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Why would anyone want to use software that doesn't have a Cat tool?😧
Totally indispensable. It’s the main reason I do all my graphic design work in Designer!
(Especially when a Friday 13th comes around😎).

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Are you saying that you don't understand the tool, @vkasper? If so, it's described in the Help.

But the Help claims that one can activate it at any time by pressing Alt before displaying the Shapes flyout. I can't get that to work on Windows (at least in Affinity 1.8). I have to assign a shortcut key to the Cat Tool to get it at any time other than Friday the 13th.

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9 hours ago, vkasper said:

I was never able to understand the meaning of the Cat tool,

Have you read the forum rules? The popularity of cats at Serif team is evident.

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7 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

.... by pressing Alt before displaying the Shapes flyout. I can't get that to work on Windows..

Oh dear perhaps another thing lost in the toolbar rewrite. @Sean P?

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14 minutes ago, G13RL said:

Apparently, in version 1.8, it is no longer the "Alt" key that makes the chat appear, but the "Shift" key.

I think that’s a Windows v Mac difference. It’s still the option/alt key on my Mac.
And of course you can always drag the little moggy into the tools panel to live there permanently if you want!

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59 minutes ago, G13RL said:

@walt.farrell,

Apparently, in version 1.8, it is no longer the "Alt" key that makes the chat appear, but the "Shift" key.

Thanks. Possibly just a Help error, then.

-- Walt
Designer, Photo, and Publisher V1 and V2 at latest retail and beta releases
PC:
    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
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7 minutes ago, G13RL said:

If the key change is voluntary, they probably forgot to update the help file. Until version 1.7 it was "Alt" that was used.

Thanks. I couldn't remember for sure what was used in 1.7.

-- Walt
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PC:
    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
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14 hours ago, vkasper said:

🙈The most important thing I missed

Then try this:

  1. Create a new document, any size & with any document units you want.
  2. Draw a rectangle somewhere on the canvas, with any size & proportions you want.
  3. Select the rectangle & in the Transform panel, click the W/H proportions lock, & set the anchor point to center.
  4. In either the H or H text field, replace whatever is there with "1 cat" (without the quotes).
  5. Press Tab or Return to accept the change.

You have now discovered the cat unit of length, equal to 710 mm. 😸

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