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I am privileged to be testing out the public beta release for Affinity Designer. I have to say I found myself cruising in familiar territory (what with hints of Serif Drawplus, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop all rolled into one) … Whoa what a great program!!


Please allow me to make a few pointers or wishes here:

  • Eyedropper functionality needs to be improved at least to Serif’s Drawplus level. I am missing the Gradient sampler option…
  • There is need for a tool like Serif’s Drawplus Format Painter.
  • Pencil tool like Serif’s Drawplus.
  • Hide selected / unselected objects functionality.
  • Check out how object selecting is done in Xara Designer Pro. Their use of the modifier keys makes their program a delight to use. It’s got arguably the best selection methods…
  • Inside the program, I need to be able to select & place multiple images at once (even though there is a work-around i.e. drag and drop from Windows explorer…)
  • Option for linking / embedding when placing images.
  • Adobe Illustrator Isolation mode for isolating groups or sublayers in order to be able to easily select and edit targeted objects without having to ungroup the objects. It's easier to make edits on selected objects when all the other objects outside of the group are dimmed and locked.
  • Affinity can alternatively incorporate something like Xara Designer Pro's Edit Inside Mode or make use of the Solo Mode technology already in Serif’s Drawplus.
  • Affinity Designer is already doing something more or less similar to this when working with embedded documents.
  • Gradients on strokes?
  • I want to be able to select and copy path segments.
  • Introduce Symbols like Adobe Illustrator’s or Xara Designer Pro’s Live Copies and Repeating Objects.
  • I want my Adobe Photoshop to be able to open my Tiff files created with Affinity Designer.
  • I want my Affinity Designer to be able to open my Serif Drawplus files.

I know that all these things are achievable.

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You can already do gradients in strokes.  Use the fill tool, and on the context toolbar change the context to "Stroke".

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