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  1. Greenalien

    Pen Tool Delay in Designer

    Thanks for the video. I noticed you place the node and then drag it in two distinct actions. What happens if you just click and drag?
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    Pen Tool Delay in Designer

    I'd say thats part of the same problem. In both cases the app isn't storing the initial position of the gesture and is only using the position at the point it recognises the gesture. At least that's how it appears.
  3. Greenalien

    Pen Tool Delay in Designer

    Thanks for making those videos. Echoes my experience - slightly off with Affinity Designer and accurate with Vectornator (and other vector tools). I disagree thats its not a big deal though. It really gets in the way of tracing things and can get even worse when theres more going on and zoomed in. It's really curbed my initial enthusiam for this tool and I've held off buying their other apps as a result.
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    Pen Tool Delay in Designer

    As far as I'm aware there's been no acknowledgement or progress on this issue. I'm still quietly hoping they get on top of this because it's the single reason I stopped using the app. But it's been ongoing for several months. Fingers crossed. Maybe if you shared some screenshots highlighting the issue? I attempted to show the issue in the above image but I'm not sure how clear I was.
  5. Greenalien

    Pen Tool Delay in Designer

    Here is an image showing the issue. All of the nodes should be roughly on the line, but they end up being placed slightly offset in the direction of dragging. The issue occurs with both the pen and using a finger. When using a finger it's harder to see the problem because the inaccuracy is hidden underneath the finger, but hopefully this quick test shows the issue is not specific to the Apple Pencil. It does appear that Affinity Designer ignores where the gesture started and instead uses the position of the pen/finger at the time it realises a drag is occurring. This bug can get even worse with other factors like zoom level. Hope its squashed soon because I've had to resort to another vector app for now. It's too frustrating as it stands.
  6. Greenalien

    Pen Tool Delay in Designer

    Also, the speed of the device, the size of the document, features used, options enabled, zoom level, device free memory etc all contribute to how significant this imprecision is. i.e. The node offset might be smaller and less noticable on a faster device where it can compute the intended gesture quicker. But as mentioned 1) I don't have this issue with the Pen tool in two other apps on the same device, 2) All of this goes away if the app simply remembers the initial position of the gesture.
  7. Greenalien

    Pen Tool Delay in Designer

    I don't think this issue is specific to the Apple Pencil. It's just that using touch hides this imprecision underneath your finger. You can test this as follows. Draw a straight line to act as a reference then deselect it before continuing. Select the Pen tool. Now with your finger create a node roughly on the line then drag to one side of the line to create the node's handles, then place another node further down the line but this time drag to the opposite side of the line. Continue alternating like this to create a nice smooth sine wave following the length of the line. All of the nodes should rest on the line, but observe that they're all actually offset slightly in the direction you dragged. This suggests to me that the issue is not Apple Pencil specific and more the core implementation. The point at which the gesture begins is not being remembered. It's taking the point at the time it thinks it knows what you intend to do - this is too late in the gesture. This is the crux.
  8. Greenalien

    Pen Tool Delay in Designer

    Has there been any movement on this bug with the Pen tool? It's still significant with the current version of Affinity Designer for iPad as of December 2018. I'm also not confinced this is an Apple Pencil issue - using a finger just hides that there is a delay before a node is created. It's not even a subtle issue. This bug makes Affinity Designer on iPad tough to use. Having to return to nodes afterwards to reposition them all is tedious. I've just tried the Pen tool in other apps on the same device (iPad Pro 9.7) and they work fine. No issues at all with Graphic and Vectornator. Reading a review of AD for iPad the reviewer had this issue too, so it's disconcerting that a crucial bug like this has been outstanding for so long. Creating curves with the Pen tool should be this tools bread and butter! Really hoping Serif can get on top of this because it spoils what is otherwise a great app.
  9. Greenalien

    Affinity Designer 1.6 on iPad PDF Help File

    It would be nice if Serif used this as food for thought and cotton on to why people find this useful. Getting to the built-in guide is cumbersome in the midst of a project, and the font is small. There needs to be a built-in way to open it as a PDF, or better still add a tabbed interface to AD on iPad.
  10. I second improvements to the colour picker. I'd like to save several colours and be able switch between them quickly.
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