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  1. Hey R C-R, I think I can safely say that there are many people in this forum (myself included) who agree with your concern about Adobe's dominance of the market. Which is where a lot of the disappointment is coming from; AD seemed at one point, could break that dominance. Many of us who adopted AD were hoping that we could be a part of a revolution, and put our time in energy into learning, adopting, and committing to a new tool, with the hope and expectation that we would not have to depend on Illustrator soon enough. However, it seems that those people in this forum (myself included) who are complaining about certain missing basic features, are in reality frustrated/complaining about the fact that they have not been able to completely abandon Illustrator, and even more frustrating, there is a split/fracture in the workflow. I agree "basic needs" and "basic tools" are subjective, however there are many ways to derive global basics for any software or application -- something as simple as looking at every other competitor app in the same field (proprietary or open source) that's out there. Arrowheads for diagramming is a good example of a global basic. You see what I mean? *sigh*sigh* I'm still cheering for Serif / Affinity.
  2. Hey Pšenda, All that "busy"ness at Serif about migration to Windows, new iOS apps and beta releases over the last 5 years is great and all, however it doesn't change the fact that Affinity Designer still lacks many of the basic features , and I'm unable to use it as a primary production tool today. I am referring to Affinity Designer specifically, since I don't particularly care about Affinity Photo or Affinity Publisher, because APhoto and APublisher are not being considered for the primary production tool for my work and for my team. It does me absolutely no good that they have released all these other applications, but haven't released upgrades to the one application that I am concerned with, for my production work Hence, my confidence is eroding, and hopes are dwindling.
  3. Hey R C-R, You're correct that the 5 yr timeline doesn't apply to the iOS app (which is past its 1 year mark), but it does apply to Affinity Designer for desktop, which, other than the hex color value feature, still doesn't have many of the other basic features, nor many of the features listed in the roadmap. My reference to waiting for a few years, is referring to Affinity Designer in general, which hasn't had any significant updates or upgrades since the initial release. Just trying to get across the general concept of how it affects customer perception and confidence, when a software company releases an application or software, and has not provided a significant update or upgrade to that software in years. In most cases, one would assume that the company that produced that particular app, has abandoned that project, especially when there is literally no communication or information from the developers to their customers regarding the app / software in question.
  4. Yep Alfred and R C-R, I was referring to the iPad version . A lot of my production work is done on the go, and my switch to AD was mainly because of the availability of the app on iPad, along with the app on desktop. IMO, Adobe's mobile apps are a joke, and I was in a position of dependency on Illustrator, which required me to carry my laptop, or be at my desk in my studio to get anything "real" done. Before AD, I had switched to using Autodesk Graphic (previously iDraw) for my mobile-to-desktop workflows. Graphic also has an app for the iPhone which allowed me to be extremely mobile and flexible. However, when AD for iOS was released, it seemed very promising even with the lack of an iPhone app, mainly due to its polished interface, fantastic rendering, thoughtful workflow setups, superior export options, and the ability to combine vector and raster artwork in one app. Which is why I felt it could easily unseat Adobe Illustrator if only AD had all of the common basic features implemented equally in the desktop and iOS apps... I mean think about it-- something as simple as arrow heads on a line or stroke for diagraming is a missing feature here!!! I still believe AD has the potential to catch up and become a true production app, regardless of the device one is working on.
  5. Completely agree!! Lists and checked items aren't nearly as important as actually having those features implemented into the application that you paid for, expecting at least the basic functionalities of an application (compared to other apps in the same category .. even the free and open source ones). I don't always expect applications to have everything implemented in the first release, but heck, that is what updates are for (standard development and release cycles). As far as AD goes, there have been some basics missing for a long time: hex color values, text warp, blend tool and many more. The waiting without hope, and especially without communication of progress from the developers .. for about 5 yrs now is simply chipping away at the confidence I have in Serif. Whatever happened to agile updates??? ... standard software rollout processes? Sure, people may argue that you pay very little in a one time purchase (close to $80 if you have the desktop and iOS app) compared to Adobe's insane monthly pricing-- but that argument is invalid when you consider free and open source options likes Inkscape that do pretty much everything people have been asking for in Affinity Designer. I'm still cheering for the Serif team, but feeling quite disheartend and unsure about whether or not my support is based in reality. I was so eager for an underdog like Serif to come and dethrone Adobe's monopoly in the market, but at this moment in time Adobe's dominance is clearly because it has a superior product ... imo even a couple of years ago, Serif's line up looked pretty close to being worthy challengers (if not becoming superior products) to Adobe ... not sure if I feel that way today.
  6. That works on a single shape, but not with groups of shapes (such as a complex logo) or text. This is a good workaround for single shapes (mostly 4 cornered shapes), but it’s not a true perspective / distort solution.
  7. I have the same issue on the iPad and Desktop app. When I move the rotation center of an object or group to another location, the object rotation pivots to that set point only if I use the rotation handle. However, for power duplication with precision rotation (or for that matter, even a precision single rotation), I jump to the transform studio to punch in some precise rotation numbers. But, it turns out that if you use the transform studio, it doesn’t honor the rotation center position.
  8. I'm working on a diagram which requires arrow heads and tails to many lines and curve paths in my project. I haven't been able to locate a tool that lets me select a path and assign a arrow head and tail (in the desktop app, and iOS app). I assumed, that like all basic stroke options, I'd find the arrow head options in the stroke studio / window, but it doesn't seem to be there. Please advise. Thanks in advance!
  9. I am not sure if this is a bug, or if there is a setting that I’m missing, or making a mistake somewhere. I have 3 simple objects (3 rectangles) which I am able to align via the Transform > Alignment Options > Alignment choices, however I can’t seem to distribute them via the same window Transform > Alignment Options > Distribute since my distribute options are unresponsive to selection or taps. Please help! Thanks in advance!
  10. Are these for desktop and iOS apps? Please let it be so! Please please please —(|)—
  11. Hey MEB, I hope you mean this feature (when it’s released), will be available for both, desktop and iOS apps. Pleeeese?? —(|)—
  12. Hey MEB, I’m looking to distort a group of vectors. The group consists of a rectangle, and a text object (like a label). How do I free transform or manipulate each corner of that group's bounding box to make it appear in perspective?
  13. Thanks Dan! I sure hope that you can implement it. It’s quite essential to our design team's workflow in developing style guides for interactive design for our clients (who prefer hex values) Crossing my fingers