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got a developer response from Affinity to my App Store review directing me to post here, so I'm going to list things that have hurt my productivity with Designer. If there is something I have misunderstood, I welcome suggestions for workarounds. I will add stuff as it comes up but let's start with a few obvious ones:

1. Selecting a placed image will randomly not give you options to replace the image until you switch personas. This seems like a bug.

2. Replacing the placed image will not update its preview until you close and reopen the project. This is also an obvious bug and a serious time waster.

3. Resizing proportionally sometimes requires holding SHIFT, but mostly it's done without SHIFT. These are in different scenarios but it's a half-baked change. I will add specifics when I encounter them again. Alfred is my new hero.

4. You can't select objects that are inside groups directly, you have to use the layers panel. The problem with this is that Affinity doesn't have folders. If you have a couple dozen objects, you need a way to lump some together to make the layers panel workable but if you do, you lose direct selectability, so either way, you're losing a lot of time. 

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4 minutes ago, Samuli said:

things that have hurt my productivity with Photo

I presume you forgot to change ‘Photo’ to ‘Designer’ after copying and pasting the introductory paragraph from your earlier thread.

7 minutes ago, Samuli said:

3. Resizing proportionally sometimes requires holding SHIFT, but mostly it's done without SHIFT. These are in different scenarios but it's a half-baked change. I will add specifics when I encounter them again.

Things with a natural aspect ratio (e.g. photos) will resize proportionally by default. You can change the behaviour by choosing a different ‘Move Tool Aspect Constrain’ setting in Preferences.


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1 minute ago, Alfred said:

I presume you forgot to change ‘Photo’ to ‘Designer’ after copying and pasting the introductory paragraph from your earlier thread.

Things with a natural aspect ratio (e.g. photos) will resize proportionally by default. You can change the behaviour by choosing a different ‘Move Tool Aspect Constrain’ setting in Preferences.

Sorry, that was sloppy of me, fixed now. That is awesome, thanks! I knew some of these must be "one checkbox syndrome". 

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4 hours ago, Samuli said:

1. Selecting a placed image will randomly not give you options to replace the image until you switch personas. This seems like a bug.

First, you only have the Replace option when you're using the Move Tool. Second, you do not have that option in the Export Persona, as that persona is not really for editing but for exporting.

Perhaps that will explain what you've seen.

4 hours ago, Samuli said:

2. Replacing the placed image will not update its preview until you close and reopen the project. This is also an obvious bug and a serious time waster.

I'm not sure what you mean by "its preview". When I replace an image, the image on-screen and in the Layers panel updates immediately.

4 hours ago, Samuli said:

4. You can't select objects that are inside groups directly, you have to use the layers panel. The problem with this is that Affinity doesn't have folders. If you have a couple dozen objects, you need a way to lump some together to make the layers panel workable but if you do, you lose direct selectability, so either way, you're losing a lot of time.

Affinity Designer may not have folders, but it does have Layer (capital L) layers, which you can use as another kind of grouping mechanism. Create a Layer layer (Add Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel) and subsequent objects that you create will be nested inside that Layer. Or, you could manually move objects into that Layer.


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15 hours ago, Samuli said:

4. You can't select objects that are inside groups directly, you have to use the layers panel. The problem with this is that Affinity doesn't have folders. If you have a couple dozen objects, you need a way to lump some together to make the layers panel workable but if you do, you lose direct selectability, so either way, you're losing a lot of time. 

a double click will select items in a group.


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16 hours ago, Samuli said:

4. You can't select objects that are inside groups directly, you have to use the layers panel. The problem with this is that Affinity doesn't have folders. If you have a couple dozen objects, you need a way to lump some together to make the layers panel workable but if you do, you lose direct selectability, so either way, you're losing a lot of time. 

After double the clicking group you can select single items in this group
And using ctrl+click you can also select single items in a group


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On 4/19/2019 at 11:51 AM, dutchshader said:

a double click will select items in a group.

 

On 4/19/2019 at 1:03 PM, haakoo said:

After double the clicking group you can select single items in this group
And using ctrl+click you can also select single items in a group

Thanks guys!

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