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Open/place dialog boxes hide underneath panels (z-order) in separated mode


woefi

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On a dual-monitor setup in separated mode, it is still very confusing that so often you wonder, where the heck did the newly opened document window spawn, when it just hides on the secondary display - but (rightly so) underneath the panels.

For the document at least the z-order is correct, but every modal dialog box should be drawn on top of the rest of the UI and of course on the primary monitor.

This should be common sense, as dual monitor setups exist since the early nineties (...of the last century).

I respectfully ask, does nobody at Affinity use dual monitors or the separated mode for his panels? I mean we got saveable studio setups which indicates that they would, so...

  • Main machine: iMac 2019 (21,5-inch 4k, 6core), 64GB RAM, 1TB nvme + 2TB ssd, running on Mac OS 13;
  • Display setup: 28" 5k Display (primary) + 21,5" iMac4k-Display for studio panels (secondary);
  • Keyboard layout: german apple extended keyboard (aluminium);

 

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On 9/23/2021 at 4:13 PM, MEB said:

Hi @woefi,
This is a known issue that's already with development. I've updated/bumped the report/passed your feedback to the dev team.
Thanks for your support.

I hope you are fixing all dialog boxes that are behind panels at the same time, because it's making single display setups very cramped when you can't have any panels in a space where a dialog box might appear.

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7 hours ago, Samuli said:

I hope you are fixing all dialog boxes that are behind panels at the same time, because it's making single display setups very cramped when you can't have any panels in a space where a dialog box might appear.

You might consider disabling separated mode as a temporary workaround.

I believe that non-separated mode is optimal for small single displays. If you have a large single then perhaps not but in that case it should be easier to position panels to avoid dialogs.

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My system: Affinity 2.4.2 for macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro)

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