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Node & Control Handles – Distinguishability (in Designer)


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Hi there, 

 

Request for better visual contrast between Smooth Nodes and their Control Handles.

Blue Circles, all!

 

Because the Control Handles are only distinguishable by being a bit smaller, when you've selected a bunch of nodes, it can be a real visual challenge to sort them out.

 

It's not a big deal if you're mostly drawing straight lines.

But when you draw complex, organic shapes (like sketching in vectors with a stylus),

you get long lines full of nodes, and when you select them,

it looks like a string of blue Christmas lights!

 

(post-4818-0-98799600-1490125998_thumb.jpg<—Click attached JPG of the same path: Top is nodes unselected, Bottom is selected.)

 

The Control Handles make it look like 3 times as many nodes.

 

Personally I'd prefer if Control Handles were either

- a different colour than nodes, or

- a different shape, or 

- both. (Or customizable in Prefs!)

 

Thanks,

 

- pbass

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I realize that my usage profile (sketching in vectors) – may not be typical of a Designer user. Not everybody needs to edit within rows of close-spaced nodes. 

 

But even if it isn't judged to be a useful suggestion, I would still love it if someone from Serif/Affinity would acknowledge having read my opening post.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

- pbass

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Hey pbass,

 

I liked your original post because I agree that the representation of nodes could be visually tweaked to improve clarity.

 

Indeed, contrast and clarity is the one area of the Affinity interface that I feel is consistently lacking - I guess the development team all have excellent eye sight ;)

 

I'm sure Affinity will add their thoughts at some point. 

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Thanks Aammppaa!

 

I'm sure the Dev's are extremely busy; but there's usually someone reading our posts. 

I'd love to know that _they_ know that some of us struggle with that particular node/handles clarity issue.

 

I notice that in Inkscape they use hollow diamond shapes for the control handles. [Edit: They're not diamonds after all, just pixelation playing tricks on my eyes. But diamonds'd be a good idea!]

I like that a lot; but for Af Designer handles, even just hollow (transparent/no fill) circles would be great – would be a fine contrast from Nodes. [Edit: Er, no, hollow circles could just be confused with unselected neighbouring nodes. So maybe a different colour for handles, or diamond shape or something.]

 

Cheers.

Hey pbass,

 

I liked your original post because I agree that the representation of nodes could be visually tweaked to improve clarity.

 

Indeed, contrast and clarity is the one area of the Affinity interface that I feel is consistently lacking - I guess the development team all have excellent eye sight ;)

 

I'm sure Affinity will add their thoughts at some point. 

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