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There is a bug, that occured when I tried to copy an Object, from which I generated a Symbol into an other document.

I realized, that the object was still marked as symbol after I did the copy. Within the symbols tool window of the new document, the symbol was not listed. When I tried to delete the symbol state, the application crashed immediately.

On restart, Affinity restored the work I did, but took up a lot of cpu power, so my fan started to spin like crazy. Finally, the application crashed again.

On second restart, Affinity designer worked normal.

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I've seen this bug too.

Sometimes the copied symbol does appear in the Symbols panel, and other times not.

Here is a simple example to show the bug…

  1. Make a Symbol
  2. Copy to clipboard
  3. File > New from Clipboard
  4. Object is pasted, as a symbol, but doesn't appear in the Symbols Panel.
  5. But, File > New
  6. Paste
  7. Object is pasted, as a symbol, and does appear in the Symbols Panel

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Is there a way of saving symbols like brushes, so if required the symbols could be loaded in. I sometimes annotate OS maps using the same symbol, or building plans again using a standard set of symbols. Currently, I use a standard file and then add the map etc, however, if I am sent a map file that has some information already on I have to try and copy etc.

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On 3/6/2019 at 7:45 AM, SteveP110 said:

Is there a way of saving symbols like brushes, so if required the symbols could be loaded in. I sometimes annotate OS maps using the same symbol, or building plans again using a standard set of symbols. Currently, I use a standard file and then add the map etc, however, if I am sent a map file that has some information already on I have to try and copy etc.

There does not seem to be any way to export/import symbols, other than opening a document that has them (a kind of template) to start your work, or copying them from such a document into another document.

If you copy them from a source document into a target via copy/paste, they are still symbols in the new document.


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Windows 10 Home, version 1809, 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
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On 3/6/2019 at 12:45 PM, SteveP110 said:

Is there a way of saving symbols like brushes, so if required the symbols could be loaded in. I sometimes annotate OS maps using the same symbol, or building plans again using a standard set of symbols. Currently, I use a standard file and then add the map etc, however, if I am sent a map file that has some information already on I have to try and copy etc.

You can use the Assets panel to store Symbols.

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