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Hi, 

Do we have any option to select strokes and shapes using a freehand selection tool in Affinity Designer?

When there are multiples strokes drawn near by and you want to select only a few you want to do it with a freehand selection method . but right the only option of selection (arrow tool) seems to select everything in rectangular selection when you drag the tool. Using shift select each stroke can be very tedious if you are working with a lot of strokes/shapes.

 

Please let me know  if I am missing something.

 

 

thanks 

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Currently, the Move tool only offers a marquee (rectangular) object selection drag method.

 

You have limited choices in how that works: In Preferences > Tools, there is an option to "Select object when intersects with selection marquee." With that option off, you have to completely enclose objects to select them; with it on any object the marquee touches will be selected. Dragging with the Alt/Option key down prevents the object under the pointer from being selected (& thus dragged to a new location instead of dragging out the marquee). And of course, locked or hidden objects won't be selected by clicking or dragging on the canvas.

 

But that's it; there is no freehand or polygon selection option for the Move tool.

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1 minute ago, Megnusin said:

I'm just going to voice my support for a freehand or lasso objection selection tool in AD.

You should do that in https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/forum/53-feedback-for-affinity-designer-on-desktop/, not here in the Questions forum, after searching that forum for similar requests.

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20 hours ago, R C-R said:

You should do that in https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/forum/53-feedback-for-affinity-designer-on-desktop/, not here in the Questions forum, after searching that forum for similar requests.

Assuming user feedback and suggestions are welcome and encouraged here, it concerns me that such a questionable procedural chicane might give a person the wrong impression.

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24 minutes ago, Megnusin said:

Assuming user feedback and suggestions are welcome and encouraged here, it concerns me that such a questionable procedural chicane might give a person the wrong impression.

Why do you think this is chicane?
Having different sections for different topics is quite normal to keep things organized.

Those who work on feature request simply do not read the questions sub-forum. It helps to keep the App price low if users follow agreeable processes and self-service. 

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21 hours ago, Megnusin said:

I'm just going to voice my support for a freehand or lasso objection selection tool in AD. Objects you want to select aren't always neatly concentrated for easy encompassment within a rectangle.

As Alfred said above, the Selection Tools are already available in the Pixel Persona of AD!

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32 minutes ago, PaulEC said:

As Alfred said above, the Selection Tools are already available in the Pixel Persona of AD!

And they will not work on the requested ...

On 2/18/2017 at 11:29 PM, artistraman said:

Do we have any option to select strokes and shapes using a freehand selection tool in Affinity Designer?

 

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Sorry, you're right! – All Selection Tools are not equal! 😄

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58 minutes ago, NotMyFault said:

It helps to keep the App price low if users follow agreeable processes and self-service. 

I hope you're not seriously telling me you have the required access and insight to have made an analysis which concluded there are observable cost savings associated with keeping separate forum categories for questions and feature feedback, specifically implemented in such a way that happens to have the effect of making it time-consuming and difficult for users to submit actual feedback by requiring them to 1) search for an issue; 2) conclude the issue warrants a request or feedback; 3) move to a different category; 4) perform the same search again, this time making sure it is exhaustive; 4) conclude there is not already a thread on the same topic; and 5) post a new thread, this of course after the user has already familiarized themselves with this procedure, rather than a) letting a moderator move a thread that originated as a question but which upon yielding the conclusion that a certain feature would solve the given problem turned into a rallying point for support for such feature and general feedback surrounding the problem; or b) not worrying about threads containing both questions, feedback, and suggestions in the first place.

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1 hour ago, Megnusin said:

I hope you're not seriously telling me you have the required access and insight to have made an analysis which conclude

I said nothing of that. Its difficult for me to recognize any good intentions in your post, implying falsehoods about my post, and implying chicane by Affinity.


I’m an ordinary forum user and simply tried to understand the forum guidelines and follow them for the benefit of all members.

I’m stepping out of this discussion for good. Have a nice peaceful evening.

 

 

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I’m an ordinary forum user and simply tried to understand the forum guidelines and follow them for the benefit of all members.

You and I have agreed to the same guidelines when signing up. I can't find anything in the guidelines that forbid expressing feedback in a thread on a relevant topic outside the feedback category.
 

2 hours ago, NotMyFault said:

Its difficult for me to recognize any good intentions in your post

Quite frankly, I think bringing up the costs of the Affinity applications as an argument was specious if not outright condescending. If my attempt to point out the absurdity in that as well as the prior point in a colorful way wasn't well received, then I apologize for that. You have a pleasant evening as well.

