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When selecting a font or using a slider to change the appearance of an object, the object transform handles and bounding box disappear so that you can see the changes more easily (especially useful for changes to the stroke). However, changing the fill using a numeric field or dragging the colour point in the spectrum view of the colour chooser doesn't hide it.

Would it be possible to define an operation to allow toggling on/off and/or hide it when its appearance is changed from any palette and only reappear once the mouse has moved back onto the canvas/artboard. If the mouse was already over the canvas, it should wait until the mouse is next moved until showing the bounding box and handles.

At the moment my work around is to select the View Tool [H] before making adjustments.

 

Edit: Already a common feature request under general functionality

https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/10410-common-feature-requests-index/

Edited by mattb5906

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Ah, right... because the space bar is also a character. Got it.

 

I have the exact same complaint with InDesign – press the spacebar to pan around the page, but if you're typing, you just add dozens of spaces into your text box (it's a layout tool so of course you're going to be typing, duh).

 

Quark has it right: Press the Alt key instead. It's not a character, just a modifier key.

 

Caps Lock would be a good idea to hide/show the bounding box. Perhaps it could hide/show other guide elements like guides, handles, selection marquees, text baseline & frames, margins, bleed etc. all in one go – a temporary preview.

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Has this been implemented at all? Holding the spacebar thing only really works in certain situations. Any time a text input it focused it breaks like when trying to use the Transform palette to adjust dimensions (width/height) precisely. The object handles really get in the way especially with pixel work and small objects. 

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On 6/29/2018 at 2:24 AM, groomedmonkey said:

Has this been implemented at all? Holding the spacebar thing only really works in certain situations. Any time a text input it focused it breaks like when trying to use the Transform palette to adjust dimensions (width/height) precisely. The object handles really get in the way especially with pixel work and small objects. 

+1

"Hide transform controls" is all that is needed. Simply toggle that needs to be implemented.

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Its a very annoying hindrance not to be able to hide the bounding box of the currently selected object in both AF and AP. Such a basic oversight has been hard to fathom all these years...

Finally, I've discovered a workaround: Open the Outer Shadow effect and choose the Offset Tool. You can now select any layer and use the arrow keys to move it and see exactly what your image looks like. Note that you can use the 'v' key to toggle to the arrow and back the Offset Tool. Unfortunately you can't use the Transform Box w/the Offset Tool, (nor can you use it when pressing the spacebar).

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