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Soon into creating and working with this very simple file, I was unable to select the arrow objects in the drawing by using the selection tools in toolbar; I could only select them by clicking on them in the Layers Studio. Functional in the strict sense, but not productive workflow.

At some point I was able to select the objects. I don’t know what made the difference, but I can tell you that between being unable to select, then being able to select, I did not power down or restart the iPad, so there was no “clearing of the decks” in that sense.

The inability to select objects in a drawing is a problem I’ve experienced often, in various illustrations…some complex, some not. I’m not a software engineer, but I do know some things about these programs..that each object exists on its own layer, and has a bounding box or some sort of area which defines the space it occupies, and can therefore be manipulated.

This isn’t scientific, but sometimes it feels as though the program forgets what it means when a selection tool is used to touch or marquee an object. And this is in scenarios in which the object to be selected isn’t blocked by anything else, isn’t on a locked layer, isn’t in a cropping group, is under an unlocked parent. In other words, everything seems to be set to enable that object being selected.

Thank you for examining this case.



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Unable to recreate your issue🙁

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Hi Vector Cat, 

I also can't seem to replicate this I'm afraid. Do you have a screen recording demonstrating this issue?


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I am sorry but I do not. I’ll get in the habit of being ready to take a screen movie from now on. 

what usually happens when fails occur is that I’m fully in creative space. I look at the usual causes of whatever. But wanting to return to my work, I don’t think to grab a recording of what I want to do.

I shall incorporate screen movies as part of the troubleshooting process. 

thank you

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