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Missing AutoTrace? I use Serif DrawPlus X6


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8 minutes ago, Designer1234 said:

And probably won't be implemented, since they haven't been added for eight long years. Perhaps Serif should focus on one tool - AP - and make it really great (it is really great even now)?

Didn't DrawPlus exist for decades though? Affinity practically reset decades of work in favour of a new code base at the expense of features (you can't simply copy+paste features from one program to the next). With the addition of the Shape Builder Tool and Mesh Warp I think it is a matter of time that Affinity will get a blend tool and image trace feature as well, among other things.

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There are numerous alternative tracing apps on the market, which work perfectly and allow to export svg format for input in Photo or Designer. I just bought one on iPad (or Mac) for 7 Euro and it’s great.

In contrast to some overly complex functions in Affinity, it just works. Never crashes, no drawing artifacts, no no complex menu, just a one trick pony. 

 

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iPad Air Gen 5 (2022) A2589

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You have a message. 

Mac mini M1 A2348

LG34WK950U-W, calibrated to DCI-P3 with LG Calibration Studio / Spider 5

iPad Air Gen 5 (2022) A2589

Special interest into procedural texture filter, edit alpha channel, RGB/16 and RGB/32 color formats, stacking, finding root causes for misbehaving files, finding creative solutions for unsolvable tasks, finding bugs in Apps.

 

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Its Vector Q, available for iPhone, iPad, Mac only.

Seems to use some Apple library, the results look very similar to an iMovie filter effect.

Works for images and videos.

Mac mini M1 A2348

LG34WK950U-W, calibrated to DCI-P3 with LG Calibration Studio / Spider 5

iPad Air Gen 5 (2022) A2589

Special interest into procedural texture filter, edit alpha channel, RGB/16 and RGB/32 color formats, stacking, finding root causes for misbehaving files, finding creative solutions for unsolvable tasks, finding bugs in Apps.

 

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9 minutes ago, NotMyFault said:

Its Vector Q, available for iPhone, iPad, Mac only.

Seems to use some Apple library, the results look very similar to an iMovie filter effect.

Works for images and videos.

Below some results 

Trace 3.svg Trace 1.svg Trace 2.svg

Mac mini M1 A2348

LG34WK950U-W, calibrated to DCI-P3 with LG Calibration Studio / Spider 5

iPad Air Gen 5 (2022) A2589

Special interest into procedural texture filter, edit alpha channel, RGB/16 and RGB/32 color formats, stacking, finding root causes for misbehaving files, finding creative solutions for unsolvable tasks, finding bugs in Apps.

 

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Vector Q in macOS (and IOS) is really, really good for AutoTrace!!

It´s very recommendable.

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... but on the other hand sad, that AutoTrace still is not included in the Affinity Apps ...
&
would be really nice to know, whether this feature is something the Affinity Team is working on!

...

 

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I tested that vectorQ on iphone.  Haven't noticed anything special.  Perfectly same as inkscape.    Can't recognize fonts or just simple shapes  like rectangle or oval . Lots of redundant path nodes , no optimization.    Is it better on real thing like mac?

ps. would love a kind of AI  vectorizer  , a smart one,  but doubt we would see  it any time soon.

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It is not optimised to create editable files using as few as possible basic vector shapes.

But it is extremely fast (instant, sub-second results in any case I tried), produces very usable colors, and has some (adjustable) presets for different use cases e.g. like cutting machines, comic style, sketches etc. More a creative tool than an "hard core professional" tool. Still good enough for my creative intensions.

The results look very similar to what e.g. Apple iMovie uses as presets. The app is probably only an UI wrapper to the underlying Apple API.

And this might be the reason that Affinity does not integrate the same function (free on Apple) into Affinity Apps: the API is Apple specific, not portable / available on Windows.

Mac mini M1 A2348

LG34WK950U-W, calibrated to DCI-P3 with LG Calibration Studio / Spider 5

iPad Air Gen 5 (2022) A2589

Special interest into procedural texture filter, edit alpha channel, RGB/16 and RGB/32 color formats, stacking, finding root causes for misbehaving files, finding creative solutions for unsolvable tasks, finding bugs in Apps.

 

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