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Illustrator user | One week with Affinity Designer

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So after one week with Affinity designer, I'm not ready to jump in full time.

Please add these features.

1: Selection

Selecting parts of my project is horrible. Sometimes I can select an object by clicking on it, other times I have to drag around the whole object to get it, not very nice to use at all.

2: Symbols

I use symbols a lot but there does not seem a way to change the symbol order. Sometimes I edit a symbol and I would like it at the top of my list but in order to do this, I need to delete the current symbols, add the one I want at the top and then re-add the deleted symbols again. I would also like the ability to load symbols and display them in a list so I can use the full names.

3: Layers

is it just me but this seems very hectic compared to illustrator. I would also like the ability to lock a layer and stop a certain layer from printing if required.

4: Workspace

No ability to save your personal workspace, this is a must!

5: Shapes

I could be wrong here but If I want to create a 100mm x 100mm box, it seems like I have to drag a box to any size then resize it to what I want. Let us just click the artboard and select the size of shape we want. (Apologies if you can already do this)

6: Bleed

Let us see the bleed box, why is this not already in place!

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Hello,

I'm trying to evolve and switch from CS6 as I got new Mac. I agree to most of the list above (some already exists now,  like 6:).
Such features would be great.

One more feature request for me would be:

7. UI
All palettes should be able to display elements with an option "show as a list"  in addition to thumbnails (e.g. layer palette)
Same for all Serif Apps would be great (e.g. Pages in Publisher). Even small Thumbnails takes too much space for me...

Best,
 

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Jarome B,

Number 5 can be done by typing in the dimensions that you want using the Transform palette. Create the shape you want first, for example a square and then enter the width and Height that you'd like and it's done. I hope that helps.

best regards,

Hokusai

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Hi jaromeB,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

1. Selection depends a lot on the object position in the layer stack - is it inside a group? clipped by another shape? Without seeing the file is difficult to tell you what's causing your issues. Usually double-clicking over the object lets you dig down in the layer stack until it gets selected. So for example if the object is inside a group, double-click it to enter the group and select the object. To select another object in that some group just click it once since you already entered inside the group earlier to select the first one. To force-select an object no matter its position in the layer's hierarchy press cmd (ctrl on Windows) and click the object on canvas.

2. Currently it's not possible to re-order symbols as you discovered.

3. To lock a layer, select it and click the padlock icon in the top right of the Layers panel. Note this only prevents the locked layer from being selected on canvas. If selected directly in the Layers panel you can still change its attributes (fill colours, stroke width etc) but not transform it on canvas (move, scale etc). This is by design. To prevent a layer from being printed just hide it (untick the checkbox on the right of the layer in the Layers panel).

4. Affinity should keep the workspace as you left it the last time you worked in the app however there's no way to save workspaces.

5. See Hokusai reply above this post. There's no way to insert the values in a dialog prior to creating the object on canvas as in Illustrator.

6. To see the bleed box go to menu View > Show Bleed assuming there's a bleed value set in document setup (File > Document Setup...).

Thanks for your feedback.

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On ‎10‎/‎17‎/‎2018 at 11:37 AM, jaromeB said:

it seems like I have to drag a box to any size then resize it to what I want. Let us just click the artboard and select the size of shape we want.

In such comparisons, count the clicks.

In Illustrator:

  1. Select the Rectangle tool.
  2. Click (don't drag) the artboard.
  3. Key dimensions into the resulting modal dialog.
  4. Tap Enter to close the dialog.

In Affinity:

  1. Select a Shape tool.
  2. Mousedown and drag the artboard.
  3. Key the dimensions into the non-modal Transform Panel.
  4. Tap Enter to commit the values.

One is actually as efficient as the other. It's just a matter of being too habituated to Illustrators archaic plethora of modal dialogs. Affinity's treatment is arguably a more elegant process with which to become habituated, because the Transform Panel provides more settings (including ability to specify dimensions by trig functions) while you're there.

The only advantage I really miss inherent to Illustrator's ubiquitous modal dialogs is that they "remember" the last-used settings. So you can, for example, doubleClick the Move Tool to invoke its dialog, which will still have the same last-used settings, and then just tap Enter. This behavior is also advantageous in axonometric drawing, in which, for example, it's common to need to perform the same vertical scale, like 57.74%, on multiple objects. But again, that advantage is far outweighed by Affinity's Transform Panel's ability to understand math expressions beyond single operator simple arithmetic.

In comparison to Affinity, Illustrator's tool box modal dialog behavior is most advantageous with the Line Tool, but that's just because of two associated problems, one in Illustrator and one in Affinity: Illustrator's useless Measure Tool and Affinity's infernal bounding-box centricity. So I'm usually using that "memory" behavior of the Line Tool's modal dialog as a workaround for otherwise poor interface design.

The interface of Affinity is never going to replicate the exact same click-for-click sequence for every function in Illustrator or any other competing program. One has to adapt one's "muscle memory" to any different program.

JET

 

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@JET_Affinity Yes this muscle memory has became lazy and need much more pratice for me… the trick is Affinity softwares seems so similar and familiar from the one we used and continue to work with but indeed are different... All the best!

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4 hours ago, MEB said:

Hi jaromeB,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

Hi MEB, Have you noticed the date of posting from OP? :-)


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13 hours ago, MEB said:

To see the bleed box go to menu View > Show Bleed assuming there's a bleed value set in document setup (File > Document Setup...).

Is bleed per document only, or can it be specified per artboard?

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2 hours ago, MEB said:

Per document - all artboards share the same bleed value.

Your answer implies that all artboards should have a bleed, albeit the same value. However, when I “show bleed”, I see an outline around the entire document - not around each art board.

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Hi Shotster,
Can you post a screenshot of the canvas with the Layers panel visible or even better upload the afdesign file here (you can delete artboards contents) please? Thanks.
Have you grouped the artboards by any chance? If so seems there's a few issues/bugs here which i'm logging now.

The value you set in File > Document Setup, Bleed section will be applied to all artboards individually in the document.

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1 hour ago, MEB said:

Can you post a screenshot of the canvas with the Layers panel visible?

Ok, so I had apparently clicked on a layer that was outside all art boards, so the bleed outline appeared around the entire document. Perhaps that's the intended behavior?

It does work as expected when individual art boards are selected - i.e. the outline appears around only that art board.

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