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6 minutes ago, Megnusin said:

You and I have agreed to the same guidelines when signing up. I can't find anything in the guidelines that forbid expressing feedback in a thread on a relevant topic outside the feedback category.
 

Quite frankly, I think bringing up the costs of the Affinity applications as an argument was specious if not outright condescending. If my attempt to point out the absurdity in that as well as the prior point in a colorful way wasn't well received, then I apologize for that. You have a pleasant evening as well.

To quote NotMyFault

 

I’m stepping out of this discussion for good. Have a nice peaceful evening.

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1 minute ago, Megnusin said:

You and I have agreed to the same guidelines when signing up. I can't find anything in the guidelines that forbid expressing feedback in a thread on a relevant topic outside the feedback category.

There is nothing in the guidelines that prevents this, but it is almost pointless to do so because the staff have mentioned many, many times that the developers -- the people that actually design the code -- do not follow the Questions forum. This is because their job is not to answer questions -- which would leave very little time for them to actually work on the code -- but to develop it.

However, they do follow the feedback forums, which is why -- if you look -- you will find so many recommendations from other users to post feature requests there instead of in this forum.

Of course, you are free to post feedback here but please keep in mind that it is unlikely to ever be considered by anyone who can do anything about it.

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@R C-R Thank you. I appreciate the consideration and the clarification of what's allowed.

@Old Bruce I'm not sure what your point is. I thought I made it clear I wasn't going to continue that discussion either, but I do think I'm entitled to respond to accusations leveled against me by someone on their way out. In case you missed it:

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If my attempt to point out the absurdity in that as well as the prior point in a colorful way wasn't well received, then I apologize for that. You have a pleasant evening as well.

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17 hours ago, Megnusin said:

procedural chicane

An interesting approach. But one would expect that it is in everyone's interest (that is, if he wants his request to be heard) and it is a matter of "common sense" that he puts his request where the chances of being heard and thus of any implementation are highest.

 

On the other hand, 

11 hours ago, R C-R said:

that the developers -- the people that actually design the code -- do not follow the Questions forum.

developers do not need to "read" forum posts. I assume that Serif (like perhaps every serious development company) has its own requirements and bug management system. Then "anyone" from Serif, when he comes across the forum (and of course not only here, but also during testing, using, etc.), reports an bug or request to this system, which the developers then read. Thus, the actual implementation of the request or fix is not decided by the "reading" of the request on the forum itself, but by the internal development management process. By that I mean that developers don't read / have to read the forum because they don't need it for their work at all. Only stimuli and information flow / can flow from it, which are then used / processed in development management.

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9 hours ago, Pšenda said:

I assume that Serif (like perhaps every serious development company) has its own requirements and bug management system.

Bug management & new feature development are two different things. Each of them has a set of forums specifically for reporting & discussing them, & guidelines for how that should be done in those forums. The desktop questions forum is not intended for either of them.

As I understand it, that is how they want this to work.

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On 5/12/2022 at 9:25 AM, Pšenda said:

one would expect that it is in everyone's interest (that is, if he wants his request to be heard) and it is a matter of "common sense" that he puts his request where the chances of being heard and thus of any implementation are highest.

One might also expect a discussion board put in place with the assumed overall goal of curating and streamlining relevant information to aid productivity for both users and developers to not have an undue emphasis on procedure and other bureaucratic cliches to the detriment of that goal. When one is confronted by a behavioral correction indicating a policy that runs counter to that expectation, however, common sense would dictate that one reevaluates one's assumptions.

Fortunately, it's already been established that there's not actually a policy preventing a thread that started as a question of general support from turning into a feature discussion. That's also in accordance with my own experience here. I've seen plenty of threads follow that trajectory, some of which were moved into a more relevant category by a moderator when it was warranted.

Keeping the number of threads per distinct topic to a minimum is a perfectly valid way to pursue collecting feedback, not only by easing the submission process, but also by maintaining a focused and streamlined environment in which to do so. Github Issues is a good example of this. The fact that this forum caters to users seeking general support as well doesn't automatically mean that can't be applied.

Apparently users are not required to spend time on parallel searches, on creating parallel threads, or on correcting and herding other users around. I think it's almost amusing the degree to which it's taken as common sense by some that doing so would be the only sensible way to manage feedback.

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