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I'm new to Affinity Designer, coming from Adobe Illustrator. Still a learning curve, but the transition has been pretty smooth so far, so that's awesome.

One thing that I'm missing however is the flexible tabs/windows, so the ability to drag the windows from the tabs.

So for example when I open 5 different vector files for, it creates 5 tabs. Each file sits in it's own tab. In Photoshop or Illustrator, I could just mouse click and drag each one these tabs out, so they create a free floating windows. I could then just drag the artwork elements from one window to another.

In Affinity, this doesn't seem possible. So the tabs stay tabs and the only way to place artwork from one tab to another is to copy and paste as I can't drag the artwork between the tabs.

Or is there a way to do this?

Also Adobe has a feature called 'Paste in place'. So when I copy an element from one artboard, I can paste it into the exact same spot of the other artboard (if the artboard is of same specs of course)

Is there anything like this in Affinity?

Thanks 

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You can use Window -> Float or Float All to make the tabs flow. Sorry, misreading. You cannot drag from one window to another window.

About "Paste in place", ADesigner is doing this anyway. A normal copy'n'paste is sufficient (at least on Windows).

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Is there any way to float windows then?

I can only see 'Separated Mode' under Window tab, but that separates everything, including the windows. A bit pointless feature really, it just messes up everything. 

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8 hours ago, KTR said:

Is there any way to float windows then?

I can only see 'Separated Mode' under Window tab, but that separates everything, including the windows. A bit pointless feature really, it just messes up everything. 

That's all that Affinity provides on Mac.


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19 hours ago, KTR said:

I can only see 'Separated Mode' under Window tab, but that separates everything, including the windows. A bit pointless feature really, it just messes up everything. 

Separated windows mode allows Mac users to have two or more different documents visible at the same time instead of one-at-a-time in tabs. It is particularly useful for those running multi-monitor systems but has other uses as well, like to display two or more different views of the same document at the same time on one screen.


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