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  1. Ya, there's a clip in my previous post. It's called 'Brush Switches Sometimes Don't Register'.
  2. I think there may be a recording in a previous thread where I first brought up the issue. I'll see what I can do about making a new recording. Doesn't appear to be any obvious 'trigger'... Just seems like you lose sync between the brush library hilighting vs the actual brush selection... kind of like a quasi-responsive button, but it actually hilights pretty much every time... just doesn't do its task.
  3. I just tried it and confirmed that it happens with a mouse as well. I am using an intuos 4.
  4. Hi. Yes, I just tried it with a mouse, and can confirm it happens there as well.
  5. Ya, my guess is overheating or something like that. Didn't happen during the stuttering issue, but was on the same day, so maybe the system was having a bad day overall. If I remember right, there was no CPU or RAM strain (based on System Explorer) during the stuttering. The system/Affinity Photo was running just fine, and then (I believe) after moving the brush palette, the mouse would stick... holding in one position (despite hand movement), then snapping to a distant location, running (with low fps) for a second or two, then sticking again. Keyboard shortcuts didn't seem to switch the tool pointer (although I THINK the new tool did activate). As I mentioned, the weirdest thing was when I exited Affinity, and the (Windows) mouse pointer remained as an Affinity text tool! (...and the stuttering continued). So, maybe it was a Windows thing, but triggered by an action within Affinity. I'll get back to you with any info I find... Thanks!
  6. Hi. Thanks for trying that out. Yes, you did all the stuff that I THINK were the triggers. One factor that may be important, is that at the time, I was working on a 8.5x11 inch 300dpi project with many (30-40) layers. But, it didn't seem like THAT was straining it, as it was operating just fine before and after the stuttering triggered. It's really hard to say if it's Affinity or a system issue. The only reason I even suspected Affinity was that it seemed to trigger during the same/similar action (involving the brush menu). It's been running fine since then. When I have a moment, I'll try moving the brush palette again, and see if it triggers. It's not just the display of the palette, but seemingly if you try and move it, at least from my last two experiences with it. That same day, I had an alarming thing happen as well, where the entire (Windows) screen suddenly filled with random blocks of colours and (seemingly) graphics... which seems more like a hardware or memory (or video display) thing. A reboot fixed that. If that even was Affinity-based, I'd imagine it was only because Affinity pushed the RAM too hard or something (although I have 32 gigs on that machine). Can anyone tell me what that typically means (Windows desktop/display fills with randome multicolour blocks). I couldn't do a screen grab, as the system was hard to navigate in that state. So far, it seem like it was an isolated incident, although I did manage to get it to happen twice (with the same action). I'll look into it further, and try and trigger it again, when I have time. I will try with and without that project. Seems almost like a memory leak or memory issue.
  7. Hi. I own both Designer and Photo. I have already posted on the Stardock Multiplicity forums (Multiplicity is a IP based KVM software for controlling multiple computers by one computer), and figured I'd also post here, in case it's something that can be adjusted in the Affinity software... or someone just happens to have the same experience and/or maybe some theories/suggestions... I have a PC I do my work on, and then a 'main' PC for email, etc. My 'Work' PC is being controlled via a 'Main' PC (using Multiplicity). Everything is working great, except that the tablet is not fully working in Affinity (or any other software). If I have the tablet connected to the Main computer (so it is controlling the Work PC remotely), the pen works fine in Affinity, but has no pressure control. If I connect the tablet into the Work PC, pressure works, but unfortunately it appears that the mouse signal sent by the Main PC (via Multiplicity) is partially overriding the pen... so I end up with two 'brushes'... The crosshair/circle (controlled by the mouse, and therefore standing stationary when I'm using the pen), and the brush 'preview/shape', which moves with the pen, as the crosshair stays put. So, no workaround so far, other than to connect it to the main PC and not have pressure (...painful). So, I'm wondering if there's any configuration I could do within Designer/Photo (or perhaps Windows7 itself) that might fix this... For example, make Affinity only use tablet input, ignoring the mouse. Just desperately searching for some sort of fix... Main: Win7Premium Work: Win7Pro Affinity Designer and Photo (latest versions) Wacom Intuos4 Multiplicity Pro
  8. Hi, R C-R. Thanks for that important point! The meter is actually for an old electroshock therapy control panel. That sample image I attached is from a similar machine, so I pretty much replicated it for mine. The weird thing, is that the OTHER gauge (there's 2 different ones) appears to have been 'modified' from it's original version (they literally wrote new markings and values on it)... but I ended up just replicating the original. It's going to be a very quick (1 second) 'needle jumping' type of animation... extreme closeup kind of deal. This is for a documentary about a famous Canadian bank robber/prisoner, and so I built full 3D CGI sets of the jail cells/block, a bank, solitary confinement, and this odd 'torture' room... along with the full 'suitcase' eletroshock control panel. I finished and applied the meter graphics onto the backplates of the 3D gauges, and it looks great. Thanks again for that point (luckily not an issue in my case), and thanks again to everyone else here who chimed in. Very much appreciated!
