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How to use the new pixel grid & move/duplicate tool?


Joe S.

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I cannot figure out how to use the pixel grid on iPad, at least not how to get lines to snap to the grid. I setup a grid with 10px squares in the Pixel persona, selected the pixel tool, set its width to 10px, and pored over all the snapping settings to no avail. Pretty sure I’m missing something obvious.

I have the same issue with the new move/duplicate options - is a keyboard required to hit return?

 

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28 minutes ago, Joe S. said:

I have the same issue with the new move/duplicate options - is a keyboard required to hit return?

Move Data Entry is a desktop function only.

28 minutes ago, Joe S. said:

I cannot figure out how to use the pixel grid on iPad,

The new Pixel Grid is a 1x1 px grid. It will only show when you're zoomed-in enough that individual pixels could be visible, and is enabled separately in the Grid settings here: 

 

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If you want to be using a 10px grid, you would use a Standard Grid, not the Pixel Grid, and set it to 10px.

You would then use Snapping options of Snap to Grid. And probably many/most other Snapping options off. But I don't produce your kind of art, so I can't say much more than that; sorry.

 

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Pretty strange that Serif Labs wouldn’t release the new Duplicate/Move function on iPad…?

That kind of function was even present i Xara in 1995…

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10 hours ago, AffinityMakesMeSmile said:

Pretty strange that Serif Labs wouldn’t release the new Duplicate/Move function on iPad…?

That kind of function was even present i Xara in 1995…

There are a number of functions that aren't available in the iPad versions of the applications. Only Serif staff would be able to say why.

This one is clearly listed as desktop-only. Maybe it will come to the iPad later.

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22 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

There are a number of functions that aren't available in the iPad versions of the applications. Only Serif staff would be able to say why.

This one is clearly listed as desktop-only. Maybe it will come to the iPad later.

In the same time, this kind of functionality in an vector app isn’t that CPU intensive, and, Xara had this already in the mid 90’s - the power of modern iPads can handle everything average “desktop” computers handles.

Although I have both an Macbook Pro 16” (M-cpu) and a Windows computer, in the long run I use my big iPad Pro the most, so I miss this new function/feature…

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The Affinity editions of the iPad editions are so clumsily implemented for tablet interfaces that I've ended up only using them where I can't use my Mac, and I therefore use my iPad Pro for corrections most of the time. Often when I use Affinity on the iPad remotely I stop and think "No, I'll wait until I'm sitting at the desktop computer. It's much easier there." And it is.

That's my disappointment. And it's a shame. It's unrealised potential. Serif just needs to look over its shoulder at many other graphic programs that have been beautifully implemented for tablets.

And my sense is that Serif is having the hardest time figuring out how to squeeze additional functionality into a rather chaotic user interface on the iPad.

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8 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

This one is clearly listed as desktop-only. Maybe it will come to the iPad later.

I could have sworn that I saw both icons on the What's New page. However, I have ADHD so my brain might have made it up 🤷🏽‍♂️

7 hours ago, Bit Arts said:

The Affinity editions of the iPad editions are so clumsily implemented for tablet interfaces that I've ended up only using them where I can't use my Mac

I have yet to find a single app with desktop & iPad versions where they nailed the UI for touch but Affinity has done a great job. Clip Studio Paint impressively ported their entire desktop app to iPad but ridiculously kept the same interface with some touch modifier options - and then added a dumbed down touch only interface for sketching this year.

What I'm finding out about the Affinity apps is that they are MUCH more touch enabled than I thought. I watched half of a youtube vid on Designer touch gestures this morning and came away shocked that there's much more there than I thought or had tried. I really need to go through the entire manual to get a better handle of what's possible.

That being said, I hope the Move Data Entry improvements come to the iPad eventually to maintain feature parity. Being creative on the go is such a boon, despite the distinct advantages of the desktop.

 

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27 minutes ago, Joe S. said:

 but Affinity has done a great job

Let's agree to disagree.

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