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... just to pile on to this, since AD programmers tend to make things more awesome than what we expect...

 

Enhancement: 

You could also throw in the ability for line segments (with/without arrowheads) able to be attached to other objects... a la Visio/Power Point for use in making diagrams / wireframes / flows etc.  Last I checked AI, FW, etc. did not have this. 

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It is going to be added as I know it's on a lot of users' wish lists, but so are a large number of other things that can't be worked around, so these are currently a higher priority, being realistic. :(  I am hoping to start adding arrowheads in about 3 months time.

 

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Matt

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It may be possible to make do with the following:

 

1. Draw a small triangle with the Triangle Tool

2. In the Stroke tab, select Align Stroke to Inside

3. Then simply place/snap it on the end of your lines where you need an arrow.

 

Optional (the following may make a difference depending on your exact intentions with the arrowhead):

 

4. In the Stroke tab, select Mittler Join (no difference if step 2. is executed)

5. Under Colour/Swatches, make the Fill colour solid (e.g. Black) and remove the Stroke colour.

 

(see example attached)

 

I know it's not ideal, and AI does a much neater job (esp. when you need to add arrowheads to rotated lines), but it's what I came up with. Hope it helps.

 

To AD staff: I hope this does not slow you down in your efforts to add a range of arrowheads soon :)

 

 

I also just bought AD as a potential AI alternative 2 days ago, and hit this major obstacle in my scientific (biochemistry) figures.

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Just a random thought. As this feature is not yet underway (Personally, I'm not bothered too much about it) could you allow the resulting arrow head to slide along the length of a bezier path ensuring the tip is oriented to the direction of the nearest node. Mix this with the ability to add multiple heads, you could come up with some really funky stuff. See B

 

You could also add this as generic functionality, Snapping oriented objects to nodes. See C

 

If you're going to do it, might as well make it best in class ;)

 

I've attached a rough doodle, in case my explanation is crap.

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+1 for arrowheads. I've never encountered illustrative software that doesn't support them – it's essential for people in a wide variety of fields, e.g. architecture, engineering, science, maths etc. I'd use AD for everything, but the lack of arrowheads and a poor implementation of dashed lines forces me elsewhere all the time. It's a shame, because AD otherwise has great tools and sensible workflow.

 

And please don't repeat the mistake you've made with dashes. We need to make collections of both dashes and arrows that can be independently applied to different sets of paths. Styles in AD grab everything – line weight, colours, fills etc. I frequently need to change just one thing in a selection, e.g. the dash or the arrowhead, but I don't want all the other properties to change too. And trying to replicate the same dash/arrow manually over and over is a really bad workflow.

 

Please allow the user to capture and reuse a dash or arrowhead independent of other style characteristics.

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It may be possible to make do with the following:

 

1. Draw a small triangle with the Triangle Tool

2. In the Stroke tab, select Align Stroke to Inside

3. Then simply place/snap it on the end of your lines where you need an arrow.

 

 

I must be missing something here… I've doing this but my triangle "arrowhead" doesn't align with the direction of my path.

It snaps into position, but I have to manually rotate the triangle to get it to point in the direction of the path. Is this right as per your work around?

 

This is the made "point" of having arrowheads – change the path and the arrowheads automatically re-draw themselves to be correct.

 

Have a look at this simple floorplan I had to draw up. All the measurement lines are saved as a style that dashes, colours, styles fonts, adds arrowheads and the line length as a dimension label. Try do this in under an hour with a guarantee of no mistakes using your method and we'll see if you still think we're being unreasonable in our requests for arrowheads.

Floorplan Parkmeadows-Fittings.pdf

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Ditto on resorting to iDraw for half my work. Too bad, it's kind of clunky on execution compared to Affinity but has the essential tools for technical work.

 

"Kind of clunky"???????? ...It's EXTREMELY clunkly. I feel like I'm suddenly being forced to put my lead pencil down and use a wax crayon, but since my pencil doesn't come in different colours (yet), what's a guy to do but to resort to a wax crayon...

 

"Resorting" is a good choice of word. Well done.  ;)

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I totally agree..I fully expected arrowheads to be included as default when buying the program, and was disappointed not to find them.

 

Regarding your floorplan, yes my 'workaround' definitely has the drawback of manually pointing arrows in the direction you want them, so you would have to already know exactly how you want them to be in order to draw them once and not change them later on. This can of course be time-consuming and frustrating, so I really hope arrowheads are added soon as was promised a while ago.

 

I personally have stopped using it for this reason, and am waiting for/hoping that they are added soon..

 

Thanks

 

 

I must be missing something here… I've doing this but my triangle "arrowhead" doesn't align with the direction of my path.

It snaps into position, but I have to manually rotate the triangle to get it to point in the direction of the path. Is this right as per your work around?

 

This is the made "point" of having arrowheads – change the path and the arrowheads automatically re-draw themselves to be correct.

 

Have a look at this simple floorplan I had to draw up. All the measurement lines are saved as a style that dashes, colours, styles fonts, adds arrowheads and the line length as a dimension label. Try do this in under an hour with a guarantee of no mistakes using your method and we'll see if you still think we're being unreasonable in our requests for arrowheads.

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This is a really important feature and I can't believe it isn't being taken seriously enough to even be on the roadmap yet!

