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Maybe I am missing something, but is there a way to limit these new functions so they work just for one, selected artboard?
If I want to select all text on the artboard I am working on and ALL text is selected across multiple artboards function becomes useless... I tried locking other artboards but it still is selecting elements across all of them. Whats more - you can even move elements selected in this way while artboard is technically locked. I tried turning on visibility of other artboards but this also didnt worked.

Long story short - if I am not missing anything - can you please make possible to use these new tools only in the active artboard? They work great on single page, but to use them with multiple artboards this is a must in my opinion.
Thanks for the great improvements in 1.9!

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There doesn't seem to be any way to do this. Even disabling Edit All Layers doesn't help.

 

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A workaround would be to open in publisher as pages, then you can only edit what is on your chosen page, although you can't (currently) go back to artboards

I think the current workings are good but I would like to see an option to select same across all pages in Pub and maybe an option to select same on on this artboard only in designer

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12 minutes ago, Dazmondo77 said:

A workaround would be to open in publisher as pages, then you can only edit what is on your chosen page, although you can't (currently) go back to artboards

I doubt they will ever provide conversion from Pages to Artboards.

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I dont know how many times somebody wants to work on multiple artboards at the same time - I think it should work just for the active one. At least as default behavior.

And what clearly looks like a bug is that this functionality ignores locked artboards. The lock isn't working basically. We can feel safe after locking artboard and then delete part of it by accident.

I guess I will just post that in bug section then.

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On 2/8/2021 at 11:22 AM, Cyrisus said:

As it stands now, the select features are a nice addition, but are frustratingly all encompassing. They really should let you limit its scope as far down as to a group.

While I can see the benefits to having it select things across your entire project, it certainly shouldn't be the default and only option.

In the interest of visibility I'm going to throw in my 2 cents. I mentioned this in relation to another thread regarding the scope of the Select All/Same functionality. Wouldn't it be a simple fix to just expand the scope of the lock function to exclude locked objects from all manipulations, including selecting same attributes?

I am a game developer and primarily use Select Same on duplicated items that I wish to recolor quickly. In it's current iteration Select Same is only marginally better than just selecting objects individually. Since locked items are not immune to the Select Same parameters I typically have to cut or copy the objects onto a separate document in order to prevent altering my locked originals, this is a workable solution but hardly ideal for efficiency especially given my scope. 

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+1 bump. I just upgraded to 1.9 and was very excited about the Select Same feature (really the only thing holding me back from using Designer full time instead of Illustrator). Unfortunately, much like you, the way this feature is currently implemented is tantalizingly useless. Until I can limit it to only visible objects, or have locked objects not be included in the selection, it doesn't help. It's so close, yet so far. 

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There's a workaround to solve this "limited range" of Select Same, that is by changing the color tag or the name of the layers you want to select.
It's still not efficient, but it works. At the very least, once you have changed the colors or names of those layers, you don't have to do it again manually.

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5 hours ago, BlokyMose said:

There's a workaround to solve this "limited range" of Select Same, that is by changing the color tag or the name of the layers you want to select.
It's still not efficient, but it works. At the very least, once you have changed the colors or names of those layers, you don't have to do it again manually.

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums.

That's an interesting idea, but it does not seem to influence the behavior of Select Same when I try it. Can you explain further, and perhaps provide a example .afdesign file?

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Thank you for your warm welcome!

Well, I hope I don't misunderstand you here, but more or less this is what I'm thinking: (see the GIF below)

So the idea is, select the objects you want to reselect later. Then, change their names or their tag colors. By doing so you can reselect them by [Select Same - Name] or [Select Same - Tag Color]

You have to do the selection manually at first, but after that, you don't have to do it again.

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5 hours ago, BlokyMose said:

So the idea is, select the objects you want to reselect later. Then, change their names or their tag colors.

As I understand it, the primary use case for this feature is to deal with documents created from external sources without having to individually find things across a potentially large subset of objects within that document.  Those external sources may not have support for things such as layer names and color tags, limiting the scope of usefulness of this option.

 

It may help some users in some situations, but I don't believe it generically solves the issue being discussed here.

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