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  1. Good idea. However, I cannot get that to work. I do this: Create text Hi, make it italic underlined Hi. Add symbol from selection. Pull that symbol in twice to have now three objects Hi Hi Hi. They are linked, if I make them bold and edit the text, they all react: Hi! Hi! Hi! Now uncheck Sync symbols. Edit one works fine: Hi! Hihi Hi! However, check Sync symbols again and edit style again to remove underline, only the unaltered instances react: Hi! Hihi Hi! Am I doing something wrong, or does it not work on iPad? My iPad? Anywhere? An aside spawned again by this exercise: The UI is dark. The text symbols in the Symbols tray are black. They are literally invisible - an annoying UX error. The same goes for Assets. Most of my assets are dark and hence near impossible to see. To be honest, all the dark grey icons on the really dark background are difficult to distinguish. A light themed UI would be a huge UX improvement.
  2. Yes, works like a charm. Except that when you edit the text, the text also changes accordingly in all the symbol instances. So close, but no cigar. I guess Serif has to design carefully before they add this functionality, but I hope they do. Maybe they can move a module from Publisher to Designer (or release Publisher for iPad, that would be great).
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    Accurate object selection

    A much simpler workaround: Group the offending object. Grouping makes a regular box, and these have no problems. Grouping the object with itself works, too. Still makes a permanent, regular box. Even if it is a bit large as it has to bound the irregular, rotated original bounding box.
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    Accurate object selection

    Hi Sean, I have a new observation that might help resolving this irksome problem.. With reference to the demo1,afdesign enclosed in my previous post of July 22: Some of the transformed line segments lose their boundary in one direction. Click on the problem object, note the orientation of the blue bounding box with the resize handles. In one direction the object is deselected if you click outside the box, in the other direction it is selected, however far away you click: if you are inside the "lane" of the bounding box in that direction, it will be selected if you click (unless another problem object lane also overlaps the click point, in which case that may or may not have higher priority). A guess is that it is related to the "reset bounding box" which still misses a permanent reset (see link to discussion below). So a workaround is this: Select the line segment. Copy. Pen tool. Select blue end of line. Make a node or two outside the line. Close the curve by clicking the red end. Draw a solid box covering the closed curve. Select the solid box and the closed curve. Intersect. Node tool. Delete the nodes outside the original line. Paste style. Now the line satisfies two great properties: a) selection works as expected (the error has gone)., b) The bounding box is permanently regular (at least until I start rotating it again). The (b) is a byproduct of the above procedure, but cf. the discussion linked below, something some users (and including me) really wish for, as the non-regular bounding box is confusing and cumbersome. Even if there are solid technical reasons and use cases where the rotated bounding box is what you want (and I don't doubt that), as a user I have not noticed them yet. But that is a digression. The main point here is that getting rid of the non-regular bounding box solved the problem. It may be because there is an error in the non-regular bounding boxes, or because the procedure incidentally resets some other wrong property, or something else; I hope you can resolve that. As a software developer myself, I really click with Bens so right comment at the end of the other discussion: users have little chance to guess what is the cause of errors and what is trivial ot not (indeed that is often the case even if the user is a developer of the product...) Best regards Hans
  5. I know this is 3 months old, but: I define a frame text with the style I want for, say, body text. Then I select it, select Fx -> styles -> Add style from selection, and rename it "text body". Now I can easily apply that text style to other text objects, and by creating more such styles, I can easily switch between them for a given text object. The latter points to the weakness of this technique and why it is only a workaround: The style is neither editable, nor linked with the objects to which it is applied. So I cannot edit a style, and then the linked objects changes style automatically. Nevertheless, using styles with text frames makes my life easier.
  6. Yes, publisher for ipad pro. I will love it.. I do not have Windows, and my 4 year old mac will not be renewed (last use: April). Yes, I write books, with lots of Affinity Designer illustrations, and the iPad has proven a really strong tool for that. It is already bad enough that Designer 1.7.3 is not available on iPad. The iPad ought to be the primary platform. Not "mobile first", but "tablet first". The grapes are sour :-)
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    Accurate object selection

