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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.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.145), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.1.404

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@Chris Bhey its over a year and this is still an issue. Assets are reusable, but static. Symbols can be dynamic, but are locked to a project (which makes sense to some degree); however, symbols should be export / importable.

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19 hours ago, sumneuron said:

its over a year and this is still an issue. Assets are reusable, but static. Symbols can be dynamic, but are locked to a project

As mentioned above, Symbols are not locked to a project if you make Assets from them. But yes, it would be nice if they could be imported and exported.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.145), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.1.404

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3 minutes ago, >|< said:

An Assets Symbol is like a template from which a document Symbol can be created, but the document Symbol isn't linked in any way to the Assets Symbol or a Symbol created from the Asset in any other document.

True. But I'm not sure I even want to start thinking about where that leads. Do you want that Symbol linked, it embedded? Automatically updated, it just a notification that you need to update? Etc.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.145), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.1.404

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@walt.farrell @>|< yes, I would like have a document "symbol library" and in that file, define some symbols (e.g. texture, logo, etc). All these symbols are linked in the document. Export these symbols not as assets, but as symbols. When I import this symbol library into a new document, it just recreates these symbols in the symbol pane (i.e. updating a symbol in one document doesn't update it everywhere). Copy and pasting symbols can create sync issues. This resolves that.

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15 minutes ago, sumneuron said:

Copy and pasting symbols can create sync issues.

What kind of problems?


-- Walt

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Affinity Photo 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.1.404

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@walt.farrell parts of the symbol will be lost, and if the symbol has the same name as another symbol in the document already, it can mess up the previous symbol. Also these symbols don't get added to the symbol panel so that is super annoying

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