    Where did Construction Mode go?

    Thanks @Patrick Connor Here's where I got that quote: https://affinityspotlight.com/article/affinity-designer-17-beta-now-available/ Under Tools, second bullet point.
  6. I was looking for construction mode as described here: "Node and Pen tools have a new Construction mode which gives easy access to common construction features to help you build complicated shapes or intersections accurately and easily." I remember testing it in an earlier version of the 1.7 Beta, but it seems to be missing from my context toolbar. Was this feature removed from the beta, or has my GUI blindness reached new heights? Thanks!
  7. Hi, A "show grid" checkbox seems to want to be on the front page of the ISOmetric Studio (Tab). Every time my mouse goes to the Isometric panel, it craves the "show grid" checkbox to be there, for quick and easy viewing of ungridded artwork (see example below). Yes, I am aware of the venerable keyboard shortcuts , but it sure would be handy to have the check box here as well. Please consider implementing it for 1.7!
  8. @JET_Affinity Thanks for chiming in on these ideas. I have never used Macromedia Freehand, so I was not aware of those robust functions you describe, and yes, I would not want to limit the idea of "Select By" to just what I described, so selecting by ranges, line length, etc., would exceed my expectations. Similarly, your comments on every colour functionally being a global colour is a great way to handle colour swatches. This gets me excited again for the possibilities, so thanks for your comments! I personally found Illustrator's colour manipulation tools clunky to use and I cannot say I am loving Affinity Designer's solutions either. Without offering any concrete suggestions, I wish the colour tools were more elegant and intuitive to use. Serif, I realize your job is not easy, and to make something not just functional, but a joy to use, is really difficult. Please consider this as constructive feedback to help grow your new customer pool. "Elegant" is what inspires a user base to become passionate, evangelical and sell your product with very little advertising. After thinking about how I use my time creating assets for clients with Affinity Designer, I wanted to present the following use-case. I love creating assets for clients from scratch. Nothing beats the joy of assessing their needs, collaborating on concepts, and then creating a unique set of assets they are happy ultimately with. But the other side of my job, the less glorious, but inanely practical side of my work, is taking a client's existing assets and building something new from it. This is, for example, an old PDF with a chart in it that needs to be revamped. If I can reuse some of the old vectors from that PDF, that would make my job much easier, or maybe the client just needs a few tweeks, like updating the font or updating a few colour choices. This is where powerful selection tools or "find & replace" tools become essential. I think that is it: Powerful "Find & Replace" tools can relieve tedious tasks and save designer's time! Please continue to look at the Affinity suite of products through that lens. Serif, I hope this offers you a perspective that I am sure is shared, and has been shared, by many of your enthusiastic users. I just wanted to express my feedback to help make your Affinity tools more valuable. Please consider this use-case and incorporate these ideas. Thank you.
  9. First off, thank you for Affinity Designer's powerful toolset. It's a joy to use! When I am using Affinity Designer to create complicated presentations with multiple artboards and nested groupings, I wish for 3 key tools to make my job faster, easier, and more controlled. Tools that obliterate tedious tasks can mean the difference between enjoyable and monotonous, between making money and losing money as a designer. Let me know if you think these three suggestions should be added to Affinity Designer. Apologies if these have already been suggested... 1. SELECTION SETS a. Summary – Select a bunch of objects across artboards, even within groups, and save them out as a selection set. b. Distinction – Not the same as grouping because the selection set can span multiple groups. Also spans objects located on different artboards. c. Procedure – Select the objects you wish to have in the selection set, save them as a selection set, give the set a unique name. Choose your selection set from a list at any time. The selection is made, ready to modify, hide/unhide, lock/unlock, etc. d. Advantages, examples – Easy to select multiple objects within complicated group structures. Many 3D apps have this, like 3DSMax. 2. SELECT BY… a. Summary – The “Select By” command allows you to select objects by stroke, fill, or effect properties. b. Procedure – Select the source object with the properties you wish to select, activate the “select by” command, choose the properties you wish to select by (stroke, fill, effect) Affinity Designer will select all the matching objects. c. Advantages, examples – Allows you to select all objects with similar properties and easily change those properties. E.g.: If you determined that your assets would look slightly better with a 6-pt. line thickness, rather than a 4-pt. line thickness, you can select them all and change them easily, without adjusting adjacent objects with a 5-pt. stroke. Adobe Illustrator has this. 3. COLOUR MODIFY a. Summary – If a group of selected objects have the exact same stroke and fill colour, this command will allow the user to change identical stroke and fill colours simultaneously, rather than have to change the stroke colours and fill colours separately. b. Distinction – Not the same as using Global colour on a stroke and fill, where the global colour swatch can be changed, because this affects all items using that colour, not the selection exclusively. c. Procedure – Select the objects with the colour you wish to change, activate the “Colour Modify” command, choose the source colour, choose the new target colour, all the selected objects’ fill and stroke colours are modified if they are the exact same colour. d. Advantages, examples – This comes in handy of you have an asset comprised of a mixture of lines and shapes all the same colour and you wish to change that colour, which can be complicated when those objects are grouped, and/or have mixed colour stroke and fills.
  10. Hi @Sean P, I just tried to replicate that issue now, but I could not, so I am not sure why I was getting that error on Tuesday. I hope I didn't send you on a wild goose chase. I was using a BenQ 4K IPS monitor running at 3840x2160 with a Scale and layout setting at 150%. My secondary monitor is a Dell Canvas 27 but Affinity Designer was not on that one. I attached the zip file. I hope that helps. 1.0 (Beta).zip
  11. Sure thing @Sean P. I am glad I actually saved and kept the file just in case :-) Node Tool Selection Lasso Bug.afdesign
  12. Minor thing, but thought I would let you know... The Picture Frame Properties "Done" and "Cancel" buttons do not fit into the pop-up window. Create a shape. Right-click on it for context menu and choose "Convert to Picture Frame..." In the context toolbar, with the shape selected, choose "Properties". Nice feature btw; this is going to be very handy!
  13. Hi, I was testing out the Node Tool Selection Lasso. With Node Tool selected, Alt-Drag around the intended nodes to select on your open shape. Sometimes the lasso will select nodes not within the lasso boundaries. Seems to happen when starting a lasso and it is ambiguous as to which "side" the selection is going to be. I uploaded a screenshot of the entire shape I was playing with. Admittedly one would probably not be using a shape like this for anything, but worth noting how it affects the lasso selection. The two screen grab videos show the irregular behaviour. 2019-03-12_08-12-28.mp4 2019-03-12_08-17-17.mp4
  14. Thanks @Aammppaa and @Sean P.