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Copy with a click, node aligning, and other things that Corel Draw has gotten right.

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Hello everyone,

As a user of Corel Draw, there’s a couple of little features/tricks that I’d like to see in Affinity (because I’m switching). The following are really more “tricks” than features (at least in the strict sense). I added gifs so you know exactly what I’m talking about.

 

 

1. When dragging an object, right-click to copy it.

This one is a life saver. I use it all the time. I drag using the left-click, and when you see the + sign it's because I right-clicked.

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2. Right-clicking a color sets it as stroke.

And if you really need to right-click the color to access options or whatever, you just have to hold it for 2 seconds or something.

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3. Contour tool

If there’s such a tool in AD, I completely missed it. That tool isn’t very useful for circles and squares, but they are for every other shape.

post-42166-0-97557000-1484576544_thumb.gif

 

4. You can adjust kerning and leading using the Node tool.

This is much quicker than changing the value in the typography menu. 

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5. In every menu where you can increase or decrease the value with two little arrows, you can click and drag to change the value.

I know you can almost do that in AD, but it requires two clicks or more.

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6. When you want to align an object to another, you can select the node you want.

This is very useful when you don't necessarily want to align something to the edge of another object.

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So if I’m mistaken is any of that, or if what I say is not available actually is available, please accept my apologies. I’d love to spend all day exploring that wonderful program but I have other things to do.. such as working to feed my family y’know.

 

I am saying all of this because I think that there's not that many people using Corel Draw compared to those using Illustrator. I wanted to underline a couple things I think Corel Draw have done right. 

 

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+1

Particularly for point 4 (kerning) already available in Serif DrawPlus and point 6 (alignment).

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@the.legend

 

1. it is possible to do it with holding the <Alt> key while dragging. It is not so easy with one-button mouse on MacOS.

+1 for suggestions 2-6.


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Hi!

 

I'd love to see an offset path tool/command too.

 

1. When dragging an object, right-click to copy it.

This one is a life saver. I use it all the time. I drag using the left-click, and when you see the + sign it's because I right-clicked.

attachicon.gifright click to copy.gif

 

As Petar said you can use ALT and drag your copy.

@Petar: We gained the second mouse button option more than a decade ago...  :P

 

 

5. In every menu where you can increase or decrease the value with two little arrows, you can click and drag to change the value.

I know you can almost do that in AD, but it requires two clicks or more.

attachicon.gif drag to change.gif

 

 

You can do the same in AD just holding the little arrow and dragging left/right.

Never checked on Windows, but on macOS it works.

 

 

 


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5. In every menu where you can increase or decrease the value with two little arrows, you can click and drag to change the value.

I know you can almost do that in AD, but it requires two clicks or more.

attachicon.gifdrag to change.gif 

 

 

You can do the same in AD just holding the little arrow and dragging left/right.

Never checked on Windows, but on macOS it works.

 

When I tried that on this Windows system it only made small changes and it didn't seem very controllable. An alternative method which works much better for me is to 'scrub' over the text label.


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Hi!

 

I'd love to see an offset path tool/command too.

 

 

As Petar said you can use ALT and drag your copy.

@Petar: We gained the second mouse button option more than a decade ago...  :P

 

 

 

You can do the same in AD just holding the little arrow and dragging left/right.

Never checked on Windows, but on macOS it works.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the info, :(  but here in Macedonia the mice are one-button by deffault. I never asked, but I suppose the you can buy two-buttons mice without problem.


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Petar Petrenko
Typesetter, Graphic Designer, Photographer
Skopje, Makedonija

Windows 10 x64 Pro
Dell Inspiron 7559 i7
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (3.50 GHz, 6M )
16GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (8GBx2)
1TB HDD + 128 GB SSD Hard drive
UHD (3840 x 2160) Truelife LED- Backlit Touch Display
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5

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 I never asked, but I suppose the you can buy two-buttons mice without problem.

 

The "single button" or better called "0 button" is a design thing.

Since Mighty Mouse (2005) all Apple mice have been two buttons, maybe even Pro Mouse had two button option but can't remember correctly...

After the teardrop (ADB Mouse II) I've been always using Logitech 

 

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Hey Paolo,

thank you for the reminiscence of Mighty Apple Mice through history. You really did a hard work to make this exibition.  :D

I had the 2nd mouse in the 2nd row (1993). Those were the days...


Best regards,

Petar Petrenko
Typesetter, Graphic Designer, Photographer
Skopje, Makedonija

Windows 10 x64 Pro
Dell Inspiron 7559 i7
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (3.50 GHz, 6M )
16GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (8GBx2)
1TB HDD + 128 GB SSD Hard drive
UHD (3840 x 2160) Truelife LED- Backlit Touch Display
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5

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Hey Paolo,

thank you for the reminiscence of Mighty Apple Mice through history. You really did a hard work to make this exibition.  :D

I had the 2nd mouse in the 2nd row (1993). Those were the days...

 

 

Just picked a Wikipedia picture I guess....  :P


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@the.legend

 

1. it is possible to do it with holding the <Alt> key while dragging. It is not so easy with one-button mouse on MacOS.

+1 for suggestions 2-6.

 

Thank you a lot! That is going to be helpful... and I'm on windows!  :ph34r:

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