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I use "Step and Repeat" all the time in InDesign as well. I think this is my number 1 request. Hope that feature shows up. In the mean time, experimenting with align and distribute, but I don't find that nearly as easy.

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I agree. Step and Repeat is essential. I am working on a business card design for myself and I don't want to have to do the duplicate (or power duplicate thing). I'd like to be able to specify how many copies and the placement of those copies. Please and Thank you!!!

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Hi,

Quark's "Step & Repeat" misses creating grid of objects like InDesign. So it will be perfect if we can get a combination of those two.


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Would be cool, if it was as complex as Illustrator's: they solved it by using transform-effects which can be applied multiple times with different values.

For example, making a notepad-grid:

  1. make a tiny rectangle (0,5pt x 0,5pt)
  2. add effect "transform"(x-offset: 5mm, with 39 copies)
  3. add 2nd transform on top(y-offset: 5mm, with 56 copies)
  4. voilá you have a A4-sheet full of perfectly spaced out half-centimetre-dots
  5. special: adding rotation 1° distorts this to an interesting pattern

This would be a powerful feature! At least add it to Designer!

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@woefi I tried to recreate your second pattern with power duplicate but there were several obstacles:

  1. I could not find a way to set a polar offset. After duplicating and rotating, typing a value for x position just moves it along global x axis and not local. Alignment handles can be dragged along angle of rotation, but it's totally imprecise. I'm not sure if any of the math expressions would be able to accomplish this. Sine function? I'm bad at math.
  2. Trying to work around this I created a temporary grid and constrained drag 5mm away. The problem is that this is not precise and the transform panel coordinates are still in the global coordinate system.
  3. Then I had the idea to duplicate & move the dot without rotating first, group them & rotate it, snap it so that the first duplicated dot was exactly on top of the original first dot. The duplicated second dot was then in the correct position, so I deleted the other dots, duplicated the original dot again, rotated it & snapped it to the second dot that was already in place. Now I could power duplicate to repeat the rotation & offset.
  4. Then I tried to group the first row of 39 dots and repeat the procedure, but the result was not as desired.

At this point I give up in my personal challenge. It's a contrived example, so I don't know how much it really matters. I think a non-destructive transform effect would be nice to have though.

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2 hours ago, hawk said:

@woefi I tried to recreate your second pattern with power duplicate but there were several obstacles:

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I think a non-destructive transform effect would be nice to have though.

Well, I did not expect somebody to do the (obviously big) effort in replicating this feature. @hawkThank you for this proof of concept! :11_blush:

Now, I've experimented a little bit with power duplicate and it's "nice". But I hope there is nothing legal (re adobe) preventing Affinity in implementing such a system of nested transform-functions like in illustrator. I wonder why PowerDupli is available in Publisher, but nothing similar is in Designer...  :35_thinking: I wouldn't mind if it's even a better approach than adobe's – maybe live updating/modelling...


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4 minutes ago, GeoffM33 said:

Yes, this is essential. Especially with the 'grid' function as in InDesign.

P.S. I refer to the step & repeat topic rather than more complex functions. (I'm still not sure how these forums work and how replies relate to previous messages.)

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On 9/6/2018 at 4:24 PM, woefi said:

I wonder why PowerDupli is available in Publisher, but nothing similar is in Designer

Power Duplicate is a feature of all 3 Affinity applications.


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Step and Repeat is essential in any page layout and/or Publishing program. Throughout my career, Quark and InDesign have been the staples of my work. However, the cost (particularly with Adobe) is starting to become a burden. I have done some sample work with Publisher and find it capable of fulfilling my page layout needs with some limitations. Good start...

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