    I have mostly seen it when I draw diagrams with lines I rotate. Usually I can draw quite a lot before it happens, by not rotating too frequently. In that case I have succeeded with export to PDF and then import that again into AD. This resets all the angle information (which in fact is an action I would like to be able to do to any object, but that's another story), and the selection is accurate again. It also loses some other information such as groupings. Maybe there is an export option in AD to avoid that? Clearly this is a desperate, disruptive workaround, not a longterm solution. And I have no guarantee that other, in my case unused, features will not be destroyed doing this.
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    Accurate object selection

    Hi Sean, You are welcome. If you need me to test or try anything, I'll be happy to help. Hans
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    Accurate object selection

    I also have this problem. It occurs frequently. I use a 12.9" iPad Pro 2018 exclusively. Mostly for writing about origami and doing origami diagrams. The enclosed very simple documents reproduce the problem. The sample drawing Blintz copy is a simplified version of a working document where it occurred. It is the beginning of a crease pattern. There is 1 square with no fill, and a few lines some of which are rotated. Using either finger or Apple Pen, click around the blue and green lines. Some lines will be selected just nicely, other times just plain wrong. Two examples: if I click just above (a cm or two) the square, above the coloured lines, on the background with not lines, it will select a line. If I click the vertical, green line near its top, instead the blue line next to it is selected. I have no trouble reproducing it, see deno1.afdesign. This second document was made in a couple of minutes. Click the green line near the top. The green pine is selected. Click the green line near the middle. The purple line is selected. Click the green line ear the bottom. The red line is selected. To reproduce, I draw a line. Then I duplicate the line and move and/or rotate it. Rotation either by the handle, by the Transform Rotate or by moving the end points individually using the pointer or the point editing tool. I have not tried to isolate if either of these rotate methods is the culprit, or if it is simply the position of the end result. I clearly suspect the Transform Rotate as it seems to occur when I make crease patterns and diagrams where I need a precise rotation like 45, 22.5, or 11.25 degrees. Another indicator is that if I export to svg for web and import again, the selections work splendid; and this export/import among other effects clears the rotation information. I hope you will see it, too, and can make a fix very soon. It drives me crazy as the work flow and accuracy are severely disrupted. Otherwise I love Designer. Best regards, Hans, Blintz Copy.afdesign demo1.afdesign
  10. The iPad. version of AD does not seem to have a menu for language and spelling. However, the text still displays spelling correction underlining which is quite annoying. See the enclosed image where every single word is spelled correctly, and yet they get curly lines. Is it possible to turn off the curly lines? When will control of language and spelling come into the iPad version? Please note that the iPad language is set to Danish. Regards, Hans
  11. On iPad, in Affinity Photo (AP), I try to import from Photos. That works fine, but the browsing is difficult due to two issues: 1) When opening the import dialog, I see my photos folders. However, they appear unordered, see the enclosed image which is part of the dialog within AP. The folders go like 2007-01-07 2015-07-26, 2013-08-17, 2014-06-28, 2006-11-11-b, etc. I have hundreds of those. Is there a way of sorting them correctly after name? (And hence after date). 2) When selecting a folder, I see the images, but only as small icons about 3x3 cm. Any attempt to view the actual image, results in it being imported. Is there a way to preview the images without opening/importing them? For example like the standard photo browser in the iPad Photos app? Regards, Hans
  12. Thank you, shapelet. This provides a workaround for me. I also rely on grids, doing technical origami diagrams a lot. And I could not understand why grids and objects zoom differently, loosing the grid snap. And drawing an object shows a different height x width than the grid indicates. It is as if the grid does not conform to the zoomed mode. To the Affinity debelopers: Great product, but my 57-year old eyes strongly prefer zoomed mode, so I really hope you will resolve this problem soon.
  13. I use the Light theme in Affinity designer: It is much easier to read for my 57-years old eyes. Dark-text--on-light-background seems to provide a better contrast than the reverse. As for aesthetic considerations, I can see the merits in both. Really depends on what kind of drawing you are making. It is very nice that we can select these different themes, according to our preferences and eye qualities.

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