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Talking to a Ai user that was thinking of switching, caveats I had to warn them about

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Recently had a colleague asking about my thoughts on switching to Affinity Designer from Ai. I've been using Designer since 1.2 and overall really love the program, but this question reminded me of some of the common issues that come up for me daily.

So my response was that is was a great program that can replace Ai… but there are some issues so I can't fully recommend you do it.

The main issues that stop me from fully recommending the app are:

1. Expand stroke can create truly horrible results, especially if you have variation in the stroke pressure. From excessive points (no simplify path operations either) to weird curves. And the smooth rounded ends of variable pressure strokes become pointed.

2. There is no Free transform tool. Something I sorely miss from Ai to make quick perspective changes on grouped objects.

3. For some reason I find it very unpredictable where the resulting shape of path operations will go. I don't know how much time I waste having to put errant resulting intersected shape back into the group from which it's parents came.

4. And lastly, working in the web, it find it a little inconvenient no to be able to enter colour values (ie. hex, rgb) on the Colour palette. I know there is also the Colour Chooser palette with the number fields, but it is so gigantic and doesn't fit in with the other palettes. If they would just combine those into one, with the option of toggling the colour fields. That'd be so nice. 

 

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1 hour ago, mcpete said:

4. And lastly, working in the web, it find it a little inconvenient no to be able to enter colour values (ie. hex, rgb) on the Colour palette.

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-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1909 (183623.476), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.514 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.514 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.518 Beta

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Sorry, to clarify point 4. I use the colour wheel A LOT, and it'd be nice not having to toggle between the 2 views in the palette or opening the colour chooser. Granted, AI doesn't have this either, but more modern design software does.

Something like this:

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Examples of other apps: Figma, Sketch , Sketchbook…

 

 sketch.png.53fe95ee20f02197b74dd52b1be089f7.png         Figma.png.4e8eb4c7be544a12834126b21b16c365.png      sketchbook.png.3cf99d93c550c94f6cb869b77734680a.png

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Thanks for the clarification.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1909 (183623.476), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.514 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.514 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.518 Beta

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