  9. Hi. I'm currently building some 'text' elements to map onto a 3D model I have built, and one of the things I need to create the text for is a typical VU type meter. The display would essentially be a hollow half circle line (or a unfilled rectangle, bent into a curve), filled with regular tick marks. I've attached a sample image, as it's really hard to explain in words! Not really sure what's the best way to build something like that in Affinity Design. I have to explore it a bit more, but I don't recall anything where I could build this 'straight', then curve it... nor am I really familiar with anything that would allow me to create a series of tick marks (like using some radial array or something like that)... So, I'm kind of at a loss, currently. I'm sure there's at least one easy way to create this, but I'm just not familiar with any tools that seem suitable for this, currently. Anyone out there who can point me to an Affinity Design tool that can be usef for this sort of thing? I'll keep exploring the tools, in the meantime.... LATER ADDITION: About the only thing I can currently think of, is creating a curved line, and setting the stroke to be dotted, and that could then serve as a visual guide to then manually build/place the tick marks. But, I'm sure there's a better/easier method... so, any suggestions, please let me know!
  10. All good! I'm already half-way finished... using a combination of the techniques you guys suggested. Going very well. Now, I just have to pray that my 3D model VU needle's rotational arc matches that of the decal... (I'll put a dot on the center point of the graphic, and that should serve as the rotational axis location of the 3D needle. (I'd still love to see a bend tool in Designer... . Being able to distort any (complex) shape with a curve, like you currently can with (only) text, would be awesome.)
  11. Hi, reglico. Cool... The closest thing I could find online (before hitting these forums) was vids where people did a similar manual radial pattern thing (duplicating and rotating. I wasn't sure if the same could be done with an object where the centerpoint was far outside the shape itself. Hrmm... I'm wondering. Could you not create a single instance of one of those 'boxes' (two tick marks), and then use a similar manual rotation array technique to create the bar? As I figured, there's a few ways to tackle this. I'm going to continue tinkering over here. Thanks for all the ideas, guys.
  12. Yep, I've been typing in the amounts. Thanks.
  13. Hi, toltec... (Facepalm)... Oops! I didn't notice that! I was so focused on the gizmo tools, that I didn't notice the stuff at the top. I'll look into the segment tool, too. Thanks.
  14. Hi, Alfred. Thanks for the response. Yup, the cog tool shows promise, but it doesn't allow you to control the number of cogs, unless I'm missing something. That said, there's no reason why I couldn't use several cog objects, each rotated slightly, to create more ticks. This is just to generate a PNG texture map image, so a 'clean and efficient' Affinity Design project file is not really of huge importance. Looks like it will work. Thanks for the great tip! (Affinity Design really needs some sort of Bend tool!)
  15. I know this was asked for by others years ago, but I'm really surprised to see that it seems that there still is no way to select certain points, and then scale/rotate them. Instead, it seems you can only do that with whole shapes. I think the response to the request/question years ago was that it IS coming, yet I'm not aware of it being added... unless I missed something here. Any news on that?
  16. Hi, gdenby. Thanks for the quick response. I just gave that a try, and ya, that works. Weird, though, I was kind of expecting/hoping for a more traditional transform widget type of thing, in the canvas itself. But, ya, that certainly works. Thanks for that. Much appreciated! Cheers
  17. Hi. Previously, I had an issue where the punch and pinch tools were reversed. Now, it seems half the tools in the Liquify persona don't work. The Push Forward and Push Left are working fine, and the Clone tool is... doing SOMETHING (...I don't get what it is, but I have to read up on it first). But, the Punch, Pinch, Twirl and Turbulance brushes are all doing nothing now. I love this software, but am really puzzled/concerned why there seems to be so much trouble within the Liquify persona. Any news on this, or procedures I can do to fix it? Win7 Pro 32gigs RAM Affinity Photo 1.6.2.97 UPDATE: I just noticed there is an update,which I'll be installing now. Weird that there is no 'Check For Updates' button, or even an automatic check for updates on startup option.
  18. Thanks to both of you. Cheers!
  19. Would be great to have an index or search feature in the Help manual. Sometimes, there's items you want to read up on, but are not sure what 'chapter' they would be in.
  20. Hi, Walt. As much as I'd love to have some excuse for not spotting it, I don't think it was the darkness (...although I did make a suggestion that the tool highlighting in Dark mode really needs to be boosted). Either there was some sort of graphical glitch when I was looking at the Help manual today...or, I just had a really bad 'perception level' day! But, after Dominik's post, I checked again, and it's there, and I have no idea how I could have missed it! Mega-oops.
  21. Wow... colour me 'stupid'. Yep, you're absolutely right. I have no idea why I didn't notice that. Thanks, Dominik.
  22. Hi, Walt. Well, if it does, it doesn't appear to be working on my system. I just found out that I was two updates behind. I manually installed the latest update.
  23. I'd love to see a Check For Update button in the About window... or even a preference setting where it would automatically check if there's an update on startup and/or on viewing the About window.
  24. It turns out, that what it was is that the default brush speed (50%?) is so slow, you don't really see any movement in the pixels. Cranking the brush speed up 'fixed' it (made the distortion occur at a speed where you could actually see things moving).
  25. Please make the tool hilight much more visible in Dark mode. Currently, I can barely even see what tool is currently selected. Light mode looks great, though.
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