 

We are desperate to replace Illustrator with Affinity Designer for our 100 users, but just can't until there are simple arrowheads.

 

Looks like we might have to switch to AutoDesk Graphic (iDraw) instead.

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Just a random thought. As this feature is not yet underway (Personally, I'm not bothered too much about it) could you allow the resulting arrow head to slide along the length of a bezier path ensuring the tip is oriented to the direction of the nearest node. Mix this with the ability to add multiple heads, you could come up with some really funky stuff. See B

 

You could also add this as generic functionality, Snapping oriented objects to nodes. See C

 

If you're going to do it, might as well make it best in class ;)

 

I've attached a rough doodle, in case my explanation is crap.

 

This would be awesome.

In the mean time I use a custom font (with icons) and text on a path to do it :)


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We are desperate to replace Illustrator with Affinity Designer for our 100 users, but just can't until there are simple arrowheads.

 

Looks like we might have to switch to AutoDesk Graphic (iDraw) instead.

 

You won’t switch, or you would’ve already. You are desperate to switch apps, and are willing to go to a vastly inferior one because AD doesn’t yet have a single one of the features you want? Clearly you haven’t experienced the slew of basic features iDraw lacks (and its arguably atrocious user interface), and with 100 users (or so you claim) those missing features will cause way more annoyances than the missing arrowheads.

 

Your tone was really disrespectful to the team and your fellow AD users. How would you feel if I came here and said “hey, Serif, I manage the software licenses for a school with 700 new students a year, and we buy them all licenses for the software. Don’t build arrowheads or I won’t buy the licenses”.

 

Don’t make threats. You’re not impressing anyone and won’t get your request handled faster.

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vitor:

Ouch! I'm not sure that fighting "disrespect" with disrespect is the best approach. It's certainly not the tone taken by most form users here.

 

MRC MBU:

It's a good idea to read an entire thread before responding. The "roadmap" hasn't been updated since April but we've been apprised of arrowheads' future in this thread.

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bpedit It is not disrespectful to show someone how much their posture is unreasonably demanding.
 
There is a big difference between stomping your feet and screaming “give me this or I’ll go somewhere else” touting the (alleged) consequences of such action, and putting a foot down and saying “that attitude is not OK”. Most people are not a****les and will realise their tone when pointed out to them.

I was stern, perhaps, but definitely not disrespectful.

Either way, there’s not much point in dwelling on this further. The point has been made, and I do not wish to derail a feature request post into an ethics conversation.

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 I can't wait til you guys over at Affinity are able to implement the most bad-ass arrow  tool, so this thread can die already. I mean this thing better not only point, but it better be so dynamic when people use it they can't help but to cry because it so damn beautiful!

 

I want Tony to deliver a Keynote address in Steve Jobs attire. I would like  Tony to tell use this arrow tool is the "best one yet" I want him to tell us how amazing it is and how the competitors can't touch Affinity's proprietory arrow creation technology. When Tony unveils the demo I want to see white doves let out into the ski and confetti dropping from the heavens!

 

When everyone salivating and crying, hit them with the 5 dollar price hike for the arrow tool plugin it only seems right (says the guy waiting 4-5 weeks for his apple pencil) They will bitch and moan, but they will buy and like it. lol

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Looks like we might have to switch to AutoDesk Graphic (iDraw) instead.

 

Nooooooooooooooo….. don't do it! You'll have 100 resignations on your hands.

 

Plus, Autodesk is also moving towards the rental/subscription model like Adobe's. If you're wanting to drop Adobe for this reason, then an Autodesk product is just setting yourself up for a similar problem in the near future.

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Nooooooooooooooo….. don't do it! You'll have 100 resignations on your hands.

 

Plus, Autodesk is also moving towards the rental/subscription model like Adobe's. If you're wanting to drop Adobe for this reason, then an Autodesk product is just setting yourself up for a similar problem in the near future.

But Graphic has measure tools, scaling,... And is not a subscription software. 

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But Graphic has measure tools, scaling,... And is not a subscription software. 

 

A list of features don't make a great workflow on their own. These features are very "architectural" rather than "designey". I have no doubt there are many floorplan/architecture/organogram apps that also have these features, but if you're looking for a general, multi-purpose, "go to" design app, iDraw is not it. As a specialist, technical drawing tool, it's very useful, but since Autodesk owns awesome architectural, technical and 3D apps, expect iDraw to continue in that direction rather than grow as a graphic designer's tool. Why Autodesk renamed it to Graphic fails me – it's not a drawing or a graphic designer's tool. iPlan, iFloorplan, iDraft or BluePrint would all be be more appropriate names.

 

I know it's not a subscription tool (like I said, I own it), but all of Autocad's serious software is now subscription-based so don't expect it to stay this way for too long. ...and if you think Adobe is pricey with its subscription model, you'll vomit when you see AutoCad's pricing – I thought I was reading annual fees until I realised it was monthly for individu [ BARF ] 

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I try to remain positive on this forum but I gotta to express my dismay at the newly revised roadmap (Dec 11) for Designer. No arrowheads! Where's the emoticon with tears streaming down?

 

The roadmap does have Bullets and Numbering for text. These are features I don't even use in a word processing app, they are much easier to do "by hand" than constructing your own arrowheads.

 

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