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The one thing that stops Affinity Designer from being the perfect tool for UI design for me is the lack of an ability to set up a guide layout.

 

There is almost this functionality in the grid set up options, just without the ability to make grid tiles the full height of the artboard and add a default margin on the left/right/top/bottom independent of the gutter. The ability to save a guide layout preset in the Guide Manager and load it up in future documents has been mentioned previously, and this is potentially another great way to solve the problem, so +1 to that idea too.

 

My issue is just that when setting up a new document I need to be able to quickly set up the bootstrap grid as guides before I start. My current workaround is to set up the guides in a document and use that as a template for any web UI work I need to do. 

 

Please consider adding a Guide Layout feature and/or Custom Guide Presets (honestly the Guides Manager is currently brilliant, it just needs extending).

 

I'm so very close to being able to replace PS/AI with AF. 

 

 

Cheers

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Dynamic guide tools will be coming soon.


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Not as yet.  But once we start working on 1.6, we will decide which features to prioritise.


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For the developers:

 

Please check out this great grid calculator if you don't already know it:

 

http://gridcalculator.dk/#/980/12/20/20

 

You can use the arrow keys to inc/decrease the values and all relative values are updated accordingly.

A similar functionality would be insanely useful for web 

 

This is exactly the sort of functionality I'm after. Great reference!

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That's already in the plan...


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Looking forward to this - without it is very inefficient to create column grids for designs and web layouts.

 

Will formulas be supported so that a grid can be applied that automatically updates when the page dimensions are changed? And will guide presets be available to the user?

 

A bit like this:

m784l3.png

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@Herbert123

 

Whatever we do, it will be dynamic.  I've looked at various grid/guide styles and I hope we'll be able to incorporate the common ones.  Just like our shapes, customisation will be key.


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@Ben Sounds good.

 

A couple of questions about the current implementation of guides in AD:

  • Currently guides can only be dragged from the rulers when the move tool is active. It is a hassle to switch tools if a quick guide is needed while working in a different tool mode. Will this be reconsidered?
  • Guides seem to live in their own invisible layer. Often it is handy (almost required) to have multiple guide systems with different colours in the same document. When the guide grid creator option is added, will it be possible to have multiple layered grid systems as well?

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@Ben Sounds good.

 

A couple of questions about the current implementation of guides in AD:

  • Currently guides can only be dragged from the rulers when the move tool is active. It is a hassle to switch tools if a quick guide is needed while working in a different tool mode. Will this be reconsidered?
  • Guides seem to live in their own invisible layer. Often it is handy (almost required) to have multiple guide systems with different colours in the same document. When the guide grid creator option is added, will it be possible to have multiple layered grid systems as well?

 

 

And offcourse toggle shortcuts for it.

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