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  1. Thanks! - that does the trick. I'd resorted to workarounds joining multiple objects with "join curves" and was getting a bit cranky.....
  2. AndyQ

    Join nodes

    Yep. This is driving me insane; I can't seem to do the simplest things. The only ways I can see that nodes can be "welded" together to create one continuous curve out of two or more is to use an automated method such as "close curve", however I have no control over which nodes are being joined - it joins the closest ones. I swear, I'm gonna start to cry; especially as seeing your post is dated from 2015....
  3. The documentation says: "To continue an existing curve: Place the pen pointer over the final node on the path that you want to continue. Click once to select the node. Continue to place new nodes as needed." However, I'm going spare trying to figure out how to make this work. I'm testing by drawing a simple curve, just four points zig-zagging. I deselect the object. I then want to go back and continue the zig-zag line. I've tried selecting it first then changing to the pen tool and clicking the last node; I've tried going straight to the pen tool without selecting the object, clicking the last node then clicking to draw new segments/points. I either end up with a new object or linework that is part of the same object but not joined to it (i.e. coincident vertices rather than a shared vertex). I just want to start from an open end point and continue adding segments from there. That also brings into question how to "weld" coincident vertices if I have two open paths in the same vector shape.
  4. Thanks for the suggestions, I don't see any workarounds (it can't have any bitmap component); the only way to get the kind of vector shape I'm after would be to draw it as an outlined object. It's not a problem - I can do the job in CorelDraw or Illustrator instead, although I'd like to flag this as a function that I'd place a high priority on. I do like a lot about the AD application interface, snapping features and vector drawing capabilities; I'm just hoping to nudge it along so it can become a complete replacement for the tools I usually use. Cheers!
  5. As far as I can see "Rotation" is only an attribute for raster-based brushes. I'm after a hard-edge, scalable vector line, applied to a carefully constructed existing curve. I'll likely convert the stroke to curves ("outline" it or whatever the terminology is) once the design is complete. I do a lot of this for logo designs; this is the first time I've used Designer on a "real" job hence the frequent posting!
  6. That would be handy. Also, I seem to have a single decimal place limit on nudge distances, so I can't set a 0.25 mm nudge. Please at least 2 decimal places on this for mm! - preferably four!
  7. AndyQ

    Calligraphic Brush

    I'm out here, same as you, pining for calligraphic line styles. Luckily I've got both CorelDraw and Illustrator so I'm swapping to one of those for now, neither of which I'm happy with for differing reasons (Corel's too-different interface is hard to handle when you spent 90% of your time in Adobe products; Adobe's "Rental Software" makes me violently angry....)
  8. I've just been looking for this; a way of setting the brush angle so a stroke can be applied to lettering to emulate a calligraphic pen. I kinda assumed this would be here somewhere and that I was missing something obvious. The brush setting seem to have no capability of dealing with the concept of a brush angle and head shape and take a different approach, which has it's benefits but which is of less use to me than the approach taken by Corel and Illustrator. I'd have to put this in my "Essentials" request list.
  9. Have been checking the manual and can't see a way to duplicate an object whilst "nudging" from keyboard. You can duplicate whilst moving an object with a pointing device (digitiser/mouse) by holding CTRL (Windows) but that doesn't affect when moving the object(s) by keyboard.
  10. Different fish kettle - this is for speed of formatting so you want a couple of open palettes at so you can select paragraphs or text then single-click tag the selection with either a paragraph style or character style, usually one (set para) then the other (highlight some text). A dropdown takes at least two clicks, and if you have 50 styles or so a shedload of scrolling on top. It's not the ability to do something, it the ability to do specific things quickly. Despite my resentment of Adobe, you can certainly learn a lot from them and interface flexibility is something they've done well with (as they should, with a huge user base and an army of developers). Cheers!
  11. AndyQ

    Indent to here

    That does work to get the result as pictured above, and I could use that suggestion in a lot of cases, but the downside is flexibility as you'd require different styles for different situations. In the sample image I provided a "indent to here" character would let me set up a single bullet point text style that could act as "normal" bullet text, so it would wrap a long paragraph correctly that has no tabs or need for the "2nd column", however I could also have tab-stops set up for each column position and choose to start the second column at any of those points depending on need. I'm certainly still yearning for an "indent to here" equivalent
  12. A minor request: could we please have separate palettes for the paragraph and character styles? This gives more flexibility to arrange the interface for quickly going through a document and tagging various paragraphs and sections of text without having to constantly scroll up and down a single palette.
  13. I think support for Win 7 finishes in Jan 2020; they certainly do look after the O/S for a long, long time. You don't need much grunt to run the Affinity stuff, (well, that's from a 3D/video guys perspective...) so you don't need the spankiest new workstation to be productive with it. I'm currently drawing in Designer whilst I've got some video composites rendering in the background, a few dozen browser windows open, a spreadsheet and miscellaneous utilities and I'm not noticing any performance issues.
  14. AndyQ

    Indent to here

    I'll have to test that suggestion but I don't think it's quite the same thing. With "indent to here" you can set up a bullet-point paragraph where you're already using the left indent to define the first chunk of text after the bullet, you then use a tab for a wrapping column further along, with an "indent to here" character at that tab point. That'd give you an effect as per: (The above sample is a fudge in Publisher where the second column is a separate paragraph with a multi-line baseline shift; which isn't really useful but gives you an idea of how this would look. Indesign makes this super easy, and it's a layout approach I use in nearly all of my documents)
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