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  1. From my point of view, if I select any path with a brush applied, it should contextually show me which brush was used. It doesn't have to select it, but if I use a variety of different brushes for some artwork, it's useful to keep track of what is being used where. I also agree that if you switch tools from the brush tool, the selected brush setting remain sticky; returning to the brush tool should have everything as was previously shown and selected. Those would be my preferences, at least.
  2. It is, yeah - from Designer selected 'Edit in Photo'. I actually managed to overcome the problem by rasterizing both layers again, but all the same it seems like unexpected behavior.
  3. If I have two pixel layers in Photo, select the top layer and select Merge Down, the top layer effectively just disappears and I don't see the result of the merge at all.
  4. @GabrielM Apologies for the terrible delay in responding! You're right, I do - thanks for the tip! (Non) issue resolved for me.
  5. I've also been having some serious issues with performance lately, the beach ball of death regularly appears when even just moving objects on an Artboard. I assume in the below instance it's because I'm using a halftone vector which is somewhat complex, but interestingly it's not when I move the halftone pattern itself - it's when I move a simple path (?) Any advice on how to remedy this would be much appreciated! affinity-designer-performance-issue.mp4
  6. Just chiming in to say I've found 1.7.2 noticeably slower when dealing with even just a handful of Artboards, and there's just a general sluggish lag when moving objects or the view which just slows the process down enough for it to feel a tad uneasy. The occasional closing/reopening of the app improves things, I find (for a while, at least).
  7. @dominik Oh, thanks - yeah this is practically what I meant. As you say, it's just not quite as useful given that you lose the context of it's scale/positioning with other layers. Thanks all the same! This is better than nothing, for sure.
  8. Hey team, I can't find a way to do this but thought it might be something you'd consider as being useful. Currently if an object is nested inside a shape in the Layers panel, there's no way to actually toggle visibility of the contents masked by the shape (perhaps even opacity?). In my case, I would have found this useful a handful of times on each project just to get visibility of the contents being masked (particularly if this is an image/photo). The only way I'm aware of to do this is to physically drag all of the contents within a shape out of the shape and then back again. Happy to be overruled on whether it's worth this being a feature - I just thought it was something worth mentioning because, as I say, it would have been useful to have a slightly less 'action heavy' method of checking the contents of a shape on the Artboard. Thanks!
  9. Noticed this has also been posted here, in case it's addressed there any sooner.
  10. Yep I've noticed this a few times when nudging objects in to position. +1 for this.
  11. I'd be keen to know if there's any plan for this experience to be enhanced. I can't quite work out from this thread if it's a bug or if this is expected, but if you need to retroactively find the name of a brush used on a path it's basically...well, it's a serious challenge. Here's that experience in a video: https://www.loom.com/share/febf4dfd5e0d478e8309cdb4351b5cba Am I missing something? Is there a way of knowing which brush was used on a path either by name, or by seeing it selected in the panel (which isn't ideal if you have to rummage through a large number of brushes to find the one that's selected but hey ho - better than nothing).
  12. I'm struggling with this issue as well and it's probably the biggest speed bump I've hit with Affinity Designer since day one, given that I can't export commissioned print work to the required spec. I could write a longer post airing my frustration, but I don't want to clog up the forum with extraneous ranting. @Sean P Is there any way of knowing when a fix is likely to be implemented and released?
  13. @Lee D Are you able to confirm whether this bug is affecting bleed when exporting a PDF? I can't for the life of me get the bleed area to show to when exporting from Affinity Designer, and I'm sure it was working before. Include bleed + crop marks selected on export, but PDF shows artwork clipped to Artboard and crop marks aligned to the edge of the artwork, Affinity Designer 1.7.1, MacOS (App Store) Thanks.
  14. I'm getting this behaviour too. This can't be as expected, right? What if the bleed area is made up of multiple layers/objects? Do they all need dragging out of their natural placement in the layer/artboard stack? I'm able to see the bleed 'guideline', but View > Clip to Canvas is checked and greyed out so can't toggle that to see the actual bleed content. Exporting whole document as PDF with Include bleed and Crop marks selected results in a PDF with Artboard artwork (bleed not included), and crop marks aligned to the outside of the artwork
  15. Thanks a million for uploading this - extremely useful, and saved me digging around on each platform for the specs.
  16. Hi team, I decided to check whether this feature has been requested but I couldn't find anything similar on the forums so apologies if I'm doubling up here. I was creating some artwork today that could have really used partially rounded stroke caps. Currently there's the option to have fully rounded or fully square caps (and butt cap, which is also a square cap) but no option for a variant of the two. I've attached a screenshot illustrating the difference if that's not clear (affinity-stroke-cap-variant.png). Also, an added feature could be the angle of the stroke cap - this would make it a powerful addition to shapes or paths whose angles or ends need to be something other than a flat, squared off (or rounded) end. Let's call this 'Stroke Cap Angle'? I've kind of mocked it up in the attachments to illustrate the resulting effect. I haven't thought this through thoroughly but it was a feature I felt would be very useful, avoiding the need to expand strokes which allows you to round the corners of an expanded path but you lose the benefit of it being a stroke.
