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Add a Canvas/View Rotationmode to Windows/Desktop versions of Affinity

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Please add a functionality that duplicates Photoshop's canvas rotate feature using a shortcut and multitouch gestures to your desktop/windows app. This feature should not permanently change the documents bound like cropping would do, but rotate the view to make certain lines/strokes more easily reachable. Currently the lack of this feature slightly impedes my ability to work quick and acurate with affinity, as i am using a graphics tablet, not a tablet/touch device with an active screen.

(As I had this discussion before, where this misconception came up, just rotating the graphics tablet wouldn't do it, since you are not looking at your tablet, but your screen and you rely on your muscle memory. I might have been doing it wrong though for a decade)

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6 minutes ago, Patrick Kayser said:

Please add a functionality that duplicates Photoshop's canvas rotate feature using a shortcut and multitouch gestures to your desktop/windows app. This feature should not permanently change the documents bound like cropping would do, but rotate the view to make certain lines/strokes more easily reachable. Currently the lack of this feature slightly impedes my ability to work quick and acurate with affinity, as i am using a graphics tablet, not a tablet/touch device with an active screen.

Preferences > Tools and enable the "Enable Canvas Rotation with Trackpad" option.


MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) Mac OS 10.12.6 || Mac Pro (Late 2013) Mac OS 10.12.6

Affinity Designer 1.6.1 | Affinity Photo 1.6.7 | Affinity Publisher beta 1.7.0.257 | Affinity Photo beta 1.7.0.112 | Affinity Designer Beta 1.7.0.7

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Caveat: I haven't used Windows for years so really truly I don't know what I am talking about.

45 minutes ago, Patrick Kayser said:

There is no such feature in Windows 10 and i don't own a trackpad.

Wow, those are different. I would try the bottom two if only because I don't see them here on the Mac and the wording is suggestive of further capabilities for your tablet. Start with "High precision tablet input" and then try "Enable Dial support".


MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) Mac OS 10.12.6 || Mac Pro (Late 2013) Mac OS 10.12.6

Affinity Designer 1.6.1 | Affinity Photo 1.6.7 | Affinity Publisher beta 1.7.0.257 | Affinity Photo beta 1.7.0.112 | Affinity Designer Beta 1.7.0.7

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Try the following menu commands.

You can add your own shortcuts.

View > Rotate Left
View > Rotate Right
View > Reset Rotation


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You can only rotate in 15° increments which is hardly useful and slow if you want to rotate it quite a bit. You have to hammer your keyboard repeatedly until you find something mildly useful. Also you have to work around the default shortcuts, which seem to clustered on the left side of keyboard (being right handed ). eg.: ctrl+shift+alt+q/e are not very intuitive to use all day long...  

This is bad UX design that needs some developer action to be resolved. It seems on the mac side something has been implemented already. I make this a request for feature parity then....

What i expect from any 2d design app these days is the ability to draw a stroke, rotate, draw, rotate back, continue and not getting carpal tunnel issues to do very basic work. 

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