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Sneak peeks for 1.7

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Thought I'd give you a glimpse of some of the features that will be coming in 1.7.

 

Please note - this thread is only for discussing the features detailed here.  Postings related to other feature requests should be posted on their own thread (else they will get deleted from this thread).

 

We have spent considerable time overhauling the internals of some of our main tools.  It's been a labour of love, but it's going to open up greater possibilities for our core tool set.

 

The core tools are:

- Move tool

- Pen tool

- Node tool

- Shape creation tools

- Text tools

- Fill and Transparency tools

- Place Image tool

- Vector Crop tool

 

So, what improvements can be expected?

 

- Advanced grid editing on spread (move the grid origin and edit it's axis with a handy new widget, with full snapping of course)

- Guides can be created and moved in all the core tools, plus a toggle to turn guide editing off

- Move the artboard ruler origin (with editing toggle)

- Create objects and shapes into an arbitrary grid

- Rotate and flip objects in grid planes (great for people working in isometric), plus an option to rotate shapes in plane using the Move tool

- The Move tool will now allow you to cycle though selection boxes, including regular boxes and grid plane aligned boxes

- Snapping performance improvements

 


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And, here is a video glimpse of some of the improvements coming to the Node tool.

 

NodeTool.mov

 


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And, here a video showing the new rotate-on-plane feature of the Move tool.  A new shape is created into a grid, using the "Edit In Grid Plane" mode.  Then, with the mode on, any rotations maintain the grid plane perspective.

 

RotateOnPlane.mov

 


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Ben, this is great news. Thanks for sharing.

 

I am surprised that this has not gotten any responses already :o

 

All the best with the development of these improvements. I am very much looking forward to them.

 

d.

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6 minutes ago, dominik said:

I am surprised that this has not gotten any responses already :o

 

Me too. ;)

 

This is only some of the stuff that has been worked on for 1.7.  A number of big features that didn't quite make it into 1.6 have been simmering away waiting for the next cycle.

 

More news to follow.


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3 minutes ago, Ben said:

More news to follow.

 

=:-O

 

Please keep posting and I am sure others will notice.

 

d.


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It is pleasant and interesting to follow the evolution of this product. I am very satisfied with the work you are doing.

Thank you
Fabio

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Will these features come to the next beta?


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When we start to Beta 1.7.  But we are still in the 1.6 cycle, so not until that has properly finished.


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Thanks for the video/s Ben

 

Brilliant!..yet more fantastic development and innovation!.

 

I look forward to all these new features:)...especially the grid/isometrics.it will remove a lot of the 'guesswork' and repetitive maths calculating isometrics for individual objects


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Il y a 4 heures, Ben a dit:

Quand nous commençons à la version 1.7. Mais nous sommes encore dans le cycle 1.6, donc pas avant que cela soit terminé.

Bonsoir.

Cela prouve l'immense sérieux de l'équipe. Le sens de la perfection.

C'est vraiment beau à voir. Mille bravo.  

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I am surprised that this has not gotten any responses already :o

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Me too. ;)

Take heart. I dare say there is no one here who would have been more inclined than me to respond (which I'm doing now) to news that the grids feature is getting some rework. I check in here pretty regularly, but somehow just didn't discover this thread until now. So I figure many others similarly just haven't noticed it yet.

In fact, I'm responding right now, having not even viewed the sneak peek yet, because this announcement mentions a functionality particularly near and dear to me: axonometric drawing.

Definitely interested in participating in the 1.7 beta (or better, a customer alpha participation which may afford input on interface implementation, as opposed to being more focused on just bug testing.)

JET

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Regarding manipulation of nodes: I hope someone has their eyes on some of the innovative Bezier handling previewed of (and now present in) in the just-released FontLab Studio VI.

Others may remember that much of FreeHand's superior path drawing and selection interface stemmed from its progenitor, Altsys Fontographer. To my hopeful eye, this may signify at least potential for a long-needed renaissance in 2D Bezier-based vector drawing.

JET

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Manipulating selected group of nodes - one of the things I was missing the most! Very cool! Bit sad I haven't seen knife tool yet, but I know its on the list. I am happy for whatever you guys are cooking there ;) Is there similar thread for Photo?

Good luck with improvements! And Thank You!

 

 

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Incredible... looks like AD is starting to dip a toe in the 2.5D world...


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Is move tool going to work more like free transform in Photoshop? I'm not gonna lie, and this is one of the basic tools that work great in PS and doesn't have a real equivalent in Affinity.

Edit: Just watched the clip and it's not the case this time.

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On 12/25/2017 at 11:19 AM, voitek said:

Is move tool going to work more like free transform in Photoshop? I'm not gonna lie, and this is one of the basic tools that work great in PS and doesn't have a real equivalent in Affinity.

Edit: Just watched the clip and it's not the case this time.

Photoshop is the equivalent of Affinity Photo, while Illustrator is the equivalent of Affinity Designer. The move tool will be improved in Designer 1.7. Therefore, I wouldn't compare this to Photoshop. Affinity Photo does have a free transform tool. Not sure how it compares to the one of Photoshop.

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Looks very handy indeed. Well done. :)

 

But I am still waiting for these important features that never found their way into DrawPlus either - so I am still using Inkscape and clumsy clumsy Illustrator CC for designing logos and shapes:

  • handles snapping to especially grid and guides (just check out how Inkscape does)
  • snap the node handle to a vertical / horizontal alignment and other angles (just check out how Inkscape does)

I just read the book "Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork" by Von Glitschka. His techniques allow you to draw precise or symmetric shapes very very fast. When I read the book in 2011 I had just purchased DrawPlus and was surprised of the poor snapping features in DrawPlus - it made no sense. The tips in the book are hard and often impossible to follow. Well you can if you zoom in and make adjustments with your shaking hand and manual aligning. It just takes ages compared to automation. That is what we have software for, right? Then Affinity Designer surfaced and I was again surprised that these features were promised since 2014. You are SO close to being awesome. Please walk the last meters towards the goal! It is just the core of shape design that the software can assist your shaking hand and guarantee precision and symmetry.

 

I know this was requested and discussed in other threads - just making my voice heard here as well. And I hope the wait will be over once 1.7 arrives. Pleeease. Otherwise I enjoy the user interface and aesthetics of  Designer much more than the competition. Almost there Ben.

 

Merry xmas and happy new hear!

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Wow, this looks fantastic!

 

One question – will this allow for working with layouts that are at a slight angle, especially in Publisher, which may or may not get all of the grid options? I have recently had to work on a poster in InDesign that had most elements rotated a few degrees, and it was a pain to adjust things because none of the snapping, aligning and move tools would work properly.

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