  17. Yeah sorry this is what I meant when I said it's possible to replace all by replacing symbol contents. But, say, if you only want to replace some (not all) of them, then it's fiddly work. In my case, I want to try different colourways for designs, with multiple artboards containing multiple instances of that design. Once I have a full set of boards in one colourway then I want to duplicate those artboards and change the colours of the design (Symbol). But I can't do this without detaching the Symbols, recreating a new Symbol and repositioning it in each place on the new Artboards. If I was able to replace a Symbol with another, then I could keep the new Artboard symbols positioned as is, duplicate the original Symbol as a new one and then (drag and replace?) the new Symbol to replace them individually (or even better select in Layers panel, right click, Replace Symbol). Does that make sense?
  18. Hi team, I was just wondering if there's a way to replace multiple Symbol instances with a different Symbol? I can't find a way to do this, to basically swap out a selection of Symbol instances. Obviously I know that you can detach and recreate a Symbol, thus effectively duplicating it and then replacing the content of that Symbol - but this doesn't quite provide the same control as being able to swap multiple existing symbol instances with a different Symbol. An example of this would be swapping a number of icons (existing symbols) in a UI with a different icon, maintaining proportion and position on the Artboard - rather than dragging, resizing and repositioning a different icon from the Symbols panel. I'm not sure if this feature has already been requested, or if it's been, or being, considered. Thanks
  19. Hi team, I've seen this happen a few times over the last few months and since doing more with Symbols and Global Colours it's happened more frequently. Video below. Basically I need to use global colours across a document to conrtol a colour scheme. Having set up all of the objects with their global colours, I can then change the global colour and it can update wherever used accordingly - so far so good. Now, this does work (although you have to be very wary of colour sync breaking for symbol instances!) but it seems as though when changing the global colour it doesn't always update in the panels. The Layers panel still shows the previous colour of the object, and the Symbols panel shows previous colours too. In the video below you can clearly see the objects I'm selecting have a different colour in the Layer panel (bright green) to what they actually do on the Artboard (cream). The Symbol panel is showing a yellow colour for objects in the Symbol that have since been changed. It doesn't totally disrupt my workflow but it's a little distracting and occasionally confusing. Collapsing Groups or Layers and re-expanding appears to kickstart the colour replacement but this isn't ideal as you can imagine. affinity-colour-update-issue.mov
  20. Ah sorry - so when you select 'Missing Fonts' in the Character panel, the font dropdown on the right (showing Arial in the gif) should display a list of missing fonts. In this case, it isn't - the dropdown doesn't display them, or work at all. I'm actually clicking on the dropdown arrow but nothing happens, presumably because there's no list to display.
  21. Hey team, I'm sure this was working before, but if I open a Designer file the missing fonts are shown in a notification (all good with that) but if I use the Character panel to list missing fonts then that appears not to work (screen rec attached). Apologies if I'm missing the correct way to manage missing fonts here. Is there a better way to view and manage missing fonts? Thanks in advance.
  22. As a on/off freelancer who picks up all kinds of odd jobs - this is the ideal, but a rare occasion for me. A lot of the time, I'm the guy they call who'll do the jobs no-one else wants, and I've been supplied all kinds of nightmarish files. Are those legitimate use cases for Affinity Designer? It's tough to say in every case, but all I know is that this feature would be invaluable in making broad attribute changes to existing creative, or reverse engineering complex vector files for lack of more suitable means. So I guess Affinity can aim to be robust enough to deal with those curveballs, or deny them as legitimate/worthwhile use cases and those users will just have to find another way to get the job done. @robinp I realise we both support this feature being added, I just quoted to add context to my own experience. I get this - but it doesn't really hold up as a reason not to add a feature for those that would use it. For those that don't use it there's no change, no degradation of experience. For those that do use it, it's a huge time saver.
  23. @Jowday Is this the 'clone' feature in Inkscape? Are there any other solutions out there (mac) that anyone knows of? @sorax you mentioned creating a standalone util. By canvas do you mean HTML5 canvas, or are you using alternative software?
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