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Randall Lee Reetz

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  1. Randall Lee Reetz

    Network graphing tools please!

    Always strange when people respond to feature requests with paranoia-laden claims that such new functionality would overwhelm the product or use paradigm. I have personally written sophisticated diagramming display and editing functionality code into several prototype products and done so from scratch in less than 10 pages of code. Do the naysayers and Cassandras here work for Serif? Strange. Thanks, Randall
  2. Would be extra useful if Affinity Designer allowed the user to assign (searchable) user-defined and or standard (who, what, where, why, how, how related) metadata to objects and object groups and layers and artboards and documents and document groups. Would facilitate all sorts of manual and automatic asset management functionality and semantic mining. Thanks, Randall
  3. Would be wonderful if Affinity Designer provided user definable object association lines (or nesting boxes) to indicate (parent/child/sibling, system/part, ontological associations between objects) allowing for flow chart and network and parts diagrams. Same functionality might be built into a particular display mode such that object functional associations could be displayed independent to other layouts including instances of these same objects. Such affordances could be the basis for all sorts of "smart" or "semantic" functionality that would be impossible to implement in the current version of Affinity Designer. Thanks, Randall
  4. Is there a means within Affinity Designer to label objects and have those labels move dynamically with the objects being labeled? Are there class distinctions the user can assign to objects (label)? Are there metadata fields (name, type, date, associated objects, description, etc) that can be assigned to objects? Would really be helpful. Thanks, Randall
  5. Would be really helpful if Affinity Designer snapping object candidates could be configured to objects (and object points) within a certain proximity to the cursor position or the dragged object (and its points) position. I have written such functionality into the code of tools I've designed... works really well. Could be an adjunct setting to be used in conjunction with other snapping candidate presets (could be configured by the user to be used with other "Candidates" settings). When I have done this, I have allowed for the setting also of a max number of candidate objects (the "10" objects or object points closest to the current cursor position, for example). Thanks, Randall
  6. Please please please provide a user setting for showing and hiding transparency background grid (default setting and keyboard toggle). Would also be nice if this grid could be replaced by something that does not clash so violently with grid lines and guide lines. One might for instance provide a diamond shaped grid or polkadot grid and or some sort of color gel overlay by itself or in combination with user selected pattern. Thank you, Randall
  7. Randall Lee Reetz

    Network graphing tools please!

    PS: I can only assume that the "persona" bar was meant to consolidate, as a master control switcher, several Affinity sub-applications under one roof, into one workspace. Layout could be one of those spaces, one of those personas. Layout or positioning could be one form of the object realative object association views. An analogy in writing applications and text editors might be the various ways in which outlines are presented and edited... the same text can be viewed long form in a flat editor, or in page layout view (possibly with pre-press specifications like font, font size, kerning, headers and footers, footnotes, margin notes, in-line and margin illustrations and figures, page numbers, chapter headings, etc), or as individual blocks of text in a files and folders hierarchical view, or as a standard indented outline, or in some cases, as a freeform connected node chart. But none of these affordances are posible unless the underlying data model is set up to keep track of parent/child relationships, and the user interface affordances that allow the user to define these relationships. A world of opportunities open up once object relationships are supported and made intuitively available to the user. Many such relationships are already supported by Affinity Products… layers, channels, object embedded filters and masks, history, even positional association (its what you do when you draw objects and place graphics and images into a composite layout), so it wouldn't break the Affinity Designer (or Photo or Publisher) model at all to add in some additional relational object affordances. When a designer (and yes I am a designer with 35 years professional design experience) works they begin with a sketch. The sketch stage of design is not often supported by design applications. When it is, as in for instance, mind mapping software, there is no (easy or obvious) integration of the user's object sketch into the production phase of the design process. If I were Affinity, I'd pay some serious attention to this missing and ultra important early stage of project workflow. If I were Affinity, I'd get my brightest minds working on a sketch-level persona, and I'd have a parallel effort going to integrate an asset management and project overview (team and time management and cost estimation) persona(s) as well. Yes, I love the fact that Affinity makes affordable stand-alone applications for the design market, but I would love to see these applications work seamlessly in one integrated environment once I owned two or more of them.
  8. Randall Lee Reetz

    Network graphing tools please!

    I see this sort of "grand protector of the dominion" behavior on so many product forums. Sad. I can only imagine that such individuals are in some very real way working as agents of the company that produced the software in question. Why else would anyone be so absurdly threatened by product feature suggestions? Certainly the potential market would expand for a product like Designer should it provide an automated way of diagramming network nodes. Makes it so much faster and more efficient to draw out complex diagrams if the objects that make up those diagrams are aware of their logical (or illogical) parents and children. Its just how the world works. Those node connectors don't have to be shown, but allowing a person to set up relationships between objects (or assuming them at some default level) makes things so much easer on so many levels. Relative relational scaling, positioning, spacing, and dependencies are but a few of the workflow advantages that can be derived from an ontological association between drawn objects and object groupings. PS: a suggestion is just that. It isn't a demand. I have no authority over anyone. None. But ideas are worth sharing. Randall Lee Reetz
  9. Masks, Channels, Clipping, Layers, Filters, Filter Masks, etc... disambiguate please. I would really like it if someone would produce a video that explains in simple and robust terms the critical difference between each of these facilities and when they are ideally used. Thank you sooooo very very very much.
  10. You know… connect objects with lines so that dragging objects causes connector lines to redraw appropriately as one might expect in org chart and mind mapping applications. Export network diagrams as outlines or import outlines and auto-create network diagrams. Please. Thank you!
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