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Affinity Designer for UI designers

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Right now Affinity designer is mainly aimed at graphic designers, but I think it could easily compete with Sketch or Photoshop for UI design.


Sketch is a nice idea but is riddled with bugs.

I like already Affinity designer a lot more and can’t wait to be able to do all my work with it.



For me the missing key features for UI would be :

  1. Pages and Art-boards (coming soon),
  2. A layout grid to easily create columns for our layouts (see Sketch)
  3. Some kind of smart-object / symbol to reuse pieces of the design across art-boards (see Sketch)
  4. A way to create buttons that you can easily resize without messing your text (see Sketch)


With these, I would already be in heaven, but I’m sure others have a lot more features ideas to improve Affinity designer for UI design.

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I’m trying my first real UI design in Affinity so far the most annoying lack is the snapping tool, even with all options active I can't easily center an object.


Also, even with snap to pixel and all other snapping options active, I’m still having decimals when moving or resizing objects.

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It seems the UI topic is already covered in this post, so it might be best to merge both.

Sorry about that, though I did a search before posting.


About the snapping, I tried the latest beta and you’ve implemented almost all that I could think about, you’ve done an outstanding job.


The last feature considering the snapping I can think about would be a way to quickly allocate several elements like Keynote or Photoshop (see attachement).


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