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I'm really hoping Affinity updates to allow true 100% vector brushes to be more editable and relevant in future releases. What are currently labeled "vector brushes" are not 100% vector and cannot be expanded as vectors. They have their uses and I appreciate them - but in my line of work, I need to be able to export 100% vector - no raster in the final output.
Right now we can only modify the 100% vector brush to a simple taper on each end - As I have attached to this post, there are many other types of tapers and such I'd love to be able to do with a 100% vector brush.
Going a little further - I'm hoping for a blob-tool that can allow for any shape to be made and used -

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YES!

Not trying to hijack you thread but I also require 100% vector outout - and I suggest a pre-flight tool for vector output so you can get a proper warning about rasterization (or bitmap brushes) before exporting:

It is next to impossible to make pure vector output without hassle - unless one makes simple, simple designs.

I have seen customers question whether or not Designer is a vector design program at all. It is a relevant question. Having a few vector tools is not enough to qualify.

Designer has major usability issues - you are fooled into believing a vector brush is vector - and when it is not you can still select menu items like expand curve that are simply N/A for bitmap of course. 


I gave up using Designer for hobby use - a "professional" vector drawing program without actual vector features. Customers waiting for five years in vain is more than any company can ask for. Maybe if Affinity Designer 2.0 gets real and advanced vector features I can use it. Until then... I am a customer, a potential upgrader and an active observer with an opinion. Currently I am slowly finishing a project I started in Designer.

Further... give up and please hire an UX (usability designer), Serif. It is how professional software is made in this century.

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Development of Designer in particular seems to be lagging far behind the other two apps over the last couple years. I don't know if they got stuck trying to solve some basic functions- like boolean operations. I know they improved the add option but haven't done anything lately to fix "divide" - though the improvements on "add" indirectly improved "divide" some.
Version 1.8 was almost completely bug fixes and improvements to the boolean operations - not much in terms of new tools. Last year I saw a video on twitter of their version of offset path and it looked great - but I have not seen it implemented yet...
I'm really hoping the update to 1.9, incorporates this feature along with some of the other standard tools many of us need to make it our mainstay vector app. I love Affinity but I dislike the length of time it takes to get these things added in. Very frustrating to try to hang on to CS6 while they catch up.

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Questions arise:

  • Why do Serif still have problems with the basic boolean features in Affinity after 5 years (and 25+ years of experience, Serif released DrawPlus 2.0 in 1994)
  • Why is development so slow of Designer
  • Will the slow, slow development of Designer trend continue the next five years? We are not exactly waiting for the ketchup effect are we? What will change? Will anything change?
  • Now that especially the vector features (vector brushes, expand stroke and boolean operators) seems to be a task too heavy for Serif to lift - or lift within a decade - will Designer ever evolve into a vector drawing program with the many customer requested features? And mature, stable features?

In reality it is a affinity Photo companion for raster output artists. It could easily be moved into Photo as a persona.

Quote

Rock solid vector tools

Affinity Designer is full of tools meticulously developed for achieving high productivity, while maintaining 100 percent accurate geometry.

+ Comprehensive vector toolset

(...)

Lets see if version 2.0 catches up on the marketing and expectations and some feature requests.

Meanwhile Adobe and Corel et al. will sleep like babies.


I gave up using Designer for hobby use - a "professional" vector drawing program without actual vector features. Customers waiting for five years in vain is more than any company can ask for. Maybe if Affinity Designer 2.0 gets real and advanced vector features I can use it. Until then... I am a customer, a potential upgrader and an active observer with an opinion. Currently I am slowly finishing a project I started in Designer.

Further... give up and please hire an UX (usability designer), Serif. It is how professional software is made in this century.

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2 hours ago, Boldlinedesign said:

Very frustrating to try to hang on to CS6 while they catch up

Yes very frustrating

2 hours ago, Boldlinedesign said:

I'm hoping for a blob-tool that can allow for any shape to be made and used -

Yes - been requesting since first release?!?!?!

I have to say as there years slide by I find myself turning less and less positive towards Affinity, as I think my first set of posts when this forum was first made available, was the need for a fair few things including true vector brushes and a blob brush along with my No1 missing "feature" Vector distortion / perspective warping, I say "feature" as I wouldn't class any of these as features, I see them as bog standard vector tools for any software that classes itself as a professional vector application -  I have been trying to keep positive, especially when receiving any kind of moderator feedback and seeing that old list of goals for the future - I used to just try and be patient - thinking what are we gonna do if it takes two or three years for these basics to appear  ---- FIVE YEARS LATER ----- and now it pisses me off that I have to use the ten year old (and considered obsolete) Illustrator CS5 to plug gaps - I just wish Vector styler was as easy to use as Designer as it has all the basics (including vector brushes,  Vector distortion / perspective warping) along with lots of other "features" it looks like it's been in development for around two years and it's not even released yet     


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Sorry for the rant!

Forgot to just do this:

True Vector Brushes +1

Blob Brush +1

 


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NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 - 2 GB
Ugee 19" Graphics Tablet Monitor
Mac OS Mojave 10.14.6

Affinity Designer, Photo and Publisher 1.8.3 + Betas when available

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On 7/23/2020 at 3:23 PM, Boldlinedesign said:

Version 1.8 was almost completely bug fixes and improvements to the boolean operations

Actually, 1.8 destroyed boolean operations and only now, after several minor releases, have booleans become about as reliable as in 1.7.3.

For my use of AD, the vastly improved Expand Stroke has been the only truly significant advance in the three years I've been using the app.

I was hoping that after Publisher was released there would be faster gains in Designer, but I now suspect that the team are spending the majority of their time working on version 2 of the apps and only trickling out bug fixes for version 1.

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On 7/25/2020 at 11:08 AM, anon2 said:

Actually, 1.8 destroyed boolean operations and only now, after several minor releases, have booleans become about as reliable as in 1.7.3

Interesting - I always ran into it consistently hanging on me when I did any add or divide booleans operations in 1.7.3
I haven't had that issue very often in 1.8 so far, though it still leaves a mess of scattered nodes and sometimes fills things in that should not be

 

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