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ill be gathering the issues i had in this thread and lack of QoL features ive found in this post. I like this app and the business model of affinity but these minor issues or after thoughts gets really frustrating when trying to get in the zone. Most of this applies for touch screen use.

 

  • Lack of a ruler tool and poor implementation of constraint tool in touch screen only use. see this 
  • Lack of brush size presets, and poor implementation of brush size entry on touch screen. The smallest stroke of the pencil on the tool area causes brush size to be massive or tiny. its near impossible to do small adjustments, like taking it to 20px from 10px. Also it would be nice if we could enter brush size by writing the number with apple pencil on the toolbox. And presets, thats a must imo.
  • Lack of split screen support or an in app browser for referencing.
  • Cant relocate toolbox at the bottom.
  • Longer list of recent colors and ability to add custom colors easily.
  • A window to save brush + size + color combos on toolbox on the right would be pretty nice to have.
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4 hours ago, bcowo said:

Lack of brush size presets, and poor implementation of brush size entry on touch screen. The smallest stroke of the pencil on the tool area causes brush size to be massive or tiny. its near impossible to do small adjustments, like taking it to 20px from 10px. Also it would be nice if we could enter brush size by writing the number with apple pencil on the toolbox. And presets, thats a must imo.

A few comments:

  1. You may find it easier to drag the brush size control using your finger rather than the Apple Pencil. You have more control that way. Note that you can touch the control and then move your finger to the side to better view the control.
  2. There are, in a way, brush presets that cover size and other aspects. Just make a copy of a brush, and give it different defaults. But that would not handle the case where you want a specific size applied to several different brushes, so I see your point.

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On 12/31/2021 at 3:34 AM, bcowo said:

ill be gathering the issues i had in this thread and lack of QoL features ive found in this post. I like this app and the business model of affinity but these minor issues or after thoughts gets really frustrating when trying to get in the zone. Most of this applies for touch screen use.

 

  • Lack of a ruler tool and poor implementation of constraint tool in touch screen only use. see this 
  • Lack of brush size presets, and poor implementation of brush size entry on touch screen. The smallest stroke of the pencil on the tool area causes brush size to be massive or tiny. its near impossible to do small adjustments, like taking it to 20px from 10px. Also it would be nice if we could enter brush size by writing the number with apple pencil on the toolbox. And presets, thats a must imo.
  • Lack of split screen support or an in app browser for referencing.
  • Cant relocate toolbox at the bottom.
  • Longer list of recent colors and ability to add custom colors easily.
  • A window to save brush + size + color combos on toolbox on the right would be pretty nice to have.

all this and…

- Also a need to non-destructively flip the canvas horizontally. with shortcut capability. 
- either a second window ability or an ability to resize (and have it permanently up) the navigator panel. Like the reference panel already mentioned

-a selection tool option in the photo persona like it is on desktop. Having to switch personas and then back again, for simple selections, just grinds the flow to a halt  

-not completely resetting a brush when you tap off of it and then tap back. Resetting the to default should be a manual effort, not automatic.

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