Jump to content
JDW

Improved Text Selection & Speed

Recommended Posts

I am comparing Illustrator text selection to that of Affinity Designer 1.3.2.  In Illustrator, if I have multiple text boxes present on the page, I need only choose the Type Tool and the pointer changes to an I-beam, and when I mover that point over any text box, the box highlights with a blue underline.  I can then click and drag to select text.  And once text is selected that way in one box, I need only do the same thing to select text in another text box.  No double-clicking or special text insertion tricks required.  No so with Affinity Designer though.

 

In Affinity Designer, if I click the Artistic Text Tool and hover over any text boxes on the page, none of the text highlights.  Furthermore, if I try to just click-and-drag atop any text box, AD creates a new text box rather than highlighting text in the existing box!  I am forced to double-click to insert the text cursor inside an existing text box in AD.  And once there, I cannot simply click-and-drag on another text box to select it.  I must go to the trouble of double-clicking to insert the text cursor in other text boxes.

 

It may not sound like much, but this time waster is a huge time waster when you deal with a lot of text editing like me.

 

One more thing.  There is a small but noticeable lag when it comes to selecting a lot of text by click-and-drag and even typing text.  It feels on order of 200ms or so for text selection, and less than that for typing text.  I feel no lag at all when selecting text by click-and-drag or tying text in Illustrator though.  This is true in an existing document as well as in a new document.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the feedback. I'll see if selecting text can be improved in future. One thing: you don't need to double-click with the text tool to select a new object. A single click will do.

 

There shouldn't be a 200ms delay when selecting or typing text. Could you post a sample document so I can check whether it happens for me? It doesn't for an A4 page of 12pt Arial, but maybe there's something about your document that is making a difference. If not, it may be a general performance issue that I'll refer to one of my colleagues.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the feedback. I'll see if selecting text can be improved in future. One thing: you don't need to double-click with the text tool to select a new object. A single click will do.

 

There shouldn't be a 200ms delay when selecting or typing text. Could you post a sample document so I can check whether it happens for me? It doesn't for an A4 page of 12pt Arial, but maybe there's something about your document that is making a difference. If not, it may be a general performance issue that I'll refer to one of my colleagues.

 

Here's a 60fps QT video screencast (25MB) with voiceover that shows the difference between Affinity Designer 1.3.2 and Illustrator (text handling):

 

https://copy.com/fI0jyEYkY19RImia

 

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×